The Rug Company Presents: The Art of Abstraction

Throughout the Summer, The Rug Company will be featuring a new exhibition – The Art of Abstraction – in each of their US showrooms, including their River North showroom in Chicago, located at 320 N Clark.


The Rug Company‘s latest collection of abstract designs features alluring and expressive forms, painterly strokes and sinuous lines, all rendered in handknotted wool and silk. Drawing inspiration from abstract art, architecture and organic forms, the striking collection of 12 contemporary designs ranges from the bold to the subdued and confidently combines cutting edge design with exquisite materials.

Pictured above, the Brushstrokes design is an abstraction of painterly movements. Many subtle colors are at play in this design, gently merging together in shimmering silk yarns. The meticulous craftsmanship of The Rug Company‘s weavers ensures that each tone of the palette is perfectly matched in lustrous silk, and then carefully blended with its neighbors to give a subtle but highly decorative effect.


Other abstract designs include Wake a hand-painted design that draws inspiration from the fluidity and movement of water. the abstract Smoke design brings the intangible nature of smoke into the soft plane of a handknotted rug. Lastly, inspired by 50s terrazzo floors, the Terrazzo design has been given a modern update with a versatile palette of blues and greys on a cream background.

These versatile design pieces are available from stock and can also be made to any custom size, shape or color.

Stop by their Chicago showroom today to view the exhibition, or check it out online here.

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RNDD Welcomes Adler Law


The River North Design District (RNND) is excited to welcome our newest Affiliate Member to our group, Adler Law!

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Adler Law Group is a law firm focused on helping and advising on any aspect relating to the areas of technology and communications. They provide legal services that help improve core business operations for interior design professionals, fabricators, and showrooms.

Since 1997, the Firm has developed a practice focused on the legal needs of corporate entities and offers services in three primary areas: Information Technology and EcommerceCorporate & Business Law and Intellectual Property Law.

david-adler-attorneyDavid M. Adler, Esq. is the principal attorney and driving force behind the Firm’s Technology Practice Group with an extensive background and experience in corporate law, including contract interpretation, drafting, negotiation, and enforcement and intellectual property law.



Please help us in welcoming them to the RNDD community!

For more information on Adler Law, visit their website here:

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RNDD Welcomes The Rug Company


The River North Design District (RNND) is excited to welcome our newest showroom Member to our group, The Rug Company!

The Rug Company was founded in 1997 with the aim of creating the most desirable rugs in the world. The concept was simple, but pioneering: to combine the ancient craft of rug-making with dazzling contemporary designs.


They are obsessive about good design, always striving to innovate and inspire with their own collections. They truly understand the unique heritage and significance of traditional rug artisanship. Their weavers continue to craft the rugs entirely by hand, using the very same techniques as their ancestors.


They understand the importance of the raw material because they know that a rug is only as good as the fibre it is woven from. They use wool that comes from high on the Tibetan plateau, wool that is so rich in natural lanolin that it is oily to the touch. It must be handled by the spinners, weavers and dyers with such reverence that it loses none of its extraordinary properties.

They collaborate with some of the world’s most inspirational designers, each a creative leader in their domain, including Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg and Kelly Wearstler.



They understand the importance of service and their sales team not only have an expert understanding of the rugs but also how to best use and place them. They will go to great lengths to guide you through the rug buying process, helping you find the perfect piece.


Please help us in welcoming them to the RNDD community!

For more information on The Rug Company, visit their website here: or stop by their River North showroom at 320 N Clark in Chicago.

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3rd Annual River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk


Due to great success, the River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk will return on Friday September 8th, 2017.   We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Chicago Gallery NewsDering Hall and Luxe Interiors + Design.  Participating RNDD showrooms will host special hours, and remain open until 9 PM. Design enthusiasts and art connoisseurs alike will enjoy this special evening.  The exhibit will be open until October 13th!

The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk is open to the public and free with the exception of two special events:.

VIP Kickoff Party at Lightology at 5pm with featured artist curated by Kasia Kay Art Projects: Rubem Robierb.  Event will be held on the 3rd floor and roof deck.  Tickets are $25/ea, space is limited. Tickets are available here.

After-Party from 8-10pm with Artist Adam Siegel presenting his new series Wabi-Sabi in collaboration with Vosges at The Golden Triangle.  Adam Siegel takes guests through a special artistic journey of the senses with art, chocolate pairings and live music. Tickets are $25/ea, space is limited. Tickets are available here.

