Past Imperfect: the Art of Inventive Repair
Andrew Baseman presents his world-renowned collection of inventively-repaired household items at the Rittenhouse shop of stadler-Kahn. Baseman’s collection features crystal goblets with wooden bases, toys made whole with close-pins and nails, china tea pots with homemade metal handles and spouts, and other “make do’s”.
In an age before mass production, treasured household objects were given a new life with materials at hand or provided by a passing tinker, rendering them more interesting and beautiful than any perfect antique. These objects come with stories and histories, unknown but imagined by any romantic, adding richness to their beauty, and testimony to how valued they were in their households. If you’ve ever wondered how staples got into a china plate, Baseman can explain!
Andrew Baseman founded his NY design firm, Andrew Baseman Design, Inc., in 2003, after working for more than 20 years as a designer, decorator and stylist. Diverse projects include his work in film and television on The Nanny Diaries, Eat Pray Love and Gotham. His blog Past Imperfect: the Art of Inventive Repair was featured in a cover story in The New York Times Home & Garden section, and he has lectured on his collection in the US and abroad.
stadler-Kahn sells a line of textiles and household goods by Alex Stadler, author, illustrator, artist and textile designer, as well as the work of other artists and designers, and an ever-changing assortment of vintage and antique items of particular interest. “Shop in this quirky, crazily eclectic subterranean emporium of vintage curiosities and accessories, and you’re guaranteed to run into most of Philly’s creative class,” says Philadelphia Magazine.