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Sam Vinz’s Favorite Things

TALENT SCOUT: What does the co-founder and curator of Volume Gallery look for in craftmanship when it comes to his own life and home?

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Sam Vinz
Vinz in his Noble Square apartment

At 34, Sam Vinz is one of Chicago’s top patrons of contemporary American furniture and object design. As cofounders of Volume Gallery (wvvolumes.com), Vinz and his partner, Claire Warner, scour studios and graduate student shows and commission emerging designers to create new pieces for pop-up exhibitions. (The next one, which opens April 20 at a to-be-determined location, will feature Snarkitecture, a Brooklyn design duo that builds environmental installations and sculptural but functional fixtures and furniture.)

What does this curator of modern craftsmanship like for his own home? “I tend to surround myself with pieces like an Eames lounge chair or a Black Forest cuckoo clock that have earned their place in history,” he says. “They’ve become timeless and placeless and can go anywhere in any interior.” See below for his favorite items.

 

 

20 Things Sam Vinz Loves

COPPER STEP STOOL BY JONATHAN MUECKE

COPPER STEP STOOL BY JONATHAN MUECKE ($2,400, jonathanmuecke.com)
“This stool has been featured in design shows in New York and London. Such presence for a tiny little piece.”

 

 

PARKER PEN

PARKER PEN ($150 to $500 for similar vintage styles, Century Pens, 231 S. LaSalle St.)
“My mom got me into pens. It’s from the 1930s, and it still works.”

 

 

MATCHSTICK PAINTING

MATCHSTICK PAINTING
“This unsigned piece came from a garage sale, and I hung it in my kitchen. Besides the very obvious ‘pop’ qualities, I like the potential of an unlit match.”

 

 

CITÉ ARMCHAIR BY JEAN PROUVÉ

CITÉ ARMCHAIR BY JEAN PROUVÉ ($3,775, Design Within Reach, 10 E. Ohio St.)
“First of all, it is incredibly comfortable. Second? Classic design by an incredible designer.”

 

 

EPHRAIM FAIENCE VASE

EPHRAIM FAIENCE VASE
“Made in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, my hometown. I like the subject: squid. You don’t see that on pottery very often.”

 

Photography: Anna Knott

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