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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 proponent for modernist upholstery and interior furnishing fabrics. He was initially employed by Hans Knoll when Knoll first began his furniture company, and during his decade tenure there, Maix became friends with designers such as Serge Chermayeff, Jens Risom, and George Nelson, some of whom later would be enlisted to produce textiles for Maix after he started his independent business in 1948. When Maix left Knoll, he initially represented a number of small textile companies. However, in 1949 he began to produce textiles under his own name. It was at this point that he employed Paul Rand and other... more

This is a textile from United States. It is dated 1946 and we acquired it in 2003. Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. William Goulding. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

medium: linen technique: screen printed on plain weave label: screen printed linen

Its dimensions are

H x W: 290.8 x 130.2 cm (114 1/2 x 51 1/4 in.) Repeat H: 102.9 cm (40 1/2 in.)

It is inscribed

L.ANTON MAIX N.Y.C. ABACUS by PAUL RAND PATT.REP 40 1/2" (printed in selvedge)

L. Anton Maix, Inc. was the manufacturer and Paul Rand was the designer and Giles Kotcher was the vendor of this object.

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