13 December, 2010

The Duchess Admires . . .

Rose Tarlow

If there is one designer's name synonymous with the collective notions of refinement and simplicity, modernity and artistry, it is Rose Tarlow.  Ms. Tarlow's career in the design world has covered over three decades, and with them, various positions eminence -- antiquarian, furniture and fabric designer, decorator, retailer, author, and interiors style icon.  It is no surprise, then, that Ms. Tarlow was honored last week with the third annual Design Leadership Award bestowed by LACMA, together with its Decorative Arts and Design Council (DADC) (chaired by the great Oliver Furth).

The luminous Ms. Tarlow

Last Friday the Duchess was very pleased to have been invited to a brunch honoring Ms. Tarlow's honor at Rose Tarlow Melrose House, her showroom and design laboratory.  On special view was the Jock Peters table purchased as a gift in the name of Rose Tarlow for LACMA; this deco masterpiece once graced the floor of the Bullocks Wilshire department store.  Beginning October 1, 2011, it will be installed at LACMA in the exhibition "California Design 1930-1965:  Living in a Modern Way."  Ms. Wendy Kaplan, Department Head and Curator, Decorative Arts and Design department at LACMA, gave remarks on the provenance and importance of the Jock Peters table and, of course, of Ms. Tarlow. 

The table by Mr. Peters

To commemorate her award, Ms. Tarlow also designed a series of 350 limited edition vases in ceramic ivory.  They are absolutely gorgeous, and available at Rose Tarlow Melrose House, or, after the New Year, at the LACMA gift shop.

Photograph from Architectural Digest, January 2008

An honor of such importance was long in the making for Ms. Tarlow.  She opened her first shop, Rose Tarlow Antiques, in 1975.  Today, her company (based in Los Angeles) is known worldwide for its exquisitely detailed reproductions and modern designs.    

An interior view of Ms. Tarlow's Los Angeles home

Other designers look to Ms. Tarlow for the best in furniture design, and for design inspiration.  This room (shown above), designed by Suzanne Kasler, is anchored by Rose Tarlow sofas and chairs.  From Veranda.

Image from RoseTarlow.com

Ms. Tarlow's philosophies inform -- and imbue -- her design work.  A collection of her thoughts on design and photographs of her interiors is yours for the taking:  simply pick up a copy of "The Private House". 

And for those of you are lucky enough to be able to stop in, please pay heed to the Duchess and visit Rose Tarlow Melrose House for a breathaking exemplar of the best that one of our interior design legends has to offer. 

View of Rose Tarlow Melrose House from Riviera View

Rose Tarlow Melrose House
8540 Melrose Avenue • Los Angeles, CA 90069 • 323.651.2202

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