Photograph by Brett Thomas.
If chairs were songs, a grand wingback might be a baritone concerto; a rocking chair, a lilting blues melody; a chaise, a Deco jazz riff. But in the hands of Mount Airy’s Carla James, these classical seats skew more rock-and-roll. Her two-year-old company, Rocker Refined – which just rolled out an amazing new e-shop – turns out a mix of reupholstered vintage finds as well as new pieces handcrafted in North Carolina, using sustainable cherry and chemical-free stuffing.
The most showstopping is the Hayward (a nod to the lead singer of the Moody Blues; all of James’s furniture is named for colorful musical figures), a frenetically stylish mix of tufted indigo linen, French railroad stripes and Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon fabric. Rock on. Read more »
Cella Luxuria’s Chestnut Street flagship. | Emily Goulet.
Scratch your weekend plans to make room for this: Cella Luxuria is kicking off a four-day warehouse sale on Saturday morning. In short: You should be there. The home store – which has two locations (a cavernous Chestnut Street flagship, which skews more Restoration Hardware/industrial, and a South Street outpost, which houses modern, apartment-friendly pieces) – has taken over a 6,000-square-foot Northern Liberties warehouse to unload merchandise. If my recent visit to the South Street outpost is any indication, it’s shaping up to be the sale of the season. (Seriously, half of the shop’s second level was empty, as all furniture was already transferred to the warehouse.) Read more »
Stevie and Isadora rockers, $1,650 each. | Photos by Steve Mitchell, Abstract Studios.
A few years back, when I was shopping for rocking chairs for my son’s nursery, it seemed to me that the vast majority of rockers and gliders were either simply ugly — hard and wooden and forbidding-looking — or just a bit ubiquitous, in a pastel, overstuffed, Pottery Barn sort of way. I always suspected that there was something really special out there, some beautiful, special chair around which I would build a room, a chair I would keep forever, but I never really found it. Until now, that is, with the discovery of Philly-based Rocker Refined, which makes the most gorgeous rockers (and wingbacks, and ottomans, and cribs) that I’ve ever seen. Read more »
A glimpse at the warehouse. | Photos via Maggpie.
Over here at Shoppist, we’re total fangirls of Maggie and Jason, the duo behind Maggpie Vintage Rentals, a Port Richmond-based company that rents incredible vintage furniture and decor for events and photoshoots. Their colossal warehouse is the stuff of vintage lovers’ dreams: one whole floor of chairs in all shapes and sizes, fantastically weathered tapestries, weird-but-wonderful wicker pieces, and everything else you’d ever want to put in your home.
A while back, they started selling some of their stuff, a one-off piece here and there on Instagram. And then they launched an e-store, where you can find everything from china and flatware to dining tables and upholstered chairs. And now, today until 5pm, they’re hosting a huge warehouse sale. Which means this: Sneak out of work early and go. Read more »
Conversion’s storefront, a work in progress. | Photo by Dan Thompson.
New store news: A furniture and home accessories shop, Conversion, is opening in Old City next week. The owner, Dan Thompson, is from Lambertville and caught the furniture bug early: He grew up working at an antiques store, “vacuuming the carpet.” Seven years ago, he began making his own furniture, rustic, reclaimed pieces with an industrial-slash-farmhouse bent. These pieces caught the eye of the owner of Philter Coffee in Kennett Square, who asked Thompson to make all of the coffee shop’s tables and design the counters. And then, well, things took off. Read more »
Lap of luxury. | Photo courtesy of BDDW.
In the hands of world-renowned, North Philly-based furniture company BDDW, the lowly deck chair becomes almost museum-worthy. A swath of caramel leather (removable for when weather turns sour) is slung over a welded bronze base and crested by a shearling neck roll. And a built-in drink table, perfectly sized for summer cocktails, means you won’t have to leave your perch when you get parched. A bit precious for outdoor use? Perhaps. But true luxury is a seat that’s as gorgeous as any seaside view. Read more »
Worldly eclecticism reigns at Material Culture’s enormous store.
Our furniture and decor scene is as varied as the homes lining our streets. There’s a bit of mid-century modern, some industrial, lots of antiques, and enough retro/reclaimed/gilt/wood/you-name-it goods to fill tiny trinities and vast manses alike. Here, some of the best (and our favorite) haunts for home furnishings from this year’s Best of Philly list. Read more »
A Jonathan Adler retail store. | Facebook.
I received a tip that, among the gilt starburst mirrors, cheeky vases and Deco-leaning furniture, a For Lease sign is also holding court in the front window of Jonathan Adler‘s Old City storefront. (Gulp.) Read more »
This month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art debuts “Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design,” which is running now through October 4th. Here are some objects you’ll see there. Look familiar?
The perfect footstool. | Image via Territory Hard Goods.
There’s nothing quite as thrilling as a major vintage find. I scored one back in 2008 — a cool armchair on the side of some road out by Princeton — and somehow manhandled it by myself into the back of a convertible I was driving (I forget how or why I was in this car, because I do not own a convertible). It was winter and I froze the whole way home, but it was worth it because the armchair had potential and I would reupholster and refinish it back to its pre-street-side glory. Only I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. (Secret: I don’t think I ever will.)
This is the problem with less-than-perfect vintage goods: It seems like a good idea, the whole coolly artisanal upcycling thing, until you realize you have no time to actually do it. Which is why I turn to Territory Hard Goods, a Kensington-based company that sources cool vintage furniture and home accessories (and cleans up/reupholsters when necessary). You can buy their finds on the Territory Hard Goods Etsy store, or find them at local flea markets like Clover Market. A tip: Follow them on Instagram to be the first to know about new products. Another tip: Don’t bother to pick up armchairs on the side of the road unless you really, really plan to do something with them. Read more »