(1) Diehard minimalists, come and get it—Euro-cool Orange Skin (223 W. Erie St., 312-335-1033) is now representing the Hi-Line kitchen line. Chiasso, the mail-order stalwart, has a store once again (2112 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-244-4100; chiasso.com), where you can actually test out that sleek, armless chair; also look for cool rugs, lamps, and tableware. Homey (3656 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-248-0050) is a great new source for contemporary garden statuary and reasonably priced artwork from the likes of Don Fritz, Roger Bole, and Lionel Treboit.
(2) Design mavens truly committed to Halloween decorating will love Jonathan Adler’s new, spider-inspired Robinson Table (at Jonathan Adler, 676 N. Wabash Ave., 312-274-9920, and Macy’s, 111 N. State St., 312-781-3573). The Chicago interior design firm Designs by Maida now has a store in the historic square of Woodstock (105 E. Van Buren St., 815-337-2046), offering everything from bedding and china to televisions and tile. Also look for Maida’s own furniture line. Imagine Your Home by Orren Pickell (1799 Willow Rd., Northfield, 847-572-5252; imaginebypickell.com) is a new “concept center” featuring ten room settings, along with interactive computer stations and libraries to help homeowners plan and furnish their own rooms. Urbanest (5228 N. Clark St., 773-271-1000; urbanestliving.com), a new Asian modern furniture store in Andersonville, offers great deals on sleek tables, chests, lamps, armoires, and more, direct from China. Nothing beats a Montauk couch—except for maybe a new one; check out the Canadian company’s more formal, yet puffy-as-ever, new fall collection (401 N. Wells St., 312-951-5688, montauksofa.com).
(3) Superstar home furnishings manufacturer Baker is branching out from its Merchandise Mart mothership and opening its first retail store in the Chicago area (775 N. Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, 847-317-0752). Expect to see a sampling of every major Baker collection as well as some McGuire, Dapha, and Hancock & Moore in the 6,800-square-foot space. The Mart location will remain open. Poltrona Frau (http://www.poltronafrau.it), the luxury Italian furniture line, is now carried exclusively in the Midwest at Manifesto (755 N. Wells St., 312-664-0733).
(4) The fabulous bedding company Dwell, beloved by designphiles for its spot-on colors and patterns, just introduced DwellTable, including tablecloths, placemats, runners, and napkins (at Jayson Home & Garden, 1885 N. Clybourn, Ave., 773-248-8180).