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Design Dose

March 2010

7 years
ago

 

A Very Modest Cottage

Just as we were closing our annual second-homes issue, Tereasa Surratt’s book, A Very Modest Cottage arrived in the mail. (Actually, it arrived in an adorable metal vintage-looking picnic basket.) The book chronicles the moving and rehabbing of a small cottage that Surratt and her husband transported to Sugar Creek, Wisconsin, from Beardstown, Illinois. We featured the cottage in our last second-homes issue . The book, which Surratt designed herself, is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers. It has great tips for how to thrift and junk your way to domestic bliss; it also makes for one Very Charming Coffee Table Book.

7 years
ago

 

Blue Plate Special

When I walked by the tiny display of Ceramika Artystyczna Polish stoneware at the Housewares Show (yes, there is yet more to cover on that subject!), I couldn’t help but think of this kitchen, which I saw on an Apartment Therapy post about grey kitchens a while ago. I don’t own any blue and white dishes (nor do I have a grey kitchen, for that matter), but I always find myself attracted to both. I love the grey cabinets in this pic—what an easy fix if you hate your icky wood or white ones! As for the dishes, I like the idea of incorporating old-world, European-style pieces on a modern table, or using a bunch for decorating against a white background. The line shown here has just been picked up by Coveny Lane in Riverside, but you can find the same look in mismatched varieties at thrift shops and antique stores.

7 years
ago

 

A Splash of Missoni

The Rythme sofa, upholstered in Missoni fabric, has just landed at the Roche Bobois store in River North. It’s not new to the company, but new for the Chicago location; with franchises, certain more-daring styles sometimes trickle down slowly to our neck of the woods. Nevertheless, this modular three-seater is absolutely charming live and in person. Pick and choose your own combinations of the fabrics shown, or buy the one on the floor for $9,409.

7 years
ago

 

Architectural Digest Home Design Show


 

Naomi Cooper, marketing director at Pierre Deux, sent us this guest blog after attending the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York last weekend:

Manhattan’s Pier 94 was filled with more than 300 vendors showcasing their latest ideas and products for the home—from furniture and lighting to kitchens and baths. From bright contrasting hues to optical illusions to runway-inspired patterns and twists on the traditional, this is what I am coveting this spring:

•Furniture from The New Traditionalists. The NY-based company’s mission statement: If you think traditional and cool are not mutually exclusive, you are a new traditionalist. Well then, I guess I am a New Traditionalist. The collection of case goods and furniture is influenced by classic silhouettes, exceptional clothing, shape, and history. With so many finishes and colors to choose from, the New Traditionalists is haute couture for your home.

•Eskayel Bespoke Wallpaper. I love to see a trend from the fashion runway translate itself perfectly into a room. Artist Shanan Campanaro’s wallpaper collections evoke visions of one of this season’s hottest fashion trends, tie dye, seen in Bluemarine’s and Proenza Schouler’s spring/summer collections. Shanan’s day job is designing for a reknown fashion retail chain, but the inspiration for her wallcoverings comes from digitally manipulating designs from her art, which she has been exhibiting since she graduated from London’s Central St. Martins in 2003. This year she extended her collection to include pillows and tabletop items, which she debuted at the show.

•Featuring patterns in Pantone’s spring 2010 palette, Amy Helfand’s rugs are not for colorphobes. They’ll make the most basic rooms pop. Helfand, a Rugmark licensee, works with one of the most reputable manufacturers of carpets in Nepal. Rugmark is a global non-profit working to end child labor and offer educational opportunities for children in Nepal, India, and Pakistan.

I love Art Addiction’s new Art: Lex collection featuring contemporary imagery printed on a special acrylic material. Each piece is affixed to an invisible mount, creating a three-dimensional floating effect. Can’t you see these vintage books mounted above a suspended shelf?

7 years
ago

 

Sina Pearson

 

Outdoor fabrics just keep getting better. We like this modern interpretation of Mexican folk textiles. Colores de Mexico is a new line from Sina Pearson Textiles woven from Sunbrella acrylic fibers. That means it will stand up to sun, rain, mildew, chlorine, spilled margaritas, or whatever else the great outdoors throws at it. Available soon through Rearrange. For more outdoor fabrics, see our new issue, on newsstands now.

7 years
ago

 

More Housewares to Love!

 

These adorable appliances by the Swiss company Stadler Form, distributed in the U.S. under the name Swizz Style make us smile and serve the most practical of purposes. Clockwise from top left: The Oskar humidifier ($149.99); the Otto fan ($199.99); the Fred humidifier ($99.99); and the Max space heater ($99.99). Certain styles are available at Bed Bath & Beyond, online only or you can order them directly through Swizz Style.

7 years
ago

 

Housewares Show Part 2

Here’s what’s on my radar after a recent spin (OK, make that trend-seeking triathlon) around the International Home and Housewares Show. Purple royally ruled the runways and furnishing forecasts last season; now it’s trying on housewares. Fav execution? Le Creuset’s enamel cast iron and utensils in Cassis and their Lilac and Violet stoneware counterparts. Aluminum frying pans sporting anchors, Union Jack and bright finishes on their meant-to-be-seen bottoms were swoon-worthy! For the kitchen sophisticate, go for shimmery mineral tones sure to match countertop and tile trends. Two examples: Kitchenaid’s Artisan Series mixer in lush metallic and Farberware’s pots and pans in black and bronze with a hint of glimmer. Wesco’s breadbox and knifeblock in New Silver looked retro-fabulous. Garbage cans got the treatment in prints from The Macbeth Collection; keep an eye out for their new line (we heard The Container Store chain is a fan). Loved their chic prints on shower curtains—even tub mats! On the cleaning scene, I’d like the mini Mint automatic floor cleaner to come dust and mop my hardwood floors. Even germophobes can delight in high design with touch-free paper towel dispensers from Clean Cut and iTouchless. If the person who swiped the Pantone color-sample books (worth hundreds of dollars) from that company’s booth happens to be reading this—please return them immediately, and shame on you.

