In the 19th and 20th centuries, Chicago was one of the manufacturing centers of America. And recently, there has been an uptick in local, craft manufactures that are based in Chicago’s thriving design scene. If you’re looking holiday gift inspiration, check out our guide to the 7 Chicago designer you should know.
Circa Ceramics has been producing pop-culture inspired ceramic home goods since 2007. The company is run by Andy Witt and Nancy Pizarro, a Chicago couple who produce all of their ceramics in house. All of their pieces are made to order, and feature bright, but tasteful colors that are a contemporary take on classic Americana.
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If you’re looking to organize or show off your vinyl record collection, look no further than the recently launched and Chicago-based company flipbin. Equal parts display and storage, these bins come in bright, bold colors, and are made of a hefty aluminum. Their bins are currently available to preorder on Kickstarter.
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For custom, one of a kind reclaimed wood products, check out Chicago’s very own Icon Modern. From office furniture, to dining room tables, to custom wood flooring, these rugged yet modern products will bring a masculine feel into any home or office.
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These rock-and-roll themed candles have been handcrafted in Chicago since 2001, and offer smokey fragrances in thoughtful packaging. Tatine candles are perfect stocking stuffers for the rock-and-roll fan in your life.
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In addition to selling house plants that will (hopefully) make it through next winter, Verdant Matter offers potters, planters, and pottery that are hand made in their Chicago studio. These colorful designs are a definite upgrade over the standard plastic tubs that house your new succulents and cacti.
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Up in the Air Somewhere
For minimalist ceramic designs, check out Susan Dwyer’s online store, Up in the Air Somewhere. These hand-made paper-mache and ceramic products are inspired by the industrial architectural elements that are integral to Chicago’s skyline and history.
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These utilitarian notebooks are based on a classic, yet disappearing, 1950’s midwestern style. Field Notes are perfect for the aspiring writer who is looking to hit the road with something sturdier and more stylish than the standard spiral-ring notebook.
Image via Ed Jelley.