Inspired by Marguerita Mergentime’s textile designs, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art have developed a variety of items––tea towels, notebooks, coasters, tablecloths, note cards, umbrellas––that feature her modern, colorful, and lively patterns. Click on each item to learn more.

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American Folk Art  Dinner Napkins   Set of 6, organic cotton, 20 x 20 in.

American Folk Art Dinner Napkins

Set of 6, organic cotton, 20 x 20 in.

Little Red Schoolhouse  Notebook   60 blank pages, 5 x 7 in.

Little Red Schoolhouse Notebook

60 blank pages, 5 x 7 in.

Grandma’s Patchwork    Coasters/Magnets   Set of 4, 3¼ x3¼ in.

Grandma’s Patchwork Coasters/Magnets

Set of 4, 3¼ x3¼ in.

Little Red Schoolhouse  Dish Towels   Set of 2, organic cotton, 25 x 17 in.

Little Red Schoolhouse Dish Towels

Set of 2, organic cotton, 25 x 17 in.

Grandma’s Patchwork  Notebook   60 blank pages, 5 x 7 in.

Grandma’s Patchwork Notebook

60 blank pages, 5 x 7 in.

Little Red Schoolhouse  Pen   Pen 5¼ in., enclosed in gift box

Little Red Schoolhouse Pen

Pen 5¼ in., enclosed in gift box

Food for Thought tablecloth by Marguerita Mergentime, 1936

In 1936, Marguerita created Food for Thought featuring slogans from across America’s history and political spectrum. People in the 1930s, as today, were highly attuned to political debates. Knowing how heated these debates could become, Marguerita humorously predicted the cloth would “separate families, sever old friendships, and create general havoc.”

An original Food for Thought tablecloth is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and now this re-edition by the Mergentime Family Archive is available for your home. Put it on your table and let the conversation begin. A facsimile of the original pamphlet explaining each slogan is enclosed—even though you can now find the meanings instantly on your phone.

Food for Thought  Tablecloth   50% cotton, 50% linen, 54 x 54 in., historical pamphlet included

Food for Thought Tablecloth

50% cotton, 50% linen, 54 x 54 in., historical pamphlet included

Shield and Dot  Umbrella

Shield and Dot Umbrella

 

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Once in a While  Napkins   Set of 4, 50% linen, 50% cotton, 15 x 15 in.

Once in a While Napkins

Set of 4, 50% linen, 50% cotton, 15 x 15 in.

Shield and Dot  Stacking Mugs   Set of 3, porcelain, each mug 2½ x 3¼ in., boxed set

Shield and Dot Stacking Mugs

Set of 3, porcelain, each mug 2½ x 3¼ in., boxed set

Arrows and Circles  Plate   Ceramic, 5½ x 5½ in.

Arrows and Circles Plate

Ceramic, 5½ x 5½ in.

Fortune Telling  Notebooks   Set of 3, 40 pages each: one lined, one graph, one blank

Fortune Telling Notebooks

Set of 3, 40 pages each: one lined, one graph, one blank

Fortune Telling  Note Cards   Set of 14, 7 designs, 4 x 5 in.

Fortune Telling Note Cards

Set of 14, 7 designs, 4 x 5 in.


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Our Tea Towel

Our tea towel, designed by Linda Florio, of Florio Design, is a lively, 21st-century re-envisioning of American textile designer Marguerita Mergentime's spirited designs from the 1930s. Patterned dots encapsulate details of Mergentime's motifs—referencing flowers, words, folk art, and geometry—while solid dots reflect her signature palette. Sold out.