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Sidewall - Sample, Courtyard Texture

This is a Sidewall - sample. It was designed by Ilonka Karasz and made by Katzenbach and Warren, Inc.. It is dated 1955 and we acquired it in 1956. Its medium is machine-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

This design displays the unique textural patterning that is a signature of Karasz. The myriad geometric patterning is playful and intriguing which creates a nice energy and keeps the design from becoming stagnant. Printed by the blueprint or mezzotone process, this was Karasz’ favorite printing technique as it captured all the delicacy of her original line drawings. The blueprint method is a photographic process that creates a positive print from a blueprint negative. Each paper printed by this process requires a hand drawn, full-scale original artwork on linen. Karasz designs all contain an unusual or flat perspective as she believed walls should be represented as a two-dimensional surface. The grid format used here helps maintain the flatness of this design while also imparting a quilt or folk aesthetic. Karasz began designing wallpaper in 1947, working almost exclusively for Katzenbach & Warren, Inc. In 1960 she founded Design Group, Inc., in Brewster, New York, for which she designed a new line of murals, all printed in the blueprint method.

This object was donated by Katzenbach and Warren, Inc.. It is credited Gift of Katzenbach and Warren, Inc..

  • Sidewall (USA)
  • machine-printed paper, varnished.
  • Gift of Sylvia Goodrich in memory of her grandparents, Orlando R. and....
  • 1973-32-10

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  • 2011-40-7

Its dimensions are

H x W: 50.5 x 48 cm (19 7/8 x 18 7/8in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall - Sample, Courtyard Texture; Designed by Ilonka Karasz ((American, born Hungary, 1896–1981)); Made by Katzenbach and Warren, Inc. (United States); machine-printed paper; H x W: 50.5 x 48 cm (19 7/8 x 18 7/8in.); Gift of Katzenbach and Warren, Inc.; 1956-108-4-c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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