The Chicago Architecture Center presents a holiday gallery experience -- Archetypes: A Designed Object Pop-Up Shop. As a seasonal extension of the CAC Design Store, the center’s entry space will be transformed into a gallery featuring prototypes, passion projects, and other one-of-a-kind items produced by the Chicago architecture and design community. Pieces range from chairs and tables to glassware, ceramics, and artwork, with a focus on singular pieces that are iterations of a larger creative and design process.
The gallery will be open for viewing and shopping from November 16 through January 7 and is co-curated by Modern Luxury Interiors. Member discounts at the design store do not apply to this pop-up shop.
One-of-a kind exhibits, available for purchase, include an electric blue flocked vase by Danielle Bitner of Commune Pottery, left, and this piano lamp by Tim Cozzens of workshop/Cozzens.
"The most intriguing part of the design process for me is the problem-solving necessary make to a concept into a beautiful, durable and truly functional object - an object that interacts elegantly with the user and respects the space that it occupies in the built environment, to withstand the test of time and perhaps even the fashion of the moment" - Seth Deysach
"My favorite part of the design process is taking a very simple memory and seeing it through to a printed image. From creating the working drawing, to hand cutting color separations, to ink mixing and printing, I enjoy every step" - Ethan D'Ercole
"My work explores deeply the spiritof the genius loci ofplace.The work is completed spontaneously, often in asingle extended work session. I make one variation afteranother as I explore the essence of my subject" - Randall Mattheis
"I want to facilitate a SENSE OF ease and fluidity during our daily habits and routines. My work should become a whisper in a space visually, until the levity that comes with its use is felt." - Daniel Overbey
"My favorite part of the design process is finding an interesting balance between planning and fortuity. Through material study and experimentation, I invent processes that relinquish some control and allow for some amount of serendipity.” - Steven Haulenbeek
"My favorite part of the design process is when a project starts to gather momentum when you look around the studio and realize that what seemed totally fractured and provisional a few days ago is starting to have a unique character and logic. Things begin to take on lives of their own and we’re just shepherding them into existence." Emily Winter
"My favorite part of the design process is being open to happy accidents. I pay attention to unexpected results that might inform a more interesting outcome." - Kathleen Dickhut