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Small Wonder

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s children would surely have happily romped in this less-is-much-more version of the backyard princess castle. Spain-based SmartPlayhouse (smartplayhouse.com/en) is especially proud of its latest design, the Illinois, a nod to the clear influence of the modernist master. The house is lifted off the ground on Farnsworthy exterior columns; marine-grade laminated … Read more

Nesting Instincts

  Chicago interior designer Meg Stevens, now the full-time proprietor of the online shop White Nest, is the latest Etsy-ist to wow us with her wares. Stevens sews and hand-embroiders all of her simple-yet-chic pillows and linen wall hangings. Custom designs are also available. Pillows start at $50, wall hangings at $30. whitenestshop.com

She Digs Deco

Interior designer Lauren Lozano Ziol’s love of Art Deco moved her to bust out her own interpretations of the work of moderne masters such as Jean-Michel Frank and Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann. Andrew Kephart built the prototypes, which you can see at Mecox Gardens. The chair above ($6,850) is made of Baltic birch plywood and solid oak … Read more

Jean-Michel Frank at Hermès

Hermès has long been a favorite resource for in-the-know interior designers, but now that the Parisian leather house has a flagship store in Chicago, we all have more access to its tony offerings for the home—pillows, throws, china, and more. But what’s most exciting chez Hermès is the recent reintroduction of its Jean-Michel Frank collection. … Read more