Metzker-Master of Light

Perhaps we feel an affinity to Ray Metzker‘s work because his photographic roots were planted here in Chicago, our home base and his frequent subject matter.  Regardless, with his ability to capture light and lines, his images would have caught our attention.

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He pushed the boundaries of what could be done with black and white photography from how he took his photos, experimented with double exposures, to how he developed them.  He considered himself ‘an intellectual wanderer’ and his subject matter reflected this curiosity.


An exhibition of his photographs are currently on display at the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York through December.


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A Wool Story: from start to finish

Sometimes it takes a what seems to be a simple stool to appreciate the many steps that go into making it.  Hanna Bramford has taken the wool from one sheared sheep then carded, treated, and felted it into 100 balls to create the seat.

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Her design starting point was to be inspired by a rebel.  She chose the metaphor of the black sheep who stands out from the crowd and created a piece  that explored what she could draw out from one such black sheep.


The legs were created by turning wood on a lathe and balance wonderfully with the felted cushion.  We appreciate the process, taking raw wool from a local farm, to the hand preparation, and ending with a refined result.


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Iris Apfel – One who inspires

Released this year, the documentary ‘Iris’ follows the fashion icon to lectures, shopping trips, and allows us to see into the psyche of the woman whose exuberant personal style pairs with a humble and forthright life-view from which we take great inspiration.

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Iris Apfel began her professional life in the fashion magazine world.  With her husband she ran a textile company that sent her traveling around the world and involved her in interior restoration projects at the White House for several American presidents.  Now in her nineties, she lectures and teaches about fashion and style.

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Her unique personal look is one that gave her the nickname ‘rare bird of fashion’ and led to a retrospective at the Costume Institute at the Met Museum in 2005 which included the many clothes and couture accessories she has collected from her travels and involvement in the fashion world over the decades.


Iris represents a woman who has and continues to live her passion.  The documentary is worth the watch.


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Medieval Magic and Religion

Looking through The Book of Miracles is stepping back into a time when the European world looked for signs from the heavens and explained occurrences with causes magical.  Only recently discovered, it is now available in print from the publisher Taschen.


For something created in 1552, the illustrations are wonderfully colorful and fanciful.  It is evident that a mix of religious decorum and mystical forces touched on everyone’s lives and weighed heavily in their day-to-day thinking.


The book is wonderfully presented in a clamshell box and contains two elements.  It provides information about the original book and historical perspective on the era as well as the reprinted illustrations.  Look through and take a journey.


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Chicago Architecture Biennial

We are so proud to call Chicago home.  It is not often that an event as large and ambitious as the Chicago Architecture Biennial takes place in one’s own backyard.  The event kicked off on October 3rd and will run through January 3rd 2016.  It brings together over one hundred exhibitors from over thirty countries.


The theme, “The State of the Art of Architecture” inspires each of the participants contributions.  Sculpture, dance, theater, and talks are some of the many ways you can explore the Biennial theme.

Watch the trailer here.

This is a rare opportunity to engage on a topic that impacts our daily lives with or without our conscious acknowledgment of it.  A city with such a rich architectural history as Chicago, we feel, is the perfect location to host such an undertaking.  We are going to make time to explore the many offerings from now thru winter and recommend you do the same.


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Color by its parts

We often think of color as what we are seeing at the moment.  Only from the angle of the artist’s eye is it viewed as a sum of individual elements.  Japanese design duo, Ima Moteki, have challenged us by creating a line of paints whose ‘names’ are its components instead of it’s end result.

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Each tube is labelled with the primary colors in the proportion that make up the color inside.  An interesting experiment and we imagine, experience to use.  Designed for children to teach the basic concepts behind color theory, we find it can also have a deeper resonance.


Not only does it add an essence of critical thinking, it also represents how what the eye sees is really a sum of much smaller elements.  Change the elements within and the result is changed not unlike a meal, an artwork, or an emotion.  A set of ‘Nameless Paints’ will be available to purchase here later this month.


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Wood Transformed into Textile

Wood in the hands of textile team Tesler + Mendelovitch becomes a flexible and faceted ‘fabric’.  They’ve used their textile for a line of clutch style purses.


The designers believe that ‘every material has it’s own chi or it’s own energy’ and they feel that wood especially ‘makes the body connect to nature and calms your chi’.  As a result, creating something using these materials allows us to tap into that experience.  It was important to them that the clutch ‘felt good, not just looked good’.



We enjoy showcasing the natural look and beauty of wood in our designs so we appreciate the uniqueness of each piece created.  Each one laid out with precision to highlight the inherent complexity of the wood.  All are lined with fine leather hide for a fully tactile and luxurious experience as well.

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Plank Furniture

Concealed storage meets minimalistic design with these new pieces designed by Max Lamb. We love the thoughtful design of each of the pieces which have hidden storage nooks inset within the center of the table top and in each bench. Lamb stated, “I’ve used full-width planks as the defining feature, both structurally and visually, with the key intention being to make a collection of furniture with utility, strength, durability and economy of material”. This line is all about intention.


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Source: Dezeen

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Raw Details

Contemporary exposed elements meets classic design in this renovated Tokyo apartment. The unique installation of the herringbone flooring is a traditional detail in an otherwise modern living space. We appreciate the fact that leaving structural elements exposed is a popular trend among newly renovated Japanese homes.







Architecture by: Kunihiko Matsuba and Seitaro Aso

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Prints on wood

Eskayel has  partnered with Dane Co. to bring their unique abstract patterns to handcrafted furniture. The collection includes sofas, chairs, benches and ottomans made from 3 different species; ash, maple, and white oak that are covered in Eskayel’s digitally-printed designs in water-based ink. Such a brilliant collaboration between two notable brands.
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(This chair is one of our favorites!)




Source: Design-Milk


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