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Maharam  Founded in 1902, Maharam embraces a range of disciplines, from product, graphic and digital design to art and architecture.

#AltheaMcNish. Tropique, 1959. This botanical pattern was designed to be screen-printed on silk by #AltheaMcNish, the Trinidad-born, London-based textile designer whose groundbreaking work is the subject of #LibbySeller’s latest piece for #MaharamStories. Sellers writes: “While her near contemporaries #LucienneDay, #JacquelineGroag, and #MarianMahler were bringing much needed cheerfulness to the drab days of postwar Britain, McNish’s riot of color was like a volcano erupting through the center of conservative British modernism. ‘Color was mine,’ she declared.” Read more in bio link. Photography courtesy of @vamuseum. #CaribbeanDesigner #TextileDesign

#AnniAlbers. Do – C, 1973. Screenprint. #MaharamLikes

#MaharamTextile Aftermath spotted on an #Utrecht chair by #GerritRietveld in the #Antwerp headquarters of @studiojobofficial. Photography by Giorgio Rough via @wallpapermag. #MaharamCollaborator #StudioJob #Rietveld

#ChrisWolston. Magdalena Plant Chair, 2016. Terracotta + 🌿. #MaharamLikes

Now on #MaharamStories: an excerpt from #WomenDesign—a new book by #LibbySellers—profiles #AltheaMcNish, a London-based, Trinidadian textile designer who transformed the gray landscape of postwar Britain through her highly influential work for clients including #Cardin, #Dior, #Givenchy, #Lanvin, #Schiaparelli, and Queen Elizabeth II. According to Sellers, “Her position as the first black British textile designer of repute is something she shrugs off, claiming she never suffered any discrimination due to either her race or gender.” McNish herself explains, “I was so rare, they were dumfounded.” Read the full story in bio link. Photography courtesy of Associated Newspapers, REX, Shutterstock. #TextileDesign

#MaharamDesignStudio. Tek-Wall Billow, Tek-Wall Hale, and Tek-Wall Interlace, 2018. #MaharamTextiles

Maharam is proud to support Thomas Bayrle: Playtime at the #NewMuseum. A key figure in European Pop Art, and one of the most important artists to have emerged during the 1960s West German economic boom, #ThomasBayrle’s prescient, influential commentary on consumerism and mass culture—along with his anticipation of new digital technologies and their impact on society—are only being fully recognized now. This solo exhibition—his first at a major New York museum—brings together more than 100 works created over a period of 50 years. To realize the ambitious installation seen in the first and third images, Maharam enlisted its advanced digital printing capabilities to cover the walls and floor of an entire gallery on the third floor of the @sanaa.jp-designed building with Bayrle’s iconic Laughing Cow and Shoes patterns. Head over to the New Museum, now through 9.2, to experience this immersive installation in person. 🏁 Images courtesy of @newmuseum. 🙌 #MaharamCollaborator #MaharamDigitalProjects

Launching today, our new collaboration with @scholtenbaijings brings a previously unknown part of their Dutch design heritage to light. The Darning Sampler series explores a centuries-old embroidery tradition to new ends across three #MaharamTextiles with free, linear, and ordered compositions. According to Carole Baijings, “It’s these kind of collaborations that really let us grow in what we are as designers.” She continues, “having such a carte blanche is super special and makes us fly and do what we cannot imagine in the beginning.” Video by @lumaprojects. #DesignProcess #TextileDesign #MaharamCollaborator #ScholtenBaijings

Maharam is proud to support “I’m The President, Baby”, an installation by @mirandajuly that’s currently on view at @vamuseum in London as part of #TheFutureStartsHere, an exhibition of 100 objects that propose a landscape of possibilities for the near future. An artist, filmmaker, and writer, #MirandaJuly’s contribution is made from #MaharamTextiles. Four velvet curtains operate in real time through repurposed smart home and mobile technology triggered by the actions of her friend, Oumarou Idrissa, who lives in Los Angeles and is the founder of @afrikicks. Linked to Idrissa’s phone and bed, each of the four curtains opens or closes depending on whether Idrissa is asleep; on WhatsApp, messaging his family and friends in Niger; on Instagram; or on Uber, which he drives for and is how the two first became connected. (July was en route to interview @badgalriri for @tmagazine.) While this type of surveillance would have endangered him only a few years ago, before he became a naturalized US citizen, it now offers a high-tech glimpse inside the psychic reality of one American immigrant’s life across continents and time zones. On view through November 4. Photography by @elizabethrweinberg.

Artful and effortless in appearance, Blended Stripe by @paulsmithdesign reflects the signature specificity of a master colorist. A full-width ombre, Blended Stripe's wide, saturated bands of color gradually dissolve into nuanced admixtures of individual pinstripes while passing through fields of goldenrod, scarlet, violet, ochre, periwinkle, azure, and turquoise. With each of the four variations woven on its own dedicated loom, this complex warp stripe was painstakingly devised by combining smaller segments into one seamless, harmonious progression. Here, in this photograph by @nickballon, one of our senior designers carefully pieces together a few nearly final prototypes. #DesignProcess #MaharamDesignStudio #TextileDesign #MaharamTextiles #PaulSmith #Color #Stripes

Designed in 1963, the Laminated Chair by #GreteJalk is compelling from every angle. With this one-of-a-kind edition, produced in 2012 to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Maharam sought to accentuate the essential simplicity of the GJ’s sculptural form with unique felt panels made by @hellajongerius using a signature needle-punch technique. Writing for #MaharamStories, Richard Wright of @wrightauction notes: “Jalk’s laminated plywood chair represents the possibilities of design, a challenged of expectations for functional forms, and remains among the most memorable works for the 20th century. Humanistic and starkly modern. How Danish.” #MaharamLikes

#HellaJongerius. Layers Park Double, 2008. Invited by the #MaharamDesignStudio to explore dimensionality, #MaharamCollaborator @hellajongerius set out to create a series of #MaharamTextiles that would yield varying effects from different vantages. After conceiving a way to bind multiple layers of wool felt with embroidery, the Layers series is cut by hand to reveal the layers beneath. The result builds upon #Jongerius’s interest in imparting traditional manufacturing methods with the variation and feel of items produced by hand. #DesignProcess #TextileDesign #Felt

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