Current Exhibitions

May 14-28, 2012

V'SOSKE Rugs by Architects: Architecture in Transition, 1979-1993

From its inception in 1924, V'SOSKE has been committed to the understanding that the rug is a vital component of space and an extension of the architects' design philosophy. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Washington DC bestowed the Institute's "Honor Award" in 1989 for V'SOSKE's long-standing commitment to the field of architecture and its collaborations with legendary figures such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. 

In the mid 1970s, architecture was in a period of transition as the post-war promise of a new utopia led to built environments that abandoned context and history. Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown eloquently addressed those issues in their landmark treatise, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, in which they stated:

"When circumstances defy order, order should bend or break: anomalies and uncertainties give validity to architecture."

Roger McDonald and Ellen Hertzmark, V'SOSKE's Directors of Design and Marketing recognized this ideological transition and embarked on creating a collaborative collection of rugs with the leading and emerging architects from 1979-1993. Each handmade rug became the architects' philosophical canvas and provided the opportunity to innovate and explore new methods of fabrication.

Now some 35 years later, and all assembled for the first time at the New York Chapter of the AIA, the 38 original works by 23 architects chronicle a period of architecture in transition.

Lee F. Mindel, FAIA, Curator
Shelton, Mindel & Associates


Exhibition and related program organized by the AIA New York Chapter and V'SOSKE, Inc.

Related Programming:

V'Soske Rugs by Architects: Architecture in Transition, 1979-1993, Panel and Exhibition Opening
Sunday, May 20, 2012, 6-8pm

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Michael Graves, Rug #2, 1980
Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown, Kimono, 1993
Shelton, Mindel & Associates, Crack, 1984

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