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Marveling at Marthe Armitage

This post is filed under the category “We’re Inspired,” but inspired doesn’t begin to describe how we feel about Marthe Armitage, a British wallpaper designer who prints her own linocut designs by hand on a small press she bought in the 1960s.

Wallpaper has been back on the design scene for years and, while we’re often enchanted by what a beautiful pattern can do for a room, we also know how dated wallpaper looked even just 15 years ago. We think Marthe’s wallpapers have an imperishable appeal because her process and designs blur the line between decorative and fine art.

Here is an excellent video that gives you a glimpse into Marthe’s approach and the humble but forceful woman she is:

Perusing her designs, which are available through Hamilton Weston, is a feast for the eyes.  Here are some of our favorites:

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Marthe also recently collaborated on a collection with Jo Malone, and we’re tempted by the scented drawer liners as much for the paper as for the luxurious fragrance.

Our favorite is the vases in blue; what’s your favorite from the wallpaper grande dame?