What more perfect an American Dream than that of Louis Maharam, a Russian Jewish immigrant who came to New York's Lower East side a the turn of the last century to make name for himself and future generations with his eponymous company? With a storied history that began with costuming, sets, and fabric supply for the bright lights of Broadway, burlesque, and small, local stages everywhere, Maharam has evolved over the past one hundred-plus years into the preeminent, interdisciplinary fabric house for the finest commercial and residential projects around the world. From faithfully reissuing Girard, Annie Albers, the Eames, Gio Ponti, and more to contemporary work with Nike, Paul Smith, and an ever-growing roster of artists and special collaborators, Maharam is driven by the four tenants of utility, technology, tradition, and luxury. The good stuff.
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Come with me and you'll be, in a world of pure imagination...Alexander Girard was kind of like the Willy Wonka of the MCM movement. Yes he did work for the Eames, and this rug is modeled after a placemat he designed for Georg Jensen, but Girard's biggest contributions were a childlike-wonder-fueled design sensibility, an affinity for play, and a deep reverence for indigenous artisan craft from around the world. It's his Wonkaesque, Why Not, out-of-the-box thinking, evident here in this cotton dhurrie's doubled-up border that takes it from ordinary to extraordinary. Play on, player.