SOFA Expo Returns to Chicago this Fall

SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design.​ Founded in 1993, SOFA has proven to be a highly-anticipated event within the Chicago area, and art world. Returning again to Navy Pier this October 31-November 3rd, the fair will bring approximately 80 galleries, dozens of partners, and thousands of art lovers to Festival Hall for a weekend full of art and culture.

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Returning again this fall is the fair’s new and improved floor plan from its 25th anniversary fair last year. The new floor plan improves visibility and walkability throughout the show floor, so you can make the most of your experience and view as much artwork as possible. Fairgoers can also experience SOFA demos with the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Chicago Wood Turners, and Corning Museum of Glass. Changes to this year’s fair include several new partners and fresh educational content.

 

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Right: Rob Stern’s “Antares”, Image Courtesy of Hive Contemporary

SOFA is also known for its dynamic Lecture Series with a wide array of speakers including artists, gallery owners, curators, designers and art history buffs. One highlight will be the Art History Babes comprised of Corrie Hendricks, Natalie De La Torre, Virginia Van Dine and Jennifer Gutierrez recording their insightful podcast live from the fair.

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The Special Exhibit programing for the upcoming fair will be its most ambitious yet featuring museum styled exhibits intended to be thought provoking and educational to SOFA’s audience.  Heller Gallery will be presenting Collaborations with Queer Voices neon exhibition originally featured at their gallery in NYC that coincided with the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.  SOFA has also decided to launch a theme at this year’s fair which will be Women in the Arts.  The Female Design Council will be curating a Special Exhibit, local Chicago designer Emily Mackie from Inspired Interiors is working with a group of women artists on commissioned pieces to be displayed at the fair and there will be extensive programing supporting the theme.

 

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Right: Bae Sejin’s Three Vessels, Image Courtesy of J. Lohmann Gallery

SOFA’s CONNECT program, a student design competition highlighting innovative design programs at universities throughout the country, will also be back this year. The concept challenges participating schools to design environments incorporating seating, lighting and conceptual staging elements into a place for attendees to “connect.”

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For more information or to register to attend, visit www.sofaexpo.com

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Winners Announced: 5th Annual RNDD Fall Gallery Walk

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Casa Spazio vignette designed by Yamini Designs

A who’s who in the Chicago design and art communities gathered for our 5th Annual River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk Friday, September 6th to view vignettes designed by Chicago’s top designers as they showcased living settings highlighting artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. It was our biggest and best turnout yet with almost 900 attendees! Thanks to everyone who came out to support us. And don’t forget the vignettes are on display until October 7th!

Photos from the evening are coming soon – stay tuned!

The Winners

For the first time ever, our host committee – comprised of local art enthusiasts and collectors – selected winners from the Gallery Walk for Best Vignette. We are excited to announce the winners below! A special thank you to our sponsor Freeze & Float Spa who provided our First Place Winner with a $500 gift card to their River North Spa!

The host committee and judges included:  Tony Karman, Carrie Lannon, Daniel Kinkade, Janet Owen, Shannon Sharpe, and Rochelle Trotter.

First Place: Casa Spazio

Design by Yamini Designs, our first place selection was the vignette at Casa Spazio (222 W Hubbard). This swinging 70’s style design featured artwork from David Gamble and photographer Julian Wasser, both represented by Hilton | Asmus Contemporary gallery.

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Second Place: Artists Frame Service

Our second place vignette was designed by Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors at Artists Frame Service and showcased artwork by Cat Tesla with Chicago Art Source. The event was centered around color complete with aura photography and color-changing cocktails.

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Third Place: bulthaup, Oscar Isberian Rugs and 210 Design House

We had 3 vignettes that tied for third place!

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It was dichotomy of the dirty line at bulthaup Chicago (313 W Superior) which featured a vignette designed by Nora Schneider Interior Design featuring artwork by Cleveland Dean.

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Oscar Isberian Rugs

Also, a third place winner, Oscar Isberian Rugs (120 W Kinzie) featured 3 vignettes and a romp through London’s Carnaby Street during its swinging ‘60s heyday.

