New Chicago Design

New Chicago Design

Sarah Coffey
Aug 14, 2008

Some of our favorite local designers have popped up in the August issue of Chicago Magazine. In the last few years, collaborations between design students, professors, and international manufacturers like Industreal have put Chicago's avant-garde designers on the global map. The roster of talent includes Helen Maria Nugent (who gave an amazing lecture at an AT event last year), green designers Roscoe Jackson (whose work we've blogged), Caroline Linder (first prize winner in the DWR Get Lit contest that Janel judged) and some new designers that we haven't seen before...

Helen Maria Nugent's Strangers Mirrors are etched with patterns tracing eye movements over human faces. As she explains, "the viewer's reflection is intertwined with the graphic trace of another's gaze." Available from Hejfina for $1,200/pair.

Matthew Hoffman's reassuring message, "It's OK," is hand-cut from bamboo and sequentially numbered. (This photo shows 1,000 "It's OKs" installed on a wall.) For each one purchased, one tree will be planted through the Arbor Day Foundation. Available for $20 through Multi Polar Projects.

When we first saw Caroline Linder's 2x4s in the DWR Get Lit competition, we were blown away. These look gorgeous in a dim room. LEDs embedded in the boards reveal patterns that fade in and out of the material.

Interior designer Hillery Estes worked with Meredith Smercheck to fabricate these leather and linen pillows for her clients. They caught on, and she's been selling both standard and custom designs through Zella Brown for $275 each.

Shireen Bishop's Mirage Chandelier is made from crocheted aluminum. LED lights hanging inside the fixture cast tangled shadows through the metal.

Roscoe Jackson's Asterisk Stools are ergonomically designed to make you sit up straight. In addition to looking cool, they're made from 85% recycled material. Available for $395.

Photos: Chicago Magazine, Haelo Design, Matthew Hoffman, Caroline Linder, SAIC, Roscoe Jackson

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