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6 Oct 2021
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Pitzhanger Design Series: The Art of Wallpaper


6 Oct 2021
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Pitzhanger Design Series: The Art of Wallpaper


About this event

Inspired by the exquisite hand-painted Chinese wallpaper in the Upper Drawing Room, Interior Designer and Antiques Dealer Adam Bray talks with three experts about their beautiful papers, the techniques and history behind them and how and why we should use wallpaper today. The panel includes Hannah Cecil Gurney of de Gournay, Lulu Lytle of Soane Britain and Allyson McDermott. 

Live: £14/£10; Online £10 /£6

The Panellists

Adam Bray

Adam Bray is based in London and works internationally on residential and commercial design projects, as well as consulting and antique dealing. He is the Homes and Gardens Interior Designer of the year for 2021 and is on House & Garden’s top 100 interior designers list, and is in British Vogue’s Secret Address Book.

Known for conceiving rooms that are comfortable and unpretentious yet shot through with character and a touch of glamour, Bray has a penchant for crisp gloss finishes, rich-hued velvets and rare textiles. A background in antique dealing gives him the edge when it comes to sourcing unusual objets d’art and furniture, while he often designs bespoke furniture for his projects. All of which goes towards creating, as he puts it, ‘inviting rooms that feel like home’.

Hannah Cecil Gurney

Daughter of de Gournay founder Claud, Hannah Cecil Gurney grew up surrounded by the hand painted wallpapers of her fathers’ business – impressing on her from a young age the beauty of artisanal craft, the power of colour and the magic of interior design. Joining in 2012 alongside her father, cousin Dominic and sister Rachel, Hannah has overseen de Gournay’s transition from cult niche to industry leader – managing operations at a scale that has grown to include seven global showrooms, dealing in projects with the leading interior designers of the age.

Propelling the expertise of the company into wider fields of design, fashion and media, her creative ingenuity has resulted in intrepid collaborations with luxury titans Chanel and Christian Dior, contemporary brands such as Aquazzura and Erdem and fascinating ventures with Houghton Hall, Salone del Mobile and
Annabel’s nightclub.

The ultimate exponent of de Gournay wallpaper, Hannah’s own interpretations of the medium are consistently profiled by editorial titles worldwide: showcasing most recently the exuberant flair of her London home.

Lulu Lytle

Lulu Lytle is the Creative Director and co-founder of Soane Britain which designs and makes furniture, upholstery, lighting, fabrics and wallpapers. The evolving collections include entirely new designs as well as pieces inspired by antique originals. Since launching in 1997, the integrity of the manufacturing process has underpinned all Soane’s work. Every single piece is made in Britain, using a network of workshops that excel in traditional crafts. 

Soane Britain’s uncompromising commitment to British manufacturing led to the acquisition in 2011 of England’s last surviving rattan workshop and the  establishment of an apprenticeship programme. From blacksmiths to cabinet-makers, saddlers to ceramicists, fabric weavers to precision engineers, Soane now collaborates with many of Britain’s finest makers, and has become a showcase for the best of the country’s established and new craft industries.  Soane has showrooms in London, New York and San Francisco.

Allyson McDermott

Allyson McDermott is arguably one of the world’s leading authorities on conserving and recreating historic wallpapers. Former Head of Sotheby’s Conservation Studio, Advisor to the National Trust and Chair of the Historic Interiors Group of ICON, Allyson McDermott has spent a lifetime conserving original historic interiors and researching materials and techniques. A conservator, scientist, historian, designer and maker, she delights in the preservation and recreation of original schemes, often working from the tiniest shred of evidence and rediscovering century-old processes of traditional woodblock printing, varnishing, gilding, embossing, hand painting and flocking.

Allyson heads up a team of talented conservators and designers, working on architectural gems such as Brighton Pavilion and The Palace of Westminster as well as Museums, Royal Palaces, Historic Houses and private homes. Her studio holds an important archive of both European and Oriental designs dating from the 17th – 20th Century, any of which can be recreated to order, often combining historic patterns and techniques with contemporary ideas and colourways.

📣 If you're a @historic_houses member, you can now visit Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery for free! 

We are thrilled to become a new member of Historic Houses, supporting Britain’s independent heritage. We join an illustrious group of the most beautiful historic houses, castles and gardens across Britain offering free access.

Book your summer visit today! 

👉Interested in becoming a Member of Historic Houses? Find out more about Historic Houses at
🐶 Do you have a dog? Enjoy architecture? We're excited to announce that #ArchitectureforDogs is returning this summer!

Saturday 13 + Sunday 14 August
Pitzhanger Garden, Walpole Park

Bring your dog and enjoy this interactive display of architectural pieces designed for dogs by world-class architects and designers! Each piece is designed with a different breed in mind and offers a playful exploration into architecture and design for both dogs and their human companions. 

Inspired by the exhibition Architecture for Dogs at @japanhouseldn, this roadshow is touring London’s most popular dog-walking sites this summer!

SPECIAL OFFER: get a half price hot drink (or iced coffee) when you buy your dog a tub of Jude’s doggy ice cream from @pitzhangerpantry all weekend. Just quote ‘Architecture for Dogs’ at the till to redeem your offer.
27 July - 4 September

If you’re looking for fun and engaging things to do this summer, check out our #CreativeSummer programme including free and subsidised activities, from tomorrow! 

👉Tickets still available for our new holiday programme of day camps for 7-11 year olds (15-19 August), with creative activities led by artists, including kite making, sound art, card game design and much more! 

👉Children and their grown-ups will love the return of the imaginative @assembleplay over the August bank holiday (25-28 August)!