Kadlec Architecture + Design featuring Glenn Wexler of Zolla Lieberman Gallery
JamesThomas Interiors featuring Ramona Russu with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art
Jessica Lagrange Interiors featuring Janet McGreal of Gruen Galleries

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210 Design House

It was nothing but hanky panky at 210 Design House Friday night. This creative vignette designed by Alan Design Studio featured the work of Jennifer Webster with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art, winning them third place as well.

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RNDD Welcomes Inspired Closets

The River North Design District (RNDD) is excited to welcome our newest member, Inspired Closets to our organization.

InspiredClosets_LogoInspired Closets has designed and manufactured custom reach-in, walk-in, and boutique closets for hundreds of thousands of loyal customers across the United States.

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Since 1980, they have built a reputation as a leader in custom closets, keeping their customers at the forefront of everything they do. Their mission is simple: to replace disorganized, stressful spaces with organized, inspired ones. That means listening to customers, designing with intent, and caring for customers as if they were family. 

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Inspired Closets designs and installs custom closets, home offices, wall beds and garages. From a free design consultation through to site preparation and installation, they handle the whole process and leave you with a space you will love. Schedule a FREE consultation here.

During the consultation, they will discuss how you use your closet (or other space), what you own, what works and doesn’t work in your current space, and what look and feel most inspires you.

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From there, they will create a design customized to your needs. They will:

  • Show you designs that connect back to your needs and wants
  • Provide recommendations on layout, color, and finishes
  • Share material and hardware samples
  • Create a 3D rendering of your custom closet

 

Site Preparation is the next step in the process. Inspired Closets takes care of everything from garment racks and storage boxes for your belongings to managing the removal of your existing closet system.

The final step is installation. Their team is quick and efficient, leaving you with a new, custom closet you will love for years to come.

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You can learn more about Inspired Closets online here or visit their River North showroom at 221 W Ohio Street.

Please help us in welcoming them to the RNDD Community!

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5th Annual RNDD Gallery Walk Preview – Part 6

Now in its 5th year, the River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk will return on Friday, September 6th & Saturday, September 7th 2019.  The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk is free and open to the public with the exception of two special events (more information here).

The walk will feature showrooms exhibiting designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings highlighting artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. Showrooms will have extended hours during the event on September 6th until 9pm.  The vignettes will be exhibited until October 7th.

We have some really amazing collaborations in the works for this year and wanted to share a sneak peek with you.

Kelly Hurliman Design featuring John Bannon of Ken Saunders Gallery on exhibit at Renaissance Tile & Bath

555 N Franklin Chicago, IL 60654

Electrify the night at Renaissance Tile & Bath’s newly curated showroom.  Sip on a signature ‘Blue Tile-tini’ while listening to the sweet melodies of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy & Howlin’ Wolf.  Get inspired with an eclectic vignette by Kelly Hurliman Design featuring the illuminated “Lingering Kiss” by Chicago artist John E. Bannon of Ken Saunders Gallery.

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Design by Kelly Hurliman Design, Photography by Erin Konrath

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Artwork by John Bannon of Ken Saunders Gallery

Alan Design Studio featuring Jennifer Webster with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at 210 Design House

210 W Illiniois Chicago, IL 60654

‘Hanky Panky’ at 210 Design House as all are invited to ‘lounge’ at the vignette created by Ruthie Alan of Alan Design Studio while you are Razzle Dazzle’d’ In Bad Form by the art of Jennifer Webster.  Bring your imagination and be ready to transcend through the centuries as you imbibe on chef-driven libations and sweet treats.

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Design by Alan Design Studio, Photography by Dustin Halleck

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Artwork by Jennifer Webster via Daniel Kinkade Fine Art

Alida Coury Interiors featuring Colt Seager at Calia Stone Boutique

154 W Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654

Lift the veil between heaven and earth as Colt Seager reveals his latest art series in the serene setting of Calia Stone Boutique. The rich tones of marble and quartz act as a backdrop to the form, balance, and rhythm of Seager’s abstract works.  A romantic Bohemian setting that connects you to the peace and love of art, embraced by a live set of Latin acoustic guitars strumming. We invite you to take a sip of comfort and warm your soul on a soothing sojourn from the conscious dreams of Alida Coury Interiors.

