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FORBIDDEN FRUIT

From poison greens prickling under petals of copper to decadent and dramatic blues, this is an intoxicating picture of gilded glamour with a sprinkling of metallic highlights. An entangled orchard of deep tones and natural hues waiting to be explored. Our energetic reimagination of Pat Etheridge’s 1968 Nana celebrates the vision of her original botanic print. Once considered too flamboyant and risqué for the design world, her trademark bohemian energy lends itself brilliantly to a more liberal time. 

An unusual design by one of Sanderson’s most innovative designers, Patricia Etheridge joined the Sanderson Studio in the mid-1960s, where she created some of Sanderson’s most vibrantly memorable and youthful designs.  ​​ Nana was originally produced for the 1968 Triad collection of co-ordinated fabrics and wallpapers, although its subject matter kept it in reserve until a time when The Design Journal  announced 1972 as the year that ‘natural materials need not be synonymous with drab colours’ and Nana was advertised as part of the Sanderson Palladio collection.​

During her time at Sanderson, Pat learned the art of botanical pattern drawing, but her legacy perhaps lies in her reinterpretation of Art Deco and Art Nouveau patterns, screen-printed in the bright and dramatic colours that were so favoured by those living bohemian lifestyles in the early 1970s. The popularity and  commerciality of her work makes for a lasting legacy. Our Etheridge collection is extensive, diverse and often surprising.  Our earliest archive sample of this pattern was printed in Chelsea by Charles Knowles & Co., ‘Art Wall Paper’ printer located 164 Kings Road, London SW3. Thereafter the design was re-issued in 1968 and then again in 1973 by Arthur Sanderson & Sons as a part of its strikingly modern Heritage Collection.

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