The works of George Nelson (1908-1986) assay such fields as
interior, industrial and exhibition design. Writer, sculptor, designer,
impresario; George Nelson was all of these, and upon each discipline he stamped
his sophisticated Modernism.
As head of his own design studio, George Nelson surrounded
himself with talented artists who created many iconic works which bear the name
of his studio. For this reason, in an interview for metropolismag.com, designer
Irving Harper likened George Nelson to Ballets Russes impresario Serge
One of the most outstanding designs executed during this
period was Pavement. Pavement was designed in 1950 by Irving Harper of the
George Nelson and Co. studio for Schiffer Prints. Irving Harper worked with
George Nelson in his design studio for 17 years and worked on projects ranging
from graphics to furniture. some of his designs - Pavement included - have been
wrongly attributed to George Nelson. Among Mr. Harper's other famous works are
the Marshmallow Sofa for Herman Miller and the Starburst Clock he designed for
the Howard Miller Clock Co.
The design of Pavement Brown consists of 1 7/8" diameter gray
circles over a dark brown background. Within the circles are asterisk-like
designs in black. Also on the print are black stick designs.
This Irving Harper designed fabric is an impeccable example
of his craft and displays the perpetual modernity that is a hallmark of the very
best Mid-Century designs. More than fifty years after they were designed, these
decorator fabrics are still fresh and inspiring.
The possibilities of Pavement Brown are so extensive...
draperies, wall hangings, seat cushions, pillows, lampshades, slipcovers and
table covers are just a few of the items that can be made.
Abrasion: 40,000+ double rubs
Lightfastness: Over 40 hours
Meets all appropriate flammability requirements,
including California Bulletin #117, and is compatible with California
This product is made by Maharam.