Tag Archives: urbanantiques
Bolt of inspiration or subconscious thievery?

Bolt of inspiration or subconscious thievery?

The completed den doesn’t look exactly how I’d imagined in the months leading up to the big makeover, but several elements come pretty close, including the infamous steel tanker desk I refinished last summer and the Red Cross flag I bought and framed before the room’s new brownish-gray paint color (Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain) had […]

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Studio Tour: New Breed Furniture Network

Studio Tour: New Breed Furniture Network

“It’s a soulful experience to make stuff,” says John Lindsay, who co-owns New Breed Furniture Network with his business partner and mentor Alessandro Paradiso, a professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. “You bond with it.” John and Alessandro design and handcraft furniture using ancient Japanese tools and building techniques that were discarded after World War […]

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Trend Report: Steampunk (Bonus Shopping Guide!!)

Trend Report: Steampunk (Bonus Shopping Guide!!)

House Beautiful’s January 2010 issue features a neat little piece Today’s 4 Big Design Forces; which are: The Glams, The Ruralists, The Accesorators and the subject of today’s post The New Victorians (aka The Steampunkians).  For those not familiar with steampunk, it was inspired by literature written during the beginning of the industrial revolution – […]

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Out Magazine features vintage-y products roundup (Lots to see here folks!)

Out Magazine features vintage-y products roundup (Lots to see here folks!)

Kudos to Out Magazine’s September 2009 Playthings photo roundup. Out Magazine says, “Escapism can be found in man’s most treasured objects.”  What does that even mean? For one, it means several swoon-inducing pages of home accessories sharing that vintage-industrial-urban antiques look that’s so de riguer in Andersonville right now.  Styled by Sam Logan and photographed […]

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This Week: Patina’s new Andersonville location

This Week: Patina’s new Andersonville location

I predict that as technology continues to improve, our future selves will increasingly retreat into virtual worlds more to our liking than the one most of us actually inhabit.  Of course, some theorize (Matrix fans anyway) that humans already inhabit a giant virtual reality, which, if true, means we’d simply be creating an escape hatch […]

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Five Reasons to Visit Scout (plus more of my typical b.s.)

Five Reasons to Visit Scout (plus more of my typical b.s.)

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Andersonville urban antique shop Scout and especially for owner Larry Vodak and the team he’s assembled to stage the show.  He’s got his prop guy (furniture designer Bladon Conner), his Set Designer (Interior Designer Nicholas Moriarty), his Costume Director (Fab! fabric queen, upholsterer and antique […]

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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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