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Design Dose

August 2009

7 years
ago

 

American Craft Expo

The American Craft Expo has come and gone, but you can still check out the work of some of the local artisans who participated, including Andrew Stansell, who makes metal adaptations of traditional wooden furniture (such as this cabinet). Jordan Goodman’s X chair is a feat of engineering in ash with hand-tanned, cut, and stitched leather. 

7 years
ago

 

Bath in Black

The other day I blogged about the black sink and toilet in the bathroom at Nightwood. Shortly after, I got an email about the latest collection from Alessi: Il Bagno Dot in black (it came out in this color in May). This look is a bit more severe than that of Nightwood , but I gotta say, there’s something interesting about going noir in the loo. Il Bagno Alessi is available at Waterware.

7 years
ago

 

Divine Consign

   

Oak Park will soon have a new consignment shop for upscale home furnishings and accessories. Kellie Scott, the owner, is accepting consignments at 111 N. Oak Park Ave. She says she’s already got a ton of great finds, from a 1920s vintage art deco dining set to ultra modern tables and couches. Of particular interest: some 80 pieces from a modern furniture store that closed in Wisconsin recently. These brand-new pieces are at least 50 percent off their original price. She’s also got a $7,000 sectional that a North Shore interior designer is looking to unload because it’s the wrong color—it’s just $1,999. Divine Consign is open from noon–5 p.m. through the end of this week to accept consignments. It will be open to shoppers beginning Friday or Saturday, Scott says.

Photos courtesy Becca’s Blog at livehereoakpark.com

7 years
ago

 

Art for the Stars

 

I love the idea of Ellen Degeneres, Meredith Viera, Dr. Phil, and other daytime TV luminaries at the Orpheum Theatre for the Daytime Emmy Awards on August 29, chillin’ in the Green Room designed by Chicagoan Christoper Michiels. Michiels commissioned Sheri Zeman of Faux Design Studio to create some of her new custom textured art panels for the room. We can’t show you the Green Room, but here’s how this wall art might look in your living room.

7 years
ago

 

Live Like Barbie

You think you love Barbie? Jonathan Adler loves  her more! He has devoted an entire collection to the leggy plastic blonde, including his own glamorous incarnation of her (shown above, $50), which will be available in stores in September. Also shown above,  a needlepoint pillow ($165) and pink lacquer cubes ($150-$350), perfect for your grown-up Barbie dream house.

7 years
ago

 

Loving Restoration Hardware

   

Restoration Hardware has always had reliable, quality pieces, but this fall’s collection, which arrived this past weekend to stores, has a truly distinct French-industrial style going on, offering dozens of gorgeous large-scale pieces—trestle tables, mirrors, sideboards—made out of distressed salvaged timber, and others made with hand-welded steel. Some items, such as the reproductions of the vintage draftsmen stools shown above, would be ideal to acquire in their original state, but, hey, they look pretty good new, too. The company had me last season with its still-available Brickmaker’s Table, made out of 100-year-old wood planks (once used to transport bricks in Belgium) built into a distressed steel base, but this fall’s catalog really completes the modern French country look.

8 years
ago

 

Frette for Less

 

Frette has a fun new line called Edmond that offers the status of this luxury linen company without the price tags. The styles are also a bit more youthful. Prices range from $75 for a pillowcase to $425 for a duvet cover.

8 years
ago

 

Dreamy

 

Now that we’ve got several choices for ultra luxe mattresses in town (Duxiana, Hastens, and Nilson at Haute Living), it makes sense that someone would come up with customized luxe pillows. Jolie Maison in Highland Park has recently added a Pillow Bar, a freestanding “bar” that contains all the ingredients to create a down pillow just for you. Side, back, or stomach sleeper—you’re covered (the pillows were designed with consultations from a neurosurgeon and a chiropractor). In just a few minutes, you’ll walk away with a monogrammed, 300-thread-count, double-stitched 100-percent cotton sateen pillow filled with sterilized and double fluffed 650-fill white Hungarian goose down, complete with a scented sachet.

8 years
ago

 

New Maxine Snider


 

One of our favorite local designers, Maxine Snider, has introduced four designs for fall. Available to the trade through the David Sutherland showroom here, the pieces (available in different woods and finishes) are clean, elegant, and modern, as we’ve come to expect from Maxine. 

8 years
ago

 

Photo Shop

 

Catherine Edelman Gallery, a premier dealer of contemporary photography in Chicago, is holding a workshop called In Focus to educate people about the ins and outs of starting a collection of this increasingly popular medium. Led by Catherine Edelman and other prominent members of the local art community, the class will meet at CEG on four consecutive Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 am, starting October 17. The fee is $100 for all four sessions. Registration has already started on the gallery’s website. Shown above: “American Gothic” by Julie Blackmon, photo courtesy of Catherine Edelman.

8 years
ago

 

Book Keeping

Nice vintage bookcases are hard to come by, especially those charming cottagey ones with the glass doors. White Attic is now offering custom-made versions of such old-school designs, based on some of owner Terry Ledford’s favorite pieces that he’s sold at his shop over the years. Prices range from $695 to $1,100, depending on size, and you can choose your colors and either satin nickel or oil-rubbed bronze hardware. All locally made. Allow four weeks for delivery.

8 years
ago

 

Still Lovin’ Lille

   

Remember Lille a Shop on North Avenue? I was so sad when it closed, but it does still live online—and it’s got some great stuff on sale right now!  Shown above, this Michael Ruh hand-blown vase is marked down from $198 to $85; the six-inch semi-precious agate tray is also on sale, and going fast, $20 for a set of two. Perfect for gifts or to decorate your own tablescape.

8 years
ago

 

Bathroom Break

 

I had dinner recently at Nightwood, a wonderful place from the Lula Café people (see our story about the fantastic artwork at Lula here that was designed by Kevin Heisner (Empire Liquors, Bar DeVille, Angels & Kings). While going to the bathroom was not the highlight of the evening, I was impressed by howstylin’ it was for a loo (don’t laugh—we take bathroom design seriously around here!). It felt like it belonged in a vintage apartment more than arestaurant, actually. Heisner and his team did all the moldings and painted them in Benjamin Moore’s Honey Oak to match the handmade Moroccan cement tiles on the floor (from the online dealer Mosaic House. I love the black sink, too, though it could use some nicer pipes sticking out underneath. If you want a vintage look that feels fresh, try this for inspiration.

8 years
ago

 

Light it Up

 

Ever since Scout opened six years ago, it has been home to the unique conversation-starting lamps of Ted Harris. If you are a fan of these re-purposed beauties, made of everything from bases of desk chairs to old globes to bowling balls, then Scout is the place to be this Friday night at 6-ish, when the shop will be illuminated by dozens of them, made especially for this special Ted-fest. Of course they’ll be there until they’re sold out, but Scout throws a pretty good party.

8 years
ago

 

Haute Sleep

 

The value of your home and your 401(k) may be keeping you up at night. Then again, maybe it’s your mattress. Economy be damned—sleep the sleep of kings. Haute Living just became the only U.S. retailer to carry the luxe Nilson beds, handmade in the Netherlands of horsehair, cotton, and wool on a beechwood frame. The beds are stylin’, too; the headboards are designed by Piet Boon. A complete bed will set you back $22,000, but you’ll sleep better, right?

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