The sofa of your dreams


April 08, 2001|By Julie Klavens | Julie Klavens,Sun Staff

When is a sleep sofa not a sleep sofa? When it's been designed by the master, Le Corbusier. Nearly 70 years after the LC5's introduction, this sleekly proportioned piece of perfection looks fresh. Its beauty is more than skin-deep: With a few economical movements (and a pleasing absence of skinned knuckles), the back cushions rotate and transform an elegant sofa into a single bed. And even though Baltimore apartments tend to be roomier than those in cities with cardiac-arrest-inducing rents, it never hurts to own a piece that pulls triple duty: sofa, bed, art.

This monument to modernism is available for $4,540 (the price varies depending on upholstery) at Full Upright Position, a Portland, Ore., store devoted to modern furnishings; call 800-431-5134 or visit the store's Web site at Or, contact Cassina, the manufacturer, for the names of other dealers at 800-770-3568.

Right on target

Secretly love Martha Stewart's housewares, but can't bear to contribute one slim dime to her bloated empire? Target to the rescue. Shrewd enough to know that a tight budget doesn't imply an absence of style, the discount retailer that brought us whimsical housewares designed by architect Michael Graves and luxe bedding from Martex follows up with products from Waverly, known for classically elegant, high-quality fabrics.

Don't be put off by the gooey names of Waverly Garden Room's lines (Sweet Violets, Vintage Rose and Garden Lane) -- the pairings of lush florals and bold stripes or plaids are lovely and fresh. Garden Room includes coordinated bedding, bath accents, tableware, stationery and gifts. Prices range from $12.99 to $99.99. Call 800-800-8800 for the location of the nearest Target or visit -- J.K.

Bells in the wind

Woodstock Percussion's garden bells bring art to the ear and the eye: the delicate sculpture, its cluster of upturned brass bells reminiscent of a bouquet of tulips, creates a shimmer of sound when the wind wafts through.

Woodstock -- co-founded by percussionist Garry Kvistad, who performs in the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Steve Reich and Musicians -- is known for the beautiful, exotic sounds of its precision-tuned chimes and bells.

As if bringing beauty to the home weren't enough, the company donates a portion of its profits to the arts and to humanitarian and environmental causes. Garden bells are available in two sizes -- 24 inches tall for $84 and 15 inches tall for $66 -- at Tomlinson Craft Collection, 711 E. 40th St., in the Rotunda. -- J.K.


* Step back in time and experience the homey arts of the late 19th century during Traditional Arts Week at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Instructors will teach 15 courses, among them tinsmithing, blacksmithing, quilting, spinning, broommaking, chair-caning and making Shaker boxes. Fees range from $20 to $200. The four-day courses will be presented April 23-26 at the museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. For information and registration, call 410-848-7775.

* Gardeners who want to make a splash this season can attend a seminar at Valley View Farms at 9 a.m. Saturday to design and plan a water garden, and receive an overview of the techniques required to install a pond. For those who are content to sit back and regard nature's jewels, a seminar at 11 a.m. Saturday will teach which plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Valley View Farms is at 11035 York Road in Cockeysville. For information, call 410-527-0700.

* Metzler's garden centers, at 10342 Owen Brown Road in Columbia and 935 W. Liberty Road in Eldersburg, will donate 10 percent of proceeds from today's sales of living flowers to cancer research and community programs.

-- J.K.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Liz Atwood, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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