Our main source of inspiration has been a traveler’s handbook over New England dated in 1899, which we stumbled upon in a second-hand bookshop. Some of the patterns in the collection are direct interpretations of this historical journey through maps and magazine cutouts.
All of the names pay tribute to the legendary writers of New England. And, true to our legacy, the prints have that tactile, fabric like surface reminiscent of soft linen shirts and bath towels hanging to dry from a sun bleached porch. Welcome to our world! Welcome to our dream!
Lexington Company started out making bed linen from shirt material. Louisa is a homage to the classic striped work shirt. The design is printed using an engraving technique and has a fabric-like texture that softens the shirt stripes and gives the room a warm, pleasant feel.
Emily for Lexington is inspired by a fragment of old Cretonne-patterned wallpaper found in a New England archive. Bold tree patterns with birds like these were popular in the USA in the late 1600s. Emily is printed using an old collograph printing technique, where the colours are printed over one another with no drying in between, making every metre unique.
Herman is a classic mussel pattern that is very contemporary. The design comes from a small detail in the Harriet medallion pattern that we liked so much we turned it into a whole new wallpaper.
Harriet is a medallion wallpaper linked to New England’s European heritage and design tradition. Medallion patterns are among the most classic of designs and have been around as wallpaper since the first pioneers came to New England. Harriet is printed using an engraving technique that produces a textile feel, making the room cosy and homely.
Stripes form the basis of New England style and Lexington’s identity. This broad block stripe is classic, yet at the same time incredibly modern. Dan is printed using an old collograph printing technique and has a wonderful surface in both the light and dark colourways.
Edith brings a warm, textile feel and a new dimension to a room. The surface is comparable to linen and matches the Louisa, Herman and Harriet designs.
Stripes form the basis of New England style and Lexington’s identity. Stephen originates from a pin-striped man’s shirt that Lexington used as inspiration for their bed linen.
Arthur is our homage to New England’s many authors. The design is a graphic assortment of letters from an old-fashioned, slightly wonky, typewriter. Secret messages are hidden amidst the strings of letters and together they create engaging, finely-patterned walls.
The New England map comes from the chapter on New England in The United States Baedeker’s Handbook for Travelers from 1899 and is a historical survey of New England and the town of Lexington. The map is digitally printed and forms a picture or wall decoration that can be hung like wallpaper with a dimension of 135 x 186 cm.
Mark is made up of attractive pages from the chapter on New England in the old guide book The United States Baedeker’s Handbook for Travelers from 1899. We found this classic guide book in an antiquarian bookshop, and the chapter on New England has been turned into a wallpaper design that harks back to the old method of wallpapering using newspaper and book pages.
The map is digitally printed and forms a picture or wall decoration that can be hung like wallpaper with a dimension of 225 x 174 cm. It is ideal to hang above a sofa in a living room, above a desk in an office or in a children’s room, for example.