Tablecloth from Russel Wright, 1950

Modern Spice is a fairly intricate pattern where four bands of color intersect to create a total of ten different tones (four main colors plus the six blended combinations). This beautiful overlay of color on top of color recalls Anni Albers’s 1930 tablecloth design and textile (in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art), an even more intricate pattern of line and color. Within the complexity of Wright’s and Albers’s patterns is a simplicity of overall effect that befit the modern interior in 1930s Germany and 1950s America and makes them timeless even today.

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