Lebeau’s techniques and drawings become very popular with textile companies such as linen manufacturer Van Dissel and velours manufacturers Schellens & Marto and Léo Schellens, all located in Eindhoven. The shiny velours upholstery fabrics are printed with his flower and animal patterns.
The collaboration with Van Dissel results in nearly 60 designs for table damask, which were produced over a period of nearly four decades. He also masters the process of making batiks, a technique in which he produces a large number of works.
This area contains authentic 19th century Jacquard looms that were used to weave damask. A film from 1935 demonstrates how this was done at the linen factories of NV Linnenfabriek van Dissel & Zonen, in Eindhoven. You will even see Chris Lebeau himself, working on one of his last designs, called ‘Cyclamen’. In the workshop, there will also be old and new damasks fluttering about as they are hanging here to dry after a thorough washing. At the TextileLaundry, you can have your table linen washed and pressed in a professional way.
From the TextielShop
In 2016, the museum’s own label by TextielMuseum commissioned Iris Toonen and Elske van Heeswijk of Studio Prelude to reinterpret the classic linen design ‘Visschen’ (no. 561) by decorative artist Chris Lebeau (1878 – 1945) and to create a design with new colours and materials. They researched the different links within the design, which allowed them to rediscover the Art Nouveau pattern. The result can be seen in the beautiful, contemporary products that truly echo the past. The table linen is available in the TextielShop at the museum and online via by.textielmuseum.nl.