May 24, 2018 | By Lourdes Linares
All images courtesy of the Zina de Plagny site.
The Vault recently stumbled upon the exquisite mid-century work of textile designer Zina de Plagny, a Russian expatriate who moved to Paris as a young girl following the revolution. In 1932 she married a fellow ex-pat, Leon Koudine, who was working as a textile designer at the time; it was this union that would later encourage her own foray into the arts and fashion. His untimely death at the age of 39 pushed her to open a studio under her own name after WWII, recruiting many of the illustrators and designers who had worked with her late husband. The atelier flourished throughout the 40s and 50s though the designer abandoned professional work after the birth of her second child– several decades later her daughter decided to show her archives to the world, participating in a design biennial in Belgium in late 2010 and now available for home interiors on Surface View.
Below is a selection of our favorite prints, ranging from classic 40s florals to 50s abstractions…
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