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Design by Alida Coury Interiors

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Artwork by Colt Seager

Centaur Interiors featuring Tyler Shields on exhibit at Samuel Lynne Galleries 

215 W Huron St. Suite #1 Chicago, IL 60654

Chicago and Centaur Interiors bring you the newest collection of avant-garde photography from Tyler Shields – named the Andy Warhol of our generation, and making headlines at Sotheby’s Erotic: Passion & Desire sale for his impressive auction success. Shields is known for his unique brand of volatile photography, representative of his trademark edgy, provocative, and daring style. Join us to view the power of Shields’ photos from his latest Fairytale, Provocateur, Paint, Indulgence, and Decadence series, and enjoy complimentary cocktails with the artist.

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Design by Centaur Interiors

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Artwork by Tyler Shields

See you on September 6th!

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5th Annual RNDD Gallery Walk Preview – Part 5

Now in its 5th year, the River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk will return on Friday, September 6th & Saturday, September 7th 2019.  The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk is free and open to the public with the exception of two special events (more information here).

The walk will feature showrooms exhibiting designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings highlighting artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. Showrooms will have extended hours during the event on September 6th until 9pm.  The vignettes will be exhibited until October 7th.

We have some really amazing collaborations in the works for this year and wanted to share a sneak peek with you.

Bruce Fox Interior Architecture + Design featuring James Iska of Shashi Caudill Fine Art on exhibit at Theodore Alexander located in the Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre

371 W Ontario Chicago, IL 60654

Theodore Alexander invites you to embrace and celebrate the elegant glamour of 1930s Shanghai with a modern sensibility, as interpreted by Bruce Fox, along with the alluring nature photography of James Iska. As we recognize the beauty and romance of this period, we also pay homage to the tradition and celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Enjoy champagne, mooncakes, and traditional Chinese teas as you admire the beautiful work of our featured partners. The Mid-Autumn Festival blesses you with six warm wishes: that you will have happiness in your life, satisfaction at your work, true love, a happy family, caring friends, and our wish for a wonderful year.

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Design by Bruce Fox Interior Architecture + Design, Photography by Hendrich Blessing

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Artwork by James Iska via Shashi Caudill Fine Art

JOLIE ID featuring Meg Cowell with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art on exhibit at Christopher Guy located in the Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre

371 W Ontario Chicago, IL 60654

Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular at the Moulin Rouge! Enter a miraculous world of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory. Join us for an evening of forever flowing champagne and jaw-dropping entertainment designed to take you back to Montmartre in 1899.

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Design by JOLIE ID, Photography by Jared Powell Photography

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Artwork by Meg Cowell via Daniel Kinkade Fine Art

Victoria Hardy Interiors featuring Bruno Surdo and Michael Van Zeyl of Victor Armendariz Gallery on exhibit at eggersmann usa

300 W Hubbard St. 4th Floor Chicago, IL 60654

Goddess Gala of Fine Arts – eggersmann will be celebrating the essence of all women through the eyes of Bruno Surdo & Michael Van Zeyl with unique designs by Victoria Hardy. Take part in a real-life work of art, sip rosé and enjoy light bites.

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Design by Victoria Hardy Interiors, Photography by Wittefini

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Artwork by Bruno Surdo

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Artwork by Michael Van Zeyl

Nora Schneider Interior Design featuring Cleveland Dean on exhibit at bulthaup

313 W Superior St. Chicago, IL 60654

Dichotomy of the dirty line at bulthaup with Nora Schneider Interior Design and Cleveland Dean. Stop by to experience our urban vibe, where we will be serving up dirty martinis and sexy bites while our DJ sets the mood with beats that will make you want to groove.

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Design by Nora Schneider Interior Design, Photography by Jill Buckner

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Artwork by Cleveland Dean

Stay tuned for our next Gallery Walk preview!

