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Handmade Pieces Serve As Functional Art At Antu-Made{Handmade Pieces Serve As Functional Art At Antu-Made}-English

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Meet The Maker

Anna Marks

Anna Marks discovered her passion for furniture design when she couldn’t find a table for a client’s home. “So I made it,” she says matter-of-factly; thus, her boutique furniture atelier Antu-Made was born. But her handmade pieces–including the Claw Sleek table and David’s bench (shown, below), cast in bronze and finished with rich detail–belie the insouciance of her do-it-yourself spirit. “It’s like jewelry,” Marks says. “Each piece is poured by hand and cannot be made without the mastery of the artist.”

Describe your pieces. They’re like functional art. I always think of how well they’re going to work in addition to how good they are going to look.

Tell us about the process. New pieces often arrive out of necessity because I can’t find the perfect one for my client, and I strive for individuality of each piece. I come up with an idea, develop it into something tangible, explore materials and decide what is appropriate, followed by months and months of prototyping before finally completing the first finished piece.

What are you working on next? I have a very busy mind–I constantly dream of furniture. In the very near future I will launch a new collection, including a set of tables that can be used individually or together, side tables and coffee tables. I’m also excited about an interactive, leather-upholstered bench that I’m working on.

PHOTOS: TOP, KATRINA WITTKAMP; BENCH, COURTESY ANNA MARKS

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Betsy Nathan has always been a collector. The daughter of a renowned Chicago gallerist, she grew up surrounded by an eclectic mix of fine and folk art and objects curated from around the world. After a stint in Beijing in the 1990s, where she studied Chinese craftsmanship, she returned to Chicago to open her first showroom, Pagoda Red, in 1997. Last year she moved into a vastly larger warehouse space in Bucktown, where her entire 4,000-piece collection of global fine arts and antiques is now available for designers and the public alike to browse. While there are many treasures to be discovered at Pagoda Red, we called on Nathan to share a few of her other favorite spots for sourcing goods around the city.

A Chicago Shop Owner Shares Her Go-To Sourcing Spots

ROBIN RICHMAN BUCKTOWN

Robin is amazing at creating interesting juxtapositions between clothes, jewelry and accessories. I go here to buy Mad et Len Lava Rocks, which are infused with perfume. They release an earthy spirit when you burn them, and I like to use them in the powder room.”

A Chicago Shop Owner Shares Her Go-To Sourcing Spots

LE LABO WICKER PARK

“In China, I had an otherworldly experience when a friend introduced me to traditional incense–the kind that oozes from trees. It’s impossible to find locally, but it turned me on to rich, gentle, moody fragrances and beautiful incense burners to disperse them. I recently purchased Le Labo‘s amulet (a portable diffuser) as a gift for a friend. It becomes very personal when you infuse the stone within with a hand-blended fragrance specially made for the person you are giving it to.”

A Chicago Shop Owner Shares Her Go-To Sourcing Spots

ASRAI GARDEN WICKER PARK

“Pagoda Red and Asrai Garden opened around the same time. We grew up together, so the designers understand our objects and containers. They know how to marry nature’s shapes and colors in fresh, modern ways. They use flowers and greens to frame, rather than overpower, a select object.”

INTERIOR DEFINE LINCOLN PARK

“If you don’t want to wait months for a sofa, Interior Define is a great choice. They feel custom, the process is easy and the price can’t be beat. I’m working with a client now who wants her place finished fast, so we just ordered the Sloan Sectional in a plush onyx fabric.”

PHOTOS: ROBIN RICHMAN, ROBIN RICHMAN; LE LABO, COURTESY LE LABO; ASRAI GARDEN, LUCY HEWETT; INTERIOR DEFINE, CAROLINA MARIANA RODRIGUEZ.

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Bold Colors Meet Sedate Sensibilities In A Swoony Collab {Bold Colors Meet Sedate Sensibilities In A Swoony Collab} – English

Bold Colors Meet Sedate Sensibilities In A Swoony Collab {Bold Colors Meet Sedate Sensibilities In A Swoony Collab} – English

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Charlotte-based interior designer and blogger Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is nationally renowned for her colorful, globally inspired brand, The English Room. When she teamed up with Atlanta-based Beth Lacefield, of textile and soft goods manufacturer Lacefield Designs, she added the weight of Lacefield’s 23 years of industry know-how to her first collection.

The two merged Phillips’ wild color sense with Lacefield’s more sedate sensibilities. “We were totally simpatico,” says Phillips, who contributed photos from her travels to maximalist motifs with traditional twists.

Manufactured stateside with references to India, Morocco, Italy and England, the patterns encompass Windsor and Bloomsbury–two whimsical, high-impact florals born of British traditions–Mamounia, a painterly geometric alluding to one of Marrakech’s most iconic hotels, as well as Agra and Delhi, paisley and floral block prints inspired by indigenous crafts of the subcontinent.

The rollout launched with 15 by-the-yard textiles and seven throw pillows. Next up, says Phillips: a second line of fabrics and, with luck, wallpapers.


PHOTOS: VIGNETTE, DUSTIN PECK; PILLOWS, BRIAN BIEDER.

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