In 2009, the Krombholz family was vacationing in London and decided to visit the world famous Liberty Department Store.
Liberty became the most fashionable place for Londoners to shop in the mid 1880’s and was on the cutting on the cutting edge of design in the Arts and Crafts and the Art Nouveau style.
One of the designers that Liberty partnered with was William Morris. Morris was a British textile designer, poet, novelist, translator and socialist activist associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement. He was a major contributor to the revival of the British textile arts and traditional methods of production during the late 1800’s. His designs are still carried by Liberty today.
The unique, Vignette style, high end retail environment is a treat for the eyes, even if you are just window shopping. The fabric department is described as a “Design Institution” with over 50,000 designs in the fabric design archive and an in house studio that creates the finest of bespoke fabric design. This is where Lee Krombholz crossed paths with William Morris’ designs.
Upon returning to Cincinnati, Lee created his iconic Wallpaper design based on the influence of William Morris’ late 1800’s Arts and Crafts wallpaper design.
The rest is history. Twelve years later, Krombholz Designs Wallpaper earrings, necklaces and rings are some of its customer’s favorite jewels. See this collection here.