Sunday, 16 September 2012

Rare 50s fabric by Sven Markelius 'Pythagorus'

I went to Stockholm around 8 years ago and fell in love with the fabric in a shop. It's by Sven Markelius and is a screen print design on linen called Pythagorus. 18 screens were used to produce this! Here's a bit about him -

Sven Markelius (1889 - 1972)

Sven Markelius was one of the most famous architects in Sweden during the 20th century. In 1952, when ”Pythagoras” was created, he worked with Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer and Bengt Lindroos among others in an architectural group designing the UN-buildings in New York. 

The fabric (8 years ago) was £350 a metre so I couldn't afford it. I recently however stumbled upon some the same original linen for a fraction of the price and I've now framed some of it for my living room. I absolutely love it and can't believe I now own some. I shall enjoy it for years and years. (My bottom 2 photos show design books with it on)


Mars said...

It looks great, congrats!

Rainbow Vintage Home said...

Gasping with the wondrousness of it! I love that design so much, congratulations on your find - it's definitely one of those pieces that will make you happy every time you look at it! Rachel x

Flora said...

It's very fabulous, as is your kitkat vending machine.