February 13, 2012 |
In the few years when she had her own interior-design business, Beth Baker redid dozens of swank Bucks County homes, and, in the process, saw truckloads of castoff furniture consigned to dumps and thrift shops. She loved the decorating, hated the discarding. Surely, she thought, there were struggling families whose lives could be made more comfortable, and their spirits buoyed, by a gently used sofa or dining table, a like-new lamp, or a chest of drawers. Baker resolved to find those families.
January 22, 2012 |
It's not a pairing that automatically comes to mind - the prints of Picasso and the furniture of Wendell Castle - but the cofounder of cubism and the art-furniture patriarch look as if they were made for each other in Wexler Gallery's current exhibition, "The Abstract Forms of Pablo Picasso and Wendell Castle. " Picasso's curved and voluptuous lines on paper echo in Castle's three-dimensional forms, and vice versa. That the 13 Picasso works are predominantly black- or brown-on-white and the six Castles are monochromatic emphasizes the relationships between forms.
January 15, 2012 |
When the Pine Valley Covered Bridge in central Bucks County was refurbished last year, the discarded timbers would have ended up as kindling were it not for John Cressman's ingenuity. Give the historic oak remnants to woodworking students to craft into furniture that they then could sell, he suggested. Could any lover of local heritage, or of covered bridges everywhere, resist such provenance? The answer was just as Cressman suspected. As trestle and side tables emerge from piles of worn wood at the Upper Bucks County Technical School, students already have 40 orders from near and from as far as Pittsburgh and Erie.
January 11, 2012 |
Artist Josh Leach is riding his canvas down the street, doing flips on it, falling off, riding it some more. When he wears this skateboard out, it won't go in the trash. Leach will give it another life by carving the deck into the face and body of a wild character he has dreamed up, and filling in the edgy cartoonish creature with acrylic paint. "I've always just collected my boards after I break them. It's like the board's second chance," he says in the cluttered South Philadelphia basement where he creates his art on a small table next to a broken washing machine.
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.
January 6, 2012 |
Pook & Pook Inc.'s first big sale of the new year will open with items from two important collections. One comes from a well-known collector, the other is surrounded with a bit of mystery. Both groups will be offered at the first session of the two-day, 1,100-lot event next weekend at the gallery in Downingtown. The first and better-known offering consists of antique furniture and appointments from the collection of Margaret Berwind Schiffer of West Chester, author of Furniture and Its Makers of Chester County, Pennsylvania . They will be offered at the start of the 290-lot session beginning at 6 p.m. next Friday.
December 19, 2011 |
Oskar Richard Huber, 78, longtime president of the Oskar Huber Furniture store chain, died Thursday in Abington Hospice at Warminster of complications from a heart attack three weeks ago. Mr. Huber was raised in Philadelphia's Lawndale section, where his father founded the furniture company in 1927. He attended high school at the Admiral Farragut Academy, a boarding school then in Toms River, N.J. After attending the U.S. Naval Academy for three years, he went to work in his father's business in 1956, helping to expand from the original store in Philadelphia to locations in Ship Bottom, N.J., and Southampton, Bucks County.
December 9, 2011 |
Beginning with the sale on Monday of a century-old single-owner collection of stickpins, auctions next week will offer the playful rather than the pricey. Monday's sale of stickpins will be conducted by William H. Bunch Auctions & Appraisals beginning at noon at the gallery at One Hillman Drive, on Route 202 South in Chadds Ford. It precedes by a day Bunch's sale on Tuesday of 500 lots of silver, glass, china, porcelain, furniture, and 200 lots of fine art. The approximately 200 pins are part of an early-20th-century collection amassed by A.M. Brinckle, a Philadelphia-based traveling salesman known as "the scarf pin man" according to images of news article clippings accessible with the catalog at www.williambunchauctions.com . (Both Monday's and Tuesday's sales will also be conducted on www.liveauctioneers.com .)
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 11, 2011
It wasn't until midway through his senior year at Rowan University that Michael Iannone discovered woodworking. "I immediately had success with it," he says, whereas illustration, which he had studied for three years, had always been a struggle. Soon after graduating in 2000 he founded Iannone Design, known for furniture that mixes sustainable materials with uncluttered, midcentury lines and bold, nature-inspired graphics. The firm wasn't founded on sustainability, but after a few years of watching his eco-friendly pieces attract more attention and sales, Iannone decided to fold it into his mission.