Food For Thought Tablecloth


Designer Marguerita Mergentime
Material 50% cotton, 50% linen
Country United States
Date 1936
Manufacturer Virginia Bayer
Dimensions 54 x 54 inches
Working in the heady milieu of 1930s New York, Marguerita Mergentime (1894–1941) became best known for strikingly new printed fabrics, making her mark with tablecloths created to enliven American households with color, humor and entertainment. The Food for Thought tablecloth is adorned with political slogans and was designed by Mergentime in 1936. Mergentime was known for her ability to spark conversation and bring politics and folk art to the American table.

Works by Marguerita Mergentime are featured in Cooper Hewitt's 2018 exhibition Tablescapes: Designs for Dining on view through April 19, 2018.