"Narrow Gauge" Fabric Swatch Designed by Ruth Adler Schnee, 1953

Summary

Pioneering designer Ruth Adler Schnee was trained in architecture and first began designing textiles when her architectural projects demanded more modern designs than were available on the market. This need launched her career in textile design. Both natural and man-made environments inspire her work. Railroads especially interested Adler Schee and two of her designs drew inspiration from them – “Narrow Gauge” and “Slits and Slats.”

Pioneering designer Ruth Adler Schnee was trained in architecture and first began designing textiles when her architectural projects demanded more modern designs than were available on the market. This need launched her career in textile design. Both natural and man-made environments inspire her work. Railroads especially interested Adler Schee and two of her designs drew inspiration from them – “Narrow Gauge” and “Slits and Slats.”

Artifact

Swatch

Date Made

1953

Creators

Schnee, Ruth Adler, 1923- 

Adler-Schnee Associates 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

Belgium 

Creator Notes

Designed in Detroit, Michigan. Made in Belgium.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2018.143.19

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Linen (Material)

Color

Brown
Tan (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 21 in

Width: 24 in

Inscriptions

on paper tag: ADLER/SCHNEE, INC. / SCHNEE & SCHNEE INC. / [...] / "Narrow Gauge" on Belgian linen / Repeat 31 1/2" / tan + brown / 48" W

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