Steel Furniture by Jim Rose

Steel Furniture by Jim Rose

Sarah Coffey
Jul 6, 2007

Jim Rose refashions scrap metal into slim, stylish pieces that update classic Shaker style. Working as a lone craftsman in his Wisconsin studio, Rose cuts and assembles each piece himself. The warm patina comes from steel exposed to the elements, then scoured by hand.

Shaker simplicity is central to these functional, hard-working pieces. Finished with nothing more than a wax paste, Rose's furniture is a minimal, environmentally conscious approach to design. To see them in person, stop by Ann Nathan Gallery in River North.

Rose's tables, cupboards and cabinets are in collections at the Smithsonian, Milwaukee Art Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The connection to American design movements makes Rose's art historically relevant, but we really love it for its clean lines and creative reuse of materials.

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