SOLUTION: I have just returned from Hospitality Design 2000 held April 27 to 29 in Las Vegas, NV. There was one company that stood out in my mind as having new and fresh ideas in textiles for the commercial interior designer. I've included photographs of a few samples of these new fabrics, but first a little bit of history.
Maharam, Hauppauge, NY, introduced an interpretation of four archival patterns by Charles and Ray Eames. Charles and Ray Eames embraced a multidisciplinary approach to design that allowed them to function in many worlds and apply lessons from each to their designs. As a result, the Eameses recognized the industrialized world's shift from economies of goods to economies of information and communication years before the actual shift occurred.
This understanding allowed Charles and Ray Eames to approach their work from a unique perspective, creating furniture, exhibitions, films, toys and textiles that were responsive to a universal human condition and not to an industrial status quo.
The four archival patterns—Large Dot Pattern, Small Dot Pattern, Circles and Crosspatch—are the first in Maharam's Textiles of the 20th Century[TM] series. They represent early to mid-century textile designs by the century's most exceptional Modernist designers.
An exhibit including a collection of Eames material, which first was included in a collection on display at the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, The Smithsonian Institution in New York, NY, will be on display for all to see this month at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, and in December at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA.
Maharam offers architects and designers a comprehensive collection of contract textiles and vinyls including products for upholstery, wall covering, cubicle curtain and drapery panel applications.
Sharon L. Anderson has more than 20 years experience as a professional interior designer in both commercial and residential design. She has taught at numerous colleges throughout California and currently is an educator at Moorpark college in southern California. She is a published author and frequent public speaker.