“Schumacher was founded in 1889. Our family-owned company has been synonymous with style, taste, and innovation since its inception. Our collections are comprehensive, with an extraordinary range united by respect for classicism, an eye for the cutting edge, and an unparalleled level of quality. A passion for luxury and an unwavering commitment to beauty are woven into everything we do.”
A great summary of what the company offers, but how about some interesting facts that are hard to believe? First off, they were the first major textile house in America to embrace the Art Deco style! Schumacher’s wallpaper has been used in the White House twice—once in 1902 while Roosevelt was in office then again in 1962 when Jackie Kennedy decided to add a beautiful Schumacher wallpaper for over a fireplace. Schumacher became a go-to source for the world’s leading style-makers including Pulitzer prize winning novelist and decorative style connoisseur Edith Wharton and Elsie DeWolfe, often cited as the first professional decorator.
Schumacher’s textiles have been used in a number of historical landmarks, such as Cornelius Vanderbilt’s extraordinary palazzo-inspired The Breakers (now a designated national historic landmark) and Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Palm Beach estate Mar-a-Lago, one of the largest and most storied homes in America.
Make sure to look out for their textiles on the big screen. They have been featured in a scene from Gone with the Wind (the wallpaper pattern used, Hydrangea Drape, is still available today), I love Lucy and The Age of Innocence!
One of the most interesting facts is that during World War II, to support war effort, Schumacher produced textiles for parachutes, life preservers and other wartime products. Schumacher has definitely left a thumbprint on American history.
Check out a few of their collections below. Contact Design Alliance for pricing, samples and orders.