Smilow® Furniture American Made Since 1949

Listening to NPR’s special series “American Made: The New Manufacturing Landscape” reminded us how integral the label “Made In America” has been throughout the production history of Smilow® Furniture.

Smilow® Furniture, a reintroduction of mid century furniture originally designed by Mel Smilow, has been made in America since 1949. In 2012 while planning the reintroduction of the furniture, the first priority was finding a suitable factory to produce the designs. We knew we needed to find a factory and craftsman that had the skill to craft the designs beautifully and we also knew we needed it to be close enough to New York City where we are based to be able to oversee the production. We began looking in the furniture rich Lancaster County area just under 3 hours away and coincidently the very same area that the furniture originally was produced. (* This area surrounding the furniture powerhouse Knolll lost a lot of ground in the 80’s but more recently has had a resurgence) though we were lucky to find a small family-owned American factory in Pennsylvania that fit the bill perfectly.

We are proud to continue in the tradition and long history of fine furniture making in America. All our furniture is made from solid American hardwoods and each piece is precision cut and shaped, and carefully fit together by skilled craftsmen. The furniture is then sanded by hand and finished to perfection. This is a process that demands careful attention and  excellent skills.

Making furniture in this time tested way with the same attention to quality and detail is why more than 50 years since the origins of Smilow® Furniture we continue to hear from satisfied and happy customers and can confidently call our authentic designs –  Enduring, Modern, Classics – Smilow®, furniture made to last a lifetime.

Photo by Nicole Horton

Jewish Lit Live 2016 Announced!

The George Washington University and its Department of English presents the author line up for Jewish Lit Live 2016.

January 21: TV star, actor and humorist Annabelle Gurwich
Author of I See You  Made an Effort
Marvin Center 301

February 4th, 2016 Journalist Peter Slevin
Author of Michelle Obama’s Life
Marvin Center 301

Feb 18, Aryeh Lev Stollman.
Author of The Far Euphrates
Marvin Center 301

March 3, Judith Viorst
Author of Necessary Losses
Marvin Center 307

March 24, Mary Morris
Author of The Jazz Palace
Marvin Center 301

April 7, Molly Antapol
Author of the award winning The UnAmericans
Room TBD

April 19, Phyllis Rose
Author of The Shelf and Parallel Lives, among many other works.
Marvin Center, 308
(Note, this is a Tuesday night. All others are on Thursday.)

April 28, Roz Chast, New Yorker cartoonist
Author of the graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Room TBD

Jewish Lit Live hosts rising and renowned Jewish American writers to speak with the GW and literary community. Guest Speakers include emerging leaders, National Humanities Award Recipients, international bestsellers, and UN-Award Winning Writers, e.g. Michael Chabon, E.L. Doctorow, Nicole Krauss, Daniel Handler and Erica Jong.

All evening events are still free and open to the public in the GW Marvin Center. They begin at 7:00 and end at 8:30PM.

Jewish Literature Live was established by David Bruce Smith, BA ’79, a member of GW’s Board of Trustees and an alumnus of the English Department.

Jewish Lit Live 2014 Author Joy Ladin On Transgender Identity

Joy Ladin’s return to Yeshiva University as a woman after receiving tenure as a man made her the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution and made page-3 news in the New York Post. Her memoir of gender transition, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a finalist for a 2012 National Jewish Book Award, and winner of a Forward Fives award. She has given over 120 talks about transgender identity, and holds the Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University. She participated in Jewish Lit Live 2014.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. For more.

Smilow Lounge Chair as seen in Peter Som’s apt – featured in Lonny

Look what we found while reading an article on lonny.com.  Who knew that the talented fashion designer Peter Som grew up the son of two architects in a midcentury decorated house in San Francisco?  In his words, “I grew up in a house full of Bauhaus and midcentury furniture, so having modern classics reminds me of my childhood.”  In addition Som is an appreciator for a practical sort of minimalism. “I want comfort and function to be first—but never sacrificing style.”

We are thrilled and honored to see that Som chose to feature, front and center, in the designer’s New York City Apartment, a  Smilow Furniture enduring, modern, classic  — Our Rail Back Lounge Chair WAC33  — looking stylish swathed in a cult favorite, Scalamandré fabric.

