University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
School of Architecture College of Design

Brad Bloom

Date of Interview: October 2, 2009
Location of Interview:

Bloom's Residence

Prairie Village, Kansas

Length of Transcript:



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15 pages

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Biographical Summary

Brad Bloom grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas, majoring in Textile Design. In 1988, after graduating, the inexperienced Bloom was hired by Jack Lenor Larsen Incorported as an outside sales representative. Based in Cincinnati, his sales area covered Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Kansas. Bloom remained with Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated for 10 years selling textiles, furniture and carpet. Bloom is currently Vice President of Sales for Pollack and Weitzner.


Interview Topics

Bloom explains how he was appointed to a sales position at Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated straight out of college; the excitement generated when Jack Lenor Larsen demonstrated the new fabric collections; the selling process for fabrics, carpet, and furniture; Jack Lenor Larsen’s ability to enthuse his employees; anecdotes about his time at Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated.; and Jack Lenor Larsen’s brilliant vision and creativity.



Freesia (1983)
Caravaggio (1988)

Funding for these oral histories was provided by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the University of North Carolina, Asheville Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.


Contact Information

Goldstein Museum of Design

364 McNeal Hall,

1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

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