Paul Mayen Greetings
Paul Mayen Greeting Cards, 1965-71.
Hardly a Hallmark moment, but these “greeting cards” were given by Paul Mayen to friends in the late 1960’s. Mayen certainly designed them, and probably fabricated them himself. The collection here came from the estate of Edward Wormley. Mayen is still an under-appreciated designer who worked from the early 1950’s through the 1970’s. He studied painting and advertising design at the Art Student’s League of New York, followed by design at the Cooper Union. Along with Neal Small, he formed the company Habitat, for which he designed furniture and lighting. Mayen’s designs received numerous citations from the MOMA “Good Design” exhibitions of the early 1950’s. His acrylic and chrome lamps are still fixtures of the interior design landscape.
The cards’ interior greetings.
These hand-wrought chrome or steel greeting cards either screwed apart to reveal a holiday message on a small piece of paper (a la fortune cookies) or else reflected an embossed text off a highly polished surface. As objects, they obviously remained in peoples’ collections. And I thought I spent a lot of time picking out cards…
Paul Mayen greeting card. Paul Mayen portrait, circa 1950.