An exhibition of handcrafted artwork and design, including a landmark sculpture by Charles and Ray Eames, is on display at the former New Jersey home of 20th-century landscape architect James Rose.
At the Rose House is on display the Ridgewood House which the late American modernist landscape architect designed and hand-built for himself and his family in 1953 and lived in for nearly 40 years.
Curated by curatorial platform Object & Thing and furniture and interior design studio Green River Project LLC, the exhibition stems from Rose’s appreciation for craftsmanship and materials.
The exhibition “emphasizes the handmade, the beauty of nature and a sense of timelessness” according to the curators.
Green River Project LLC founders Aaron Aujla and Benjamin Bloomstein, who have admired the landscape architect for some time, have produced a series of new designs based on his work.
Created in collaboration with a group of designers, these pieces include a side chair from Bloomstein Industrial and Luck Carpentry, rice paper lamps from Preziosi Lighting and sculpted toiletries on shelves in the bathroom from Teague’s Path. .
“The ease with which Rose expanded the house using ready-made materials was an early benchmark for our practice,” Aujla said.
“In particular, there is a kitchen with mahogany pegboards and pegboards that we must have spent over 100 hours dissecting and that we refer to for the past five years.”
Green River Project products are featured alongside the work of mid-century and contemporary designers including Alvaro Barrington, Bode, Charles and Ray Eames, Louis Eisner, Hugh Hayden, Nancy Holt, Kiva Motnyk, Michele Oka Doner, Johnny Ortiz -Concha and Anne Truit among others.
The works are installed as if they belong to the rooms and the garden, which – like many of Rose’s later projects – feature Japanese design elements, including the exposed wooden structure and shoji screens.
“[Rose] spent a lot of time in Japan and became a Zen Buddhist,” the curators said. James Rose Center is currently being restored.”
Pieces on display include Eames’ 1943 plywood sculpture – the first time this edition, which was made and published by the Eames Office, has been shown in the United States.
Among the creations created for the showcase are leather Adirondack chairs by Hugh Hayden, wood-fired micaceous pots by Johnny Ortiz-Concha and naturally-dyed framed textile works by Kiva Motnyk.
A selection of clothing from New York brand Bode, based on Rose’s “quirky” personal style, hangs in closets throughout the house.
Landscape paintings, rice paper drawings, flower vases, terra cotta sculptures and a screening of Nancy Holt’s 1975 film Pine Barrens which “depicts the New Jersey wilderness” also feature.
Green River Project LLC is also producing new editions of one of Rose’s lanterns to coincide with this exhibit.
These will be sold to benefit the James Rose Center – a non-profit landscape research and study foundation based in the house that has preserved Rose’s legacy since his death in 1991.
“Rose was an impossible maverick, called by one author, ‘The Dean of Landscape Architecture,’ but I think he would be very happy with the vision that Green River Project LLC and Object & Thing brought to his house,” said the director of the foundation. Dean Cardasis.
At the Rose House runs until October 2, 2022. This is the latest in a series of exhibitions organized by Object & Thing at the homes of notable 20th-century artists and architects, following presentations in the homes of Gerald Luss, Robert Dash and Eliot Noyes. .
Other exhibits that feature the work of modernist designers include an exhibit of Le Corbusier’s tapestries in Manhattan.
Check out our Dezeen Events Guide for more information on other exhibitions, installations and talks.