At home with Jack Lenore Larsen in LongHouse Reserve


In the world of textiles, Jacques Lenore Larsen is an icon. As one of the most influential fabric designers in our life, Larsen is an accomplished weaver but also much more than that. at Long house, His home in East Hampton, he created an exceptional 16-acre reserve and sculpture garden, open seasonally to members and the public. With a mission to live with art every day, LongHouse Reserve was a first-time inspiration for Jack Collection of performance fabric-Ideal for your indoor / outdoor creative lifestyle. Please join Susanna and Me at LongHouse for his vision and look at the on-site collection and Jack’s amazing approach to art and life.

At LongHouse, visitors can experience art in all its forms, particularly the outdoors where the gardens function as live art in their own right and a backdrop to more than 60 contemporary sculptures – Chinese artist Sui Jianguo’s 2002 The Legacy Mantle (Mao’s jacket) in the background behind Susanna and Jack.

Susanna Salk and Jack Lenore Larsen via Quintessence

As a collector, curator, and prolific author, advocate of the arts, and supporter of artists, craftsmen and gardener, Larsen had an untold influence on the creative community. The main floor at LongHouse below includes pieces by distinguished furniture designers like Bruno Mathsson, TH Robsjohn-Gibbings, and Sori Yanagi mixed with antique Thai baskets, a Japanese bamboo rug and a Larsen daybed upholstered in a new Cakewalk fabric.

The main floor is at LongHouse Reserve via Quintessence

Larsen Performance Cakewalk via Quintessence

With a background in architecture and a passion for craftsmanship, Jacques pioneered distinctive modern textile designs based on ancient and cosmopolitan techniques that were eventually manufactured in 30 countries and are now displayed in museums around the world. He translated one of his most iconic designs from the 1950s, Midsummer, inspired by pictures of Matisse and Tiffany, into Jacquard in the new collection below.

Tapestry Larsen Performance Midsummer via Quintessence

His fabrics were immediately popular with architects, who appreciated the emphasis on structure and texture. Larsen has worked with nearly every great architect (except Corbusier) from Saarinen and Brewer to Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Skidmore. Not only was he commissioned by them, but he worked as a teacher. When teaching weaving at Cranbrook, Lewis was a student and it was Larsen who convinced student Dale Chihuly to try glassblowing – artist Cobalt Reeds at LongHouse below.

Chihuly Cobalt Reeds at LongHouse Reserve via Quintessence

Despite being a major player in the handicraft movement, he is a visionary who has always known how to adapt, using new technology to bridge the past and the present. He was the first to design upholstery for airlines and print a pattern on velvet for upholstery and attributes much of his success to staying lean and challenging norms. His innovative technologies have attracted an impressive list of clients ranging from Marilyn Monroe to furniture designer Edward Wormley.

Larsen Performance fabric at LongHouse Reserve

Nature and gardening have always been an inspiration, so it was only natural that Jack finally made a line for indoor / outdoor performance Sunbrella It works just as well outdoors in the Four Seasons Gardens at LongHouse as it does indoors. Thank you, Jack, for welcoming us into your magical world at LongHouse Larsen fabrics at CowtanTo sponsor and share the Larsen Performance range.

Larsen Performance Group at LongHouse via Quintessence

All photos by Stacey Buickis for Quintessence

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