One of the most influential designers working in America today, Rose Tarlow knows that creating a truly beautiful room is as much an emotional matter as it is one of color, light, fabric, and furniture. As an internationally-renowned furniture and fabric artisan, interior designer, antiquarian and author, her creations have enchanted the design community for over thirty years. According to New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger, she "balances emotion and intellect as well as any designer now living … her rooms [combine] sensual pleasures with geometric rigor, and every one of them is simultaneously a lesson in design and a lesson in living."
Rose Tarlow opened R. Tarlow Antiques in Los Angeles in 1976, and was inspired shortly thereafter to design her own furniture, using local craftsmen with whom she still works daily to achieve the unique stylistic vision that has become synonymous with her name. Rose Tarlow Melrose House opened in 1979 and quickly became a preeminent producer of furniture and textiles. Each piece in the Rose Tarlow collection bears her unique signature of design and materials, combined with impeccable quality.
Over the course of her career, Rose has engaged in many unique collaborations, including a longstanding partnership with the University of California Los Angeles. She developed the “Rose Tarlow Foundation for Women’s Health” at the UCLA Medical Center, and recently joined forces with a few close friends to establish the Tarlow TEM Foundation for fledgling medical research.
Her life and work have been covered by the New Yorker, the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Town and Country, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, and Veranda. A member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame since 1995, Rose is continuously profiled as one of Architectural Digest's AD100 honoring the world’s most influential architects and designers. She has taught several master classes in design at UCLA and her book The Private House (2002) is in its third printing.
"There are those who spend lifetimes in houses that have nothing to do with who they really are. They may be perfectly designed, yet if they fail to reflect the personalities of the people who live in them, the very essence of intimacy is missing and this absence is disturbingly visible."
- Rose Tarlow