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and decorators thinking outside the box to stay relevant in a recession (which I hear is starting to recede; here’s to a swift recovery!), to a fantastic piece on three jawdropping bachelor pads (bravo, gentlemen), there are sure to be a few things to talk about around the ﬁreplace this winter. For one, I am continually impressed with Chicago’s ever-evolving design scene. Tese past few years, there is always something new and innovative generating a fresh round of buzz. Even more impressive are the designers, decorators, architects, shop owners, gallerists and artists, who have been doing this for years. Yet, they ﬁnd new ways to stay excited and dedicated to this industry—even in the face of struggle. My hat is oﬀ to all of you. Here’s to all the people, places and spaces that make Chicago so great; a new year of promise and innovation; and most importantly, a happy and prosperous 2010! firstname.lastname@example.org.
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January is my favorite month of the year. With all the gift-giving and overeating behind us, it’s time to get back to business. Tis year, I’m ready to hit the ground running: More international travel tops my list of resolutions. Make no mistake: Tere is still plenty of time for a bit of R & R in front of the ﬁreplace, but with everything slated for the upcoming year—like the Merchandise Mart’s International Antiques Fair and the return of KBIZ, for starters— it’s hard not to start programming the BlackBerry with celebrations; furniture and design shows; art openings at hotspots like Josef Glimer Gallery; and amazing, designrelated charity events, like the DIFFA’s Dining by Design Gala (see photographs from the most recent gala in these pages). In this issue of CS Interiors, our lineup of local designers—and their dynamic output—should get your inspiration levels up and running, too. From the survivors story about shop owners, interior designers
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I love the stark-white look of hyperminimalism. I admire it in magazines and ohh and ahh over it at friends’ houses. But the buck stops at my own house. I’m a fervent mixer-upper. Vintage modern, über-modern, local designs, thrift store ﬁnds and a little bit of granny for good measure—all trumped by one rule of high governance: My house needs to feel comfortable and cozy. Which is exactly why I absolutely loved putting together this issue, which couldn’t have come during a better time: in the middle of a long, harsh Chicago winter. Consider this your bible for all things cozy, starting with a six-page hot list of everything you need—and a few things you don’t—for staying warm and stylish in the dead of winter. Te latest in furry furniture. Must-have ostrich placemats for candlelit dinner parties. And a stack of throw blankets so soft, you’ll want to wrap up until spring. From ﬁreplaces to ﬁber artists, we’ve got you covered. For the ultimate dose of cuttingedge, comfy decoration inspiration, turn to Caroline Scheeler’s horse-country home spread, “Full House.” Te talented buyer for Jayson Home & Garden is the ultimate insider when it comes to creating stylepacking rooms to really live in. Her (count them) three living rooms are breathtakingly gorgeous, for sure, but I was equally ﬂoored by her attention to detail and functionality in the smallest of nooks. Packed with a shadow box of show ribbons, vintage polo mallets and riding boots, Scheeler’s mudroom is my covet-central.
But even for those of us who have homes we love, sometimes the greatest luxury is ﬁnding somewhere else to hole up for a few glorious days—a place designed speciﬁcally to inspire comfort. In November, I traveled all the way to the English countryside in search of the coziest inn on earth. British designer Ilse Crawford nailed it with her up-to-theminute makeover of the very old Olde Bell Inn. In our travel feature “Tucked Inn,” we feature the amazing mix of paint-peeling old walls with high-back, Shaker-style chairs covered in sheepskin throws. Add freestanding in-room soaker tubs, Welsh woolen blankets, local British comfort food and long games of Scrabble—relaxation vacation to the hilt. I even picked up some décor pointers along the way (sheepskin goes with everything!). And if you’re intrigued by the notion of pairing the old with the new… the beatup and rough-hewn with high style, read on. Writer Lisa Cregan’s story about Rough Luxe surveys the oﬃcial arrival of exactly that—and where to ﬁnd it in Chicago! What she so eloquently describes as “homespun hopsack peeking from beneath elaborate silks” is a welcome slacking of those pesky, too-linear design reigns. Finally! It’s liberating. And right in line with the new rules—or lack thereof—brought to light by the recession. Don’t you dare get rid of the old to bring in all new. Keep what you love and layer it up. Mix and match. And if you still need to up the cozy ante, just toss a sheepskin rug over something. email@example.com
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The people, places and things you’ve got to know! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Got the winter blues? The latest wave of terrariums brings in the greens . . . . . . . 28
Meet Chicago’s new “It” girl of mix-it-up, high-low, must-have style . . . . . . . . . . 30 Rough-and-ready glam rumbles into the city’s design zeitgeist . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
We’re going up, up and away with the season’s coolest cloud-inspired home ﬁ nds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
A pair of über-cool Chicago designers tip their hats to an oldschool haberdashery . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 What recession? Chicago’s design talent gets seriously resourceful and hits it big . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
The season’s material of the moment is string. We’re tying one on . . . . . . . . . . 46
Get inside the mind—and studio— of woodworker extraordinaire Michael Koehler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Why go below the surface? The hunt for Chicago’s hottest home façades starts here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Paging Don Draper: We’ve tapped the Mad-dest Martini-channeling accessories around! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Fiber artists weave a new wave of cool in Chicago’s art scene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
We’re raising the gold standard with a trove of new home ﬁnds . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Man caves no more. Chicago bachelors ramp up a style all their own . . . . . . . . 62
Where to get sofas, lighting and glass tile? The only listings that truly matter . . . . 120
INTERIOR MONOLOGUE A pair of Chicago design minds avoids the landﬁll with built-to-last style . . . . . . 128
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Ivory chiffon evening gown, $6,700, at Bottega Veneta, 312.664.3220. Three-strand, double-wrap textured bracelet in sterling silver with leather strap, $4,195, at Robert Lee Morris Gallery, New York, 212.431.9405.
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SCOUT MASTERS A pair of city-based design minds bring 78 mod-popping style to the sticks GETTinG COZY! Who says it’s cold outside? We’ve sourced Chicago’s ultimate cozy corners, hottest fireside nooks and 84 warmest design finds
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Tie One On! Too young to remember Woodstock? Don’t feel bad; a lot of people who were there don’t remember it either. But Maya Romanoﬀ does, and he’s celebrating the 40th anniversary of his eponymous Skokie-based wall coverings empire by returning to his roots as a free-spirited tiedye artist. This spring the company, whose long list of clients and collaborators includes Nobu, Neiman Marcus and architect David Rockwell, will introduce the Anniversary Collection—a unique portfolio of tie-dyed wallpapers. “I call it ‘back to the future,’” says Romanoﬀ president Joyce Romanoﬀ. “The older generation who’ve
been with us for 40 years are teaching the younger ones who’ve never seen tie-dye on a wall. They’ve seen it on a T-shirt, but never on a wall.” Of course, no design creation, psychedelic or otherwise, has been untouched by the last four decades’ technology explosion. And Joyce Romanoﬀ says that by using computer-aided methods, the company achieves a degree of consistency in color and pattern Maya could never have imagined possible back in the freewheeling summer of ’69: “We say it’s the rebirth of the core of our business.” We say “far out.” –Lisa Cregan
TO DYE FOR Tie-dye leather, Maya Romanoff circa 1971.
Strike a Pose! Chicago artist Eric Mecum, known for his photograph-like paintings of buildings and urban landscapes, has a secret: He’s obsessed with fashion magazines. While ﬂipping through a glossy recently, Mecum was struck by the outsized branding of luxury fashion houses and had an idea: “I should do that with my paintings!” Enter the Mecum Print Ad series: striking paintings of models—gracefully waiﬁsh with angular features— based on earmarked pages of fashion rags he’s been collecting for years. “Buildings are so tedious—all MODEL INC Mecum those straight lines—and I was getting carpal Chicago #5 (left) and Mecum tunnel,” he says. “With people, I’m attracted to the Chicago #6. movement, the color and with some of the bizarre models, the lines and abstract shapes. They’re tall and skinny—that’s their job, to be skinny—so the lines are longer. They have this very unreal look.” But don’t fret if you’re not 6’2”, 105 pounds: Mecum’s portrait crossover isn’t limited to the pages of Vogue. He’ll work oﬀ your favorite photograph. Or for those who prefer a more Elizabethan approach, a formal sitting. Prices between $1,000-$3,000, ericmecum.com. 24 |
Tea Off! Chicago-based boutique design studio Vessel, a seven-man team that has created concepts for companies including Coca-Cola, has done it again with their One tea vessel, the winner of last year’s global Tea-Oﬀ design competition held by local cookware company World Kitchen. A modern, two-in-one take on typical tea service, the design acts as both kettle and pot, eliminating the need to transfer scalding water. Even cooler: The nine-inchtall, white enamel-coated, stainless steel piece is all white at room temperature, but as it heats up, blue thermochromic ink appears in various patterns, such as Vessel’s version of old-school video game “Space Invaders.” It hits the market in 2010. vesselideation.com. –Kate Templin
Lost and Found
Photography dealer Albert Tanquero’s vintage mug shots have been a cult staple at the Chicago Antique Market and hang in homes throughout the Midwest. Now he and partner Jim York, former Paper Source co-owner and CEO, have used the quirkiest of them as raw material for their company The Found’s line of greeting cards, journals and calendars. (“Don’t judge a book by its cover,” advises one card with a mug shot of a nerdy, bespectacled young man). Secret: While the Chicago Antique Market’s on hiatus until next summer, Tanquero’s images are still available at his eBay store (search for “tanquerochicago”). If the Busted line of mug shots doesn’t send the right message, The Found also oﬀers an Americana line of 1950s color slides and Newsprint, a new line of cards featuring Brooklyn mixed-media artist Lauren Denitzio’s graphic, vintage-y images in saturated colors—all super fun, aﬀordable and frame-ready additions to living room wall-candy collections. Available at Greer, 1657 N. Wells, 773.337.8000. –Tate Gunnerson
KARAT SCHTICKS A trio of Waylande Gregory Studio’s reedition pieces.
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Everything old is new again. Vintage cocktails are all the rage; shoulder pads are back (eek!); even ﬁscal conservatism is in vogue. But head to Wells Street style sanctuary Elements to see the coolest revival in town: Waylande Gregory Studios’ re-edition ceramics. The Kansas-born artist, who died in 1971, is known as one of the most innovative Art Deco sculptors of his time. But his gilded decorative accessories are as current today as they were in
RUMOR MILL Jillian Harris keeps ’em guessing.
the ’40s and ’50s, when they were sold at Tiﬀany & Co. and Asprey. Rediscovered and resurrected by Gregory’s great-nephew, Bryan Downey, the 47-piece line is super glam, incorporating iconic animal imagery and 22K gold galore. Our favorite: the black, gold and robin’s-egg blue Tree of Life bowl. Nature has never looked so chic. $125–$875. Available at Elements, 741 N. Wells St., 312.642.6574, elementschicago.com. –KT
Gossip Girl Here’s a nibbly bit: ABC’s most recent Bachelorette, Jillian Harris, has moved to town to play house with local boy Ed Swiderski, the bachelor she ﬁshed from the pool of unmarried wannabes. But here’s the real inside dirt: Reportedly, Harris has signed on as an interior designer for the Chicago-based architecture ﬁ rm The Dobbins Group (Jewel-Osco’s corporate interiors, the very cool Harley-Davidson
HANG-UP Lobmeyr’s Met Chandelier.
Met Worth When Mary Jeanne Kneen, owner of Kneen & Co., takes on a new product line you know two things: 1. The pieces are going to be crazy-beautiful, and 2. They weren’t readily available pre-Kneen. Oh, and 3. The craftsmanship will be out of this world. Or maybe better said—out of the Old World. Case in point is her recent Chicago launch of Lobmeyr Crystal, now available at Kneen & Co.’s Erie Street showroom alongside other legendary brands like Nymphenburg porcelain and James Robinson sterling ﬂatware. A 200-year-old Austrian company, Lobmeyr made its reputation providing table- and glassware to the Royal Court of Vienna and lighting to the world’s cultural temples. The crystal- and orbstudded chandeliers Lobmeyr created in 1960 for New York’s Metropolitan Opera are so iconic that the company now simply calls them “The Met Chandeliers.” Kneen not only has a Met hanging in her showroom, she also got Lobmeyr to create a custom table lamp version just for her. –LC
store in Libertyville, etc.). No one at The Dobbins Group is talking about Harris’ speciﬁc decorating duties, and word is that the bubbly designer/star might be considering another reality gig. But until then, will the cameras be following Harris to the Mart to pick out tile? Gridding out checkerboards at Flor? Hunting for metered parking on Damen? It’s all very hush-hush, apparently. So shhhhh! –LC
Cooking the Numbers HOME FRONT
Wilmette-based kitchen design giant Mick de Giulio dishes some serious digits when it comes to his heat-generating career.
years ago Mick de Giulio started designing kitchens (in his dad’s woodworking shop)
square feet is the biggest kitchen island he’s done—in Glencoe
square feet is the smallest kitchen he’s done—in NYC
54 years de Giulio Design has been in business
3,000 number of kitchens (at least!) he’s done over those years
100 number of de Giulio kitchens typically in progress at any one moment
1,000 square feet is the largest kitchen he’s done—in Napa
45,000 number of smackers his most expensive appliance will set you back. (La Cornue Range, “the Ferrari of ranges”)
0 4,696 miles to the most distant project he’s done (Vienna)
10,000 square footage of the de Giulio metal fabricating shop in Michigan
they don’t make sense.” At Humboldt Park’s Rootstock Wine and Beer Bar the owners knew they didn’t want to compromise on stemware. So to keep within budget, they opted for an eclectic mix of servingware from thrift stores, Craigslist and donations from family and friends (that also goes for their tables and chairs). To keep a “thread of symmetry,” partner Tonya Pyatt sticks to antique-style white and oﬀ-white pieces with some sort of pattern around the edge. The eﬀort hasn’t gone unnoticed by their many regulars. Says Pyatt, “People have their favorites.” The Publican, 837 W. Fulton Market, 312.733.9555, thepublicanrestaurant.com; Rootstock Wine and Beer Bar, 954 N. California Ave., 773.292.1616, rootstockbar.com. –Lisa Shames
Number of hours it takes furniture designer Jason Lewis to handcraft this gorgeous doubleseat bench from white oak and ash ($2,250, jasonlewisfurniture.com).
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If your favorite vintage store is low on plates, bowls and servingware, you can look to some of Chicago’s hottest dining spots for the reason why. The Publican’s rustic, farm-friendly food may get all the praise, but we’re equally smitten with the mismatched plates and serving platters it comes on. Partner Donnie Madia and general manager Kimberly Phillips are always on the hunt for cool items to add to the restaurant’s collection, which already includes gingham designs from Steelite, pieces from Chicago’s Posh and four diﬀerent styles of coﬀee mugs. “If we see something we like, we buy as much as we can,” says Phillips, adding that color and pattern don’t really matter. “It’s a lot more fun if
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A tribute to Pierre Paulin’s 1960s vintage ﬂower chair, the low-riding Magis Flower lounge chair includes a modern pop of color. $1,092.
