Furniture Show highlights local, sustainable

Furniture Show highlights local, sustainable

Each of Steve Donegan’s lamps is unique – not even those sold in pairs are exactly alike. He works with vintage finds – perhaps a glass shade or an antique metal base – and sometimes with new pieces he makes in his studio, like a copper torch. A sculptor by trade, Donegan came to design lighting only a few years ago and discovered something addictive about creating functional objects that also make a statement and impact the environment. “The right light can create a mood. That’s what theater is all about. . . . In a museum, the light can make the work come to life,” said the artist, who lives and shows his work in West Mount Airy. Donegan is one of 50 artisans who will show this weekend at the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show at the 23d Street Armory in Rittenhouse Square. Perhaps it would be better to add “and furnishings” to the show’s title, as wall art, rugs, and other decor will be displayed at the three-day event, which opens Friday night with a ticketed preview party. (At “Whiskey+Wood+Wrens: A Celebration of Nature Inspiring the Finer Things in Life,” Peter Handler, a local furniture craftsman who often works in aluminum and wood, will get the annual John James Audubon Center Award for Art Inspiring Conservation.) It’s the show’s 21st year, but the first under the management of Green Tree Events of Maine, known for celebrating local, sustainable products. “We have a sweet spot for American-made, high-quality work,” said Stefa Normantas, a managing partner in the family-owned business. “This group is really working on the world-class level,...