Yesterday we wandered the showrooms on the 3rd, 10th and 11th floors of the Merchandise Mart. While there's not really any comparison to giants like Herman Miller, Knoll, Steelcase and Haworth (who has a wading pool in their space), we thought that the work and presentation of Bernhardt Design, Coalesse and Janus et Cie was particularly refreshing and worth noting.
Bernhardt showcased brand new work from their Global Editions line, including the Hyde chair designed by Fredrickson Stallard (pictured above), the Area table by Marc Thorpe and the Calibra sofa from Gloria and Harry Washington. Coalesse recently teamed up with the Italian furniture company Emu, distributing outdoor furniture from EMU's Advanced Collection to North America. Designed by the likes of Patricia Urquiola and Paula Navone, this collection of super durable furniture gets inspiration from things like hair clips and topiary. To celebrate this new partnership, they covered a room in thousands of specially printed green post-it notes, to give a sense of the outdoors. To a similar effect, Janus et Cie installed a fake topiary in an empty showroom just for the occasion, showing the new Miralook and PayPai Chairs, for both indoor and outdoor use.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.