Smilow Furniture Teams Up with Makelike and Cedar & Moss at ICFF 2015

Smilow Design is pleased to announce they will be showcasing several pieces of Smilow Furniture with two talented Portland, Oregon-based design groups at ICFF 2015, Booth # 1376.

Makelike is a multi-disciplinary design collective founded in 2000 by artist/designers Mary Kysar and Topher Sinkinson. In 2005 they were joined by artist and illustrator Rob Halverson. The shop produces their own line of hand-screenprinted wallpaper and other luxury goods for the home.

Cedar & Moss specializes in modern and mid-century lighting.

Look for us and visit at the Javits Center in Booth # 1376 New York City May 16 – 19, 2015.



















Let’s Talk Live: David Bruce Smith + John Gray Take Us to the Smithsonian

What grabs your interest in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History? Is it Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers, an actual 199-ton locomotive, Julia Child’s kitchen, or the first ladies’ gowns? John Gray presides over it all, and seeks even more ways to connect Americans with their history. On today’s episode of News Channel 8’s Let’s Talk Live, John is here today with David Bruce Smith, whose Grateful American Foundation is dedicated to restoring enthusiasm in American history for kids, and adults.

For more information visit David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation and Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Books and Art for Mother’s Day

 The very first book David Bruce Smith created was a gift for his mother, Clarice. “Afternoon Tea with Mom” is a coffee table book of her paintings.

A few years later, David and his mother collaborated on the limited edition, “Continuum.” David wrote the text to accompany Clarice’s series of Venetian paintings – a work that was commissioned by The National Museum of Women in the Arts.

A subsequent art/literature partnership was “Tennessee,” and the accompanying prints “Tennessee’s Women.” Clarice created six hand-colored drawings depicting female characters from Williams’s plays. They are available as part of the book, or sold individually.

The series includes:
“Alma” from “Summer and Smoke”
“Maggie” from “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”
“Laura” from “The Glass Menagerie”
“Blanche” from “A Streetcar Named Desire”
“Maxine” from Night of the Iguana”
“Girl” from “These Are The Stairs You Got to Watch”

Afternoon Tea with Mom, Continuum, Tennessee and the prints make extraordinary gifts for all mothers.

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Morgan Raimond’s Metal Designs at the Jungle House

Morgan Raimond has been a metal smith and sculptor in San Francisco for the past 25 years. Recently he has been focusing on landscape design and gardening.

His most recent project blends metal with nature. He designed and crafted metal foliage and hand wrought iron gates and railings for the Jungle House in San Francisco, a private residence in Noe Valley.

The owners of the house hired San Francisco artist and drummer Prairie Prince to restore and enhance the exterior murals. At the same time they hired Morgan to design metal gates, railings and metal flowers to enhance the South East Asian jungle vibe.

The month-long project resulted in a series of stunning metal gates. Morgan used mild steel to create the bamboo rods, which he galvanized and painted. The bamboo gates are embellished with larger than life insects, butterflies and caterpillars.

The Double Butterfly Gate leads up the steps to the front door of the residence and the Centipede Gate leads down to the lower level.

Morgan is an avid gardener and fisherman and his knowledge of plants and animals worked seamlessly with the metal designs. His final projects for the Jungle House will include front landscaping to conceal a gas meter, including a topiary alligator made of drought resistant succulent and plants to enhance the curb appeal of this one-of-a-kind residence.

The Jungle House metal art projects inspired his most recent sculpture commission, a Blue Bird Phoenix. He designed the sculpture and built it as a memorial to his father Vincent Martin Raimond, who passed away on August 12, 2014. The Phoenix was unveiled and dedicated in a memorial grove of trees for Vincent in April 2015 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Morgan is available for sculpture and metal art commissions plus gardening and landscaping projects. For more information about his art projects and designs visit


Mint Shop Contours of Spring May 2015 Design Show

If you are in LONDON May 6 – 10, 2015 stop by Mint to see Smilow Furniture in a gorgeous design shop setting.

The shop is hosting their May Show – Contours of Spring – on May 6 from 7 – 10pm.

Mint is located in the Brompton Design District, which includes other design shops, galleries and showrooms.

Online Treasure Hunt: Visit Mint’s website and find Smilow’s Furniture in the slide show. Let us know which products you find in the comments.

Mint Shop Contours of Spring May 2015 Design Show






































Grateful American™ Book Prize Unveils Award Art Work

Sketch of Medal by Clarice Smith

The winner of the Grateful American™ Book Prize will receive a cash award and a first-of-its-kind work of art that was unveiled today—a medal created by one of America’s foremost contemporary artists, Clarice Smith. It features a specially conceived “pen in hand” design which reflects a focus on authorship and history.

The Prize is intended to be a singular honor, according to co-founder and a judge of the Prize, author and publisher David Bruce Smith. “It is the only book award that honors children’s books of fiction and non-fiction that portray the events and the people that shaped the history of the U.S. It also confers $13,000 in commemoration of the original 13 colonies. And, it honors the creativity of the artist, whose acclaimed works have been widely exhibited in the U.S. and Europe.

Clarice Smith has been described as an artist who produces “immensely fulfilling paintings that gratify the eye and also stimulate reflection.”

The Grateful American™ Book Prize for children’s books about history “will make a significant contribution to fulfilling the need for young learners to understand their past, present and future,” according to Dr. Bruce Cole, the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. And, he said, “it will also encourage established authors and writers who are just getting started to write good, readable books about American history.”

More information about Grateful American™ Book Prize.

Grateful American™ Book Prize Unveils Award Art Work

Juneteenth Festival Celebrates G.A.R’s First Anniversary

Charles Sumner Post #25, Grand Army of the Republic will hold its first anniversary festival on June 20, 2015 from 10:00 am til dark at 206 South Queen Street, Chestertown.

In collaboration with Chestertown’s Music in the Park, this “Juneteenth” Festival will feature musical groups throughout the day culminating with the lead performance of the Vaughn Bratcher Project. The day will feature reenactors of B Company, 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (USCT), Buffalo Soldiers, games for children, tours of the newly restored Lodge, and a fish fry, along with crab cakes and soul food.

Juneteenth Festival Celebrates G.A.R’s First Anniversary