Screen-printed linen by Elenhank Designers, Inc.
American (Chicago), 1977
September by Elenhank Designers, Inc.

In the early 1950s, Elenhank, the Chicago-based design team led by husband and wife Henry and Eleanor Kluck (and so-called as a portmanteau of their first names), began creating what they termed “random prints,” block-printed lengths of linen that could be arranged in various pattern configurations. The couple took commissions from their Chicago home, with Eleanor cutting the linoleum.

After much success, including a commission for the ticket counters at O'Hare Airport, Elenhank turned to the more efficient process of screen-printing, allowing them to take their vision of organicism in upholstery and drapery one step further with “mural prints,” horizontally-oriented landscapes which could serve as drapery or wallcovering and gave the effect of a mural.

From the early 1970s, the Klucks opted for increasingly abstract designs while maintaining versatility in interior decorating as well as connections to nature. Gradations uses five screens to create a bold pattern that is at once geometric and geological, suggesting mathematical rigidity, the shifting of tectonic plates, and even the tones of a sunset, moving slowly from goldenrod yellow to deep aubergine.

A length in shades of brown is in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (1985-84-22).

95" H x 52" W
Cotton Velvet in the Manner of Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo Gradient by Evelyn Redgrave Masker (Masks) by Viola Gråsten Weaving Samples by Dorothy Liebes Country Rhythm by Georges Schreiber Small Squares by Alexander Girard Diamonds by Albert Herbert Gradations by Elehank Designers Filo by Angelo Testa Botany by Josef Frank Lipsticks by Zandra Rhodes Abstract #1 by Ruth Reeves
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