Flavor Paper’s Warhol piece added to Cooper Hewitt

Flavor Paper's Warhol piece added to Cooper Hewitt

Marilyn Monoprint Wallpaper Joins City Park, Cherry Forever, Golden Relief, and Shoes in Permanent Collection

Brooklyn-based wallpaper company Flavor Paper’s Marilyn Monoprint is one of the newest additions to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, joining City Park, Cherry Forever, Golden Relief, and Shoes in the museum’s permanent collection. The Collections Committee voted unanimously to acquire two Marilyn colorways for the museum’s permanent collection – Black and Diamond Dust Hot Pink. The design was acquired based on Flavor Paper’s ability to capture the strong graphic nature of Warhol’s work as a hand screened wallpaper and the attention to detail in making each repeat unique. The diversity within the print run is the result of an elaborate monoprint technique where 4-6 artists paint into a screen using brushes, spray bottles, pallet knives and squeegees to create blends and textures and then print that screen to create a flat layer. The Marilyn outline is then printed over the one-of-a-kind monoprint background. The wallpaper is part of the Andy Warhol X Flavor Paper collection, which was created in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

“Capturing the essence and freedom of a Warhol painting as a silk screened monoprint is truly artwork. We feel it sets a new standard for creativity within the wallpaper medium and couldn’t be happier to have it recognized by the pinnacle of American design collections” says Jon Sherman, Founder and Creative Director of Flavor Paper.

Marilyn Monoprint references Andy Warhol’s series of photo-silkscreen paintings and screen prints derived from a publicity photo of Monroe from the 1953 film “Niagara.” Towards the end of his career, Warhol revisited his most popular works from the 1960s and printed them as negatives, known as the “Reversal” series. Stylistically, Flavor Paper’s process is similar to how Warhol created paintings and screen prints from the “Reversal” series, but at a much greater scale, in repeat, and entirely as a screen print. Click here for a quick view of how Flavor Paper prints the Marilyn Monoprint wallpaper.

Located in New York City, the Cooper Hewitt is one of nineteen museums that falls under the wing of the Smithsonian Institution and is the only museum in the United States devoted to historical and contemporary design. The Permanent Collection consists of more than 200,000 objects representing contemporary and historical design in four curatorial departments – Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design; Product Design and Decorative Arts; Textiles; and Wallcoverings.

About Flavor Paper

Founder and Creative Director Jon Sherman’s original New Orleans start-up and the subsequent development of the Flavor Paper manufacturing facility on Pacific Street in Brooklyn has successfully wallpapered millions of square feet around the globe. Flavor Paper continues to collaborate with Kravitz Design, Milton Glaser, and most recently, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts. Clients at the firm span from the architectural IAC Building by Frank Gehry in New York, to sports brand Nike, fashion retailer Steve Madden, international luxury SLS Hotels, W Hotels and more. Flavor Paper designs are also part of permanent museum collections at the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. Flavor Paper is eco-friendly, using water-based inks and PVC-free, recyclable and recycled content when possible. All products are print-to-order for easy customization and little to no wasted materials. Visit www.flavorpaper.com for more information.