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Samples, Nuance, 1983

This is a Samples. It was designed by Jhane Barnes and produced by Knoll Textiles and manufactured by Franetta. It is dated 1983 and we acquired it in 2011. Its medium is wool, silk, cotton, rayon and its technique is plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

In 1983, Jhane Barnes became the first fashion designer to collaborate with Knoll. Barnes was known for the innovative fabrics she designed for her own menswear line. For her first capsule collection of upholstery fabrics for Knoll, she modified and tightened the weave of some of her sport coat fabrics, employing space-dyed yarns for tonal vitality. Nuance is from this collection.
Barnes continued to design menswear but also worked prolifically for Knoll from 1983 to 1997, during which time she created 16 collections. With her fashion background, she introduced Knoll to new mills. This lead to pioneering work with Japanese mills that initiated Knoll’s move toward high-tech fabrics.
Nuance represents the beginning of Knoll’s collaboration with Barnes and would enhance the museum’s existing holdings of textiles and wallpapers by Barnes.

This object was donated by Cindia Cameron. It is credited Gift of Cindia Cameron.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 29.2 x 43.2 cm (11 1/2 x 17 in.)

Cite this object as

Samples, Nuance, 1983; Designed by Jhane Barnes (American, b. 1954); USA; wool, silk, cotton, rayon; H x W: 29.2 x 43.2 cm (11 1/2 x 17 in.); Gift of Cindia Cameron; 2011-21-8-a/h

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