Elizabeth Rosensteel makes space dance. She sculpts it. She molds it. Abandoning
traditional assumption of interior design, she wraps objects around an interior,
granting them an artifactual status lost in the Victorian curio cabinet and
even the most contemporary thing-stuffed room that offers so much it offers
nothing. Simply, precisely, determinedly, she creates living spaces stripped
of clutter and debris – space reverberating with intensity, complexity, and
joy. Elizabeth Rosensteel gives space, space.
Born in Boston, she attended Boston University, then enrolled at the Art Institute
of Pittsburgh where she studied visual communications. A Valley resident for
25 years, she worked in Phoenix for Broadway Department stores in store planning,
then for a design firm servicing national and international accounts such as
Mattel Toys Inc. She was a principal and director of the Interior Environmental
Design Department at Taliesin Architects in Scottsdale from May 1994 through
November 1998 – four years that reaffirmed her design philosophy. Three Frank
Lloyd Wright standards seem to have influenced her: one that form and function
are equally important – a synthesis; two, an opposition to decoration for its
own sake; and three, the concept of organic design, which celebrates the inherent
properties of thing while asserting that good design and good architecture should
be true to the place, its people, and its people.
"Elizabeth is particularly adept at capturing and enunciating space
- revealing what is meant to be."