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Incorporating Antiques Into Your Modern Home

One word we hear a lot in design is: balance. Whether it’s in reference to color, texture, or style, designers are always aiming to achieve harmony and balance in their designs. Achieving perfect balance in a space is aesthetically pleasing but also creates a sense of calm. Couldn’t we all use more balance and calmness in our lives?

But what if you have several antiques or family heirlooms? Is it possible to seamlessly incorporate them into your modern home decor? We asked Robin Thomas of Robin Thomas Design to weigh in and share with us her thoughts on mixing antiques into modern interior design. She also shares some examples of rare finds from The Golden Triangle here in Chicago and how she integrated them into her more contemporary design projects.


The Golden Triangle has been a great source for my interior design projects for many years.  In design, the great value of antiques and vintage pieces is the surprise – each of these pieces were unexpected finds.

As a designer I may have a vague “idea” of what I’m looking for whether it’s a small lamp or an interesting table. But it is the excitement of “the find” – something that I have never seen before or even imagined that makes my job so fulfilling and ultimately makes each design project stand out.

It is a thrill to discover these one-of-a-kind pieces that have a history in our long human story of design. To then bring these pieces to a project is what creates something truly special. The Golden Triangle has consistently brought great antique and vintage furnishings to Chicago.  Truly a valuable resource.   AND – they have a wonderful staff!

In this design project, Robin Thomas Design selected this clear crystal lamp from The Golden Triangle. The elegant organic shape, with a subtle, modern nod, uplifts and refreshes the classic furnishings. The petite shade just happen to be in the right shade of red (the thrill of the hunt!) and nicely complimented the upholstery and overall composition. This space truly represents how small details can visually connect various design elements.

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Golden Triangle French crystal lamp ca. 1950 with newer red silk shade.

In this North Shore home, designed by Robin Thomas, one-of-a-kind accessories are impactful in connecting an eclectic mix of furnishings.  A small yet elegant table from The Golden Triangle, bridges the modern and classic furnishings through its rich color and ornate table legs.

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Golden Triangle French Walnut Jewelry Box Table ca. 1900

One-of-a-kind antique and vintage pieces are simply gems – in this North Shore home designed by Robin, a table was needed to fit in the space between the sofa sectional and arm chair. These very particular design elements often require the most patience – to find and discover just the right piece – and The Golden Triangle is always a reliable and valuable resource.  This black lacquered art deco table seems to float in the space and the top’s beautiful rich patina is the highlight. It couldn’t be more perfect, bringing just the right character and charm to this modern space.

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Golden Triangle Square Art Deco Table in black lacquer

I often like to compare small furnishings to jewelry – a space (or an outfit) is fine without them, but can truly sparkle with the right piece. These small scholar bookcases from The Golden Triangle in our North Shore home are a favorite of mine – the beautiful patina, their history and rarity make them a very special and unique focal point for those areas that become illuminated with that one final touch. 

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Golden Triangle Antique Chinese Scholar Chest

I am especially intrigued by pieces of the British Colonial period – they have an interesting blend of formality and relaxed styling. Here in a Michigan vacation home, this valet table from The Golden Triangle, with its own strong architecture, sits perfectly in the corner and holds the client’s family collection of vintage embroideries to create a unique artistic expression.

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Golden Triangle British Colonial Valet Table ca. 1900

Robin Thomas’ Top 5 Picks from The Golden Triangle:

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Pair of French Wooden Corner Chairs

This pair of wooden corner chairs is from France and was made circa 1900. Strong and sturdy, the chairs feature comfortable rush seats and are suitable for everyday use.

 

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Vintage Brass Mantel Clock

This elegant brass mantel clock features a filigree design and an original movement. The piece dates to the late 19th Century.

 

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Hungarian Art Deco Solid Walnut Chair

During the 1930s, Budapest, Hungary supported a thriving furniture manufacturing industry. Many makers were modernist and they enthusiastically created their own interpretations of the world’s first truly global furniture style – Art Deco. The distinguishing feature of Hungarian Deco is its simplicity and this chair is a good example. There is no extraneous decoration of any kind, just smooth curvaceous lines. Solid walnut was used and it has been lightly refinished. The original staffing has been totally replaced. The new fabric is a synthetic polyester, in keeping with 1930’s modernist principles. Origin: Budapest, c. 1935.

