From the Maxalto Collection


Amphora Loft, a contemporary version of Amphora, a discount upscale home furnishings store, has opened at 137 N. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge, 847-518-9002, just down the street from the original location. The Glen Ellyn antique furniture and textile shop Maison Suzanne is opening a second store in early June at 206 S. Marion St., Oak Park, 708-524-5316; Fireside Collection by Fireplaces Plus offers handcrafted fireplace furnishings and accessories at 200 W. Ohio St., 312-587-7587; Room Service, a vintage home and garden furnishings shop, opened at 5438 N. Clark St., 773-878-5438. Grasshopper 510, specializing in eco-friendly design, including everything from furniture and tabletop pieces to purses and body products, opened at 1944 N. Damen Ave., 773-292-0510. The first freestanding Maxalto store to open in the U.S. is at 309 W. Superior St. This offshoot of B&B Italia features modern reinterpretations of French design of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s.

Modern Bamboo’s Becca Stools, $600 each, at Grasshopper 510

Kitchen & bath news

Dream Kitchens displays Crossville, Grohe, Kohler, Stone Care, and Omega Cabinetry at its new 2,500-square-foot showroom at 799 Central Ave., Highland Park, 847-433-2400; Studio 41 has opened its sixth area kitchen and bath showroom at Design Pointe, 1320 N. Route 59, Naperville, 630-357-1320; Lewis Floor & Home (formerly Lewis Carpet One) has allocated 2,000 square feet in its Northbrook showroom to display a new line of custom kitchen and bathroom displays at 1840 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, 847-835-2400;

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The American Craft Exposition, a juried indoor exposition and sale featuring work by 150 craftspeople, August 22-24 at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, Northwestern University, 2311 N. Campus Dr., Evanston;