5/3/07

"Good Design" (Kaleidoscope Prints)

Textile samples from the 1953 Good Design Exhibition at The Merchandise Mart, Chicago. Manufactured by L. Anton Maix, Inc., New York.








Selected for the exhibition by Museum of Modern Art curator Arthur Drexler and indicated by the iconic orange and black Good Design sticker, which reads:

The Manufacturer guarantees that the article corresponds in every particular to the one chosen by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, for the Good Design Exhibition at The Merchandise Mart, Chicago. A registered description of this article is available for inspection at the Museum, at The Mart and in the Manufacturer's files.

Each sample is 35" selvage to selvage and 50" long. From top to bottom:

* 1:30 A.M. by Pierre Kley Kamp
* Butterflies by A.J. Durelli
* Elements designed by Olga Lee Baughman
* Elements designed by Olga Lee Baughman
* Fish Fair by Don Smith
* Navajo #1 by Serge Chermayeff

Click here for more about the designers.

The Good Design Exhibition started in 1950, and was sponsored by The Museum of Modern Art of New York and The Merchandise Mart of Chicago. The first exhibition [see the catalogue] was curated by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., director of Good Design; Meyric Rogers, curator of decorative arts of the Chicago Art Institute; and Alexander Girard who had just finished his own An Exhibition for Modern Living at the Detroit Institiute of Art.

2 comments:

  1. very inspiring post. creates deep craving more more more more little details.

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  2. These fabrics are fabulous. I love the colours and the graphic nature of the design. Thanks.

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