First known as a supplier of theatrical textiles to Broadway and beyond, Michael Maharam pioneered the concept of engineered textiles for interior applications in the 1960s. Today Maharam is the world’s leading provider of textiles to commercial architects and interior designers. His studio takes a holistic view of design, embracing a range of disciplines that include architecture and interior design, furniture, fashion, accessories, and graphic and digital means. The Maharam Design Studio oversees the cultivation of an extensive textile collection, ranging from re-editions of enduring designs of the twentieth century’s most noted
multidisciplinary visionaries to textile-based collaborations with industry outsiders across varied disciplines that include Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, Maira Kalman, Bruce Mau, Jasper Morrison, Nike and Paul Smith. The publication provides a comprehensive overview of the company’s history, displays cultural markers, and presents different design projects. Abstracted product applications are illustrated through “useless objects,” a collaboration with Jasper Morrison.
Award: Winner of the European Design Awards 2012, Best Cover Design
Author(s): Michael Maharam
Design: A4 Studio, Cover: Hella Jongerius