At CommonRoom they wanted to find a way to make high-quality contemporary art accessible to the many rather than the few. They did this by commissioning working artists to design conceptual wallpapers. Wallpaper has generally been thought of as background rather than foreground – but not at CommonRoom. Their wallpapers are designed to challenge and excite. Just like every great artwork.
In purchasing a CommonRoom design you will be supporting emerging and established artists while acquiring a contemporary artwork. All our products are made in the UK by lovely people and real craftsmen. This supports British manufacturing and also helps minimize our carbon footprint.
Current Artists of CommonRoom:
Kate Owens (b. 1979, Bo’ness, Scotland based in London) gained her MA Sculpture at Royal College of Art, London (2008), and her BA Fine Art: Painting at Edinburgh College of Art (2002).
Recent solo shows include Limoncello, London (2013); Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (2013); The Goma, Madrid (2012); Seventeen Gallery, London (2011) and the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2007). Recent international group shows include Altman Siegel, San Francisco; Chez Valentin, Paris; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire (all 2012); Baltic 29, Newcastle; Fold Gallery, London; Galerie Arnaud Deschin, Marseille (all 2013); Frutta, Rome; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; DREI, Cologne (all 2014)
James Ferris (b. 1980, based in London) gained his BA in Philosophy and Fine Art from Reading University (2003), and gained his MA Fine Art from Goldsmiths, London (2009).
Recent solo and group exhibitions include 5050 Limoncello, London (2012) dienstgebaeude, Zurich (2012); ‘My Brother is a Hairy Man’, George Polke, London (2011); ‘Young British Art’, Limoncello, London (2011); and ‘Let’s Be Civil’, And/Or, London (2011). In 2014 James was artist in Residence at USF, Bergen, Norway and exhibited in ‘I am a Painting’, Kumu, Tallin, Estonia. This year he has been awarded the prestigious Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship at the British School of Rome.
Goshka Macuga (b. 1967 Warsaw, lives in London) studied at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and in Goldsmiths College, London. In 2008, she was amongst the four nominees for the prestigious Turner Prize, awarded to the most outstanding young British artist.
She has exhibited in such galleries as Whitechapel and Tate Britain in London and in Kunsthalle Basel. In April 2011, she opened an individual exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She also participated in the 2012 edition of the Documenta in Kassel and was the winner of the Arnold Bode Prize 2011. In 2013 she had solo shows at The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. In 2014 she exhibited in the 8th Berlin Biennale.
Kate Hawkins (b. 1980 Southampton, based in London) studied at Edinburgh University and the Slade and last year completed a practice-based PhD at Winchester School of Art on whether painting can be performative without becoming theatrical and what this means for spectatorship. In 2013 she exhibited in Bloomberg New Contemporaries, selected by Chantal Joffe, Ryan Gander, and Nathaniel Mellors and in 2014 New Order II at the Saatchi gallery. She is currently exhibiting in ‘The Decorator and the Thief’ at the NGCA, Sunderland. Upcoming exhibitions include ‘Painting in Time’ at The Tetley, Leeds.
Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Escape the Esplande, Limbo, Margate (2013) The King of Hearts Has No Moustache, Gallery Vela, London (2012); and My Brother is a Hairy Man, with James Ferris, at George Polke, London (2011).
Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857–1941) was an English architect, furniture and textile designer, perhaps perfectly described as ‘an architect of individuality’.
Awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 1940, at the age of 83 and some years since his last architectural project, Voysey was one of the leading figures of the Arts and Crafts movement and, some say, a forerunner in Modern Architecture, although he resented attempts to characterize his work and willfully rejected those that were made.
His architectural work was distinctive and memorable as is the furniture, wallpaper, fabric and domestic fittings he fastidiously designed with influences drawn from Arthur Mackmurdo to William Morris.