French oak chest, circa 1950, by Maurice Pre; Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann chair in blond mahogany, circa 1925; French parchment mirror, circa 1940; French ceramic orb, circa 1960, by Elisabeth Joulia; German ceramic flower sculpture, circa 1980, by Hildegund Schlichenmaier.
Photography by Stephen Karlisch; styling by Janet Rosell
When Sally Rosen remodeled her 1960s Georgian house in Highland Park about 12 years ago, she called on the talents of Emily Summers, known for having a keen eye for fine 20th century modern furnishings and art. The duo’s collaboration ignited a passion for collecting. “Emily became my mentor and educator, and working with her was like getting a master’s degree in 20th century design,” says Rosen, whose collection of valuable mid-century designs is one of the premier in the country. Some of her smaller pieces are available locally at Forty Five Ten, but this month she debuts a collection of furniture, which is sold exclusively through her web site, www.20thcenturycollections.com, and private showings. She has also been invited to show her collection at the prestigious International Art + Design Fair in New York City this month.