Saturday, April 29, 2017

The 2017 Spring One of a Kind Show

This is the second year that the One of a Kind Show has graced the Merchandise Mart with its presence in the spring. Many of my favorite local artists and artisans were there, including Case Island Glass, Mary Johnston, Steve Connell, and Chrstopher Royal.

Here are some new artists whose work really impressed me this year

Flaca Jewelry
Alexander Charles Listello

Green Beetle Shop
Steam 33
Elizabeth Benotti
Armando Pedroso
Elko Hardwoods

Kind Apparel
Blue Tarpon Studio
Silver Injun
Baigelman Glass

Woodland Heights Studio

Moon Bound Girl
James McArthur Cole
Beth Clark Jewelry
Jerry Strub
Reformed School
Tyler Voorhees
McLean Bronze
Amy Zwikel
Anne Leuck
Margie Criner

Also, since I have a baby shower coming up, I visited these great vendors.

Sam and Coop
Aunt Meg Creations

The show continues through Sunday, April 30th so see it if you can.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The 2017 International Home + Housewares Show

This year was just my second time attending the International Home + Housewares Show at McCormick Place. It was almost overwhelming to be surrounded by such a vast array of beautiful products. There were many beautifully designed booths, though photography is not allowed at the event and permission can be hard to come by. But at least the people at Con-Tact Paper were happy to let me photograph the lovely sculptures that some artists made with their products. These birds are my favorite.

There were so many innovative products there. Corner Housewares featured their folding convertible furniture. Their Radiant Circular Folding Table is one of the most beautiful folding tables I've seen. It comes together beautifully without exposed hinges and folds for storage. Great for small spaces.

If pretty placemats are what you need, you should definitely check out Victoria Lekach's collection. These stunning pieces really make a statement on a tabletop and there are many styles and options.

Wheaton, Illinois based Collector Mount offers display solutions for comic book, action figure, and vinyl album collectors. Their mounts allow each piece to stand out from the wall without a distracting frame around it.

Several of my favorite housewares brands were there. Here are a few of my favorite new things from them.

Vigar America's new polka dot floral brushes make cleaning fun.

Umbra keeps adding nice furniture to their mix, like this Lexy Side Table.

Flash Furniture continues to expand is great line of budget-friendly commercial and residential offerings, like these (Tolix-inspired) metal chairs that come in a lot of great colors.

Design Ideas has the Cooper line of organizers which look great and can store little things like office supplies and makeup brushes.

Orla Kiely's funky mod flowers give her newest housewares a groovy 70's vibe, like this butter dish.

French Bull's new Terazzo collection is a whimsical rendering of a traditional finish.

Le Creuset has added two new colors to their line, Marine and Oyster, reflecting the two most popular neutrals right now.

Speaking of color trends, jewel tones are still popular. For metals, brass and copper dominate.

 And iridescent finishes are having a moment, as you can see with this ring holder from Umbra.

Finding the right finishing touches for a space can be a challenge, so it's great that the Housewares Show makes it so convenient to find so many under one roof. I look forward to next year's show and hope to get to use some of these resources for my next clients.
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