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2013-44-2
Too Sweet to Eat: Wallcoverings from Sugarcane
Founded by Robert Goldman in 1950, Carnegie Fabrics is a family-owned business with a commitment to quality and innovation which makes the research and development of sustainable textiles a priority. Xorel fabric, which is paper backed for use as a wallcovering, was introduced by Carnegie Fabrics in 1981 and was the first textile to address...
Textile, 2002-14-3, 1947
Campagna
Campagna, likely named after the designer Angelo Testa’s friend, Paul Campagna, epitomizes Testa’s design vocabulary. Designed in 1947 for Knoll Associates, Campagna utilizes Testa’s preferred linear and geometric forms, commonly associated with his Bauhaus training. The hard edges of the concentric rectangles in this textile, however, have been softened by their appearance of being almost...
Russian Constructivist-style costume design of grey-bearded old man in long blue robe and maroon coat and hat with black (fur?) trim. One up-turned hand is raised across figure's chest.
Costume on the Cutting Edge
This boyar may be old and wizened, but the costume he sports is cutting-edge. His cloak and cap seem to be cut from geometric patterns, in a modern take on medieval fashion. Boyars were high-ranking aristocrats who advised the princes of medieval Russia, but this one wouldn’t look out of place in a cubist or...
Cut and entwinned ribbon silver brooch, with basse-taille enamel.
A Pretty Thought in a Variety of Shapes
In summer, when weddings are frequent, the thought of objects given in affection or love, makes a visit to the jewelry collection seem appropriate. This heart-form brooch is one of a group of jewelry by Charles Horner (English, 1821-1896) given to the Museum in December. Horner (English, 1821-1896) was an actual silversmith, watchmaker and enamellist...
2003-2-1
Fields of Floral Beauty
Flower Bed serves as a parable about good and evil involving furry black and white animate forms and chronicles their struggle against adversity. One of Hancock’s characters, Homerbuctus, has an eye for beauty but knows no moderation. His insatiable appetite leads him to take the flowers as his “mistresses”. Flower Bed wallpaper expresses this abundance...
Fiber and air
Fiber and Air: A Net by Joanne Segal Brandford
“My ordinary materials are fiber and air,” explained textile artist and scholar Joanne Segal Brandford in a university lecture in 1993, and it’s true. Whether made of coarse bands of rattan or fine strands of nylon, her nets, fabrics, and baskets seem to rest lightly in space. In its most basic form, a net is...
Poster depicts an oculus of digital blocks of color, growing more concentrated as the blocks get smaller and closer to the center. Above: el atomo para la paz; below: GENERAL DYNAMICS; center right: solar dynamics.
Looking Ahead in the Atomic Age
The year is 1955, and Cold War tensions have begun to escalate. General Dynamics is a newly formed parent company overseeing eleven manufacturers, producing cutting edge technology for the defense of the United States. The company is capitalizing on the American policy of nuclear deterrence, but John Jay Hopkins, General Dynamics’ president, wants a graphic...
Room with table that has legs made of lions. Helmets, shields, swords and other trappings of war decorate the room’s interior and exterior.
Designing with in(Tent): Percier, Fontaine, and Empire Style
This etching presents a view of the Salle du Conseil (Council chamber) at Château de Malmaison, the residence of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife, Joséphine, from 1799. It is published as plate 55 in Recueil de decorations intérieures (Collection of Interior Decorations) an ornament publication produced by Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine (1762–1853), Napoleon’s chief architect, and his...
Food is a Weapon / Don't waste it!
Cleaning Your Plate for Your Country
During WWII, the US government depended on Americans to volunteer in the war effort. Over 85 million Americans–nearly two thirds of the population–purchased war bonds providing much needed financial support. Women entered the workforce in large numbers helping to produce the thousands of ships, tanks, and airplanes required overseas.  Food shortages were a major problem...