Daydreaming at The Rookery

Chicago is a visual wonderland. We could walk downtown every day and still see something new and intriguing. One delightful location to sketch and let your eyes wander is The Rookery.   The lobby or “light court,” designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has an airiness unlike any other skyscraper in the Financial District. The openness gives […]

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. […]


An undeniable trend: small boutique classes and schools offering short, focused workshops. In the past few years, numerous options have appeared for those who want to learn everything from indigo dying to flower arranging. What spurred this trend? At LDBA, or L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts, in Williamsburg, you can take a lettering class or learn […]

Design Guide, Chicago on DesignSponge

DesignSponge has posted a Chicago Design (and food) Guide, this week, curated by resident Jessica Herman. Check it out, here. Do you think anything’s missing? [photo by Stephanie Todaro]

Daytrip: The Glass House

For those of you who made it Philip Johnson’s Glass House but wanted to take a piece of it home, the Glass House Pop-Up Shop carries souvenirs. If you haven’t yet made it to this monument to modernism yet, why not purchase two tickets to a private Glass House tour?

Dance: 2012 Resolution

Girl Walk // All Day: Chapter 2 from Girl Walk // All Day on Vimeo. One of our New Year’s Resolutions was to do a little more dancing. Here’s something to inspire you–Chapter 2 of a dance film called Girl Walk/All Day. Click here for more excerpts. Filmmakers Jacob Krupnick and Youngna Park.

DAYTRIP: Eames Shell Chairs

Continuing our homage to all things Eames, we visit the factory where Eames shell chairs are made. [Thanks to Swiss Miss]

DAYTRIP: Sonia Delaunay and Maira Kalman

This goes under the category of Daytrip and Inspiration. If you’re anywhere near New York City  over the weekend, check out the Sonia Delaunay show at the Cooper Hewitt Museum (ends this weekend) and the Maira Kalman show at the Jewish Museum (through July). From the Cooper-Hewitt’s website: Known primarily as an abstract painter and […]

Mjolk: Toronto, CA

If you’re looking to rotate in a few new design blogs, I recommend taking a look at Kitka Design’s blog, written by the a couple (just married this week!) who brought the store Mjolk to Toronto. Recently, they obsessively collected classic office supplies. You may recognize some of these iconic items:


This day trip is figurative. I’ve been traveling (virtually) to Australia, peering into beautiful homes featured on Design Files, and thinking about what is quintessentially Australian about these homes. Though they differ from one another, they are decidedly not-America. Which do you like best? Leila Sanderson’s home: or: Mandy Munro of Tractor Home: