Learning From LongHouse

By Jack Lenor Larsen

Garden / Interior Design
June 2016
ISBN: 978-1-938-461-34-7
120 Pages / Over 75 Illustrations

$32 USD

A symphony of evergreen textures frames the house approached by a Moon Bridge that supports wisteria. The soft red of the garnet stone path is complementary to the evergreens and, with nearly the same color value, maintains the horizontal plane of the area.

Perhaps because of Dale Chihuly’s understanding of both glass and water as being translucent, he has often combined the two, as in the 2006 installation Blue and Purple Boat.

The 25 cast bronze Warriors by Chinese artist, Yue Minjun, have been installed in many configurations at LongHouse, including this marching order.

Veiled views become a double pleasure, such as the look of American architect Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome through a copse of tall Korean bamboo.

The breadth of a weeping Blue Atlas Cedar is the perfect backdrop for American artist Willem de Kooning’s 1969-1982 Reclining Figure, installed in 2005.


Legendary textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen’s home, LongHouse, located on 16 acres in East Hampton, New York, was built as a case study to exemplify a creative approach to contemporary life. He believes visitors experiencing art in living spaces have a unique learning experience – more meaningful than the best media. Inspired by the famous Japanese shrine at Ise, LongHouse presents Larsen’s collection of objects and furniture but it is the gardens with their unique sculptures that make a visit to LongHouse most memorable. The gardens feature works by Yoko Ono, Eric Fischl, Lynda Benglis, Dale Chihuly, Sol LeWitt, Willem de Kooning, Takashi Soga, and Kiki Smith. Learning from LongHouse also includes Larsen’s experiences and tips about gardens and gardening – one of his lifelong passions.

About the Author

Jack Lenor Larsen founded the firm that bears his name in 1952. Over the past five decades, Larsen – the company – has grown steadily to become a dominant resource for signature fabrics. Known as an innovator, Larsen has won many awards and is one of four Americans ever to be honored with an exhibition in the Palais du Louvre. More than a weaver, Mr. Larsen is a scholar, world traveler, and an authority on traditional and contemporary crafts.


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