History

A Century of Craftsmanship : CW Stockwell.

We are a family-run California business – now in its fourth generation.

In 1905 Clifton W. Stockwell – a pharmacist from Ohio – moved to Los Angeles and started a wallpaper business there by importing hand-printed, hand-blocked wallpapers from Europe and Asia. He was eventually joined in the business by his daughter Lucile. Lucile and her son Remy L Chatain Jr both graduated from New York’s Parsons School of Design where they both studied interior design and architecture, and spent time overseas gathering further inspiration.

CW Stockwell’s business grew rapidly when the two Parsons alumni began to develop proprietary and innovative designs alongside a talented cadre of illustrators, textile designers and recent art school graduates. The business grew exponentially, and the Chatains opened showrooms across the United States: New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles. This is why while at CW Stockwell we are most currently known for Martinique® – our iconic banana leaf design – for the better part of the 20th century the brand was known for quite an extensive collection of dynamic (and often insouciant) patterns within fabric and wallcoverings.

The three generations of Stockwells and Chatains shared a desire for extremely high product quality, meticulous craftsmanship and unparalleled color consistency. For more than one hundred years, the collections have been produced by our trusted makers in the same time-honored manner: by hand, in Los Angeles, California.

The values of quality and craft; the spirit of exuberant, not-so-serious design; and the emphasis long placed on innovation are all held dear by us as we re-imagine this brand as it heads into its fourth generation.