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Matthew Rachman Gallery features a carefully curated collection of Mid Century Modern furniture and contemporary art. Exhibitions are held regularly and our collection of rare vintage finds and curiosities changes constantly. The gallery is also available for event rental for philanthropic and private functions.

 

Gallery Hours: Tues - Sun 11am - 6pm
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Musings

"Musings" is the title of the Matthew Rachman Gallery Blog. 

2017 Lookbook

Justine Salva

Matthew Rachman Gallery is proud to introduce its 2017 Lookbook.  In this edition we present a creative glance at how contemporary artwork and modern furniture can cohabitate within the home.

Special thanks to M.T. Wilson Design for interior styling and Nathaniel Smith Photo for photography.

The full 2017 Lookbook can viewed here.

Spotlight On: Brynn Olson

Justine Salva

 
 

Built on a love for creativity and a desire for visionary design planned with precision, the Brynn Olson Design Group (BODG) is comprised of talent from differing creative backgrounds who all found themselves drawn to the art of the interior.  Based in Chicago and serving clients nationwide, the BODG team takes pride in bespoke design curated specifically for each individual client.

Photo courtesy of Brynn Olson Design Group

Photo courtesy of Brynn Olson Design Group

Trained as an artist from childhood, Brynn began her design career creating large-scale indoor and outdoor painted murals for commercial spaces and residences.  After attending Vanderbilt University and pursuing an academic-oriented career, her love for art and design re-ignited years later and she joined Nate Berkus Associates (NBA) in 2008.  She furthered her education in Interior Design at Harrington College of Design while working full-time with the NBA family and managed and designed projects for commercial and private high-end residential clients and celebrities featured on/in The Nate Berkus Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Elle Decor Magazine, CS Interiors Magazine, and Chicago Home + Garden Magazine.  She also assisted with development and rendering of original room designs for major publications and TV programs including Chicago Tribune, The Today Show, and Family Circle Magazine.  Her experience in the design process, project management and client relationships lead to the desire to open her own firm in 2012 under the belief that every environment should boast a timeless foundation infused with an edge that reflects the essence of each client.  Brynn’s credence, “How you shape your space will shape your day,™” is the cornerstone to which each project is approached.  The power of a well designed interior is not only an immediate aesthetic transformation but also an incredible impact on the individual who lives, works or interacts with that space.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lynn Photography

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lynn Photography

MRG: You began your career as a painter.  When did you first realize you wanted to be an interior designer, and how did you make that transition? 

BO: It's a running joke that I "tripped and fell" into interior design but the truth is that when I reflect back on every life path I've chosen to present day all signs point to here and now.  My mother was my first art teacher, so I was constantly creative as soon as I could hold a crayon in my hand.  I pursued art intently up through college and opportunities of executing large scale murals for interior spaces presented themselves and I accepted.  This lead to me working directly with interior designers and witnessing, first hand, the affect altering a space can have on an individual and family unit. 

It really wasn't until I moved to Chicago a decade ago, though,  that I found myself heading to flea markets and scouring vintage shops at every free moment to furnish my Lincoln Park brownstone that really gave way to that light bulb moment.  When I ruminate back to my childhood in the South, it's incredibly apparent the heavy cultural influence it had on me.  Entertaining is second nature to Southerners and their vessel in which they can share these experiences is their home.  Therefore, as a Southern artist I began to view the home as canvas ready to be filled with beautiful forms that function on my journey into this career. 

Even though it took a big regional move to discover this ultimate path, interior design as my vocation has become personally meaningful as I recently lost my grandmother everyone lovingly dubbed as my "twin."  She was a spirited and determined woman who grew up in Chicago during the Great Depression with very little means, but a staunch Italian spirit.  Into her adulthood she became an interior designer running her own business in the city and its as though I'm bringing a part of my heritage full circle today.  So perhaps, it could be argued that design is in my blood...  

Photo courtesy of Brynn Olson Design Group

Photo courtesy of Brynn Olson Design Group

MRG: What are your favorite design trends you see for 2017, and beyond?

