Rosewood House is my family business, my mother’s American Dream. Through my teenage years, I helped the family business as any good Asian son would: detailing, lifting heavy furniture, home deliveries to every kind of style in the San Francisco Bay Area, and watching the stores when my parents flew to Asia to visit our furniture factory on annual buying trips.
After graduating college, 9/11 changed the world, and it wasn’t hard to relocate as an expatriate. So I lived in China for a couple years, making a liveable wage as a university foreign teacher, traveling to villages where homeowners had no locks on their doors, streets without names. I toured my furniture factory, observed the handcraftsmanship at work, visited classical furniture boutiques, and enlightened my eye with the finest works of art in museums throughout Hong Kong, Taiwan and China’s metropolis cities. My understanding and passion for Asian Art was a cumulation of my special upbringing in my family business.
Rosewood House fulfills every stereotype of a locally owned small business, and perhaps we’d be forgotten in a society that is hyper, superficial, cached and instantly disposable. Could we rest assured that our efforts and passion would live for generations through the art and furniture in our customer’s homes?
For decades, on thousands of home deliveries, I’ve been photographing our furniture and art. As an ode to the time past, I authored the Rosewood House book, cataloging the historic and cultural significance of the collection. For a book is tangible, you can hold it in your hands, share, and gift it to others. These are everlasting qualities quite opposite of the ephemeral state of modern day society. Together as a family business, we do it all.
440 pages, 1,390 photographs and illustrations. Rosewood House, 4700 Clayton Rd. Concord, CA 94521. Open Monday-Saturday 10:00-5:00. www.rosewoodhouse.com