Mallett Antiques: Design House

Calico Wallpaper made its UK debut at the London Design Festival with a bespoke installation presented in collaboration with renowned antiques dealer Mallett. In celebration of their 150 year anniversary, Mallett curated DESIGN HOUSE, transforming their Dover Street gallery into a showcase for the work of three key designers, each pushing the possibilities of traditional techniques to create unique contemporary designs. Calico Wallpaper was honored to exhibit alongside British jewelers Pomellato, and legendary Mexican silversmiths Tane.

To adorn the walls of Mallett’s distinctive space at the Ely House, Calico Wallpaper developed a custom blue and gold Wabi colorway, designed to harmonize with the delicate French gray of the painted walls, the regal blue carpeting, and the gilding of the surrounding sculptures. The drawing room, decorated by Sir Robert Taylor in 1772, retains its original Georgian moldings, which Calico Wallpaper used to elegantly frame their suite of six unique large-scale panels. The result was a backdrop both vibrant and ornate, beautifully—and appropriately—framing a series of events and talks centering on the fusion of 18th century techniques with 21st century design.

One of the oldest antique dealers in the world, Mallett strives to artfully intertwine historical knowledge and contemporary aesthetics in order to generate an innovative mélange of old and new. DESIGN HOUSE was curated by Mallett’s head of Contemporary Design, Eleonore Halluitte Andrews, who said of the project: “We are excited to collaborate with such exceptional talents, and honoured to present their new collections with our historical pieces. The designers and the brands at DESIGN HOUSE share Malletts passion to reinterpret and push the boundaries of skills inherited from the 18th century. We are proud to be once more the home of cutting edge-design for designers and collectors alike.”

Photography by Ed Reeve