At 83, Milton Glaser still knows how to stay design-relevant. The only graphic designer to have ever been awarded a National Medal of Arts (in 2009), he was also making news at ICFF 2013 recently. The Barcelona carpet brand Nanimarquina launched a collection of 3 wool carpets designed by Glaser, each bearing earth-toned, cross-hatch graphic patterns with tribal overtones. The star of the rug trio was Shakespeare in Africa, featuring the head of The Bard himself. Of his desire to reference a literary icon on a carpet, said Glaser, “I wanted to take two things that have no relationship with each other and do what art does: to unify the apparently unrelated.” Mission accomplished, we say.
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