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York Contract Launches Designer Gallery, Debuting Three Collections

It collaborated with Carol Benson-Cobb, Barclay Butera, and Aviva Stanoff.




(PRESS RELEASE) YORK, PA — York Contract, the commercial division of York Wallcoverings–the oldest and largest wallcoverings producer in the U.S.–is dialing up the design quotient for contract spaces with the launch of Designer Gallery. The expansion of York’s portfolio is brought to life through collaborations with three industry-leading creatives: Carol Benson-Cobb, Barclay Butera, and Aviva Stanoff. Each designer has developed a collection of patterns in multiple colorways, providing architects, designers, and specifiers with nearly 100 new solutions. Designer Gallery is exclusively distributed through MDC Interior Solutions in the United States.

What’s more, the products are launching with York Defender, an all-new and innovative coating that provides antimicrobial protection with an active ingredient certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) measured to reduce human coronavirus on dry surfaces. Note to editor: see York Defender Fact Sheet for more information.

“We’re thrilled to launch Designer Gallery, introducing the remarkable visions of Carol, Barclay and Aviva to the commercial wallpaper space for the first time,” said Ashley Vizzi, managing director of commercial markets for York Wallcoverings. “The portfolio is inspired by everything from nature to art, global travels to couture fashion, and captures the growing ‘resi-mercial’ trend. We’re also upping the ante in terms of performance. Especially in the last 16 months, there’s been a market need for products that provide protection and peace of mind, and we’re pleased to be at the forefront of the industry with York Defender.”

The Designer Gallery products are printed on vinyl surfaces, presenting highly durable commercial wallcoverings that are easy to clean and simple to remove. The products meet Type II requirements of CCC-W-408A per the Wallcoverings Association, which measures 16 characteristics including washability, scrubbability, stain resistance, and more. Here’s a look at each of the collections.

Carol Benson-Cobb is an American artist known for her custom abstract paintings. Her works center on creating a mood with her works, while also allowing the viewer to connect individually to each fine art piece with their own interpretation. The fluidity of her art is inspired by years of living in the landscapes of the high deserts of Arizona. Her home, gallery, and studio, located in Dallas, Texas, are at the heart of her uniquely personalized style. Carol’s commercial wallcoverings are the natural progression of her artwork, with selected works reimagined for this collection.

Carol Benson-Cobb collection


Carol’s collection includes:
● Artifact: Focal lines blend into soft, expanding colors in this pattern, which originates from an oil painting. The four-color palette offering, ranging from subtle pastel to warm and cool neutrals, evokes the feeling of a Modernist landscape.
● Artist’s Weave: The purity of a rugged, hand-loomed fabric inspires the textural, stitched elegance of this pattern. The palette contains beautiful, nature inspired colors, ranging from classic neutrals to current designer favorites.
● Gradient: Original artwork inspires a wallcovering deeply layered with a fluidity of color to create the feeling of shifting mists.
● Elevation: Reminiscent of an artist’s linen canvas, this pattern’s organic texture is the pinnacle of simplicity and elegance of design. The deeply textural palette ranges the natural spectrum from neutrals to sand, sea, and sky.
● Observation: An interlacing of spires and mirrored images comprise this pattern’s intricate blocks and repetitions.

“My art background is largely focused in abstracts, and I’m excited to translate my creative visions–which are typically on canvas–to the entire wall,” said Benson-Cobb. “This will allow me to envelop the viewer into a 360-degree view of my world, which is inspired by organic and natural elements, and a palette of elegant hues that create a warm and inviting environment.”

Barclay Butera’s design-signature is distinctive; classic with a fresh twist that is flawlessly integrated into today’s interiors (both residential and commercial). His passion for design began over two decades ago in California and has grown into an impressive lifestyle brand that is known and sought after around the world. Butera’s inspirations for this assortment, his foray into designing a collection exclusively for contract usage, are drawn from a diverse variety of influence that include everything from grand architecture and couture fashion to his extensive world travels.

Barclay Butera’s collections

Barclay’s collection includes:
● Bristol: A combination of layered threads and subtle texture creates a timeless look. Thirteen effortlessly elegant colors define a fresh, new palette with classic underpinnings.
● Spero: The linear, painterly chevron effect is as light and breezy as a breath of fresh air.
● Serena: This mod-inspired pattern has a retro feel, combining a master mix of clean lines.
● Chelsea: Urban sensibilities with a natural twist inspire the warm woven texture of this pattern. Available in a luxury palette, the nuances in hue and texture pay homage to inspirations from
organic origins.
● Pacific: Featuring an oversized ombre effect, Pacific is a strikingly beautiful centerpiece for any space. Offered in a gradient effect of four smoky colors, the pattern creates a commanding presence.

“I’m constantly inspired by my travels and by many of the fabulous cities that I have been fortunate enough to live in. For example, Serena and Spero were both inspired by Palm Springs. Serena is supermod, and Spero has a fresh-transitional look. Both would look equally stunning in a mid-century modern boutique hotel or fabulous restaurant space,” said Butera. “I look forward to this chic collection of wallcoverings playing a significant role in the design of new commercial and hospitality spaces.”


Aviva Stanoff’s artisanal aesthetic is the cornerstone of her signature style. Steeped in creativity drawn from childhood summers spent in Japan at her family’s Buddhist temple, combined with the sophistication of her California and New York City chapters of her life, Aviva rose to international prominence as the voice of nature-inspired opulence of design. It is this refined design complexity and product innovation that inspires her beautiful commercial portfolio, dedicated to deliberate luxury.

Aviva Stanoff collections

Aviva’s collection includes:
● Naturalist: Crystalline agate and gold inspire the organic flow, featuring a modern art interpretation of semiprecious stone.
● Ancient Juniper: The weathered bark-inspired look evokes a sense of ruggedness. The soothing neutrals and ocean-inspired colors create a quiet palette all softly tipped with the opulence of
burnished metallic.
● Mala: Hand-painted silks, inspired by the ancient art of calligraphy, form the soft strokes of pattern Mala’s gentle geometric. The eight-color palette of misty, spa colors acts to inspire inner
peace through serenely beautiful spaces.
● Wisp: The soft silhouette of bamboo, offered in a serenely beautiful six-color palette, is calming and natural.
● Whimsy: A playful tapestry of motion, this pattern celebrates natural yarns and the texture of loosely woven cloth.

“The influence of nature, sounds and sights that evoke serenity, and my spiritual journey are all part of my design DNA–and this collection reflects that,” said Stanoff. “I believe that wallpaper truly has the power to transform a space in a magical way. Patterns, textures, and colors can create drama, set the tone, and make a statement as soon as one enters the room. My collection is an invitation to celebrate the beauty that surrounds you.”

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