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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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.
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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.