Design 706

Wallpaper
1956 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The American architect Frank Lloyd Wright also designed furniture, stained glass and interiors. The office he designed for the Kaufmann department store in Pittsburgh, USA, is now in the V&A. In 1956 he produced a range of patterns for Schumacher & Co, though he had earlier scorned the use of wallpapers in his own 'organic' houses. These designs, which were also printed as textiles, were based on precise geometric shapes. They often had optical effects, which made them too overwhelming to be used in domestic houses. This limited their appeal and they were not successful commercially.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleTaliesin Line (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour screen print, on paper
Brief Description
Portion of 'Design 706' wallpaper, an all-over geometric pattern of triangles, in shades of green, blue and cream; Colour screen print, on paper; One of the 'Taliesin Line' range; Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; Produced by F. Schumacher & Co., New York; America; 1956.
Physical Description
Portion of 'Design 706' wallpaper, an all-over geometric pattern of triangles, in shades of green, blue and cream; Colour screen print, on paper.
Dimensions
  • Portion height: 75cm
  • Portion width: 54.6cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • "DESIGN 706". Hand-printed wallpaper designed / by Frank Lloyd Wright for the "Taliesin Line" / produced by F. Schumacher & Co., New York. / AMERICAN; 1956. / Given by the manufacturers. E.582-1966 (Lettered on paper label attached to front of design.)
  • LENT BY THE / VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM (Lettered on paper label attached to front of design.)
Credit line
Given by Schumacher & Co. © ARS, New York, and DACS, London 2001
Production
This design was also produced by Schumacher as a furnishing fabric.
Subjects depicted
Summary
The American architect Frank Lloyd Wright also designed furniture, stained glass and interiors. The office he designed for the Kaufmann department store in Pittsburgh, USA, is now in the V&A. In 1956 he produced a range of patterns for Schumacher & Co, though he had earlier scorned the use of wallpapers in his own 'organic' houses. These designs, which were also printed as textiles, were based on precise geometric shapes. They often had optical effects, which made them too overwhelming to be used in domestic houses. This limited their appeal and they were not successful commercially.
Bibliographic References
  • Oman, Charles C. and Hamilton, Jean. Wallpapers: a history and illustrated catalogue of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Publications, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982.
  • Saunders, Gill. Wallpaper in Interior Decoration. V&A Publications. London, 2002. pp. 148. pl 132.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1966 pub. HMSO 1967
Other Number
C.20654 - Previous number
Collection
Accession Number
E.582-1966

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record createdMarch 3, 2003
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