Sonia Delaunay Inspires

Sometimes I see design and feel inspired  … and sometimes I see design and am utterly stopped in my tracks, unable to think of anything else.  The Sonia Delaunay exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City last year was one of those moments.

Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay, Written by Petra Timmer and Matteo de Leeuw-de Monti,
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution (May 31, 2011)

Sonia Delaunay in her studio at boulevard Malesherbes, Paris, France, 1925, photographed by Germaine Krull
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623

I was completely taken over by her truly authentic style, her bold use of color and her totally fearless application of her art in all manner of products and markets.

Model wearing swimsuit, 1929, Photographed by Luigi Diaz for Presse Paris,
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623

The exhibit set in motion an entirely new design direction for us here in the Studio.  Playing with new shapes and unexpected color combinations, we simplified and edited patterns while keeping the hand-drawn feeling that can be seen in Delaunay’s work.  Rather than strive for computer-generated perfection, we kept the hand-rendered imperfections that make each design feel authentic and original.

Our brilliant studio designer, Joli Latini, created two of the beautiful patterns that we used for the new 2012 Wooster & Prince product line.  Joli perfectly balanced the crisp, modern style with the “created-by-hand” sensibility we were striving for.

Delaunay’s work is as current and fresh as ever … and  a true inspiration.

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