Larsen Design Studio,
Rhodos (detail), 1988, cotton, gift of Cowtan & Tout, Inc.
Saturday, February 9, 2008Sunday, July 27, 2008
The design studio is the heart and conceptual essence of textile production. For five decades Jack Lenor Larsen directed his design team as well as all the concerns of the exceptional company he founded. Larsen’s initial ideas were first explored and further developed by the design team’s collaborative efforts.
Paul Gedeohn was the primary graphic designer and colorist in the Larsen Design Studio for more than thirty years. He developed a unique working relationship with Jack Lenor Larsen that resulted in an effective interface from concept to completed fabric. Gedeohn had trained as a painter and, like Larsen, completed his graduate work at Cranbrook Academy before going to New York City. Working initially as a freelance designer for the Larsen company, Gedeohn was soon hired on a permanent basis. He contributed much to the Larsen look, particularly subtle color relationships within collections and individual patterns. Gedeohn continued to pursue his painting career.