Join us for the Uncommon Market this Sunday at New Belgium Brewery — Asheville’s largest market for the old, the bold, the creative and unexpected with curators of antiques, vintage decor, art, jewelry and home furnishings. Go here for details and stop by and chat with us. We will be there! Cheers!
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Hi Folks! It is almost the end of the month which means the Flea for Y’all is this Sunday at the Salvage Station. Yeah! We look forward to getting back to the river with all our friends and their cool vintage, mid-century and industrial treasures. Have breakfast or lunch while you are there and stop by and talk to us, Kelly and Troy, about Shelburne Woods, our new mini-development, and all our other cool listings. Go here for more details. Cheers!
Hi Folks! It is almost the end of the month which means the Flea for Y’all is this Sunday at the Salvage Station. Yeah! We look forward to getting back to the river with all our friends and their cool vintage, mid-century and industrial treasures. Stop by and talk to us about Shelburne Woods, our new modern mini-development, and all our other cool listings. Go here for more details. Cheers!
There is nothing I like more than mid-century relics with a patina of rust or layers of paint. Items from the industrial 20th century seem to get my attention. Perhaps it’s a more manly or utilitarian version of modern. Delicate furnishings don’t last well in my domain. Industrial strength is a requirement. Thus, you find I store my t-shirts in old military filing cabinets and my kitchen cutting board sits atop a repurposed, 5o’s school projector cart.
It is a popular style here and there are many places one can find it in Asheville. One of those is Covet’s booth at the Screen Door. From old lockers, manufacturing cabinets, laboratory equipment and old signage they have it covered. If you would like to keep up with their inventory stop by in person or like Covet’s Facebook page here. Have a great weekend. Cheers!
Kelly and I met with local furniture maker Ben Rosenberg at the Grovewood Gallery on Wednesday afternoon. Ben studied welding and furniture making at Haywood Community College. Ben’s inspiration comes from the great designers and furniture makers from the early modern movement creating furniture with clean lines and subtle curves. Ben says, “These elements reflect my belief that thoughtful design creates uncluttered, functional, and beautiful pieces of furniture.” We agree.
Ben uses locally and sustainably harvested lumber whenever possible that is either air dried or dried in a solar kiln. Not only is this better the environment, but helps retain the woods natural color and also provides him with lumber that is superior to work with.
Ben’s goal is to provide our clientele with beautifully handcrafted, heirloom quality furniture that is built to last lifetimes. For more on Ben visit his website here or stop by the Grovewood Furniture Gallery. Cheers!
Atomic Furnishings and Design + TC’s Retro Rentals
Hipster or Not-So-Hip, Kelly and I are co-hosting our next Modern Mixer with the folks at both Atomic Furnishings and TC’s Retro Rentals. They have recently changed locations and are now cohabitating in a shiny new showroom at 1060 Patton Avenue. Todd Walsh DJharmonize should be there mixing up the sound. Beer, Wine and Light Snacks provided. When is it? Thursday evening March 5th from 5 to 7 pm. Stop in and get to know these energetic entrepreneurs. And don’t make me say it again…if you see this post consider yourself invited. Cheers!
The mid-century planets aligned this week conjuring up two new furniture stores. Last night Kelly, Chett and I were invited to the Grand Opening of the Asheville House in Black Mountain. With the growing interest in modern, retailers Charlotte and Lincoln Walters decided to launch their mid-century styled new home furnishings store in a beautifully restored carriage house in downtown. They describe the electric mix as representative of Asheville where rustic meets refined and organic meets industrial.
The three of us bumped into Robert from Splurge who provided a few of his visionary light fixtures for the retailer. None of us won the Mies van der Rohe chair they were raffling off with proceeds supporting the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Still, it was a fun night and gave us the opportunity to catch up with some clients in our sister city to the East. Make sure you go soon. Cheers! Troy
“Take uncommon materials – corrugated cardboard, styrofoam – cut into dramatic shapes, multiply and illuminate from within.”
That is how k2 studio on College St downtown describes these new lamps available for sale in their shop. They caught my eye from the street and I was drawn in to investigate. k2 is an exclusive supplier of these lamps that retail for under $250.