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Sunburst Teak Wood Mirror

Natural strips of reclaimed Teak radiate from a circular mirror plate. The raw, untreated wood almost has a driftwood-like quality to it; quite different than the Baroque gilt Italian mirrors that it is inspired by.

 

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This striking Italian sideboard features mahogany veneers applied vertically to notched-front drawers. The top is back-painted blue glass for practical use as a bar or serving surface. The drawers feature hardwood frames and dove-tailed joints. The legs appear saboted but are actually black-lacquered. The veneer surfaces are in very good condition with normal wear visible on the corners of some drawers. The piece has ten drawers for storage.

For more inspiration on mixing old and new in your own designs, check out Robin’s portfolio here. And visit The Golden Triangle at 330 N Clark in the River North Design District to browse their impressive and unique collection.


About Robin Thomas Design: Robin Thomas Design is a Chicago-based, boutique interior design firm with an in-studio gallery featuring a rare and exclusive collection of furnishings and textiles by local and international artisans. With a design philosophy based on individuality, we believe our role is to capture the essence of your vision and elevate it with our unrivaled sourcing and design expertise. This distinct philosophy begins with understanding the value of key elements from the past and integrating those important components into a new sensibility to create grounded, yet modern, individualized interiors. We welcome the opportunity to work on a broad range of projects, from complete homes to room-specific engagements. robinthomasdesign.com

About The Golden Triangle: Originally a store for imported collectibles from Thailand, The Golden Triangle has since grown to an 18,000 square foot design destination. For more than 27 years, owners Douglas Van Tress and Chauwarin Tuntisak have hand selected vintage and modern furnishings from around the world. Assembled in curated vignettes, the store boasts an eclectic mix of Asian and European antiques, artifacts, lighting, and other accessories. From designers and trade professionals, to collectors and simply curious shoppers, The Golden Triangle welcomes all individuals with an interest in design and appreciation for beauty. Cultural events are regularly hosted by the store highlighting: global and local design, inspiring artisans, Eastern and Western art, philosophy, history, tradition, and new collections. goldentriangle.biz

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5th Annual RNDD Gallery Walk Preview – Part 4

Now in its 5th year, the River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk will return on Friday, September 6th & Saturday, September 7th 2019.  The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk is free and open to the public with the exception of two special events (more information here).

The walk will feature showrooms exhibiting designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings highlighting artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. Showrooms will have extended hours during the event on September 6th until 9pm.  The vignettes will be exhibited until October 7th.

We have some really amazing collaborations in the works for this year and wanted to share a sneak peek with you.

Wike LaFrey featuring Linc Thelen on exhibit at Orizzonti

329 W Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60654

A fanciful evening inspired by the imagination of artist Linc Thelen, whose large-scale oil on canvas abstract creations will be on display. Romantic music and a signature cocktail “Italian Nights” will help create the mood. An original piece of artwork, created just for this event, will be raffled for charity. Prepare to be amused.

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Design by Wike LaFrey, Photography by Mike Kaskel

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Artwork by Linc Thelen

Hailey Lauren Designs featuring Jamie Tubbs with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art on exhibit at TOTO

500 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654

Get away and join us for a luau complete with a signature cocktail and small bites. Peruse exotic textures from artist Jamie Tubbs.

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Design by Hailey Lauren Designs

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Artwork by Jamie Tubbs via Daniel Kinkade Fine Art

Robin Thomas Design featuring Randy O’Brien of Vale Craft Gallery on exhibit at Lightology

215 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60654

“The Four Elements – Nature’s Connection to Art” – join us to explore the inspiration behind the forces of nature – earth, water, air, and fire – and how they influence works of art and light design. Stop by for a chance to win a special gift, and enjoy a carefully crafted selection of cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres.  

