About Us

CommonRoom aims to make high-quality art accessible to the many, rather than the few. They commission original designs from contemporary artists, as well as producing an annual archival collection that commemorates the great history of artist wallpapers. Both their contemporary and archival ranges bridge the worlds of art and interiors and changes the idea of wallpaper as background, placing it squarely in the foreground instead. CommonRoom's work is designed to challenge and excite, just like every great piece of art. All of their products are designed and made sustainably in the UK, supporting British manufacturing and minimising the company's carbon footprint. In purchasing a CommonRoom design, the buyer supports British industry while acquiring a contemporary artwork.

Launched in 2014 by London-based artist Kate Hawkins, CommonRoom began life with a modest offering of four designs. In 2015, Sarah McClean, with a background in marketing and communications, joined her after a chance meeting at an antenatal class. Since then they have expanded their product range to include select home furnishings and contemporary artworks, in addition to an archival print line. Each year CommonRoom launches an historical collection from the archives, and in 2016 they collaborated with the V&A archives to produce their inaugural design 'Lioness and Palms' from a 1918 print by CFA Voysey. The following year they added Wave (1929), by the great British artist Edward Bawden, and have also produced a collection taken from Mr Kilburn's Calicos - a book of watercolours by William Kilburn, one of the most celebrated textile artists of the 18th century. 

CommonRoom has a range of contemporary wallpapers by artists including The Grantchester Pottery, Susie Green and design studio Casa Estudio. Using their extended network of contemporary artists, they can also create bespoke wallpapers on commission. 

How would you describe your style?

"Wallpapers designed to challenge and excite, just like every great artwork. Bridging the worlds of art and interiors, with bold yet timeless designs, created by artists, past and present."

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"Using our network of artists, CommonRoom is thrilled to be able to collaborate with stylists, interior designers and brands on bespoke commissions to create an original wallpaper artwork. We pair an artist whose style, technique or approach fits with the client’s brief."