Ben Rose Textile Design

Top row left to right: Girafters, 1949; Earthforms, 1967
Middle row left to right: Groves, 1954; Plane Tree II, 1975 
Bottom row left to right: Antelopers, 1965; Meteoric, 1965

Ben Rose (1916-2004) was a painter and textile designer born in Indiana in 1916. He studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1939-1941. In 1946 he set up Ben Rose Inc., which specialized in hand screen-printed textiles and wallpaper. With the aid of his wife Frances and interior designer Helen Stern, Ben's business grew and by 1967 he had about fifty employees. His textiles were a favorite among architects and designers and were showcased around the world. Besides being an artist, Ben was an avid car collector which led to the building of the now famous auto-pavilion in 1974; see previous post on his famous home here.

Ben working in his studio at 314 N. Michigan Ave in Chicago, circa 1951. Photographer unknown

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