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Design by Robin Thomas Design, Photography by Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

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Artwork by Randy O’Brien of Vale Craft Gallery

Brianne Bishop Design featuring Philippe Vignal with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art on exhibit at Ligne Roset

440 N Wells St. #100S Chicago, IL 60654

Experience the sensual, moody art by Philippe Vignal hanging from the ceiling with thick black rope evoking drama over the iconic Togo seating arrangement. Join us for a night of undeniable sexy French style with French rap beats- enjoy spicy French martinis, nibbles of sweet macaroons, and create your own lavender sachets as a memento.

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Design by Brianne Bishop Design, Photography by Anthony Tahlier

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Artwork by Philippe Vignal via Daniel Kinkade Fine Art

Stay tuned for our next Gallery Walk preview!

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5th Annual RNDD Gallery Walk Preview – Part 3

Now in its 5th year, the River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk will return on Friday, September 6th & Saturday, September 7th 2019.  The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk is free and open to the public with the exception of two special events (more information here).

The walk will feature showrooms exhibiting designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings highlighting artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. Showrooms will have extended hours during the event on September 6th until 9pm.  The vignettes will be exhibited until October 7th.

We have some really amazing collaborations in the works for this year and wanted to share a sneak peek with you.

Room & Board featuring Steven Ciezki and Kazuki Takizawa of Echt Gallery on exhibit at Materials Marketing

212 W Kinzie Chicago, IL 60654

Join us for a vignette featuring the works of U.S.-based glass artists Kazuki Takizawa and Steven Ciezki. Light bites and drinks will be served.

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Design by Room & Board

 

Artwork by Steven Ciezki (left) and Kazuki Takizawa (right) of Echt Gallery

Vincere featuring Vladimir Bachorik of Echt Gallery on exhibit at O’Brien Harris

501 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654

This installation highlights a glass-scape, integrating shape, scale, and color.  Some transparent, some translucent, and some in combination, the elemental nature of his work is both visual and tactile. Stunning as individual works, the grouping creates a dialogue and references a cityscape, or perhaps even an other-wordly terrain.  The sublime and stunning surroundings of O’Brien Harris further elevate this work.  Please join us for light bites and libations.

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Design by Vincere, Photography by Nathan Kirkman

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Artwork by Vladimir Bachorik of Echt Gallery

Sarah Dippold Design featuring Robin Denevan of Addington Gallery on Exhibit at Organic Looms

401 N Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654

Follow your senses on a journey through nature.  Robin’s works elicit a sense of calm while reminiscent of natural horizons.  Engage with various earthly scents and indulge in mini cocktails and candies while relaxing to the music of Pink Floyd.

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Design by Sarah Dippold Design, Photography by Christopher Bradley Photography

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Artwork by Robin Denevan of Addington Gallery

Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors featuring Cat Tesla of Chicago Art Source on exhibit at Artists Frame Service

433 N Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654

Life can be captured in a moment creating a timeless reflection: through color, through art, through us. Capture a moment with us with color-changing cocktails, light bites, and a night that will reveal your true colors.

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Artwork by Cat Tesla of Chicago Art Source

Stay tuned for our next Gallery Walk preview!

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Discover Your Element at The Godfrey Hotel in River North

The River North Design District (RNDD) is to partner with The Godfrey Hotel in Chicago for the 2019 RNDD Fall Gallery Walk.

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The Godfrey Hotel Chicago is an energetic boutique property in the heart of River North. The Godfrey’s striking cubist exterior houses a welcoming lobby, 221 spacious guestrooms, a boutique spa, fitness center, ground floor daily brunch restaurant BrunchRoom, and year-round rooftop lounge I|O Godfrey.

“Godfrey,” meaning “peace” and “welcome” in its Irish origins, characterizes the property’s hospitality spirit, and prefaces its motto, “Discover Your Element,” which speaks to The Godfrey’s individually tailored approach to guest service and hospitality.

