By: Anne Martin

The two-hour lunch is largely a thing of the past, but every now and again circumstances merit a leisurely mid-day break in the action – and we felt that York Wallcoverings’ 120th anniversary qualified.

America’s longest-standing and largest wallpaper manufacturer celebrates this milestone with a series of events in 2015, one being an intimate luncheon for New York editors held

on June 11th. The cool yet cozy confines of Lafayette Café & Bakery felt right for seeing pretty new papers and hearing highlights of York’s history, as editors passed platters of rustic fare among professional contacts and friends new and old.

How poignant to take it all in from the heart of NoHo, a bustling center of immigrant-founded American companies for over two centuries. Some of those companies had 19th century printing presses like York still operates. Some were newspaper companies — and within York’s archive is hand-printed French wallpaper on whose reverse side are printed lists of fatalities from Civil War battles, since no paper was available to print newspapers. All were once proudly American like York, which sells wallpaper to 90 some countries worldwide, yet creates 99% of that wallpaper in the USA.

Happy birthday, York Wallcoverings. Your two-hour lunch was well-deserved.

 

Stylist and producer Frances Bailey and Hearst Design Group’s Style Director Sabine Rothman reconnect at York’s 120th anniversary luncheon.

Stylist and producer Frances Bailey and Hearst Design Group’s Style Director Sabine Rothman reconnect at York’s 120th anniversary luncheon.

Michelle Brunner, Senior Editor of This Old House, admires an 18th century floral document from which a current York Wallcoverings design was derived.

Michelle Brunner, Senior Editor of This Old House, admires an 18th century floral document from which a current York Wallcoverings design was derived.

Alissa Ponchione of Hospitality Design and Laurel Benedum of HGTV listen as designer, author and columnist Rose Bennett Gilbert shares insight into wallcoverings’ colorful history.

Alissa Ponchione of Hospitality Design and Laurel Benedum of HGTV listen as designer, author and columnist Rose Bennett Gilbert shares insight into wallcoverings’ colorful history.

Ashley Vizzi and Gina Shaw of York Wallcoverings present York’s new wallpapers to editors. The “floral” centerpieces are fashioned from wallpaper.

Ashley Vizzi and Gina Shaw of York Wallcoverings present York’s new wallpapers to editors. The “floral” centerpieces are fashioned from wallpaper.