Every month during “2nd Fridays”, we’ll feature one or more artists at the studio: Current, featured artists include:
Pilsen native Gustav Reyes creates wooden jewelry and home products made of FSC Certified bent wood. His latest work consists of sculptural table top lighting and Noguchi inspired table bases. The combination of curved forms and Gustav’s sophisticated design sense pave the way for extraordinarily unique wooden pieces.
“I place great importance on creating jewelry that demonstrates a deep appreciation and consideration for our natural world. To create my work, I use salvaged wood that is repurposed. I have incorporated wood from a bass violin and extra wood obtained from other wood workers. I also use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified wood. I use production methods that reduce waste by 80%. I am dedicated to preserving Nature’s infinite beauty and continue to search for more sustainable techniques.” – Gustav Reyes
Devin Jorgenson is an Illinois native, born and raised on his family’s farm in Milford, Illinois. Being comfortable with tools, large machinery and working with his hands has been instilled in him since his childhood when he began helping out as a farmhand. After just a few household projects, he found work at Furniture Revival, a midcentury furniture repair shop.
Devin has since been working on projects for places such as Barbara & Barbara, Fat Rice as well as developing his own collection and artistic style. He sources most parts from small town hardware and farm stores; the wood is from his family’s old barn and the style highlights his affinity for all things timeworn and utilitarian.
Chicagoan Eddie Huber is the designer and furniture maker behind Newfound Studio. His furniture, simple in form and design, is created using all locally sourced or salvaged materials.
He finds inspiration in classic MCM designers, his fellow Chicago furniture folk, and his daily trips to thrift stores and junk yards. He has a passion for modifying old and discarded furniture and objects, giving them new functions and life.
Why does he do it?
Because he loves it! Every day is an adventure scouring our big city and beyond to find great mid-century, classic, and vintage furniture. He has so much fun restoring and modifying furniture, it truly is his passion – and it shows.
Limited edition hand-made light fixtures
Architect, photographer and Pilsen resident Raymond Barberousse enjoys experimenting with different design mediums whether it be photography, architecture, or woodworking, he strives to create quality products with clean lines and a modern aesthetic.
As a designer, his influences still remain heavily rooted in architecture but also embraces various aspects of the art world. His newest designs entitled ‘Diwali’ are brass light fixtures inspired by his wife’s Indian heritage. Diwali – the Indian ‘festival of lights’ involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.
These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome.The light fixtures were designed to be part sculptural, part structural, and excitedly modern with low wattage vintage bulbs that provide a warm glow reminiscent of candles lit during the festival.
Emmy has always loved the idea of finding, reusing, creating from old things. Her paintings are created freehand on salvaged glassware and glass windows.
Each piece is found locally in Chicago – from constantly hunting the streets, alleys and flea markets for rare and beautiful windows, used wood, old paper and broken frames. No stencils or templates are ever used – each design is truly one of a kind, painted with acrylics. All design is reflective of her love for typography, pattern, motifs, flowers & modern design.
New – checkout the story and videos about the just-launched national ad campaign for Sharpie featuring Emmy.
Modified Originals is a furniture and design collaborative formed by two Chicago architects, Kate Votava and Craig Hamilton – focused on creating useful objects out of reclaimed, salvaged or every-day materials.
They love finding parts, pieces or complete furniture to modify. They use graphics as life-blood to bring individuality to formerly mundane objects and repurpose other found things to create unique modern furnishings. They try to be playful with palettes, because after all, design should be fun!
Whenever possible, they try to incorporate the notion of flexibility and multi-functionalism into their work while maintaining a reasonable cost for consumers. While most of their furnishings are created without specific clients in mind, they also work with people to create custom work.