Jack Lenor Larsen

Jack Lenor Larsen (b. 1927) is an award-winning textile designer. The "Larsen Look" (colors, materials, and weaves that are synonymous with modern 20th century design) was begun with his innovative and sophisticated hand-woven textiles. He studied architecture, furniture design, and weaving and attended Cranbrook Academy of Art receiving his M.F.A. in 1951. In New York City he formed Larsen Design Studio, Jack Lenor Larsen Inc (fabrics), Larsen Carpet and Leather, and Larsen Furniture.

His companies went on to design fabrics for homes, public buildings, corporate offices, and airplanes. His work can be found in the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the Fashion Institute of Technology, among others. His art center, LongHouse Reserve, houses an important collection of craft, among treasures from around the world.

Jack Lenor Larsen, Magnum, designed 1970, Courtesy of Cranbrook Art Museum, R. H. Hensleigh and Tim Thayer photograph





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