Blog: Warner Textile Archive

Mermaids, cherubs & cheer: Lana MacKinnon’s mid-century designs

“Victory in Europe” day was celebrated 8 May 1945 to mark the end of World War II. A flow of celebratory imagery appeared on ceramics, furnishing and dress fabrics, textiles and rugs. Mermaids and dolphins; putti and roses; swags and urns. Villas and houses were popular too. Colours were clear. But change is rarely singular…. Read more »

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Warner Textile Archive launch Wendy Bray wallpaper collection

Finding treasure in the attic doesn’t just happen to punters on the Antiques Roadshow. The launch yesterday of Warner Textile Archive’s Wendy Bray wallpaper collection (nine designs) at the Fine Cell Work pop-up shop in Mayfair, London, was the result of a rummage round the roof space. Warner’s Archivist Kate Wigley selected and developed designs… Read more »

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Fine Cell Work Launches Pop-Up Shop in Mayfair

Last night was the opening reception for Fine Cell Work’s pop-up shop at 5 Grosvenor Street in Mayfair, central London. Warner Textile Archive join Fine Cell Work in the shop with their latest wallpaper releases including “Aquitaine” which is papered on one wall of the shop. Fine Cell Work’s volunteers teach stitching skills in British… Read more »

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Warner Textile Archive release Marianne Straub wallpaper

Textile Designer Marianne Straub joined Warner & Sons in May 1950. Most of the company’s designs at the time were for the contract trade, meaning few people outside the industry knew who designed any given Warner textile. But that changed when Straub and her Warner colleague Alec Hunter worked with the Festival Pattern Group to… Read more »

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