Happenings

Frank Lloyd Wright Textiles: the Taliesin Line, 1955-60

When: until 5 April 2020
Where: The Met Fifth Avenue, New York
How much: Free with museum admission
More info: Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is celebrating the textile design work of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1955, Wright (1867–1959) launched the first commercial venture of his long and eminent career, designing a line of affordable home products for the general consumer. The designs for the fabrics and wallpapers, based on Wright’s architectural vocabulary and inspired by specific buildings, were featured in a sample book, Schumacher’s Taliesin Line of Decorative Fabrics and Wallpapers Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1955). Only 100 copies of the sample book were printed and were available exclusively to authorized dealers.

This installation presents the book and nine examples of the fabric it introduced, all from the original line produced by F. Schumacher and Co. In addition to the textiles that reflect the signature Wright aesthetic, the installation also includes two examples of Wright-designed wooden vases that were made in a very limited number and never reached the open market, and a 1954 photograph of the architect by Yosuf Karsh.

[Main image: courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art]