What with their tendency to rapidly deteriorate, making antiques profitable isn't easy; just ask Grumpy Old Men star Jack Lem...oh, umm, well maybe ask Walter Matth...see?!? For a vintage furniture store whose stuff's holding up like Ann-Margret: Foundry.
Just opened by an interior designer/ collector who formerly worked at the renowned Freeman Development Group (ooo la la!), Foundry hawks reclaimed and repurposed homewares in a lower-level shop on U Street, and's named in honor of the owner's father's years spent at a submarine foundry -- she probably didn't see him much, as he must've been totally submerged in his work. Notable pieces include '70s movie theater seats from Chicago, a '60s dresser painted with the Union Jack, an old steel railroad cart that weighs in around 400lbs (far more reasonable than the 600lb model), and a '70s faded burgundy leather "lawyer" couch, which has certainly seen its share of assholes. Other notables include a multi-pronged meat hook from a Cincinnati butcher shop, a small US flag with 48 stars sewn by the same woman that wove the one in the Smithsonian, and even a slew of old print letters from
an actual Chicago Tribune printing press. If it ain't an email newsletters, who the hell cares!?
And because who wants to sit without a drink, they've also got barware like an early '50s silver liquor decanter trio, a '60s glass bar cart, and dual vintage shakers, also what you called Grumpy Old Men's dynamic duo.
Published: September 6, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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