The collection
White textile with horizontal rows of blocky letter-like shapes in green.

Textile, Textura Prima Solida

Designed by
Angelo Testa (1921–1984)
Printed cotton
Produced by
Angelo Testa and Company, Chicago, Illinois
129 x 102.5 cm

The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, 2009.13

Angelo Testa, who specialized in abstract patterned printed textiles, was one of the first graduates of the Chicago Institute of Design in 1945 (the school founded in 1937 as the New Bauhaus). He worked under the school’s director, László Moholy-Nagy, and Bauhaus-trained weaver Marli Ehrman. The abstract shapes are repeated in continuous horizontal rows, reading like characters of an alphabet.

Testa established his own textile design company in 1947, experimenting in silkscreen-printed fabrics in his Chicago studio, which were included in some of the Good Design exhibitions and sold throughout North America for drapery or upholstery in modern interiors.

The Stewart Program for Modern Design, photo: Denis Farley.