Meet Walter Middle

A designer since the age of 14, Walter Knabe obtained his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin.  Walter opened his first studio nearly 35 years ago as a painter in New York City.  As fate would have it, he had a chance to cover the walls of a prominent Manhattan apartment with his heavily patterned paintings, setting into motion a life long career. His paintings quickly morphed into full-scale wall coverings, which have been in demand by many high profile clients and interior design houses.  In addition, his studio has also produced fabrics and other home décor products developed from Walter’s screen-printing expertise; as well as hand made and licensed designs for bedding, stationery and national event artwork.



Walter’s signature style is inspired by a sense of antiquity and the ever-evolving presence of everyday life. He approaches his work from the philosophy of timeless design, creating an expressive sacred space that is relevant for future generations. With a collision of colors and elements, he blends new and old in a bold, layered, narrative combination.  Walter takes a soulful approach as he creates a mythology within his artwork which inspires others.

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