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Otti Berger created fabrics that fundamentally changed the understanding of what textiles could be and do. A core member of the experimental approach to textiles at the Bauhaus, she also was a female entrepreneur in the frenzied time that was the early 1930s in Berlin. Working closely with architects of the New Objectivity movement such as Lilly Reich, Ludwig Hilberseimer and Hans Scharoun, she designed upholstery and wall tapestries, curtains and floor coverings that responded to novel types of use and production methods, and thereby redefined the relationship between aesthetics and function - with fascinating results. To date Berger's textile work has only been explored in fragments. This book is the first comprehensive study of its complexity and beauty and makes her hitherto unpublished treatise on fabrics and the methodology of textile production accessible. By systematically arranging the fabrics according to their application, Raum's research offers an entirely new perspective on Berger's oeuvre that emphasizes the craftsmanship and entrepreneurial side of her work, and appreciates the largely unrecognized significance of textiles in the history of architecture and design. OTTI BERGER (1898-1944) was one of the most important textile designers of the 20th century. Born in Zmajevac, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, present-day Croatia, she studied in Zagreb from 1921-1926 and at the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1927. Leaving her teaching post at the Bauhaus, she set up her own business in Berlin in 1932 to design fabrics for modern interiors throughout Europe. In 1936, she was banned from working due to her Jewish heritage. Attempts to escape to England and the USA failed. She was deported from Croatia to Auschwitz and was murdered there in 1944.