Click here for special rates for the 5th Annual Fall RNDD Gallery Walk

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Chicago-based architecture firm Valerio Dewalt Train designed The Godfrey Hotel Chicago’s staggered steel truss structure—the first of its kind in Chicago—and its cubist-influenced façade, with taut cubist forms that jut inward and outward to reveal the sleek geometric steel beneath the surface. Inside, Gettys Design Group Chicago takes credit for an aesthetic influenced by River North’s abundance of art galleries, starting with a minimalist, oval lobby that greets guests with chic white marble, a recessed ceiling, and spherical light fixtures to make an impactful and uplifting first impression. Structural seating areas and intimate alcoves encourage guests to linger, while floor-to-ceiling windows let in natural light and views of River North. Striking light and design features adorn the hotel’s public spaces, as do austere stone thresholds, textured walls, and custom woodwork. Guestrooms feature a comforting minimalist aesthetic with rich, elegant materials, plush modern furnishings, purple and gray tones, and engaging geometric elements. Custom lamps, a mirrored closet door, and large windows ensure a light-filled space.

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When you stay at The Godfrey, you are just a short walk from some of Chicago’s major attractions, including the Magnificent Mile, Museum of Contemporary Art, the Riverwalk, and more.

At I|O Godfrey, guests can enjoy an assortment of Kitchen Cocktails – made entirely in the kitchen by mixology-trained chefs, globally-inspired shareable plates and sushi, and CBD-infused beverages.

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The Godfrey also hosts interactive annual events at the hotel’s indoor|outdoor rooftop, such as the upcoming Haunted Hotel – an event that combines a costume party and haunted house with themed frights in transformed hotel guestrooms.

Visit godfreyhotelchicago.com for more information.

Click here for special rates for the 5th Annual Fall RNDD Gallery Walk

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5th Annual RNDD Gallery Walk Preview – Part 2

Now in its 5th year, the River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk will return on Friday, September 6th & Saturday, September 7th 2019.  The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk is free and open to the public with the exception of two special events (more information here).

The walk will feature showrooms exhibiting designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings highlighting artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. Showrooms will have extended hours during the event on September 6th until 9pm.  The vignettes will be exhibited until October 7th.

We have some really amazing collaborations in the works for this year and wanted to share a sneak peek with you.

Kadlec Architecture + Design featuring Glenn Wexler of Zolla Lieberman Gallery on exhibit at Oscar Isberian Rugs

120 W Kinzie Chicago, IL 60654

A romp through London’s Carnaby Street during its swinging ‘60s heyday.  Music, fashion, art, and cocktails collide to create a feast for the senses. One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. Join us for a colorful, trippy scene featuring Chicago artist Glenn Wexler and Zolla Lieberman Gallery.

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Design by Kadlec Architecture + Design, Photography by Mike Schwartz, Artwork by Melody Saraniti

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Artwork by Glenn Wexler

JamesThomas Interiors featuring Ramona Russu with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art on Exhibit at Oscar Isberian Rugs

120 W Kinzie Chicago, IL 60654

A romp through London’s Carnaby Street during its swinging ‘60s heyday.  Music, fashion, art, and cocktails collide to create a feast for the senses. Pull-on your go-go boots, pull back the palms and discover who the woman in black is by artist Ramona Russu.

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Design by JamesThomas Interiors

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Artwork by Ramona Russu via Daniel Kinkade Fine Art

Jessica Lagrange Interiors featuring Janet McGreal of Gruen Galleries on Exhibit at Oscar Isberian Rugs

120 W Kinzie Chicago, IL 60654

A mod Maison inspired by the visionary style of the West End girls showcasing a piece by artist Janet McGreal.  Can ya dig it?

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Design by Jessica Lagrange Interiors, Photo courtesy of Jessica Lagrange Interiors

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Artwork by Janet McGreal of Gruen Galleries

dSPACE Studio featuring TJ O’Keefe at Molteni&C 

311 W Superior St. Chicago, IL 60654

Join Molteni&C and dSPACE Studio for an evening that embraces cutting edge craft and well-executed minimalism. The contemporary Italian design and detailed artistry of Molteni&C furniture sets the stage for the powerful work of TJ O’Keefe, a Chicago-based artist and industrial designer. Savor fine Italian wines and bites from acclaimed local restaurant Tocco as you enjoy and reflect on O’Keefe’s form-driven works that are at once streamlined and complex.

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Design by dSPACE Studio, Photography by Tony Soluri

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Artwork by TJ O’Keefe

Stay tuned for our next Gallery Walk preview!

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