BO: While we tread lightly with the term "trend" having just returned from Market this year I can confidently report back on a few, fun recurring design patterns for 2017 that we're very excited about.  A crop of new businesses focusing on South African goods that are sourced responsibly were very present this year and we especially love the lighting made from horns and beautifully woven baskets. The use of strong gem-like geometric forms in furniture design is still thriving which is one of our favorites as we like to juxtapose that feature next to round and more soothing pieces.  Finally, the prevalence of taking abstract art off the canvas and onto other mediums such as fabrics and even furniture and accessories has been made possible through technology and is continuing to explode.  While our favorite kind of art is on canvas, we're really loving some of the new textiles using this artistic approach to create additional areas of interest in our designs with pillows that double as art.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lynn Photography

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lynn Photography

MRG: From where do you draw your inspiration?

BO: Inspiration is literally everywhere and I'm constantly pulling from all facets of life from my international travels to shelter magazines to even sitting in a local restaurant admiring the details of the interior architecture.  On a personal level I am greatly inspired by my roots of Southern design and inherently fascinated by all things Art Deco.  From a team standpoint,  I am constantly preaching that we're only as good as our resources and one of the most important resources we have as designers is our problem solving eye - spatially and aesthetically.  In order to keep that eye fine-tuned and sharp, it's incredibly important that we're sourcing inspiration daily.  Due to the power of Pinterest, we've been able to utilize the internet as an essential tool to find new inspirations to catalogue our "studies" along the way.

Photo courtesy of Brynn Olson Design Group

Photo courtesy of Brynn Olson Design Group

MRG: How do you chose artwork for your projects?

BO: Art is such a personal item for our clients and we always start the process with understanding client tastes first and foremost.  The second most important driving factor is budget.  We love to educate, help and guide our clients on how to pursue and collect an art collection no matter where they are in the collecting game.  We love to dispel the myth that appreciating and collecting art is only for the incredibly wealthy or for a home with soaring wall space to display acquisitions.  We feel so strongly that art can "make or break" a room that we incorporate art in our design presentations to guide our schemes.  So, the result is keeping artwork in mind right from the start.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lynn Photography

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lynn Photography

MRG: If you had to be trapped in one decade of design, which would you chose and why? 

BO: As mentioned, I have a natural attraction to (almost) all things Deco from fashion and decor to jewelry and architecture.  Take me back to the roaring 20s and I'd soak it all in...

Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Smith Photo

Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Smith Photo

MRG: As a designer who frequents Matthew Rachman Gallery, is there any piece of artwork in our gallery that you’re really into right now?

BO: We're big fans of Linc Thelen's abstracts and we've had our eye on his "Lyrical Journey" diptych for sometime.  This set would be an incredible asset to a space with it's rich yet soothing colors and textures.  If it were up to us we'd find the perfect focal wall to house this pair.  Perhaps, in an entry over a console with pair of beautiful X-base stools underneath or even split up and each hanging above nightstand in a Master bedroom for an unexpected display of color and layered sophistication.  

The Fantastic Nest

Justine Salva

Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to announce the next exhibition of its 2017 lineup, “The Fantastic Nest,” which features works by Australian artist, Kate McCarthy.  The Gallery will host an opening reception Friday, June 2 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  The artist will be in attendance. 

Human comfort, nesting, and personal expression rely heavily on the use of fabric, design, and their intrinsic tactile qualities.  With embroidery at the cornerstone of “The Fantastic Nest,” McCarthy uses stitching as a narrative tool throughout her body of work.  Chairs hint at rest, conversation, and repose.  The pillowy, fantastical figures are a wonder begging to be squished, touched, and adored.  The visceral reactions to her works are representational of all things that are fantastically human.

The exhibition will run June 2 through July 23. 

McCarthy, "Middle English"

McCarthy, "Middle English"

About Kate McCarthy: McCarthy has exhibited all over the world including Germany, England, Australia, and now in Chicago with the inception of “The Fantastic Nest.”  

In the past, McCarthy focused her practice purely on painting.  However, as of late, the artist has directed her attention to modern soft sculpture and embroidery.  McCarthy enjoys incorporating the traditional methods of embroidery into painting to welcome the conversation about the role of technical handicraft within contemporary art. 

Visually, both with her paintings and soft sculptures, McCarthy mixes pattern and color to transport the viewer back to deep - rooted memories of comfort and childhood.  She utilizes both figurative and abstract styles to achieve this, often calling on a rather illustrative approach. 

