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Flock wallpaper is back but not as we know it… 8 October, 2009

Posted by Annie Deakin in Annie's blog.

The arrival of colder months brings with it a revival of velvet, both in the wardrobe and in the home. Recent catwalk shows for Gucci and Christopher Kane were awash with the furry stuff and the more fashionable of interior designers like Barbara Hulanicki are plastering flock on their walls.

Flock wallpaper, which first appeared in the 17th century­ in all its tactile glory, is back in favour with the trendsetters. While patterned wallpaper has been soaring in popularity over the past few years, the trend is fast veering into textured wallpapers.

Instead of the busy, outdated designs of history, fashion hero Barbara Hulanicki has created decadent and cheeky flock wallpaper.

How funky is her Shoes wallpaper for the Imelda Marcos among us:
Credit: Barbara Hulanicki for Graham & Brown

Worth a particular mention is her inky black Skulls wallpaper which repeats a black velvety skull graphic on a moody grey background. She says, “I love the almost shock element that you don’t instantly see the skull design unless you really look at the paper. This wallpaper would be particularly good in the guest loo!”
Even good old Marks & Spencer is pushing flock wallpaper and have pushed a wacky monochrome design across the front cover of the A/W 09 collection.
Velvet is well and truly back this season – how flocking wonderful!
Credit: Barbara Hulanick for Grahm & Brown



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