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Wolf-Gordon is an American design company offering commercial design specifiers a wide range of interior surfacing products.

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United by the common qualities of excellent design and dependable performance, our product line includes wallcoverings, wall protection, upholstery textiles, specialty paints, and Wink clear dry-erase coating.

Through our collaborations with leading international designers and in our Design Studio, Wolf-Gordon develops new work that is provocative, inspiring and of our time.

Founders & Early Years

Founded in 1967 in NYC by Mel Wolf, Bernie Gordon, Tony Prota and Frank Carr, Wolf-Gordon initially distributed vibrantly colored and textured, vinyl wallcovering. The company soon diversified with textile, paper and cork wallcovering, and grew in major East and West Coast markets.

In 1994, two of the founders' sons - Rick Wolf and David Gordon - became President/CEO and Executive Vice President, respectively, and catalyzed a period of national growth by way of product and brand design.

Today, Wolf-Gordon has sales representatives in all major U.S. markets and collaborates with licensed designers from around the world to bring fresh voices and perspectives to our products.

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DIFFA/Gift of Hope

Since 1993, Wolf-Gordon has donated over $1.8 million to the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) through our Gift of Hope program. When a customer specifies using their unique GOH number, a percentage of the product’s gross sales is allocated to the Foundation, which funds direct care and preventative education for people living with HIV/AIDS, and for those at risk.

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Recognition

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Rick Wolf

President and CEO

After graduating with a BS in Economics from SUNY Binghamton, Rick joined the family business, working in several different departments of Wolf-Gordon to gain first-hand knowledge of its operations. Rick has presided over the company’s significant growth, from the 1990’s to the present, through strategic leadership in design, marketing, sales and product diversification. In 1994, as our industry faced the tragedy of the AIDS pandemic, Rick started Wolf-Gordon’s Gift of Hope Program to donate a percentage of sales to Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). Wolf-Gordon is DIFFA’s largest all-time contributor at $1.8 million. Rick has served on the boards of DIFFA and Free to Choose, and in recognition of his generosity, was awarded with Interior Design’s HiP Award for “Leader: Greater Good” in 2019.

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David Gordon

Execeutive Vice President

As a teenager, David worked summers in the Wolf-Gordon shipping department, before graduating with a BA in Mathematics from Clark University. He joined the family company full time in 1976, spending time in many different roles, including ordering and customer service, before heading up sourcing and mill relations. In the 1990s, David guided Wolf-Gordon toward developing exclusive designs, working with freelance wallcovering stylists and mills to create unique patterning. This laid the groundwork for our own in-house design studio. When his father, Bernie Gordon, retired in 1991, David took on the role of Executive Vice President.

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Marybeth Shaw

Chief Creative Officer, Marketing and Design

Marybeth has directed product design and marketing at Wolf-Gordon since her return to the company in 2011, having previously served as Creative Director, 1997-2003. In the interim, she led Shaw Jelveh Design, an award-winning studio that created comprehensive branding programs, websites, products and interiors, particularly in the green building sector. In addition to a LEED ID+C, Marybeth holds an MBA from NYU Stern, an M. Arch. from the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville, an MCP from MIT, and a BA in Government from Smith College. She was honored with a HiP Award from Interior Design in 2017 for Creative Direction. Marybeth currently serves on the Board of the Wallcoverings Association.

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Benjamin Small

Chief Financial Officer

Ben has a track record of improving businesses through analytical excellence and process refinements, on both the manufacturing and distribution sides of commercial and consumer products. Prior to joining Wolf-Gordon in March 2019, Ben served as CFO of World & Main, EVP and CFO of Arrow Storage Products, and Corporate Assistant Controller at Advance Publications, an $8 billion cable, magazine and newspaper conglomerate. Ben also spent eight years at American Standard in various finance roles, completing his tenure as VP & Corporate Controller. Ben holds an MS in Accounting from Pace University, a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Jay Imperatori

Jay Imperatori

Vice President of Sales

Jay, an experienced leader in the A&D industry with particular strengths in strategic planning, organizational execution, and major account acquisition, oversees all aspects of our sales organization. He previously served four years as Senior Vice President of Sales and Sales Operations at Panolam Industries and sixteen years at Mohawk Group, where he rose through several roles, from Account Executive to Senior Vice President of Business Development. Jay holds a BS in Biology from the University of Georgia, as well as several sales development certifications.

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Michael Loughlin

Lead Wallcovering Designer and WG Customs Lab Director

Since joining Wolf-Gordon in 2013, Michael has led wallcovering and RAMPART® wall protection design, as well as growth in our customs and digital offerings.  Prior to joining Wolf-Gordon, Michael designed bestselling patterns for the Vycon and Symphony brands at J. Josephson. He also worked for eight years at David Goldberg Design, a handcrafted wallcovering manufacturer for the high-end residential market. Michael holds a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

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Kathrin Hagge

Senior Textile Designer

Kathrin joined Wolf-Gordon in 2019 to guide our upholstery line with her modern design sensibility, passion for color, and international expertise. Born in Bonn, Germany, Kathrin holds a BA in Textile Design from the College for Technology and Economics, Reutlingen. From early on, her work has been influenced by the aesthetic principles of the Bauhaus. Prior to Wolf-Gordon, she was Design Director of Woven Textiles at Stroheim/Jab USA, Head of Studio at Larsen New York and Senior Textile Designer at Knoll. She has also worked as an independent designer and textile consultant for a variety of global mills and clients, including Wolf-Gordon.

