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Sidewall, Frames, 2004

This is a Sidewall. It was designed by Craig Wood and Chris Taylor and manufactured by Graham & Brown Inc.. It is dated 2004 and we acquired it in 2005. Its medium is screen printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Frames is a new idea in children’s wallpaper. It is one of the first wallpapers designed to be drawn on. Earlier interactive papers include cut-and-paste motifs from 1906 and chalkboard papers and paint-it-yourself scenics introduced in the 1950s. The paper’s attractive and stark graphic quality invites children to draw pictures within the frames. The paper can be installed horizontally as a border above a chair rail (or other child-appropriate height) or vertically, repeating in the usual fashion. Frames is a new take on print room wallpapers, popular during the mid-18th century, when it was common to paste engraved prints directly on the wall using a wallpaper border as a frame.
This paper makes a wonderful addition to our collection of both children’s papers and contemporary British papers.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Interactive wallpaper.

This object was donated by Graham & Brown Inc.. It is credited Gift of Graham & Brown Inc..

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Its dimensions are

Overall: 1005 x 52 cm (32 ft. 11 11/16 in. x 20 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Frames, 2004; Designed by Craig Wood and Chris Taylor; England; screen printed on paper; Overall: 1005 x 52 cm (32 ft. 11 11/16 in. x 20 1/2 in.); Gift of Graham & Brown Inc.; 2005-31-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Wall Stories: Children's Wallpapers and Books.

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