It was the romantic idea of purveying goods that harken back to the halcyon days of Pax Brittanica. But the year was 1986, and mass production everything was commonplace. A contrarian approach to what was existing in the marketplace at the time, de GOURNAY assembled a team of artists and artisans to revive authentic hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper. Everyone took notice of the exceptional quality, and the business grew. By the time fabrics and porcelain were integrated into the product line, de GOURNAY had established itself as a leader in craftsmanship. In the way a Birkin cannot be compared to a handbag from a mass manufacturer, de GOURNAY has a portfolio of bespoke options that sets it apart.

The company’s philosophy speaks about the artist’s “spirit resonance” and how the human hand adds the kind of energy machine-made counterparts will never be able to replicate. 

Enjoy these notes from our last shopping trip:

  • We found a detail shot of Early Views of India, which is a part of the Panoramiques Collection, done in the scenic grey paper. The level of articulation is so impressive. It even has camel hairs! If you decide on you, want blue turbans in green background, that kind of customization is not only feasible but encouraged.
  • Butterflies in a 12-carat gilded paper. Can you imagine that in a hallway or accent wall?
  • St. Laurent is such a standout Peacock Chinoiserie. The playfully nibbled pomegranate with its exposed seeds is a nice touch. It has a wide range of colorways, depending on the mood you are looking for.
  • The details on the feathers and flowers are a testament to the artisans involved in the process. 12 carat White Gold gilded paper is such an exquisite option. Simply incredible.
  • La Chasse De Compiegne is part of the Panoramiques Collection. Teleport yourself with bucolic nostalgia with de Gournay’s take on a hunting scene. One can even request a tonal backdrop for a more contemporary look.
  • The painterly strokes of Willows find a great teammate in gilded paper. It would make a haunting install in any room. The way the luster of the background allows you to see the softer strokes makes it an exceptional experience.
  • A closeup shot of Monuments of Paris. One can imagine appreciating the detail years down the line. Every nuance is accounted for. We can see drapery lines, textures of the bark, depth of the foliage, all of these tiny details make the difference.