Adios, middleman. Three new retailers, all of which work directly with manufacturers and then sell directly to customers, have hit Chicago’s furniture scene. Interior Define (2027 W. North Ave., interiordefine.com) is an online shop with a small Wicker Park showroom that specializes in contemporary made-to-order sectionals, sofas, and chairs priced from $500 to $3,500. Choose your fabric and size and the final product will be shipped to you in eight to 12 weeks. Waveland & Clark (wavelandandclark.com) also has an e-commerce model and similar prices, with an appointment-only showroom at Urban Wood Goods, one of its manufacturers (901 W. Randolph St., second floor). Offerings include living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture; styles are a mix of modern and classic à la Restoration Hardware. Delivery takes eight to ten weeks. Finally, Wrightwood Furniture Co. (3036 N. Lincoln Ave.) is all purchase and takeaway, offering one-of-a-kind pieces that range from a large French country hutch ($1,257) to a factory-cart-style console ($407).
Speaking of Bargains: The Dump, a national chain of furniture, mattress, and rug outlets, opened for business in the Chicago area last year, at 2860 S. Highland Ave. in Lombard. Find overstocks, showroom models, and one-of-a-kind pieces, all new, at prices up to 60% off retail.