Palladio: The Architects’ Wallpaper

To accompany this conference, the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture will present an exhibition about Palladio wallpapers in the Atrium of Grove.

Begun in 1956 Palladio wallpapers aimed to appeal to architects reconstructing post-war Britain. It was an ambitious venture that commissioned bold wallpaper designs from artists, designers and architects including Audrey Levy, David Gentleman and Peter Smithson.


Intended for use in public spaces, the designs were characterised by large-scale patterns and expanses of colour achieved through hand silk screen production.  Palladio anticipated that its designs would mark a shift in public interiors, transforming the perception of wallpaper from background to an essential backdrop for social and public interactions in cafes, theatres and hotel lobbies.

This exhibition will recreate wallpaper designs and display archival material relating to the production, retailing and consumption of Palladio, exploring the ways in which it reimagined the role of wallpaper within public spaces.