What’s in at Skin? Orange Skin has long been one of our favorite places to ﬁnd modern furnishings with a dash of whimsy. And this season is no exception. Graunk Enzenberger, an interior designer and a partner at the hip shop, walked us through the showroom to ﬁnd the coolest picks of the season—from Kartell’s functional-meets-funny Gnome stool to Tom Dixon’s modern discoworthy Mirror Ball lamp. Get ready for some home improvement. Orange Skin, 223 W. Erie St., 312.335.1033, orangeskin.com. –KT
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Revisionist History Looking to add some old-school glam to your pad? Look no further than Revision Home. The spacious West Town home décor hotspot is stocked with well-edited picks from owner Katie Ernst, a former television news producer with a keen eye for antique ﬁ nds from the ’40s to ’70s. “I’m inspired by oldtime Hollywood movie sets and the drama of New Orleans, where I grew up,” says Ernst. Revision’s retail concept is as unique as the merchandise within. Four times a year, the store hosts a big-time sale with new goods, but if you BRIGHT SPOT Goods from Revision Home. can’t wait for the next one, which starts February 19, check out an ever-rotating stash of ﬁnds (think vintage soda bottles, $35–$80, and giltwood cocktail tables, $750) online and make an appointment to visit the showroom. “I always kept a list of stores around the city that I wanted to visit, but I hardly made it to any of them,” Ernst says. “The thought behind the Website was that people could pre-shop. If they like a piece, they can come in.” And odds are, you’ll ﬁnd something to inspire a trip. Ernst scours antique fairs and estate sales for pieces she then reﬁnishes or refurbishes— upholstery oﬀers a full makeover with new cushions and fabrics—and sells for incredibly reasonable prices. “Our prices are at Crate and Barrel-level and below,” Ernst says. “But when you shop vintage, you ﬁnd things you can’t get anywhere else.” 2132 W. Fulton, 312.226.2221, revisionchicago.com. –KT
Tom Dixon’s Mirror Ball ﬂoor lamp is created from molded plastic spheres, which are metallized internally to create a mirrored ﬁnish. $4,250.
The Attila and Napoleon Gnome table stools, created by Philippe Starck for Kartell, add a dose of humor to any room. $374 each.
The Lizz dining chair from Kartell—made from dyed thermopolymer—is manufactured in one single piece using new gas-blowing technology. $285.
What is your design resolution for 2010? “Integrate sustainability into everything I do, and pass on my knowledge about sustainable design to my clients. If you are going to splurge on something lavish, make sure it will last a really long time... like, your entire lifetime.” Stephanie Bryant, Inhabit, inhabityourspace.com.
“Find new talent—from artists to furniture makers—so I can introduce my clients to the most intriguing and cutting-edge resources available.” Mia Rao, Mia Rao Design, miaraodesign.com.
“Throw more parties, and show my clients how to follow suit. We all need to have more face time with those we love, and use the things we have and love. What better way to put our homes to good use?” Marshall Erb, Marshall Morgan Erb Design, marshallerb.com. –Lisa Skolnik
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Winter got you feeling blue? Add a splash of green to these chilly months with the latest in chloroform-follows-function cool. The terrarium is being redeﬁned, and it has zany designs sprouting left and right. Whether you’re looking to grow your own garden in a Wall Bubble from Tend, or want to liven up a desk with a footed friend from Matteo Cibic’s Domsai collection, this is one trend that’s taking root.
Thomas Doyle’s Antipodes, 2009, at thomasdoyle.net.
Britton Neubacher’s terrariums, $55–$225, at tendliving.com.
Matteo Cibic’s Domsai Terrariums, $150, at aplusrstore.com.
Recycled glass terrariums, $49–$79, at vivaterra.com.
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STYLE MIX ‘N’ MAX Martha Muholland with boyfriend Ben Chappell.
The Mix Mistress Up-and-coming design darling Martha Mulholland puts a down-home spin on ﬂea-market-chic By Tate Gunnerson | Photography by Maia Harms
Martha Mulholland, 26, was thrilled about decorating a blank canvas when she and her photography director boyfriend Ben Chappell, 29, moved into their 1,800-square-foot apartment in early July. Armed with antlers, family antiques and enough vintage objets de chic for an apartment full of subversively styled vignettes, Mulholland’s Wicker Park two-ﬂat apartment is the ultimate hipster den of style. But Mulholland, who has always marched to her own style beat, wonders if her place is beginning to look pedestrian. “I don’t want it to feel derivative,” says the visual merchandiser for Gucci and Jayson Home & Garden alum, who also currently assists 30 |
UPON REFLECTION Mulholland’s mirror collection reﬂects her eclectic aesthetic.
interior designer Michael Del Piero at her Bucktown boutique. “But somebody did it ﬁ rst and somebody did it before me.” Tat someone was the mother of a childhood friend, whose eclectic style made Mulholland realize she didn’t need to choose between the traditional family antique heirlooms her father preferred and the clean, contemporary style favored by her mother. Mixing it up gives Mulholland a freedom to experiment by incorporating just about anything she ﬁnds interesting. Te freelance decorator and stylist often ﬁnds herself on a diﬀerent style page than her contemporaries—at least until they catch up. “I’ve been wearing black leggings since I was in high school,” says Mulholland. “Now Lindsay Lohan wears them and they sell them at Target.” While they don’t sell taxidermy at Target, Mulholland says its preponderance in design magazines and catalogs has made her begin to feel ambivalent about its prevalence in her apartment. “I was into the idea of something that was a little shocking, a little weird, a little creepy, but I feel like it’s so played out now,” she says. But the Kentucky native comes by taxidermy honestly—before it was considered trendy. As a child she spent a lot of time on the family horse farm, so when she was accepted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, Mulholland realized she’d miss some of the things she always took for granted—like nature. “Te only wild animals I ever saw in Chicago were squirrels and pigeons,” says Mulholland, who bought her ﬁ rst piece—a stuﬀed pheasant—at age 18. “It seemed like it ﬁt this whole aesthetic of the oak-paneled library and the taxidermy pheasant and the roaring ﬁ re and the foxhound,” she explains. “It was this thing I wanted to take with me.” Mulholland even had antlers, which are part of her family’s crest, tattooed on her right wrist. T ree
Mulholland had the chair’s steel exoskeleton soldered back together when it cracked in two.
Nothing is off limits for Mulholland, who uses boots to hold branches.
shells complete the crest on her left wrist. “I felt like I could justify it to my father because it’s the family crest,” says the designer. “It had this sense of heritage that carries through to both my home and personal style.” Taxidermy was also Mulholland’s way of creating a memorable ﬁrst impression on the urbanites she knew she’d be meeting. “Chicago’s so big you don’t necessarily have the chance to meet somebody over and over again, so if you met somebody you wanted to know, you had to broadcast who you are from the get-go,” says Mulholland. “So I got really into collecting things and getting tattoos and collecting vintage clothing.” Te result is on full display in the front living room, where a dahl ram hangs above an ’80s-era Warhol print and across from a full stuﬀed peacock Muholland scored at an antique mall in Galena. Placed on a pedestal near a 19th-century oil portrait of an adolescent boy, the peacock’s brilliant jewel-toned greens and blues add a punch of color to the room. Because she and Chappell rent their unit, Mulholland says she’s not allowed to paint the walls, but that pesky detail doesn’t hamper her creativity. It might actually encourage it. “When you have the ability to paint or wallpaper, a room can really be transformed and become more thematic,” says Mulholland. “When the walls are white, the furniture and accessories have to do everything.” Luckily, furniture and accessories are what Mulholland does well. Tere’s the high-end sofa from Jayson Home &
She scored this chandelier for a song at a Logan Square garage sale.
Art by photographer Jason Lazarus is one of Mulholland’s prized possessions.
Garden she mixes seamlessly with thrift store ﬁnds, like the ’70s-era Lucite end table she bought for a song while researching, categorizing and pricing inventory at the now-defunct auction house M. Klein. “I have a ﬁreplace set that belonged to my great-great -grandmother in the same room where I have a really modern sling chair,” says Mulholland. “Te fun part is putting those things in the same room in a way that is cohesive and attractive and a little unexpected.” “It’s not a million-dollar collection of stuﬀ,” says Chappell. “We just spend a couple of hours on every trip scrounging around antique malls and ﬂea markets, and every piece in this house has come from there.” Mulholland’s particularly good at ﬁnding interesting pieces at sub-market prices, including the vintage mirrors in diﬀerent shapes and sizes that hang in the entry. “Every time I’d take a trip, I’d ﬁnd a rundown antique store and buy a mirror,” she says. “I’ve never paid more than $50 for one.” Mulholland says she’ll never part with the mirror collection. And who can blame her? It took her six years to assemble. In fact, there are very few pieces—trendy or otherwise—Mulholland can imagine giving up. “I just keep layering it on,” she says. “Over the course of eight years, it’s developed its own history through my life and friends and Ben, so it’s something totally new and uniquely me now.”
Antique Navajo and Moroccan rugs camouﬂage the lower level’s beige wall-to-wall carpeting.
Fom top: Mulholland pairs her grandmother’s porcelain English Stafatures with vintage French enamelware; a Suzani bedspread is paired with taxidermy in the guest bedroom.
Rough Luxe The latest trend in highcontrast décor pits homespun hopsack against gilded glamour By Lisa Cregan Photography by Jeremy Bustos
Marie Antoinette loved nothing better than frisking around Versailles’ gilded halls in a simple rustic muslin dress. As pairings of rough with luxurious go, that one did not end particularly well. But Rough Luxe is back. The design world is suddenly smitten with imperfection—with the roughedged and timeworn in tandem with the sleek and sophisticated. Rough Luxe means homespun hopsack peeking from beneath elaborate silks; it’s a rusted iron ﬁst inside design’s velvet glove. The legendary Belgian antiques dealer Axel Vervoordt helped usher in the trend with two lushly photographed coﬀee-table behemoths showcasing the divinity of decrepitude, and the interiors world took notice. From there it was a short jump to the
runways. Th is fall Karl Lagerfeld staged his lavish Chanel show against a barn constructed inside Paris’ opulent Grand Palais. Not to be outdone, the style arbiters at Wallpaper magazine used hay bales and logs to accessorize a recent furniture spread on “rustic treasures.” Even The Wall Street Journal took note with a story ascribing the trend to a repudiation of the borrowing and bling that brought our new Gilded Age tumbling around our Louboutins. The quick success of London’s savagely beautiful Rough Luxe hotel reinforces that theory. The hotel is in King’s Cross, a neighborhood once better known for drug dens and bawdy houses than designer lodgings. Floors are uneven, baths sometimes shared, the unrestored walls a century’s worth of chips, nicks ...
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WELL WORN Clockwise from top: London’s Rough Luxe hotel; Tuberose light fixture by Lucy Slivinski; Michael Del Piero’s shop with Slivinski lighting; detail of one of Revision Home’s vintage furnishings.
ROUGH AND CRUMBLE Clockwise from right: Katie Ernst at her showroom, Revision Home; the luxurious Gloria Chair in the Jayson Home & Garden catalogue; another Jayson Home & Garden piece, the Canopy Chair.
“There’s something about a farm table I found in Belgium and dragged through the mud that can’t be duplicated.” –Michael Del Piero Maya Romanoff Weathered Metals wallpaper looks both distressed and luminescent.
Another local believer is Katie Ernst, the owner of the new vintage furniture showroom Revision Home, located on the Near West Side. She notes that while a lot of her customers also shop the Merchandise Mart, she sees people rebelling against “cookie-cutter interiors.” The response to Revision Home’s initial oﬀerings, a mix of Ernst’s pickings from estate sales and ﬂea markets, was so great that the store blew through a quarter of its inventory in the ﬁ rst two weeks. Industrial metal pieces were best-sellers. “I think they remind people of the kind of things they had in their school growing up, and familiarity feels good,” says Ernst. “Plus it’s a way of putting a little metallic sparkle in a room without ... using shiny chrome.”
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... and peeling papers—all crumbling backdrop to luxurious amenities like a ﬁve-star wine list and linens with a thread-count of the gods. Closer to home, Chicago has its own roster of Rough Luxe disciples. Asked what she makes of the compulsion for life among the ruins, Jayson Home & Garden design director Caroline Scheeler has a ready answer: “I think it’s very much about the beauty of decay,” she says. “People want to live with history, layers of texture and all of that. But not just crusty old antiques—old and new together. I think that’s become the norm.” Scheeler recently dragged her catalogue team over to Buchanan, Michigan, so they could photograph Jayson’s high-style wares against the background of that once-wealthy community’s 19th-century interiors. “Buchanan is like Havana: Everything’s preserved,” says antiques dealer Alan Robandt, whose shop was the original draw for Scheeler. After 15 successful years in River North, Robandt relocated to Buchanan, which he says time froze when the local factories closed. “I’m so happy people are ﬁnally seeing the inherent beauty in leaving things as they are,” he says. To Scheeler, the trend reﬂects a real shift in consumer consciousness. “This might be very Buddhist of me,” she says, “but I really feel there’s an acceptance of what’s natural ﬁltering through the way we live— what we put in our bodies as much as what we put in our homes. It’s about living a thoughtful life.” Chicago designer Michael Del Piero agrees wholeheartedly, but then she’s someone who’s always had a “found object” side to her work. “For me, it’s always about the mix of luxe with the rough, the raunchy and the weathered,” she says. Del Piero thinks the trick to Rough Luxe is referencing the past without being buried beneath it. For example, she mentions the gloriously rusted, salvaged metal chandeliers she commissioned from local artist Lucy Slivinski that are selling so briskly in her Damen Avenue shop. “When you put one of these crusty light ﬁ xtures over a very modern table it becomes sculptural,” says Del Piero, “but there’s still an art to it. Placement is key. Rustic pieces have to be used in a minimalist way so they stand out.” Case in point: her own shop, where a sleek, modern, mohair sofa stands against weathered wood walls, its simple lines and one-toned palette punctuated by the torn velvet of a scattering of Ottoman Empire-era pillows. It’s a composition that borders on the painterly.
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That gently tarnished leitmotif has ... even resulted in some recalibration at Skokie-based wall coverings giant Maya Romanoﬀ. Company president Joyce Romanoﬀ says sales of their handmade Weathered Metals wallpapers (a 10-yearold line) unexpectedly doubled in the last few years. The irregular eﬀect of water-based pigments with brushed-on pewter, silver and gold give the papers a gloriously distressed glow. Rough, romantic, modern, industrial—on a single roll of wallpaper. Fashion design here in Chicago has picked up on the Rough Luxe vibe as well. When Michelle Obama’s favorite local seamstress, Maria Pinto, outﬁtted her new West Loop boutique, she combined rough materials and luxurious trimmings to fabulous results. Weathered bamboo walls and ﬂoors provide a simple but textured backdrop to an enormous painted mural depicting a blown-up view of one of Pinto’s extraordinary lace designs. And Rough Luxe is hanging on Pinto’s racks as well. The designer points to a covetable tulle ball gown. “All raw edges at the neck and hem but with extremely intricate embroidery,” she says. “Luxurious, but not so pristine that you feel like you can’t move in it.” That notion of craftsmanship, the mark of the maker’s hand, is clearly part of the Rough Luxe attraction, but authenticity counts, too. Del Piero says she doesn’t think antique reproductions can provide the same feeling. “There’s something about the patina of a farm table I found in a Belgian barn and dragged out through the mud that can’t be duplicated. It could never look like it was just made. I love that.”
BARE NECESSITY From above: Room from London’s Rough Luxe hotel; Michael Del Piero’s naturally luxurious dining room.
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Paola Navone’s Croco 96 handwoven light, $795, at Orange Skin.
Pinch Design’s Twig bench and cube, $1,160–$2,040, at pinchdesign.com.
Jimmie Martin’s Imperfection sofa, at Kara Mann.
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Jimmie Martin’s Imperfection cocktail cabinet, at Kara Mann.
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Sky sculpture by F2, $1,400, at thefranks.cc.
Vitra Cloud Lamp by Frank Gehry, starting at $400, at Manifesto, 755 N. Wells St., 312.664.0733.
Rainy Day cushions by Donna Wilson, $125 each, at edenandeden.com.
Clouds Sonic wallpaper by Aimee Wilder, $156 per roll, at Urban Source, 1432 W. Chicago Ave., 312.455.0505.
