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5 local designers not to miss at the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show

The show is back for its 21st year, at the 23rd Street Armory.

The 21st annual Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show takes over the 23rd Street Armory April 10, 11 and 12, with handmade creations from furniture makers, woodworkers, weavers, potters and more.

On Saturday, experts from the American Society of Interior Designers and the International Furnishings and Design Association will be on hand to give advice on picking out furniture for your home or office.

Here are five local designers you should be sure to check out at the show:

Peter Handler

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Philadelphia

www.handlerstudio.com

Peter Handler has an unusual process: He takes nature photos, prints them onto wood and aluminum, and then builds unique furniture from there.

Steve Donegan

Philadelphia

www.lamp-artisan.com

Steve Donegan makes one-of-a-kind lighting pieces, often with vintage parts.

Ken Marini

Philadephia

www.kenmarini.com

The Ebanista table, shown, is an example of designer Ken Marini’s creative woodworking style.

Charles Todd

Philadelphia

www.toddfurniture.com

Charles Todd’s Mt. Airy Custom Furniture uses traditional methods of woodworking, likehand-planing and mortise and tenon joints to seamlessly connect pieces of wood.

Jesse Harrington

Chester County

www.harringtondesignstudio.com

Jesse Harrington and his dad, Bob, create pieces both together and individually at their Harrison Design Studio. Jesse usd elm to make this tripod coffee table.

Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show

April 11 and 12 (Preview party is April 10, 6 to 9 p.m., $40)

23rd Street Armory

22 S. 23rd St.

$12 in advance, $15 at the door

215-387-8590

www.philaifs.com

 
 
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