Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz and the timeless allure of wallpaper

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The new book by art historian and vintage wallpaper expert Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz, Wallpaper: A History of Style and Trends (Flammarion, 2009), offers a visually stunning and comprehensive survey of decorative wall coverings. Chronicling wallpaper’s evolution—from guild organization in the 16th century through its refinement in 18th-century France; the technical advancement of the panoramique; trade and interpretation in the United States; …

The Expert Eye: Barry Harwood at BKLYN DESIGNS

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Often the best way to experience the past is to see its influence on the present. To that end, I invited Barry Harwood, curator of decorative arts at the Brooklyn Museum to accompany me to the annual BKLYN DESIGNS exhibition (May 8-10), presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo. Over forty local designers showcased …

Queries: Paper lined bed testers

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Cybèle Gontar and Stephen Harrison are writing an article on paper-lined bed testers. Decorative wallpapers have traditionally been placed on walls, ceilings, and folding screens. Less commonly, wallpapers were also used to cover valances and ceilings of bedsteads in the late eighteenth century. Bed and window valances covered with paper were advertised by Francis Delorme, a French immigrant craftsman in …

In conversation with…Ralph Harvard

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While booth design may be a secondary consideration for some exhibitors at the Winter Antiques Show, every year a handful make a splash.  Among these, the designs of the New York-based interior designer and architectural historian Ralph Harvard have come to be the most anticipated of the show. We recently caught up with Harvard and asked him to talk about …