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Textile, Stones

This is a Textile. It was produced by Knoll Textiles. It is dated introduced 1969 and we acquired it in 2011. Its medium is cotton and its technique is screen printed on supplementary pile (velvet). It is a part of the Textiles department.

This textile is from the Bauer Print Collection, by German designer Wolf Bauer for Knoll Textiles International. The collection was developed as part of a new push for prints under the guidance of Barbara Rodes, the head of textiles in Europe and later head of textiles for all of Knoll, after Florence Knoll retired in 1965.
Bauer’s large-scale designs in hot colors printed on velvet marked a departure for Knoll from the textural, hand-woven look with which it had become associated. The Bauer Print Collection was celebrated in the design press and Industrial Design magazine included it in its Best Designs of 1969 issue. The collection won the New York Industrial Award for Design Excellence in 1970; that same year, Bauer’s textile designs were the subject of a solo exhibition at the Design Center Stuttgart.
Bauer studied textile design under Leo Wollner at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart and served as his assistant from 1963 to 1965. Both men were prominent textile designers in Europe, creating work for the top firms such as Tanus Textildruck, Heal Fabrics, Weverij de Ploeg and, most importantly, Pausa AG, a printer known for its technical skill and innovative approach.
Stones would be the second Bauer textile from this series to be accessioned into the museum’s collection.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Stones.

It is credited Gift of Cindia Cameron.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 132.1 x 125.7 cm (52 x 49 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Stones; Produced by Knoll Textiles (United States); USA; cotton; H x W: 132.1 x 125.7 cm (52 x 49 1/2 in.); Gift of Cindia Cameron; 2011-21-1

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