McCarthy, "Office Party"

McCarthy, "Office Party"

McCarthy, "Hummingbird"

McCarthy, "Hummingbird"

MAY STAFF PICKS

Martha Morimoto

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

Pearsall Wave Chaise

“The simple yet purposeful contour lines of this chaise are accentuated by the dynamic fabric choices of dyed cowhide and natural leather.”

Curtis Jere Wall Sculpture

“Jere’s work is prolific and exquisite. The patina of this piece and its metallic tones bring the wall sculpture to life.”

The Artwork of Doug Stapleton

“Doug Stapleton is a talented Chicago artist. His collages build on architectural and sculptural elements from the past, which make them rather compelling.”


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY DIRECTOR

“Former (Flowers for Boys)” by Jeffrey Cortland Jones

“‘Former (Flowers for Boys)’, along with the rest of Jones’s work, is sublime and entrancing. Staring into the piece is akin to trying to remember a wonderful dream. It is hazy and vague, yet completely delightful.”  

Set of Koppel for Slagelse Møbelvaerk Chairs

“The set of four chairs have just enough character and whimsy to still be considered a typical wooden dining chair, however they are far from commonplace.”

Set of Accent Chairs

“The slim set of chairs are perfect as accent chairs, at a small dining table, a desk, or as occasional chairs. The neutral tones work perfectly with any aesthetic point of view.”  


M.T. WILSON, CONSULTANT

Geometric Coffee Table

“This stupendous modern and futuristic coffee table reminds me of the cult classic film 'Dune'. This piece offers the rare and unique opportunity to help break up the predictable square and rectangular shapes in one's living room, this is great for creating unprecedented and exciting dynamism."

"Square #43" by Greg Dickerson

“You don’t always need color to make a statement as any fellow fan of minimalism can subscribe. This piece comes off as balanced and calming yet it is very eye-catching.”

Chicago Vintage 1980s Boxing Photos

“These framed black and white photographs are a perfect example of how displaying sports memorabilia can be tasteful and not tacky. While I am a boxing aficionado, you don’t have to be a fan yourself to appreciate these candid and decisive moment shots that transport you to that instant.”

 


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN + MARKETING COORDINATOR

Torbjørn Adfal Dry Bar

“Designed by Torbjørn Adfal for Bruskbo, this 1960s dry bar features a flip top for extra space and shelving for storage. The details of the rosewood is absolutely stunning, and would be a great addition to your living room.”

Dunbar Extending Dining Table

“This mahogany extending dining table is perfect for any household! From everyday meals to dinner parties, this is the perfect solution to your dining room needs.”

"Scattered Floes" by Nicholas Kriefall

“Nicholas Kriefall’s work is truly something special and we are thrilled to be showing his work in the fall. 'Scattered Floes' is by far my favorite, as it shows incredible depth and texture!"


JULIA KULON, GALLERY COORDINATOR

Lucite Ladder

“The lucite offers an incredible versatility aesthetically and the form of the ladder itself lends itself to a plethora of different interpretations. An impromptu bookshelf? A new home for one’s succulents? Imagine the wealth of possibilities with this blank canvas of furniture! The openness of it is astounding.”

Emilio Cruz, “Figures in a Landscape”

“‘Figures in a Landscape’ by Emilio Cruz is a dreamlike expressionist painting. Cruz’s use of rainbow palette speaks to the vitality and movement of the human body interacting with its environment.”

Sputnik Chandelier

“The sputnik chandelier is a perfect example of sculptural function. It is the hint that is usually missing in one’s dining or living room.”


GARRETT NUTGRASS, MARKETING INTERN

Goatskin Extending Dining Table

“I enjoy this piece because it serves as a statement piece while also offering function. It ups the presentation level for any family meal. Italian designer-maker Aldo Tura was known for rich materials and hand crafted techniques and this piece reflects that.”

“Particles” by Doug Frohman

“Contemporary Chicago artist Doug Frohman mixes unique painting techniques with architectural inspiration to create his stunning paintings. I particularly like this one because it creates a three dimensional illusion to the eye, where some layers appear to be in the foreground and others in the backdrop.”

Baughman Rosewood Benches

“These beautiful benches are spectacular from near or afar, I love the unique swirls and natural patterns within the rosewood. From the 1970’s by designer Milo Baughman, can’t you imagine these being perfect for family gatherings or around an equally unique dining table?”