Kvadrat Clouds by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, starting at $445 a pack, at Ligne Roset, 440 N. Wells St., 312.222.9300.
Cloud chair by Lisa Widen for Design House Stockholm, $950, at huset-shop.com.
Rainbows, move over: The next “it” weather pattern to grace the design skies is of the cumulous variety. Fluﬀ y white billows are blowing onto the scene with a great gust of sky-high style, starting big with Frank Gehry’s ethereal Cloud lighting series and designer Lisa Widen’s upholstered easy chair for Design House Stockholm. If you’re looking for the cloud nine of home accessories, try Kvadrat’s cool, shape-shifting installation tiles by the Bouroullec brothers or the one-of-a-kind sculpture by Chicago’s own Peter and Marilyn Frank of F2. This is one walk in the clouds you don’t want to miss!
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Four years ago, college pals and creative collaborators Shaun Owens-Agase and Tyler Peterson were thinking about opening a rogue art gallery out of Peterson’s Ukrainian Village apartment. Te idea never came to fruition, but the business name did: Stone Blitzer. Te moniker perfectly describes their design and fabrication studio, which crosses up-to-the-minute-modern style with traditional methods. “It’s a good, trustworthy name,” says Peterson, with only a trace of irony. “And it has a classic identity.” And it’s turned out to be the perfect antidote to the clutch of cool, unconventional projects they’ve been hammering out lately. Tese guys are not only talented furniture designers. OwensAgase, 27, and Peterson, 28, who landed a show at the MCA just six months after graduating from University of Wisconsin (both in sculpture), are doing everything but nailing themselves into a corner. Take the recently redesigned Swim Café—all Smurf-blue hues and woodblock wall paneling installation—where Stone Blitzer’s top-to-bottom design includes bamboo banquettes and sleek outdoor seating, sure, but their mark extends all the way down to the graphics on the menu. For another gig, they designed the packaging for Whatfor’s latest album, Sooner Late Tan Never (without using Photoshop) while working on a line of custom furniture, including the clean-lined Ignatius bed with cantilevered side table (sold exclusively at Post 27). But it’s their work at Optimo Hats—a South Side chapeaux shop owned by hat-maker Graham Tompson—that excites them most right now. “Tere were a lot of late-night conversations. We were just as interested in him as the project,” says Peterson. “He’s really inspirational and a super-perfectionist.” Dedicated to preserving an Old World craft, Tompson opened Optimo Hats 14 years ago after buying all the equipment from his retiring mentor, whose lineage in the business stretches back to the ’30s. He decided to spruce up the interiors a couple of years ago. “He had this amazing merchandise but a rudimentary layout,” explains Owens-Agase. And now? “It looks really nice and new and pristine, but with an oiled countertop and display case stained poplar, it also shows the signs of him working.” Owens-Agase and Peterson ﬁne-tuned their creative mission 40 |
HAT TRICKS! From top: Shaun Owens-Agase (left) and Tyler Peterson; Optimo interiors, featuring the beautiful Stone Blitzermade case goods and the old-fashioned equipment.
to distinguish the interiors while capturing a charming, oldfashioned aesthetic, and it shows. Beautiful, lit display cases and a walnut cash wrap alongside the existing wall of shelves (which support hundreds of wooden hat molds) help achieve a streamlined space that’s at once modern and achingly nostalgic. “It’s a cross between high-end department store design scaled back with old-fashioned touches,” says OwensAgase, who stresses the quality of workmanship over trendy, green design. “Everything has to be built well. None of it matters if it starts falling apart after three or four years.” Sounds like Stone Blitzer, with their understated, pareddown approach to design, sees something important in the past: the future.
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The Survivors Sure, Chicago’s interiors community has taken a hit. But a number of savvy designers are not only surviving, but thriving. The secret? Grieve, accept, move on—and get seriously resourceful by Lisa Cregan | Photographs by Mireya Acierto
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It broke Kim Merlin’s heart to shutter her 13-year-old ﬂoral/ lifestyle shop, Ex Floreus, last February—according to her, the business at the Lake Forest shop had taken “a terrible turn.” But you can put your handkerchief away, because when Merlin turned f loral free agent—a sort of ‘have Felcos, will travel’ gun for Floral consultant Kim Merlin. hire—the opportunities came rolling in. Like the invitation from the White House. By August Merlin was ﬁ lling in as First Floral Consultant—doing arrangements, working events and helping plan the Christmas decorations. “When one door closed, a big white door opened,” laughs Merlin, who says every experience has been unforgettable, from getting tackled by ﬁrst-dog Bo (“he’s very soft”) to sitting in on meetings with the ﬁrst lady (“warm and genuine”). These days Merlin’s on a diﬀerent ﬂight path. Pre-market crash she’d been dabbling in movie and TV set décor (see Indy’s wedding in Crystal Skull), but she’s free now to take on full-time movie jobs—like working on the sets of a new Noah Baumbach ﬁlm with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Just another Lake Forest shopkeeper gone Hollywood!
Expand Your Store and Services Face to face with the Hydra of the housing recession, the (almost) ﬁve-year-old home design store Urban Source did the only rational thing: They doubled their space. You’ve got to love their brass. Owners Jenny Rossignuolo and Rose Tejeda-Navarre believed so strongly in their concept—retail access to great lines of wallpapers and fabrics with experienced interior designers on hand—that they decided the solution to tough times was to oﬀer even more lines (replenished weekly) to pull even more customers into the store. So last August they moved into a much bigger West Town space. And Urban Source’s oﬀerings have turned out to be a perfect match for the kind of bite-sized, budget-friendly freshening homeowners are still willing to do. Rossignuolo and Tejeda-Navarre will also provide design consultation in small servings— one- or four-hour packages—a godsend to DIY home designers. ...
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Men, I have bad news. Last winter Anne Coyle’s bustling interior decorating business stopped as suddenly as an elevator in a blackout. That left single girl Coyle on a break and looking for a project. She chose you. The results aren’t pretty—Undateable, a book Coyle co-wrote with her BFF, television producer Ellen Rakieten—hits bookstores this March. Its subtitle? “311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won’t Be Dating or Having Sex.” Ouch. Luckily, a makeover is a makeover to Coyle, and after she and Rakieten get done explaining what it is you’re doing wrong, they’re kind enough to tell you how to ﬁx it. Hint: This will not be good for sales of men’s bronzers or Tommy Bahama sportswear. But don’t get too rattled: Elle Décor is featuring a glossy spread of an Anne Coyle Interiors project in an upcoming issue. So Coyle may be switching her focus from dissing dudes to glamming up living rooms.
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Hide in the Closet Chicagoan Lindsay Segal, a 26-year-old fashion stylist who’d worked at Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily in Manhattan, had just moved home to launch her lifelong dream—an interiors ﬁ rm— only to watch in horror as business dropped oﬀ the housing cliﬀ. Scrambling back to her roots in fashion, Segal decided to begin oﬀering interiors clients some wardrobe styling, too. She’ll pick a living room wall color while inventorying your closet, then take you shopping to the Mart, Barneys or the Container Store—all for the same fee—$75 an hour (lindsaysegal.com). “Interior design and wardrobe consulting are both about lifestyle needs,” says Segal. “Building a wardrobe is a manifestation of personality, just like your home. They’re interchangeable disciplines.”
Moonlight Uber-designer Tom Stringer had just segued into a new business sideline, Chartwell Lifestyle Management, when the Great Recession took hold. Demand for help stocking the Aspen fridge and keeping the Nantucket hedges trimmed was suddenly not quite as robust as envisioned. Solution? Keep segueing. Chartwell (chartwellhome.com) discovered that one thing people with multiple, gadget-stuﬀed, luxury homes still needed was reminders on how all their great stuﬀ actually worked. Blanking on operating your state-of-the-art music/ video/climate/lighting/security system? Contractor’s phone ringing through to a Taco Bell? Chartwell will create (very) detailed manuals speciﬁcally for your (very) complicated home. Like the 300-pager with accompanying photographs just completed for a new California homeowner. Jeeves, fetch me the Chartwell binder! 44 |
PRICELINED! Clockwise from left: Bedroom by R Studio; living room on a budget; another client’s living room; pattern brought in with pillows.
Create a Budget Spin-Off Designer Michael Richman hated turning down calls from young homeowners with big dreams but small budgets. So last spring he came up with a solution: R Studio. For a ﬂat, room-based fee ($1,050 for a living room, for example) R Studio clients get four design sessions with Richman where they choose color palettes and pick from a pre-edited selection of reasonably priced furniture presented on ﬂash cards—photos on the front/prices on the backs. “I think a lot of people see our work in national and local publications and think they can’t aﬀord our services,” says Richman. Now they can.
Deborah Colman and Neil Kraus at Pavilion.
Add New Talent Pavilion Antiques is legendary for its oﬀerings of spectacular 20th-century European furniture. But they felt the economic crunch just like everyone else. Their solution? Lower prices. Now don’t get too excited. There won’t be any Crazy Eddie giveaways on Adnet chandeliers or Mangiarotti coﬀee tables, but Pavilion has begun oﬀering artful contemporary items like jewelry and ceramics from young European designers in a broader (i.e. lower) price range. Over the holidays Pavilion even oﬀered space to the Object Design League, an organization that promotes experimental design, for a pop-up store stocked with pieces by emerging indie designers. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” says Deborah Colman, who co-owns the 13-year-old Damen Avenue shop with partner Neil Kraus, “but the recession gave me an extra push.”
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ONLINE FINDS From top: Bird mobile from Lille; carafes from Willow.
Skip the Storefront When the economic ﬂoodwaters started rising, the owners of two quirky-cool design stores independently came to the same conclusion: Better a virtual presence than no presence at all. Willow’s owner, Amy Doehla (shopwillow.net) says she closed her Ukie Village shop last April but soon realized operating Internet-only made her a better retailer. “All of a sudden I had time to do the part of the business that’s a blast— looking for new products.” At Lille (lilleashop.com), Lydia Lando had a secondary motive for closing up shop: a new baby. She ﬁnds her robust Web business much easier to service. “I can track an order from anywhere.” Like say, the pediatrician’s oﬃce?
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Designer Michael Koehler’s Division Street workspace is like a big, glorious garage: high ceilings, big windows and lots of room for the tools of his trade (like a giant table saw and sander), as well as cherished objects such as the wind-whipped sail from his grandfather’s boat. Piles of wood are orderly stacked, images are tacked to the walls and dozens of books stand in teetering piles. “I am a steadfast reader, but I’m also an image junkie,” says Koehler. “I pin things next to each other and move them around for something to feed on.” A real worker’s cocoon, the studio holds all that he needs, and nothing that he doesn’t—like a computer. “CAD was becoming big when I was in architecture school,” says Koehler, “but I like drawing by hand and making models, describing things in forms.” Koehler spends his days alone, working up designs and crafting his beloved walnut into things a tree never dreamed of. When he ﬁnds a project giving him some resistance, he takes a break, exercising his creativity in other ways: practicing blues scales on an acoustic guitar, or putting in a little time on independent art projects. “My art projects are generally about process and implicitly about play, because they aren’t governed by a client’s budget or deadline. I’ve always made maps, but last year I started drawing large-scale creations using standard 48 |
notations and symbols, but entirely invented. Tese evolved into large, monochromatic contour maps painted on Mylar that read more like one big, natural symbol than a map.” Koehler has been working in this studio in an old coﬀee roasting factory for almost 10 years. “I used to work constantly because I was young and green and felt that if I wasn’t working, nothing was happening. Tat if I was here to all hours of the night, at least I was giving it everything I could.” Judging by the success of his unabashedly simple yet solid furniture and case goods, he could easily still burn the midnight oil. But as a new dad with an 11-month baby at home, his days are a bit more nine-to-ﬁve now. While he receives clients here from time to time, Koehler is content to be alone, realizing his ideas in wood. Doesn’t he ever hanker for some chitchat? Rarely. Of course, he is running a business, and does get pulled away to answer a call or read a text message. “I got into this because I like to build things. But once you have more than one job, you have to become a businessman. I’m trying to get better at that.” For now, Koehler is doing his best to maintain a balance. “I’m an introvert. I love being in here when there’s a blizzard outside and I’ve got stuﬀ to do. It’s the best.”
carving artist Clockwise from top left: Michael Koehler at work; the worn, paint-speckled woodshop floor; everything from lures to art dot Koehler’s inspiration walls; model shelving; model stairs; model trains; and organized inspiration chaos from a distance.
Full Frontal Façade fetish, anyone? A new breed of Chicago home puts its coolest front forward By Thomas Connors
“Form follows function” is a great notion, but that doesn’t mean that you can always read a building at ﬁrst glance. Which isn’t such a bad thing. After all, with so many banal new structures lining our city’s streets, it’s a treat to come across a façade that keeps you guessing. Take the Brick Weave House, designed by architect-of-the-moment Jeanne Gang. Te perforated brick volume looks like nothing else on the block. For one thing, this former stable runs right up to the sidewalk, making it impossible to miss. And with its almost monolithic proﬁle, the house could pass for a small commercial or industrial building, rather than a private home. From afar, the house seems nearly confrontational, but up close, it loosens up. Te openings between the Roman bricks allow passersby to glimpse a small garden and the glass façade of the living spaces beyond. Inside, sunlight passing through the woven brick façade casts a lively pattern across the home’s eclectically outﬁtted dining room, ON THE GRID! Clockwise from left: Jeanne Gang’s Brick Weave House; a where a traditional tufted sofa keeps close-up of Brick Weave’s facade; the company with a glossy dining table and a light patterns cast across the interiors. mix of contemporary chairs. “I was thinking of a delicate way to use brick,” says Gang. “Brick is usually so heavy and it’s so traditional. I was trying to ﬁnd another way to interpret that material. Te interesting part was that a structural engineer’s criteria and a mason’s criteria are totally diﬀerent. Structurally you want to limit the movement and the masonry wants to be able to breathe, to expand and contract with the temperature. When you see something that’s designed that’s very light or very ﬁne, it’s not easy to get there. I love that part of architecture, that it can be very technical. But then making it into something that’s completely artful—that’s when it gets really good.” Te house has taken some licks for not playing well with its neighbors, but as Gang observes, keeping everything in context isn’t always easy— or gratifying. “Tere’s every possible style on that street, from developer spec townhomes to Victorian, to nondescript bungalows. I think the most honest thing you can do is work within your own time. Anything else would be artiﬁcial.” Architects Linda Searl and Joe Valerio know a thing or two about that. When they built their very modern home people didn’t know what to make of it. “Once,” says Searl, “when we had food delivered, the guy walked up and said, ‘Oh, I thought this was a disco.’ A lot of people didn’t even think it could be a house.” Situated at the corner of Ohio and Oakley, the house is a constellation of staggered boxes sheathed in white-painted masonry and aluminum continued...
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the homeowners’ contemporary furnishings, some of which they designed themselves. And while some elements, like the elliptical protrusion oﬀ the second ﬂoor, are real eye-catchers, equally engaging are the randomly projected rusticated blocks that punctuate the masonry façade. Noticing the Gothic details of a building in the 2000 block of W. Dickens, it’s easy to wonder what this building is—or was. Its Clean-lined interiors are a contemporary ecclesiastical mien suggests a small counterpoint to the home’s facade. church or convent, but in fact, the decades-old building was once a funeral parlor. Today, it’s home to a young family. No, not the Addams. In fact, as re-imagined by architect Richard Blender, the interiors of the property are barely a shade of their former selves. Although he retained some of the original decorative moldings, the rooms are deﬁned by a contemporary, streamlined aesthetic, graced with Asian-inspired details. “Tere’s always the question,” says Blender, “of how to combine the old with the new. And rather than try to ﬁt in with the old, we really try to create a contrast, a counterpoint to what’s there already.” When the building was a funeral home, a reception room ran the width of the place, facing the street. Blender reworked that area into a foyer with a powder room, coat closet, and stairway leading to the second ﬂoor. Opting for an open plan, he inserted only a concrete-clad ﬁreplace to separate the foyer from the expansive living/dining room beyond. It’s a look you never guess from the street. It’s true; you can’t judge a book…
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Fiber Space Five cutting-edge artists stitch a new groove into the white-hot ﬁber art scene
The term alone—“ﬁber and material arts”—may trigger thoughts of hanging rugs and crunchy tapestries. But think again: A new brand of contemporary ﬁber artist is reinventing the craft, using felt, foam and plastic to create sculptures, installations and even video. Inspired by everything from design and technology to the human body, their innovative ideas and superior craftsmanship have placed them at the cusp of this perpetually re-emerging art world genre. Here, a handful of the best who are threading their needles along the cutting edge.
