Thanks are in order - we had a good time at our first AT Offline Design Meetup last night. Great attendees, fantastic location, wonderful guests - lots of people to thank. But first, here is a recap of the evenings events with a few photos:
We had a pretty full house (and most folks had a glass of wine in hand) by 6:45 or so, so we kicked things off with our vintage expert, David Carter of Pegboard Modern, an amazing local resource for vintage pieces. We've been asking readers to send in photos and questions ala "Antiques Roadshow" and David knocked our socks off with his amazing knowledge of post war American design. Nearly un-stumpable, he shared a ton of insider info (and got a few laughs at the same time) while answering the sixteen questions.
Next up, we introduced Alan Shull, owner of Patina, a recently opened (November 07) but already loved Chicago shop. We hit the lights and watched the premiere of our upcoming House Tour of Alan's Andersonville loft, located in a former shoe factory. We took a long look - enjoying 50 slides (one is shown above) that showed off Alan's interior design, artistic and DIY skills, with the man on hand to give us a few sources and lots of inspiration.
Next up was some AT news, letting everyone know about the Small Cool Contest currently underway and our new, just about to be released, (available on pre-order) Apartment Therapy book. We passed around the sole Chicago copy of the book so the meetup attendees could get the first peek. Happily, two of the folks featured in the book were on hand to check it out, Jessica and Dave.
The last order of business? We announced our next Meetup date, Tuesday, June 10. It should be a festive evening, functioning as our AT Chicago Design Meetup, a Neo-Con afterparty, the announcement of DWR's lighting contest winners and a meet and greet with designer Pablo Pardo. Whew! Hope you'll join us then.
And now for the THANKS! Big thanks to David Carter of Pegboard Modern, Alan Shull of Patina and Sal, Lindsey and David of Design Within Reach. Thanks to my fellow AT Chicago editors Heather and Jessica and to all of the attendees for coming out to our first ever Design Meetup. Hope to see you all again next time! Be sure to join the official Meetup group to stay in the loop on our upcoming gatherings.