I was first exposed to Eva Zeisel through KleinReid, a Brooklyn-based design studio known for their sexy, stylish ceramics. In 1999, they brought Zeisel back to the public eye to collaborate on a line of ceramics. She has been a “maker of useful things,” her own words, since 1939 when she came to New York to teach at Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her sexy and sensuous shapes transcended several mediums, most famously ceramics and fine porcelain dinnerware. About 5 years ago, at the age of 100, Zeisel received a Rug Company catalog in the mail and was so impressed by their graphic, richly-hued rugs that she packed up some of her design boards from the 1950s and shipped them off to The Rug Company on spec. They loved the designs, of course, and proceeded to produce three rugs based on her designs. Zeisel died this month at the age of 105….her bold simplicity and love of design will be missed.
For more details on Eva Zeisel, The Rug Company has written a beautiful biography on their blog.