February 9, 2012 |
PASSED DOWN by descendants of the nation's first first lady, a 5-by-9-inch swatch of silk brocade from one of Martha Washington's dresses ended up with family friend Alden Freeman. In 1932, he gave it as a gift to Nan Britton, a woman involved in the first publicized presidential sex scandal. And now you can claim the fabric as your own. Yesterday, it was offered for sale for $40,000 by the Philly-based Raab Collection, which has it in a vault. It may be the only Martha Washington dress snippet ever put on the market.
January 6, 2012 |
Cheerful chic is what you can expect to see settling into furniture showrooms this spring. Manufacturers at the International Fall Furniture Market in High Point, N.C., found a variety of ways to inject buoyancy and a certain savoir-faire into chairs and chests, settees, sideboards and more with color, pattern, and texture. This desire to delight manifested in fabrics and forms from upholstery to case-goods. Century Furniture dressed its Dover rectangular ottoman in a Missoni-inspired fabric.
December 4, 2011 |
In some ways, the furniture-design exhibit at Philadelphia University's Paul J. Gutman Library couldn't be more commonplace. But that's exactly the point, says Gotz Unger, founding director of the university's industrial-design program. The exhibit features a simple-yet-functional, white, two-seater sofa, no frills. Nearby are a few chairs that look like seats that could be found in any office, along with a modern, plain, unadorned table - all very ordinary. Yet, they speak to the transformation in office design created by a young architect and her businessman husband, Florence and Hans Knoll, Unger said.
November 29, 2011 |
WITH THE Eagles playing again Thursday at Seattle, reporters aren't going to get to talk to Marty Mornhinweg this week, until after the game. The usual weekly press conferences with the coordinators aren't being held. So by the time we get a chance to ask Marty about his dustup on the sideline with defensive-line coach Jim Washburn during Sunday's crushing loss to the Patriots, it will be very old news. But the fact that two of Andy Reid's coaches had to be separated during the first half of a game, and were said to be still jawing as they came onto the field for the second half, will become part of the lore of a lost 2011 season.
October 16, 2011 |
More misadventures in home makeover, this time with curtains. You may recall that two years ago I painted my family room myself, on a Type A tear, but I took the Scottoline route. By which I mean, I took shortcuts. Lots of them. I painted around pictures rather than removing them, and the paint only reached 5 feet, 6 inches up the wall, which is my height plus my arm length, minus a ladder, which I don't own. This would be the mathematical formula for do-it-yourself wainscoting.
October 2, 2011 |
Lolabelle must have been one special dog. When she died on April 17, the performance artist Laurie Anderson, her mistress, was inspired to create an unusually elaborate, and emotionally intense, memorial to her longtime terrier companion. It's on view at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Anderson's exhibition, "Forty-Nine Days in the Bardo. " People who bond intimately with dogs will understand it intuitively, and probably will find it moving. Those unable to accept pets as human surrogates might consider it to be a bit over the top. Either way, "Bardo" is an impressive piece of creation, in large part because it's not just about losing a dog. In its broadest sense, it's a meditation on the timeless themes of love and loss, of how people accommodate themselves to the inevitability of death.
August 11, 2011 |
She didn't want to tell her boss that she was late for her job. She didn't want to tell her parents that she'd skipped work and spent the night with a friend. So instead, police said, Bridgette Neiss claimed that she had been abducted at gunpoint outside a Giant supermarket in West Pottsgrove before being dropped off by her kidnappers, unhurt, a day later in Phoenixville. Neiss, 18, of Spring City, now stands accused of two misdemeanor criminal counts related to filing a false police report, West Pottsgrove Detective Sgt. Steven Ziegler said Wednesday.
June 22, 2011 |
Bonnie Sweeten stood solemnly before a federal judge yesterday, wearing hunter-green prison jumpers and speaking softly. Her darkened hair fell below her shoulders. The Feasterville mom and one-time paralegal who faked her own abduction copped a plea to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Sentencing for the 40-year-old Sweeten is set for Sept. 21. She could face 70 to 87 months under advisory sentencing guidelines on the wire-fraud charge plus a mandatory-minimum two years for aggravated identity theft.