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Textile, Nuance, 1983

This is a Textile. It was produced by Knoll Textiles. It is dated 1983 and we acquired it in 2011. Its medium is cotton, silk, wool, 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 would enhance the museum’s collection of textiles and wallpapers by Barnes. At the time of proposed acquisiton, the collection includes another colorway of this design.

This object was donated by Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts. It is credited Gift of the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture.

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 229 x 76.8 cm (7 ft. 6 3/16 in. x 30 1/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Nuance, 1983; Produced by Knoll Textiles (United States); USA; cotton, silk, wool, rayon; Warp x Weft: 229 x 76.8 cm (7 ft. 6 3/16 in. x 30 1/4 in.); Gift of the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture; 2011-22-2

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