Tablecloth, "Modern Spice", ca. 1950 Medium: cotton Technique: twill weave. Gift of George R. Kravis II. 2011-44-2.
What is this?
Balanced plaid in dark brown, dark green, yellow and off-white ("Curry" colorway).
Why is this in our collection?
In an attempt to help complete his idea of an American life-style, Wright also designed textiles. The tablecloth represents one of his patterns, Modern Spice, which was produced by Simtex. It was included in Better Homes and Garden in May 1951, and the advertisement offers it in two colorways: Paprika and Curry, which seen here. It was also manufactured in two sizes: 52 x 52 and 52 x 70. The ad also refers to Wright’s and Simtex’s “Good Design” distinction, bestowed upon them by the Museum of Modern Art as part of their Good Design series. Modern Spice is a fairly intricate pattern where four bands of color intersect to create a total of ten different tones, including four main colors... more