"Cross Patch" textile, ca. 1945
Ray Eames (American, 19121988); manufactured by Schiffer Prints Division, Mil–Art, Co., Inc.
Printed cotton; H. 38 1/4 in. (97.2 cm), W. 50 1/2 in. (128.3 cm)
Gift of Geoffrey N. Bradfield, 1984 (1984.265.1)
While most of the Eames' oeuvre is considered collaborative, with the majority of their designs attributed to both partners, Ray was responsible for the textile designs, which display her highly distinctive abstract yet organic graphic style. The "Cross Patch" pattern was originally submitted to a textile competition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1947. It was subsequently produced by Schiffer Prints. The geometric pattern of squares, triangles, and circles was available in several different colorways. Its nonrepresentational, highly graphic design was especially suitable to the informal, modern furnishings and interiors popularized by designers such as Charles and Ray Eames.