The Standen Collection

Design ideas for the Standen Collection at Standen, West Sussex

As part of the National Trust’s contemporary arts programme, Trust New Art, artists and designers Rebecca Aird and Peter Thwaites - Rapture & Wright - have imagined how they might respond to a contemporary commission for bespoke fabrics and wallpapers for Standen. 

Taking their inspiration from the house and garden, The Standen Collection will consist of three wallpapers and fabrics. Rebecca and Peter’s philosophy combines present day design with the best craftsmanship and materials. Just as Philip Webb, the house architect and William Morris, whose textiles run throughout the house, worked in partnership over 100 years ago. 

Take a look at how the project has unfolded to date. Beginning with the involvement of our visitors, volunteers and staff in the gathering of information and inspiration, to the actual production process at Rebecca and Peter’s print studio in Gloucestershire.


The Standen Collection

Designers Peter Thwaites and Rebecca Aird have been commissioned to create a collection of modern hand-printed fabrics and wallpapers for Standen, using inspiration gathered by visitors, volunteers and staff.

Latest updates

09 Sep 17

The exhibition opens

The project is complete and the exhibition is open to the public. See the commissioned designs in our newly opened Servants' Wing and throughout the House from Saturday 9 September 2017 to Sunday 15 April 2018.

Standen Collection Butlers Pantry

07 Sep 17

The wallpaper goes up in the Servants' Corridor

The hanging of the Mr Morris Reimagined wallpaper begins in the Servants' Corridor ready for the exhibition opening on Saturday 9 September.

Standen Collection Servants' Corridor

31 Aug 17

The transformation begins

The Webb’s Wonder wallpaper has started to go up in the Butler’s Pantry and the woodwork has been painted the same green as the small section of original paint work that was discovered in the Servants’ Hall.

The transformation begins