(read an excerpt from the article below the jump)


Smilow Lounge Chair as seen in Peter Som’s apt – featured in Lonny

For Som, who despite constant travel has been a resident of the building for nearly 20 years, his home exemplifies an appreciation for a practical sort of minimalism. When the studio above his apartment became available, he bought it and enlisted New York City architects Jeffrey Cayle and Ian Colburn to create a plan that joined both, opening the space and improving the flow while maintaining the structure’s pre-war proportions. “I was inspired by clean lines, but with warmth,” says Som. “My interiors and fashion style are similar in that I try to achieve a balance of ease and elegance.”

“I want comfort and function to be first—but never sacrificing style.”

“At the end of the day it feels like a home—comfortable and filled with things that I love and have collected over the years,” says Som.

Read the full article in Lonny.

Smilow Lounge Chair as seen in Peter Som’s apt – featured in Lonny

Look what we found while reading an article on lonny.com.  Who knew that the talented fashion designer Peter Som grew up the son of two architects in a midcentury decorated house in San Francisco?  In his words, “I grew up in a house full of Bauhaus and midcentury furniture, so having modern classics reminds me of my childhood.”  In addition Som is an appreciator for a practical sort of minimalism. “I want comfort and function to be first—but never sacrificing style.”

We are thrilled and honored to see that Som chose to feature, front and center, in the designer’s New York City Apartment, a  Smilow Furniture enduring, modern, classic  — Our Rail Back Lounge Chair WAC33  — looking stylish swathed in a cult favorite, Scalamandré fabric.

(read an excerpt from the article below the jump)


Smilow Lounge Chair as seen in Peter Som’s apt – featured in Lonny

For Som, who despite constant travel has been a resident of the building for nearly 20 years, his home exemplifies an appreciation for a practical sort of minimalism. When the studio above his apartment became available, he bought it and enlisted New York City architects Jeffrey Cayle and Ian Colburn to create a plan that joined both, opening the space and improving the flow while maintaining the structure’s pre-war proportions. “I was inspired by clean lines, but with warmth,” says Som. “My interiors and fashion style are similar in that I try to achieve a balance of ease and elegance.”

“I want comfort and function to be first—but never sacrificing style.”

“At the end of the day it feels like a home—comfortable and filled with things that I love and have collected over the years,” says Som.

Read the full article in Lonny.

Smilow Lounge Chair Featured in Lonny

Smilow Lounge Chair Featured in Lonny

A Mad Men-worthy Mel Smilow lounge chair swathed in cult-favorite Scalamandré fabric is front & center in fashion designer Peter Som’s New York City Apartment.

Smilow Lounge Chair Featured in Lonny

Smilow Lounge Chair Featured in Lonny

For Som, who despite constant travel has been a resident of the building for nearly 20 years, his home exemplifies an appreciation for a practical sort of minimalism. When the studio above his apartment became available, he bought it and enlisted New York City architects Jeffrey Cayle and Ian Colburn to create a plan that joined both, opening the space and improving the flow while maintaining the structure’s pre-war proportions. “I was inspired by clean lines, but with warmth,” says Som. “My interiors and fashion style are similar in that I try to achieve a balance of ease and elegance.”

It’s a sensibility no doubt honed over a stylish upbringing. The son of San Francisco-based architects, Som pairs iconic silhouettes and a penchant for understated sophistication throughout his home. “I grew up in a house full of Bauhaus and midcentury furniture, so having modern classics reminds me of my childhood.”

“I want comfort and function to be first—but never sacrificing style.”
 “At the end of the day it feels like a home—comfortable and filled with things that I love and have collected over the years,” says Som.

 

 

Vincent Hynson 2016 Award Students

To honor the memory of Vincent Hynson, a community activist, teacher and pastor who died in 2004, awards are presented in his name to Kent County Middle School students who demonstrate and practice the values that Vincent Hynson practiced – community involvement and good citizenship.

The students selected for 2015-2016 are JayShaun Freeman, 8th grade, Damion Aycola, 7th grade and Jayden Reid, 6th grade. A team of teachers and administrators from Kent County Middle School made the choices. Each student is admired by the faculty and fellow students for his leadership, scholarship and involvement. JayShaun is captain of the basketball team, and cited for being always respectful and willing to help others. Jayden is also enthused about basketball, as well as math, science and reading. Damion joins many of his class mates in his love of basketball, but his goal is to be involved in theater arts and to become a screen actor.

Leslie Raimond, Director of Kent County Arts Council will present each recipient with a check and certificate at the Breakfast Celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to be held on Monday, January 18, 2016 at the Rock Hall Fire Company from 7:00 to 9:30 am.