Category: textiles

  • Ken Scott & Susan Nevelson

    Ken Scott & Susan Nevelson

    About a year ago I stumbled upon the textile designs of fashion designer Ken Scott. I was immediately drawn to the vibrant colors and bold florals rendered in a loose, painterly style. Very much in the style of Emilio Pucci and Vera Neumann and at its peak in the 1960’s. But why had I never…

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  • Chain Link

    Chain Link

      I found this vintage scarf a few months ago at a flea market. I love a print with interlocking chain links – they have an old school feeling that makes me think of vintage Gucci and Hermes. Many of these types of prints are equestrian inspired but I especially like chain prints that are…

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  • The Wonderful Patterns of Alexander Calder

    The Wonderful Patterns of Alexander Calder

    I have been keeping my eye out for one of the three scarves that Vera Neumann made as an homage to her friend Alexander Calder (see past post: ). Last weekend I unexpectedly found this amazing scarf by Calder himself which was released by The Calder Foundation in 2001. It is based on his design…

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  • Tommi Parzinger

    Tommi Parzinger

      Tommi Parzinger was a German designer who moved to New York City in the mid 1930’s. Well known for his furniture designs, Parzinger is considered an early proponent of the Hollywood Regency style. His furniture was elegant and sophisticated, marrying his traditional European design background with the modern tastes of the New York decorators and…

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  • Arne Jacobsen

    Arne Jacobsen

      I have always associated Danish designer Arne Jacobsen with his iconic chair designs such as the Egg and Swan chair from the late 1950’s. Considered a leader of modern Danish design, Jacobsen was an architect and product designer known for praticing functional modernism. I had not known that he also was a prolific designer…

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  • Zandra Rhodes: a True Original

    Zandra Rhodes: a True Original

      As a textile designer and collector I particularly admire the work of Zandra Rhodes. She is a true original – creating her own artwork for fashion, home furnishings, jewelry, rugs, and more – she is an inspiration and a pioneer. Since the beginning of her career Rhodes has made her own rules and created…

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  • Memphis


      This vintage scarf is a complete mystery to me – no idea about the designer, manufacturer, etc.  All I know is that the colors and design are wacky – and totally remind me of the work from the Memphis group. I know many people do not like Memphis as an art period or “look”…

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  • Vera at Home

    Vera at Home

    As a follow up to my previous post on Vera and Calder, I wanted to take a look at her home which included an amazing collection of art and midcentury modern furniture. I first saw these images in Susan Seid’s book “Vera The Art and Life of An Icon.” I tracked down a copy of…

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  • Vera and Calder

    Vera and Calder

    If you follow my blog or know me, you know that I love all things Vera (Neumann). She was one of the most prolific designers and artists whose textiles helped inspire my love of collecting and fabric design. Awhile back I read that Vera was close friends with the artist Alexander Calder. They were such…

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  • Fantasy Flora

    Fantasy Flora

      I recently saw images from the Valentino Spring/Summer 2017 fashion show and was intrigued by the unusual designs of palm trees and cacti. Turns out these prints and embroideries were created by Zandra Rhodes for Valentino. Valentino’s designer Pierpaolo Piccioli commissioned Rhodes to design prints based on Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights.”…

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