In Rosanna’s perfect world, we would all sit down at the table each evening to a healthy meal with our families, served on gorgeous dishes. Her desire to celebrate life – from the major milestones to the smallest moments – is the driving force behind her designs. As a result, her stylish tableware turns any day into a special occasion.
Rosanna Bowles is President and Art Director of Rosanna, Inc., an award-winning tableware design house based in Seattle, WA which she started out of her home in 1982. More than three decades and millions of dishes later, Rosanna, Inc. has grown exponentially, and emerged as a trendsetter in the homewares industry. Her outstanding products have made Rosanna, Inc. an established and internationally acclaimed brand. Rosanna is also a star presence in design circles, highly sought after for her expertise on mindful, gracious living.
Each year, Rosanna introduces a Fall and Spring collection of designs featuring contemporary revisions of timeless aesthetics. She presents her products in beautiful packaging, which are ideal for striking product displays and easy gifting. In addition to collections of tabletop and giftware, Rosanna recently debuted a gourmet food line called Farm Belle. American-made and artisan-crafted, Farm Belle jams, syrups, honeys, hand-milled soaps and beeswax candles are sourced in the Pacific Northwest, grown and crafted by American farmers. All products are pure and natural, and bring the bounty of the Pacific Northwest to the wider world. In 2013, The Gourmet Retailer selected Farm Belle as their “Editors’ Pick” for Best New Product.
Rosanna’s tableware is distributed worldwide in the US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and throughout the Middle East. Rosanna has developed proprietary design work for Macy’s Herald Square, Starbucks Coffee & Tea (Worldwide), Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Nordstrom Home, Hallmark, Sur La Table, Birch Box, Les Galleries Lafayette (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Opera, the National Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Institute, The Frick Collection, Carnegie Hall, the deYoung Museum, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Legion of Honor, and Art Institute of Chicago. Her dishes have been sold in the Galleries Lafayette and Le Bon Marché in France, and in Selfridge’s, Harrod’s, and even the Buckingham Palace gift shop in England.
Rosanna has won numerous accolades for design and entrepreneurship. Seattle Homes and Lifestyle Magazine selected Rosanna, Inc. in 2006 as one of the top 100 design companies in the Northwest and in 2005, Rosanna Bowles became the first American to win the prestigious Gift of the Year Award in the UK. Rosanna won NY NOW’s 2014 Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares award for Best New Product (Gourmet Accessories Category) for the Stockholm collection, and was a finalist for Best New Product (Cookware Category) for the Savour collection. She was also a 2014 finalist for the 25th Annual ARTS Awards (Tabletop Category) honoring Home Industry Excellence. Rosanna’s products have appeared twice on Oprah’s “O” List, and Oprah Magazine also included Rosanna in an exclusive feature, “Women Who Create Beautiful Things.”
In 2012, The Puget Sound Business Journal honored Rosanna as a Woman of Influence, and in both 2002 and 2011, Rosanna was a finalist for the Nellie Cashman Woman in Business Award. In 2008, Rosanna’s alma mater The University of Oregon bestowed her with the College of Arts and Sciences’ Alumni Fellow Award for Outstanding Career Achievement. Ernst & Young also nominated Rosanna as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006.
Rosanna, Inc. products have been featured in publications including The New York Times, InStyle, Elle, Elle Décor, Vogue, Real Simple, O Magazine, O at Home, House Beautiful, Bon Appetit, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, People, Brides, Redbook, Coastal Living, Traditional Home, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Sunset, Cooking Light, Southern Living, Country Living, HGTV Magazine and Family Circle.
At the core, Rosanna’s work is about creating a soulful life. Rosanna’s first book Coming Home: A Seasonal Guide to Creating Family Traditions (2010, Stewart, Tabori & Chang) was born of this philosophy. In Coming Home, Rosanna demonstrates the art of connection with recipes, activities, and tableaus connected to the four seasons. Rosanna is a lifestyle expert whose vision extends far beyond the table. She offers a blog, Table Talk, which chronicles her life and offers advice on living well.
Rosanna is passionate about helping her community and works with a number of local and national charities and organizations throughout the year, including the Seattle Symphony, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Go Red for Women campaign for the American Heart Association, One By One, Providence Regina House, Goodwill, Northwest Harvest, American Red Cross, Millionair Club, The Salvation Army, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Seattle Children’s, Childhaven, Girls Inc., Treehouse, The Center for Children & Youth Justice, Children’s Trust Foundation, The Providence Athenaeum, PONCHO, Woodland Park Zoo, The Nature Conservancy, The Bloedel Reserve, and University of Oregon. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Symphony.
Rosanna’s products remind us to infuse our lives with ritual and community, and to keep home and family at the heart.