Classic Mason handcrafted wallpapers from Resene
Resene is bringing back the artistry of traditional handcrafted wallpaper with the Mason Handcrafted wallpaper collection.
William (Bill) Mason was born in Napier in 1919 and was a well-known artist, winning the competition for wallpaper design at the Festival of Wellington in 1961. Bill began designing patterns for Wellington based Ashley Wallpapers before establishing Mason Handprints in the small settlement of Plimmerton on the coast north of Wellington. Bill and his wife Maureen developed an unrivalled heritage in wallpaper design. Bill Mason was extremely talented. He designed the classic dynamic motifs epitomised by the stunning Tosca patterns and perfectly balanced imagery. He made the screens used in the hand printing process and created beautiful repetitious patterns that were characterised by the striking use of colour.
The resulting wallpapers were glamorous, alluring and quite simply beautiful. Bill’s innovative use of colour led to international acclaim and became highly sought after in New Zealand and Australia.
Mason Handprints relocated the print and design workshop to Wairarapa and established a showroom in Wellington’s Marion Street, which later became the first Resene ColorShop.
Bill began to experiment with paint rather than printer dyes and inks. This led to a successful collaboration with Resene. As Bill neared retirement, he sold his business to his friend Tony Nightingale of Resene. Resene continued to expand the original Masons collection into new designs and colourways.
The business operated successfully for a number of years but eventually fashion and décor changed and wallpaper fell out of favour.
Times have changed and with the advance of new paint technologies and a wide-ranging and exciting Resene colour palette, which includes Resene metallic finishes; the Mason range has been reborn.
This collection honours the spirit and integrity of the traditional designs, the craftsmanship of handcrafted screen printing technologies and handpicked Resene colours.
The result is a truly innovative and exciting range which can be tailored to suit your décor.
Treat your interior to the legacy of Mason Handprints and your favourite Resene colours.
PaperHands Print Workshop
Ben and Helen Masters created the PaperHands print workshop in 2009 making unique hand printed wallcoverings. Ben, an artist and interior designer, found creating wallpaper was an exciting way to blend his talents and experience.
Researching the history of wallpaper in New Zealand there was little information to be found but they came across a wonderful small book by Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins about Mason Handprints. The notes and photos inspired their own printing process. With the workshop based on the traditional process, they are excited to help bring these original Mason Handprint papers back to life.
The new Mason Handcrafted Wallpaper collection uses the original Mason screen positives combined with modern Resene paint technology and colours respecting the heritage of the designs while bringing them into today’s world.
Mason wallpaper collection books are available to view at selected Resene ColorShops.
Mason handcrafted wallpaper collection
Choose from a standard colour combination or we can print a Mason handcrafted wallpaper using your favourite Resene colours.
Mason Tosca MT01
Resene Rice Cake and Resene Half Delta
Mason Tosca MT02
Resene Nero, Resene FX Pearl Shimmer, Resene Gold Dust
Mason Tosca MT03
Resene Pure Pewter, Resene Pure Pewter, Resene Nero
Mason Tosca MT04
Resene Pure Pewter, Resene Pure Pewter, Resene White
Mason Tosca MT05
Resene Pure Pewter and Resene Inside Back
Mason Tosca MT06
Resene Half Taupe Grey, Resene FX Pearl Shimmer, Resene Rangoon Green
Mason Tosca MT07
Resene Rangoon Green and Resene Root Beer
Mason Tosca MT08
Resene Gold Dust and Resene Half Nocturnal
Mason Tosca MT09
Resene Pure Pewter and Resene Lucky Break
Mason Tosca MT10
Resene Hot Chile and Resene Pioneer Red
Mason Peacocks MP01
Resene Rice Cake and Resene Bunting
Mason Peacocks MP02
Resene Nero and Resene Copper Fire
Mason Peacocks MP03
Resene Rice Cake and Resene Spark
Mason Peacocks MP04
Resene Rangoon Green and Resene Half Delta
Mason Peacocks MP05
Resene Pure Pewter and Resene Resolution Blue
Mason Peacocks MP06
Resene Hot Chile and Resene Root Beer
Mason Peacocks MP07
Resene Half Taupe Grey and Resene Lima
Mason Cydon MC01
Resene Pure Pewter and Resene Nero
Mason Plaza MPL01
Resene Bedrock, Resene Half Nocturnal, Resene Rangoon Green
Mason Cydon MC02
Resene Half Taupe Grey and Resene Double Stack
Mason Plaza MPL02
Resene Half Taupe Grey, Resene Rangoon Green, Resene Deep Blush
Mason Cydon MC03
Resene Bedrock and Resene Rangoon Green
Mason Plaza MPL03
Resene Rangoon Green, Resene Inside Back, Resene Bedrock
Mason Plaza MPL04
Resene New Denim Blue, Resene Root Beer, Resene Stun
Mason Plaza MPL05
Resene Half Taupe Grey, Resene Half Nocturnal, Resene Pure Pewter
Mason Plaza MPL06
Resene Gold Dust, Resene Jalapeno, Resene Fuel Yellow
Mason Plaza MPL07
Resene Loyal, Resene Root Beer, Resene Oh Behave
Mason Cydon MC04
Resene Rice Cake and Resene Spanish White
Mason Cydon MC05
Resene New Denim Blue and Resene Orient
Mason Cydon MC06
Resene Loyal and Resene Rangoon Green
Mason Bamboo MBB01
Resene Rangoon Green, Resene Pioneer, Resene Pure Pewter, Resene Stun
Mason Bamboo MBB02
Resene Pure Pewter, Resene Bedrock, Resene Pioneer
Mason Bamboo MBB03
Resene Half Taupe Grey, Resene Half Nocturnal, Resene Pure Pewter
Mason Bamboo MBB04
Resene New Denim Blue, Resene Inside Black, Resene Dusted Blue
Mason Bamboo MBB05
Resene Quarter Foggy Grey, Resene Gold Dust, Resene Cuban Tan
Mason Bamboo MBB06
Resene Gold Dust, Resene Orient, Resene Watercourse
Mason Poppies MPP01
Resene Nero, Resene White, Resene Bedrock, Resene Gold Dust
Mason Poppies MPP02
Resene Hot Chile, Resene Fuel Yellow, Resene Nero, Resene Root Beer
Mason Poppies MPP03
Resene Half Taupe Grey, Resene Toto, Resene Galaxy, Resene Red Letter
Mason Poppies MPP04
Resene Loyal, Resene Spanish White, Resene Pure Pewter, Resene Stun
Mason Poppies MPP05
Resene Rice Cake, Resene Toto, Resene Bedrock, Resene Gold Dust
Mason Poppies MPP06
Resene Gold Dust, Resene Oh Behave, Resene Yeehaa, Resene Orient
Mason Cloud MCL01
Resene Quarter Foggy Grey and Resene White
Mason Cloud MCL02
Resene Rice Cake and Resene Pure Pewter
Mason Cloud MCL03
Resene Pure Pewter, Resene Pure Pewter, Resene Half Delta
Mason Cloud MCL04
Resene Bedrock and Resene Half Nocturnal
Mason Cloud MCL05
Resene Nero and Resene Pure Pewter
Mason Mayfair MM01
Resene Rice Cake, Resene Half Delta, Resene Half Nocturnal, Resene Bedrock, Resene Nero
Mason Mayfair MM02
Resene Rangoon Green, Resene Lucky Break, Resene Double Stack, Resene Half Nocturnal
Mason Mayfair MM03
Resene Pure Pewter, Resene Yeehaa, Resene Orient, Resene Toto, Resene Fuel Yellow