The design shows teddy bears having a picnic, and is aimed at children. But the opinion among MoDA staff is that the rather shocking colour-ways make these wallpapers quite eerie!
Personally, whenever I see them I can't helping thinking of a bizarre teddy bear version of Manet's Le dejeuner sur 'herbe of 1863. It's something about the group sitting in the clearing and the slightly odd treatment of space caused by the framing of the trees I think.
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The samples are unusually wide at 80cm and had previously been stored rolled up, making it awkward to get them out to view. In preparation for the move they were identified as part of a group of interesting wallpapers that should be flattened and placed in conservation sleeves in order to make them more accessible and easier to handle. This means that come MoDA's re-launch in October, anyone can book an appointment to come and see these gems in all their glory at the new Collections Centre.
We'd love to hear what you think of them. Would you hang either of these in your child's bedroom? Would you have wanted them in your room when you were a child? Let us know in the comments!