Do you know Marüshka? The founding designer was inspired by Pop Art, Marimekko, Alexander Girard, and the natural landscape of Lake Michigan. He had a dream of democratizing wall art in 1970s by offering affordable silkscreen textile pieces to the masses—and naturally, high-brow art lovers find this hopelessly déclassé.
Trumped by paper Monet posters in the 1990s, now, it’s making a comeback.
The Vintage Waiting Room Art That’s Hooked the Shabby Chic Crowd
“[The late founder Richard Sweet] liked clean, simple art; he didn’t like convoluted or contrived things. The original pieces were very clean and graphic. Eventually, the designs became more about what the customer wanted. He would have never done unicorns if there wasn’t a market for it. We learned to give ’em what they want, like the clowns. His real style was more like a two-color graphic design. He liked the earthy stuff, the brown on natural linen.”
We’d love to get your input on whether these prints are treasure or trash.