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TABLE OF CONTENTS introduction__ 3 carly cannell__weetu

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chelli look__CHC

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elizabeth fiersten__manifold

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eve fineman__eve fineman design

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felicia ferrone__fferrone design

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gerry quinton__morĂşa

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jamie hayes__production mode

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kari merkl__merkled studio

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kelly marie thompson__fleur

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kristen molenhouse__glamrocks jewelry

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maria boustead__po campo

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sharon burdett__strand design

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partners__ 28 artist index__

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A SHOW & SHOP OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN DESIGNERS

INTRODUCTION The Department of Curiosities presents a shop-able installation by members of the League of Women Designers (LWD). Curated by Eve Fineman, the show draws on the golden age of department stores with sections for housewares, lighting, furniture, clothing, jewelry, handbags and lingerie. BIRD CAGE LED PENDANTS BY FFERRONE DESIGN  Powder coated steel. Hand-crafted in Chicago.

JAEHO SIDE TABLES / STOOLS BY FFERRONE DESIGN  The powder coated steel indoor / outdoor tables are remarkably versatile, either used alone or with the accessories, a detachable marble or wood top which fits onto the table, and can be used either end up.

The show’s name references Eileen Gray, a touchstone for the LWD group. Gray was a pioneer of modernist design; an architect and designer of furniture, textiles and interiors. Her influential works in the 1920s and 1930s were largely overlooked in her time and the importance of her legacy remains unrecognized to this day. One of her most innovative works, the Villa E-1027 house, for instance, was first attributed to her lover, Jean Badovice, and was later defaced by the most famous architect of her day, Le Corbusier. Gray’s point of view is particularly relevant to the show’s philosophy. She believed in the “dwelling as a living organism”, a holistic approach to design that put the experience of living at the center. “It is not a matter of simply constructing beautiful ensembles of lines, but above all, dwellings for people.” She brought a much needed sensuality and beauty to the modernist movement that feels fresh to this day. GRAY’S DEPARTMENT STORE IS OPEN DECEMBER 4TH-20TH, TUE-SAT 12-7 PM, SUN 12-5 PM.

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BLADE SHELVES ď š Blade Shelves are wall mounted shelving units conceived as two elements, with a shift caused by an aluminum blade. The shift allows for a variety of display surfaces at different heights and can be made to custom lengths and in custom colors. Blade Shelves are constructed in wood, finished with auto paint and split by an aluminum blade.

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carly cannell__

WEETU

In 2007, Carly Cannell founded weetu, a Chicago and New York based design collective specializing in architecture and branding. weetu's studio is made of proactive problemsolvers, neon-lovers, inventors, irreverent culture consumers and creators. They create multi-faceted experiences through space, products, services, and digital interactions. Their diverse team enables them to produce integrated solutions that engage and deliver results. Through a hands on approach, weetu's skilled team is able to envision and explore ideas free of construct or limitation. weetu is us too, them too, you too, we too, encompassing two main concepts: the positive energy of collaboration and the joy of design.

GOWEETU.COM

X4 COLLECTION In 2012, weetu released concepts for its X4 Collection. Inspired by Eames’ “Power of 10”, combined with the desire to bring a small scale architecture to a working environment, the first prototypes were designed by hand, as analogue paper forms with no predetermined scale. They were then translated digitally where weetu played with multiple scales, deciding on 4 to provide various functions: to be worn on the body (fingerscape), organize a desktop (deskscape), illuminate an interior environment (plantscape), and to be inhabited (tentscape).

X4 COLLECTION, X2 DESKSCAPES  Deskscapes are 3D printed nesting forms that bring a modern landscape to any work surface. They can nest together or fragmented as individual units. The groupings can be created in translucent or solid materials, as well as rubber coated.

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chelli look__

CHC

In 2011, CHC launched in a shared Chicago studio and has since shifted to a studio designed by Chelli Look as a creative and open space to house all production. CHC originally started as a search for the perfect, functional handbag. After Chelli saw her older sister sew a messenger bag, she wanted to create one as well. Completely self-taught and armed with an old Singer sewing machine, Chelli began to design handbags for friends and family, thus CHC was born. Chelli is most often inspired by organic movement—whether it is the way a leather bag naturally drapes or the way a hand gestures. CHC is proudly American made, with all leathers, tags and other materials sourced from across the USA. CHC is also a giving company; ten percent of profits are donated to WINGS, an organization providing services to end domestic violence and homelessness.

