Friday, June 19, 2009

Marianne Strengell

Panel, c. 1948

I was looking through the Dwell magazine we got in the mail yesterday and there was an article on Marianne Strengell. She was close friends with the Saarinen's and Eliel convinced her to leave her native Finland for Michigan to teach Weaving and Textile design at Cranbrook Academy. One of her students included Ray Kaiser (Eames.) She also did quite a few freelance projects for notable architects, industrial and automobile designers of the day. Her goal as a textile designer was to bring comfort and warmth to the clean, hard lines of modernism while staying true to the "less is more" philosophy.

Panel, c. 1943

Interior for the 1959 Lincoln Continental

2 comments:

Leslie said...

The Dwell article was derived in large part from one published 3 years earlier: http://www.modernismmagazine.com/backissues/mV10N4.html

Scott Sullivan said...

Marianne's masterpeices are amazing! She must be one of the great architects today.

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