Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Adam Calkin - Magnificent Murals

In our previous post we mentioned meeting artist and muralist Adam Calkin at a Lewis and Wood event. We love Adams' designs - I have his wallpaper designs in four of my own rooms. So we thought we would share more about Adam and some images of his work for Lewis and Wood.

Adam Calkin

Adam Calkin has been one of the UK's leading decorative painters for thirty years, painting acres of wall space with decorative finishes and elaborate murals around the world. 

He now spends most of his time in his Wiltshire studio where he designs wallpaper and fabrics as well as working on furniture and paintings and bespoke wallpaper.

Fortunately for us, when he started creating fabrics and wallpapers he was able to share his love for flora and fauna with a much wider audience.  Below are some of his most popular creations. 

Adam's Eden

Adam's Eden by Adam Calkin for Lewis and Wood
Adam's Eden is loosely based on a European version of 18th-century chinoiserie and beautifully showcases Adam's wonderful talent for colour and pattern. 

It was designed for British fabric house Lewis and Wood and is available in both fabric and their wide-width wallpaper. It is not surprising that it is consistently one of their best sellers.

(By the way, Lewis and Wood's wide-width wallpaper is a dream to work with. It is soft but strong; it doesn't rip or tear; any creases smooth out easily;  it goes up really quickly; and there are very few joins.  In my opinion all wallpaper should be made this way - subject of a future post I think!

Back to Adam's Eden ....

Adam's Eden wallpaper by Lewis and Wood

Adam's Aden wallpaper. Property in Southwest harbor, Maine. Designed by Tom Scheerer.

Adam's Aden wallpaper. Property in Southwest harbor, Maine. Designed by Tom Scheerer. 
Adam's Eden wallpaper by Lewis and Wood.


Chateau - Sienna
Chateau by Adam Calkin, is a dramatic and open design which was inspired by a fragment of a fresco wall painting found in a French chateau.

It is available from Lewis and Wood in their wide-width wallpaper. It comes in two colourways -  Sienna (pictured left) and Gesso (see below).

Jasper Peony

Jasper Peony by Adam Calkin is a tranquil pattern with Chinoiserie influences and is one of Lewis and Wood's  original Wide Width Wallpapers.  

It is truly beautiful and is the perfect choice for creating a peaceful atmosphere.

The wallpaper comes in a very wide choice of 15 fabulous soft colourways. There are also 5 fabric colorways.

Jasper Peony Wallpaper - Lagoon Blue
Jasper Peony Wallpaper - Rose
Jasper Peony Wallpaper - Georgian Yellow

More about Adam Calkin can be found at

Lewis and Wood  has created a substantial collection of textiles and wallpapers, largely manufactured in Britain. The success of the company lies in its determination to be different. They are based in Woodchester Mill, a magnificent building in the Stroud Valleys.
We are proud to be suppliers of Lewis and Wood fabrics and wallpapers.
Lewis & Wood is renowned for its range of character and sporting wallpapers, Toile de Jouy designs, rich patterned velvets and large scale prints, as well as its wide width wallpapers.

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