Post-War Innovation: the Palladio range
During the Second World War most wallpaper factories ceased manufacture and were given over to the production of munitions. The first post-war wallpapers were issued in 1944 but it was soon realised that styles acceptable in the 1930s and 40s would not suit the post-war consumer. In an effort to generate interest in wallpaper on the part of architects involved in post-war regeneration, a special range was developed and made until the mid-1960s at the Lightbown Aspinall factory in Stockport.
Palladio, named after the 16th century architect, set a bold and uncompromising standard for more than a decade and both speakers at this event have researched the range and its influence. In her introduction Christine Woods (Editor, Wallpaper History Review) will set these products in the context of the post-war industry, describe how they were produced and the impact of what was an unprecedented advertising campaign. Sim Panaser (Curator, MoDA) will discuss the artists that designed Palladio wallpapers, many of whom were taught by Edward Bawden at the Royal College of Art. She will consider the ways in which artists were considered best placed to revive wallpaper as a credible component of the interior during the post-war period.
6.30 pm Arrive for AGM
6.45 AGM (WHS members only)
7.15 Welcome drinks
7.30 Post-War Innovation: the Palladio range
8.30 Light buffet with wine
Tickets: £30.00 members / £35.00 non-members.