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Textile, Repeat Dot Print

This is a Textile. It was designed by Hella Jongerius and co-designed by Maharam Design Studio and produced by Maharam. It is dated 2002 and we acquired it in 2004. Its medium is cotton, rayon, polyester and its technique is jacquard woven and screen printed. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Maharam, a fourth-generation family textile company, approached Hella Jongerius in 2001 with an open objective: to create a single textile that would permit a suite of chairs around a table to be “cousins”—each unique but all related. Jongerius’ design vocabulary, which plays on the concept of random order, personalization of industrial processes, and manipulation of traditional manufacturing methods and materials, lent itself ideally to this concept.

The collaboration with Maharam resulted in Repeat, a set of patterns designed by Jongerius that introduces new dimension and context to upholstery textiles. Repeat is comprised of a series of patterns, each based on a single theme, seamlessly flowing into one another yard after yard. Repeat Classic is a repeat of archetypal jacquard motifs, while Repeat Dot unfurls into a modernist sequence of varied circular forms. In this textile proposed for acquisition, Repeat Dot Print, Jongerius embellishes further, combining the industrial vocabulary of the weaving process with a layer of white lacquer overprint.
Repeat Classic, Repeat Dot, and their overprinted variations, like Repeat Dot Print, are each available as panels in unique colorations. A series of four elements drawn from Repeat Classic and Repeat Dot is offered in a range of colors, providing the opportunity to mix, match, or mismatch. Through the unexpected use of pattern and exaggerated scale, the Repeat series creates random order as fabric meets furniture with a predictable yet uncertain result.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Industry vs. Craft .

This object was donated by Maharam. It is credited Gift of Maharam.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 445.1 x 144.1 cm (175 1/4 x 56 3/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Repeat Dot Print; Designed by Hella Jongerius (Dutch, b. 1963); Co-Designer: Maharam (United States); USA; cotton, rayon, polyester; H x W: 445.1 x 144.1 cm (175 1/4 x 56 3/4 in.); Gift of Maharam; 2003-13-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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