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What is this?

Children's interactive wallpaper containing 17 different picture frames of varying size. The frames are freely drawn in black line on a white ground. The empty frames are designed to be drawn in.

Why is this in our collection?

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... more

This is a sidewall from United Kingdom. It is dated 2004 and we acquired it in 2005. Gift of Graham & Brown Inc.. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

screen-printed on paper

Its dimensions are

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

This object was designed by Chris Taylor and Craig Wood and manufactured by Graham & Brown Inc.

This object was donated by Graham & Brown Inc.

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18701881/ |title=Sidewall, "Frames", 2004 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=28 November 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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