On Exhibit: 2017 Art Exhibitions at Matthew Rachman Gallery

Justine Salva

What a year it has been; 2016 flew by and we are beyond excited that it is finally Spring in Chicago!  We would like to thank everyone who helped make 2016 such a success.  We cannot wait to see what the remainder of 2017 has in store!

Paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones + Sara Pittman

Here is a sneak peak of all of our 2017 shows featuring a formidable roster of talented artists:

Now - Sunday, April 9: "SERIOUS/play" featuring artwork by Amanda Gentry and Maura Segal

Friday, April 14 - Sunday, May 28: "Paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones + Sara Pittman" featuring artwork by Jeffrey Cortland Jones and Sara Pittman

Friday, June 2 - Sunday, July 23: "The Fantastic Nest" featuring artwork by Kate McCarthy

Friday, July 28 - Sunday, September 17: "The Chip" featuring paintings by Hannah Perry Saucier

Friday, September 22 - Sunday, November 12: "As We Enter New Planes" featuring artwork by Ruth Aizuss Migdal and Nicholas Kriefall

Friday, November 17 - January 2018: A holiday exhibition featuring artwork by Matthew Rachman Gallery artists

Be sure to stay connected for updates from Matthew Rachman Gallery!

APRIL STAFF PICKS

Martha Morimoto

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

Chicago Vintage 1980s Boxing Photos

“Chicago has such a rich history with boxing and these photos are a rare find from the 1980s.  The vintage black and white photos come framed and ready to hang.  Being a Chicagoan, what’s not to love?”

Roger Sprunger Burlwood Credenza

“We recently shot this credenza in an interior space and it is striking.  The burlwood credenza perfectly fits into an urban, modern home.”

Hans Wegner Royal Blue Rocker

“The craftsmanship of the Hans Wegner rocker for FDB Møbler is superior and the royal blue finish takes it to another level visually.”


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY DIRECTOR

Milo Baughman Lamp

“This lamp has so much personality and funk.  I love it because it can be styled in such a way that fits with an eclectic aesthetic or even a refined, streamlined home."

Eve Garrison, “Untitled”

“The painting is quite strong and its color palette does not read dated at all.  This piece would fit perfectly into my living room!”

Ornate 1920s Zebra Patterned Bench

“Zebra patterned cowhide should be considered a neutral; it can be dressed up or down and is not overtly masculine or feminine.  There as so many possibilities for incorporating this design into any space.”


M.T. WILSON, CONSULTANT

Set of Jerry Johnson + Byron Botker Lounge Chairs

“This set of of chairs re-envisioned in faux iguana, waxed ivory leather and waxed canvas slinging are one of my top picks for a floating living room. While the reversible cushions are an attractive feature from the front, the real celebrity here is the view from the back.”

 

"Abstract Study (Swirl No.2)" by Pamela Staker

“Pink, mauve, fuchsia, violet. We could all stand to have one or more of these in at least one interior room. Instantly brightens a space up and persuades you to hang awhile.”

Ralph Lauren Ornamental Burlwood Coffee Table

“Acting as quiet luxury in a room, this Ralph Lauren piece is a perfect example of everything the company is well known for in their clothing; classy, subtle, timeless and always in.”


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN & MARKETING COORDINATOR

“Reflection #1” by Luftwerk

“A captured still from their INsite video created in support for the Farnsworth House, 'Reflection #1' pulls the viewer in, as they trace the spaces between the lines. An incredible piece that evoke stillness amid chaos.”

Marius Byrialsen Rosewood Credenza

“Declutter your living room with this marvelous rosewood credenza by Marius Byrialsen. The finished back allows the credenza to float in any room, giving you the ability to show off the details of the rosewood.”

Extending Coffee Table

“Designed by John Keal for Brown Saltman, this coffee table is perfect for those who, like me, find themselves rearranging their furniture deep into the night. With its ability to extend further, it allows for more possibilities.”


JULIA KULON, GALLERY COORDINATOR

“Untitled #VL023” by Victor Lopez

“Victor’s work has invited me to consider the enormous possibility that a monochromatic color palette can offer an artist. Being incredibly gestural, visceral and dynamic, the paint really takes on a multi-faceted and extremely layered quality. It is absolutely fascinating.”

