Reproduction, Lobby of Claridge's Hotel, London
Dorn designed floor coverings and textiles that responded to their architectural surroundings. At Claridge’s Hotel, her circular carpet’s directional lines helped visitors navigate the hexagonal lobby. Dorn’s fringed fabric Lodore enclosed the circular staircase of an estate in Surrey by noteworthy architect Oliver Hill. Against the home’s spare and smooth white walls, the textile added textural contrast.
“I had a terrible week . . . with those parties at Claridges and since I have had a little publicity, I am called in brackets—wife of E. Mack. Kauffer—in today’s Observer. Because obviously no woman must ever be said to do anything on her own. I expected it but it made Ted wild.”
—Marion Dorn, Letter to Mary Hutchinson, ca. 1932
This object was
RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).
It is credited
Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 58.4 × 43.2 cm (23 × 17 in.)