When I moved to New York City in 1976, at the age of 23, I had no furniture, so my first few days in the city were devoted to mattress shopping. I made a pittance of a salary, but I had grown up in a family that highly prized excellent mattresses and springs. My first and--for many, many months--only household purchase was a Schifman mattress and spring, which I chose after much comparison lying down on beds, starting with mattress shops. Then, as now, Shifman was sold at Bloomingdale's, and that's where my hunt came to an end. The mattress and spring were delivered only as far as the entrance to my apartment, and in the course of hauling them into my bedroom by myself, I injured my lower back. The pain got worse over the course of a year until I was driven to see an orthopedist. He prescribed as a first step a solid three days of bed rest, in the very instrument of my injury. Voila--sleeping, reading, resting atop my Shifman restored me! Although I had to give away my mattress and spring when I moved in with my husband seven years later (turns out, we should've given his bed away), I've always had the fondest feelings for the company. So I'm delighted to read about their renaissance.
A Visit to Shifman Mattress Company
Newark, New Jersey
|2/4/13 2:04 PM|
I'm a fan of many of Martha's designs, but they're all made in developing countries, and I don't buy stuff--especially furniture--made across the planet.
New Fine Furniture from Martha Stewart High Point Spring Market 2012
|4/24/12 8:41 AM|
Wish I'd seen this before buying my canopy bed! Great round-up of ideas I've seen floating around in the past, but presented with sources and lucidity here!
10 Ways To Get the Canopy Look Without Buying a New Bed
|3/29/12 12:33 PM|
Thank you for this tour. I share SnowdogMaine's grief about the loss of manufacturing in this country. I absolutely refuse to buy any new furniture unless it is made in the U.S.; my father sold furniture, and I feel a real connection to the industry. The U.S. has a long tradition of excellent furniture making and I will do everything I can to keep that alive. (I try my best to buy only U.S.-made products in general.)
A Visit to Hickory Chair Hickory, North Carolina
|10/17/11 4:53 PM|