Museums typically showcase art in carefully curated rooms. At Mattress Factory, however, the room itself is the art. Since 1977, the museum's two buildings have housed a permanent collection of contemporary installation art—room-sized works that engulf the entire space. In Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Dots Mirrored Room, mirrored ceilings and walls infinitely reflect a trio of fluorescent dots painted on a white formica floor. In Greer Lankton's It's all about ME, Not You, astroturf lines a floor covered in artful arrangements of grotesque dolls that form shrines to artists such as Patti Smith and Candy Darling.
To further immerse guests, Mattress Factory's exhibitions are paired with educational programs that range from lectures to hands-on art projects. Along with stimulating the public, the museum stimulates the growth of artists through its residency program, which invites participants to create installations while living near the museum, a much more practical alternative to hiding a secret cot in the coatroom.
The Coury family has been adorning Pittsburgh's bedrooms since 1950, when the first Coury Furniture opened its doors. Since 1988, Mattress World has carried on the family tradition of quality with a selection of more than 20 mattress brands, including Simmons, Sealy, and Tempur-Pedic, in more than 100 styles. Factory-trained sales associates escort guests to cushions that fulfill their needs in terms of firmness, durability, size, and ability to withstand being dropped off a 10-story building. In addition to traditional innerspring and memory-foam mattresses, customers choose from a selection of waterbeds, futons, and iron and brass frames. Accessories such as bedding-protection kits help shield mattresses from bed bugs, dust mites, and allergens while preventing already-counted sheep from nibbling the sheets.
Hallmark Cleaners repairs and preserves clothes of all types and sizes, mending tiny imperfections and storing them when they’re out of season. The detailed cleaners offer same-day services and welcome linens of all shapes including featherbeds, comforters, and outdoor cushions. Hallmark's multi-surface experts can scrub down household fabrics, such as window blinds, tablecloths, and car mats, or clean leather and furs before they’re stored for summer hibernation. Open seven days a week, the textile technicians offer a drive-thru window for speedy pickup and can collaborate on alterations that add an inch to your waistline or extra-strong loops for your utility belt.
For the better part of a century, the dedicated staff of R & S Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning has freed carpets and furniture of crumbs, dust, and detritus. The family owned, fully insured company sends its cleaners from home to home, resuscitating textiles so they can continue to dream about cushioning the underside of a famous person.
Ace Paints & Furniture’s staff of color-matching experts and trained designers assist clients in their searches for home-decorating solutions. Ralph Lauren paints in suede and metallic finishes line shelves alongside high-traffic area coatings from Daich, which simulate the sturdy look of brick and stone. Outdoor furnishings such as adirondack chairs and porch swings provide a place to rest on sunny days so visitors can avoid splinters caused by tree-stump seating. Customers can opt for two-day UPS shipping to get home-improvement necessities briskly delivered to doorsteps.