Primrose Bordier (1929 – 1995) was a French designer known for her colourful and innovative home textiles.
She studied at the Atelier Charpentier in Paris.
Between 1949 – 54 she worked as a textile designer.
1954-57, as a stylist at Cosserat.
1958-60, at Au Printemps department store.
During a trip to New York in the early 1960s for Le Printemps, Ms Bordier noted the use of colour in sheets and towels, at the time unknown in Europe.
Paris 1962 set up her own textile design studio CDM (Coleurs Dessins Modéles). Upon starting her company in 1962, she persuaded manufacturers to produce coloured sheets and towels. Her bed-linen collections had delicate, often humorous designs in subtle colour combinations that became classics. Bordier’s reputation was for good design at a reasonable price, who, together with her five associates, specialised in the design of medium-priced furnishing textiles, household linen and wallpapers.
She designed tableware for Descamps.
In 1976, Ms Bordier was the first woman in design to receive the French Legion of Honor.
Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.
Primrose Bordier, Linens Designer, 66. (1955, November 24). New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/1995/11/24/nyregion/primrose-bordier-linens-designer-66.html.
Schoeser, M. (1991). French textiles: from 1760 to the present. Verlag nicht ermittelbar.
You may also be interested in
Helen Abson, who trained as an architect, is an Australian designer. She pursued architecture for five years; founded ZAB Design where she designed fabrics that exhibited a preoccupation for texture achieved through pattern and colour.
Ruhlmann used the same basic motif-a stylized Cedar of Lebanon tree set within an irregular circle-on this textile and related wallpaper (MMA 2005.334), though on the textile each motif is offset by an added circle of dots. The pattern was produced in alternate colorways.
A diverse, eclectic and interesting selection of designers; architects, ceramicists, metal smith, interior designer.