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Known as something of a leader in the Chicago arts community, Joan Livingstone, who used to head up the Fiber and Material Studies department at the School of the Art Institute, is now Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Her output since graduating from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1974 is nothing short of proliﬁc. Rosa Lutus and Sirens—pieces from a body of sculpture from the early 1990s—appear to be weighty, corporeal interpretations of the anatomy of botanical forms. Crafted out of felt, suture thread and epoxy resin, they are eﬀortless, never betraying the laborious nature of the materials. Once described as “drifting skins” by Chicago-based curator Shannon Stratton, hanging works in her Migrations series are bone-colored and topographical. A strange combination of bodily and ethereal, these works feature intricately stitched nubs protruding from a felt plane. Livingstone produces these works in her studio, located in an industrial part of Chicago. Represented by River North’s Roy Boyd Gallery, her work makes appearances in numerous major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
With a penchant for yarn, plastic, foam and ceramic, artist Mike Andrews’ latest works—anarchist takes on traditional tapestry—are crafted mostly from yarn. Punctuated by patches of pixilated color, they look part blanket, part rug, part garment (think scarf or mitten) and part wall collage. Ranging in size from a few feet up to eight feet, these singular explosions of color are painterly in their layers and composition. Also youthful and color-driven, small sculptures from his Sure Licks series are like animated blocks of unconventional materials. Some are simple cubes, but one consists of chunks of woven yarn and melted plastic over the top of panels and handmade infrastructure. This softening of parts creates an unusual aesthetic and tension that turns the bright colors and familiar stitching from fun to slightly unnerving. And while he has achieved major art-world status (thanks to exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and local galleries like Threewalls; look for an upcoming exhibit at the Golden gallery), Andrews is also known as one of the brains behind Imperfect Articles. Along with Noah Singer, Andrews (who currently teaches at The School of the Art Institute and graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art) produces tees designed in collaboration with the art world’s hottest contemporary artists.
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SOFT ROCK Dropped Down (2008) by Mindy Rose Schwartz.
The Macramé Maiden As a sculptor working in a wide range of media, ﬁber and materials are just one part of Mindy Rose Schwartz’s practice. Though she has been known recently for her use of macramé in sculpture and installations, just as important are the objects, drawings and sculptures that inhabit these works. The Macramé Interventions from her Submerged and Encroached series feature knotted and beaded macramé constructions stretching and wrapping domestic objects, such as chandeliers, benches, drawings and even, perhaps more expectedly, a stereotypical planter. Other macramé creations look tribal, as layers of knots and beads stretch toward the ceiling, grounded by a woven platform of macramé and found sticks. Schwartz’s strength is her ability to use everyday materials to transform our expectations, making the familiar seem unexpected. Since graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Schwartz has shown excessively at top institutions including The Renaissance Society, Hyde Park Art Center and Spertus Museum.
With his proliﬁc output of colorful and quirky sculpture, garments, masks, bags and wall pieces, Danny Mansmith has a visionary practice that, for its irreverence, can be linked to Outsider Art. His odd and rampant references to the ﬁgure appear in sewn dolls, paper cutouts and collages, recalling the work of Chicago’s great Hairy Who and Imagist artists like Karl Wirsum and Jim Nutt. THREAD COUNT With a knack for transforming the ordinary, Above, from left: Mansmith—a genius with a sewing marching— Bag and salad tongs by uses materials including fabric, Sharpies and Danny Mansmith. paper that tap into the everyday. His website showcases hundreds of images: oversized utensils wrapped in bright red fabric; picture frames stuﬀed with protruding sewn forms; garments that look like collages of patterns and color with intricate stitching and detail work. Named “Breakout Artist” by Newcity in 2009, Mansmith has been in shows at Northern Illinois University, ARC Gallery, MN Gallery and the Santa Fe Weaving Gallery to name just a few.
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The Music Man You know a guy is serious about design when he names his band after an Eames furniture line. And it’s a passion that John Navin, guitarist of the chamberpop Aluminum Group, has injected into every inch of his 1,200-square-foot Ukrainian Village pad. But make no mistake: Tis indie spirit is beating to his own design drum. “Home isn’t a place for limitations set forth by design rule books,” says Navin. “Every object you have tells some kind of story about your life.” If that’s the case, Navin’s life so far has been oﬀthe-charts fascinating. Retro-style furnishings are brought into the 21st century with murals, graphics and art, including two murals by graphic artist Mark
McGinnis. Te timely titled Bird Flu portrays a black, barren tree with dead birds lying around it like leaves, while Nation Building was created with a wallpaperlike application of submachine guns in white laminate. “It’s very strange-looking,” says Navin. “I had to call the cops one night and they just marveled at it.” Navin is most widely known for his musical collaboration with brother Frank, but now the duo is exploring the visual arts as well. Te Navin brothers recently documented artist Martino Gamper’s deconstruction of a papier-mâché chair using wood laminate. A conversation piece, the chair lives in Navin’s high-contrast dining room, where white walls and ebony ﬂoors make way for shots of bright color and pattern. Navin also had an old-fashioned sign painter handpaint graphics throughout the house. Originally created by Barbara Stauﬀacher Solomon for a California community called Sea Ranch, the swanky retro graphics work with the clean lines of the midcentury modern furniture and add personality to the unit’s otherwise white walls. “Tey point me in the right direction,” says Navin of the thick black arrow running across the home’s walls. And what direction is that? Always forward.
BRIGHT NOTE! From top: John Navin’s color-popping, cool living room; James Navin, next to one of the custom murals in his home.
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The Environmentalist “It seemsjuvenile to have a favorite color at the age of 27,” says West Andersonville resident Adam Sorkin. “But I really like green.” As in a lot of it: Tere’s the entry foyer’s lacquered Kelly green walls, ceilings and moldings; greenstriped Flor carpet tiles that anchor the dining table; and his collection of verdant artisan and Hagen pottery. Oh, and there’s that little matter of a 9-by13-foot slab of AstroTurf that serves as a living room area rug. Yes, AstroTurf. Not exactly subtle stuff, but the bursts of eyecatching greenery elevate this 1,200-square-foot apartment into something approaching high design. But for Sorkin, a lawyer with an undergrad degree in environmental studies, it wasn’t just the color green that inﬂuenced his design; it was also the philosophy of green. Te unit’s location near the Metra, as well as lots of nearby shops and restaurants, was one of the big draws for the carless Sorkin, who takes the train to his downtown job with the Social Security administration general counsel’s oﬃce. “I don’t
own a car, so I depend on public transit and the occasional I-Go vehicle,” says Sorkin. When he’s not working, Sorkin is often found lounging around his apartment that he’s furnished with almost all vintage and secondhand pieces, including lots of Danish furniture (he says he’s attracted to it because “it’s not too stark and the woods are warm and inviting”). Tere are also lots of Craigslist ﬁnds, which, says Sorkin, is a more ecological choice than buying new. Hanging above the living room sofa there’s a 3-by-3 grid of framed stock certiﬁcates from the 1920s and ’30s. Te certiﬁcates may suggest yet another kind of green, but Sorkin says he’s more concerned with quality of life than getting rich. In fact, he says the inexpensive AstroTurf area rug is his favorite element in his new home. “I was skeptical about the AstroTurf rug in the beginning, but now I love taking oﬀ my shoes and walking on it,” says Sorkin. “I have my own piece of summer in my apartment all year-round.”
GOING GREEN Adam Sorkin’s pops of green give an otherwise neutral dining room a dose of the great outdoors.
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Full House Two kids, three living rooms, dozens of riding boots and a few thousand objects. Caroline Scheeler puts it all under one roof By Kate Templin | Photography by Tony Soluri
It started with a ride. Fifteen years ago, Caroline Scheeler, now creative director of local cult interiors shop Jayson Home & Garden, was studying interior architecture at the School of the Art Institute. Te dedicated equestrian was also making daily predawn trips to Wayne, Illinois, a small community 40 miles west of Chicago with an illustrious horse-breeding history and miles of riding paths. On one of those drives, she spotted a 1940s Colonial Cape Cod set on a wide expanse of prairie land and instantly fell into what she was sure would be an unrequited love: She was positive the owners of such a gem would never sell. “I was shocked when we saw a ‘for sale’ sign outside a week later,” Scheeler says. “It felt like it was meant to be, and I knew we had to buy it.” Luckily, her husband, artist
TOWN & COUNTRY 2.0 Caroline Scheeler’s global-vintage aesthetic gets big play in one of her living rooms. The mix includes repurposed family heirlooms like her grandmother’s gilded mirror and items collected from scouting trips (a leather Chesterﬁeld sofa from Jayson Home, bird prints from L.A. shop Natural Curiosities and a vintage Bamileke table—carved from one piece of wood—from Africa).
Joe Vajarsky, agreed, and soon after, the longtime urbanites oﬃcially decamped to the country. “We felt like pioneers,” says Scheeler of the move to Wayne. “We were going against the grain of anyone we knew. But it’s a sweet place to call home. People still ride horses everywhere. Tey go fox hunting. It’s this great little secret town.” Current rural roots aside, you can never truly take the city out of the girl, and within her home, Scheeler, 44, has created a decidedly urban version of a country house, fueled by her own love for all things “gypsy” (vintage textiles, global artworks and fearlessly black walls) and ﬁlled with cherished, often repurposed, family heirlooms mixed with the few lovely things she’s allowed herself to bring home from the regular buying trips required by her day job. “Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of what I ﬁnd ends up in the store,” Scheeler says. “I deﬁnitely buy what I love and hope that others see the beauty that I see. But occasionally, something won’t sell for one reason or another, and sometimes it will ﬁnds its way into my house.” Scheeler began working for Jayson Home & Garden 16 years ago, and as the store itself has matured and grown, so has her place in it. As creative director, she is now responsible for ﬁlling the insanely chic 20,000-squarefoot Clybourn Avenue shop with unique pieces she uncovers from every corner of the globe. Known for its seamless blend of glamour and gunnysack-chic, the store is a treasure trove of interior inspiration (think antique armchairs given new life when covered in smoky linens and outlined in oversized nail heads; vintage suzani pillows; decoupage-glass trays featuring insects and ephemera; and the occasional piece of antler wall décor). “I do a lot of trekking around in little ﬂea markets and through warehouses in the middle of nowhere,” she says. “It can be hit or miss, but sometimes, we’ll hit the mother lode. We try not to be painfully cutting-edge, but ahead enough to be interesting.”
From top: Caroline with her two children, Owen, 10, and Stella, 7, in the light-ﬁlled family room, a 2006 addition that nearly doubled the house’s square footage; the ebony-colored living room leads into the “red room,” a library/music area where the children work on art projects and play the family’s J. Bauer & Company piano, made in Chicago in 1895. Opposite page: The mudroom houses a collection of riding memorabilia, found oddities and boots, many of which sit under an antique console table Scheeler found in China.
Scheeler admits the looks she’s cultivated at the shop—mismatched yet cohesive; vintage with a modern bent; cozy, not cluttered—are not unlike the one she’s crafted in her own home: a rich and treasureﬁlled (yet entirely livable) space. And not just livable for adults either. “Tere is always a skateboard leaning by our door and muddy riding boots, princess dresses and scraps of paper and clay and crayons and paint everywhere,” aﬃrms Scheeler, who doesn’t subscribe to a rigid
don’t-touch-anything policy when it comes to her two children (Owen, 10, and Stella, 7). Te kids can often be found lounging on the leather, grommeted bench that doubles as a coﬀee table in the library/music room (“the kids call it ‘the red room,’” Scheeler says, referring to the space’s shiny, tomato-toned walls), along with Stella’s favorite stuﬀed foxes and even Owen’s pet bearded dragon, Spike. “I know plenty of people who have rooms that are oﬀ limits to their kids, and I didn’t want that,” she
Above : A cozy, English-arm Lee sofa and tufted, mohair Yves ottoman, both from Jayson Home & Garden, add comfort to the family room, while a reproduction of an old horse photo and Victorian-era elk antlers hint at Scheeler’s signature style. Opposite page: A favorite hangout spot, the kitchen’s dining nook features a reclaimed-oak table surrounded by mismatched seating, including an early 1900s Belgian sofa and a vintage footstool.
continues. “My kids can put their feet up, run around, play musical instruments...” Case in point: Te family’s J. Bauer & Co. piano was made in Chicago in 1895, but it’s no museum piece. “It was my grandpa’s, then mine growing up; now it’s my kids’,” she says. Tey were also the inspiration for the home’s 2006 addition, which nearly doubled the size of the formerly 1,500-square-foot house. Te renovation added a master bedroom (a serene space that Scheeler personalized by
adding an ornate, gilded Italian headboard, a zebra-printed cowhide rug and Oly’s mirrortopped nightstand) and an airy family room, made warmer by the wood salvaged from a nearby barn, which Scheeler’s husband installed on the ceiling. Indeed, new construction only called out for more vintage and texture, says Scheeler, who also added a reproduction of an old horse photo, which is now available at Jayson Home. Te print hangs near an antique dresser topped
“I guess not many people would have the conﬁdence to paint a room almost black and put a Victorian piece in a 1940s Cape Cod, but I’ve become conﬁdent in my personal aesthetic,” says Caroline Scheeler.
with unconventional curiosities, including a claw-foot from an old bathtub (“You can imagine the tub that sat on it, and that’s cool,” she says) found at a ﬂea market in Belgium—a frequent buying-trip destination. The light-filled family space also allowed Scheeler to indulge in her darker design sensibilities in the old living room, which boasts walls with a near-black, lacquered finish. “I wanted the room to have an England/Ireland country house feel, so in one of my braver design moves, I installed a Victorian mantel I found at the Kane County f lea market over the fireplace. To me, it feels very Ireland-inspired, very clubby,” Scheeler says. Across the room, she repurposed her great-grandmother’s secretary into a bar. “I guess not many people would have the conﬁdence to paint a room almost black and put a Victorian piece in a 1940s Cape Cod, but I’ve become conﬁdent in my personal aesthetic,” she says. “I feel much freer to gather things together that are unexpected. It works for me.”
Nearby, the kitchen’s Arabescato marble countertops and white cabinets are balanced by Ralph Lauren’s sophisticated Mercer paint and a metal and drop-crystal chandelier found at a ﬂea market. Mismatched seating— an early 1900s Belgian sofa, reproduction caned chairs and a vintage footstool—surround a reclaimed-oak table in the dining nook, where Owen and Stella hang out while Scheeler cooks dinner after a family riding excursion. Not surprisingly, the equestrian-themed mudroom is Scheeler’s favorite in the house. “Te wall is covered with things I love,” she says, referring to the disparate but harmonious gathering: a shadowbox full of show ribbons, a hunting horn, boot pulls from a Paris ﬂea market, a vintage photo of her grandfather’s high school football team, vintage polo mallets from Argentina. “But the space is also really functional,” she continues. “It really is where we keep our muddy boots after we ride. Maybe it’s because I love shoes, but there’s something about all those boots lined up.” After all, in Scheeler’s aesthetically driven world, real life creates the highest design.
