In 2019, as part of the Bauhaus centenary celebrations, Wallace Sewell were authorised to create a re-edition of Gunta Stölzl’s original ‘Prellerdecke’ blanket. The project was initiated by Jörg Klambt, founder of Designshop at Bauhaus Dessau; where in 1926, the first Prellerhaus blankets were made in the weaving workshops. The original design having been lost, Wallace Sewell have realized and recreated the design, with help from Gunta Stölzl’s daughter, Monika Stadler, and archive drawings and photographs.
Gunta Stölzl was fundamental to the Bauhaus weaving department and when the Bauhaus moved to Dessau, Stölzl, who was a master of the weaving workshop, designed a blanket for the ‘Prellerhaus’ student dormitories. The original is a bold interaction of horizontal and vertical, positive and negative.
Through textile detective work Emma and Harriet analysed an existing photograph of the original blanket. Sketches and colour swatches were followed by more detailed design development, undertaken by hand on small looms in the our studio, before weaving full-scale pieces at a mill in Lancashire.
The Wallace Sewell Prellerhaus blanket harks back to the original as closely as possible, picking up on the rhythm and simplicity of Gunta’s design. Wallace Sewell have also created four new colour ways, which keep the tonal balance and design that is essentially Bauhaus, whilst updating to a more contemporary palette.
YARN: 100% merino lambswool, from Australia and South Africa. Dyed and spun in Yorkshire, UK.
MANUFACTURE: Fabric woven in Lancashire, UK.
SIZE: Large: 142 X 245 cm / 56" x 97"
Please note all items are hand finished and sizes can vary by +/- 5%.
STANDARD HEM: Blanket stitched in grey.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Dry clean only.
Wallace Sewell is a proudly UK-based studio established by Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell that is renowned for their innovative use of colour, structure and yarns to create a distinctive range of quality throws and blankets. Their signature lines feature 3D double-sided waffle blankets, striking pinstriped lambswool throws and lighter weight basket weave designs. Their unique process combines innovation with traditional techniques that all starts on handlooms in their London and Dorset studios. Production takes place in a family-run mill, fusing tradition with state of the art technology, for consistent production quality textiles across various styles. The finished textile is washed and pressed to give a luxurious handle. Harriet and Emma continue to contribute to the wealth of expertise and production excellence of the British Textile Industry.