De Gournay’s Hand-Painted Wallpapers Are Inexplicably Enchanting

Since its founding in 1984, de Gournay has captivated the interiors world with their hand-painted wallpapers of botanicals, menageries, and other earthly delights. Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow are devotees, as are top interior designers Michael S. Smith, Miles Redd, and Kelly Wearstler. Below, enchant your eyes with a wonderful assortment of de Gournay wallpapers—all featured in this ornate Rizzoli opus.

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Abbotsford hand-painted wallpaper in standard design colors on Ullswater India tea paper. PHOTO: TIM WALKER, COURTESY DE GOURNAY
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Namban hand-painted wallpaper in Polished Copper design colors on Deep Rich Gold gilded paper with Antiquing. Interior design by Jacques Bec and Artur Miranda of Oitoemponto. PHOTO: JÉRÔME GALLAND—LNB AGENT, COURTESY DE GOURNAY

Published this October, the company’s first book, De Gournay: Hand-Painted Interiors (Rizzoli) chronicles the brand’s history from its clandestine origins in 1984 to its ambitious collections and collaborations today.

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De Gournay: Hand-Painted Interiors by Claud Cecil Gurney (Rizzoli).PHOTO: © RIZZOLI NEW YORK, 2020
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Amazonia hand-painted wallpaper in standard design colors on Edo Chalk Pink painted Xuan paper. Amazonia shoes in Pink created by Aquazzura by Edgardo Osorio. PHOTO: COURTESY DE GOURNAY

“One of the greatest pleasures in life is to create a house, and that, to be truly happy, one must connect to nature and the growing of things,”

says Claud Cecil Gurney, founder of de Gournay.

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Erdem hand-painted wallpaper in standard design colors on Adam Grey dyed silk. Erdem Chinoiserie dresses by Erdem Moralıoğlu.PHOTO: SARAH PIANTADOSI—ARTISTRY LONDON, COURTESY DE GOURNAY

In March 2020, Erdem collaborated on a capsule collection with the brand, and, as its designs are by-and-large custom, de Gournay is frequently called the “haute decor” of modern wallpaper.

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Temple Newsam hand-painted wallpaper in standard design colors on custom Green Williamsburg painted silk at the former Balfour Castle Hotel, Scotland. PHOTO: COURTESY DE GOURNAY
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Rateau handmade wallpaper in original design colors on Deep Rich Gold gilded paper at the de Gournay showroom in San Francisco. Cabinetry by Clive Christian. PHOTO: R. BRAD KNIPSTEIN, COURTESY DE GOURNAY
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Bespoke Vases hand-painted wallpaper in custom design colors on Blue Green dyed silk. Interior design by Kelly Wearstler. PHOTO: COURTESY DE GOURNAY

Part of the company’s renown is their preservation of hand-crafted art forms which have inspired a new generation of creatives—even crossing thresholds into fashion and other areas of modern design.

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“L’Eden” wallpaper in a room designed by Douglas Friedman.
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“Sarus Cranes” wallpaper in a room designed by Rachel van de Brug.

This volume showcases de Gournay incredibly stunning designs in situ, in beautiful interiors created by top designers in homes from San Francisco and New York to London, Paris, and beyond. In love with this wallpaper art?

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