shopping 08.11.14

Secondhand Rose

Suzanne Lipschutz has been selling wallpaper since 1967. Her store, Secondhand Rose, 230 5th Ave. [26th/27th] 212.393.9002, has rolls and rolls of gorgeousness from floor to ceiling. Ms. Lipschutz says it's the largest collection of antique wallpaper in the world.

The store, formerly in Tribeca, now a little further uptown, has 50,000 rolls of over a thousand patterns from the 1840s to the 1970s.

The Art Deco patterns are sublime—many are geometrics that change their mind every few inches, enlivened by wonderful colors. She has florals, chinoiserie, mylar from the 70s, damask, and charming novelty wallpapers. There are faux-finish styles that look like tufting or wood, marble, grass or brick.

Keep in mind that these are originals, not reproductions. They're not inexpensive but you can make a lot of statement with not a lot of rolls.

Some of Ms. Lipschutz's paper is featured in the book Off the Wall: Wonderful Wall Coverings of the Twentieth Century by Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker.

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