Stair carpet design

Stair carpet design

Stair carpet design for a housing scheme, Berlin-Lankwitz: orange and blue colourways
Hermann, Fritz Heinrich, later known as Frederick Henry (1898-1983)
About 1930
Watercolour and pencil on paper
RIBA No. PB413(47) 237-9
RIBA Library Drawings Collection

These designs for stair carpets for a communal housing scheme in Berlin were made in three colour schemes, red, blue and green. The abstract art of the period influenced domestic designs, which often used geometric shapes and patterns. The architect Fritz Heinrich Hermann came to Britain in the 1930s as a refugee from Nazism and anglicised his name, becoming known as Frederick Henry Hermann.