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.
May 6, 2011 |
It's a request that designers hear constantly: Bring more sunshine into my home. Whatever a person's taste, "I think almost everybody wants to maximize the light in their living space," says HGTV host Genevieve Gorder. The conventional wisdom is that "if you have a room that's very sunny and packed with natural light, people use it more and they're happier in it," says designer and decordemon.com founder Brian Patrick Flynn. Gorder, Flynn, and Betsy Burnham of Los Angeles' Burnham Design share some tips and tricks for helping the sun to shine brightly in any home: Reflections All three designers recommend mirrors.
May 6, 2011
SUMMER IS on the way and that's a reason to celebrate. Here are some "Good Things" to help you do it. Custom cushions Summertime calls for a playful approach to decorating. So mix - don't match - fabrics to create reversible pillows that you won't find on anyone else's sofa. A quick flip is all it takes to change your look, and you can do it as often as you change your mind. Just a yard each of three fabrics can make three 16-inch and three 18-inch pillows. Use fabrics in similar weights; pair them in different combinations.
April 26, 2011 |
Alvin "Vene" Gutman, 93, of Lafayette Hill, a business executive and community leader, died at home Friday, April 22, the day before his 67th wedding anniversary. Mr. Gutman was president and later chairman of the board of Pressman Gutman Co. The firm, which wove, dyed, and printed fabric for clothing manufacturers, was established by his family more than a century ago. He spent more than 50 years with Pressman Gutman, which had offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Bala Cynwyd.