New York: F. Schumacher Co. (1955). First edition. Folio; bolt bound in tan cloth-covered boards, printed in orange and black. Tips bumped; dampstain affecting lower corners and touching some of the wallpaper sheets, but leaving the fabric samples unscathed; covers showing some marks. Item #204800
Original salesman's sample book from the collaboration between Wright and the Schumacher company. While Wright was on the whole resistant to the commercial exploitation of his designs, and generally disdainful of interior decorators ("inferior desecrators"), Elizabeth Gordon, the editor of a special Wright issue of "House Beautiful" magazine (November 1955), and Rene Carillo, Schumacher's merchandising executive,were able to persuade him to go ahead with this project despite his reluctance. The Schumacher company had done similar collaborations with other desginers, inlcuding Donald Deskey, Raymond Loewy, and Paul Poiret. Some of the designs here were produced by Schumacher's staff, under inspiration from Wright and with his approval; others were executed by Wright's own Taliesin West staff under his direct supervision. The sample book contains 13 large fabric swatches (seven woven and six printed), along with 125 small samples, and 26 sizeable wallpaper sheets, and 30 photographs of Wright buildings and interiors. The last page is a sheet of perforated order cards.