Philadelphia Furniture & Furnishings Show
is nationally acclaimed as the finest exhibition of studio-made
products for the home and office. Now in its ninth year, the show
has grown by leaps and bounds. While most of the 250 juried professionals
from across the United States are furniture makers, over 40 percent
are showing home furnishings such as handmade paper lighting,
modernist patterned rugs, sleek silverware, glass and ceramic
vases and intricately inlaid boxes. Limited production and one-of-a-kind
work for the bedroom, garden, home office, boardroom and kitchen
runs the gamut from innovative contemporary designs to adaptations
of classical styling to interpretations of the American rural
is proud to once again participate in and
support the PFFS. The show’s producers, furniture makers themselves,
have worked tirelessly to mount an exhibition of both high quality and
variety. For 2005, we bring you the work of four talented makers (Richard
Martin & Ed
we are certain you will be as captivated by their works and talent as
we are. Enjoy the show, and remember Booth #216.
BOOTH PHONE - 312.371.1279
A self-taught sculptor and furniture designer from Detroit,
his works have been exhibited in major cities around the world, including
New York, Chicago, Paris, and Tokyo . Private furniture, architectural,
or sculptural commissions are truly this man’s forte!
MARK LEVIN (NM)
I attempt to infuse my work with a “Beethoven dynamic” which
is the ability to weave melodic filigree out of molten steel and tempering
it with power and passion.
origin for my furniture and sculpture is the delineation of the silhouette.
I visualize the piece in a black, monolithic material rather than wood.
If the form has visual impact in this black dress it will be that much
more potent when endowed in wood or cast bronze.
I use furniture as a medium for my expression because I
like the scale. It is personal and easy to relate to. Although function
often only plays a secondary role in my creations, it is important for
me to join my ideas and inspirations with an everyday usable object.
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Contemporary translation of ancient
Venetian techniques and styles to make engaging, colorful, jaw-dropping
light fixtures - pendants and chandeliers - and sculptural "clusters".
Working with a palette of over 16 colors, Pennebaker creates his fixtures
from as few as 40 to as many as several hundred individual elements. The
resulting lighted sculptures can be vibrant and bold, like a circus, or
understated and classic, suggesting a dark-paneled library. Either way,
the spikes, curlies, and melons are sure to add a touch of drama to any
Of course, the most important aspects of glass making are light, color
and form. Ed creates his work to take advantage of luminosity: light coming
through the glass reveals texture and pattern and casts colors and shadows
so the glass work interacts with its environment and becomes a pure visual
feast. The jewel-like colors of glass, the individual forms of the pieces,
and the light from within work as a group and function as a chorus of
Ed's inspiration comes primarily from nature: the many vines, fruits,
and plants in the wild... grape vines and honeysuckle, sprouting buds,
leaves, fruit, and seed pods present a variety of expressive shapes and
The fluidity of glass is expressed in the curvilinear forms; its voluptuousness
is expressed in the globular, melon shapes - ready to burst with ripeness.
Arkansas' winter also provides inspiration: under masses of icicles that
have melted and refrozen, Ed surveys mounds of ice globules with wonderful
textures, patterns, and optical qualities; frozen luminous transparent
forms with colorful moss, rocks, and leaves visible underneath which are
then referenced in his chandeliers and clusters.