Posts tagged ‘1950s Fabrics’

Artek: ABC Collection

Finnish company Artek has a history going back to 1935. They continue to produce legendary designer Alvar Aalto’s furniture and lighting pieces today. He designed the textile pattern Siena in 1954 and it has been used continually since then — it’s an example of the staying power of simplicity and versatility. Artek recently introduced a [...]

Schumacher: Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg (1914-1999) was a reknowned artist and illustrator best known for his work for The New Yorker. He worked in all sorts of media including textiles and wallpaper. Schumacher has reproduced three of his prints as both fabric and wallcoverings. Views of Paris (above) is a 54″ wide 100% cotton. Opera is a 70″ [...]

Wendy Bray

Fibercopia links to this .pdf article from World of Interiors by designer Wendy Bray. Ms. Bray has been designing since the late 1940s and is still working today. Sanderson will be bringing one of her prints to fabric later this year, and she’s also working with The Art of Wallpaper on a colleciton. She said [...]

Sanderson Fifties Collection

{ Mobiles } Because I haven’t been sufficiently jealous of UK people in the last few days, along comes Sanderson and their new Fifties collection, which includes archival prints as well as 1950s-inspired prints by contemporary designers. Check out the interior shots on their website to get a much better idea of the scale and [...]

Classic Textiles

{ Designs by Lucienne Day. L-R: Graphica, Riga, Spectators, Trio. } The Centre for Advanced Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art offers a commercial digital textile printing service, and, under the name Classic Textiles, reproduces designs from some of the U.K.’s most prominent and influential textile designers. Lucienne Day herself selected the 12 designs [...]

Interview: Darlene Zimmerman on Betty Dear, Feedsacks, and More

Most people know Darlene Zimmerman from her enormously popular, feedsack-inspired collections for Robert Kaufman, but this tour de force (and very lovely lady) also happens to be a designer of patterns and quilting tools, a published textile historian, an in-demand leader of quilting workshops, and a very accomplished quilter. We are grateful that she found [...]

Daily Swatch: Chenille

Ummm, WOW, right? This vintage peacock themed chenille bedspread (c.1950s-60s) was sold by Atomic Space Junk. See more examples of crazy insane chenille peacock bedspreads here on eBay. Related posts: Daily Swatch: Chenille Daily Swatch: Chenille Daily Swatch: Chenille Daily Swatch: Chenille Daily Swatch: Mushrooms

Daily Swatch: Fabrics From Horrockses Fashions

We’ll wrap up the tribute to Horrockses Fashions today with three green dresses featured in the book. The signature Horrockses’ look was a full-skirted dress with simple but interesting bodices in fabulous cotton prints. Image credits: Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, by Norwyn Ltd. (top); collection of Christine Boydell, photograph by Nigel Essex (middle); [...]

Book Review: Horrockses Fashions

Horrockses Fashion: Off-the-Peg Fashion in the ’40s and ’50s by Christine Boydell V&A Publishing, 2010 The Horrockses Fashions label grew from the fabric company Horrockses, Crewdson & Co. in early-to-mid-20th century Britain. They helped pioneer ready-to-wear, mass-produced fashion, and helped establish the popularity of cotton as a fashion fabric. V&A Publishing (distributed by Abrams in [...]