By Krishana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2012
If you take a peek into furniture maker Bill Hergenroeder's shop in Cockeysville, you may be surprised at what you don't see: no computer-assisted drawings or other high-tech design aids. He prefers the simple life. The concrete floor of his shop is splattered with old splotches of paint. Stacks of hand-drawn sketches, veneer outlines, screwdrivers and the occasional power drill are scattered around the small space, with just enough room for him to move about to work on his custom furniture creations.
By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
With shabby-chic design back in high demand, there's no shortage of mass-produced decor disguised as antiques. But the genuine article - the old form reclaimed with a new function - is much harder to come by. With a nod to the Depression-era adage, “Waste not, want not,” these are the stories of three artistic visionaries giving new life to items once thought to be years past their prime. Old Wood, New Furniture General Manager James Battaglia is one of five men running Baltimore's Sandtown Millworks, hand-building furniture made almost entirely from the discarded innards of the city's rowhouses.
By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,Sun Staff | September 5, 2004
Maryland has a charm all its own. Its people, its politics, its culture. And, certainly, its furniture. Yes, even Maryland furniture has its own unique allure. Just visit the new exhibit Furniture in Maryland Life, opening Friday and running indefinitely at the Maryland Historical Society, and see for yourself. Delving into the craftsmanship, aesthetics and economics of Maryland's furniture industry from 1634 to 2000, the exhibit presents a comprehensive look at the furniture that was made and used during the past four centuries in Maryland.
By Scott Ponemone and For The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
When Homewood was completed around 1808, the house was one of the most stylish examples of Federal domestic architecture in America. No wonder Charles Carroll Jr., its owner, wanted the most fashionable furniture to fill it. And Baltimore was just the place for producing some of the most elegant and sophisticated furniture in the fledgling United States. The resulting union was a perfect marriage of architecture and furnishings. That marriage is regularly on view at Homewood Museum, located on the Johns Hopkins University campus.
By Los Angeles Times | August 4, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- If you ask the average Japanese whether the United States or Japan makes better cars, he may think you're joking.Japanese autos, after all, consistently beat the rest of the pack in customer satisfaction surveys. It's the same with Japanese televisions, stereos and a host of other products.But when the subject turns to furniture -- well, that's a different story.Many Japanese love the solid construction and satiny finishes of fine American wood furniture and the rich fabric and workmanship of quality American upholstered items.
By John Dorsey | October 29, 1998
David Hess, David Klein and Stephen Perrin are Baltimore-area artists who make art furniture. Sometimes, Hess and Klein collaborate. Together, these constitute three of the four artists featured in the exhibit "Furniture as Sculpture" at the Pennsylvania School of Art & Design in Lancaster. The fourth artist is Abe Geasland of Lancaster. Among other works, Klein is represented by his "Ottoman, " Perrin by his "Wall Chairs" (pictured here) and Klein and Hess by their "Heater." The Pennsylvania School offers associate degrees in fine art, interior and environmental design, graphic design and illustration.
November 2, 1990
Graveside services for Robert Mars, whose furniture business had branches in Baltimore and Ocean City, will be held at noon today at the B'nai Israel Congregation Cemetery in Oxon Hill.Mr. Mars, who was 87, died Wednesday at his home in Bethesda after a stroke.He retired in 1980 as owner of the R. Mars Co., which he founded in Washington in 1934. The company, which sold furniture at a discount to members of labor unions and other organizations and to hotels and other institutions, had branches in several East Coast cities and, at one time, in Havana.
By Karol V. Menzie and Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff | January 31, 1999
Athletic shoes have Michael Jordan, long- distance information has James Garner, milk has Cal Ripken -- there's no doubt that famous names attract attention to a product. Furniture makers have been discovering that lately, with collections already available by fashion designers such as Ralph Lauren and Bob Mackie, and artists such as Bob Timberlake. Now more famous names are joining the furniture scene. Here's what's in store.Lordly designsDavid, Viscount Linley, son of Britain's Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden, runs a design studio and workshop in London, where he creates furniture and decorative objects with contemporary flair while preserving ancient cabinet-making and wood-working techniques.
By Janene Holzberg | October 5, 2012
As a young girl visiting her grandmother's cabin on the Delaware River in the 1960s, Elizabeth Clarke-Shaw fashioned necklaces from acorns, crafted fairy gardens on old aluminum pie plates, and collected rocks in the time-honored tradition of adventurous children everywhere. “Nature really sang to me,” says the longtime Columbia resident. That persistent melody inspired Clarke-Shaw, now 57, to create one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that sprout branches in all their pristine glory as they pay homage to those halcyon days of innocence and imagination.
By Mary Corey | April 10, 1994
For a weekend pick-me-up, Robin Yasinow used to treat herself to a vest from the Bead. Now when she yearns for something new, she goes to Pier 1 imports and buys place mats."