For a complete schedule of events, visit our website here.

Each participating RNDD showroom will be exhibiting designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings with artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. The event’s host committee includes art enthusiasts and collectors Carrie Lannon, Nina Mariano, Alison Victoria, Janet Owen, Steve Kadlec, Donna Bliss and Lauren Buxbaum. 

Curated by Daniel Kinkade Fine Art featuring artists paired with designers:

Sweet Peas Design with Casey Matthews at Chicago Luxury Beds
Michael Del Piero with Greg Dickerson at Oscar Isberian
Gray | Walter with Rory Scott at Organic Looms
Nora Schneider Interior Design with Doug Frohman at Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre
Linc Thelen at Farrow & Ball
Randy Heller Design with Janet Trierweiler at Jesse Chicago
Mitchell Channon Design with Sebastian Domino at Moderne Living
Blutter Shiff Design Associates with Pamela Staker at O’Brien Harris
PROjECT. interiors with Jill King and Sheila Ganch at TOTO
Mood | Design + Build with Robert Porazinski at Studio41
NM Interiors with Magdalena Krzak at Ligne Roset

Also featuring:
Artist Adam Siegel at The Golden Triangle
Artist Phillip Schalekamp at The Tile Gallery
Artist Matthew Lew at Glenview Haus
Anne Abueva at The Rug Company
Featured artist curated by Kasia Kay Art Projects: Rubem Robierb at Lightology

For more information, visit our website at

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A Midsummer Art Walk: July 14th in River North

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July 14th, 5-9pm

Hosted by the Art Galleries of River North

On July 14th the galleries of River North present A Midsummer Art Walk. The event is centered at Superior and Franklin Streets.

Over 20 art galleries will present fine paintings, sculptures and photographs from around the world.

Local hot-spots Otto MezzoClub Lago and Bar Lupo will offer drink and appetizer specials for those who attend the walk. Bar Lupo will host an after-party from 8-10pm.

Since the early 1980’s River North has been the home of the city’s art scene. The Galleries exhibit the most prominent and innovative artists working locally and around the world.  Paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture in all media, ceramic and glass will be on display. Refreshments will be served in many of the galleries.

For more info on participating galleries, sponsors and exhibition details, click here.

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RNDD Welcomes Workroom Home Couture

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The River North Design District (RNDD) is excited to welcome our newest Affiliate Member to our group, Workroom Couture Home!

Workroom Couture Home is a full service showroom and design studio offering their clients a unique professional service: one-stop shopping for all your design needs. They design, measure, estimate, order, fabricate and install for the well dressed home.

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Joel Klaff began making drapery for film productions in Chicago and teamed with Diekmann, a fashion designer, nearly ten years ago to create their intimate design studio, Workroom Couture Home. As the name implies, they bring hand made aspects to all of their work. Tailored esthetics, exquisite detailing and unexpected combinations are signatures of this teams work. They like to say that they offer their clients a casual approach to modern living. Always searching for new materials from flea markets to contract fabrics, this duo is never short on ideas and creative solutions.

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You can shop Workroom Couture Home for your house from floor to ceiling including: custom drapery, fine fabrics, furniture, upholstery, shades, bedding, wallpaper, lighting, shutters, area rugs, and motorization.

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Please help us in welcoming them to the RNDD community!

For more information on Workroom Couture Home, or to schedule your complimentary in-store consultation, visit their website here:

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Spring Design Trends to Liven up Your Home From Dresner Design

As we approach the final weeks of Spring, we asked our resident kitchen expert and River North Design District (RNDD) designer member, Scott Dresner of Dresner Design to share with us a few of the design trends he’s been seeing this Spring and easy ways to incorporate them into your home.

Multifunctional Spaces

Function is key, especially when it comes to a high-traffic space like the kitchen. That’s why we’ve seen a trend this year towards making parts of your kitchen serve double duty, like this desk Scott designed, which has a sliding door that closes to hide your laptop, paperwork, and any other kitchen clutter, keeping your kitchen – and your mind – in order.


Bold Color

Another trend we are seeing this year is bright, bold colors in the home – especially the kitchen. Color is the easiest way to add some personality into your home and liven up any space. Bold colors can be intimidating, but the key is balance.

Scott paired his blue kitchens with light, natural wood elements to balance out the color. Be bold. Try adding some color into your home!

