After Marcel Proust lined the walls of his Paris apartment with cork to keep the noise out
the material became quite popular, and notable architects such as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra used cork in some of their most prominent projects. F. Schumacher and Company introduces cork to the affluent masses this spring with a small collection of four hand-printed and colored cork wallcoverings. La Cite is a mural from Schumacher's archives of a map of Paris from the 1730s. Because of the scope of the subject, the wallcovering consists of five panels. Damask Arabesque, a successful Schumacher fabric pattern, is rendered in brown "sepia" against a natural cork background (above). The company also offers a marbled cork wallcovering in black or red with natural, and a natural tan cork.