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Joe Martin Collection

Identifier: nysidar_2018_02
The materials in this collection document the career of Joe Martin, textiles designer and interior renderer active in the mid-to-late 20th century who worked both in the United States and in Europe. The collection consists of textiles, renderings, magazine tears, editorials, and photographs.

Martin’s textiles were produced by such companies as Falconetto, Arundell Clarke, Ltd., JOFA, Inc., Piazza Prints and Quiantaince. The collection contains two tubes of rolled fabrics, the largest measuring 39”x42” and the smallest 3”x5”. Some fabrics have Joe Martin’s name printed on the fabric while others are unidentified.

Some of the renderings within the collection are portraits of rooms which were produced for articles in Vogue, House & Garden, House Beautiful and Architectural Digest. The magazine tears and clippings consist of advertisements and articles that Martin illustrated for a variety of magazines and newspapers.


  • 1940-1968, 2000


Language of Materials

Materials primarily in English, some in Italian and French.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

To publish collection material from this collection, researchers are required to request permission from the Archivist, pay any associated fees for its usage, and agree to properly cite the collection in the published work. Please refer to the NYSID Archives' Rights & Reproductions policy:


4.95 Cubic Feet (2 oversize boxes, 2 tube boxes containing rolled fabrics. )

Biographical / Historical

Joe Martin was born in Connecticut and attended the Parsons School of Design both in New York and Paris before the start of WWII (Martin’s birth and death dates are as yet unknown). While at Parsons, Martin studied advertising and illustration. Though fashion was not his focus, he was asked to teach a course in fashion illustration to his fellow students before graduating himself.

In the advent of WWII, Martin returned to New York and began working for the industrial designer Eugene Lucks. Later, he took a position at Macy’s in the display department where he remained for the next five years. Throughout this period, Martin was illustrating editorial articles and advertisements which were featured in various publications such as Vogue, House Beautiful, Today’s Woman, and House & Garden.

Martin shifted to textile design in the 1950s. Moving first to Paris and then Milan (where he would remain for the rest of his life) he created designs for companies in the U.S. and Europe including Patterson Fabrics, Quaintance, Arundell Clarke Ltd., Bloomcraft Inc., JOFA Inc., Piazza Prints Inc., Suzanne Fontan, Goodall Fabrics, Inc., and Falconetto.

Throughout his design career, Martin worked closely with Ken Scott (a fellow Parsons’ alum and fashion designer known for his exuberant fabric designs popular in the late-1960s and 1970s). In 1958, Martin, Scott, and Vittoria Fiorazzo founded Falconetto, a Milanese-based company specializing in printed furnishing materials. In the 1960s, Ken Scott and Joe Martin produced textile designs for Robin Roberts, founder of Clarence House.

Some of Martin’s career highlights include:
  • Winning the AID International Award in 1965 for the wallpaper design for Piazza Print titled ‘Singeries’.
  • “Room portraits”: a series of renderings of rooms designed by well-known designers such as Ruby Ross Wood, William Pahlman and Billy Baldwin, published both in Vogue and House & Garden.

The following sources were consulted in the preparation of this biographical note:

Brown, Vivian. “Fabric Designer Has New Ideas and Criticism for Industry.” The Greensville News, 11 December 1966.

Harris, Helen. “Romance.” Home Furnishings Daily, 10 January 1968.

Narvaez, Alfonso A. “Ken Scott, 72, Dies: A Fashion Designer Known for his Fabrics.” The New York Times, 27 February 1991.
Joe Martin Collection
Ann Koh, Nora Reilly
2018 July
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Finding Aid created by: Ann Koh, Nora Reilly

Repository Details

Part of the New York School of Interior Design Library & Archives Repository

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