May 10, 2013 |
It began as a series of ad hoc rescue missions: Andrea Mihalik would spot furniture languishing on curbs during her morning jogs around Haddonfield, and end up lugging the underappreciated specimens back to her garage. Mihalik, 48, didn't know it at the time, but the collection of living-room rejects rapidly crowding the family cars out of their parking spots would soon launch her into a new career. As she would put it, the chairs just hadn't spoken to her yet. Nearly a decade later, those salvaged finds are the basis for Mihalik's one-woman company, Wild Chairy, which turns family heirlooms and garage-sale gems into "art chairs" - one-of-a-kind pieces that merge old-school upholstery techniques with a high-fashion sensibility, while integrating materials not found in (or anywhere near)
August 22, 1991 |
Fine furniture collectors take note: Common Pleas Classic - with its spartan style and costly political veneer - could be headed for investment stardom. There won't be a gala unveiling of the '92 models because the court's mill shop has been shut down. No longer will patronage workers, paid about $500,000 a year in salary and benefits, churn out bookcases and desks, credenzas and tables. Appreciation, therefore, should be the watchword - particularly for taxpayers who were paying for a mill whose supervisors had no idea how much it cost to build furniture for judges and court bureaucrats.
October 24, 1997 |
Everything goes when it comes to furniture these days. But within that umbrella of freedom, some trends were noticeable at the fall furniture market: Bamboo, wicker and rattan were everywhere, at all price ranges. Used in a limited way - as a side table or chair - these popular, casual materials can tone down an otherwise formal room or provide a touch of the tropics. They also can be used as main furniture pieces, to create chic, comfortable rooms. Material mixing was rampant.
November 10, 1990 |
Joe L'Erario and Ed Feldman, those two goofs from the neighborhood, are back fixing furniture on Channel 12. The sophomore season of their Furniture on the Mend got off to an abortive start last week when somebody broadcast the fourth episode in place of the first one. Baffled viewers came in on Part 4 of a reupholstering and refinishing project. No, it wasn't just another On the Mend joke. These characters - Feldman grew up in the Northeast, L'Erario in South Philly - will joke about anything, but as craftsmen and furniture experts, they take pains to make their projects understandable.
January 7, 1986 |
At the moment, the ornate side chair is occupying center stage in a two-car garage densely furnished with woodworking equipment and thickly carpeted with sawdust and shavings. At the moment, it is also occupying center stage in the lives of Wright Horne and his wife, Virginia Davis, two refugees from the white-collar world who traded regular paychecks for the fiscal ambiguities of custom furniture making. The Bucks County couple isn't yet quite sure what to do about this costly Colonial Williamsburg reproduction of a mid-18th-century Philadelphia piece.
March 11, 1990 |
A group of very rich collectors has pushed prices for 18th-century American furniture to levels that far exceed the prices garnered by furniture made in any other country or any other time. In January in New York, record prices were paid for five forms of Colonial furniture made in Philadelphia. At Christie's on Jan. 20, a small pier table, 35 1/2 inches wide, sold for $4.62 million; a tilt-top tea table for $1.21 million; a side chair for $418,000; a mirror for $242,000, and a fire screen for $66,000.
April 24, 2011 |
When Joanne and George Baltaeff were getting married three years ago, they decided that celebrating their new life together called for moving out of old homes and making a new one. The house-hunting began one snowy afternoon, when Joanne made arrangements with a Realtor to see six properties for sale. It ended about 20 minutes later, when she fell in love with the first one, a three-bedroom/three-bath house on a quiet street in Springfield, Delaware County. "I was working a lot, and she was saying we should find a house," George says.
June 17, 2001 |
Visitors to Chicago this summer will be delighted to find the city indulging again in its tradition of whimsical public art - sidewalks and plazas are being adorned with hundreds of pieces of furniture decorated under the theme "Suite Home Chicago. " More than 150 area artists were enlisted to paint and otherwise embellish life-size fiberglass sofas, easy chairs, ottomans, TVs, and dressers that delight the eye and beckon to children and adults alike. The installations began earlier this month, and the suites along Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile of tony shops already are alive with people stopping to consider, admire, crawl on, and pose for photographs with the works.
November 8, 1997 |
Two auctions will offer fine furniture and fine art with a difference: The furniture is for cozy quarters; the art is "museum quality" acrylic. Generally speaking, acrylics do not have the tony reputation of oils or even water colors, but nine pieces that Ted Wiederseim will be offering next Friday in Lionville will be familiar to readers of Scientific American and other magazines. They are illustrations by Rudolf Freund, a native of Philadelphia who died in 1969. They include an illustration of an archaeopteryx, the Jurassic Era creature important to evolutionists because it was the first known flying reptile to have feathers.
September 23, 2005 |
A busy week of auctions lies ahead, beginning at 5:30 p.m. today with a special 700-lot estate antiques sale at Briggs that will offer a painting by Milton Avery and some peripatetic pieces of fine furniture, and winding up Thursday with Freeman's fall sale of fine books, manuscripts, maps and prints. The furniture, two elaborately carved bookcases plus a matching drop-front desk, comes from an estate in Hockessin, Del., said Briggs president John Turner. Before that, they had been part of a wall unit, along with a matching mantelpiece and fireplace surround, in a mansion called Miraflores in Claymont, Del. The bookcases and desk were moved to the Hockessin estate in the 1960s, after Miraflores was torn down to make way for Interstate 495. They will be sold as a single lot with a presale estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.