Barneby Gates: Quintessentially
English Wallpaper

Store Profile

  • Location: Online
  • Specialty: English wallpaper
  • Price range: ($$$) High-End
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Store History

  • Founded: 2009
  • Founded by: Vanessa Barneby & Alice Gates
  • Headquarters: Wiltshire, UK

Ex Vogue Living Editor, Vanessa Barneby graduated from Edinburgh University in 1999 and went on to study decorative painting, trompe l’oeil and restoration at Hampstead Decorative Arts in London. Her passion for furniture, textiles and print led to a position as an interiors stylist at House & Garden for 5 years. <br><br> From 2004 until 2009 Vanessa was the Living Editor at British Vogue where predicting and writing about upcoming trends in design, styling shoots, and examining the correlation between fashion and interiors were all part of her job. <br><br> A fellow Edinburgh graduate, Alice Gates went on to study figurative painting overseas before achieving a Masters in Fine Art at The City & Guilds of London Art School. Her vivid, often narrative paintings, rooted in fashion illustration, have been exhibited worldwide and featured in numerous publications including Vogue, Tatler and The Saturday Times Magazine. She has also collaborated with the fashion label Libelula, designing prints for their ready-to-wear collections.

Vanessa Barneby is a former Vogue Living Editor. Alice Gates is a painter with roots in fashion illustration. Together they are Barneby Gates, producing new takes on traditional wallpaper in their native England.

Barneby and Gates create all of their own designs and the papers are produced "at one of the few remaining print works in the Midlands using traditional printing techniques." This Other Eden, for example, was printed using the the Gravure Printing technique. "Copper printing rollers are engraved with the design, with a separate roller for each colour. The depth of the engraving determines the strength of the colour, which means that each roller is capable of printing tones of that colour. Thus, photographic levels of detail can be achieved with a wonderful 3-D effect in certain light, unlike modern digital processes which tend to look flat."

At first glance many of the designs look like standard prints. It's only upon closer inspection that you see the details that make the prints unique, such as the rabbits that create the design on Boxing Hares.

Shown above:
Horse Trellis
Honey Bees
Boxing Hares
This Other Eden

(Images: Barneby Gates)

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