Above : In the master bedroom, light blue walls and Indian handcut cotton coverlet (available at Jayson Home) are punched up with a zebra-stenciled cowhide rug, an angora Tulu textile from Turkey, a gilded Italian headboard and an antique oak sideboard from Belgium. Opposite page: In the family room, an antique dresser is topped with an assortment of weathered leather cases and books found at Belgian ﬂea markets, as well as an Italian sunburst mirror and a claw-foot from an old bathtub.
A couple of city slickers turn an old Boy Scout camp into a modernist haven where stand-out style reigns in the sticks By Tate Gunnerson | Photography by Tony Soluri
When Joe Paolucci and Tom Hitchcock started spending weekends in their newly purchased second home just outside Buchanan, Michigan, they tried to blend in with the locals. Tat meant ﬂannel shirts and fertilizerlogo’d baseball hats for the entire family: Paolucci and Hitchcock, and their 11-year-old twin sons, Harry and Joey. But ﬁtting in isn’t exactly a slam dunk when your house is a 2,250-square-foot, three-bedroom modernist glass and steel structure—even if it is located in Camp Madron, a heavily wooded former Boy Scout camp, complete with a large and placid inland lake and plenty of forest views through ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows. Amid Buchanan’s assortment of Victorians, cottages and similarly traditional homes, the right-angled, open-plan house (designed by Dan Wheeler of Wheeler Kearns) looks like the ultimate architectural outsider. So much for going local. Which they took to heart: “I tried it, but you know what? I just can’t do it,” says Paolucci. “So I’ve gone back to my Lincoln Park wardrobe and wild explosive print shirts from Syd Jerome.” But Paolucci, who was formerly an attorney for Sam Zell, and Hitchcock, currently
an attorney and principal at Hitchcock & Associates, did leave behind their extensive collection of 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century antiques found in their Lincoln Park primary residence. For their weekend getaway, they decided to focus on iconic midcentury pieces. Paolucci took the lead on the interiors; Hitchcock focused on the outside. “My original idea for the house was 1960s Manhattan cocktail party, but in the woods,” says Paolucci, who put together an elaborate design board with furniture
FLOWER POWER During renovations, the homeowners had the living room’s 1960s Malm ﬁreplace torn out and replaced—twice. “We measured wrong,” says Paolucci. The room’s showstopper, Nani Marquina’s Little Field of Flowers rug by Tord Boontje works perfectly with the view through the big, glass windows. Above : The kids’ room with Cole & Son’s Woods wallpaper.
“My original idea for the house was 1960s Manhattan cocktail party, but in the woods,” says homeowner Joe Paolucci of his Michigan getaway. samples and sketches. Many of the pieces— from two original Knoll sofas to a rosewood dry bar—were from vendors discovered via 1stdibs, one of his favorite sources for vintage modern. Tose matching Knoll sofas ﬂank the 1960s Malm ﬁreplace, creating a warm and welcoming ﬁrst impression from the entryway. Behind one of the sofas, Paolucci created a kid-friendly but sophisticated reading area with a hanging Bubble chair by Eero Aarnio and an Eames Lounge chair upholstered in ivory leather. In the kids’ room, Paolucci and Hitchcock had rustic log bunk beds made custom-made. Te result is beds that look like they were dreamed up as the perfect foreground for the black and white Cole & Son Woods wallpaper.
Further upping the wooded wonderland ante, Paolucci built two playhouses on the half-acre property. Te raised fort comes with a slide and a zip line. And for adults, there’s an indoor/outdoor guest house with upholstered daybeds, a sound system and WiFi within shouting distance from the main house. “We enjoy hanging out there when the kids have their friends over, and the house feels chaotic,” says Paolucci of the chic escape within an escape. Meanwhile, Hitchcock continued to work on the exterior, installing a large, heated, paved patio with an outdoor kitchen, as well as a shower and a hot tub, which the family uses all year long. “Even when it snows, the patio’s bonedry,” says Paolucci. Hitchcock also planted a
Above : A lithograph by Alexander Calder hangs against a bright orange accent wall in the stylish, kid-friendly reading area. Opposite page: Alexander Girard’s Vitra Wooden Dolls and a Pistilli chrome and plastic wall lamp add whimsy and sparkle to a vintage Danish modern rosewood dry bar.
ﬁeld of wildﬂowers, scores of river birch and hundreds of evergreens to help block light and add privacy during winter months. “Some of our neighbors weren’t happy about the light pollution,” explains Hitchcock of the home’s many windows. “At Camp Madron, you’re not allowed to have any outdoor lights, but when we turn our lights on at night, it’s like O’Hare airport.” Again, so much for ﬁtting in. But for the family, the beneﬁts of the getaway far outweigh the challenges. When they ﬁrst started looking for a second home, they focused on Lake Michigan in the popular Harbor Country resort area, which also oﬀers Red Arrow Highway’s antique stores and many more dining options. But during one particularly tragic summer week when several people drowned while swimming in the lake, the couple’s parental impulse kicked in and they began to seek other options. When a colleague told Paolucci there was a place for sale at Camp Madron, the couple arranged to see it and made an oﬀer the next day. And while Paolucci and Hitchcock had originally considered Buchanan’s inland location a detriment, they were delighted when they realized how much more snow falls there. “It’s restful,” says Hitchcock. “Winter’s 82 |
probably my favorite season.” “Te kids love playing in the snow,” adds Paolucci, who says he doesn’t know if they would have bought the house if it weren’t for the boys. “We needed a place for them to run and play.” With any luck, the couple says, Buchanan will soon be a shopping destination in its own right. Paolucci and Hitchcock have joined with other like-minded Chicagoans, including antique dealers Alan Robandt and Tom Jolly, to invest in downtown Buchanan. Te couple bought three buildings to renovate and even opened their own shop named Front, which carries Taschen books, Kartell and Vitra furniture, and other luxury European lines not typically associated with small Midwest downtowns. “I wanted to turn the town into a destination place,” says Paolucci. “And it’s an aesthetic outlet for me.” Between operating Front and renovating the buildings, Paolucci and Hitchcock have gotten to know many people in the community. And despite their IL license plates and Lincoln Park attire, many have become close friends. “We’re deﬁnitely accepted as part of the community,” says Paolucci. “It’s really been a godsend for the family to have a place in the country.”
From top left: A signed Victor Vasarely lithograph hangs above one of the two daybeds in the mod guest cottage. Each side of the cottage mirrors the other with a daybed, white Kartell Componibili storage unit and vintage Bertoia white wire chair. A fire pit and heated coils enable the family to enjoy their sleek outdoor patio all year long.
By Alexandria Abramian-Mott, Lisa Cregan, Meghan McEwen and Kate Templin
Baby, it’s cold outside! It’s time to snuggle up at home and head to the warmest, comﬁest corners of the city. From fur-lined furniture to the hottest ﬁreplace designs, we’ve cornered the market on cutting-edge, winter-time style!
On FiRe! aimee Wertepny.
Aimee Wertepny is cuttingedge—minus the edge. Te 32-year-old owner of PROjECT is that rare modernist with a soft spot for the snug, moody and intimate. “I love using tree stumps with root systems for tables, and covering walls in wonderful hair hides,” she says. Her secret angle is incorporating all the ﬁve senses. “If someone is sitting in a chair, I think they should be experiencing its texture or leaning back and touching a soft, furry pillow.” Visually, she’ll often do things like create a wall of maps depicting a client’s hometown. And taste and smell? “I think it feels so good to incorporate bowls ﬁlled with artichokes or pears,” Wertepny says, “and I love burning Nag Champa, traditional Indian incense. It’s so soothing.” She’s equally attuned to sound, and the background beat of Senegalese drummers gives away her other passion: Africa. Tese days, she’s hands-on involved with a charity that beneﬁts Tanzanian orphans. “My travels to Africa inspire my projects,” she says. “I bring a little tribal into everything I do. It’s just a part of who I am.”
photo by Jememy bustos
Brogger says: “a wire’s true nature is to be bent.”.
BRanCHinG OUT At a distance, Mary Brogger’s Twisted Wire Chandelier looks like something spirited out of Tolkien’s Old Forest, all gnarled limbs and frazzled branches. Up close, the wood turns out to be twisted strands of glowing brass wire suspended under a halogen lamp by thin “foxtail” chains. Te pricey pieces (available via custom order through Dana John in California) are meant to cast a tangled tracery of shadows onto tables positioned beneath them. Brogger, a longtime Art Institute prof and 20-year Chicagoan who recently moved to L.A. (boo!), sees her chandeliers as a meditation on the nature of things. “A wire’s true nature is to be bent,” she says. “And only by twisting it does it happen to look like a natural object.”
CRaFT piCKs The J.J. armchair by antonio Citterio for B&B italia.
best item for cozying up your interiors: “there’s nothing better than cozying up with one of susan chalom’s 100 percent mohair throws. they’re naturally dyed, hand loomed in finland and the ﬁnest quality out there. they come in over 30 colors and look beautiful draped over a sofa or folded elegantly on the bed.” –Kara Mann, Interior Designer (throws sold at kara mann showroom)
Furry Furniture Everywhere we look we’re seeing the kind of furniture Genghis Khan might have collapsed into after a long day’s pillaging. Take Patricia Urquiola’s massive log armchair—long-haired Mongolian fur oﬀ sets sturdy beechwood arms and legs. Or Antonio Citterio’s wire-framed J.J. Chair, equally voluptuous, tactile and ﬁt for a hardworking horde leader. Best of all, chic fur-bearers like the bumptious Cipria sofas by Fernando and Humberto Campana have a European sophistication beneath their shaggy charm. Tey’ll add warmth without unsettling your cool, modern vibe. Give one a try—what could it yurt?
Knit Wits London-based designer Donna Wilson’s knitted wool poufs are a playful, cozy alternative to the now-ubiquitous Moroccan leather ottoman. Made by hand-stuﬃng eco-friendly Calico bags and upholstering them in knitted panels, Wilson’s Ernest, Frank and
THe HOT seaT donna Wilson’s color-popping poufs.
Henry poufs all feature geometric patterns in red, green or black that reﬂect the designer’s upbringing in the Scottish countryside combined with her time spent studying in Holland. Sold through British design collection SCP, the poufs come in two shapes and three sizes, all of which scream for a cozy afternoon in front of a ﬁre. $544$655, at thefutureperfect.com.
best item for cozying up your interiors: “the sheepskin rug. if you have some cool midcentury metal chairs that sit out on your deck all summer, bring them in for the winter and toss on a sheepskin throw. it’s like the new la-Zboy. or throw some on the ﬂoor beside your bed, so in the cold, winter mornings when you get up, the ﬁrst thing your feet hit is soft and warm.” –Jordana Joseph, interior designer, Jorge
Bonﬁre of Vanities materious’ faux furniture legs as fireplace logs.
Married college professors who started their own studio, Materious, so they could ‘do’ as well as teach, Stephanie and Bruce T arp are award-winning modernists (in 2006 they won Interior Design Magazine’s Best Accessory award for a cubby that’s also a hook). Now Stephanie (UIC) and Bruce (School of the Art Institute) have debuted Adieu as a ﬁery farewell to Queen Anne, Louis Seize and all the rest of ﬁne furniture’s royals. “But it’s also about irony,” says Bruce of the artful pile of alabaster furniture legs he and Stephanie designed to replace faux logs in gas ﬁ replaces. “Te fact that it’s made of porcelain and won’t burn, says that ornament is not going away.” T is bonﬁ re of decorating vanities will be available as soon as a few niggling ﬁ re code issues get resolved.
pilsen’s nightwood restaurant.
BeaR maRKeT lise lefebvre’s newest Blanket statement piece..
The Four Coziest Corners
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1. Te private, two-man booths at Old Town Social add another layer of visual interest to the amber-lit sporting parlor. Dreamed up by photographer turned designer Brian Willette, private tables beg you to draw the velvet curtains and order comfort food faves: charcuterie plates, duck wings and goose-fat potato chips. 455 W. North Ave., 312.266.2277. 2. If you’re one of the few Chicagoans who hasn’t fallen for Pilsen’s Nightwood yet, this winter is the time. Designed by Kevin Heisner (Bar Deville, Empire Liquors), the interior is all about warm minimalism with leather-backed Bertoia Wire chairs, brick walls, a mix of antique and retro light ﬁ xtures and an abundance of white
THe sTYle HUnT Taxidermy a little too taxing on your environmental conscience? No worries. French artist Lise Lefebvre has created the ultimate in huntinglodge chic—without the carnage. Adding a new twist to her Blanket Statement pieces, Lefebvre is now making her one-of-a-kind bear ﬂoor coverings with vintage Persian rugs. She uses wood and plastic molds for the bear head, and hand-paints every last detail— down to those just-so stains on their teeth. Price varies (around $2,800), available at 360SEE, 1924 N. Damen Ave., 773.698.6340, 360seegallery.com.
oak. Enjoy the oﬀerings on the daily handwritten menu and watch the snow fall through the glass corner façade. 2119 S. Halsted St., 312.526.3385. 3. When part of its name comes from the temperature at which ﬁ re starts, you know a restaurant is going to be hot. Grab a cozy, furcovered stool at Zed451 and pull it up to the gigantic indoor circular ﬁ re pit. 739 N. Clark St., 312.266.6691. 4. West town’s Old Oak Tap not only houses the tallest ﬁ replace in the city—a 22-foot stackedslate, wood-burning gem—it also features a heated, winterized patio that allows you to imbibe “outdoors” all season long. 2109 W. Chicago Ave., 773.772.0406.
Bisazza’s sleek mosaic fireplace.
HOT ROCKs Who needs an actual roaring ﬁ re when you can cuddle up in front of the Montparnasse tile ﬁreplace mosaic from luxury brand Bisazza, which opened a ﬂagship store in River North last year. Te sexy, decorative panel, created in gold and glass tiles by Italian designer Marco Braga (who also coordinates campaigns for Roberto Cavalli), stands at approximately six feet wide and more than eight feet tall. Te best part: You’ll never need to light a log to enjoy this ﬂame. 226 W. Kinzie St., 312.329.1350, bisazza.com/usa.
Coziest Store in Town Te cozy look is on ﬁre. And Brimﬁeld has the seat next to the hearth. Even the haughty arbiters of style at Elle Décor have given Brimﬁeld the nod, featuring one of the shop’s covetable, tartancovered lampshades in its December pages. “I want everything here to feel like your father’s wonderful old bathrobe or maybe the blanket you had at a summerhouse you went to as a kid,” says shop owner Julie Fernstrom. She tugs at your memory strings by stocking more than 200 vintage blankets in her Andersonville shop. Cool throws made from patched-together recycled sweaters, pillows covered in old Pendleton shirts, upholstered midcentury furniture reimagined in army blanket olive, and tartan, tartan and more tartan. Fernstrom even lights balsam-scented candles to enhance the 1950s North Woods vibe. Cozy to the max. 5219 N. Clark St., 773.271.3501.
FiReBOX Richard Marks, owner of Concrete Age Artworks, can make ﬂames magically rise from cold, smooth concrete. “It’s a green alternative to wood-burning ﬁreplaces,” explains Marks, who ﬁts out his blazing concrete beauties with EcoSmart ﬁreboxes fueled by denatured ethanol. No chimney required (and no pollution). Freed from the tyranny of the hearth, Marks can be more creative. Want a line of ﬂames ﬂickering down the center of a kitchen island? No problem. “Because concrete starts out as a ﬂuid, you can custom-alter the shape and dimensions in a way that would be diﬃcult, if not impossible, in any other material,” says Marks. concreteageartworks.com.
