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What is this?

Panel of printed velvet with undulating ribbons of color appearing to hang from the top and terminate several inches above the bottom. In mixed shades of purple and brown on a white ground.

Why is this in our collection?

Gretl and Leo Wollner met and married in the late 1940s while studying textile design under Eduard Josef Wimmer-Wisgrill, founder of the fashion division of the Wiener Werkstätte. Leo later worked for architect Josef Hoffmann. Through the 1950s, the couple became known for their work with Pausa AG, a German printer known for innovative, high quality designs. When Barbara Rodes took over the textile division of Knoll International, she initiated a rich collaboration with both Pausa AG and the Wollners. The Wollners developed new printing techniques for Knoll, including the use of oversized screens so large they required four workers to manipulate—this enabled the production of floor-to-ceiling prints with... more

This is a textile from Germany. It is dated ca. 1972 and we acquired it in 2011. Gift of Cindia Cameron. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

medium: cotton technique: screen printed on supplementary pile (velvet)

Its dimensions are

H x W: 261.6 x 123.2 cm (103 x 48 1/2 in.)

This object was printed by Pausa AG and produced by Knoll Textiles and designed by Leo Wollner and Gretl Wollner

This object was donated by Cindia Cameron

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