Maharam and Paul Smith introduce Big Stripe, a lustrous worsted wool seating textile characterized by expanses of saturated color in varied widths and combinations.
Drawn from the mid-twentieth century concept of color field painting—typified by the work of German Abstract Expressionist Blinky Palermo—Big Stripe by Paul Smith has a repeat of nearly eight feet. Its oversize scale is optimal on a single large furniture form or used to transform a suite of seating into a rhythmic, sequential composition.
Paul Smith and Maharam have explored the archetypal stripe in collaboration since 2002, generating a diverse range of "classics with a twist." Each stripe is remarkable for its sense of rhythm, proportion, scale, and density. Moreover, the format is the ideal vehicle for Smith's imaginative approach to color.
Paul Smith's ability to combine a flair for eccentric detail with a dedication to the highest standards of craftsmanship has made him among the most successful fashion designers in British history. A retrospective of his work will open at Design Museum London in November 2013.
Big Stripe by Paul Smith
Content: 92% Wool, 8% Nylon