Dominant colour of design: Shadow Blue BS7077. Additional info: Sticker with 'Lechertier, Fashion...'.
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- ReferenceGB 248 STOD/DES/101/2/29
- Dates of Creation1870-1985
- Name of Creator
- Physical Description0.39 x 0.25 metres 1, design sketch,
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Administrative / Biographical History
Marion Dorn, born in the US in 1896, became a successful designer in the 1920s. After studying graphics at Stanford University, she moved to London in 1923 with the well-known artist and graphic designer Edward McKnight Kauffer, whom she later married. She specialised mainly in textile design, and her designs for wall–to-wall carpeting and made-to-measure carpets made her famous. She founded her own company, Marion Dorn Ltd, in 1934 and her carpets were laid in many buildings, particularly in the UK, before she returned to the US at the outbreak of the Second World War. Her clients included a number of luxury hotels such as the Berkeley in London (1931, 1935 and 1939), the London Savoy (1934) and the grand Midland Hotel in Morecambe, designed in 1933 by Oliver Hill. As the high society of the 1920s and 30s had become accustomed to a high level of luxury at home, they did not want to be deprived of it when they set sail on the ocean. Dorn therefore also provided carpeting for the great ocean liners, such as the Queen Mary in 1935.
Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
Paint on card. Condition: good - dirty and taped on reverse