Steve Larson, principal at Adelphi Paper Hangings, joined the Practical Preservation Podcast to discuss his work recreating historic block print wallpaper. We covered multiple topics, including:
- Steve’s background growing up with access to his father’s paint and wallpaper store, and his art school projects using wallpaper
- How a project on block print wallpaper at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY eventually led to the founding of Adelphi Paper Hangings in 1999
- The history of wallpaper in America
- Adelphi Paper Hangings’ products, all of which are block print style and primarily from the “Golden Age” of block-printing (1740-1840)
- The block printing process they use, including materials and procedures closely aligned with those of the past
- Recommendations on how to purchase wallpaper, including measuring amounts needed, and the pricing process for commissioned pieces
- Notable projects and commissions, including ones at the DAR museum, Mt. Vernon, and Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, England
If you’re unsure of the benefits of historic reproduction block-print wall paper, Steve indicates that with Adelphi’s block print process, the final resulting wall paper has a richer surface appearance that can’t be replicated with screen or digital printing, and is best for reproducing a historic pattern.
You may also contact them about free samples the size of business envelopes, or larger $15 samples.