by Jane Powell, Linda Svendsen (Photographer)



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2003 Hard cover First edition. New in fine dust jacket. Appears never read. Ship in sturdy box with bubble wrap.. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 119 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.

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ISBN-13: 9781586853037
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 11/12/2003
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jane Powell is an experienced bungalow kitchen restorer and a sought after speaker on the subject. She lives in Oakland, California.

Linda Svendsen, a graduate of Music and Art High School and Parsons School of Design in New York, has been a renowned photographer for more than thirty years. Her work is showcased in numerous magazines and books; she is the author of Bicycle: Around the World.

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Because many linoleum patterns were produced for decades, this section is divided by types of patterns rather than when they were made, though dates have been included if they are known.

Mock Around the Clock

Because linoleum has mostly been viewed as a substitute for some other kind of flooring, rather than a flooring in its own right, it is no wonder that for the most part the patterns tend to mimic other flooring materials. Architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable called this sort of thing "substitute gimcrackery" and she didn't mean that in a good way.


The most popular pattern is imitation ceramic tile. All kinds of tile are represented, from basic 4x4 or 6x6 squares, to encaustic tile, mosaic tile, hexagons, octagons, rectangles, and every possible combination thereof. Straight-line inlaid, stencil-inlaid, printed linoleum, and printed felt-base all featured tile.


Ever since Frederick Walton figured out how to make granite and marbled linoleum by combining different colored linoleum granules, these and other kinds of ersatz stone have been a fundamental part of all linoleum product lines. Marbled was and is the most popular-in fact, marbled is just about the only pattern available today in linoleum. But granite, flagstone, cobblestones, and pebbles also appeared.

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