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Booths featuring hand-made furniture and other items took up the main floor of the 23rd St. Armory in Philadelphia.

Booths featuring hand-made furniture and other items took up the main floor of the 23rd St. Armory in Philadelphia.

The 24th annual Philadelphia Furniture Show returned to the 23rd St. Armory for a weekend show, Apr. 14-15, that featured custom pieces by about 50 woodworkers from across the country.

The juried show included craftspeople who work in wood, metal, ceramics, lighting and fabric. More than one third were new exhibitors, according to Stepha Normantis, managing partner of Green Tree Events, owner of the show.

Patrons visit the booth of Evan Berding Custom Furniture in Wood of Durham, N.C.

Patrons visit the booth of Evan Berding Custom Furniture in Wood of Durham, N.C.

“Traffic was up compared to last year’s attendance count. I think it was the quality of the exhibitors. I heard from a number of people this was the best show they’ve seen in years, that the diversity of the exhibitors as far as their styles was just a huge breadth, so there was something there for everyone,” says Normantis.

This year, show management partnered with the city’s Center for Emerging Visual Arts (CFEVA). The collaboration was designed to highlight the work of undiscovered visual artists from around the region.

“The CFEVA co-hosted the show. They brought a selection of curated installations meant to provide additional visual interest and paired exciting art with exciting furniture,” says Normantis.

Other partners included The Furniture Society, Center for Art in Wood, Wayne Art Center and Wharton Esherick Museum.

For more, visit www.philadelphiafurnitureshow.com

This article originally appeared in the June 2018 issue.

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