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Best of Chicago Design

Design-obsessed people love to talk about their favorite places to get stuff and their favorite sources for expert services. Whether it concerns a cornice, a coffee table, a light fixture, or a sound system, there’s just something satisfying about giving a friend a good tip. That’s what the following pages are all about. Call it … Read more

Q. What’s a gardener in this part of the country supposed to do during the winter?

A. You can read catalogs, order seeds, and draw plans, but if you want to get your hands on flowers and plants, consider learning ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. Locally, ikebana classes are offered in a number of places, including the Japanese American Service Committee (4427 N. Clark St., 773-275-0097; jasc-chicago.org), Shambhala Meditation … Read more

French Finds

Tired of turning to the usual suspects for your houseware needs? Craving a little French style for your kitchen and table?

Modern Classicist

Levine reclines on a Christian Liaigre chair in a Gold Coast townhouse he designed. To his right is a Macassar ebony and nickel credenza of his own design below a vintage Vico Magistretti lighting fixture.   Douglas Levine is a true arbiter of style. From his signature skinny ties and trousers (which he was wearing … Read more