, the century-old New York fabric firm, is best known for its top-quality textiles, re-editions of classic Eames and Wiener Werkstätte designs, and collaborations with Paul Smith and Nike. But like most family businesses, it had humble beginnings: a pushcart stocked with fabric remnants on the Lower East Side. Maharam Agenda
, written by Michael Maharam, one of two brothers at the helm, traces the company's evolution over four generations. There's charm (doll-like theater costumes), innovation (grille cloth for early hi-fi speakers), and a few recent additions to the MoMA collection. An elaborate stitched cover by Dutch designer Hella Jongerius makes the book a stunning piece on its own but fans of the firm will be happy to find that some of the textiles and pillows inside are also available for purchase at and .
Maharam Agenda, by Michael Maharam, Lars Müller Publishers, $65;
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