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1948

  • Work on this object began.

1958

  • Work on this object ended.

1991

  • We acquired this object.

1995

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2021

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Sidewall (Canada), 1948–58

This is a Sidewall. It is dated 1948–58 and we acquired it in 1991. Its medium is machine printed on textured paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Large-scale vining tropical plants became a popular and dramatic wallpaper trend in the 1950s. The bold patterning of the monstera foliage printed against a stark white background reflects the mid-century homeowners interest in sun rooms and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle of warmer climates. These designs could be used on all four walls or to create a focal wall with a coordinating pattern on the remaining three.

This object was donated by Suzanne Lipschutz. It is credited Gift of Suzanne Lipschutz.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (b): 56 cm (22 1/16 in.) L x W (a): 167.6 × 56 cm (5 ft. 6 in. × 22 1/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed on left selvage: Match here, Made in Canada; printed in right selvedge: Park Avenue.

Cite this object as

Sidewall (Canada), 1948–58; machine printed on textured paper; H x W x D (b): 56 cm (22 1/16 in.) L x W (a): 167.6 × 56 cm (5 ft. 6 in. × 22 1/16 in.); Gift of Suzanne Lipschutz; 1991-89-204-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Kitsch to Corbusier: Wallpapers from the 1950s.

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