Mohawk Fine Papers
Since Strathmore Paper’s founding in 1892, the brand has been synonymous with quality, beauty and design. Inspired by the flora of Scotland’s Strathmore Valley, company founder Horace Moses adopted both the Strathmore name and the valley’s natural icon—the thistle—as symbols of quality for his papers.
Early in the evolution of the New England-based company, Horace Moses chose to align with the leading illustrators of his day to demonstrate how paper and print could work together to create beautiful results.
Strathmore’s connection to the design, type and print communication industries continued into the 20th century as the iconic brand commissioned the most prominent designers and illustrators of the day – including William Dwiggins, Paul Rand, Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast, among others – to produce work which would promote the beauty of Strathmore Paper and to demonstrate how paper was a fundamental element of high-impact design.
Mohawk Fine Papers, which acquired Strathmore in 2005 and has served as steward of the legendary brand since, has recently uncovered a treasure trove of over 100 years of rare, historic and beautiful Strathmore paper promotions called The Strathmore Archives.
Individually, every object is an example of well-considered graphic design. Together, they chronicle 100 years of American design and style. Through a series of exhibitions and special events in 2014, Mohawk will unveil and share the contents of this incredible discovery.
“This carefully preserved collection contains extremely rare and historic printed materials which brilliantly display a century of graphic design, type, printing methods and paper making. The collection memorializes the collaboration between a paper manufacturer and the most influential graphic designers of the 20th century,” says Chris Harrold, vice president business development and creative director, Mohawk.
“Mohawk is proud to be in a position to share these incredibly beautiful artifacts with design enthusiasts and the public for the very first time,” says Harrold, who is managing the curation of the collection. “We have received quite a lot of interest from art historians and very prominent members of the design community, who are eager to see these extremely rare pieces.”
One particularly memorable Strathmore campaign called “Paper is Part of the Picture” features commissioned work by William Addison Dwiggins, Oswald (Oz) Cooper, Walter Dorwin Teague, and other design greats.
A selection of The Strathmore Archives will be on display at the Century: 100 Years of Type in Design exhibit at the AIGA National Design Center in New York, beginning May 1, 2014. The exhibit, organized by Monotype and designed by Pentagram partner Abbott Miller, celebrates 100 years of type and design.
Innovating the Future of Strathmore
In addition to honoring the heritage of Strathmore, Mohawk is also celebrating through innovation, with the introduction of several new fine paper products ensuring the continued legacy of the brand.
Mohawk is launching two new products including Strathmore Notes, a new line of fine paper journals highlighting the beauty of several Strathmore-legacy paper grades, along with a new product line: Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress Papers.
An official announcement of the new Strathmore products will be made in mid-May, and Mohawk will showcase Strathmore Notes fine paper journals and Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress papers at the HOW Design Live Conference in Boston, May 12-16 (booth # 301), and The National Stationery Show in New York City, May 18-21 (booth # 2957).
PaperSpecs readers, Mohawk invites you to be the first to peek inside The Strathmore Archive.