Sven Markelius (1889-1972) was one of Sweden’s most iconic 20th century architects and designers, and a strong advocate of Swedish Functionalism. Several of his well-known textile patterns, such as Pythagoras and Prisma, have been exhibited internationally as representative examples of 1950s Swedish textile design. Bemz is very proud to introduce Pythagoras into its 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Designer-Curated collection.
Pythagoras by Sven Markelius
Pythagoras was originally created in 1952 when Sven Markelius participated in the architectural group designing the UN buildings in New York. The architectural team included other prominent architects like Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer. Markelius’ task was to design the ECO-SOC session hall for economical and social issues. Pythagoras was created as a curtain made of velvet to adorn the hall. He placed cut out triangles on the floor and experimented with them to create the pattern. It was then pinned and painted. The Pythagoras pattern is still hand printed today at Ljungbergs Factory in Sweden. It is one of the most complicated prints manufactured with eighteen screens in double repeats. It is now available exclusively at Bemz as sofa cover for a limited selection of IKEA models until the end of 2015.