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April 2, Boston Design Week

BOSTON, Back Bay -- Two events for scenic wallpaper, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Tickets are limited & free, RSVP links below

EVENT: Hamlen Walls in Bloom, Wallpaper of Exquisite Antique Gardens & Birds

2pm - 3:30pm, at The Tennis & Racquet Club, 939 Boylston Street, RSVP at:

Explore the power of storytelling in antique panoramas painted with touches of fantasy and high comedy, in new digital editions. Join the conversation with Dev Hamlen, founder of the Hamlen Collection, Holly Alderman, art director and Tom Dobbins, T&R manager and learn the unique story behind the wallpaper as an heirloom that arrived in the mid-19th century by clipper ship. On view here for the first time, new custom digital facsimiles of wallpapers never exhibited since being hand painted by gifted artists in China in the early 19th century, and brought to Boston 4 generations ago by Nathaniel Hamlin.

Enjoy a garden tour of myriad auspicious symbols among flowering trees as an exotic aviary in elegant chinoiserie. Join the reception. Q & A. 


Above, attic guest room concept; below, sketch for Ronald Lee Fleming's Tea House at Bellevue House, Newport



After the discussion walk with Holly and other guests to La Voile to continue the afternoon (about 5 to 7 minutes here to there).

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EVENT: Color Antique Storyteller Prints of French Wallpaper Scenes, Antiques Anew

4 - 6:00 pm, at 1855 Bar à Vin, 259 Newbury Street, RSVP at:

Explore the power of storytelling in the new digital chic edition of a famous 1820 wallpaper tableaux of by Dufour, “leading French maker maker of scenic wallpapers” (Wendy Moonan, NYT'98). Join the conversation with art director Holly Alderman and 1855 partners, and colorize new 8x10 art prints in your own style. Enjoy sophisticated wit in Dufour's Comédie humaine observed as "a box in the theatre of the world” -- Walter Benjamin, 19th century Paris. Q & A.

The framed wallpaper scene (44" x 19.5') opens our eyes to a busy 19th century shipping port, travel on tall ships, walkabout the harbor and docks, observe landscapes on the bay, in wallpaper by Dufour of Paris.


About 1855 and La Voile  A mythic year - 1855 is the year of the first official classification of Bordeaux wines following the World’s Fair in Paris. Bordeaux is, of course, known as being one of the most prestigious wine regions of the world and a good glass of Bordeaux is a rite of passage for learning to love a good bottle of wine. This was the inspiration for our bar à vin (wine bar) – to inspire a love of wine.

La Voile, serving up its French bistro fare, has been a Newbury Street staple more than a decade. The wine list has grown exponentially ... Still, the team has bigger visions ... hence the opening of 1855, located just above La Voile. 1855’s wine list is comprised of more than 250 different varieties of French wine, not only from Bordeaux, but from across France...we wanted to highlight some of the little-known gems that can be discovered from boutique, small batch vineyards...we host a variety of tastings, classes, and special wine events. 


Learn about innovations to renew of extremely rare scenic panoramas, made originally entirely by hand about 200 years ago in pre-industrial ateliers in Paris and Guangzhou (Canton), now customized in designer colors, sizes, fabric applications, bespoke variations.

...................................more events.............................

July - New construction site visit, Hamlen chinoiserie curtains, moveable walls, French style accent wall, tote bags

August - Open Studio, Hamlen Chinoiserie, French style, Central Park & more

October - Monadnock Art Tour Open Studio

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