Ruth Adler Schnee, iconic Southfield-based textile designer, dies at 99

Greg Stevens

Ruth Adler Schnee, a Southfield-primarily based textile designer who performed a important job with her modernist types in ushering in an full movement to Michigan, died Thursday, just months shy of her 100th birthday. She was 99.

The iconic designer’s profession spanned far more than 7 a long time and she was still working late into her 90s. In 2015, the Kresge Foundation named her its Eminent Artist.

Detroit’s design doyenne Ruth Adler Schnee fled Germany as a teen. The iconic designer is still creating textiles in her home studio.

“Ruth Adler Schnee is among the select group of Detroiters who have helped shape an intercontinental design and style sensibility,” explained Kresge President and CEO Rip Rapson at the time, who famous that Schnee’s achievements was in what was at the time a fully male-dominated field. “There’s an exemplary sweep to her lifestyle and job.”

The Cranbrook Instructional Community mourned Schnee’s demise, indicating in a assertion Friday that she was “an innovator whose eager eye for building contemporary designs formed the seem and come to feel of the midcentury modern movement.”

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