Just across a charming courtyard is Vesta (1357 W. Concord Pl., 773-252-7300; www.vestachicago.com), a new showroom recently opened by the owners of the architecture firm 2RZ. Featuring three lines of kitchen cabinetry that the architects used successfully in their own clients’ homes, this is the place to find the Bulthaup or Poggenpohl look without the prices. Highlights include ultramodern shiny lacquer and textured laminate veneers from the German line Leicht and the many clean-lined options, from cabinets to closet systems, offered by the lower-priced-but-you’d-never-know-it Italian company Berloni.
Speaking of affordable and chic, just across the street, Galleria Concord (1348 W. Concord Pl., 773-489-9200; galleriaconcord.com) offers rustic-with-an-Asian-flair wood furniture—along with robust and lively accessories, from lamps to artwork—for a song. Made in India and shipped regularly in large containers to keep costs low, the dining tables and chairs, armoires, and accent pieces come in rosewood, mango wood, and acacia (black wood). A sturdy farm table and four nice-looking chairs for $800? A destination spot, indeed.
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Photograph: courtyard Alan shortall
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