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Ruth Adler Schnee and Anzea Textiles

It is finally time to introduce the two newest upholstery fabrics by Ruth Adler Schnee, Pogo Sticks and Rock Candy!  We have been busy cutting blankets, selecting yarn colors, talking with Ruth and making our final cuts over the past few months. It is so exciting to see the finished product ready for introduction!  Now it is time for a little history lesson so that you can fully appreciate Ruth and her designs.

Ruth was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1923.  Her affinity for design began at early age.  Luckily she had some great family friends to foster her talents.  One of these was the renowned painter and color theorist Paul Klee.  In November, 1938, Ruth’s home was largely destroyed as a result of the Nazi movement to eradicate all Jewish synagogues, homes and institutions.  At the young age of 15 Ruth and her family fled Germany and moved to Detroit, Michigan.  Ruth pursued her passion for design and won a full scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design in 1942.  In 1945 she won the “Prix de Paris” for her work.  Ruth studied with the great industrial designer Raymond Leowy, and she was one of the few women in the office.  She returned to Michigan to earn a graduate degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art where she worked with Eliel Saarinen.  Ruth also worked as an assistant to Frank Lloyd Wright. After marrying Edward Schnee, a Yale graduate in Economics, they began a textile design company called Adler-Schnee.

Ruth has been working with Anzea since the early 1990s.  During this time we have produced many of Ruth’s iconic designs in the form of upholstery fabrics.  Several of these fabrics are displayed in museums across the country.  Ruth’s designs were initially intended for drapery, and as a result they occasionally need a slight amount of tweaking that is of course ultimately approved by Ruth. domain name value checker  Her designs are so distinctly Mid Century modern that even when translated to an upholstery fabric the specific design aesthetics and feeling are not lost.  With the trending resurgence of the Mid Century modern movement we felt it absolutely necessary to introduce new patterns by the woman who lived, worked and designed along side the very people who shaped the Mid Century modern design era.

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