Sky, who works at k2, says this about the lamps, “We obviously love the fact that these lights are so unusual and eco friendly at the same time. All materials are selected w/ environmental responsibility in mind. The steel used is 85% recycled, cardboard is 100% recycled and the plywood comes from responsibly farmed new growth timbers. All the hardwoods come from drop cuts from board manufacturing that were destined for the landfill. Also, these lights are manufactured using CNC technology, so there is very little waste involved in the finished product. Plus, they are just really cool and they fit the stylish and eco-friendly vibe that abounds in Asheville.”
I say they are very cool and worth a visit!
Article by Troy Winterrowd
Four Corners Home, Inc., a locally owned home furnishings business announces its forthcoming acquisition of Mobilia, a mainstay of downtown Asheville’s retail community. Four Corners co-owner Michael Forde anticipates the purchase to be finalized in mid June. Mobilia will then close for approximately thirty days for store up-fit and remerchandising and will reopen with a series of events to showcase the store’s new look and product line.
Mobilia’s history parallels downtown Asheville’s revitalization. Architect Cynthia Turner opened the design/furnishings business in 2003 at 43 Haywood Street in the Smith Carrier Building, then recently renovated by downtown developer, Public Interest Projects, Inc.. The building, designed by Richard Sharp Smith, had served for years as the J C Penney department store. When Ms. Turner returned to her architectural practice, Public Interest Projects acquired the business. After exploratory conversations with Four Corners Home early this year piqued the interest of both parties, more serious discussions followed. Pat Whalen, President of Public Interest Projects summarizes, “Four Corners Home possesses both strong retail experience, and a complementary design aesthetic, and their acquisition of Mobilia creates natural economies of scale. It will be good for the businesses and great for everyone in Asheville who values good design.”
Four Corners Home opened at Grove Arcade in 2004 and now occupies the largest retail unit in that landmark building. In 2007 the business opened a second, larger location on Thompson Street in the Biltmore Village area and now attracts locals and out of town customers alike to both stores. Four Corners features home furnishings and accessories from over thirty countries and focuses on a style they term “organic modern”. Co-owner Bill Griffin defines the look as one incorporating clean, simple design and a variety of natural materials and textures.
For Mobilia, Four Corners plans changes which will make the store relevant to a broader range of shoppers. “The furniture will remain decidedly contemporary,” Griffin says, “but our gifts and accessories will be fresh and fun, appealing to everyone, regardless of their style preferences in furniture. Griffin adds, “Our goal is for customers to enjoy both Four Corners and Mobilia. If we see people carrying shopping bags from both stores, then we’ve succeeded.” Forde and Griffin also hope to continue Mobilia’s close ties with Asheville’s creative community. Both stores will continue to offer design services and home staging.
Michael Forde concludes, “We are committed to downtown and its retail community. With the addition of Mobilia we will certainly realize operating efficiencies for both businesses, but more importantly, we hope to contribute further to downtown Asheville’s vibrancy as a shopping destination.
Dwellings is an eclectic home furnishings store in Biltmore Station, along the river’s edge of Biltmore Village. Owner, Chris McMillan, has been growing and nurturing his business for six years, having spent 20 years employed in the furniture business. He expresses the style of his shop as “Soft Modern”.
When Dwellings first opened it featured smaller gift products. After Chris started importing display pieces from India, the shop quickly evolved into a one-of-a-kind furniture showroom displaying upholstered furniture, modern lamps, industrial finds, large-scale graphic art and the original, hand-made display pieces manufactured in India.
It is apparent upon entering Dwellings that Chris has an eye for creating rooms that are both modern and fresh, yet reflect history and warmth. The space feels more like a home than a retail shop with pieces that Chris has meticulously collected for the past several years. Whether it is a simple sectional to anchor a living space, a 100 year-old industrial cart for coffee service, art books or your Doc Martin boots, it is a experience of discovery. So, when you want to add comfort and a timeless quality to your new, modern condominium or a clean modern style to your craftsman home…his selection works.
Offerings and Services: design services, free-local delivery, friendly customer service, great shopping environment and complete mix of products including custom upholstery.
What make Dwellings unique: one-of-a-kind pieces – both new and old, custom designed and hand-made furnishings from India. (text and photos by Troy Winterrowd)