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

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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The Robert Brady Museum – Mexico

This past November I visited the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico which is approximately 2 hours south of Mexico City. Friends took us to visit the Robert Brady Museum which was one of the most incredible places I have ever seen. The museum was the residence of Robert Brady who was an artist and bon vivant, […]

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Big Florals – Chintz Fabric

  Although I am a serious fan of modernism and geometric patterns, I’ve always been drawn to big, retro-looking florals. Some may call them “chintz” but that’s actually a bit of a misnomer as chintz is defined as a glazed cotton fabric. However the word chintz does vividly conjure up the image of ripe bouquets […]

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Paisley – a Bohemian & Timeless Symbol in Textiles and Interior Design

The paisley is a classic symbol with a rich textile history. The motif itself has countless interpretations and iterations but at its core it is a teardrop shape based on a stylized plant or flower. It originated in Persia, appearing in art and textiles. It’s probably fair to say that almost every country has a […]

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Robert Crowder Weaving Studio

    The Robert Crowder weaving studio has been in business for over 65 years. The artist Robert Crowder moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in the late 1940’s, setting up an art studio in the back of his house where he painted wall murals and designs for his burgeoning wallpaper business. Crowder’s designs appealed […]

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Robert Crowder – Artist, Textile & Wallpaper Designer

I first learned of the wallpaper and fabric company Robert Crowder many years ago when I was working at Kelly Wearstler in Los Angeles. Kelly used Crowder’s wallpapers in many of her projects and I was instantly taken with their lustrous textures and exotic murals. The designs always felt rooted in a glamorous oeuvre – […]

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