Tag Archives: Industrial
This Week: Ipso Facto (Three Oaks, MI)

This Week: Ipso Facto (Three Oaks, MI)

I write about Ipso Facto a lot, I know, but I can’t help myself.  Former Chicagoan and Ipso Facto owner Brandon Nelson’s eye for color, space and dimension makes me want to dance, er, take photos, and so I do.

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Agent Gallery storefront opens on Damen Avenue

Agent Gallery storefront opens on Damen Avenue

Agent Gallery owner Mariano Chavez looks a little bored when I arrive to see his new storefront on a stretch of Damen Avenue near the border of Ukrainian Village and Wicker Park.  Home to a diverse population of yuppies, bobos, immigrants and hipsters, the neighborhood seems tailor-made for Mariano’s merchandise, which includes unusual pieces (Catholic […]

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Mindbender: New Restoration Hardware catalog shakes me to my core

Mindbender: New Restoration Hardware catalog shakes me to my core

I’ve practically built a career badmouthing Restoration Hardware, a company that hit a low point when it offered a $100 coupon celebrating its unanimous approval of last fall’s bank bailout that somehow managed to come across as simultaneously clueless, condescending and pandering.  But I can overlook virtually any character flaw when there’s some kind of […]

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Chicago Secrets: Agent Gallery

Chicago Secrets: Agent Gallery

What do you think of the painting on the left?  While I’m normally very shy, the artist made me feel very comfortable . . . pretty even. As a music accompaniment for this post, may I be so bold as to recommend Plush Gun?  Try “Just Impolite,” which I’ve intuitively added to the right sidebar […]

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Interview: Ted Harris, Artist and Lighting Designer

Ted Harris, a Chicago-based artist and designer (of lamps, furniture and accessories) can see things that others can’t; the artist has a sixth sense about items you or I might call “junk.” Ted might, for example, be inspired by a badly damaged globe or piece of furniture that he spots in a dumpster. What follows […]

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