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Textile, Taliesin Line: Design 107, 1957

This is a Textile. It was manufactured by F. Schumacher & Co.. It is dated 1957 and we acquired it in 1967. Its medium is cotton and its technique is screen printed on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Toward the end of his life, in 1955, Frank Lloyd Wright produced the “Taliesin Ensemble,” a line of home furnishings for those who did not live in one of his houses. Wright partnered with numerous firms to complete the project, among them Heritage-Henredon, with whom he produced a line of furniture, and the Martin Senour Company (a division of Sherwin-Williams), with whom he developed a line of paints.

Featured here is length of fabric produced in partnership with F. Schumacher and Company as part of Wright’s Taliesin Line. The collection included six printed fabrics, seven woven fabrics, and four wallpapers. This example features a fine linear design in warm natural colors, reminiscent of a stained glass window that Wright designed for the Darwin D. Martin House, built between 1903 and 1905 in Buffalo, New York. Although credited to Wright, the textile was designed by Ling Po, a fellow at Wright’s architectural school, Taliesin West. Po joined Taliesin in 1946, and later became chief rendering artist at the Taliesin Associated Architects.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Design 107.

It is credited Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Tremaine.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 134.9 x 61.3 cm (53 1/8 x 24 1/8 in.) Repeat H: 86.4 cm (34 in.)

It is inscribed

"DESIGN 107" A Schumacher Screen Print (printed in selvedge)

Cite this object as

Textile, Taliesin Line: Design 107, 1957; Manufactured by F. Schumacher & Co. (United States); USA; cotton; H x W: 134.9 x 61.3 cm (53 1/8 x 24 1/8 in.) Repeat H: 86.4 cm (34 in.); Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Tremaine; 1967-90-2

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