BENEATH THE SURFACE
Cutting-edge textiles by the renowned Suzanne Tick ’82

Suzanne Tick’s textile designs form a kind of skin on the insides of buildings, covering walls, floors, and furniture and demarcating spaces. “Our job with these materials,” she says, “is to reflect the architectural membrane of the building and bring it inside.”

Over her decades-long career, Tick, Textile Design ’82, has pushed the limits of what industrial looms and printers can do, creating elegant textures and patterns within the muted vocabulary of commercial (also known as “contract”) textiles. Her artwork has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and Art Basel, and two of her upholstery fabrics and a fiber-optic pendant lamp are in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. In 2013, she was honored with the International Interior Design Association Titan Award. Here’s a sampling of exciting materials that emerged from Suzanne Tick, Inc. this year.