Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A question of quality

There are some things that I'm trying to understand. Okay, there are many things that I'm trying to understand, but I'm going to try to narrow it down to one thing and probably some side trails for this post. On the one hand, I have heard many people deride poorly built furniture that you often times have to assemble yourself and never lasts more than a couple of years or one apartment move. On the other hand, I recently read that IKEA is the biggest furniture retailer in the world.

Screw driver, nuts, bolts and parts to assemble furniture
Photo by John Lawton

So the question is, why do these two things exist? I have some hypotheses about this and I will go into them in future posts. But first, I want to hear your point of view.

So do you lament not being able to find great quality furniture? Or do you agree with a statement that a former boss of mine once made, "I like to buy new furniture every five years or so."? Where do you fall on this spectrum and why did you make the purchases that you did?

Sofa/Hall Table made by Wayne Marcoux. Photo by Nick Roulleau. Photo taken at the NH Furniture Masters Exhibit 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Art in the Park Loveland 2012

August 11 & 12th is Art in the Park at the North Lake Park in Loveland, CO.
Loveland Colorado - Art in the Park
We will be in spot D4 if you are looking at a map, kind of in the northwest section near Taft Avenue.
Art, Crafts and         Food at Loveland's Art In the Park Festival
This is the 48th year for this show and will have 200 artists this year. It is also being held in conjunction with two sculpture shows. To aid parking, there will be several shuttles operating both days. Please see their website for more details. Hope to see you there!