While in London with DesignHounds, I had the pleasure of getting up close and personal with Fromental wallpaper. In case you haven’t heard of it, Fromental is pretty much the gold standard for exquisite, luxury wall paper.It is high end couture for the walls. Hand printed, painted and the top of the line is hand embroidered as well. Obviously it’s not for everyone due to the expense but for those with the budget and the right space it is truly jaw dropping.
While the DesignHounds toured the showroom, everyone was “oohing” and “ahhing” over the large sample panels. It really was a treat to see the artistry that goes into creating such exquisite paper. Here are a few of my iPhone photos from the show room.
Can you imagine the skill and patience it requires to hand embroider wallpaper? It was mind boggling to me. Here is a close up of one of the birds.
Look at the detail in those tiny embroidered flowers.
The orange branches and flowers on a charcoal background was so striking. It almost seemed to be glowing from within.
A slightly more “affordable” option is to skip the embroidery and choose the hand painted only papers.
Still as beautiful and because it is all custom the designer can specify any colors and pretty much any pattern they can dream up.
Fromental is known for their exquisite chinoiserie wallpapers but they have many other designs and options as well.
A similar wallpaper to the one shown above was applied to a door in the showroom. I thought that was such a great application. It had a big impact and since you would not need very much it would be something us “normal folks” could do. Here is a close up.
Below is a new design I saw last week while at the Boston Design Center. The iconic chinoiserie pattern but in a fresh blue colorway.
After visiting the Fromental showroom the DesignHounds visited the Goring Hotel in London where Fromental was commissioned to create a very special wallpaper for the lobby. It was not what I had expected and was thoroughly charmed!
The owners of Fromental treated us to champagne while explaining the design concept behind the mural paper. The website sums it up better than my memory.
“Classical, idiosyncratic and quintessentially British, Fromental’s scenic portrays an Arcadian landscape enlivened with an anthropomorphised menagerie of wild and exotic beasts, some of which represent members of the Goring family past and present. Entertaining portrayals include Goring founder OR with second in line OG as walruses in bejewelled splendour; the family’s favourite pet pigs engaged in the Battle of Trafalgar, as well as legally trained Goring MD David Morgan-Hewitt as a gorilla in a judge’s wig.”
Within the wallpaper are allegorical animals that all have special meaning which the staff will gladly explain to curious visitors. It was such fun to walk around trying to find as many hidden animals as possible.
Then if all this fabulousness was not enough, the DesignHounds headed over to The Dorchester Hotel to the China Tang restaurant. Besides being treated to an amazing five star meal, the restaurant is covered in…you guessed it, Fromental wallpaper.
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of these beautiful papers as much as I did.