Jacqueline Groag (1903 – 1986) was a Czech textile designer and ceramicist. Born in Prague, she studied in Vienna at the Kunstgewerbeschule during the 1920s. Before going to Paris in 1929, Groag studied with Josef Hoffmann and Franz Cizek in Vienna and designed for the Wiener Werkstätte. She created dress materials for Chanel, Schiaparelli, and Lanvin while she was there. She married Jacques Groag, an architect and Adolf Loos follower, whose taste for austere functionalism in architecture influenced her aesthetic.
Escaped to Britian
She escaped to Britain with her husband in 1939. They settled in London, and she began to design textiles for clothing.
Groag produced designs for most of the leading textile manufacturers throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Her designs included silkscreen motifs for ceramic dinnerware made by Johsno, Matthey and colourful textile motifs in typical amorphic printed patterns for David Whithead.
Her designs appeared on wallpaper, laminates, carpets and greeting cards and even Liberty book matches.
Selection of Works
Jackson, L. (2002). Twentieth-century pattern design : textile & wallpaper pioneers. United Kingdom: Princeton Architectural Press.
Museum, V. and A. (n.d.). Textile design: Jacqueline Groag: V&A explore the collections. Victoria and Albert Museum: Explore the Collections. Retrieved November 7, 2021, from https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O56354/textile-design-jacqueline-groag/.
Prokop, U. (2019). Jacques and Jacqueline Groag, Architect and Designer: Two Hidden Figures of the Viennese Modern Movement. United States: DoppelHouse Press.
Stapleton, A., Chamberlain, R., Rayner, G., Groag, J. (2009). Jacqueline Groag: Textile & Pattern Design : Wiener Werkstätte to American Modern. United Kingdom: Antique Collectors’ Club.
Watt, A. (2014). Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag: Denver Art Museum May 19, 2013–November 3, 2013. West 86th: A J, 21(1), 138-141. doi:10.1086/677876
Wohlgemuth, C. (2021). Mid-Century Modern – Visionary Furniture Design from Vienna. Germany: Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
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