Cole & Son launches Foundations

Cole & Son will launch the Spring/Summer 2011 Collection, Foundations, in July. Consisting of ten designs, the leading wallpaper manufacturer’s latest collection is influenced by architectural building materials and reclaimed surfaces.

 Materials such as metal, timber, marble and concrete provide inspiration for the collection, with many of the designs incorporating a recycled feel for a vintage or urban effect. The designs are a fusion of new ideas and prints from the extensive Cole & Son archive.

 Cole & Son CEO, Simon Glendenning comments: "Our latest collection highlights the aesthetic beauty of every day surfaces and textures, in a contemporary and luxurious manner. Whether it’s a residential or commercial setting, these stylish designs will create an impact and appeal to customers looking to create dramatic and unexpected interiors."


The ten designs included in the Foundations collection are:

 Crackle – An array of distressed and weathered crackled paint effects ranging from Gustavian-style bleached paintwork to luxurious and exuberant gilded surfaces. Colourways include White Cream, Light Blue, Duck Egg & Gold, Ink Blue, Silver, Gold and Bronze. 

 Antique Mirror – A design incorporating reclaimed tiles creating the appearance of a vintage foxed mirror. Unusual printing techniques were incorporated with the use of foil and transparent ink creating the reflective effect. Colourways include Silver, Grey and Golden Bronze. 

 Concrete – A carefully designed pattern to resemble an industrial surface. Colourways available are Light Grey, Charcoal, Cork and Yellow.

 Tweed – A chic, never used vintage design from the 1950’s. A colourful pattern that incorporates a tweed texture on a solid background, this design would suit a feature wall for maximum impact. Colourways include White, Brown, Black & White, Yellow & Orange, Blue and Red. 

 Wood Grain – A hand drawn wood grain effect with an industrial edge, available in mostly neutral tones. Colourways include Grey & Grey, Drift Wood, Oak, Walnut, Dark Brown, White, Inky Blue and Black & White. 

 Stone Block – An impressive trompe l’oeil style stone block print, accurately replicating the illusion of masonry. One of Cole & Son’s popular past prints, the design has been resurrected and printed in a new selection of colours. Colourways include White, Grey, Sandstone, Black and Pink Grey. 

 Marble – Replicating a large slab of marble, this striking pattern is available in White, Grey & White, Green and Black colourways.

 Embossed Moiré – Printed using a traditional embossing method, historically used to create a sophisticated watered silk effect. Available in three metallic colourways including Gunmetal, Silver & Gold.

 Weave – A small scale print, this woven design is from the Cole & Son archive and imitates a straw-like texture. Colourways include White, Grey, Oatmeal, Black and Red. 

 Salvage – This design has a vintage, tarnished copper panel effect combining rusting metal colours in a manner reminiscent of stripped walls and old paint work. Colourways include White & Grey, Plaster, Metal Rust, Charcoal & Silver and Copper & Green. 


For further information, high-res visuals, samples or product requests please contact 


Jess Burnett, Head of PR and Marketing 


t: +44 (0)208 442 7180 

m: +44 (0)7720 738434 


or Laura Sage, Showroom Manager 


t: +44 (0)207 376 4628.



* Founded in 1875, Cole & son retains the original spirit of the company, combining skilled craftsmen with traditional processes and the latest modern technology. Today, the Cole & Son archive consists of approximately 1,800 block print designs, 350 screen-print designs and a huge quantity of original drawings and wallpapers, representing all the styles from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The company has worked on wallpaper collections with top international designers such as Tom Dixon, Piero Fornasetti and Vivienne Westwood.

 * Sought after internationally by royalty, celebrities, leading interior designers, and clients seeking the most luxurious and exquisite designs, Cole & Son is the premium choice for both period and contemporary wallpapers, which are featured in many historical homes and buildings including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the White House.

 * The Cole & Son factory is located in North London, where a range of different production techniques are undertaken – including: screen-printing, surface-printing, wooden block printing and hand-flocking.

 * Cole & Son's London showroom is located at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road London, SW10 0XE. Phone: +44 (0)207 376 4628

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