Allyson McDermott


Allyson McDermott is one of the world’s leading authorities on the conservation and recreation of historic wallpapers. Artist, designer, scientist and sleuth she uses analysis and research to peel away the layers of history, piecing together minute clues and re imagining original designs for clients including the National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and interior designers and architects worldwide.

A former head of Sotheby’s Conservation Studio, advisor on wallpaper to the National Trust, Chair of the Historic Interiors Group and Senior Lecturer on Paper Conservation, much of Allyson’s work is for architectural gems such as Brighton Pavilion and the Palace of Westminster. She has spent a lifetime researching wallpaper materials and techniques, rediscovering century-old processes including woodblock printing, varnishing, gilding, embossing, hand painting and flocking. All of these skills are used in both her restoration work and the creation of the papers in her new Portfolio Collection.