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2014
06
Mar

If the walls could speak to us, what would they tell? What intimacies would they have witnessed? Rather than exploring the ability of walls to absorb and reproduce, Richard Harmanni discussed the physical aspects of what walls have to offer. Harmanni took us from the block-printing technique to the industrial revolution which made wallpapers available to the masses. We saw how new wallpaper is covered over the old, creating thick layers that offer a fascinating insight into changing tastes and fashions of past centuries. We discovered for instance that the first paper wallpaper wasn’t actually used on a wall. ‘Speaking Walls’ revealed countless fascinating aspects of wallpaper, then and now.