COnCReTe idea Richard marks in front of one of his creations.
plUsH appeal! alessandra Branca curls up with one of her blankets.
BlanKeT sTaTemenT As if Alessandra Branca’s luxuriant Pearson Street store wasn’t already cushy and comfy enough—now she’s added stacks of plush new Branca blankets to her collection. Branca designed the organic cotton blankets in variations of her signature ticking stripes and cozied them up with copious velvet trimming. Currently available in four color combos (more on the way), the $225 throws are elegant enough for the living room but machine-washable enough for the family room. “Dress up or dress down,” says Branca. Or just go into the store and snuggle. 17 E. Pearson St., 312.202.1019.
coziest seat: “the Womb chair in mohair—for its sheer size and those big arms. it’s a classic, and so inviting. i love to put it in front of a sunny window for naps.” –Patrizio Fradiani, Studio F
AlessAndrA brAncA And richArd mArks photo by mieyrA Acerto; brimfield photo by tAte gunnerson
plaid madness The cozy, tartancrazy interiors at andersonville’s Brimfield.
Urban Retreat Tink voluptuous. Tink hedonistic. Tink Roman bath. Tat’s the Elysian Hotel’s new 10,000-square-foot spa. “Guardians” greet you in the lobby—the mosaic tile visages of a god and goddess with sheets of water blurring their faces. Ten dimly lit, moody hallways lead past fountains, colonnades and intricate mosaics to an über-comfy women’s relaxation room ringed by deep chaises. And the men? Teir relaxation area is just as plush—with a ﬁreplace casting its ﬂickering light onto chocolate leather chairs and pinstriped velvet ottomans. Tink paradise. 11 E. Walton St., 312.880.4300.
epoch’s coldweather, white blooms.
BiTTeR BlOOms Tired of barren branches? Mike Hines, of Epoch’s new modernmeets-goth space, packs a lot of style into 150 square feet: black walls, a black ceiling, black marble ﬂoors and the season’s coolest, coziest ﬂowers. “I love to mass out berried branches and one ﬂower breed on the ﬂoor near the ﬁreplace,” says Hines. “Amaryllis or tulips are great, and talo-berry branches are dried by nature, so they’ll last the entire season.” Elysian Hotel, 11 E. Walton, 312. 226.2968, epochﬂoral.com.
WHen in ROme... The lobby of the elysian Hotel’s new spa; the modern Roman bath concept makes for a perfect city escape.
dinneR paRTY mUsT-HaVes Come winter months, it’s time to send that plain white china into hibernation and reach for the season’s coolest (and cuddliest) tableware. Guinea feather placemats ($24 each, at Jayson Home & Garden) make for a one-of-a-kind warm-up from basic linen, while Royal Animal Candles that come on resin pillars ($32–$36, at Anthropologie) cast an unexpected glow. And don’t forget to get your best glasswork in on the act. Esque’s tearshaped Cozy Bottle ($900, at June Blaker) comes with its own cashmere wrap. Talk about keeping the cold out!
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Looking for the world’s coziest hotel? Famous design doyenne Ilse Crawford brings her rustic-comfy-modern mix to England’s oldest inn By Meghan McEwen
Within minutes of arriving at the Olde Bell Inn in Hurley—an itty-bitty rural town in Berkshire, England—I know I’ve landed at the holy grail of cozy. A weatherworn bell gently sways in front of the mosscovered stone entrance, which is marked with the year it was built: 1135. Inside, sheepskin rugs are slung over Shaker-style chairs in front of a crackling stone ﬁreplace. And those rugs appear in just about every other cranny of the 47-room inn. Wall sconces and table candles throw oﬀ dim mood lighting, and the bartender wears red suspenders—without irony. But the clincher waits in our third-ﬂoor, peakedceiling room: a giant, claw-foot soaking tub sits in
front of double windows overlooking a stone-walled English garden and a Tames-side moor straight out of Wuthering Heights. As if on cue, two perfect white swans glide across the scene, and as I begin to feel a little like Emily Bronte herself, a hunting dog trots into view. I rub my eyes. But no, it’s not jet lag. Tis is where period-piece beauty meets the present. But make no mistake: Tis is no ode to countryside cliché. Ye Olde Bell Inn is a thoroughly modern aﬀair. Revered for bringing up-to-the-minute design to the English masses as the former editor of Elle Décor, designer Ilse Crawford came to England’s oldest, and most legendary, functioning inn ﬁve years ago. And
DESIGN ROYALTY The Crown Inn, with its cobblestone patio and chic, Ilse Crawforddesigned interiors, was the location of Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Clockwise from top left: The ﬁreplace at the Crown Inn; the Crawford-designed restaurant at the Crown Inn; a rustic-modern touch at the Olde Bell Inn.
this may be her ﬁnest product yet. Crawford, known for her statement-making makeovers (New York’s Soho House and Somerset’s Babington House) has created a pareddown, style-packing power retreat—without sacriﬁcing the rich history or authenticity of the place. Te inn’s unoﬃcial motto: local cheese, local chairs. As for my own M.O.? To do absolutely nothing except savor every last minute in what is undoubtedly the coziest inn on the planet. I want to behave like the travelers who stopped at the coaching inn when it was a staging point on the Oxford-to-London route. Tey came for good food, drink and conversation, as well as a warm place to sleep. Long before Elizabeth Taylor was a guest (she appreciated the discreetness) and Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower stayed here prior to the Normandy Invasion, the Olde Bell was run by monks who welcomed visitors in the guesthouse when they heard the bell ringing. Tere’s a secret underground tunnel, accessed through the ﬁreplace—yes, the ﬁreplace—in the pub, which used to run from the inn to the priory down the road. Its history is part of the aesthetic. Crawford purposefully left paint peeling from original, browned walls. Wooden ﬂoors and stairs creak with age. Te ceiling crumbles a bit in places, and servers wear waxed cotton uniforms that look like butcher aprons instead of starched white shirts. “We’ve reinvented the idea of the coaching inn. Not in a historic sense, but pinning down the essence,” says Crawford. “Design-wise
“Make no mistake: This is no ode to countryside cliché. Ye Olde Bell Inn (as the sign reads out front) is a thoroughly modern affair. ”
we’ve looked at creating a modern vernacular and DNA of materials that work throughout an 11th-century building, a 19th-century building and ultimately could work in a contemporary building.” After a frivolous time-change nap, I am ready for lunch in the inn’s restaurant. My husband and I are staying in one of the annex buildings on the property, and it is connected to the main inn by a stone path that winds through old, crumbling stone walls and a giant expanse of meadow. We want to eat outside at the long wooden tables lined up in the grass, but there’s a light, straight-out-of-Wuthering Heights mist. Inside, oversized, tall-back wooden booth/benches are sheathed in patterned Welsh woolen blankets and cinched with a slim leather saddle belt, while the ﬁreplace mantel holds pewter plates and a clutch of knickknacks. I make a mental note: must buy Welsh blanket and use at home as furniture sweater. Followed by another thought: It will never look as eﬀortlessly chic as this. Te menu is unfussy, even simple: wood pigeon, salt lamb shank and pheasant pie. I’m told it was developed by Rosie Sykes (author of best-selling cookbook Te Kitchen Revolution), and when my roast duck arrives, I am practically levitating after each heavenly bite. For a country not exactly recognized for its cuisine, the English comfort food here is as fresh and delicious as it gets. Even humble jams—cherry, raspberry and apricot—on slices of homemade multigrain loaf inspire sonnets.
Afterward we stroll through a fairy-tale labyrinth of dried leaves, swinging gates and slate-shingled buildings covered in vines, climbing ivy and huge patches of bright green moss. We wander down to the brick-walled gardens, where raised beds feed the kitchen with rosemary, thyme, oregano, arugula, strawberries, artichokes and tomatoes. I can hardly wait to get back to the main building with my book to snag the perfectly tattered armchair upholstered in teal peacock feather fabric that’s planted in front of one of the pub’s two crackling ﬁreplaces. Te Barbour-clad Wellie crowd makes an expected appearance, but so do local regulars stopping by for a drink and canoodling city couples. Almost everyone is with pint and newspaper. Sinking into the generous lap of the coveted chair, I open my book but can’t read. It’s impossible to concentrate without taking in every last detail ﬁrst. Luckily, time is a luxury I can aﬀord here. Te room is cluttered with a thoughtful blend of old and new: farmhouse table paired with Jasper Morrison’s cork pouf; mismatched chairs next to rustic-minimalist stool by E15. Te ﬁrst thing that hits you is the sum of all the parts: a coziness that feels at once simple, lived-in and traditional, but not overly anachronistic. Old-fashioned turnkeys hang from the paint-peeling walls. I’m attracted to a quirky little cranny that houses a taxidermy rooster under a glass dome, next to a row of crooked postcards
BRANCHING OUT From top: Many of the Olde Bell Inn’s buildings are covered with vines, branches and moss; the dining room at Olde Bell Inn; brown and white sheepskins are slung over chairs throughout both coaching inns.
and pewter pitchers. Te black-painted wooden chairs, which hail from High Wycombe, have armrests with the paint rubbed oﬀ down to the natural wood—a testament to how comfortable spindle-back chairs can be when made well. Te next day—same time, same place—I pick a diﬀerent seat: a cozy corner across from a group of golfers. I’m ﬂipping through a book about the history of Hurley (during the war, there was a secret American base down the street) when the guy I noticed behind the bar wearing suspenders and working the beer pulls takes a seat across from me. Neil Irvine is a smallish man. He could easily pass for a farmhand or a 19th-century intellectual, or maybe an eccentric gentleman of leisure. Turns out, he’s the innkeeper—also known as the GM, and at times acts as bartender, server and host. If I wasn’t already impressed with the philosophy and design of the Olde Bell (for the record: I am), Irvine, who came from famous farm-to-table London restaurant St. John, is like an ambassador of style with substance. “You don’t need expensive drapes and chandeliers for this place to look spectacular. It’s been here for almost 1,000 years. We’re insigniﬁcant. We’re just here as caretakers. Te building is the character,” he says. “Tis place tells you what it needs.” What does it need? Apparently, you know when you see it: framed postcards from the century past; ceramic poodle bookends from the neighborhood charity store; and coming soon, beehives and chickens. Tere’s a new gardener who specializes in permaculture. Starting the following week, he’ll also focus on ramping up the locally sourced food front, as well as growing more of it on-site. “Some people are annoyed because there’s no minibar in the room, but we want to interact with people. It’s not about pushing people into a room and forgetting about them because we have their
credit card. It’s more personal.” Putting Irvine’s service manifesto to the test, we order a four-course dinner to our quiet room that night. We’ve already clocked at least six hours in the restaurant and pub today (playing Scrabble and eating our two other meals), and we’re ready for a more intimate dining experience. Within half an hour, the bartender and another server deliver two towering trays of food and a bottle of wine. Classical music softly streams from the red leather Roberts vintage FM radio that sits on the dresser. It’s a STAGE LEFT Above: Daily specials are scrawled luxury I didn’t even know I missed: on the chalkboard in the pub. Bottom left : There’s freedom from the responsibility of nothing cozier than tea and biscuits and jam in front of the roaring ﬁreplace. curating the soundtrack of my life with iPod playlists. Suddenly, our classical music is competing against deep thumping sounds—and then the unthinkable happens: trashy Euro disco. Tere’s a wedding reception in the common ﬁrst-ﬂoor rooms, and the disco lasts until midnight. It’s the only glitch of the entire trip, but it’s a biggie. On day three, we head over to the Olde Bell Inn’s sister property, Te Crown Inn, just 20 minutes away by taxi. Designed with the same High Wycombe chairs, the same Welch woolly blankets, the same liberal smattering of sheepskins, it’s a near replica tucked inside a slightly newer skin: It’s only about 500 years old, a virtual spring chicken. Te Crown is also the recognizable location of Four Weddings and a Funeral. After settling into our new room—a jewel-box version of our last (sans soaking tub)—and grabbing lunch at an adorable neighboring seasonal café (I nosh on sweet potato and carrot soup and a locally sourced Club), we hit the town of Amersham. Tony shops, restaurants and cafés line the cobblestone street. Just beyond the town square, we discover a pedestrian walking trail that begins behind the 12th-century stone church of St. Mary’s, where bright green moss-encrusted tombstones and craggy trees look less Bronte, more Sleepy Hollow. Te footpath follows along a small stream into a forest of tall trees and gigantic holly bushes before splintering oﬀ into a handful of paths. We pick the right one, and standing above the town at dusk (sunset: 4:15), the small lights twinkle an outline of the small town. At the Olde Bell Inn, the only time we left the property was a walk along the Tames—but it started to drizzle after about 45 minutes. But this day, as dusk turns to dark night, we have no reason to stop short. We walk along High Street, through Market Square and into the outlying rows of brick and stone homes. Looking through windows, we see people sitting in front of oversized hearths sipping wine; two old men gesturing wildly through the windows of a pub, illuminated glass bottles glowing behind the bar. Te sense of slipping into an MerchantIvory movie returns. When we get back to the inn, it’s quiet and the crowd has thinned substantially, compared to the midday Sunday brunch bustle. We dive into what has become our early evening routine: a pint in the bar over a cutthroat game of Scrabble pulled from a nearby shelf. I ask my husband to take a photo of the board, and he pulls out his iPhone, which has been on forced hiatus aside from a few quick weather checks (gray skies, 50 percent chance of rain every time). Te technology lights up the dark, cozy corner, and the spell is broken. We’re ready to go home.
STYLE PUB With its local spindle-back chairs, Welsh blanket-covered booths and exposed beams, the Olde Bell Innâ€™s pub is where the Wellie crowd comes to dry out and drink up.
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onE night, onE floor Creativity and design was the theme of the ﬁrst annual “Start at the Top” charity event at the Merchandise Mart. More than 500 designers and architects headed to the 18th ﬂoor of the Mart to check out the showrooms and sip distinguished wines from around the world. The designers even got into the spirit by artfully crafting more than 70 pumpkins, which were donated to the Ronald McDonald House and Misericordia.
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Evan lEwis Savvy interior design trendsetters headed to Evan Lewis, Inc. for a preview of the new Renzo Collection, inspired by the Modern Wing of the Art Institute. The collection features hand-rubbed steel and glass tables in customizable sizes. The showroom also introduced original hand-painted canvas wall coverings by South African born artist Christiaan Pretorius, which are also made-to-order.
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Perimeter Gallery exhibits contemporary painting, sculpture, and works on paper by emerging and established mid-career artists, as well as master works in ceramic and ﬁber art. 210 W. Superior St. (312) 266-9473 (312) 266-7984 fax www.perimetergallery.com Gregg Murr, 2008 Mississippi Oxbow Studies – Cycle Oil on linen, 63” x 67”
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THE pARTy: Brazilian furniture and cabinetry company Florense celebrated the ﬁrst anniversary of their River North showroom with a posh party THE pLAyERS: More than 150 stylish fans of the sleek-green line mingled around Pallucco Italia lighting ﬁxtures and Miele appliances while checking out Florense’s new 2010 collection before heading to Y Bar for a bumping after-party THE FARE: Eco-friendly cocktails from VeeV Açaí Spirit were complimented by Cork Catering’s light passed nibbles and cheese trays
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ThE PArTy: BoConcept Chicago celebrated its oneyear anniversary with a wine and champagne soirée at the Clybourn Avenue shop ThE PLAyErS: More than 150 guests, including well-known local designers, clients and tastemakers, enjoyed the simple, modern designs from BoConcept’s new 2010 collection ThE PErKS: One lucky guest won a chic Pavia chaise lounge chair ThE TUNES: Artist Gary Weidner and Oscar-winning set designer Joel Klaﬀ were two of the guests who enjoyed the beats spun by DJ Corey Sanford from Music Masters
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On September 30 The Merchandise Mart Design Center celebrated its Ones-to-Watch award ceremony and cocktail reception, recognizing local interior designers who have demonstrated creativity, originality and overall great design. During the reception nine nominees were toasted, including: Richard Abrahamson, Robert Alt, Jeannie Balsam, Thomas Bucherie, Michael Del Piero, Joanna Frank, Jessica Jubelirer, George Lowell and Summer Thornton. While top honors were awarded to three— Abrahamson, Jubelirer and Thornton—a great time was had by all as everyone sipped specialty cocktails provided by VEEV and mingled with hundreds of Chicago’s designers, showrooms and industry leaders.
