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Contemporary seating exhibit set for Philadelphia

The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia is partnering with The Furniture Society to organize an exhibition that showcases contemporary seating. The jurors will consider chairs, stools and benches of all kinds such as functional, sculptural and conceptual pieces. Work submitted for consideration should be produced since 2000 and have a basis in wood either in actual practice or theory. All media will be considered.

Furniture by Maine’s Geffory Warner (above) and David Talley (next page) will be featured at the Paradise City show, May 23-25 in Northampton, Mass.

“Artists are encouraged to imagine, dream and experiment,” the call for entries reads. “Collaborations are welcome, as are videos, installations and performances. The concept of seating should be pondered and dissected with an eye toward the needs and the nature of the 21st century.”

The exhibition is scheduled for May 1 to July 23, 2016, at the Center for Art in Wood, concurrent with the Furniture Society’s annual conference in Philadelphia. Selected works will be included in an accompanying full-color publication and must be available for the length of the show. All makers will be notified in advance if a national tour can be organized.

Seen in New York City

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Brian Boggs, owner of Brian Boggs Chairmakers in Asheville, N.C., exhibited at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, held March 19-22 at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City.

The annual show features fine home furniture brands, designers and dealers who present their latest innovations. There were thousands of offerings from more than 400 exhibiting companies.

Boggs’ booth featured his new Sunniva outdoor collection.


Center for Art in Wood, 141 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 215-923-8300.

This article originally appeared in the May 2015 issue.

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