THE ULLE TOTE IN GOLD AND BLACK  Pebble Grain Soft Side cow leather back, inside black leather pocket, 28” double leather straps with 11” drop, brass rivet / burr findings

THE JANE TOTE  Soft Chrome cow leather, inside leather pocket, 28” double leather strap, brass rivet / burr findings, leather flap closure + brass button stud

THE LUNE CLUTCH IN GOLD AND BLACK  Soft Chrome cow leather back, inside cow leather pocket, coated brass grommet + brass zipper closure, removable wristlet + brass button stud

THE LUNE PORTFOLIO  Soft Chrome cow leather back, Horween cow leather front, inside black leather pocket, brass zipper closure

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THE PAGE PACK  Pebble Grain Soft Side cow leather, inside black leather pocket, coated brass grommets, leather flap closure + brass button stud, adjustable straps + brass rivet / burrs

THE CINCH BUCKETBAG  Soft Chrome cow leather bottom, coated brass grommets, black leather strap + adjustable brass buckle

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elizabeth fiersten__

MANIFOLD

Elizabeth Fiersten is co-owner / co-founder of Manifold, a design / build studio specializing in refined metal furniture and accessories. From expertly finished joints to uniquely patinated surfaces, Manifold's collection explores the space between sculptural form and functional object. The natural qualities of metal guide the design process, allowing clean lines and modern forms to gain an elegant depth of expression. The product of over a decade of collaboration between the husband and wife team of Ross and Elizabeth Fiersten, Manifold is grounded in the belief that fabricating work by hand and dedicating oneself to honing a craft has inherent value.

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FRINGE PENDANT LIGHT  Galvanized steel, sewing needles

RHIZOO  Stainless steel candelabra

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eve fineman__

EVE FINEMAN DESIGN Eve Fineman Design is a design firm focusing on interiors, custom millwork, furniture and product design. Projects range from residential and commercial renovations and additions, to built-in and freestanding furniture and textiles. EFD takes an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to design, working with artists, engineers and other designers to produce innovative pieces, with a mind toward materiality and sustainability. In addition to 20 years as a design practitioner, Eve Fineman has also been a design educator since 2002. Previously an Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago for 12 years, Eve is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College Chicago, in the Interior Architecture and Product Design Departments.

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EVE LOUNGE CHAIR  Solid walnut and Italian leather Fabricated by Lagomorph Design

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ZIG LAMP ď ť Acrylic + powder coated steel, LED light Designed in collaboration with artist Henri Preiss

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MILAN TRIVET  Inspired by the sidewalk grates in Milan, the powder coated aluminum Milan Trivet is as beautiful just on a table or surface as it is functional.

MARGOT COLLECTION  A modern take on cut glass, the Margot Collection inverts tradition with intricate detail on the interior of the glass. Made without the use of molds and created with the finest quality fluted Boroscilicate glass. Each piece is hand-crafted by master glassblowers in the Czech Republic.

TULIP COLLECTION  The Tulip Collection was inspired by the small bistro wine glasses found in European bars and cafes. Each piece is hand-crafted by master glassblowers in the Czech Republic.

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felicia ferrone__

FFERRONE DESIGN The Chicago-based namesake brand fferrone by Felicia Ferrone is known for delivering the unexpected through a seemingly simple gesture. Archetypes are reinvented and typologies are crossed and blended.

REVOLUTION COLLECTION  Hand-crafted in the Czech Republic by master glassblowers made from the finest quality Borosilicate Glass. Strikingly simple in form, the Revolution Collection is created from a pure extrusion of hand-blown glass, combining two glasses into one.

Felicia Ferrone is informed by her early experience as an architect in Milan, where she learned to “blur boundaries.” It is through this lens of blurred boundaries that she takes into consideration each and every element of a project and its environment. fferrone’s modernist roots and minimalist aesthetics incorporate a mastery of proportion and meticulously considered details, coupled with the brand’s dedication to quality made possible through close collaborations with master craftsmen in the United States and the Czech Republic.

