Clean, simple, classic goodness — By Molle.
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This dreamlike print is one of many magical designs by Swedish mid-century designer Stig Lindberg. There’s already lots of interesting information for him on line so I’ll simply link to a few here, including a write-up on his bio, Lindberg textiles for sale at Meggy Magpie Fabrics, and a look at his other mediums of choice.Pin It
Just when I think all the huge talents of Swedish mid century textile design have been fully accounted for another name pops to the surface. Today it’s Sven Markelius, “one the most important modernist Swedish architects.” As a google image search quickly proves, he also designed textiles. The framed Markelius pattern pictured above was sold by Modern 50 and is highlighted here by Mid-Centuria as a “mathematic inspired” print of the 1950’s.Pin It
The Amsterdam studio of Mae Engelgeer is now offering the Woww Collection, a grouping of soft furnishings and accessories punctuated by strong color and bold graphic punch.Pin It
Here’s a truly inspiring artifact of textile design history: an album by Englishman James Leman (1688-1745) containing “97 designs for fine silk cloth”. The Victoria & Albert Museum (who now owns the portfolio) has provided tantalizing highlights from select pages on their website, here. Looking at the pages gives fresh new color (literally) to my concept of the 18th century.
Here’s a rather mesmerizing print from Soleil Blue’s Chateau fabric collection. The pattern is called “Mademoiselle” and it includes repeating large-scale female portraits set in circular medallions. If ever a fabric was watching you, this is it.Pin It
“Spotted Creatures” (pictured above) offers a snapshot of textile designer and artist Sarah Campbell’s painterly whimsy. With a portfolio that includes contributions to Liberty of London Prints, Habitat, and Cacharel among others, Campbell’s work was formally celebrated last year in an exhibition at the Royal National Theater. To read more of her biography, click here.Pin It
It’s always exciting to stumble upon new pockets of textile design history; today it’s Atelier Martine. Here’s a synopsis of the studio as written by FIDM:
…Paul Poiret also established the Atelier Martine in 1911. Comprised of young girls without formal artistic training, the Atelier Martine functioned both as a design laboratory and workshop. Students were sent out into the world to find inspiration for textile designs, which were critiqued by both Poiret himself and visiting artists. The hope was that these untrained students would create unique designs, unfettered by ideas about design and artistic traditions. Some of the resulting designs were turned into yardage, which was then used in Poiret-designed garments or for home decoration.
Click here for an earlier post (and more information) on Poiret.Pin It
Christie’s is having a large decorative arts auction in New York this week, with 71 carpets ready for the gavel. Among them is this French Art Deco carpet (shown cropped above). At or near its centenary mark, the piece still looks convincingly “contemporary” but now has historical gravitas as well. For the size and price estimate, who can compete with that?Pin It