If Rosanna ran the world, everyone would sit down to dinner each evening and enjoy a healthy meal presented on exquisite dishes. She believes that eating together is truly a giving and loving experience. Her desire to celebrate life – from the major milestones to the smallest of moments – is what drives her design. Whether it’s for a birthday party for the kids, a glamorous soiree, or simply dining at home, her stylish dishes turn any day into a special occasion.
Rosanna Bowles is a Northwest educated, self-made entrepreneur. She started her successful tableware company out of her Seattle home in 1982. Nearly three decades and millions of dishes later, Rosanna Inc. has grown exponentially. Rosanna has emerged as a trendsetter in the homewares industry and established her product as an internationally acclaimed brand. Rosanna is a star presence in design circles, highly sought after for her expertise on mindful, gracious living.
Rosanna’s designs resonate with admirers the world over. Her products are sold in Italy, France, and the UK, not to mention a few exotic locales including Abu Dhabi, Japan, Brazil, Israel, and Kuwait. She has developed proprietary design work for the 9/11 Museum, Starbucks Coffee, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Opera, the Frick Museum, Carnegie Hall, and the New York Jewish Museum. Rosanna has sold to Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Crate and Barrel, Sur La Table, Anthropologie, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Her dishes can be found in the Galleries Lafayette and Le Bon Marche in France and Selfridge’s, Harrod’s, and the Buckingham Palace gift shop in England.
Rosanna has been recognized with numerous awards for her entrepreneurship and design talents. The Puget Sound Business Journal honored her as a 2012 Woman of Influence. In both 2002 and 2011, she was a finalist for the Nellie Cashman Woman in Business award. Seattle Homes and Lifestyle Magazine has selected Rosanna Inc. as one of the top 100 design companies in the Northwest. In 2005, Rosanna became the first American to win the prestigious Gift of the Year Award from the UK. In 2008, the University of Oregon, Rosanna’s alma mater, bestowed her with the College of Arts and Sciences’ Alumni Fellow Award for Outstanding Career Achievement. Rosanna’s products have appeared twice on Oprah’s “O” List. Oprah’s magazine also included Rosanna in an exclusive feature on “Women Who Create Beautiful Things.” Rosanna is the author of “Coming Home: A Seasonal Guide to Creating Family Traditions,” published in 2010 by Stewart, Tabori, and Chang.
Rosanna is passionate about helping her community and works with a number of local and national charities throughout the year, including The Bloedel Reserve, Childhaven, the Children’s Trust Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Girls Inc., Goodwill, Harborview Medical Center, Millionaires Club, The Nature Conservancy, Northwest Harvest, One by One, PONCHO, Providence Hospital’s Regina House, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Symphony, Treehouse, University of Oregon, University of Washington Medicine, and Woodland Park Zoo. She was also named the 2013 Chair for the American Heart Association Go Red for Women.
Coverage of Rosanna product is widespread. Her tableware has been featured in Family Circle, Country Living, Southern Living, Rachael Ray, Sunset, Redbook, Cooking Light, People, Brides, Better Homes and Gardens, Bon Appetit, Good Housekeeping, Elle, Elle Décor, Vogue, Real Simple, O Magazine, O at Home, Vanity Fair, Parade, The New York Times, Where Women Cook and Tableware Today, among others.
Rosanna brings a unique sensibility to her tableware. Her work is not only about producing beautiful things; it is about creating a way of life. Rosanna’s first book was born out of this philosophy. Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, a vision of Abram’s Publishing, released Coming Home: A Seasonal Guide to Creating Family Traditions in March 2010. In the book, Rosanna guides us through the cultivation of human connection with ideas, recipes, and activities inspired by the four seasons. Coming Home is a testament to Rosanna’s range. It has launched her as a lifestyle expert with a vision extending far beyond the table.
Rosanna also maintains Rosanna’s Table Talk, the well-loved blog where she chronicles her life and offers advice about how to live well. She is a featured blogger on iVillage, appears regularly on ABC, NBC, and CBS affiliate programs throughout the Pacific Northwest, and as a guest with Martha Stewart Radio. Better Homes and Gardens consulted Rosanna for the 2010 holiday season as a tabletop expert, providing a beautiful showcase for her tablesetting philosophy: “Dress your table as you would yourself.”
Rosanna pours her heart into her work. Her products remind us of what’s important: to infuse our lives with ritual, tradition, and community, keeping home and family at the heart.