FFERRONEDESIGN.COM

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gerry quinton__

MORÚA

Morúa by Gerry Quinton specializes in corsetry and gowns characterized by strong, graceful silhouettes, romantic inspirations and exquisite detailing. Quinton was born in Costa Rica, and has also lived in Spain and England. She returned to Chicago after many years in London where she built her reputation as a technician and bespoke designer. Morúa is named for her maternal surname, and her grandfather's long defunct store. Her work is influenced by a sense of displacement and nostalgia that comes from leading a life split amongst continents, drawing on old world craftsmanship traditions of tailoring and corsetry. Gerry's sculptural designs are hand-crafted from start to finish for each individual. Every pattern is drafted to the client's measurements, hand-cut from specialty and luxury fabrics, and stitched individually. Each garment is uniquely finished with delicate antique baubles, vintage trims or couture lace. The result is a cherished, well-fitting little piece of wearable art.

MORUADESIGNS.COM

SILK GOWN AND BOBBINET CORSET  Sheer ball gown in the palest pink silk organza, worn over cotton bobbinet corset for a dramatic yet delicate gossamer effect. Made in Chicago by Gerry Quinton and photographed in London by Sarah Anne Wright.

MORÚA OVERBUST CORSET  Classic Morúa shaping. Delicate, strong, delicious. The corset has a dramatic cinched waist and a subtle hourglass shape. It is a single layer of very soft coutil which molds to the body beautifully even as it shapes it. Made in Chicago by Gerry Quinton and photographed in London by Sarah Anne Wright.

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jamie hayes__

PRODUCTION MODE A collaborative endeavor, Production Mode draws on the strengths of the art, design, and activist community in Chicago to create singular garments and materials. Production Mode is committed to fair trade practices including transparency throughout our supply chain, paying living wages to the weavers, tanners, cutters and stitchers who produce our products, and to reducing our environmental impact, by using sustainable materials whenever possible and made-to-order manufacturing. It is our goal that these values become the norm rather than the exception in the fashion industry. The Fall / Winter 2015 line consists of structural, yet feminine pieces made of eco-friendly, vegetable tanned leather from Chicago tannery Horween, and includes an exclusive hand screened print designed by Paula J. Wilson. The Production Mode line is designed by designer / activist Jamie Hayes. She has worked in the fashion industry since 1999, and in the field of immigrant and labor rights since 2009.

PRODUCTIONMODECHICAGO.COM

VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER TOP & SKIRT ď ş Black vegetable tanned leather top and asymmetrical half-circle skirt. Photo by Damien Thompson Photography.

VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER TOP & HAND SCREEN PRINTED LEATHER SKIRT ď ť Detail of black vegetable tanned leather top with hand screen printed leather skirt. Photo by Damien Thompson Photography.

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kari merkl__

MERKLED STUDIO Located in Portland, Oregon, Merkled Studio is the company of designer / craftswomen Kari Merkl. Merkled Studio focuses on creating contemporary furniture, fixtures and small-run products for both residential and commercial spaces.

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MERKLED BRASS HOOK  These modern brass coat hooks were designed for commercial and residential spaces. The strength relies on one slight bend in the arm of the hook.

MERKLED TINY BRASS HOOK  These modern brass coat hooks were designed for commercial and residential spaces. The strength relies on one slight bend in the arm of the hook. Although not so tiny, these hooks are a smaller option of the regular Merkled Brass Hooks. Perfect for hanging smaller items like hand towels or anything at all. The low profile design also enables them to be hung behind doors.

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kelly marie thompson__

FLEUR

Kelly Marie Thompson has headed Fleur Inc since 2002. What began as a bucket flower shop has since turned into a bustling storefront boutique offering floral designs, deliveries and gifts, including as many American made lines as possible. The boutique has won a number awards including Chicago's Best from both The Reader and Newcity Magazine. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Town and Country, Vogue, The Knot, CS Brides and The Knot Chicago, Style Me Pretty, Elizabeth Anne Designs and Ruffled. Creating beautiful floral designs has been her focus the last few years, as well as offering classes, pop ups, styled shoots and participating in artistic abstract projects. Kelly Marie's style has been described as "organic, giving the illusion that floral design is effortless". Her dream is to write a book on floral design and to create her own line of floral design tools.