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Ones-to-Watch is an annual award given by the Design Center at The Merchandise Mart and presented to three members of the design community. To learn more about the designers, visit their portfolios at merchandisemart.com/designerportfolios. Congratulations to all!
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MARKETPLACE ART CoLLETTi AnTiquE PosTER gALLERy Offering one of the world’s ﬁnest collections of antique posters and decorative arts, as well as furnishings and artwork from the late 19th to early 20th century. Belle Époque, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modern periods are represented. 67 E. Oak St. 312.664.6767 or www.collettigallery.com
josEf gLiMER gALLERy, LTd Serious ﬁne art collectors who are passionate about art will ﬁnd this River North gallery most amusing. By only selling what they love, the owners pride themselves on not only selling work from esteemed artists, but work that they feel passionately about, and chances are, you will too. 207 W. Superior Street 312.787.4640 or www.josefglimergallery.com
nEw disCovERiEs Owner Laura Davis has an eye for scoping out unique ﬁnds. In addition to selling gifts, this Roscoe Village gallery represents a bevy of new artists and artisans who are either new to the Chicago market or already established. The art represented often embodies the spirit of the owner’s many travels. 2236 W. Roscoe St. 773.360.8564 or www.art-artisans-you.com
PERiMETER gALLERy Emerging contemporary and mid-career artists are the focus. Inside you’ll ﬁnd a well-edited selection of paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Located in River North, this gallery has been around for decades. 210 W. Superior St. 312.266.9473 or www.perimetergallery.com
ThoMAs RobERTELLo gALLERy This gallery represents a broad scope of talented emerging and established artists both locally and from across the pond. Not focusing on one artistic medium, you’ll ﬁnd a interesting collection of artwork including sculpture, video, photography, installation, drawing and painting. 939 W. Randolph Street 312.421.1587 or www.thomasrobertello.com
ugLy sTEP sisTER ART gALLERy Located in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop, Ugly Step Sister is an art gallery located in the Fulton Market Arts District. In addition to showcasing talent near and far, the gallery also sells vintage furniture, vintage items from the 1950s and other items. Children’s art classes are also available. 1044 W Fulton Market 312.927.7546 or www.uglystepsisterartgallery.com
vALE CRAfT gALLERy Vale Craft Gallery features and sells contemporary American ﬁne art and a variety of sculpture. The River North—based gallery also has colorful textiles, handcrafted furniture, glass objects and ceramics. Owner Peter Vale’s knack for showing eclectic, affordable collections from local and national artists is also a highlight. 230 W. Superior St. 312.337.3525 or www.valecraftgallery.com
DESIGN CENTERS MERChAndisE MART 4.2 million gross square feet of space dedicated to retail shops, luxury home boutiques, furnishings showrooms, and a host of community events. As the world’s largest wholesale design center, The Merchandise Mart is synonymous with high design and luxury goods. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz. 312.527.4141 or www.mmart.com
DESIGNERS bEdRooMs by bRynnE Bedrooms by Brynne imagines and fuses the best version of who you are into your bedroom. Services include anything from customized bedding, furniture selection and lighting design to suit any mood, to full bedroom renovations. Brynne will design your bedroom interior for restful sleep, repose and a place to be playful. 773.960.8619 or www.bedroomsbybrynne.com
dEsign REd This Chicago based decorative painting company recently opened a showroom in the West Loop displaying a full range of ﬁnishes from custom color washes and striaes, to sprayed metallics. DesignRed’s forte of specialized ﬁnishes include faux bois, gilding, and églomisé, in addition to custom handpainted designs. 114 N. Aberdeen 312.841.0100 or www.designredstudio.com
ERiCA gAiL dEsign After nearly a decade working for top U.S. residential designers, Erica Smith brings a sense of layered sophistication and warmth to her designs. Within her clients’ preferred aesthetic, Erica delivers a signature textured look to elevate their interiors from commonplace to supremely comfortable, wellstyled homes. 1158 W. Dickens Ave. 312.231.5084 or www.ericagail.com
ExPREssivE inTERioRs Owner and award winning designer Marietta Calas is known and well respected in the interior design industry. She has repeatedly been recognized as one of the top 10 Chicago designers. From conceptualizing a design to adding ﬁnal touches, Expressive Interiors will create a room that will express your personal lifestyle. Long Grove, IL 847.634.3190 or www.expressiveinteriors.net
hiCKMAn dEsign AssoCiATEs As principal, Tracy Hickman works closely with clients to accommodate lifestyles. Her sophisticated, tailored interiors are driven by texture and comfort. From Chicago to South Carolina to the Caymans, Hickman’s singular, detailed vision has left beauty in its wake. 3105 N. Wolcott 312.642.7379 or www.hickmaninteriors.com
KARA MAnn dEsign With a focus on high-end residential spaces, KMD approaches every project as a creative collaboration between design team and client, creating spaces with personality and sophistication. From Lake Shore Drive penthouse to Mexican beach house, KMD produces warm, layered interiors. 119 W. Hubbard St., 5th Fl. 312.893.7550 or www.karamann.com
LAuREn sChREyER, Asid Understated elegance and sophisticated style are the hallmarks of Lauren Schreyer’s design company, Schreyer & Associates. From residential interiors and vacation retreats to executive ofﬁces, Schreyer’s design process will always reﬂect your style and desires, while catering to your comfort. 2 E. Erie, Ste. 3109 312.953.0316 or www.laurenschreyer.com
MiChAEL dEL PiERo good dEsign Michael Del Piero’s diverse aesthetic is complemented her meticulous attention to detail and her strong belief in communicative designer-client relationships. In addition to design services, Del Piero offers furniture, antiques, home accessories, textiles and more in her on-site boutique. 1914 N. Damen Ave. 773.772.3000 or www.michaeldelpiero.com
MiChELLE’s inTERioRs This full service interior design group does it all: new construction, renovations, space planning, consultations, project management, window treatments and custom furniture designs. Michelle’s Interiors Design Group specializes in residential design, creating a unique and timeless space for each client. Simply. Fabulous. Design. 150 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 2800 312.291.4466 or www.michellesinteriors.com
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ModERno dEsign & buiLd, inC. This interior design and construction ﬁrm specializes in turn-key delivery of high-quality interiors, for both new construction and renovation projects. Their services include interior design, construction, custom furniture, woodwork design as well as fabrication in their shop and complete decoration of residential and commercial spaces. 520 W. Erie Place 312.951.6079 or www.moderno-db.com
RjA dEsign, inC Richard Abrahamson of RJA Design effortlessly balances old with new, intricate with simple, sophisticated with comfortable. His collector’s eye and vast knowledge of the decorative arts lend his interiors timelessness, while modern practicality gives them ease and livability. email@example.com Geneva: 630.262.9474; Chicago: 312.531.2646 or www.rja-design.com
sPACE dEsign PLAnning Leslie Newman Rhodes’ 35 years of renovation experience helps her to identify and implement her clients’ visions. As both an artist and gallery owner, she serves her clients from the consultation process to the furniture arrangement and ﬂoor plan. 312.642.2031 or www.spaceinteriordesign.com
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Stacey Cohen Interiors specializes in locating off-the-beaten-path showrooms as well as art, antiques and other furnishings both unexpected and modern. This commercial and residential design ﬁrm is also on its way toward becoming LEED a certiﬁed business. 360 W. Illinois 312.480.0989 or www.staceycoheninteriors.com
susAn fREdMAn dEsign gRouP Designer Susan Fredman and her team of design professionals count client individuality among their biggest inspirations. Maintaining a sense of luxury while working with many different aesthetics, their interior design services can include everything from space planning and extensive remodeling to selecting accessories. 350 W. Erie St., 1st Fl. 312.587.8150 or www.susanfredman.com
suzAnn KLETziEn dEsign From commercial and residential design, to space planning and personal shopping, designer SuzAnn Kletzien can do it all. With an acute attention to detail and a knack for blending classic touches with comfortable stylish design, she can transform any room into a livable work of art. 831 W. Wrightwood 312.835.1551 or www.suzannkletzien.com
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MARvin dEsign gALLERy by EsTATEs windows, LTd. With a speciﬁc focus on windows and doors, Marvin Design Gallery by Estates Windows, Ltd., is a premier supplier in Chicago. They sell a vast selection of wood, ﬁberglass and steel entry doors in addition to Velux skylights. They will also assist you in selecting the perfect windows and doors for your next project. 930 North Shore Drive 847.615.1003 or www.marvinbyestates.com
sLiding dooR CoMPAny With the Sliding Door Company options seem endless. Choose from a variety of glass types, ﬁnishes and much more. Their vision is a complete package designed to work with your home, whether you’re seeking a major interior overhaul or a simple upgrade. 221 W. Ohio St. 312.494.9494 or www.ilslidingdoor.com
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FABRIC, LINEN, BEDDING bEdsidE MAnoR For 25 years, Bedside Manor Ltd has provided Chicago with a timeless selection of sophisticated linens and home décor from the best brands in the industry. They create bedding ensembles that make houses feel like
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homes and bath luxuries that titillate the senses. Additional locations in Hinsdale, Lake Forest and Winnetka. 2056 N. Halsted St 773.404.2020 or www.shopbedside.com
woRKRooM CouTuRE hoME This full service interior design showroom features a vast couture-style selection of drapery, roman shades, wall coverings, duvets and bed coverings as well as architectural hardware and shutters. Located in Roscoe Village, their friendly staff and wide selection are available to both professionals and non professionals. 1906 W. Belmont 773.472.2140 or www.workroominc.com
FURNITURE AKbiK gALLERy AKBIK Gallery prides itself of having unusual antique, new and custom ordered hand-inlay furniture with mother of pearl. The beauty and the quality of the pieces they carry are beyond the norm. Their items add a touch of paradise to your home and interior. 2644 Green Bay Rd. 847.328.7777 or www.akbik.com
ARhAus Founded in 1986 Arhaus turns your four walls into a full-on inspired living experience. With a commitment to minimizing their carbon footprint, they provide a broad range of items for your home, including furniture for various rooms, bedding, upholstery and home accessories. 1980 N. Clybourn Avenue 773.248.3071 or www.arhaus.com
boConCEPT (ChiCAgo) This international design ﬁrm based in Denmark, produces modern design for urban-minded shoppers. They also offer customized, coordinated and affordable options for furniture and home accessories. 1901 N. Clybourn Ave 773.388.2900 or www.boconcept.us
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CAsTE Co-owner, Ty Best, is solely responsible for the design and production of all of the offerings at Caste. The collection is comprised of one of a kind furniture, art and accessories. While the aesthetic is modern, simplicity merges with complex layers of detail, resulting in unique items. 521 N. Halsted 312.432.0717 or www.castedesign.us
dECoR8 This at home decorating service specializes in custom draperies and other window treatments, customized furniture and re-upholstery as well as select accessories. Their extensive background in the decorative fabric industry spans 3 decades. They also bring their samples to your design environment to ensure that selections are made accordingly. 847.855.7480 or www.decor8-inc.com
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dEsign sTudio Design Studio offers a huge selection of European and domestic furnishings for the home and ofﬁce. Characterized by clean lines and monochromatic color schemes the look is one of purist modernism. 40,000 square feet of showroom space in two locations. Additional 312.527.5272 or location in Northbrook IL. 225 W. Hubbard St. www.designstudiofurniture.com
EuRoPEAn fuRniTuRE wAREhousE A family business that has succeeded for over three generations, outﬁtting dining and living rooms as well as offering a broad selection of ofﬁce furniture and outdoor pieces to decorate the entire home. Featuring modern and contemporary European styles. 2145 W. Grand Ave. 800.243.1955 or www.eurofurniture.com
EvAn LEwis As a sculptor and furniture maker, Evan’s showroom sits next to his studio, where he and his team create one-of-a-kind work. His handmade
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fLoREnsE Committed to producing high-quality products with preservation of the environment and quality of life in mind. One of the largest furniture companies in the world, offering products for kitchens, baths, bedrooms, ofﬁces, dining rooms, home theatres and more. 300 W. Ontario St. 312.640.0066 or www.ﬂorense.com
gEoRgE sMiTh George Smith is the manufacturer and purveyor of handmade furniture, featuring seating and fabrics of the highest quality in both design and craftsmanship. Multiple locations across the country, but Chicago location is open to trade only. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz., Ste. 1879A 312.464.0242 or www.georgesmith.com
hAuTE Living Owners Jeffery Smith and Tatjana Ozegovic have created a place to display the exquisite furniture they ﬁnd from around the world not readily available in the United States. They’re also the exclusive Chicago retailer for Fendi Casa, Vladimir Kagan, and Piet Boon. 222 W. Kinzie St. 312.329.9000 or www.haute-living.com
hoLLy hunT With showrooms across the United States, design entrepreneur Holly Hunt produces a large collection of furniture, textiles, rugs, lighting and outdoor furniture. The company designs, manufactures and distributes classic, modern and transitional furnishings. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz., Ste. 1728/1844 312.661.1900 or www.hollyhunt.com
hoME ELEMEnT With a mix of contemporary chairs, tables, bedroom suites and accessories, Home Element features pieces from Natuzzi, Calligaris, Jesse, Bontempi and more. Also featuring custom ﬂoral arrangements, wall art and vases to complement antique and contemporary furniture. 600 N. Michigan Ave., 3rd Fl. 312.787.3358 or www.homeelementfurniture.com
j RobERTs AnTiquEs This 25,000 square-foot Parisian gallery specializes in ﬁne European 17th - 21st century furniture and objects d’art. Their 2nd ﬂoor features hundreds of items with savings of at least 50 percent off. Sip a glass of wine and enjoy the atmosphere as you browse the collection. 149 W. Kinzie (1/2 block East of Merchandise Mart) 312.222.0167 or www.jrobertsantiques.com
LuMinAiRE Specializing in modern furniture and accessories from the world’s most renowned designers, Luminaire’s philosophy is to maintain a devout focus on design and quality. Many of the lines offered are exclusive. 301 W. Superior St. 312.664.9582 or www.luminaire.com
MAxALTo Maxalto is a B&B Italia Brand. Opened in Chicago in 2008 as the very ﬁrst stand alone Maxalto store in the United States (the other in Paris) Maxalto is modern Italian furniture revisiting classic themes. It is designed and coordinated by Antonio Citterio. 309 W. Superior St. 312.664.6190 or www.maxalto.it
MAxinE snidER inC. Designer Maxine Snider blends elegant, reﬁned style with a modern sensibility to produce her eponymous furniture line. Her growing collection includes beds, seating, storage, and tables, and custom work is available. Showroom at Merchandise Mart. 116 W. Illinois St., Ste. 7E 312.527.4170 or www.maxinesniderinc.com
ModLifE inC Modlife specializes in 20th century vintage modern home furnishings,
including furniture, art, lighting and more. Their Lakeview showroom features the ﬁnest in original American and Danish Modern 1940s to 1970s furniture as well as Hollywood Regency pieces that have been reupholstered and reinvented to ﬁt aesthetically into contemporary living. 3061 N. Lincoln Ave., 773.868.0844 or www.modlifehome.com
MonTALbAno For over 80 years, Montalbano Furniture Factory has made custom carvings and furniture, and also reﬁnishes, restores, and reupholsters furniture. Known as the Rolls Royce of carved wood French Provincial and Baroque furniture. A bevy of unique restored antiques are available. 1048 W Fulton 866-664-3876 or www.montalbanofurniture.com
