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Makers’ Mark

Just when we think the pool of furniture makers and designers in Chicago couldn’t expand any further, we discover more talent in our midst. These three designers, who work with everything from metal to wood to plastic, are about to make their mark with designs that stand out from the rest.

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Hale Jonathan Nesci
Back Story: Nesci is a self-taught furniture designer with certification in 3-D drafting. His technical skills help him build bold-colored, industrial-looking metal pieces, like the angular Jack stool, which has garnered national media buzz (he also created a pink stool in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month). His First Project: A 30-foot BMX bike ramp when he was a teenager. Day Job: Managing restorations at Wright auction house. what he’s working on now: A line of metal coffee and dining tables. A-Stool in powder-coated aluminum, $940; Available at Orange Skin, 223 W. Erie St., 312-335-1033; halefurn.com.

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