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Design Dose

December 2008

8 years
ago

 

In These Times

 

It seems like everyone is discounting these days—even those who rarely do. On the Thos. Moser Web site it says, “Our long-time customers know that we don’t have “sales”. However, during these unprecedented times….” Now the company is offering 10 percent off its most popular sellers (such as the New Gloucester rocker, now $1,595, and the Lolling chair, $2,600, and ottoman, $855, both shown above). Also look for up to 20 percent off on showroom samples and customer returns.

8 years
ago

 

Sweet Dreams


 

I can’t wait to get over to Arelle Fine Linens to manhandle their new ultra-luxe sheets. Arelle says that Sferra Bros created the super-soft sheets and duvet covers after two years of research and development. Giza Egyptian cotton is said to be the finest in the world, previously only available for fine men’s shirts. The cotton is grown in the valley of the River Nile; it’s woven in Italy. Yum.

8 years
ago

 

Tile, Topped

This new collection of tile-topped tables comes from Fran Brady, a furniture maker who is the force behind Madeline Fairchild Designs. The tables are handmade here in the U.S. from wood or iron bases—the tile comes from around the world.

8 years
ago

 

From Russia, With Love

Perhaps it’s my family roots in Mother Russia tugging, but when I got an email from Gallery KH announcing an upcoming exhibit of the fantastical paintings of Soviet-born, France-based Roman Zaslonov, I was immediately compelled. Can you imagine having such a dramatic painting in your home? I guess I’m not alone in feeling this way: enthusiasts wait for years to acquire pieces of his work—which will be on display for the first time in the U.S. at KH from January 16 to March 7. By the way, the painting above, La Robe d’Architecte en Rouge, is priced at $97,000

8 years
ago

 

Coffee Table Talk

We’ve written about Jan Janders in the past and we just found out that he will have an exclusive line of coffee tables (made from his trademark concrete) at Haute Living. It’s not easy to find a modern coffee table that also has some heft to it (the ones I see tend to be skinnier and geared toward small spaces). These two certainly fit the bill.

8 years
ago

 

Last Minute Gift!


This cracks me up, and it would make for a great pop of color in any room. Don’t know how practical it is, but it’s definitely amusing. Price: $45 at Zella Brown.

8 years
ago

 

Gifts under $50

At Cambium, very cool salt and pepper shakers made of water buffalo horn ($24); a three-bowl pewter snack set (round or square; each $45). The Simon Pearce crystal tea lights ($30 each) are from Sawbridge Studios.

8 years
ago

 

Amazing Space!

We stopped in at Diana Ostreko’s Amazing Space in Oak Park a couple weeks ago and snagged this great vintage floor lamp—which is made of paper but looks like ceramic—for just $37. It’s about 16 inches wide and throws off great light. Everything in the store—including new and cool accessories from Roost and Global Views—is half off through the end of the month. Ostrenko is closing the store in January but will continue to sell online.

8 years
ago

 

Take it Off! Take it All (Half) Off!

You need a PhD from MIT to figure out the sales at a lot of stores this time of year. Discounts on this-but-not-that; special extreme bonus savings on Monday and Thursday (but only on items that start with A-M); knock an extra 23% off if you bring in a can of turkey chili…it’s too much. That sort of thing drives me crazy, which is why I’m thankful that Stuart from Architectural Artifacts is keeping it simple this year at his twenty-first annual holiday sale. Everything from soup to nuts in this crazy-cool store is 50% off, now until December 23. A.A. is just the place for meeting those quirky pieces that will add soul, history, and humor to your home and yard. So get over and save big bucks on things like this cast-aluminum clown head (was $895), the swiveling table and chairs set (was $4,200), or a circus banner (was $3,800). Thanks for cutting us a deal, Stu.  

8 years
ago

 

Uber Modern

Paging Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice: The funkiest bed I’ve ever seen—a large round vintage number that converts to an oval—is on display at Uber Modern, a great little store in the burgeoning Grand Ave. design district (of COURSE I forgot to get a photo of it; you’ll just have to go see for yourself). I was there for a little holiday cheer (Brandon, the owner, poured champagne into cool vintage glasses he’s selling) and fell hard for this bar cart. There’s also wonderful glassware, pony-skin end tables/benches, and tons more authentic midcentury treasures.

8 years
ago

 

Asian With a French Accent

How cool is this industrial metal chair, circa 1920, part of a new shipment from France that’s just arrived at The Golden Triangle? Or the club chair, circa 1930? Co-owners Chauwarin Tuntisak and Douglas Van Tress took a few trips to Paris markets recently, and filled a crate with some amazing vintage furniture and accessories, all at nice discounts over last year’s prices (the combo of a lower Euro and widespread discounting). While in Paris, they tapped the connections and expertise of, among others, Didier Milleriot, our favorite Frenchman, who operated Le Magasin here til he moved back to Europe a few months ago. These new pieces are set in the shop amid the “Exposed” collection of modern, reclaimed wood pieces. “It’s a dry, angular backdrop to the curviness innate to the French things,” says Van Tress. “The intent is not to create a French shop in my store, but to create powerful, earthy, often industrial” items that are complementary to the rest of the store’s merchandise. We think he’s done it!

8 years
ago

 

Subtle Holiday

 

Greg Steffens of Haus in Andersonville just emailed with a smart alternative to traditional holiday décor: these porcelain logs from the Brooklyn-based art studio KlienReid, he says, are not only perfect for putting in your non-functioning fireplace, but also make for a cool-yet-cozy centerpiece for your dining room table or a sideboard. Evoke the spirit of the holidays in less predictable way.

8 years
ago

 

All in Unison

One of our favorite local design studios, Unison Home, is holding a Holiday Market, the next two Saturdays (Dec. 13 and 20 from noon to 6 p.m.) and also from Dec. 16 to Dec. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 2000 W. Fulton St., 312-492-7960. This is a rare chance to shop straight from the source (Unison’s fun wares are sold at CB2 and a few other local retailers) and get your hands on some exclusive items (Unison aprons, Christmas tree skirts, holiday table runners, and ornaments). The Greater Chicago Food Depository will receive 15 percent of all sales.

8 years
ago

 

Whither Raul Carrasco?

The Raul Carrasco showroom on Hubbard is closed. A few days before Thanksgiving, a spokesperson who was packing up told us that there had been some sort of dispute with the landlord, and that the company was securing a new location. We’ve tried to follow up, but have not had calls returned and the voicemail for the Chicago showroom (the firm started in Miami) gives no information.

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