Maker of the Week - Jim Rosenau

Friday 15 June 2012

Jim Rosenau was raised in a house with 5,000 books. He has been making and selling thematic furniture, most notably bookshelves, from vintage books since 2002. The idea occurred to him years earlier after reading an essay, ‘Books As Furniture’, by Nicholson Baker.

His book furniture has since earned him a wide following with work sold in almost 50 states and countries. Primarily shown at closely juried shows, he is also represented by dealers from Vermont to Los Angeles. The work has been widely published in print and on the Internet.

Previously, he has been a carpenter, comedy writer, editor, software developer, planning commissioner and designed and built parade floats. His writing has been published in Fine Homebuilding, The New Yorker, ReadyMade, and heard on public radio. He lives and works in Berkeley, California.




Images, from top to bottom:

1. 'Cutting Horse', saws and recycled wood, 330mm (13in) wide

2.'Sawdust in his Shoes', books, recycled wood, approximately 230mm (9in) wide

3. 'Inversion', books, recycled wood, 660mm (26in) wide

4. 'See It Made', law book, recycled wood, meat grinder, 610mm (24in) tall

5. 'Reading Chair', Funk & Wagnall's encyclopedias, recycled wood, pencils, 150mm (6in) wide

6. 'For Her', encyclopedias, recycled wood, 815mm (32in) high (PHOTOGRAPHS BY JIM ROSENAU)