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Art meets placemat: Louise Bourgeois' textile designs

February 06, 2013|By S. Irene Virbila
  • Artware Editions has put four of French-American artist Louise Bourgeois' textile designs on cork board placemats.
Artware Editions has put four of French-American artist Louise Bourgeois'… (Artware Editions )

If you’re bored by the usual linen or Chilewich vinyl placemats, here’s something dramatic and fun to put on your table: a set of four cork board placemats decorated with the late French-American artist Louise Bourgeois’ eye-popping textile designs.

Do they remind you of spiderwebs? That’s apt, because Bourgeois is known for her huge cast bronze spider sculptures. I saw one once installed in the Tuileries garden in Paris where it dominated the landscape to wonderful effect.

Louise Bourgeois placemats from Artware Editions, set of four 8-1/2 by 11 inches, $60.

If you'd like to see more of Bourgeois’ textile designs and drawings, get the book Louise Bourgeois: the Fabric Works by Germano Celant (Skira, 2011, $90).


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