Textile, "Finesse: Circle", 1973 Medium: viscose/polyester gauze Technique: printed and chemical burn-out. Gift of Evan Snyderman and Zesty Meyers of R 20th Century and museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. 2011-36-2.
What is this?
Brown and light brown circles printed on a white background with smaller "burn-out' circles within the larger circles.
Why is this in our collection?
The Cooper-Hewitt has in its collection seven textiles from 1983 produced by Mira-X, a Swiss textile manufacturer that collaborated with Panton. This group of textiles includes this piece, one of his more innovative and unusual fabrics produced during the early 1970s, Finesse: Circle (2011-36-2), which is printed and has areas of burn out within the printed circles. This process created a semi-translucent textile that when held up to the light creates a very dappled light and feeling of three-dimensionality. Finesse designs also included Square and Curve.