Galacar & Co.

About Galacar & Co.

Excerpt from the initial collections portfolio:

"...We believe that these patterns provide an artistic and historical perspective - that documents are more than just a gift of beauty - they are a living testament from the artists who created them. In their lives, most of these anonymous men and women received no tribute or recognition for the work they did, but if the interior design community can preserve some of it then perhaps part of them will live again through us. It is a race against time, however. With each passing year, hundreds of important and irreplaceable documents are lost due to aging, neglect, and lack of funds - even with the conservation departments of large museums. Such designs will ultimately survive only if they are found in time, reproduced and made available to the decorative industry. For Galacar & Co. it is both an opportunity and an obligation which takes the form of a promise to our customers: we will provide products of very high quality, being handprinted with silkscreens and expensive dyes and pigments on the finest papers and fabric substrates available."

Excerpt from "They're Finally on a Roll: Designing Distinctive Wallpaper Takes Refinements and Restraint." Published by The Boston Globe in 1992. Written by Margo Miller.

"The character of our line," he says, "is based on craftsmanship and restraint."

Most English chintzes and papers are not to Fred Galacar's taste. Overscaled, crowded and suffocating, he says. So when he combs museum collections such as the Musee des Arts Decoratif in Paris or the Museum of American Textile History in North Andover, his eye naturally lights on patterns with lots of air, or to use his own term, "negative space." Galacar is known, too, for it's colors. Strong but mellow. "Jewel colors," says Galacar, "like ruby. Fruit and organic colors, like pineapple. And their pastel derivatives."

One reason Galacar plunged into developing "Finistere" was the 22-color palette of its florals. The bamboo trellis in the pattern can barely restrain an improbably garden of hops, banana palm, lilacs and shuffler. "Flowers that don't grow together," Galacar laughs. The wallpaper is handsome, even thrilling, but isn't it more for a chateau? Galacar sees the practical aspects of "Finistere."

"So many colors," he says, "plus two color ways for the bamboo, means a designer can apply a wide range of fabrics and accessories."

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For further information please contact:
Daniel Recoder, Vice President of Product Developement
Christopher Norman Collection