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The Best of the Rest

Left to Right: Globe Stand: Edward Wormley for Rand McNally, Circa 1955. Gary Stier on a 1960s sofa. Sofa: Paul Evans Chrome and Burl.   Assemblage, a new 20th-century design dealer in the West Loop, is not just another place to get an Eames plywood chair. In fact, you won’t find much in this 5,500-square-foot … Read more

Fashion, House

While it’s no secret that fashion and home design trends often intersect, few interior designers hold this truth as closely as Susan Maxwell. his devoted follower of fashion has built much of her six-year-old business-called Suz Maxwell: Life-Style-Space (312-409-8565; suzmaxwell.com)-on translating her high-society clients’ tastes to their living rooms; she hits the runway shows each … Read more

Out-Marted!

River North continues to be a hotbed for new, freestanding design showrooms, and with the recent opening of the Kinzie Design Center across the street from the Merchandise Mart, more and more trade-quality options are available to the public. Here’s a look at the Mart’s newest neighbors.

Fabric Fantastic

1154 Lill Studio’s fabric offerings are as stylish as their totes.  Jennifer Velarde, owner of the popular design-your-own-handbag shop 1154 Lill Studio, is getting back to her interior decorator roots, introducing a house line of some 150 fabrics, formerly available only to the trade, called Lill by the Yard. Also on deck: a variety of … Read more

Upstairs at Hermès

Chicago designers Kara Mann, Jessica Lagrange, Nate Berkus, and David Grout of Gary Lee Partners hit the second floor of Hermès to give their clients’ homes a touch of patrician, equestrian-inspired luxury. That’s where this famous purveyor of silk scarves and leather goods keeps its tight selection of home goods. While the company’s exquisite hand-painted … Read more