On Trend and Things That We Love

Home editor Jessica Sinichak finds the local gems you’ll be obsessing over.

Photo BY Schoolhouse Electric


Schoolhouse Pittsburgh, an outpost of Schoolhouse Electric — the hip Portland, Ore.-based lighting, furnishings and housewares store — made a splash when it opened last fall in the spectacularly renovated former City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police building (known locally as The Detective Building) in East Liberty. Inspired by the building’s New Formalist-style architecture, Schoolhouse has introduced a local version of its classic Ion lamp. Part of a limited release, the lamp has a Pittsburgh nameplate on its cast-iron base, which is finished in a high-gloss, butterscotch coat.  
Schoolhouse, 5811 Broad St., East Liberty; 412/725-0050, schoolhouse.com


If you (like me) are always misplacing your keys, then let me introduce you to a stylish solution. These adorable felt bowls from Braddock-based Camp Copeland Studios — run by husband-and-wife team Drew and Alyssa Kail — are the perfect place to toss your keys, change, jewelry and other assorted accouterments.

Each bowl is collapsible and made from high-quality wool remnants. The charming rivets are nickel coated, durable brass buttons. Available in pink, navy, lime, charcoal, turquoise and grey, the bowls also add a fun pop of color to your decor. 

Small bowls, $32. Nesting sets of three bowls, $98.  


Featuring green materials and modern, geometric shapes, Homewood-based Temper and Grit’s hand-forged Angst & Tantrum furniture collection — consisting of a steel and plywood high-top table, end table and planter — took Best in Show at Monmade’s annual design exhibition in February. Nicholas Volpe, who founded Temper and Grit four years ago, says the pieces have improbable angles — and clean materials. The pieces received a Declare Label, which (though the International Living Future Institute) promotes transparency in manufacturing products. To have a Declare Label, pieces must have no hidden components that could potentially cause health problems or ecological dilemmas in processing or acquisition. Temper and Grit products are available directly through them and at the PG&H store Downtown. 

Planter, $850. End table, $900. High-top table, $1,200.

Photo COURTESY Thayer Coggin

If you want a chair with some designer street cred, consider the Roxy. Available at PerLora’s South Side location, the chair — both a swivel and a rocker — was designed by influential American furniture designer Milo Baughman, a Furniture Hall of Famer whose modern designs have been featured in the Whitney Museum of Art. The sleek, timeless chair is produced by Baughman’s original manufacturer, Thayer Coggin in North Carolina. The custom-made piece is available in hundreds of fabrics and metals, and even can be made with a metal exterior. 

As shown, price ranges from $2,319 to $4,749.
PerLora, 2220 E. Carson St., South Side, 412/431-2220, perlora.com


Now this is a web you want to get caught up in! The intricate DELHI Table, available at Weisshouse, is made from hand-bent recycled metals that are woven into eye-catching geometric patterns. While the table is great for the indoors (I can just picture it in one of HGTV star Leanne Ford’s rooms on “Restored by the Fords”), it would look equally good outside as part of a casual dining space. The table, which has a powder-coated finish, comes in a variety of colors, but I’m partial to the white — always a classic — or the fun peacock blue.

$420. In gold or a custom color, $540.
Weisshouse, 324 South Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412/441-8888, weisshouse.com

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