As promised, Scott and I woke up bright and early (um, 9am is early for a weekend, no?) on Saturday and headed out to Chicago’s first annual Design Harvest. After frantically pulling on sweaters, scarves, and gulping a quick cup of joe, we met up at the front door and noticed our little clan was eerily color coordinated. Enter quick family (minus scaredy cats) photo. (Boys, say “cheese”)! More often than not, we tend to match our home. This happens to you too, right?
A hop, skip, and two bus transfers later, we were greeted with…well, cold windy weather. And rain. Despite the gloomy skies, the Harvest did not disappoint. While on the smaller side (it is the first year, after all), we found the vendors friendly as usual, with a mix of high end furniture, textiles, and booths full of too-cute knick knacks for bare shelves. Here’s a peek at some of our favorites from the day:
Newbreed Furniture Network: Gorgeous tables and chairs in most colors of the rainbow, mixed with details in pine, white oak or walnut.
Roscoe Jackson: Furniture built with the environment in mind. From creative experimentation to playful takes on form and function, Shawn Gnann and Caleb Dawson aren’t afraid to think outside of the box. We loved their simple art on wood panel and their super sleek wine rack.
Uber Modern: Over-the-top retro. While this perfectly mod egg chair may not have been our usual cup of tea, it was actually quite comfy. Built-in speakers and all.
Renegade Handmade, the store: A well known favorite. We may have just covered the most recent Renegade Craft Fair, but we have to give major props to their overflowing booth of crafty glory. If you’re in the Chicago area, it’s well worth it to check out their store front in Wicker Park. And if you’re wondering who made the items below, you can find those details here.
Readapted: Sustainable, functional art. We may have spent the better part of our day salivating over their carefully crafted lamps and fixtures.
Bladon Conner Design Studio: Color splashed side tables, understated dining sets, and wonderfully masculine conversation starters. It’s times like these we wish we had a designated dining room.
Unison: Snuggly bedding, sheets, and super soft throws are just a start. Organic prints combined with graphic details adorn neatly pressed aprons, pot holders, and pillow shams. Toss in a handful of hoot owls and you’ve got a winner.
We even found time to breeze through the Grand Avenue Design District – a slice of vintage furniture heaven in this big city. And while the rain may have caused a late delay on the music stage, we enjoyed the festive decor, complete with hay bundle seats and nearby cider vendors.