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Sample, Bojangles, 1967

This is a Sample. It was produced by Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated. It is dated 1967 and we acquired it in 1968. Its medium is caprolan nylon, polyester foam and its technique is handprinted on knitted nylon, bonded to polyester foam. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Jack Lenor Larsen, one of the most influential textile designers of the 20th century, is noted for his pioneering use of innovative methods and materials. Bojangles, designed for the 1967 collection The Butterflies, is made from Caprolan stretch nylon designed to conform to the rounded, organic shapes of 1960’s furniture. Larsen believed that pattern should be integral to the furniture it covered, and the swirling lines of this Op Art-inspired pattern are intentionally fluid to offset any distortion that might result from stretching the fabric to fit the form. The fabrics were paired with curvaceous furniture forms designed by Pierre Paulin for Artifort for an exhibition in Larsen’s showroom; Rita Reif wrote in the New York Times “The wedding of the sinuous, brilliantly colored prints with the sculptured furniture is so successful that it is hard to imagine one without the other.”

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Future Forms.

This object was donated by Jack Lenor Larsen. It is credited Gift of Jack Lenor Larsen.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 66 x 64.8 cm (26 x 25 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Sample, Bojangles, 1967; Produced by Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated (United States); USA; caprolan nylon, polyester foam; H x W: 66 x 64.8 cm (26 x 25 1/2 in.); Gift of Jack Lenor Larsen; 1968-47-1-c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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