Rosenau was raised in a house with 5,000 books. He has been making
and selling thematic bookshelves from vintage books since 2002.
The idea occurred to him years earlier after reading an essay,
"Books As Furniture," by Nicholson Baker. Given his
background as the son and grandson of publishers, he assumed the
reaction, should he make such a thing, would be furious. The work,
once underway, proved him wrong.
His book furniture has since earned him a wide following with
work sold in almost 50 states and countries. Primarily shown at
closely juried shows, he is also represented by dealers from Vermont
to Los Angeles. The work has been widely published in print and
on the Internet.
Previously, he has been a carpenter, comedy writer (with Charlie
Varon) , editor, software developer, planning commissioner
and designed and built parade floats. His writing has been published
in Fine Homebuilding, The New Yorker, ReadyMade, Salon.com and
heard on public radio. He lives and works in Berkeley, California.
"Greetings, Hireling", New Yorker Magazine, w/ Charlie
Varon. Exposed the threat of corporate takeovers by extraterrestrials.
Salon Challenge w/ Charlie Varon, created a series of creativity
contests. Our Haiku
Error Messages contest, spread virally by e-mail and gained unintended
credibility, eventually making their way into the Microsoft trial, read
in to the record by Judge Jackson.
Quilt Naming: Dart Vance's quilt features a portrait of every
US president. "Sleeping with the Presidents" met with her immediate
The Periodic Table of the Hardware,
a poster-sized compendium of the implements.