Covet: Wild Chairy’s Amazing Custom Chairs

Though summer’s best seats are arguably those that can be pulled up to the ocean’s edge, the pieces coming out of Andrea Mihalik’s Port Richmond studio are just as inviting. The award-winning former Daily News photojournalist scours auctions, estate sales and the occasional roadside for interesting chairs, then transforms them with paint, riotous fabric combinations, old-world upholstery techniques (all have horsehair, not foam stuffing) and a hefty dose of irreverence. Her chairs, each custom and commissioned through her company, Wild Chairy, tiptoe the line between art and function, giving more staid seats throne-like aspirations.

$2,500 to $3,600 at Wildchairy.com.

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Photo by Dom Savini.

 

Preening Over a Peacock Chair

Chair-400There are just some people you shouldn’t go shopping with, right?

You know what I’m talking about. It’s those folks who, when you go with them to the garden center for a six-pack of petunias, somehow talk you into a weeping cherry tree instead. Or you run out to Kmart for socks and come home with a futon. It’s some sort of chemical imbalance that’s set off by being in the presence of certain other human beings, your Visa card and consumer goods. I should know better by now than to go anywhere near a shopping center with my daughter. But I don’t.

One time, we bought a Buddha statue together. One time, we bought a $100 stuffed brown bear. (Hey, it was Christmas!) One time we bought a dog, but that’s another story.

This time, we bought a peacock chair.

“Isn’t this cool?” I asked Marcy in excitement as we stared at it in the local thrift shop, tucked away between old sewing machines and headboards.

Really cool,” she agreed, admiring the elaborate curlicues of wicker. “And it’s only $15!”

But I should have realized from the struggle we had getting it into my Honda that I was also going to have trouble fitting it into my life. Read more »

Sale Alert: Sample Sale at Studio 882

882-BodyMost of us are familiar with how clothing sample sales go down: wear minimal layers, battle it out over a blouse, and leave with bags bursting with newfound treasures. Did we mention this only over a span of 10 minutes? Furniture sample sales are a little different, Shoppists. They’re prime spots for finding deals on sought-after samples, with less of the aggression you’d find at their clothing sale counterparts. That’s why you need to check out Chadds Ford Studio 882; they’re hosting a sample sale right now. There are tons of deeply discounted furniture items to be had (check online, here) including this Athens Lounge Chair marked down to $2,875.50 from $7,668 (Pair it with a funky throw pillow).

Supplies are limited, so get shopping. And remember, no hair-pulling over that lust-inducing settee.

Era Atomica To Move Into Larger Space, Sell More Vintage Clothes

EraAtomicaI adore Era Atomica, the mid-century store that’s as endlessly shoppable as it is wildly cramped. In news that will delight all who ever felt as though they were bulls in Era’s china shop, Passyunk Post reports that the store is moving into bigger, better digs very soon. It’s not a far move—the shop is moving only one block away, to the former Tanquest space at 1835 East Passyunk Avenue—but in terms of gaining valuable retail space, it’s huge. The move will give Era Atomica a whopping three floors and 3,000 square feet of space, which the owners plan to fill with more vintage clothing (a collab with Astro Vintage, who closed their e-store just a few weeks ago), a greater inventory of smalls and larger items like bedroom sets and sectionals, and an on-site workshop where they hope to offer repair and reupholstery services for mid-century furniture.

Look for the move in the next six weeks, after a nuts-to-bolts remodel of the space. Until then, get your mid-century fix with the shop’s huge sales going on right now, like this 1950s telephone table, now 50 percent off.

Photo via Passyunk Post

Mid-Century Modern Furniture Store Expands on East Passyunk

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Photo via Passyunk Post

The tanning salon Tan Quest at 1835 E. Passyunk Avenue closed just a few days ago, and now comes word, via Passyunk Post, that Era Atomica has snapped up the location thatfast. The owner of the mid-century modern furniture store will renovate quickly too, with plans to open her new store — a block away from her smaller current location — in about six weeks.

For more on what the expanded Era Atomica will offer, click here.

Property’s Morning Obsession: You Will Not Believe What This Furniture Is Made From

An Eames chair. A museum bench. A worn but comfortable-looking old chair that might be found in a grandmother’s basement. The tropes are familiar enough–so much so that we can imagine how the objects would feel to the touch. But this furniture by Vincent Tomcyzk (like all the other objects in the artist’s VERISIMILITUDES series) is made out of paper. Pro tip? No matter how tired you get at a Tomcyzk exhibit, don’t sit on the museum bench. It won’t end well.

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Via Colossal.

Each morning we start the day with Property’s Morning Obsession—anything from staging to woodwork to the fragment of a building. Want to submit your morning obsession? Send us an email.

Which Is the Real Winterthur and Which Is the $6M House for Sale?

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Which of the above images is the actual Winterthur? Answer revealed in the gallery below of the house for sale.

The du Pont estate Winterthur, which is now a museum dedicated to American furniture (surely the Keno brothers have fondled a chair or two in its confines), has competition just about a mile away. There’s a grand home for sale known to some (well, this blog, at least) as Mini Winterthur, though in point of fact it has more acreage—61.31 acres—than the Du Pont site itself.

The home for sale has 9 bedrooms and 9.5 baths laid out over a capacious 12,550 square feet. Designed by William Bottomley, a famed New York architect renowned for spiffing up Richmond, Virginia, in neo-Georgian fashion, it features random width hardwood floors, spindles to die for and a pressing room. In case 9 bedrooms won’t take care of the whole family, there’s also a separate 2-bedroom farmhouse as well as a 3-bedroom tenant house. For those truly undesirable guests, stick ’em in the pool house or the tack room for the 24-stall barn. At least they’ll be on an estate that’s listed on the National Historic Registry, and that’s not nothing.

The home, which is listed at $6 million, is being handled by Patterson Schwartz. Info here.

Buy Curious: Retro Metro

As the temperature dips, there’s no better time to style your abode with some posh new accent pieces. As we look forward to spring, check out the past for inspiration, taking a page from mid-century modern with a contemporary twist.

Sunburst Clock ($75) Make a timeless statement with this stainless-steel wall clock that transforms any blank wall into a work of art. Hello Home, 1004 Pine Street, 215-545-7060,

“Avalon Loves Taylor” Pillow ($142) Italian greyhounds are the inspiration for Philly designer Ken Zane’s new pillows. The bold Pop Art throws are hand-sewn and screened locally in limited editions hand-numbered by the artist. Millésimé, 1001-13 North 2nd Street, 267-455-0374.

Grasscloth Wallpaper ($135 per roll) This isn’t your grandmother’s wallpaper. Go from boring to fabulous with natural fiber that’s dyed to order. Feeling especially adventurous? Try an ornate pattern from the contemporary collection. Jonathan Adler, 33 North 3rd Street, 215-574-1999.

Ergo Chair ($875) Hunker down in this plush wool seat with a favorite book. You can’t go wrong with a pop of color this season. Busybee, 734 South Street, 215-592-9600, busybeephilly.com.

Mixed Media Shag Rug ($79) Warm up a hardwood floor with this eco-friendly conversation piece made from fabric remnants. Urban Outfitters, 1627 Walnut Street, 215-569-3131.

Morris Side Table ($870) Slender polished-nickel legs complement a smooth chestnut finish on this compact table with a skinny drawer for a secret stash. Luxe Home, 1308 Chestnut Street, 215-732-2001.

For more new looks for spring, please check out the latest issue of G Philly magazine, available at LGBT-friendly destinations throughout the region. You can also sign up online for a free subscription for a limited time by clicking here.