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Philadelphia Furniture Show and Center for Emerging Visual Artists to collaborate in Armory Exhibition

Philadelphia, PA (November 2017) – Two organizations committed to supporting artists are joining forces in April for one design-filled weekend. The Philadelphia Furniture Show Featuring the Center for Emerging Visual Artists comes to the 23rd Street Armory to showcase original art and artisanal furniture on Saturday, April 14th and Sunday, April 15th, with a Preview Party on Friday, April 13th from 6 to 9pm.


October 19, 2015

Both groups seek to build awareness and opportunities for fine furniture makers.


Philadelphia (October 2015) – With shared goals of promoting fine furniture makers, the Philadelphia Furniture Show today announced a collaboration with The Furniture Society. The Philadelphia Furniture Show showcases exceptional artisan quality furniture and is the longest running exhibition of its kind. The Furniture Society is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to advance the art of furniture making by inspiring creativity, promoting excellence and fostering an understanding of this art and its place in society.



October 19, 2015

The Furniture Society will host the competition for next generation furniture artisans.


Philadelphia (October 2015) – The Philadelphia Furniture Show announced today that The Furniture Society will host their Emerging Artist competition. This competition builds recognition and support for next generation furniture artisans. The Philadelphia Furniture Show showcases exceptional artisan quality furniture and is the longest running exhibition of its kind.


April 2015


February 2015

Artisan exhibition celebrates 21 years showcasing exceptional furniture and furnishings


Philadelphia (February 2015) – The annual Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show returns to the 23rd Street Armory this April with an array of artisans, enhanced programming and a preview gala that supports Audubon Pennsylvania. Celebrating 21 years of exhibitions, the Furniture Show is now under the management of Green Tree Events.


“Our specialty is events that feature high quality, American-made furniture and furnishings,” said Stefa Normantas, Green Tree managing partner, “so we are delighted to build on founder Josh Markel’s two decades showing the work of extraordinary artisans and master craftspeople.”

The Furniture Show will feature modern and traditional handmade furniture and furnishings, including the designs of woodworkers, photographers, weavers, potters and others. A special booth will feature the winner of the Furniture Show’s “Emerging Artist Contest.” This year, students from the Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology and others have submitted images of their hand made furniture in the hope of receiving a free booth at the Show. Judges are currently evaluating the submissions.


“We’re bringing together the finest furniture makers,” said Normantas. “Showing at the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show is a great opportunity for instant feedback about your work from the buying public, to network with established artisans, get commissions for future work, and sell your pieces.”


The Furniture Show is expected to draw 2,000 visitors to the Armory over the three days. On Saturday, professionals from local chapters of the American Society of Interior Designers, and the International Furnishings and Design Association will be available to provide tips and advice on how to select the right furniture for home or office.


The Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Pennsylvania is the beneficiary of this year’s Preview Gala, “Whiskey + Wood + Wrens: A Celebration of Nature Inspiring the Finer Things in Life.” In addition to getting a first look at the Furniture Show, Preview guests will enjoy refreshments that include a selection of the finest white oak-barreled whiskeys. A special cause for celebration will be the announcement of the winner of the John James Audubon Center Award for Art Inspiring Conservation. The award honors an individual who uses art to communicate the value of nature, interpret conservation challenges, and inspire humanity to protect wildlife. A special exhibition of art work by John James Audubon, curated by Lori Cohen, director of Arader Galleries, will be on view throughout the Furniture Show.


As in previous years, the Preview Gala will begin with the ceremonial splitting of a log using a two-person gang saw.


Where: 23rd Street Armory, between Market and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia

When: Friday, April 10, Preview Party, 6-9pm, $40

Saturday, April 11, 10am – 6pm, $12 in advance, $15 day of the show

Sunday, April 12, 10am – 5pm, $12 in advance, $15 day of the show

Info: Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 215.387.8590.


Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show

In concert with the City’s centuries-old tradition of fine woodworking, the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show ( has exhibited exceptional, artisan-quality furniture and furnishings annually since 1995. Exhibitors are invited to participate based on the quality of their work. The Furniture Show is produced by Green Tree Events, the producers of New England Made Giftware and Specialty Food Shows (


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July 2014


Philadelphia, PA – Green Tree Events announced today the asset purchase of the annual Philadelphia

Invitational Furniture Show (PIFS), a showcase of exceptional quality artisanal furniture and home

furnishings held at the 23rd Street Armory. Green Tree Events is a quality event producer and with its

sister company, Giraffe Events, produces the New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food shows.

“As seasoned show producers with a specialty focus in quality, American made products, we’ve

admired the extraordinary artistry at PIFS,” said Vitas Normantas, Green Tree managing partner. “Josh

Markel and his team have worked for years to handpick the finest handmade furniture and furnishings in

the country.”


Josh Markel, founder and director of PIFS said, “Having shown the work of some of the finest furniture

and furnishings artisans for 20 years, I was eager to find the right organization to manage the PIFS into

the future, maintaining the same high level of work and service to both the exhibitor and consumer

coming to the show. I am convinced that Green Tree Events can not only do this but bring a greater depth

of organizational capacity in marketing and service than has been possible with our small team.”


“We grew up around wood manufacturing and now, as event managers, could not be more eager to

expand the audience for PIFS and continue to build on its strong tradition,” said Stefa Normantas, Green

Tree managing partner. “Our company is known for its commitment to products made in the USA and

strong collaborative work with our exhibitors and clients. PIFS is a perfect complement to our New

England Made shows.”

The show is open to the public.

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