First Look: Milton Glaser for Lapchi at the Santa Monica Museum of Art


A special weeklong exhibition of the newest work by iconic American graphic designer Milton Glaser is on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) this month. From March 23-29, the museum will present Milton Glaser for Lapchi: An Exploration of Pattern Making and Color Effects in Textiles.

On view in the Main Gallery, SMMoA’s first look at the Milton Glaser for Lapchi collection marks the launch of a new collaboration between the artist and the Lapchi hand-woven custom carpet company. The exhibit features a unique selection of original, hand-made Lapchi carpets, designed and conceptualized by the artist whose influence on the graphic and commercial arts has been widespread and profound for more than 60 years.

The collection of 34 distinctive full-size carpets – featuring designs inspired by the mystical to historic pattern references woven in light and dark colorations – is available in a limited edition of 100 for each design and color scheme. Each carpet will be privately labeled and numbered with the Milton Glaser for Lapchi brand logo. Primarily shown in 8’ x 10’ sizes, carpets may be custom sized for decorative flooring or display as wall art.

Woven using Tibetan wool in combination with fine silk from India and China, each is  untouched by chemical washes or bleach throughout production. Carpets are handspun in the traditional Tibetan sena knot and small pot dyed to create a natural abrashed appearance. Lapchi carpets are certified by GoodWeave, an organization that works to end child labor in the carpet industry and offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia.

SMMoA is located at the Bergamot Station, Building G1, 2525 Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica. For more information, call 310.586.6488 or visit.


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