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'Gyro' wallpaper by June Lyon

wall covering

designed by Lyon, June,
manufactured by John Line & Sons, about 1955

This wallpaper was designed by June Lyon for John Line and Sons in about 1955. The pattern was influenced by designs that appeared at the Festival of Britain in 1951. Bold, spiky patterns with a hand-drawn look featured in many of the Festivals’ exhibits. This wallpaper was used in the departure lounge of Heathrow Airport when it opened in 1955, but with a background of lime green rather than grey.

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Colour screen printed wallpaper.

height: 430mm
width: 465mm

Further Reading

RIBA library has a photograph of this wallpaper in situ in the departure lounge of London Airport (Heathrow)

de Joia, Roberta (ed). A Popular Art: British Wallpapers 1930-1960 (Exhibition Catalogue). London: Middlesex University Press, 1989.

wall covering - Gyro