01 April 2009

Why Can’t You Buy Wallpaper Like This Anymore?

This is the last week to catch the "Wall Stories: Children's Wallpaper and Books" exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York.

The exhibit mixes wallpaper inspired by children's books and books that use paper engineering to trace the rise of products made just for American children.

Who would buy Dick Tracy wallpaper? Harlan Ellison for one--though as an adult collector, not as a child.

Potrzebie critiques how the design portrays Tracy allies but not his colorful villains. The Smithsonian (parent of the Cooper-Hewitt) explains the exhibit.

(Thanks to Elly Rubin for the original link.)


AliceB said...

I saw the exhibit back in December -- it was very good. The funniest item though, by far, was the scratch and sniff wallpaper. I kid you not. We weren't allowed to touch it, of course, but if you leaned in, there was the unmistakable odor of artificial cherry. . .

J. L. Bell said...

I have vivid sense memories of 1970s scratch-and-sniff technology as being enthusiastic but flawed—better at delivering strong odors than at replicating accurate ones.

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