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On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C , Case MB2B, Shelf DR81, Box DW13

Lunar

Wallpaper
1964 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In the 1960s, wallpaper designers used new images inspired by space exploration. This is one of the earliest examples. Here you can see an abstract image based on photographs of the moon's surface. It also reflects the fantasy imagery of the 'psychedelic' graphic designs of the 1960s. The first man landed on the moon in 1969. By this time consumers could buy a variety of fabrics and wallpapers patterned with rockets and other space-age images printed in vivid Pop Art colours.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour screenprint, on paper
Brief Description
Portion of 'Lunar' wallpaper, a pink and black design based on the imagery of the moon's surface; Designed by Michael Clarke; Colour screen print on paper; Produced by Cole and Son (Wallpapers) Ltd.; England; 1964.
Physical Description
Portion of 'Lunar' wallpaper, a pink and black design based on the imagery of the moon's surface.
Dimensions
  • Height: 75.3cm
  • Width: 57.1cm
Style
Credit line
Given by Cole & Son (Wallpapers) Ltd.
Object history
Given by Cole & Son (Wallpapers) Ltd.
Historical context
Although the first manned moon landing did not take place until 1969, the imagery of space exploration was widely used by designers throughout the 1960s. Motifs such as astronauts and rockers appeared on wallpapers and textiles. This design, based on photographs of the moon's surface, is both abstract, and yet identifiable. It is printed in the luminous psychedelic purple so characteristic of sixties style.



[Gill Saunders, 'British Design at Home', p.153]
Subject depicted
Summary
In the 1960s, wallpaper designers used new images inspired by space exploration. This is one of the earliest examples. Here you can see an abstract image based on photographs of the moon's surface. It also reflects the fantasy imagery of the 'psychedelic' graphic designs of the 1960s. The first man landed on the moon in 1969. By this time consumers could buy a variety of fabrics and wallpapers patterned with rockets and other space-age images printed in vivid Pop Art colours.
Bibliographic References
  • Oman, Charles C., and Hamilton, Jean. Wallpapers: a history and illustrated catalogue of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Publications, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982.
  • Saunders, Gill. Wallpaper in Interior Decoration. V&A Publications. London, 2002. p. 149. pl 134.
Other Number
C.22106 - Previous number
Collection
Accession Number
E.952-1978

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record createdFebruary 10, 2000
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