FLEURCHICAGO.COM

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kristen molenhouse__

GLAMROCKS JEWELRY Glamrocks Jewelry is an independent jewelry line designed and fabricated by Chicago-based metalsmith and designer, Kristen Molenhouse. Uniquely inspired by 70s rocker fashion and modern architecture, Glamrocks grew out of a desire to bridge the gap between the cheap, trendy jewelry and expensive designer pieces. Prior to starting Glamrocks, Kristen worked at a large hospitality interior design firm designing hotels. With the economy taking a dive and her job folding up, she was left with time to take metalsmithing classes; it was love at first sight. Soon after, Glamrocks was formed as an official business in January 2012.

VENUS SPIKE RING  Hand-crafted entirely of solid 14K gold and comes with a 3mm round faceted black gemstone.

Glamrocks jewelry is meant to last a lifetime, using precious metals such as gold, gold-filled, and sterling silver. With a passion for gemstones, Kristen travels to personally select each stone and create her one-of-a-kind treasures. She designs and handcrafts each piece from raw materials at her home studio in Wicker Park, Chicago.

GLAMROCKSJEWELRY.COM

DOUBLE V-ISION NECKLACE  Double sided, mirror image V pendant is hand-crafted in sterling silver. Available in oxidized sterling silver or bright sterling silver, with gemstones and in gold filled / brass. STARSHIP RING  Sparkly titanium coated druzy hand is set into a silver bezel and sits on a 14K gold filled disk. Sterling silver band.

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DOUBLE V-ISION NECKLACE  Double sided, mirror image V pendant is hand-crafted in sterling silver. Available in oxidized sterling silver or bright sterling silver, with gemstones and in gold filled / brass.

DOUBLE V-ISION EARRINGS  Double sided, mirror image V hoop earrings are hand crafted in bronze and have back to back stones set in sterling silver. Pendants hang on a 14K gold filled curb chain and the posts are gold filled.

DUAL GEMSTONE RING  Two black spinel gemstones set into sterling silver and connected by a gold filled band.

DOUBLE V-ISION RING  Double sided, mirror image V ring hand-crafted in oxidized sterling silver. Available in all moonstone, or moonstone on one side, opal or turquoise on the other.

MOHAWK RING  Black onyx bullet shaped stones set into sterling silver bezel and on a gold filled bar. Lightly hammered sterling silver band.

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maria boustead__

PO CAMPO

Maria Boustead loved using her bike to get around Chicago but wanted a better way to carry things. Backpacks made her back too sweaty and traditional bike bags were ugly and awkward to carry around. She longed for a bag she could attach to her bike for her work commutes, but then use as her normal bag while off the bike. So, Maria did what any entrepreneurial-minded industrial designer would do and created the perfect bag herself. Po Campo bags are built to fit your life: vegan, weatherproof fabrics that last, reflective details to keep you visible, and lots of pockets for organizing your devices. We’re a mission driven company, too, donating a share of sales to World Bicycle Relief to supply bikes to girls in rural Africa so that they can get to school.

SIX CORNERS HANDLEBAR BAG IN BLACK HERRINGBONE  The Six Corners handlebar bag easily converts to a crossbody bag so you have what you need on and off your bike. It fits all handlebar styles and comes with a detachable, adjustable extra long strap to wear as a crossbody bag. Our handlebar bag is made with vegan, weatherproof fabric and has reflective accents. Size: W 9” x H 4” x D 2”

POCAMPO.COM

LOGAN TRUNK BAG IN UMBER  The Logan bike trunk bag sits securely on your bike's rear rack while riding and then easily removes to become a crossbody bag to take with you throughout your day. It comes with detachable, adjustable strap to wear as a crossbody bag. Our bike trunk bag is made with vegan, weatherproof fabric and has reflective accents. Size: W 11.75” x H 8” x D 7.5”

MIDWAY WEEKENDER BAG IN UMBER AND BLACK HERRINGBONE  The Midway Weekender has a spacious interior with lots of pockets and a separate shoe compartment, making it the ideal travel bag. It doubles as a gym bag and comes with a detachable, adjustable extra long strap to wear as a crossbody bag. Our Weekender is made with vegan, weatherproof fabric and has reflective accents. Size: W 16" x H 13" x D 7.5"

