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Announcing the Launch of our new Real Cork Wallpaper!

by Charlotte Raffo November 25, 2019

Announcing the Launch of our new Real Cork Wallpaper!


We collaborated with Drew Millward, a well respected musical artist, to create this ground breaking large scale design. 'Hit the North' depicts architecture from the North of England in Drew’s distinctive style featuring his skull, lightbulb and rose motifs. 

'Hit the North' cork superwide wallpaper. 130cm wide,144.45cm vertical pattern repeat straight match.
Available per running meter at RRP £192/m.
Drew is a celebrated musical artist, well known for the imagery he has created for many bands from the Foo Fighters to the Queens of the Stone Age.

As ever, we relished the opportunity to do something really different with his incredible work, creating something truly unique but in keeping with Drew's distinctive style.

Inspired by the use of cork by modernist architects, we felt that this environmentally friendly natural material would be the perfect backdrop for our new design, lending a new textured dimension to Drew's illustrations.
I visited a Cork forest in Portugal earlier this year to find out more.

Cork is natural and sustainable crop as the bark from the cork oak is harvested once every 9 years without damaging the trees which live for an average of 300 years.
Cork oak trees have been grown for centuries without the use of pesticides and fertilisers in UNESCO protected woodland in Portugal which is where 50% of the world's cork (including ours) is grown

Our paper has been created from cork laminated onto a thick paper backing, making it incredibly strong and easy to hang using conventional adhesive. The paper is so resilient and strong that I was able to remove it from our stand at Decorex and re-hang it for these photos!

Cork is highly prized for its sound and heat insulation properties, creating rooms which are naturally warm and quiet, making it the perfect choice for bars, restaurants, teenage bedrooms and even wine cellars!

These features combined with its natural antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties made it a popular choice for modernist architects where it was used widely in homes from the 1930’s onwards.

Our paper has an A+ rating for internal emissions creating a healthy environment in the space where it is hung.

The Monkey Puzzle Tree collaborates with established artists in the North of England to create unique fabrics and wallpapers, bringing individuality to interiors. 

With a strong social conscience The Monkey Puzzle Tree aims to support local communities and minimise the environmental impact of their products. Artists are paid generous royalties for their designs to help them in continue with their creative work. All products are made to the highest standards by English manufacturers within 150 miles of our Leeds studio.

Please get in touch if you'd like high-resolution pictures or samples of this paper. 0113 4503639 charlotteraffo@themonkeypuzzletree.com


Charlotte Raffo


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