The Simple Life

Living on a farm can do wonders for one’s imagination.

Critz Campbell’s illuminated Eudora chair, shown here at Crab Tree Farm’s Lake Bluff Showroom, will be among the pieces on display at SOFA.

Check out the avant-garde creations of a group of furniture makers who live and work at a studio on Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff at this year’s SOFA Chicago (November 2-4, Festival Hall at Navy Pier). The fully functioning farm—also home to a rarefied collection of American and British Arts and Crafts furniture—is owned by philanthropist and art collector John H. Bryan (retired chief executive of Sara Lee) and counts well-respected designers such as Mike Jarvi and Critz Campbell, whose pieces will be on display at SOFA, among its alumni.