Dunbar Sideboard by Edward Wormley

“This sideboard for Dunbar by Edward Wormley (who, by the way, was a Chicago native!) is an absolutely gorgeous piece. The combination of the walnut’s golden brown and the sleek feeling of the brass pulls exudes the effortless self-confidence of warm humility.”

Set of Bronze Baboon Sculptures by Loet Vanderveen

“Loet Vanderveen brings so much heart and sympathy to his pieces! These two little baboons have so much character and care in them, they’re really lovely to look at! I could easily see them being loyal companions on a coffee table or bookshelf.”

Paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones + Sara Pittman Opens Friday, April 14

Justine Salva

Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to announce the next exhibition of its 2017 lineup, “Paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones + Sara Pittman.” The Gallery will host an opening reception Friday, April 14 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Both artists will be in attendance.

Jones, "Burnside (Northern Portrait)"

Jones, "Burnside (Northern Portrait)"

Pittman, "Without Words"

Pittman, "Without Words"

Although discernibly different in appearances, artists Jeffrey Cortland Jones and Sara Pittman tackle similar themes in their individual explorations of life through art. Both artists have an introverted and intuitive approach to making; acting on raw, observed feeling. The juxtaposition of detail in Pittman’s pieces and the subtle minimalism in Jones’s work creates a harmonious exchange about what happens at the moment that conscious contemplation breaks down.

The exhibition will run April 14 - May 28, 2017.

Pittman, "The Divide"

Pittman, "The Divide"

Jones, "Faith (Picture Tour)"

Jones, "Faith (Picture Tour)"

MARCH STAFF PICKS

Matthew Rachman

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

"Tick - Tock" by Amanda Gentry

“The work of Amanda Gentry is tactile; it is designed to be touched.  I enjoy ‘Tick - Tock’ so much because the positive space and negative space interact with each other in such a way that envelops the viewer and invites them in.”

"Day At The Park" by Maura Segal

“While Maura was visiting for the opening of our current show, ‘SERIOUS/play,’ she gave a short artist’s talk about her work and her inspiration.  She pulls much of her inspiration from the Los Angeles landscape and I think that it is particularly evident in this piece.”

Florence Knoll Leather Settee

“This settee is simply gorgeous; it exemplifies classic Mid Century Modern style that is still being copied today.”

 


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY DIRECTOR

Set of Adrian Pearsall Lounge Chairs

“The Prussian blue brushed velvet that was used to reupholster this set of Adrian Pearsall lounge chairs is simply stunning (and very on trend).”

Nickel Platner Coffee Table

“Ever since I have discovered the Warren Platner coffee table I have been obsessed with it.  The design is both Mid Century and contemporary; classic and elegant; and somehow - quite brilliantly, might I add - flashy without ever being garish or gaudy.  I love it.”

“Migrants 42” by Krista Svalbonas

“‘Migrants 42’ is another stunning piece from Krista’s Migrants Series.  The colors utilized within the composition, specifically the aged, burnt red and the vibrant blue, have always been among my favorite color combinations.”


M.T. WILSON, CONSULTANT

Set of DCM Chairs

“Kick your dinner hosting skills up another level by using all 12 of these DCM chairs around a statement table (use a round table for an added unexpected twist to the room.) Classic, yet always modern and appealing.”

Common Scars I & II by Chris Trejo

“I tend to enjoy darker art with a dramatic undertone. You can easily pair this with darker or lighter furniture pieces in your living space. The red/orange adds a nice element.”

Set of Cabinett Lounge Chairs

“These are built to last and made to impress. Faux snakeskin that will have you second guessing it’s not the real thing, the neutral colors in it will match nearly anything. Mixing these into a foyer, main room or an occasional space will only elevate the area. Once you sit in these chairs, you will be forever spoiled.”


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN & MARKETING COORDINATOR

Set of Paul McCobb Cabinets

“A stunning set of Paul McCobb cabinets! These pieces pair beautifully with our Mushroom Lamp by Laurel Lamp Co.”

“Rock Me Twice” by Amanda Gentry

“This piece is currently on view at the gallery for our show, “SERIOUS/play,” featuring works by Amanda Gentry and Maura Segal. “Rock Me Twice” is one of my favorites from the show, with its striking colors and its playful form.”

