Collection Highlights: Designer Spotlight: Jack Lenor Larsen
Known as a master weaver, writer, traveler, collector, teacher, and tastemaker, Jack Lenor Larsen passed away on December 22, 2020. His initial studies in architecture developed into a lifelong passion for structure, exemplified most profoundly in the thousands of textiles that he designed during his seventy-year career. His technical expertise in resist-dyeing shown in Conquistador (2016-32-7) reflects his admiration for the arts of the Andes while Benin Brocade (2019-28-88) is inspired by his travels to Africa in the early 1960s. He never veered far from architecture though, collaborating with Louis Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright and many other architects and designers, culminating in his most important work--his own home, LongHouse Reserve (East Hampton, New York). Completed in 1992 with architect Charles Forberg, this was the place where he lived with art in all the forms that he admired and pursued, and made by the artists and craftspeople whom he revered and collected.