Athletic shoes have Michael Jordan, long- distance information has James Garner, milk has Cal Ripken -- there's no doubt that famous names attract attention to a product. Furniture makers have been discovering that lately, with collections already available by fashion designers such as Ralph Lauren and Bob Mackie, and artists such as Bob Timberlake. Now more famous names are joining the furniture scene. Here's what's in store.
David, Viscount Linley, son of Britain's Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden, runs a design studio and workshop in London, where he creates furniture and decorative objects with contemporary flair while preserving ancient cabinet-making and wood-working techniques. Now buyers in the mid-Atlantic region will have access to Linley's work in the gift galleries at Neiman Marcus in the Mazza Gallerie in Washington. The shop features decorative items such as candlesticks, bookends and picture frames. Most items cost from under $100 to several hundred dollars. The least expensive item is a doorstop for $15, and the most expensive is an inlaid jewel box designed after a rotunda in Rome for $18,500. The gift galleries are on the third floor of the store, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., in the Chevy Chase shopping district. For more information, call 202-966-9700, Ext. 2413. -- K. M.
Thomasville and Hemingway
"Passionate, enduring, international, with a sense of romance although very masculine" are the words Thomasville Furniture is using to describe its new Ernest Hemingway Collection, created with the aid of the writer's oldest son, Jack. The line features boldly styled sofas, chairs and occasional pieces. Leather, wrought iron and rattan are prominent among materials, and some pieces feature animal prints. The products will be available at the end of March at Thomasville Home Furnishing Stores and in Thomasville galleries in other stores. For the store nearest you, call 800-225-0265. (Or check out the Web site at www.thomasville.com.) There is also a line of Hemingway-inspired rugs and accessories from such manufacturers as Couristan, Ridgeway Clocks and Mastercraft fabrics, marketed separately. -- K. M.
Kinkade for La-Z-Boy
Artist Thomas Kinkade (left), who specializes in dramatically and mysteriously light- suffused paintings, has a new collection of furniture from La-Z-Boy. The upholstered sofas, chairs and recliners feature sophisticated touches such as spindle legs, shaped footrests and dressmaker details. All the pieces in the collection feature a trademark seal -- with the image of a lighted gas lamp -- and Kinkade's signature hidden "N" on each piece. (The N, worked into the design, is the artist's tribute to his wife, Nanette.) The pieces will be available at the end of March at La-Z-Boy Galleries. For the gallery nearest you, call 800-625-3246. -- K. M.
* The Irvine Natural Science Center in Stevenson will feature a "Nature in Winter" walk with naturalist Keith Harrison from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Fee is $5 for adults ($3 for members) and $4 for children ages 3 to 12 ($2 for members). Registration is required by Thursday. The center is at 8400 Greenspring Ave., on the campus of St. Timothy's School. For more information or to register, call 410-484-2413. --K.M.
Pub Date: 01/31/99