Design for Urban Living

Snapshot #14


Posted on February 10th, by David Bjorngaard in Here/There. No Comments

Recently when I was going through the chores of my work day, I stumbled across hand-made quilts which both amazed and inspired me as a designer. Part of the shock was that it was unexpected. Tucked inside the Levi’s Headquarters, just off the zinc-clad landing, was a series of small galleries with about 30 quilts. As I wandered through the exhibition, I saw the quality and detail of the work. Part of the shock is how beautifully maintained and cared for these quilts are. The other shock is seeing how modern many of the designs are, and how easily I could see hipsters in Brooklyn and Oakland making modern versions of these quilts. Modern heirlooms to be handed down from generation to generation.

Log Cabin, Straight Furrow 1890 - 1910

Log Cabin, Straight Furrow 1890 – 1910

Steeple Chase, 1880 - 1900

Steeple Chase, 1880 – 1900

Levis Quilts

Crazy Quilt, 1888

Crazy Quilt, 1888

Crazy Quilt, 1888 detail

Fans, 1925

Fans, 1925

Double Wedding Ring, 1925

Double Wedding Ring, 1925

New York Beauty, Wild Goose Chase Centers 1890

New York Beauty, Wild Goose Chase Centers 1890

New York Beauty, Wild Goose Chase Centers 1890 Levis Quilts, Red white and green

Levis quilts red white and green, detail

Log Cabin, Barn Raising 1875

Log Cabin, Barn Raising 1875

Log Cabin, Barn Raising 1875 detail

Wild Goose Chase, 1880

Wild Goose Chase, 1880

Quadrant Quilt

David Bjørngaard, February 2015





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