A Web high pointIf you'd love to know the difference...


July 11, 1999|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

A Web high point

If you'd love to know the difference between Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Chippendale, or find out why Grinling Gibbons is so revered for his carved embellishments, or learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright or art deco or mission or Greek furniture, you can now visit the place where professionals get some of their design expertise. The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library of High Point, N.C. (inset), has a Web site offering more than 500 books for sale on furniture and design.

High Point is noted for its April and October furniture shows, which attract manufacturers, designers and interior decorators from more than 100 countries. The library, a private educational foundation founded in 1970, offers research facilities for designers, manufacturers, architects, students and others in the furniture industry.

The address of the library's Web site is www. furniturelibrary.com.

Boomers and versatility

Just because they're empty nesters doesn't mean they don't have full lives. They have jobs, they have hobbies, and they entertain colleagues, friends, children and grandchildren. That's what Sauder Woodworking Co. found in a series of surveys of baby boomers shopping for new homes and furniture. (According to American Demographics magazine, households headed by couples without dependent children grew by 1 million from 1996 to 1997.) When it comes to furniture, this group wants versatile products that serve a variety of family interests, from preparing meals to computer commuting. Sauder designers created a wide-open kitchen-family room with office, entertainment and meal-preparation areas that blend into one another. The Millstone collection includes an entertainment armoire ($350), a hutch ($130) and a kitchen island ($140).

For more information about the collection or about Sauder, call 800-523-3987, or check out the Web site at www.sauder.com.

-- K. M.

Ethan Allen, junior versions

It's a kid's world with the new E.A. Kids line of furniture from Ethan Allen. From beds and dressers to lamps and accessories, the line is designed to appeal to a child's sense of style and yet be sturdy enough to last for years. Most of the furniture is made of solid wood, and some pieces have an accident-resistant surface called Tuff-A-Nuff. Items range from cribs to computer centers, and styles range from Extreme Zone (designed to appeal to young snowboarders) to Victorian Lace (fit for a princess) to Flower Power (a '60s retro look). Stop by Ethan Allen stores for a 60-page catalog, or visit the retailer's Web site at www.ethanallen.com.

-- K. M.


* Flowing, curving lines, vivid color and highly stylized natural and geometric forms characterize the fabrics of the early years of the 20th century, vibrantly reflected in an exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art called "Nouveau to Deco: Textiles of the 20th Century." The exhibit of textiles from about 1880 to the 1920s runs through Aug. 1 at the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 410-396-7100.

* Prickly and plush, cactus and succulents are among the most unusual-looking plants on the planet. For a close-up sampling, visit the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society show in the Administration Building at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington this coming weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information, call 202-245-2726. --K.M.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Karol V. Menzie, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519.

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