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Modern home decor label Unison (1911 W. Division St., is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Husband-and-wife team Robert Segal (whose parents founded Crate & Barrel) and Alicia Rosauer launched the Chicago-based brand in 2006 following a five-year stint designing at Finnish design house Marimekko.

Of all the designs that Unison has developed over the last decade, Rosauer is especially proud of the Martin bedding. “We initially had it sold in three different bold colors,” she says of the striped style. “Everyone liked the yellow, and it was a really wonderful surprise because it was a risk.”

For its 10th year, Unison has reinterpreted the design in a neutral gray, which will carry into 2017: “We’re now interested in bringing back older patterns [in] other colors,” Rosauer notes, adding that Unison will start selling furniture. “When we sell the bedding, people want to buy the bed frame; when we sell the tabletop [items], people want to buy the chairs and the table and the lamp,” says Rosauer. Expect to see furniture pieces that, as Rosauer says, “focus on good, modern design that’s timeless.”

Interior Intel

Things are getting colorful at Interior Define (833 W. Armitage Ave., The custom sofa manufacturer has added bold hues (Slate, Lawn, and Sunset) as well as more neutral shades to its Heavy Cloth and Pebble Weave fabrics. Take a look at the expanded offering.


Architectural Artifacts (4325 N. Ravenswood Ave., is hosting its 29th annual holiday sale through December 23. Receive 30 percent off purchases in store or online through the company’s newly-refreshed website (use code SHOP30 at checkout). And for those interested in African pottery, use code POTS50 during online checkout to receive 50 percent off hand-built pots.

Shop regularly priced merchandise at Cassona (5241 N. Clark St., without the 10.25 percent sales tax, now until December 24.


From 6 to 9 tonight, Evanston Art Center’s Winter Arts & Crafts Expo (1717 Central St., Evanston, is hosting a shopping event. Peruse original works including ceramics, glassware, paintings, and more by local artisans while enjoying cocktails and snacks. Unable to make tonight’s event? You still have several days to attend the 14th annual exposition, which runs through December 21.

Shoppers braving the Mag Mile crowds this Saturday afternoon are in for a treat at Crate & Barrel (646 N. Michigan Ave., Soul and jazz crooner Sherry Dyanne will be on hand to perform tunes from her holiday album, Let it Glow. In addition to the live performance, refreshments and small bites will be served from 2 to 4 p.m. RSVP here.

Kristin Joiner of 622press ( will lead a paper flower workshop at Apartment 528 (2136 W. Chicago Ave., on Sunday. Sip mimosas while crafting blooms like roses and Oriental poppies. Register here.