What is this?
Length of printed linen with heavy horizontal stripes and narrower vertical stripes in black, with irregularly spaced ovals, as the beads of an abacus, in black, blue and green on a natural linen ground.
Why is this in our collection?
Lawrence Anton Maix was a successful textile producer in the 1950s and 1960s as well as an early American proponent of modernist upholstery and interior furnishing fabrics. He was initially employed by Hans Knoll when Knoll first began his furniture company. During his decade tenure at Knoll, Maix became friends with designers such as Serge Chermayeff, Jens Risom, and George Nelson—some of whom were enlisted to produce textiles for Maix after he started his independent business in 1948. In 1949, Maix began to produce textiles under his own name. It was at this point, that he employed Paul Rand and other successful designers, like Alvin Lustig and Chermayeff, to produce a new line of designs called the... more