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The Alpa Workshops

245 W. 29th St., nr. Eighth Ave., 14th fl.; 212-594-7320;

A nonprofit founded to support HIV-positive design professionals and artisans, it’s best-known for its beautiful wallpapers. But the Alpha Workshop is a full-service decorative-arts studio with an array of lamps and modular panels and a line of Donald Judd–like tables and cabinets. $$$ (consulting services)

Calico Wallpaper

275 Conover St., nr. Reed St., Ste. 3G; 347-294-0317;

With traditional paper-marbling techniques and handmade papers, Calico creates patterns evoking the intricate organic forms of sponges or ocean foam, and washes of color resembling a dawn sky. $$-$$$


Cavern makes hand-silk-screened wallpaper that winks at more traditional styles. Lace patterns turn out to be pictures of sitting tigers, and long feather plumes create a bewitching vertical tension. All papers are ecofriendly, as are the textiles the company produces. $$$

De Gournay

243 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-564-9750;

For the most discriminating New Yorkers, De Gournay is the go-to studio for hand-painted wallpapers and silk fabrics. It specializes in 18th-­century chinoiserie and 19th-century French designs, in addition to various Japanese, Korean, and French prints, such as its remarkable Papiers Peints Panoramiques. $$$$ (consulting services)


130 Broadway, nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 347-703-8084;

This textile- and wallpaper-design studio offers 22 major collections and more than 300 patterns and colorways. With a focus on sustainability—products are made in the northeastern U.S. using natural and recycled materials—founder Shanan Campanaro works with clients to create customized designs like Aztec-inspired wallpaper, a geometric patterned rug, or fabric by the yard. $$$ (consulting services / eco-friendly / made in N.Y.)

Flavor Paper

216 Pacific St. nr. Court St., Cobble Hill; 718-422-0230;

Browse hand-screened and digitally printed wall­papers that come in ultrahip designs: fishnet, farmers’ market, and even kitschy wood grain. Visitors can also commission their own, with prices starting at $150 for a single hand-screened roll or $9 to $14 per square foot for digital output. $$-$$$ (consulting services / made in N.Y.)


979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 202, in the Decoration & Design Building; 212-980-3888;

As the outfitter of some of the nation’s most august institutions, including the White House, Monticello, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Scalamandré began offering fine silks in the early 20th century and has since expanded into wall coverings, furnishings, and accessories. $$$$


979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 832 in the Decoration & Design Building; 212-415-3900;

Founded in 1889, Schumacher is one of America’s most renowned fabric-and-wallpaper retailers, with work in the White House, the Metropolitan Opera, and the estates of William Randolph Hearst. In addition to offering a large range of furniture, trim, and carpets, the family-owned company does custom work for historic reproductions and the like. $$$$

Secondhand Rose

230 Fifth Ave., at 27th St., Ste. 510; 212-393-9002;

She no longer has a store, but she operates out of the Hotel Chelsea (!), and you can visit for a look at a selection from a whopping 50,000 rolls of vintage wallpaper. Choose from chinoiserie, damask, faux finishes, and florals. There’s even a Mylar collection, whose disco-themed patterns evoke avant-garde art from the ’70s. $$-$$$

The Sliding Door Company

230 Fifth Ave., nr. 27th St., ground floor; 888-890-8920;

Clean-lined door systems, mostly in tempered glass in a variety of finishes, that excel at subdividing space and hiding clutter at a moment’s notice. $$


214 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1201; 212-268-2046;

Artists and co-founders Randall Buck and Jee Levin create mesmerizing, ecofriendly, digitally printed papers that defy traditional notions of wall coverings. Their designs integrate photos, paintings, and drawings to spectacular effect—the Indi shows a flock of birds taking flight, and the Fuoco depicts row upon row of operagoers seated in the boxes of an ornate theater. Six of Trove’s patterns have been acquired for the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Museum. $$-$$$ (by appointment only / eco-friendly)


154 Eighth Ave., nr. 18th St., Ste. 4; 646-892-7797;

Stained glass glows and Ballets Russes-inspired figures leap in two examples of George Venson’s hand-painted wallpaper. Venson crafts his coverings and digitally printed screens from top to bottom, and works can be re­scaled and recolored to complement any space. $$$


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