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29 SEPTEMBER 2013

Handmade in Britain: The Story of Wallpaper

"In the second programme in the series, presenter Paul Martin reveals the secret history of wallpaper from the 17th century to the present day.

The film explores how wallpaper, seemingly so fragile and easy to replace, provides a vital index of changing tastes in the home. The programme shows how from its earliest days wallpaper imitated other, more costly wall coverings: from the 17th–century papers that were designed to look like embroidered textiles to 18th–century flocked wallpapers. The latter, intended as a cheaper substitute for costly damasks or velvets, became a triumph of British innovation, coming to grace the grandest of state apartments and country house interiors.

Focussing on how wallpaper was actually made, the programme goes onto explore how it became one of the battlefields in discussions about design in the 19th century. For, although technological innovations in machine printing had allowed manufacturers to print elaborate designs with complex colour–ways, some commentators were shocked by the poor aesthetic quality of British wallpapers. The programme looks at how designers and reformers attempted to take the situation in hand: from 'The False Principles of Design', an exhibition organised by Sir Henry Cole, the first Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, which sought to instruct the British public in good and bad design; to the pioneering work of Augustus Pugin and William Morris.

Finally, the film traces the fortunes of wallpaper in the 20th century. Patterned walls faced stiff competition from the purity of plain, painted or whitewashed walls, as advocated by modernists like Le Corbusier. However, new techniques, like screen–printing, allowed shorter runs of innovate wallpapers, which were aimed at architects and interior designers. And, as Paul Martin discovers, wallpaper is still flourishing at the beginning of the 21st century. A combination of digital printing, screen–printing and hand–printing allows companies, like Timorous Beasties, to produce exciting new designs.

Presented by Paul Martin, contributors include Christine Woods, Anthony Wells–Cole, Martha Armitage, Allyson McDermott and Paul Simmons (Timorous Beasties), as well as V&A experts."

First broadcast on 25 September 2013 on BBC Four as part of the Handmade in Britain series [http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03bm1rg].

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16th century17th century18th century19th century20th century21st century • Allyson McDermott • Anthony Wells-Cole • antiqueart and craftsArts and Crafts Movement • Augustus Pugin • bad design • BBC Four • changing tastes • Christine Woods • colourways • damask • deluxe item • design craftdigital printingdomestic material object • elaborate designs • embroidered textiles • flock wallpaper • good design • hand-printing • Handmade in Britain (series) • Henry Cole • industrial grime • interior design • interior designer • interior stylingLe Corbusierluxury • machine printing • makersmanufacturing technology • Marthe Armitage • Palladio Wallpapers • pattern • Paul Martin • Paul Simmons • poisonprinting processscreenprinting • stately homes • technological innovation • The False Principles of Design • Timorous Beasties • two-up-two-down • velvetVictoria and Albert Museum • wall coverings • wallpaperwallpaper design • wallpapering • William Morris

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Simon Perkins
31 MARCH 2012

Stylus: business intelligence and inspiration to drive new ideas

"Culture & Media reveals how the worlds of entertainment, media and digital and the creative side of marketing and advertising influence cultural movements that impact on business decisions. Expert reports on art, graphics, illustration and global exhibitions offer visual inspiration for inquisitive creative minds."

(Stylus media group)

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account manager • active leisure time • advertisingart and cultureart worldB2Bbrand managerbrand strategy • business decisions • buyers • childrenswear • colour • colour trends • commercial implications • commercial insightconsumer lifestylesconsumer productsconsumer products in homeconsumer trendscreative business insightscreative directorcreative industriescreative intelligence • creative marketing • creative media • creatively led retailing • cross-sector innovation • culture and media • design and cultural influences • design inspirationdesign magazinedesign resourcedesign trendsdigital commerce • entertainment news • expert information • expert report • fashion buyers • fashion design • fashion designers • fashion manufacturing • fashion retail • furniture designfuture concepts • gastronomy • global analysis • global expert opinion • global information • graduate showsgraphic designerhome accessories • hospitality • in-depth analysis • industrial design • industry executives • innovative design • inquisitive creative minds • insider guides • inspirational destinations • inspirational visual contentinspiring design • inspiring illustration • interior architectureinterior stylingknowledge based economyleisure industrieslifestyle • marketing manager • material trends • materials innovationmenswear • merchandise planner • merchandising and management • new productsnew servicesonline magazine • packaging designer • product designer • product developer • product directions • product launches • product manager • retail analysis • retail landscape • revenue-building ideasscience and technology • seasonal colour inspiration • sports and leisure • sports industries • store design • Stylus (magazine) • subscription service • sustainable thinking • technology innovationtextilestravel and leisure • travel industries • trend analysis • trend setting • trendsvisual communicationvisual culturevisual designvisual inspiration • visual merchandiser • visual merchandisingwomenswear • youth and beauty

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
11 MARCH 2011

Sylvia Anderson on the fashion of the 1970's TV Series UFO

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19701970s70s televisionaction-adventure • APF • BritishBritish television • Captain Scarlet • Century 21 Productions • childrens televisioncostume designcult television • Dolores Mantez • Doppelganger (1969) • Ed Bishop • futuristicfuturistic designfuturistic visionGabrielle Drake • Gerry Anderson • groovyinterior stylinginterview • ITC Entertainment • Journey to the Far Side of the Sun • live-action • live-action television • Michael Billington • practitioner interviewsci-fiscience fictionscience fiction seriesscience fiction television seriesset decorset designspace agespace age lookspace explorationspace shipspace suitspace travelspecial effects • Stingray • Sylvia Anderson • synthetic fibre • The Mysterons • ThunderbirdsTV seriesUFO • UFO (TV Series) • women designerswomen in film

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
22 NOVEMBER 2009

Verner Panton: synthetic fantasy landscapes

"From the end of the Sixties to the mid–Seventies the chemical company Bayer rented a pleasure boat during every Cologne furniture fair and had it transformed into a temporary showroom by a well–known contemporary designer. The main aim was to promote various synthetics products in connection with home furnishings. Verner Panton was commissioned no less than twice to design this exhibition, entitled 'Visiona'. The 1970 'Visona 2' exhibition showed the Fantasy Landscape which was created in this environment. The resulting room installation consisting of vibrant colours and organic forms is one of the principal highlights of Panton's work. In terms of design history this installation is regarded as one of the major spatial designs of the second half of the twentieth century.

The creative fireworks which Panton lit with his studio within a preparation time of only a few months for 'Visiona 2' is expressed not only in the highly diversified room designs in the exhibition ship, but also in the wide range of furniture, lighting, wall coverings and textiles developed specially for this presentation. Some of these were adapted and went into series production later."

(Verner Panton)

Visiona 2, Verner Panton, Panton Design, Showroom, Ausstellung, Cologne furniture fair; Visiona 2, Biographie, Verner Panton, imm cologne, Kölner Möbelmesse; Vitra–157; VP–13–H906, Panton Design, Basel

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1960s19701970sambience • Basel • Bayer • Cologne • Cologne furniture fair • colourcolour and lightcreative practicedesignenvironmentexhibitionfantastic architecture • fantasy landscape • furniture fair • futuristic designgroovyhome furnishingsimmersive experienceinstallationinterior designinterior stylinglight and space • organic forms • Panton Design • physical environment • pleasure boat • presencespacespace age lookspace-framespatial designspectaclespectacular architecturesyntheticsynthetic fibreVerner Panton • Visiona

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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