Cole and Son was founded in 1875 by John Perry, son of a Cambridgeshire merchant. In those days the company was situated in Islington, north London, an area famous for the 190 hand block printing companies working there in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Today, the Cole & Son archive consists of approximately 1,800 block print designs, 350 screen print
designs and a huge quantity of original drawings and wallpapers, representing all the styles
from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Amongst these are some of the most important historic
wallpaper designs in the world. Cole & Son has provided wallpapers for many historic houses
including Buckingham Palace, The White House and the Houses of Parliament.
To help drive growth across new foreign markets such as Russia and China we also
leveraged Cole and Son’s royal heritage, producing a storybook that helped consumers
buy into the brand. Work produced at Design By Structure