January 7, 2021
Historic Royal Palaces’ licensee, Cole & Son, launches a new wallpaper collection for 2021, entitled “Great Masters.”
The “Great Masters” collection honors the skill of architects, artists, master carvers, ironworkers and landscape designers, whose skill and creative ingenuity continues to allure and evoke marvel to this day.
The design house of Cole & Son took inspiration for each of the collection’s 17 designs from the magnificent architecture, interiors, collections and gardens of the Historic Royal Palaces sites, including Hampton Court Palace with its unique mix of Tudor and baroque style, Kensington Palace with its decorative Victorian charm and the imposing Tower of London.
“Our second collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces is so important to us as it really captures our brand values of ‘Living Art & Living History,’” says Marie Karlsson, managing director, Col & Son. “The inspiration we found within the palaces and their grounds was unparalleled; Great Masters is our largest collection to date with 17 designs including the masterpiece Verdure Tapestry which was entirely hand-drawn and hand-painted to scale, creating a vast verdant scene which encapsulates the whole collection. We decided to not only produce this in a traditional Cole & Son way as a non-woven paper, but also as a 100% pure silk wallcovering – a luxurious first for our Design House.”
With a shared passion for preserving the past, in order to inspire the future, the licensee’s second collection with Historic Royal Palaces celebrates quintessential British history and heritage through Cole & Son’s detailed hand and use of color and pattern.
“’Great Masters’ is a stunning wallpaper collection that has really embraced the scope of inspiration the palaces have to offer,” says Jenny Smyth, licensing manager, Historic Royal Palaces. “They enable consumers to bring the magnificence of these buildings and the craftsmen that created them into their own homes. Never has the support of our licensees and their customers been more important in giving the palaces a future as bright as their past and the purchase of these wallpapers makes a vital contribution towards enabling them to stir the spirits of many generations to come.”
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