“Hummingbird” by Kate McCarthy

“Sequins! Kate McCarthy’s playful creature pillows are everything I could ever want and more.”


JULIA KULON, GALLERY COORDINATOR

Mushroom Lamp

“Delicate but decisive shapes can be found with this lamp. Striking in its simplicity, the mushroom lamp is a perennial element of design.”

“Off The Coast of Avalon” by Amanda Gentry

“Off The Coast of Avalon is a small piece, but it has a tremendous voice. Gentle, but with contrast.”

Jens Risom Model 2516 Sofa

“Risom marries elements of Scandinavian and American design, making his pieces truly unique. This exceptionally rare sofa is such a vivid and rich statement -a magnificent pairing of the contemporary feeling of reupholstered leather (courtesy of Matt and Wilson), and wood.”

FOR THE LOVE OF FARNSWORTH

Justine Salva

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Please join Matthew Rachman Gallery and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as they collaborate on the return of a very special event, “For the Love of Farnsworth: A Celebration to Benefit Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House.” The second annual fundraiser will be held on  Saturday, April 1  from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM at Matthew Rachman Gallery in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village.

The elegant evening will include libations from Chicago’s premier mixology boutique, SpritzOlogy, and craft beer from award winning Naperville brewery, Solemn Oath, as well as mouth-watering small plates and desserts from talented local chefs at Jordan’s Food of Distinction. The evening will also feature a short address by Mary Lu Seidel, Chicago Field Director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a brief discussion led by Guests of Honor, Chicago-based artistic duo, Luftwerk.

The gallery will exhibit a specially-curated collection of artwork (at which ten percent of all art sales throughout the duration of the exhibition will directly benefit the Farnsworth House), silent auction items, and musical performances by original composer Owen Clayton Condon.

Tickets are $95.00 per individual and $175.00 per couple, and can be purchased at www.farnsworthhouse.org/for-the-love-of-farnsworth. Proceeds from tickets sales directly benefit the Farnsworth House.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to learn more about the Farnsworth House, or to make a donation in your absence, please visit farnsworthhouse.org or savingplaces.org.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

FEBRUARY STAFF PICKS

Justine Salva

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

“Reflection 2” by Luftwerk

“The reflective nature of this piece combined with its varying hues of green create an optical illusion that transports the viewer into an alternate reality.  One look at the piece and it is like you are at the Farnsworth House in spring.”

Frederick Weinberg Decorative Mirror

“The clean lines in the vintage iron mirror by Frederick Weinberg can be used to introduce a modest and eclectic element into almost any room.”

Curtis Jere Accent Table

“This practical accent table pairs well with nearly all of the upholstery that we bring into the Gallery - cowhides, Mongolian sheepskin, leather, and fabric alike.”


JENNI BUTTON, GALLERY CO - DIRECTOR

Current of Niangua, by Hannah Perry Saucier

"Hannah’s artwork is just incredible. Her attention to detail is exceptional, and every element - from the way she lays the paint; to the bonkers concepts, geometry and grid work; to the hand-crafted frames in which each piece has been finished - has been carefully thought out."

Bentwood Dining Chairs

"I love the color combo of black and brown, and these darling chairs are so beautifully crafted - they make a statement without the added flash."

VL024 by Victor Lopez

This piece really stands out from Victor’s other black and white paintings we currently have in the gallery. I love how the blurred lines of this piece inspire depth, texture - even movement.


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY CO - DIRECTOR

“Metamorphosis 1” by Amanda Gentry

“‘Metamorphosis 1’ by Amanda Gentry is a playful piece that gently rocks back and forth when handling it.  The kinetic energy and sophisticated form make this a perfect piece to sit atop a credenza, dining table, or in a bookcase.”

Set of DCM Chairs

“The DCM Chair while practical is actually incredibly comfortable.  Charles and Ray Eames were certainly the masters of form and function.”

“MR 26” by Greg Dickerson

“The evocative, gestural lines made by Dickerson’s hand bring a sophistication to the canvas piece by creating movement, repetition, and an echo of pattern.”

 


M.T. WILSON, CONSULTANT

Dunbar Post + Beam Sofa by John Saladino

"The late 70's and 80's were a great time for Dunbar, we saw many poetic yet minimalistic designs come out of this manufacture through the company's designer collections such as John Saladino's line. This particular example is exceptionally rare and showscases that periods design aesthetic flawlessly and timelessly as well. Slightly tinted red, this cognac leather will only get better year after year as it gains it's unique markings and patina and becomes a heritage piece to be passed down and cherished.”