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Aliki van der Kruijs

VEER Collection

Dutch artist Aliki van der Kruijs works on her own research projects, as well as collaborative and commission-based creations, in her studio in The Hague, Netherlands. She holds a Master of Applied Arts degree from the Sandberg Institute of Amsterdam and juxtaposes her background in graphic and fashion design with an exploration of how different materials, from ceramics to textiles, can be a means of communication.

Van der Kruijs is also an accomplished photographer, and uses the medium for research, documentation and inspiration in her design process. She teaches in the Netherlands at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Academy of Architecture.

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Me & General Design

"So Good" Collection

Hailing from unconventional backgrounds on film sets and performance stages, Me and General Design create living spaces that are not only cohesive, but also inspire. Edgy, fun, and professional, their signature style of modern urban chic mixed with elements of surprise is carried throughout each project. A passion for mixing design elements, breaking rules, and defying trends is evident in the unique wallcovering designs they created for Wolf-Gordon.

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Mae Engelgeer

Wolf-Gordong + Mae Englegeer, MATTER

After graduating from the Amsterdam Fashion Instituut and Sandberg Instituut, where she specialized in textile design and applied arts, Dutch designer Mae Engelgeer opened her own studio in 2014. Her work on product design, installations, and international collaborations combines her expertise in craft and new technology. The collections she developed for Wolf-Gordon are characterized by color, shapes, and linear elements composed with a keen sense of balance.

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Frank Tjepkema

Tjep.Cubism

Designer Frank Tjepkema has provoked audiences through his art and exhibition pieces, presented in galleries worldwide and in the permanent collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

Founder of Tjep., an Amsterdam-based design studio, he developed "Tjep.Cubism" for Wolf-Gordon. This collection, which includes wallcoverings, an upholstery textile, and a sheer drapery fabric, explores patterning variations on a cube. The cube is deconstructed from several different perspectives, including structural development, transformation, weathering and the merging of his matrix with a traditional damask motif.

The collection was premiered at the Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan, the first time we launched a collection in an international venue.

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Boym Partners

Recollections

Constantin and Laurene Boym bring a critical, experimental "wit of the everyday" to each product they design. Their objects are included in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, and they were honored with the National Design Award in Product Design, in 2009. Drawing from their travel experience, they apply a unique and intelligent creative filter to wallcovering patterns for Wolf-Gordon.

The collection they produced for Wolf-Gordon, Recollections, celebrated their memories of significant materials from their travels. Glasgow, a textural print, is based on the deconstruction of a traditional Scottish plaid; Jaipur evokes the handcrafts of India and includes "hidden" Hindu imagery; and Venice pays homage to the Venetian mosaics of architect Carlo Scarpa.

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Kevin Walz

Internationally recognized artist and designer Kevin Walz is known for his interiors and signature product lines created for lighting, carpets, fabrics, and furniture. His highly textural “Overlay/Underlay” collection for Wolf-Gordon explores two-sidedness, translating his hand drawn and painted processes into serially produced patterns for wallcovering and high performance upholstery.

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Grethe Sorensen

Grethe Sørensen is an award-winning Danish textile artist who works in digital jacquard and print. She is credited with revolutionizing the art of tapestry by inventing a method that translates photographic pixels into thread. Sørensen created a stunning upholstery textile, Millions of Colors, and three Type II wallcoverings for Wolf-Gordon.

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Tsao & McKown

Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown, founding principals of Tsao & McKown Architects, apply their design wisdom to building programs from the scale of residential architecture to the city. For Wolf-Gordon, they created compelling Type II wallcoverings that convey their interest in the passage of time on natural geometries and materials.

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Laurinda Spear

Laurinda Spear, FAIA, founding principal of Arquitectonica, has designed many of her firm’s signature projects and won over a hundred design awards. She also established Arquitectonica Interiors and Laurinda Spear Products, which has over 150 products on the market under dozens of global brands.

Spear’s tropical and highly graphic designs for Wolf-Gordon revolutionized commercial wallcovering and remain popular among specifiers. Her pattern Bamboo remains one of Wolf-Gordon's best selling wallcoverings.

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Patty Madden

The name “Patty Madden” is synonymous with elegant, transitional wallcovering design. Madden is equally involved in the technical aspects of creating new products and in design development, having pioneered engraving and production methods in order to achieve the spectacular results she is known for.

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Petra Blaisse

Dutch designer Petra Blaisse works in a multitude of creative arenas, including textile, interior, landscape, and exhibition design. Her interest in challenging conventional boundaries is reflected in the "Touch" collection of wallcoverings created for Wolf-Gordon. Realistic images of tactile materials transform walls from hard, two-dimensional planes into soft, flexible, and intriguing surfaces.

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Karim Rashid

Industrial designer Karim Rashid applied his upbeat pattern and color sensibility to five wallcoverings for Wolf-Gordon’s "Digital Nature" collection. His intriguing manipulations of geometry yield forms reminiscent of plant and animal life, in neutral, bold, and metallic combinations.

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Brenda Houston

Geological Finds

An American designer of furniture and furnishings, Brenda Houston has long been inspired by the beauty of “nature’s artwork.” Her personal collection of minerals and gemstones, some more than one hundred million-years old, have been sourced from around the globe.

Houston introduced her collection for Wolf-Gordon, Geological Finds, when she realized the dearth of realistic interpretations of stones and minerals. She soon found out how incredibly difficult it is to capture the clarity and detail of these organic materials and have the ability to scale them up to reveal their beauty in a clear and concise manner. “We discovered that the stones would take on new designs depending upon whether they were sliced horizontally or vertically. Some pieces are no larger than your thumbnail, but the quality shines through in the digital images.”