Chiasso

  • Location: multiple locations and online
  • Website: chiasso.com

Store History

  • Founded: 1985
  • Headquarters: Chicago, IL

chiasso (key-Ah-so), an italian word meaning "to cause an uproar or sensation," has been challenging the way people think about contemporary design for over 20 years. rooted in the strict principles of mid-century modernism—simple, clean, beautiful design—we've also been serious about having fun and adding artistic and colorful elements to your home. we are about what's "new" and "now," we are obsessed with the interesting and innovative, and we travel the world to bring you the freshest expressions of creativity, ingenuity and wit. our chicago home, "the city of big shoulders," with its strong architectural history, surrounds us, influences us, and continues to be a constant source of inspiration. the difference is in our collections—they are not meant to be a cookie-cutter reflection of who you think you should be or what you should want. chiasso collections are about self-expression, about discovery, about individuality. they are not meant to "match," but rather they are meant to make you think, to explore... our mission is simple: to inspire, to delight, and to expose you to refreshing home fashion ideas... to make the ordinary, well, extraordinary. from the perfect piece of furniture to the perfect gift, we are your source for products of exceptional design and integrity. and rest-assured, we work hard to ensure that we are providing you all of this with excellent quality and a helpful customer service staff.

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A new shop from Chiasso had just opened its doors for the first time about 10 minutes before we arrived today.

The online/catalog retailer made the move back from paper and digital only to brick and mortar when they opened in Lincoln Park today.

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The shop has the best of the online items, and as usual, we are always happy to be able to see everything in person. White and silver is the big color story here, with dark wood as an accent. There are both familiar design stand-bys like Flor tiles and Chilewich mats and items that were completely new to us. It's a good mix of familiar and fresh.

There is seating and storage, lighting, floor coverings and decor. We liked the "outside" stuff, like the mailboxes, house numbers and door mats. Garden goods, especially the bird feeders are worth a look.

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The lighting options are well priced, starting under $50. and going up to around $300. for floor lamps. Another good selection are the organizers/entry way items, with useful goods like key holders, coat hooks and caddys done in stainless steel, all well below $100.

Our picks: colorful glass tray/cutting boards for $28. and a great set of two lucite nesting tables (one with wheels) for $198.

The comparisons to CB2 will be made, as price points (and some items) are similar, but there is much to distinguish the the two. We feel that when it comes to home stores in Chicago, the more the merrier. We'd love to hear what you think of the new Chiasso shop, so be sure to comment below once you've stopped in.

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