Print, Acricola Bodenbelag (Acricola Floor Covering), plate 26, in Die Quelle: Flächen Schmuck (The Source: Ornament for Flat Surfaces), 1901
In 1901, Austrian designer Koloman Moser published Die Quelle (The Source), a compilation of vivid pattern designs intended for flat surfaces. Primarily known for founding the influential Wiener Werkstätte (the Vienna Workshops) along with the architect Josef Hoffmann in 1903, Moser’s book was one in a series of projects by the prolific designer, who designed everything from interiors to furniture. His early influence in the Viennese Secessionist movement at the close of the 19th century is evident in this design for a floor treatment. The kaleidoscopic pattern of interlocking red and gray hexagons marries simple lines and modern, geometric forms with a bold color palette. This pattern, which at times looks like a seed pod or perhaps a bat-like animal, also makes reference to the rise of Art Nouveau, a style dominant in Paris at the turn of the century that was primarily influenced by elements of the natural world.
It is credited
Gift of Jerrol E. Golden.
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Its dimensions are
25 x 29.6 cm (9 13/16 x 11 5/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Print, Acricola Bodenbelag (Acricola Floor Covering), plate 26, in Die Quelle: Flächen Schmuck (The Source: Ornament for Flat Surfaces), 1901; Austria; color lithograph on paper; 25 x 29.6 cm (9 13/16 x 11 5/8 in.); Gift of Jerrol E. Golden; 1999-41-1-27
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.