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sharon burdett__

STRAND DESIGN Strand Design is a Chicago-based design studio creating beautifully crafted objects from sustainably sourced and locally manufactured materials. We are committed to quality, functionality, and making things that bring people joy. Co-owner / Principal Sharon Burdett blends her background as a skilled graphic designer and brand strategist with a strong material and formal sensibility in her work at Strand Design. Motivated by the desire to create timeless, functional objects of the highest quality, Sharon approaches the design process with an emphasis on human centered design. In addition to her work at Strand, Sharon teaches in AIADO at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

STRANDDESIGN.ORG

FOURNEAU BREAD OVEN ď ť The Fourneau Bread Oven is the ultimate tool to help you bake the most beautiful and most delicious loaf of bread at home. Patent pending.

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The Department of Curiosities is a storefront / workshop located in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, showcasing fashion and design. It is home to fashion lines Morúa and Production Mode, which are manufactured on-site, following a slow fashion model.

After receiving an MSt from Oxford and a PhD from the University of London, Sonat Birnecker Hart spent over a decade teaching and lecturing in both the United States and Germany. In 2008, she gave up tenure for a different quality of life, and she and her husband, Master Distiller Robert Birnecker, founded one of the first urban craft distilleries in the US, KOVAL Distillery, where she has spearheaded much of the product development, distribution and marketing.

DEPARTMENT OF CURIOSITIES

The Department of Curiosities hosts periodic events such as classes, presentations, and installations. In spring 2016, DOC will introduce their first collection, a line of silk lingerie inspired by the luminous women of the 1930s. The line will be available for preview and purchase at Gray’s Department Store.

DEPARTMENTOFCURIOSITIES.COM

KOVAL

Sonat is also the co-founder of Kothe Distilling Technologies, a distillery startup consulting firm, also serving as a representative for many distillery equipment companies, including Germany’s leading pot still manufacturer, Kothe Destillationstechnik. She and her husband have taught and consulted for over 2000 people (in the last few years alone), mostly through the workshops they host for distilling hopefuls at their distillery in Chicago. KOVAL’s spirits have won gold medals on both sides of the Atlantic and their products are distributed nationally, as well as in a dozen countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, and Australia.

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DANIELA MARKOVA SOUKUP Daniela Markova Soukup is a Chicago-based multi-disciplinary graphic designer and creative director with more than ten years of experience in building brands for businesses and entrepreneurs. She has an affinity for detail and typography and enjoy creating clean, minimal and elegant designs.

DANISOUKUP.COM

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ARTIST INDEX carly cannell__weetu

4-5

info@goweetu.com 877.GOWEETU

GOWEETU.COM

chelli look__CHC

6-7

SHOPCHC.COM

elizabeth fiersten__manifold

8-9

info@manifoldchicago.com 866.982.6633

MANIFOLDCHICAGO.COM

eve fineman__eve fineman design

10-11

EVEFINEMAN.COM

felicia ferrone__fferrone design

12-13

FFERRONEDESIGN.COM

gerry quinton__morĂşa

14-15

gerry@moruadesigns.com

MORUADESIGNS.COM

jamie hayes__production mode

16-17

sales@productionmodechicago.com

PRODUCTIONMODECHICAGO.COM

kari merkl__merkled studio

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info@merkled.com 503.284.0521

MERKLED.COM

kelly marie thompson__fleur

20-21

info@fleurchicago.com 773.395.2770

FLEURCHICAGO.COM

kristen molenhouse__glamrocks jewelry

22-23

GLAMROCKSJEWELRY.COM

maria boustead__po campo

24-25

info@pocampo.com 844.POCAMPO

POCAMPO.COM

sharon burdett__strand design

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312.955.0041

STRANDDESIGN.ORG

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The Department of Curiosities presents a shop-able installation by members of the League of Women Designers (LWD). Curated by Eve Fineman, the show draws on the golden age of department stores with sections for housewares, lighting, furniture, clothing, jewelry, handbags and lingerie. Gray’s Department Store is open December 4th-20th, Tue-Sat 12-7 pm, Sun 12-5 pm.


Gray's Department Store Catalog