Morlen Sinoway Atelier

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(Originally posted on AT: New York 2/23/06)
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Morlen Sinoway is a welcoming and sophisticated highlight among many other showrooms, galleries, studios and shops in the West Loop�s Fulton Market. The area (and Sinoway) draws industry professionals regularly and encourages curious Chicagoans during the annual Explore Fulton Market weekend, when businesses and studios open their doors for open-house style tours.

We picked the perfect time of day to stop in to this West Loop hot spot: The sun was seeping in the front windows casting dramatic light over the felt wall hangings and a gorgeous wood screen.

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As a judge for the 2006 DWR's MODERN+DESIGN+FUNCTION: Chicago Furniture Now Competition, Morlen Sinoway is critically active among emerging talent. His showroom boasts a variety of fresh, new work alongside the many pieces designed by Sinoway himself. Specializing in contemporary designs in wood, metal and glass, the pieces are artful and individual, often in limited production, one of a kind, or made to order.

Many pieces are multifunctional; the Solid Stock Stool can serve as both a stool and a table (and looks curiously and wonderfully like a giant wood spool). The three-legged steel tables (about $300 a piece) look and stack best in threes and are available in any color. With art books and hanging lights running along the lower end of prices (think $30-$100), the custom or imported furniture and accessories run higher, and you�ll find a price list in the store rather than announced on the website.

The in-store experience feels a bit like walking around someone�s exquisite home where everything deserves close inspection and conversation. Morlen Sinoway converted this Fulton Market space himself, which may explain the store�s sense of warmth and ease.

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