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Cranbrook Art Museum

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Clth, 9 x 11.25 in. / 224 pgs / 230 color / 58 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2020 p. 49   

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ISBN 9781733382403 TRADE
List Price: $50.00 CDN $69.95 GBP £45.00

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Bloomfield Hills, MI
Cranbrook Art Museum, 12/14/19–03/15/20

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Ruth Adler Schnee: Modern Designs for Living

Edited by Andrew Blauvelt, Ian Gabriel Wilson. Foreword by Andrew Blauvelt. Text by Ruth Adler Schnee, Susan Brown, Deborah Lubera Kawsky, Ian Gabriel Wilson.

Ruth Adler Schnee: Modern Designs for Living

The first monograph on American midcentury textile pioneer and interior designer Ruth Adler Schnee

This monograph presents the work of textile and interior designer Ruth Adler Schnee (b. 1923), still in active practice at age 96, affirming her pivotal role in the development of the modern interior. At the core of this volume, published to accompany the first major museum retrospective of Adler Schnee’s work, is the body of textile patterns she has created over the course of her prolific seven-decade career, including the screen-printed fabrics that helped define midcentury American modernism as well as their later iterations as woven textiles. One of the first women to receive an MFA in Design from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, these designs have been the thread that connects Adler Schnee’s diverse production and many professional networks, crossing between her and her husband’s retail entrepreneurship and her interior design commissions and architectural collaborations (Adler Schnee is also famed for her collaborations with Alexander Girard, Minoru Yamasaki and Frank Lloyd Wright). With more than 80 color plates, an illustrated chronology and three critical essays, Ruth Adler Schnee: Modern Designs for Living presents the definitive narrative of the designer’s oeuvre. Contributors include Susan Brown, who provides a survey of Adler Schnee’s textile designs and production, Deborah Lubera Kawsky, who narrates a biographical sketch of the designer’s life and business, and Ian Gabriel Wilson, who presents a historical analysis of Adler Schnee’s interior design commissions and architectural collaborations. A history of midcentury modern American design through the work of one of its under-recognized protagonists, Ruth Adler Schnee: Modern Designs for Living is an essential, long-overdue volume.


"Seedy Weeds" (1954) is reproduced from 'Ruth Adler Schnee: Modern Designs for Living.'

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Revisiting Ruth Adler Schnee’s Enduringly Modernist Legacy

Ruth Adler Schnee: Modern Designs for Living

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/19/2020

Ruth Adler Schnee's exuberant textiles and interiors shine in 'Modern Designs for Living'

Ruth Adler Schnee's exuberant textiles and interiors shine in 'Modern Designs for Living'

For anyone sheltering in place, or even looking for decorating ideas after this period of fear and isolation has come and gone, Ruth Adler Schnee: Modern Designs for Living is a shot of pure inspiration. A beautifully produced book with luxe papers, gorgeous printing throughout and a lovely cloth cover printed with Adler Schnee's 1948 textile design, "Busy Bye Ways Echo," this is the first monograph ever published on the pioneering midcentury designer who is still actively working at age 96. Featured photograph is of Adler, before she became Adler Schnee, working on designs for "Silts and Slats" (right) and "Pits and Pods" (left) in 1947. Other telling textiles are named "Bugs in Booby Traps," "Slinky Shadows," "Mad Plaid," "Pipe Dreams" and "Birds Afar." We cannot recommend this exuberant, scholarly and enlightening book enough. continue to blog


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