niEdERMAiER With contributing designers such as Nate Berkus, Vicente Wolf and Mark Demsky, Niedermaier has evolved into a design powerhouse. Offering the utmost professional service to clients, who choose from a stellar collection of modern furniture, ﬁne art and the debut of Theo fabrics to the marketplace. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz., Ste. 1742 312.467.7008 or www.niedermaier.com
PETERson PiCTuRE Co. Choose from an assortment of matting and framing options at this ﬂagship framing facility. Whether you’re an artist needing to beautifully display your work or an interior designer looking to place a mirror, they can assist. Expert, individual customer service is also available. 2720 W. Belmont Ave 773.463.8888 or www.peterson-picture.com
RooM & boARd At Room & Board, great design is more than a trend. It’s the combination of everything we’re passionate about. Timeless, American-made home furnishings created for modern living. Discover furniture and accessories that reﬂect your style and ﬁt the way you live. Visit them in Oak Brook, Skokie or Downtown. 55 E. Ohio St. 312.222.0970 or www.roomandboard.com
sAn juAn vEnTuREs This exclusive showroom in Chicago’s West Loop is like stepping into a chic, upscale Bali hotel combining the aura of reclaimed woods with high design. Kandis Wrigley’s FSC Certiﬁed company imports their exquisite handcrafted ﬂooring, slabs, custom furniture, sculpture and accessories from Indonesia. 664 W. Hubbard St 312.612.1054 or www.sanjuanventures.com
ThE goLdEn TRiAngLE This 23,000-square-foot gallery specializes in antiques and home furnishings from China, Southeast Asia and more recently, Hungary and France. A line of modern furniture made from ancient and reclaimed woods has also been added and a spectrum of furniture services are available. 330 N. Clark St. 312.755.1266 or www.goldentriangle.biz
ubER ModERn Located within the MCM Grand Showrooms, this company provides quality examples of vintage modern design items (circa mid 1950s to late 1970s). Various design movements spanning this period are represented, including Danish Modern and Hollywood Regency. While designer names are offered, its quality, function and form that take precedence. 2219 W Grand Ave 312.666.3376 or www.ubermodern.com
GIFTS AND ACCESSORIES gEnEvA sEAL Custom jewelry is Geneva Seal’s forte. Offering distinct jewelry and watches from small shops in France, Italy and Switzerland, as well as antique European estate jewelry. Their ample, European-style boutique has been a Chicago staple for over 25 years. 1003 N. Rush St. 312.944.3100 or www.genevaseal.com
MMPi (onE of A Kind show) Artists, artisans and designers gather for this truly unique holiday shopping show and sale where the best in ﬁne art and craft are showcased. Guests have access to handmade gift items and will be treated to live music, fashion shows, gourmet cafes, bars and plenty of other special events. Merchandise Mart 312.527.7550 or www.oneofakindshowchicago.com
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PEAChTREE PLACE Peachtree Place has brought a taste of Southern Charm to Chicago’s North Shore for 25 years. The shop features elegant gifts and accessories including exquisite lamps, pillows, tabletop, crystal stemware, personal care items and an ever changing selection of jewelry. Beautiful gift wrapping is complimentary. 303 Happ Rd., Northﬁeld 847.441.7585 or www.peachtreeplaceonline.com
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KITCHEN AND BATH buiLdER’s CAbinET suPPLy For over two decades Builders Cabinet Supply has crafted top-notch cabinetry for both design industry veterans and the many others who appreciate quality craftsmanship. Their build-to-order services are excellent for kitchens, as they commit to making your space function to work with your lifestyle demands. 401 N. Western Ave 312.829.4300 or www.buildmykitchen.com
ChRisToPhER PEACoCK CAbinETRy Renowned cabinet designer Christopher Peacock offers custom cabinetry in his Merchandise Mart showroom. His high-end pieces are designed and made in the United States, and grace some of the ﬁnest homes in the country. 400 N. Robertson Blvd. 312.321.9500 or www.peacockcabinetry.com
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Owner Mick De Giulio has gathered an impressive group of architects, interior designers, artisans and craftsmen to create stunning kitchens. Specializing exclusively in kitchen interior architecture, de Giulio has spent nearly 25 years personalizing kitchens for his clients. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz., Ste. 121 312.494.9200 or www.degiulio.org
ERnEsToMEdA ChiCAgo Dramatic lighting, free-standing pieces and frosted glass are some of the features Ernestomeda brings to modern kitchen design. Gorgeous woods combined with stainless steel and aluminum create stunning, efﬁcient kitchens—both modern and inviting. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz., Ste. 128 312.329.0229 or www.ernestomedachicago.com
hAuTE Living Binova Kitchens at Haute Living has a rich and diversiﬁed catalog that repeatedly earns them Italy’s Compasso d’Oro design award for kitchen systems in timeless designs; a perfect ﬁt for Chicago’s residential market. Binova is exclusively available in the United States through Haute Living. 222 W. Kinzie Street 312.329.9000
KohLER Featuring a comprehensive mix of kitchen and bath merchandise. The store features a broad range of styles, colors and faucet ﬁnishes. Kohler’s interactive products are completely functional so customers can see the products at work in the store. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz., Ste. 100 312.755.2510 or www.kohler.com
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nEff KiTChEns NEFF of Chicago is a custom design boutique, featuring the exquisite cabinetry of NEFF Kitchens. Old world craftsmanship meets innovative technology to create design Nirvana — a vast array of exotic wood grains, colors, metallics and ﬁnishes. That’s why NEFF cabinets adorn some of the ﬁnest homes of distinction throughout the world. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz., Ste. 144 312.467.9585 or www.neff-of-chicago.com
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uncompromising quality. Varenna, the kitchen division of Poliform, is highly sophisticated, with elegant designs that feature timber, stone, glass and steel. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz., Ste. 110 312.222.8465 or www.poliformusa.com
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snAidERo ChiCAgo Snaidero offers luxury Italian cabinetry for kitchens and baths. The company brings European modernism to its showroom through sleek cabinetry. Snaidero offers a wide variety of colors and ﬁnishes in contemporary and traditional styling, which provides clients with customizable options. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz., Ste. 140 312.644.6662 or www.snaidero-usa.com
TAbLE MAnnERs Owner Holly Stein offers customers a ﬁne selection of tabletop accessories, tablecloths, dinnerware, ﬂatware, home décor and gifts to brighten up any room. A recently expanded website makes shopping at Table Manners even easier. 2112 Central St., Evanston 847.492.9664 or www.tblmanners.com
ThE sub-zERo woLf showRooM Your dream kitchen can found in the ofﬁcial Sub-Zero/Wolf showroom. In a no pressure non-sales environment, their showroom consultant is committed to outﬁtting your kitchen with the Sub-Zero refrigeration, Wolf cooking appliances and Best by Broan ventilation products that will work strategically for your kitchen. Schedule an appliance consultation today. 196 Exchange Blvd. 630.872.5100 or www.subzero.com
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Trellis & Trugs is a one-stop shop for garden ornaments. Garden antiques as well as reproduction planters and fountains are available in a variety of materials. The company also provides custom design services to accommodate all of your garden ornament needs. 1009 Green Bay Road, Winnetka 847.784.6910 or www.trellisandtrugs.com
OTHER/MISC CiTy EsCAPE gARdEn & dEsign City Escape offers a comprehensive range of design and build landscape services, creating unique and inviting spaces. A newly opened 16,000 sq. ft. garden and design center is a feast of botanical delights and gorgeous garden accessories. 3022 W. Lake St. 773.638.2000 or www.cityescape.biz
fAux dEsign sTudios Faux Design Studio is known as being one of the city’s premier decorative arts schools. Their recently expanded offerings of faux ﬁnishes and paints features cutting edge techniques and products. They’re also a certiﬁed training center and retail distributor of Faux Effects International®. 101 N Swift Road 630.627.1011 or www.fauxdesignstudio.com
häfELE Häfele’s Chicago showroom is a popular destination for architects, designers and the woodworking industry. Visit them and view examples from all their product categories, like their famous sliding systems, access control, furniture ﬁttings, home organization and decorative hardware. 154 W. Hubbard St. 312.467.2225 or www.hafele.com/us
LEE LuMbER Whether you are looking for custom cabinetry, a certiﬁed installer or an architect, Lee Lumber can help. Founded in 1952, it has grown to become the largest lumberyard in Chicago. Second location on the Southside. See website for various Chicago locations. or www.leelumber.com
nEiwEEM indusTRiEs, inC. This steel fabrication and design company does it all. They design and install catwalks, mezzanines, staircases and other random fabrications for plants and production lines. They also produce a wide range of custom ornamental railings, fences and gates for residential and corporate use. Contact us at 1.800.969.8142 or www.neiweemindustries.com 21 Greenview Rd. 800.969.8142 or www.neiweemindustries.com
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This home entertainment specialist designs and installs dedicated home theaters, media rooms and game rooms, as well as family room makeovers. The company’s single-room and multi-room systems emphasize high performance, reliability and ease of use—all executed with passion and style. 1211 Wilmette Ave 847.256.1882 or www.thebigpicturestore.com
Known as Chicago’s number 1 real estate brokerage ﬁrm, At Properties specializes in buying and selling some of the city’s most luxurious homes and spaces. Browse through numerous options on their website and receive extensive information on various neighborhoods. Decisionmaking is a breeze. 618 W. Fulton Market or www.atproperties.com
EMiLy sAChs wong An impressive sales record quickly made Emily Sachs Wong a member of Koenig & Strey’s President’s Club. Her sales have continued to skyrocket, offering clients unparalleled real estate options along the lakefront and in Lincoln Park, Bucktown and Wicker Park. 1940 N. Clark St. or www.emilyknowschicago.com
RubLoff REsidEnTiAL PRoPERTEs From the Gold Coast to the North Shore, Rubloff is an all-knowing, go-to resource for some of the city’s most sought after options in real estate. They cater to buyers and sellers representing every stage of their lives and/or businesses. Check out their ‘Quick Search’ function on their website, for updated opportunities. 980 N. Michigan Avenue 312.368.5300 or www.rubloff.com
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EnviRons dEvELoPMEnT Interesting architecture, skilled construction and savvy development combine to produce luxurious homes. Environs has built over 100 exceptional homes in Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods since 1991. 3060 N. Lincoln Ave. 773.665.8170 or www.environsdevelopment.com
RUGS, CARPET, FLOOR COVERING bEsT vACuuM And APPLiAnCE Since 1983 Best Vacuum has provided Chicagoland with superior quality vacuum and ﬂoor care products. Their commitment to sell and service only the best brands like Miele, SEBO and Dyson has made the company Chicago’s ﬁrst name in ﬂoor care. 2646 N Lincoln Ave 773.348.4500 or www.bestvacuum.com
fLoR FLOR provides stylish, modular-designed carpet with easy-to-coordinate colors, textures and patterns that allow you to create area rugs, runners or go wall-to-wall. Crafted to ﬁt any space, this simple eco-friendly option is easy to install and maintain, making it perfect for your home or small business. 1873 N. Clybourn Ave 773.325.0733 or www.Flor.com
oRgAniC LooMs Organic Looms is passionate about bringing the ﬁnest, sustainable, handwoven Tibetan rugs to the market. Each item is hand-knotted to produce heirloom quality. The new showroom carries many standard designs, and works with each client to produce a one-of-a-kind rug, bound only by your imagination. 1019 W. Fulton Market 312.733.8187 or www.organiclooms.com
PEERLEss iMPoRTEd Rugs For 70 years, three generations of the same family have offered decorative area and traditional Oriental rugs from top national brands. Special needs, such as trimming, binding and fringing, can be accommodated in Peerless Rugs’ own workroom. 3033 N. Lincoln Ave. 773.525.0296 or www.peerlessrugs.com
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ECosMART EcoSmart Fire is an environmentally friendly and easy way to warm up your lifestyle. Fuelled by clean-burning denatured alcohol, these distinctive ﬁreplaces and burners are free-standing and require no venting or chimney. Fireplace in your condo? Yes you can! Please contact Vesta, The Tile Gallery or Green Home Chicago for more information. 225 W. Ohio (at The Tile Gallery) 312.467.9590 or www.ecosmartﬁre.com
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finE LinE Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, this tile gallery boasts an impressive selection of over 40 unique tile and mosaic manufactures. Their collections utilize an expansive array of materials ranging in styles from traditional to highly decorated. 209 W. Illinois St. 312.670.0300 or www.ﬁnelinetile.com
gRAniTE & MARbLE REsouRCEs This company travels the world to bring stone and glass treasures to your own ﬂoors and walls. One thousand year warranty and you are the witness to limestone, marble, quartzite, seashell, onyx, glass mosaics, and large stone tiles. We’re naturally proud to reside in your home, aesthetically forever. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz., Ste. 115 312.670.4400 or www.maestromosaics.com
sTonE CiTy Stone City is brimming with marble and natural stone products for the kitchen and bath. Over 300 varieties of domestic and imported marble, granite, limestone, travertine, slate and more are available. They also carry both Kohler and Omega products as well as a variety of hand-carved 773.4.MARBLE or stone and wood ﬁreplaces. 3053 W. Grand Ave. www.stone-city.com
ThE TiLE gALLERy The Tile Gallery carries a wide selection of artisan-made tiles, including glass and metal along with exquisite stone mosaics. A broad collection of lighting and ﬁreplaces can also be found, including the full EcoSmart Fire collection. 555 North Franklin St. 312.467.9590 or www.tilegallerychicago.com
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(Mid) Western Union Newlyweds and owners of Randolph Street’s Strand Design, Sharon and Ted Burdett are the kind of designers (graphics for her, industrial for him) who think outside the landﬁll. Take their popular Tree Theory Bags, a chic line of purses and knapsacks made from—who knew?—recycled vinyl billboards. When an old sign is about to come down, the comeand-get-it call goes out to the Burdetts from contacts they’ve nurtured in the “de-installation” business. The pair then get to work cutting and folding the huge vinyl sheets into bags designed to be the antithesis of planned obsolescence. They can be repaired, rebuilt and recycled. Oh, and they’re cool-looking, too. The duo got their start collaborating on a project using strands
BAG HANDLERS Designers Ted and Sharon Burdett.
The husband-and-wife duo behind the local “it” bag bring their marriage of good design and recycled materials to furniture By Lisa Cregan | Photography by Maia Harms of high-tech carbon ﬁbers to create diamond-studded jewelry (hence “Strand” Design). That’s typical of their vision. The Burdetts love nothing more than using unexpected materials in unexpected ways—especially if those materials are salvaged. For example, when UIC, where Ted teaches industrial design, needed new oﬃce furniture, Strand came up with sleek, eco-friendly desks made from recycled oak ﬂoorboards. For the new Dill Pickle food co-op in Logan Square, they constructed enormous rolling check-out counters from the discarded wood of a Lincoln Park teardown. These days Ted’s working on designing an innovative electric guitar and Sharon is developing soaps using only natural essential oils. The only thing they don’t recycle is ideas.
STRAND’S HOTS Dirk’s Fish for responsibly caught seafood, The Rebuilding Exchange, Horigan Urban Forest Products, vintage clothes, dim sum, Perez Restaurant, biodynamic wines, old cars that you can repair STRAND’S NOTS Granite countertops, greenwashing, Chicago’s lack of a recycling program, white bread, planned obsolescence, television, gold chains
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