AT Reader Gayle sent us in her review of one of the leading cutting edge design sources in Chicago, Ligne Roset. She covers all the bases and even manages to work in a Garanimals reference! Take it away, Gayle:
"If your furniture tastes run modern, consider this one-stop shop. Ligne Roset has always claimed to sell a "lifestyle", whatever that means, but seemingly all of the furniture works with the lighting, the accessories, everything down to the vases, silverware, rugs, etc..."
"Everything comes from one factory in France. You mix and match "collections" to create a style, as if you liked to wear Armani or The Gap! And for those of us that sometimes need Garanimals to match our clothes, it's nice that most of the guess-work is taken care of.
My style is standard contemporary but you'll find all the way to ultra-modern and futuristic - some things that make "The Jetsons" look traditional (ex: glass light fixtures with pink or green rows of LEDs). Some stuff is affordable considering the quality, and some I'd need a second mortgage for! It all seems light, airy, comfortable and functional.
This store used to be on Walton, but is now in River North (across from Lou Malnati's - yum) with the Mart, and tons of other furniture stores, art galleries, etc. The whole neighborhood is really exploding, and this store in the old J. Robert Scott space is light, bright and beautifully done, it seems as if no design detail was
spared. Everything's on one floor, so it's easy to get ideas of what belongs with what - if anyone remembers the Walton store was a 4-floor townhouse, hard to maintain your design groove.
Oh, interestingly, it seems that Ligne Roset pioneered the area for Sunday retail store hours, as I previously don't remember any stores in the area being open on Sundays. It's a really nice option for
those that can't get all errands done on Saturday!
Anyway, check it out, but avoid if you own Drexel Heritage or anything else made in High Point NC. :-)"
Ligne Roset Chicago is located at 440 N. Wells. 312.222.9300.
Thanks very much, Gayle!