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Current Obsession: Graham & Brown’s Bittern ECO wallpaper

November 3, 2009

A collaboration between the wallpaper company Graham & Brown and some of the most talented designers from London’s Central St. Martin college has produced one of my favorite series of wallpapers: the Bittern. The Bittern is part of Graham & Brown’s ECO collection, and is based on the bird species found in the UK.


photo via flickr user Steve C

Jo Angell used this endangered bird species in her design to draw attention to its precarious existence; there are only around 50 pairs of the bittern left in the U.K. The bittern lives in reedbeds, which are often found in waterlogged depressions and estuaries. However, drainage for agriculture and development along with the threat of rising oceans and global warming put this habitat at risk, and thus threaten the existence of the bittern species. Take a peek at the designs:


bittern wallpaper

bittern wallpaper


bittern habitat II

bittern habitat wallpaper

bittern feather

bittern feather wallpaper

Jo Angell’s designs include Bittern, Bittern Feather and Bittern Habitat. The designs, as with all in the ECO Collection, are printed with water-based VOC free inks. The paper comes from an FSC-accredited source, and the wallpaper is packaged in entirely compostable material. I love the designs, hope it’ll draw the needed attention to the bittern’s plight, and applaud Graham & Brown for its sustainability efforts.


Images via Graham & Brown


2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2009 2:02 pm

    Just to say thanks for a very nice blog post. You’ve done your homework on the Bittern too. I really felt very attached to them when drawing and researching for this!


    • lizabean permalink*
      November 4, 2009 2:39 pm

      Thank you! I love your wallpaper designs and your idea for the solar sanctuary – very cool!

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