Margarete Fröhlich (1901-2001) was an Austrian artist and interior designer who specialised in the modelling of housing units. Initially, she studied at the Munich Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts) and later moved to Frankfurt in 1929 where she spent three years at the local Kunstgewerbeschule. In 1933, Fröhlich and her family left Germany and moved to Prague.
While in Prague, she worked both as an illustrator and model-maker for other architects and as an interior designer for her own clients. She would often employ simple yet expressive axonometric drawings of single rooms of housing interiors, axonometric being a means of design and communication with her clients.
The images are collages where the pencil or black ink outlines are then filled with paper-scraps of different colours, brushes, gouache and even newspaper inserts. Handmade patterns express the different textures and some details reveal a careful choice of specific furniture.
All drawings are part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department of the Cooper Hewitt.
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