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Nouveau Contemporary Goods is leaving Belvedere Square to return to Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood. The contemporary furniture store will get a new name too, Nouveau Home & Interior Design, to reflect an expansion into transitional as well as contemporary furnishings, co-owners Steve Appel and Lee Whitehead said. The retailer also will sell accessories and gift items. The retailer's residential and corporate design studio, Whitehead &  Appel, will be renamed Nouveau Interior Design.
By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
Terry Stafford grew up in Chatham, Va., before bringing her Southern lifestyle to Abingdon some 28 years ago. Of her dream house, she proudly remarks, "Everybody who comes into this house says it should be in Southern Living magazine. " That was her plan all along when the builder she worked for designed a three-gabled, Colonial-style home for her and husband, Jim Boyd, for which they paid just under $750,000. A licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty and the host for 20 years of the WCBM talk radio show "All About Real Estate," Stafford, 64, insisted that her home fit the couple's lifestyle.
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
David Klein, a well-known Baltimore artist who turned found materials into high-end pieces of furniture that captured the gritty eccentricity of his hometown, died of colon cancer June 6 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. He was 71. "He was always in and around Baltimore. Everybody knew him. He was like Gertrude Stein. He had his studio and exhibits, and everybody always visited," said Anita Klein, his wife of 49 years. "He was a one-of-a-kind of Baltimore. " "His pieces, without question, are museum quality," said David Hayden, a close childhood friend and one of the largest collectors, along with his wife, JoAnn, of Mr. Klein's work.
By Andrea K. Walker | June 4, 2014
Kaiser Permanente will stop buying furniture with flame retardants because of the potentially harmful chemicals they may contain - the first health system in the country to adopt such a measure. The California-based Kaiser, with 19 Medical facilities and 7 administrative buildings in Maryland, said that its new and remodeled buildings will follow the new standard when buying furniture. The decision could affect more than 38 hospitals and 600 medical offices in eight states and Washington, D.C. Kaiser spends about $30 million a year to furnish its facilities.
By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
If walls could talk, Capt. John Steele, along with two others, would have a tale to tell about the home he built circa 1788 in the Fells Point neighborhood. In Baltimore Heritage's "Baltimore Building of the Week" series, John Breihan wrote about this shipbuilder's residence, citing its design "with the dormer windows and high-relief moldings characteristic of English Georgian architecture. It was lovingly restored and adapted for modern living by the Hepner family. " In 1967, the home's tale became that of Jean Hepner's transformation of a condemned and crumbling structure to a magnificent restoration.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
Philip C. Cooper, a retired design executive who had been president of a New York fabric and furniture house, ended his life in Baltimore on April 3. He was 78 and had lived on Mount Royal Avenue. Born in Denton, he was the son of Gail F. Cooper, a furniture merchant, and Margaret C. Cooper, an artist and musician. A 1953 graduate of Caroline High School, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College. He also attended the University of Oslo in Norway for a summer. He served in the Army from 1957 to 1959.
By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF | December 24, 1995
Gina Leavey, a Lutherville interior designer, has an obsession that began small and has continued small, even though it's gradually taking over her house.She's a collector of miniature chairs, and she has a fierce love for her little beauties."I've never gone miniature-chair shopping," she says. "They just show up where I go and say, 'Take me home.' They call to me."You could label almost any collecting a mania. True collectors are, after all, driven by their desire to own whatever they collect.
November 25, 1990
Private graveside services will take place today for David I. Rosen, a Cockeysville furniture dealer, who died Thursday of cancer at his home in Pikesville. He was 72.Mr. Rosen established the Cockeysville Furniture Company in 1945 among a strip of antique stores in the 10800 block of York Road. He restored and upholstered furniture for many years before closing the retail shop in 1981.Mr. Rosen continued his craft in a smaller shop and worked part time as an appraiser for insurance companies.
By John-John Williams IV and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
Can't get enough of Frank and Claire Underwood and the other political types from "House of Cards"? Cornerstone, a Timonium consignment shop, says it is selling furniture from the Netflix series, which is filmed in Maryland. Furniture items include: a pair of lamps ($275), palace urn ($265), arm chair ($395) and tall desk ($495). The public was alerted to the offerings yesterday when the store sent out an e-mail: "House of Cards fans take note! This is your chance to own a piece of television history !"
By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
Laura Mooney has made a fresh start in her second Canton home since 2003. Her idea was to simplify her life and downsize while remaining in the East Baltimore neighborhood she has lived in for the last 11 years. Her newly renovated Canton home, which she moved into four weeks ago, is a symbol of newfound liberation, she said. "This house is light, airy and clutter-free; that's my aesthetic," Mooney said. That aesthetic has a welcoming effect. A distressed wooden sign set in a wrought-iron stand at the foot of her winding staircase says it all: "Bonjour!"
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