Thursday, April 21, 2011

Recent Additions to the Chicago Furnishings Scene

A Bradley Hughes Living Room Vignette

Two showrooms recently opened in Chicago with an updated/contemporary twist on natural materials. 
The first one, Bradley Hughes, located in the Merchandise Mart, specializes in interesting applications of metal, mirror and concrete mixed with upholstery and lighting.  Their line is expansive and completely designed and produced in the USA.  Virtually everything can be customized in finish and size.  Their pieces can be oversized or conventional in size and pair wonderfully with a wide range of other furnishings.  For example, the living room above makes use of conventionally scaled sofa, rug and coffee table with a pair of especially high backed chairs for dramatic effect.  Additionally, there is a very large framed mirror leaning against the rear wall.
The entry vignette below makes use of a number of the line's sculptural metal pieces including the table base, pendant light and lamps.  While they work harmoniously together, many clients would choose to select one of these pieces to use as an accent to make it more noticeable rather than using all three in the same room.

A Bradley Hughes Entry Vignette
The next showroom is Baltus, located at 222 W. Erie in River North.  Baltus also specializes in contemporary, high-end furniture but it is produced in southern Spain.  The proportions are intentionally generous and lend themselves to large loft spaces or grand homes.  The line blends sometimes unexpected materials (for example, leather-clad chair frames that would normally be finished wood) for an updated, luxe-industrial look.

Baltus Living Room featuring Beijing Coffee Table


Detail of Beijing Coffee Table

Baltus Ceilan Bed with Seven Headboard

Baltus Seven Headboard Detail

Baltus Living Room Featuring Madrid Sofa


Detail of Madrid Sofa
Baltus Louvre Chair


Baltus Oval Dining Table

Baltus Zen Dining Table

Detail of Zen Dining Table



Thursday, April 7, 2011

Contemporary Outdoor Find

I was impressed by the styling of some of the collections of outdoor furniture in the Thos. Baker catalog.  In particular, I love the Palms and Abacos collections. 
Thos. Baker Palms Collection
The Palms collection has square lines and a refreshing variegated cocoa all-weather weave frame with cushions in the color of your choice.  I like the lounge items (sofa, chairs) but I also love the dining seating options.  The bar stools in particular could look great indoors or out.

Palms Collection Bar Stool


The Abacos collection has a funky oversized basket weave that gives it a checkerboard effect in black on black. 



Thos. Baker Abacos Collection

The lounge seating offers no sofa but rather sectional pieces that can be grouped together easily.  I think the dining tables could be a great option for indoor use too - they have a bold impact for a relatively reasonable price, and come with glass overlays for ease of use and cleaning. 

Thos. Baker Abacos Dining Table and Chairs