June 20, 2013 |
Wielding his megaphone like a carnival barker, Devon Walls commented on people in the passing crowds, invited shoppers to inspect his wares, and announced the sales offered in his booth. It was another busy Sunday at the Philadelphia outpost of the Brooklyn Flea, the shopping mecca that offers everything from vintage signs to antique furniture, reclaimed clothing, and handcrafted jewelry. "Ladies and gentlemen, look at the strongman competition as they carry a 300-pound table to their car!"
June 14, 2013 |
Crazier things have made it, even made it big, in the American marketplace, but fungal furniture - furniture made from mushroom roots - may be a little too "out there" for most people. Yet "out there" - in the marketplace - is where Brian McClellan, 23, and Merjan Tara Sisman, 21, aspire to be with the mushroom chair and pendant lights they created for their senior project at Philadelphia University this year. "I hate mushrooms, sadly. The texture is too funky. But I love their growing capabilities," says McClellan, who graduated in May and is working part time as a bartender while he refines the design of his pendants.
May 23, 2013 |
JULIE Margaret Van Sciver seemed to thrive on high-risk adventure. Meg, as she was known to family and friends, left Philadelphia's cloistered atmosphere of private schools, benefits, horse shows and social climbing to pursue often risky adventures in many corners of the globe. On May 12, she was paragliding over Lookout Mountain in Colorado when she fell 40 feet. Emergency personnel took her off the mountain that afternoon, and she was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colo.
May 18, 2013
The Yorkshire Alliance Home and Garden Tour takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date is May 19. Tickets can be purchased at the Antiques Emporium, 424 High Street, 609-747-8333, and at Phillip's Furniture, 307 High Street, 609-386-7125. Price: $20 per person.
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)
April 2, 2013
D EAR HARRY: I bought some very expensive furniture back in 2006. There was a special deal on the sale that allowed me to pay for it over a two-year period. When the time came for the last payment, I raised a question as to the calculation of interest. The issue never got resolved, so I did not make that last payment. Today, I got a notice from a collection agency with all kinds of threats of action to collect that payment plus a bunch of extra charges. I called them, expecting to get a tough-speaking guy with a booming voice.
March 30, 2013 |
Intrigued by the drama and inspired by the sophistication of British aristocrats in Downton Abbey , some fans are plotting to bring the series' style into their own homes, from gilded finishes to opulent upholstery to portrait paintings. "We've gone so casual in the last decade in terms of home decor. I think there is a desire to be a little more formal, or a little more glamorous," says Kristie Barnett, an interior design blogger in Nashville, Tenn. "That doesn't mean it can't be family-friendly.
March 30, 2013 |
Leonard B. Marschark calls himself "a traditional artisan in a contemporary show," which is no understatement. He builds reproductions of 18th-century clocks, which he'll exhibit and sell at the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show on April 5 to 7 at the 23d Street Armory in Center City. "I'm doing things the way they were done 200 years ago. I'm the exception to this crowd," he says of the eclectic mix of contemporary furniture makers, glass artists, potters, weavers, quilters, and others who will join him. Since Josh Markel and Bob Ingram launched the first show in 1995, the event has ebbed and flowed, depending on the economy, consumer tastes and social trends.
February 14, 2013 |
City Council sees dollar signs on publicly-owned property. Sound familiar? Council President Darrell Clarke introduced legislation more than a year ago to authorize digital ads on city-owned property and he plans to reintroduce the bill Thursday. "I think it's very important, as I have said time after time to create revenue opportunities for the city, thereby the citizens, other than sticking our hands into the citizens' pockets and increasing taxes," said Clarke. A consultant for Council said the city could generate $8 million from advertising on public buildings, bus shelters, trash trucks or receptacles.
January 26, 2013 |
Freeman's will offer decorative items to please the idle eye and the fluttering heart at two sales two weeks apart: English and continental furniture and decorative arts on Tuesday, with such necessities as walking canes and page turners, and then on Feb. 12, two days before Valentine's Day, more than 360 lots of jewelry and watches. Both sales promise to be comparatively affordable. Tuesday's 550-lot sale of English, continental, and decorative items will begin at 10 a.m. at the gallery at 1808 Chestnut St. with a half dozen lots of Welsh and William and Mary furniture from the 18th and early 19th centuries, notably a George II walnut secretary bookcase expected to bring $5,000 to $7,000, according to the auction catalog (also accessible at www.freemansauction.com )