Highlights from Coverings 2016

Coverings Conference 2016, Creative FuelCoverings is an international trade fair and expo dedicated to showcasing ceramic tile and natural stone. It has grown to be the largest and most important show of its kind in the U.S., featuring exhibitors from more than 40 countries and attracting thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors and specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers.

I had the privilege of attending this year’s conference in Chicago. With more than five football fields worth of surfacing, it was a lot to see in a short amount of time, but here were my top highlights:

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Brand Love: Marine Layer

Marine Layer, FRCH Creative Fuel

Last summer I fell in love. With a hoody. It had me at hello, or more accurately at ‘Oh, Hey’. My destination was Shinola in Chicago, a pilgrimage born of an earlier brand love affair. After resisting a major splurge on a watch from Detroit I heard the siren call of an unknown brand casually beckoning me from across Damen Avenue. Read more of this post

Quick Trip to Chicago

A few weeks ago, Amy Baffi, Jennifer Eng, and I took a quick trip to Chicago. We had two goals.  One, to accept the LG Design Firm of the Year award; and two, to check out a few fabulous and new retail spaces. Our adventure started early at Soldier Field where we accepted the award, listened to a trend report by Little Fish, and took a tour of the Bears stadium. It didn’t take long before  we started our investigation of details, materials, and spaces.

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Newfound Studio

 

If you are in the market for refinished or modified Mid Century Modern furniture, be sure to visit Newfound Studio in Chicago.

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windy city food tour…

Food & Beverage KioskChicago, one of America’s classic cities, has it all – from retail to incredible Architecture to most importantly RESTAURANTS… it is really a design paradise – even when the wind chill is -10 degrees.

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