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Design Dose

February 2009

8 years
ago

 

Morlen Sinoway Sample Sale

One of the city’s best modern furniture and accessories showrooms, Morlen Sinoway Atelier, is having a sample sale starting March 3 at 9:30. Find discounts of 20 to 70 percent off lighting, area rugs, accessories, chairs, and side tables. The sale runs through the end of March. Morlen says that last year he “dipped his toes” into the sample-sale waters, but this year the sale is much bigger.

8 years
ago

 

Closeted

My friend Frances, a teacher who is way into modern design (she knows so much; like the educator she is, she does her homework), sent me a pic of these crazy closet-like frig/freezers from Smeg. They’re on wheels! Coolio! For where to buy in our area, click here.

8 years
ago

 

Affordable Finishes

One of our favorite decorative painting outfits, Simes Studios, is disputing the notion that one needs 14 layers to get a great finish. Simes’ latest newsletter outlines three one- or two-step processes that make for fabulous finishes at a reasonable cost. “We have not found a finish we can’t conquer in five or six steps,” the owners say. “Many of our best surfaces average three steps.” Shown here is the Charcoal finish, a dark pewter wash to be applied over a wood surface or floor. It’s a two-step process over sealed wood and we think it would look equally fab in a modern or traditional home.

8 years
ago

 

Simon Pearce Lamps

The two locations of Sawbridge Studios have created lamp galleries devoted to Simon Pearce’s entire line of lamps. I love this creamy dreamy Low Hamilton lamp (left). It has a crystal base with a ceramic top ($550). The Nantucket, also made of crystal (wonder if those fishies get hot in that water?) is cool, too. It comes with a cream-colored silk shade (not black as shown) and is $495.

8 years
ago

 

Bright Idea

 

I love this new bulb-shaped light at Willow. Sort of loosely reminds me of the more upscale Lucy Slivinski fixtures I just blogged about the other day. From Willow’s Web site: “Designed by Barend Hemmes, it’s made out of laser-cut wood, which leaves a crisp burned edge and creates a satisfying, waffle-like glow.” It can be hung from the ceiling or rested on its side. Size: 16 inches high with a 9-inch diameter, $170.

8 years
ago

 

Local Talent on HGTV

 

Local designer Candice Sone sent us word that she won HGTV’s latest Designer’s Challenge (it aired February 9; find out more here. Sone created an eco-friendly interior for a family in La Grange. She chose wood from sustainable forests for the custom wall unit, sofa, and chairs; the drapes are cotton and the shades are raffia.

8 years
ago

 

Design Lite

 

A few days ago I met Joel Robare at his new home office in a highrise in River East. Joel, who grew up the youngest of 14 children in a small town near Rockford, has had a thriving design business in San Francisco and is expanding here. His company, JR Studio, has come up with a nifty “lite” design service plan for those who just want to dip their toes into the interior design world, or who, for budget reasons, are scaling back. He calls it “Elite Interior Styling” and it involves buying either a half or full-day consultation with Joel, plus you get his to-the-trade-only discount at participating showrooms—Frette Linens, Bang & Olufsen, Roche Bobois, Baker Furniture, Waterworks, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and more. (The list changes; contact JR Studio for specifics.) The discounts will likely make the consultation fee pay for itself. Of course, Joel also offers comprehensive design services.
    Oh, and that home office? Stunning, as you can see.
(The dining room set he bought in Palm Springs, then proceeded to bleach several times before staining it to give it a wonderful dull, light look and really bring out the grain.) I also totally love the way he had the chairs upholstered.

8 years
ago

 

We Heart Lucy

   

Michael Del Piero of Good Design in Bucktown emailed to remind us that Lucy Slivinski, an amazing sculptor she represents in her shop (see the woven oak light fixture above), has an installation opening tonight at the Flatfile Gallery, featuring yet more of her unique sculptural lighting (see wire lamp above). The show runs through March 27.

