To commemorate their 70th anniversary, Farrow & Ball have released a new collection of wallpapers, all inspired by the decade of the company’s conception, the 1940s! I’ve picked out a few colourways from each of the new designs, Enigma, Gable and Arcade, to share with you.
Farrow & Ball have commented on the collection as a whole, “embracing the paradoxical feel of the post-war period – a time of looking forward while stepping back, the three uniquely textured wallpapers are contemporary interpretations of classic prints”.
‘Enigma BP 5501’
The first of the three new designs is called Enigma, and is inspired by Alan Turing and his story, which you may be familiar with if you’ve seen The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The mathematician was part of a secret code-breaking department of the government during the World War II, which managed to break the German military and navel codes.
‘Enigma BP 5506’
The pattern itself is a weave of interlocking rectangles, creating a sort of abstract chain-link design. It’s an intriguing pattern that creates a relationship between simplicity and intricacy, formula appears simple in theory, but the outcome creates a divine feast for the eyes. The range of colourways means that you can either go bold with this deep blue and gold, or keep it more neutral with a taupe and white colourway.
‘Enigma BP 5502’
‘Gable BP 5402’
From mathematical to quintessential, the next wallpaper is the charming Gable. Taking its inspiration from the British countryside, perhaps even Farrow & Ball’s place of origin, Dorset, the Gable design is a collection of cottages, barns, rolling landscapes and farmyard animals. The “earthy and rustic aesthetic” is well matched with contemporary colourways, making the designs an exciting combination of old and new.
‘Gable BP 5405’
‘Gable BP 5407’
As for the name, Gable, it refers to the triangular part of a roof, like on the barn you can see in the design, which as Farrow & Ball comment, “in this pattern the angular lines are perfectly offset by the curve of the hills and shapes of the trees”. This pattern is versatile enough to work in a contemporary or traditional design scheme, and would look as at home in a child’s bedroom as in a dining room.
‘Arcade BP 5306’
For the final look, Farrow & Ball use mid-century style as their palette. They state that, “design in the 1940s marked the transition from geometric and graphic shapes in the 20s and 30s, to the emerging of bright florals that started to appear in fabric and wallpaper designs”. The two tone curved shapes create a hypnotising patterns that can swing from both modern and traditional interiors, as well as playful and smart schemes too.
‘Arcade BP 5305’
The green and peach design above is a fresh and zingy colourway, perfect for a light and airy room. While the dark blue and shimmering gold packs quite a bold, dramatic punch. Paired with some dark wood floorboards this colourway is ideal for kitting out a moody study or living room.
‘Arcade BP 5307’
With 70 years under their belt, and still going as strong as ever, Farrow & Ball have a whole lot to celebrate, and these wallpapers are a perfect way to do so!