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Chicago Designer Jason Lewis Makes Big N.Y. Debut

Plus: a tabletop sale, photography from India, and other home and design news

T07 walnut and ash tables   Photo: Courtesy of Jason Lewis Furniture

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Among the more than 100 new exhibitors at the recent Architectural Digest Design Show was Chicago’s own Jason Lewis Furniture (346 N. Justine St., #308, jasonlewisfurniture.com). “I’m still catching my breath,” says Lewis of his New York debut.

In the six months leading up to the expo, Lewis focused on prototyping pieces including a dining table, bench, lounge chair, and side table. He hoped to create a “balanced collection,” he says. “I have a lot of dining chairs and certain configurations of things in my collection already, so I was trying to branch out a bit.”

Using a technique called steam bending, he placed rectangular pieces of walnut, white oak, and ash wood into a sealed box filled with steam, which allowed him to bend wood by hand and create the T07 side table. “It’s a traditional technique for doing bent pieces and just wasn’t one that I had done a ton of in the past,” he says, “so it was cool to see the wood plasticize.”

Woodworking has been a labor of love for Lewis, who got his start working alongside his father at his workshop and later apprenticed under the late Berthold Schwaiger. Now, Lewis custom builds pieces from his Near West Side studio where, in addition to building this collection, he hopes to create a regular cycle of new designs.

Interior Intel

Design Within Reach (755 W. North Ave., dwr.com) has partnered with designer Elish Warlop on two brass LED chandeliers that blend form and function. Take a look.

Cashmere is getting the Technicolor touch at Kneen & Co. (399 W. Fullerton Pkwy., Ste. 1E, kneenandco.com). The Lincoln Park showroom offers fringed throw blankets by Italian label Masserano in no less than 40 hues, from sunny yellow to cheery pink. Shop the collection.

Sale

River North treasure trove P.O.S.H. (613 N. State St., poshchicago.com) has been doing some spring cleaning for its annual sale. Through April 9, receive savings on linens, glassware, dishes, and more. Shop the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon Sale.

Events

Tomorrow, Bucktown-based gallery Gild Assembly (gildassembly.com) will debut its pop-up shop in Lincoln Park. Through April 15, visit the temporary space at 1211 West Webster Avenue to shop a variety of furniture and home accessories by labels like Felt + Fat, Skultuna, and Utopia & Utility. Learn more about the pop-up.

Jonathan Adler (676 N. Wabash Ave., jonathanadler.com) will host a floral arranging class with Alice’s Table on April 2. From 6 to 8 p.m., enjoy bites, libations, and a 20 percent discount at the River North boutique (which will also provide a vase for your arrangement). Register for the Spring Soireé.

Next week, journalist and author Victoria Lautman will celebrate the North American launch of her book, The Vanishing Stepwells of India, at The Golden Triangle (330 N. Clark St., goldentriangle.biz). The book’s beautiful photography was featured in Chicago magazine this month. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 6, savor Indian-inspired refreshments during the complimentary event, which features a presentation by Lautman followed by a book signing. RSVP here.

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