7 years
ago

 

Housewares Show

 

Imagine McCormick Place as a giant Bed, Bath & Beyond, with aisles and aisles of pepper grinders, knives, glasses, toasters, cookware, ironing board covers, and the like. That’s the annual International Home & Housewares show. Overwhelming to say the least, but certain new products always make an impression. For ingenuity, I appreciated the Andrea air purifier system, which uses a real plant to help it function. But for sheer beauty, I loved the new Alyson Fox tabletop line, called “May,” from Ink Dish, which will be available at Hazel on Montrose at the beginning of April (shown here, place setting for a suggested retail of $72); ASA Selection’s simple vases and tableware, which will be sold at I.D., and these new eco-friendly trivets from Epicurean, which you can likely pick up at Chopping Block. Watch this space (and our mag) for more cool stuff we found at the show.

7 years
ago

 

Tabletop Terrariums

   

My latest design obsession? Tabletop terrariums. These lush little vessels can be filled with moss, succulents, or flowers (I’d probably go with moss because it’s easy to keep alive). If you dig the trend, options abound. This model at Amazon has a gambrel roof and looks like a mini green house. Anthropologie’s take is more modern. A smooth glass lid tops a wood base for an effect that’s rustic, yet sleek. My favorites, though, are manufactured by Roost and available at Asrai Garden (see photos above). The interiors are custom-designed by owner Elizabeth Cronin. Among the foliage, Cronin artfully arranges ceramic figurines from Brooklyn Rehab. Bonus: She can customize the tableau with your chosen figurines and plants.

7 years
ago

 

Sentenced to a Life of Aesthetics

 

Have you been to the BoConcept website lately? The Danish design company just released some really fun products, but first, I just have to point out their new irreverent marketing campaign—right on the homepage, the words “no limits in small spaces,” stamped across a photo of what looks very much like a jail cell, decked out in (what else?) BoConcept furniture. I’m not kidding. A little shocking, but if you’ve ever felt confined in your own small space, it’s also pretty amusing. So to deck out your own personal slammer, may we suggest, the Bristol pendant ($249), some nice metal candleholders (starting at $19 each), and to hold those chic orange jumpsuits, a multi-colored clothes-hanger set ($35). Guilty as charged.

7 years
ago

 

Working It

If you haven’t been by Workroom lately, now is a good time to do so. The upholstery, window treatment, and wallcoverings studio has just received its spring offerings, including a slew of fresh prints with flowers, birds, and insects that the owners promise will add “whimsical sophistication” to your home (Thomas Paul’s designs for Duralee definitely fall into this category). Also just in: Marimekko wallpaper, which was released last summer, is now available through Workroom (exclusively in Chicago, according to the owners).

7 years
ago

 

Tripod Trend

 

Love this new lamp ($299) from Z Gallerie. For other great options in tripod floor lamps, which can add some Old Hollywood drama to a living room or den, check out our new issue, on newsstands now.

7 years
ago

 

Heads Up, Jetsetters!

 

The German design house Vitra, which is represented locally by Manifesto just opened the doors to the amazing VitraHaus, a showcase for the company’s home furnishings collection, on the Vitra campus in Will am Rhein, Germany. Even though it’s very far away, we can still marvel at this amazing design by Herzog & de Meuron. See more photos on the Vitra website.

7 years
ago

 

Bridal Bliss

For tabletop settings, there is no place like Tabula Tua. Owner Grace Tsao Wu has an amazing eye-just look at the mini works of table art shown above, which she created. On March 14 from 1 to 4 p.m., she will host a bridal event at her store featuring the settings above, in addition to others inspired by some of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks, including the The Art Institute and Millennium Park. Other event participants include florist Heffernan Morgan, caterer Calihan Catering, wedding cake designer Bittersweet, and invitation designer Sarah Drake Design. Admission is $35. To buy tickets, go to Tabula Tua’s website.

7 years
ago

 

Kenmore Live Studio

   

Kenmore is heating up. Last December, the brand rolled out a string of stylish appliances. I’m smitten with the retro-looking Elite Steam CareT Washer and Dryer. The Elite Stand Mixer is on my wish list, too—it’s certainly charming enough to coax me into the kitchen. Thursday at 7 p.m., the brand will debut Kenmore Live Studios, a pop-up gallery meant to showcase its design-savvy. Appliances will be spot lit, suspended from the ceiling, and generally displayed as if they were works of art. Swankier than shopping at Sears, eh? Top Chef Stephanie Izard will also be on-hand to host cooking demos, and a troop from The Second City will perform sketch comedy about domestic duties. Thursday is the just the beginning, as the Studio is slated to span at least four weekends. Stop by 678 North Wells Street, Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. or Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m. Look for more guest chefs to appear, including from Roger Herring of Socca and Matt Wile of Moonshine.

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