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This laundry room/office combo Dresner designed in Highland Park packs a serious punch. The red gloss lacquer cabinets with aluminum edging are from Stosa Cucine. The red really pops against the stained concrete floors and white formica countertops.



All photos by Jim Tschetter.

About Dresner Design

Scott Dresner is a prominent kitchen designer and custom builder who has designed and installed over 7500 kitchens and baths across the country during his 30-year storied career. He approaches each project from both a practical and creative point of view understanding the big picture; seamlessly blending design and function while using quality and innovative building methods. Scott’s aesthetic is influenced by European design and he masters style, balance and proportion using exquisite his own private label of Italian made cabinetry.  Visit for more information.

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Chicago Gallery News’ presents PROP(HOUSE) at their River North office space featuring BRIAN T. LEAHY : a solo exhibition



Brian T. Leahy, Prop(House), 2017

Chicago Gallery News (CGN) is pleased to present Prop(House), an exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Brian T. Leahy. They will be hosting an opening reception on Friday, June 2 from 5–8pm at Chicago Gallery News (213 W. Institute Place, Ste. 309).

The opening coincides with First Friday in River North and a number of spaces in the neighborhood will also be open that evening including Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Gallery Victor Armendariz, Weinberg/Newton Gallery and Rangefinder Gallery.

Leahy domesticates Richard Serra’s 1969 lead antimony sculpture, One Ton Prop (House of Cards), by applying wallpaper to the surface of four sheets of drywall. The result is Prop(House), a sculpture that draws into focus the material and cultural mechanisms used to create homes.

Accompanying the large-scale work are framed pencil drawings that serve both as studies for the sculpture and referents to domestic spaces.


Brian T. Leahy, Untitled, 2017

Prop(House) marks the first time CGN has organized an exhibition for the public. As an advocate for the arts community in Chicago, CGN is thrilled to support the work of emerging artists.

The exhibition is open June 2 through July 21. Please email or call 312-649-0064 to schedule an appointment to view the exhibition during office hours (M–F, 9am–5pm).

You can find details about the exhibition on the CGN websitehere: Brian T. Leahy: Prop(House) and you can RSVP for the event on Facebook here.

About the Artist:
Brian T. Leahy is an artist and writer in Chicago. His recent work considers the relationship between the history of painting and domestic environments, particularly through engagements with interior construction materials such as crown molding, drywall, and wallpaper. He holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art and Buddhist studies from Davidson College and a master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently, he is studying for a doctorate in art history at Northwestern University.

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RNDD Welcomes Creative Visions


The River North Design District (RNDD) is excited to welcome our newest Affiliate Member to our group, Creative Visions!

Since 1993, Creative Visions has assembled an exciting mix of upscale products and luxury brands to the home furnishings and decorative gift and accessory industry. Creative Visions is a full service sales representative agency designed to service the needs of lifestyle and specialty stores, interior designers, interior design firms, furniture stores and gift stores.

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Their professional sales team covers a 12 state Midwest territory. Field sales associates make regular in store visits and provide accounts with excellent product knowledge and superior customer service.


Creative Visions takes pride in partnering with their vendors and customers, forging lasting relationships, resulting in mutual growth and success for all.


Please help us in welcoming them to the RNDD community!

For more information on Creative Visions, visit their website here:, or contact local rep Christy Nein at 847-770-3244 or

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Dreaming of Design 2017


RNDD Member Nora Schneider’s beautiful Dreaming of Design vignette.

On Thursday, May 4th, the River North Design District (RNDD), Chicago Luxury Beds, and Luxe Interiors + Design hosted the third annual Dreaming of Design event in Chicago Luxury Beds’ River North showroom in Chicago.

Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne as they preview bedroom vignettes from Chicago’s top designers including RNDD Member Nora Schneider along with Gary Lee Partners, Alison Victoria, Ilene Chase, Jeannie Balsam, Jessica Lagrange, Brynn Olson, Sarah Kuchar, George Lowell, Hunter Kaiser, and Cathy Bruni Norris.

The vignettes are on display for the entire month of May at the Chicago Luxury Beds showroom.  A portion of proceeds from Chicago Luxury Beds during the month of May will be donated to Designs for Dignity.

Thanks to everyone who came out this year, it was am amazing turnout! Be sure to stop by Chicago Luxury Beds to view the vignettes while you still can.

All photos by RNDD Member Mary Carol Fitzgerald Photography.








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