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Textile, Portada

This is a Textile. It was designed by Larsen Design Studio and produced by Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated. It is dated 1967 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is 40% wool, 60% linen and its technique is plain weave with deflected warp threads. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Portada is a highly textured open weave textile that would have been used primarily for drapery. Designing within the sensibility of mid-century modern architecture, nubby and highly textured natural fibers would have been the answer to softening and enhancing such an interior. As Larsen said several years ago: "We use more neutrals than anyone else because we have so many handcrafted textiles with great materials and hand-spun yarn. They don’t need much excitement. Fifty years ago, when people were collecting modern art, they didn’t want their furnishings to compete with their million-dollar paintings. Something durable and substantial but without color and pattern was what they wanted most. We were very good at that. "Texture" was the buzzword."(1)
(1) Interview with Jack Lenor Larsen by Kelsey Keith, Dwell (September 5, 2013)

This object was donated by Longhouse Reserve. It is credited Cowtan and Tout Larsen Archive Collection, Gift of Longhouse Reserve.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 180.3 × 123.8 cm (5 ft. 11 in. × 48 3/4 in.)

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Textile, Portada; Designed by Larsen Design Studio (United States); 40% wool, 60% linen; H x W: 180.3 × 123.8 cm (5 ft. 11 in. × 48 3/4 in.); Cowtan and Tout Larsen Archive Collection, Gift of Longhouse Reserve; 2016-32-18

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