👉 Why not join an unforgettable steelpan workshop as part of our Carnival-themed Open Sunday (7 August)!
👉Throughout the summer, enjoy our drop-in art activities available in our Education Room and collect a reward for completing our exciting range of trails including Imagined Spaces, our new Spotters’ Trail, Architect’s Apprentice and Plants at Pitzhanger! 

🔗Check our link in bio to book + for more information!

Artwork: @rowanfrewin

#FamilyActivities #FreeFamilyActivities #SummerHolidays2022 #WhatsOnForKids #Ealing #Pitzhanger #Play
With the warm weather set to stay for a while, why not enjoy an evening visit to Pitzhanger on Thursday for some wine, making and exclusive exhibition viewing?

📆28 July, open until 8.30pm, FREE!

Refreshments bar for drinks inside and al fresco. Drinks supplied by @drinknice - each visitor receives a cold can of wine with entry (while stocks last)!

Drop-in creative workshop with artist @emilyvhopkins to create your own small-scale weaving 

Exhibition viewing of our summer exhibition Rana Begum: Dappled Light which celebrates light and colour 

DJ set 

Opportunity to see the stained glass in Pitzhanger Manor cast colourful shadows in the glorious evening sun 

Don’t forget, we’re also open every Thursday until 7pm!

#speciallate #thursdaylate #contemporaryart #creative #westlondon #pitzhanger #thingstodo #freethingstodo
We're hiring! 

We are looking for an innovative and experienced Communications Manager to build on Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust’s communications strategy and develop the profile of Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger and its exciting programme of exhibitions and events as we rebuild and grow post-COVID. 

You will lead the delivery of Pitzhanger’s crucial communications strategy to raise profile and awareness of Pitzhanger and attract new visitors to our growing programme and impactful outreach activities. You will be skilled in managing innovative and successful marketing campaigns and the effective use of digital communication to enthuse and attract a diverse audience. You will manage the relationship with Pitzhanger’s PR agency, and be responsible for championing Pitzhanger’s brand and supporting our mission to inspire the public with great art, architecture and design. You will be inspired by the opportunity to work in a small, entrepreneurial team where your input can have real impact. You will have a proven track record of developing successful communications initiatives within a tight budget. You will have excellent communication skills, be flexible, creative, and have an ability to build collaborative relationships both within the organisation and with external partners. You will have a passion for seizing new opportunities and making them happen.

For more information and the full job description please visit:

Deadline: 5pm Tuesday 16th August 2022. Interviews of selected candidates will take place in Ealing, London W5 on Weds 24th August.
Job alert! 

We have an exciting opportunity for an innovative and experienced Head of Operations to grow Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust’s commercial business and strengthen its visitor services and operations management as we rebuild and expand post-COVID. 

You will bring honed retail and customer services skills and the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to design and build new streams of income for Pitzhanger. You will be an excellent manager able to enthuse and bring out the best from your team operating across a range of activities. As a member of Pitzhanger’s Senior Management Team you will be flexible and collaborative, with an ability to develop Pitzhanger’s relationships with commercial partners, other institutions and community groups. 

For more information and the full job description please visit the website:

Deadline: 11pm Monday 22nd August 2022. Interviews of selected candidates will take place on Tuesday 30th August 2022 in Ealing W5.
🌞With temperatures soaring, are you looking for somewhere cool to visit this weekend? 

Enjoy stepping out of the heat into our naturally cool and ventilated spaces in the Manor and Gallery! Summertime is the perfect time to visit our @RanaBegumStudio exhibition Dappled Light. See how the striking works respond to the light, cast colourful reflections and interact with the architecture of Pitzhanger Manor during the long days of midsummer.

Cooling refreshments are available at our neighbouring café @SoanesKitchen and check out the new soft serve ice cream made with real Jersey-Holstein dairy now available at @PitzhangerPantry in Walpole Park! 


#keepingcool #gallery #contemporaryart #midsummer #weekend #Soane #Pitzhanger #RanaBegum
Are you looking for a creative holiday club for your children this summer? Look no further! 

MONDAY 15 – FRIDAY 19 AUGUST 2022 | 10AM – 3PM | CHILDREN AGED 7 – 11 

Join our day sessions for artmaking inspired by nature, building and model-making activities, kite making, sound art, card game design and much more! 

Our sessions will be delivered by a range of wonderful and experienced artists, inspired by Pitzhanger’s exhibition, manor and gardens. 

Bring a packed lunch, enjoy the sun and dress for mess! 

£35 per day per child (special discounts + free entry available for qualifying families)

Supported by @johnlyonscharity 

Artists include ...
Emily Hopkins // @emilyvhopkins @anotherartclub
Catherine Walker
Tatiana Gentil Machado
Bonnie Gibbons // @bonnieannegibbons
Nathan Marsh
Ola Hincapie
We're so grateful to our garden volunteers for planting beautiful new olive trees in the walled garden @SoanesKitchen - special thanks to Pippa Schofield for the generous donation! 

Did you know that @SoanesKitchen is now open every Friday until 10pm?  A perfect spot to enjoy warm summer evening drinks and appetisers!

For more information on volunteering with us, visit the link in our bio.

#Volunteering #MuseumVolunteers #GardenVolunteers #CelebrateVolunteering #OliveTree #WalledGarden #Soane

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Contact Us

Mattock Lane, London
W5 5EQ
Reception: 020 3985 8888
Office: 020 3994 0967

Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 19:00
Friday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
Monday: Closed (except for bank holidays)

Last admissions one hour before closing

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