Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Chicago — merchandise mart heaven

I'm still not sure how my travel radar never focused on Chicago before! It's a truly lovely city, with great archi­tec­ture and a thriv­ing design scene.  I grabbed a few hours to myself and wan­dered through the Mer­chan­dise Mart — a design lover's Mecca. The build­ing itself is an archi­tec­tural trea­sure deserv­ing of a visit, and even LEED cer­ti­fied. But I only had eyes for showrooms!

A few things that caught my eye… Zebra was everywhere!

I really, really want one of these!

Yes, I clearly have a thing for chairs. Here's another one that I'd live hap­pily with, from Century's Oscar de la Renta collection.

(eye) candy apple leather comfort!

Oth­ers that intrigue with shape or scale or inter­est­ing uphol­stery, maybe all three…

Thomas O'Brien stretches tra­di­tional seat­ing to new heights

this chaise begs for a racy novel in one hand…

while this requires a racy drink in the other!

 Some­times I took my eyes off the fur­ni­ture and focused on lighting…

this won­der­ful chan­de­lier found a new home with an equally won­der­ful client!

organic light­ing from Odegard

another beauty

LOVE the steam­punk look of this fixture!

this long and lean sconce can fit almost anywhere

After zip­ping through the fur­ni­ture and light­ing areas, I prac­ti­cally raced through a few of my favorite fab­ric show­rooms. Then it was off to meet the fam­ily for a lit­tle more of the Chicago tourist whirlwind.

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  1. KMS says:

    OMG — I am in LOVE with the candy apple red leather chair — I am search­ing my home as we speak to find a place for it!!! And what about the Zebra rugs — oh wait did I just drool on my keyboard?????

  2. ford expert says:

    Excuse my Eng­lish but, This post makes my mind spin at the speed of dark.

    Sent from my iPhone 4G