Jun 15, 2012

CHICAGO round up!

After 5 days of intensive leadership training and crowded elevators at NEOCON I had just a few hours left to explore the GRAND AVE design district in beautiful downtown Chicago. With over a dozen super cool urban storefronts, the district is an absolute MUST for every designer visiting the Chicago area.

After a thorough tour of the Urban Remains warehouse I jay walked across the street to The Find, an upscale showroom loaded to the rafters with vintage furnishings and accessories. I spied a Barcelona chaise, the coolest industrial console ever, and more lucite than you can shake a stick at.

The Find
Next door was The Painted Lady, a chic eclectic collection of furnishings and accessories with an urban edge. I gotta tell ya' - the talent behind the merchandising of this showroom gets a gold star for the coolest mix of cottage, traditional, industrial, and mid century goods.  Every vignette was balanced and charming.

The Painted Lady

Risking life and limb I darted back across the street to check out POST 27 as I was assured that no two showrooms are alike and that each one is worth the risk.  I was not disappointed. There I spied a restored steel desk right out of Mad Men and had I traveled to Chicago in the family truckster with the U-haul attached I would be typing this blog from it right now!


My final stop was SG Grand. The intoxicating aroma of candles and diffusers is my weakness and I could have spent the rest of the day perusing every nook of the exquisite showroom filled with art, mirrors, books, and furnishings for the home and garden. Bart, if you're reading this - I'll be back!

SG Grand

Jun 2, 2012

When I grow up, I wanna be just like...

I met Christine Lemieux, the founder & creative director of Dwell Studio last year at the Laguna Design Center.  She delivered an inspiring presentation on the cultivation of her her business and brand from which I have borrowed many practices and philosophies. Since then I have watched Dwell Studio prosper into what I think is one of the coolest new consumer brands on the market. The concept is not new but Lemieux's keen eye and relateability to the trade transcends that of the other guys and with that comes comes BIG RESPECT from the design community.  Here are a few of my favorite things...

Cooper Leather Chair
Post Modern Vibe with modern Mad Men Style

Gate Armoire
The gate pattern is borrowed from Christine's popular fabric line designed for Robert Allen.

Devoe Sconce
The slick metal and timeless patina adds drama and glamour to any room.

To see more visit DWELLstudio.com or if you're in NY look up her newly opened flagship store!

 - Rick Campos, Principal
   Christopher Tracy Inetriors