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Profile: Morlen Sinoway Atelier

Profile: Morlen Sinoway Atelier

Morlen Sinoway Atelier is highly charged and saturated in all the right places. The Fulton Market Street showroom is a creative outlet for Sinoway, who has a background in fine arts. For him, the atelier is his shop, a kind of salon where the objects have a conversation, and all are welcome to drop in […]

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Richard Norton Antiques

Richard Norton Antiques

Rumor has it that legendary twentieth century interior designer Frances¬†Elkins kept her clients’ keys and would drop in unannounced to make sure that no liberties had been taken with her meticulous and thorough interior decor. It’s the kind of brilliant tidbit I inevitably pick up when visiting my friends at Richard Norton Antiques. Founded in […]

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This Week: Susan Fredman at Home in the City

This Week: Susan Fredman at Home in the City

Next time you visit the Merchandise Mart, take a couple extra hours to explore the ever-expanding design district surrounding the behemoth building. And don’t miss interior designer Susan Fredman‘s River North retail showroom Susan Fredman at Home in the City, which is located just a few block north. The merch, mostly furnishings, linens and accessories, […]

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This Week: Schumacher (Plus: tabletop entry sneak peek)

This Week: Schumacher (Plus: tabletop entry sneak peek)

My friend Geyer sent me this gorgeous tabletop image, and I couldn’t love it more. Geyer’s tabletop has a traditional foundation, but the accessories make it rock and roll cool. The stunning reflective interior of those black lamp shades adds glamour and sex appeal, and the art adds a very cool, contemporary touch. But I’ve […]

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This Week: Mecox Gardens

I stopped in at Mecox Gardens the other day, and I was floored by their front window. Ken and Brad help run the joint and they’re visual display deities. Having said that, the dynamic duo is working with unbelievable raw material, including Knoll chairs originally designed for IBM, a set of vintage French dining chairs […]

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This Week: Richard Norton Gallery

Trippy, huh? Medard Klein (1905 – 2002) painted this in 1941. Klein was a Chicago non-objective artist. I didn’t know quite what to expect when I made an appointment to visit the Richard Norton Gallery. Founded in 2000, the Gallery specializes in impressionist and modern pieces by Chicago artists from 1880 – 1950. The Gallery […]

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This Week: Caste

While Caste’s showroom is modest in size, don’t expect your trip there to be a quick sojourn as the well-designed space demonstrates that indeed, appearances are often deceiving. Caste is Latin for “clean and pure,” an apt name that accurately represents both the store and the merchandise, which includes furniture, accessories and lighting. White and […]

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