Four Big Design Events This Weekend in Chicago

Hit Randolph Street Market’s winter affair, Pagoda Red’s warehouse sale, a design challenge from Unbranded Designs, and some floor sale action at Jayson Home.

Unbranded Designs, which manufactured this nifty mug/mag holder, is hosting a design competition.   Photograph: Courtesy of Unbranded Designs

A Design Challenge for Futurists 

Attention all you crafty designer-types. The local small-batch manufacturer Unbranded Designs (which we covered here) is holding a design challenge. The premise: file cabinets are no longer relevant, what with papers, files, and folders being a “thing of the past” (that’s their premise—personally, I am not quite there yet). Cash prizes will be awarded to those who come up with a Storage Component of the Future. It all sounds very Jetsons, but the money is real: $4,000 cash plus royalties will be handed to the winner. For more information check Unbranded Designs’ Facebook page.

Randolph Street Market, Winter Edition

Shop three indoor levels of vintage and indie designer goods this weekend at Randolph Street Market’s wonderful winter market, held inside Historic Plumbers Hall (1340 W. Washington St., 312-666-1200). The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grab your tickets online for $8 or at the door for $10. —Lynn Okura Bey 

Big Sale at Pagoda Red

Chinese antiques, contemporary art, and furniture are discounted up to 80 percent this weekend during Pagoda Red’s warehouse sale. Shop the deals at 1740 W. Webster Ave. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. —L.O.B.

Jayson Homes Floor Model Sale

This is the last weekend of Jayson Home’s big sale, so the cuts will be deep. Snag the excellent Ford sofa for $1,199 (reduced from $2,150) or the Benson lamp for $250 (reduced from $475).

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