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Sven Markelius "Pythagoras" for Knoll Textiles Drapery Panel



Sven Markelius (1889-1970), Pythagoras drapery panel produced in 1952 by Ljungberg's Textile AB, Sweden for Knoll Associates, New York, NY. Overall dimensions are 77 inches high by 50 inches wide including printed selvedge. Along the top is a stitched 4 inch curtain rod pocket and along the bottom is a folded and sewn 3 inch hem. Please note the presence of some water stains which are mainly visible from the backside. We have not attempted any cleaning. Hand screen-printed on a cotton linen blend, ‘Pythagoras’ combines wide bands of spectrum yellow triangles with narrower bands in white, black, and grey. Requiring eighteen unique screens to print, the pattern presents a challenge for even a skilled team of printers, as the narrow gaps between several of the triangles in this length reveal. Markelius incorporated it in several building designs in the early 1950s, including the Royal Institute of Technology Assembly Hall in Stockholm. Sven Markelius (1889-1972) was an architect and designer firmly rooted in Functionalism. Very early on he made contact with Walter Gropius at the “Bauhaus School” in Dessau. He had an interesting career and during the dynamic decade 1944-54 he was the director of the town planning department in Stockholm. He also designed “Folkets Hus” by Norra Bantorget, one of the Hötorg-houses and the “Sweden-House” by Kungsträdgården.


  • Creator
    Sven Markelius (Designer),Knoll (Retailer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 77 in. (195.58 cm)Width: 50 in. (127 cm)Depth: 0.01 in. (0.26 mm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. This former window drape has been folded in a drawer for many decades. Additional photos available by request.
  • Seller Location
    Hingham, MA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU886623191272

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As a company that produced many of the most famous and iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, Knoll was a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States. Led by Florence Knoll, the firm would draw stellar talents such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen into its compass. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office. The company was formed in 1938 by the German immigrant Hans Knoll. He first worked with his fellow ex-pat, the Danish designer Jens Risom, who created furniture with flowing lines made of wood. While Risom served in World War II, in 1943 Knoll met his future wife, Florence Schust. She had studied and worked with eminent emigré leaders of the Bauhaus, including Mies, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. She won Knoll over with Bauhaus notions of industrial arts, and an aesthetic that featured flat and tubular metal frames and angular forms. When Hans died in a car crash in 1955, Florence Knoll was appointed head of the company. It was as much through her holistic approach to design — a core division of the firm was dedicated to planning office systems — as Knoll's mid-century modern furnishings themselves that she brought about the sleek and efficient transformation of the American workplace. Today, classic Knoll furnishings remain staples of modern design collections and decors. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as Mies’ elegant Barcelona chair, Saarinen’s pedestal Tulip chair, Breuer’s tubular steel Wassily lounge chair and the grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia. As you can see from the items on the following pages, these designs and others have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of modernism.
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