8 years
ago

 

Bowled Over

 

Love these handpainted earthenware bowls and platters by Gale Garcia at Post 27. They have just enough chunk to them that they’re not too precious, and just enough artfulness that they’re not too blah-functional. Large serving bowl, $160; small, $40; platter, $160.

8 years
ago

 

Red Hot Blog

Mary Jeanne Kneen, who ran the Au Coin du Feu antique fireplace surround showroom here for years, has a new blog about—antique fireplaces. The posts show readers how to use these gorgeous pieces to bring warmth and history to a room. She also shows fresh ways to use them. One entry shows an antique fireplace of gray and white marble looking totally fab it its setting—a 1960s-inspired bedroom with lavender walls and white bedding. Mary Jeanne still sells surrounds and fireplace accessories (she has an inventory of more than 3,000 one-of-a-kind French and Continental European mantels and accessories) through her Web site, and she is available for personal consultations at her River North office, which also serves as Chicago’s exclusive Nymphenburg porcelain showroom.

8 years
ago

 

From France, With Discounts

 

Through the month of February fabulous antiques straight from the French countryside (along with some vintage American pieces), including armoires, farm tables, primitive benches, cabinets, and collectibles, will be marked down by 25 to 75 percent at Porte Rouge. Dinnerware and home accessories, too, will be marked down.  This is your chance to finally achieve that je ne sais quoi in your house!

8 years
ago

 

Jayson Preview

Here’s a little taste of what Jayson Home & Garden is cooking up for the big warehouse sale this weekend (Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at 1740 W. Webster Ave.). This Clinton chair started out at $1,495, it can be yours for $750 and that angular bluestone-capped side table is reduced to $399 from $1,195. There are about 1,998 more bargains to be had in the 2,000-square-foot warehouse, and they’re throwing in free delivery.

8 years
ago

 

Object Lesson

I can’t remember the last time I was asked, over lunch, “Jan, what’s your relationship with objects?” But this was Didier Milleriot, the owner of the now-closed Le Magasin on Wells Street, a French tabletop boutique. So the question seemed completely natural. It sparked a lively discussion about old things, new things, things we keep, things we give away. I believe I introduced the brilliant and quite-fluent Didier to the word “waystation,” a term I used to describe my basement, the place were unwanted objects go to chill out before they are given away. The main topic of lunch was Didier’s new Web site, ShopAndSource. On it, Didier, who, for personal reasons, moved back to France a few months ago, posts his daily finds—antiques, vintage pieces, and new decorative accessories he locates in the markets of France. All are for sale. Didier can also find a particular object for you (furniture, linens, an Art Déco vase). And should you find yourself traveling to Paris and/or Provence, he’ll shop the markets with you, translating and handling shipping arrangements. I love that he is completely upfront about his fees, which are posted on his site: about $128 to initiate a search, plus a 10 percent markup (search fee waived for big purchases). A day of shopping with the delightful Didier is about $900. Didier has already helped the owners of The Golden Triangle procure merchandise; see the results here. Judging from my interest in Didier’s finds, I’d say my relationship with objects is quite solid, thank you.

8 years
ago

 

Uber Cool

 

Brandon McCleskey, the owner of UberModern, a terrific, under-the-radar vintage modern showroom at 2256 West Grand, just returned from a buying trip in Miami. He found lots of great Lucite and white lacquer-just the stuff to lighten up your décor for spring.

8 years
ago

 

Soft on the Feet

I stopped by Green Home Chicago in the Fulton Market District the other day and my eyes (and fingers) were drawn to the same Tibetan Naturals handmade rugs I gravitate toward every time I stop by. These impossibly soft rugs are designed by Kurt Meinecke (who also designs rugs for Herman Miller) and made by Nepalese artisans out of various combinations of wool, silk, and/or yarn from plant fibers. No dyes are used; color variations depend on the breeds of the sheep used. The results are warm and wonderful, but not cheap—about $2,500 to $3,900 for a 5-by-7-foot size—and they must be special ordered. Small samples are on display at GHC, but for $250 you can order a 2-by-2-foot strike to get a sense of what the real thing would look like. Available exclusively at Green Home Chicago.

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