I wanted to redo one of our washrooms when you first walk into the house so it was a very important space since I like to entertain so wanted something unique and that would give the space some personality I looked at Graham & Brown for some help.
I am a bit in love with SHIBORI – a Japanese dying technique and was so happy when I found that they had wallpaper in three colors to choose from. I chose the grey in the end so it would be subtle and not too busy — I loved the blue too but thought that would be too bold for this small area but incredible for an expansive space.
I worked with PERFECTIONIST PAINTING in Brooklyn where Daniel & Ulysses came in and measured all and did an amazing job with all the seaming. It was a bit of process since we were also going to redo the tile in the bathroom which meant taking old tile on floor out and cementing floor since it was so uneven when they originally did construction and take out the appliances – wallpaper and put all back – about a 4 – 5 day process but we got it done.
Our dining room area was set up with a table to measure the wallpaper roll it out and cut it as you can see here.
and VIOLA !
Finished photos from Emma DiMarco *
A bit about this amazing brand :
For over seventy years, Graham & Brown has inspired people to think differently about their walls through continuous innovation, creativity, and craftsmanship. Founded by two friends – Harold Graham and Henry Brown, the business has been family-run from its Headquarters in Blackburn, Lancashire since 1946.
Graham & Brown use the finest inks, and highest quality papers in production of their wallpapers.
The one I chose was inspired by the Japanese dying technique of Shibori, The wallpaper is paste the wall so requires no pasting table and can be re-positioned once on the wall. The perfect pattern for a room in need of calm.
Graham & Brown produce enough wallpaper every year to:
- Go to the moon and back twice
- Go around the equator 40 times
- Cover 8,362 football pitches
- Go coast to coast in the US 333 times
- Go from Blackburn to New York and back 120 times
- Go from Blackburn to Sydney and back 47 times
- Every 6 weeks Graham & Brown produce enough wallpaper to stretch from the Blackburn, UK Head Office to the Melbourne, Australia office
- Graham & Brown produce enough wallpaper every forty-five minutes to cover one football pitch
Now the UK’s leading wallpaper manufacturer*, Graham & Brown has expanded its collection to include paint, murals, wall art and soft furnishings. Products are sold via major international Home & DIY retailers as well as direct to customers in Graham & Brown retail outlets and on grahambrown.com.
Voted a Cool Brand™ seven years running, and Best British Decorating Brand 2017 by a leading British newspaper, Graham & Brown is sold internationally to over seventy-five countries through its divisions in North America, France, Holland, Russia, China and Australia.
Graham & Brown has created an extensive archive of over 30,000 pieces, comprising of in-house designs and historic works, some dating back over two hundred years. Each day this archive grows as the Graham & Brown design team create artwork in Blackburn, Holland and France.
At Graham & Brown creating wallpaper is an artisanal process with the human touch at its very heart. Artworks are hand drawn or hand-painted in the Graham & Brown studio by a team of multi-talented surface pattern artists. These artworks can take several days to create, and every creation is carefully archived so it can be drawn upon in the future. From these artworks, designs are manipulated, coloured and separated, utilising both commercial and specialist software applications. Completed artworks are then digitised and separated into layers that allow for the design to be manipulated during the printing process. For example, the petals of a floral design might be printed by one cylinder, leaves by another. Multiple colour combinations can be formulated at the point of creation, they may even be re-coloured at a later date to reflect changing tastes in colour.
Colours are mixed by eye from just four base pigments by the Graham & Brown colour experts. Perfect colour vision is essential and is identified using the Munsell vision test, which measures superior colour analysis. It is an art watching someone match the colour of a reference piece in moments from these base materials, their eye for colour, and years of experience.
All designs and colours are then tested by “proofing” samples of the design as mini-sections of wallpaper. This can be done using CAD (Computer Aided Design) or via the hand-operated proof presses which replicate the production process on the factory floor.
The wallpaper design is then shared with the production teams in the factory, along with the colour ‘pots’ from which the bulk inks are replicated for the machine’s print run.
All the collections for the Graham & Brown brand carry the “Atelier” name as the definition fits our studio nicely – An atelier (French: [atəlje]) is the private workshop or studio of a professional artist in the fine or decorative arts, where a principal master and a number of assistants, students, and apprentices can work together producing pieces of fine art or visual art released under the master’s name or supervision.
Andrew Graham, Chief Executive Officer and third-generation member of the co-founding family, believes that the dedicated employees at Graham & Brown are what set the company apart from its competitors – “The people at Graham & Brown are our magic dust” – seventy-nine employees have been at the company for over twenty-five years! All are passionate about delivering the highest quality product and exceeding customers’ expectations.
The Graham & Brown manufacturing team have been producing wallpaper in Blackburn since 1946 and have amassed over 5,000 years of combined experience. The manufacturing unit covers 200,000 square feet and can sustainably produce over 16 million rolls of wallpaper sustainably per year. The expert manufacturing team have amassed over 5,000 years’ worth of experience and the facilities can produce several types of wallpaper:
Rotogravure – Gravure is a printing process which involves engraving a design in a series of small cells into a thin sheet of copper, this sheet is then electroplated onto a steel cylinder. Whilst printing, the ink sits within the cells and transfers the design to paper, repeating the pattern with each cycle of the cylinder. The ink is dried at 180°C, the heat is then recycled for use within other areas of the factory. The machine can print at 140 metres per minute, or 14 rolls per minute.
Rotary Screen – The Rotary Screen printing process uses hollow cylindrical ‘screens’, the surface of which is perforated with fine holes. Selected areas are blocked with emulsion. Ink is then pumped into the centre of the screens and pushed through the exposed perforations with a ‘blade’, these exposed areas then transfer ink directly onto the paper. ‘Blowing agents’ can be added to the “plastisol inks” to add texture, the plastisols rise like a sponge cake when exposed to heat. The print process is 200m long from start to finish – before it comes out and is coiled up into 10m rolls. It runs at 60 metres a minute but produces 12 rolls a minute because the machine prints two wallpapers wide.
Air-knife Coating – To retain the vivid hues and luxurious tactility of fibrous paper – giving a luxurious feel, the background colour is ‘air-knife coated’. This process involves dropping the paper into a bath of ink and using a high-pressure air-knife to remove the excess. Metallic or solid inks are then added through a single screen-printing head.
Digital Printing – Predominantly used to print mural wallpapers and very short production runs this industrial scale ‘ink-jet’ printer allows Graham & Brown to print designs that may not involve a repeated pattern.
All Graham & Brown wallpapers are produced to the highest standards, meeting the European Management Standard ISO 9001. One roll from every batch of wallpaper made in the factory are hung onto the walls in our Quality Control department. This ensures that the colour is consistent, that the print has been produced correctly, that textures are the correct depth and most importantly that the wallpaper hangs and removes easily. This dedication to quality probably makes this the most decorated wall in Britain.
Graham & Brown’s manufacturing process has sustainability at its core and a number of practices are put in place to minimise the environmental impact. The purpose-built facilities have been accredited with ISO14001 and deemed ‘low-risk’ to the environment.
For every tree used by Graham & Brown, three are planted. This is important as they use around 23,000 tonnes of paper each year. Meaning that the 10km area around the paper mill is able to continually supply paper to the factory, and no new forests are felled.
Since the early eighties Graham & Brown has been separating production waste to ensure that paper is re-pulped and all white spirits are recovered from any liquid waste. All cartons are FSC accredited, and boxes are glued together to avoid the use of non-biodegradable vinyl tape.
*based on manufacturing volume