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image of Gere Kavanaugh wearing a read sun hat and red dress. She sits with a microphone on a stand in front of her. Her left hand is outstretched and she wears dark rimed glasses
A Colorful Conversation: Gere Kavanaugh
Louise Sandhaus, co-author of A Colorful Life: Gere Kavanaugh, Designer  in conversation with design legend Gere Kavanaugh. They discuss the breadth of Kavanaugh’s expansive contributions to design over the last seven decades, in a career that covered everything from flamboyant textiles to unique furniture, playful products, vibrant interiors, and so much more. This program is...
Image features four horizontal rows of people and trains, rendered in black ink on paper
Spot the Difference: Steinberg Edition
Born in Romania in 1914, Saul Steinberg once described himself as “a writer who draws.”[1] Steinberg fled Europe in 1941, settling in New York City by 1942. While living in the United States, he traveled widely and observed the world around him in a highly whimsical style with an eye toward criticism and satire. Steinberg’s...
Image features a rectangular sheet with a variety of geometric patterns—rectangles, squares, triangles, and chevrons—in a muted palette of sandy pink, dusty beige, taupe, grey, and brown with isolated dots and small squares in white gouache and red wash. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Reorientation and Replication
In celebration of Women’s History Month, March Object of the Day posts highlight women designers in the collection. Adelgunde “Gunta” Stölzl was one of the most successful women designers connected with the Bauhaus, the school founded in 1919 by the German architect Walter Gropius. The mission of the Bauhaus was to integrate art, design, and craft...
Image features design drawing showing large fan-shaped flowers in pink, purple, and orange on a turquoise ground. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Fans and Flowering Tendrils
Author: Rachel Pool Purpurnelke (Purple Pink) is a textile design made from cut paper and gouache. It features entangled grapevines set amongst boldly-colored flowers that resemble Japanese fans, combined in a striking pattern indicative of non-Western influence. The designer Felice Rix-Ueno (Austrian, 1893–1967) created the blossoming flowers and their straight stems from cut paper; the...
Hybrid Pattern
Mathilde Flögl was a prolific and multi-disiplinary designer at the Wiener Werkstätte. Her experience as a graphic designer translated well for much of the surface design she executed in wallcoverings, glass, ceramics and textiles. She created ceramic figurines, assisted Josef Hoffmann with the ornamental elements in his metal work and interiors, and designed lace patterns...
Clothespins Collage
“Sharp, brilliant colors skillfully combined or used with neutral tones provide excitement in an extensive collection of textiles introduced by Herman Miller Company…” describes the New York Times writer Betty Pipes of Alexander Girard’s debut textile collection in 1952.[1] Girard was a European trained architect who came to prominence in Detroit, where he established an...
Textile Designs from a Time of Transition
As part of a large collection of nearly 1,500 design drawings produced for the textiles and fashion departments of the Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshops), this selection of gouache on paper textile designs range in date from 1916-18.   The three colorways (1988-62-1, 1998-62-2, 1988-62-3) of “Riva See” (“Lake Riva”), a delicate trefoil berry pattern on...
Parade of Parachutes
LIFE magazine deemed him as a “dressmaker in silver” in 1939, but Tommi Parzinger was an incredibly versatile designer, celebrated for his furniture, wallpaper, packaging and textiles.[1] Parzinger designed furnishings for socialites, decorators, and celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and the Rockefellers and he established himself as a man about town in the glamorous circles of...
Facial Features
At first glance, this design drawing for the tapestry Our Mountains by Trude Guermonprez (American, b. Germany, 1910–1976) may appear to be a simple mountain landscape. A closer look reveals that the cool blue-green peaks and valleys are actually formed by three reclining faces in profile. In the background, the face of Guermonprez’s husband John...