- Location: Chicago, IL
- Website: urbanestliving.com
- Founded: 2006
The new Asian Modern haven in Andersonville, Urbanest, is a sight (and idea) to behold. The massive space is filled with cohesive pieces and a warm showroom design that made us want to stay all day. Urbanest support using sustainable materials (their bamboo flooring at $2.95/sq. ft. is one of the shop's top sellers), but they also keep things affordable (we were suprised by the furniture's low pricing).
The earth-friendly furniture comes directly from manufacturers all around the world, and the stores offerings have not yet reached full capacity: expect even more items in the upcoming months.
Urbanest is taking it all on, as they have plans to host design seminars and sustainable-materials conferences, incorporating (and strongly supporting) local artists' work throughout the store, and eventually opening other outposts around the country. We're happy Chicago is the first! Photos: Heather Blaha, Sarah Coffey