"Garfield Suite IV" by Ted Stanuga

“Using charcoal and oil on prepared corrugated board, this piece showcases texture and color, two of my favourite things. This would look great on a smaller accent wall such as a kitchen, or dining/reading nook wall."

Light Up Cocktail Table by MØBELFABRIK

“Illuminate your living space with the amazing teak danish cocktail table by MØBELFABRIK. If you are a fan of simplicity and minimalism, but you are looking to add in a statement piece, this is exactly what you have been looking for. Ambient lighting from the piece helps to set a comfortable tone in the room.”


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

"Ranch Study No 4" by Amanda Gentry

“This one in particular holds a special place in my heart. The simple form with its negative space complements the intricate pattern within the clay beautifully.”

Set of Folke Ohlsson Chairs

“I am in love with this funfetti fabric that brings nothing but happiness to my life! Paired beautifully with the sleek wooden frame.”

Set of Castelli Chairs

“A stunning set of Castelli Chairs! Pairs stunningly in your office or a small dining table for two.”


JULIA KULON, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Kagan Snail Coffee Table

“I think this table is incredibly clever, it definitely speaks to the harmony between the organic and man-made. Play time for the grown-ups.”

"The Beautician / The Beautiful One Has Come" by Doug Stapleton

“I like pieces that make me think-- I credit that to my philosophy degree. Stapleton’s collages create suggestive narratives around classical and western culture, inviting the viewer to dig deeper. Stapleton’s formalist compositions make his works easily approachable, and conversations that much more enjoyable.”

Domus Lux Lounge Chair

“This lounge chair really highlights the timelessness and modesty of wood.”

 

 

 

 

 

SERIOUS/play Opens February 25

Matthew Rachman

Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition of its 2017 lineup, “SERIOUS/play,” featuring works by Amanda Gentry and Maura Segal. The gallery will host an opening reception Saturday, February 25 from 6 - 9 pm. Both artists will be in attendance.

People, places, things... are rarely as they seem. What lies beneath the surface of first impressions provides new and unknown dimensions to experience, and those who are willing to linger know this. The pairing of works by artists Maura Segal and Amanda Gentry encourage us to challenge our initial perceptions.

Segal, "Looking"

Segal, "Looking"

Gentry, "Metomorphosis I + II"

Gentry, "Metomorphosis I + II"

At first glance, the serious tone of Gentry’s work is superficially evident: transitions from one plane to another - decisive; curves - intentional; negative space - considered. But with further exploration, this impression becomes inverted. Surfaces begin to dance with playful memories of wood-fueled flames, or glazes that mischievously run with their own agendas. Meanwhile, multi-layered, vibrant canvases created by Maura Segal are more immediately playful in nature. The seriousness of Segal’s work starts to reveal itself as color blocking defends crisply defined edges, and it quickly becomes clear the amount of discipline and patience that have been applied to numerous layers.

Segal, Here We Go Again,  2016       /     Gentry, Beginning,  2015

Segal, Here We Go Again,  2016       /     Gentry, Beginning 2015

Exhibition Dates: February 25 - April 9, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 25 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January Staff Picks

Matthew Rachman

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

"W" Acrylic Magazine Rack

“This locally-made contemporary sculptural piece marries form and function, and is a cool way to store your magazines or books.”

Acid Washed Cowhides

“Part of what I pride myself on doing with our pieces is to put an interesting spin on a classic design. That’s why I think these hides are particularly great. I source only the highest quality genuine Brazilian cowhides in a range of colors and markings, from solid and spotted traditional hides, to the more rare longhaired and acid-washed or hand dyed pieces.”

Lynn Basa, “Mirror"

“A Chicago native, Lynn is a master at creating encaustic artwork. She also has a firm understanding of interior design, and how these pieces work in home. This piece would fit beautifully in any setting, and is tied together thoughtfully by a handmade wooden frame.”


JENNI BUTTON, GALLERY CO - DIRECTOR

Vintage Stone Boat Plow

“I’m a fan of mixing historical artifacts into interior design, and this piece is both aesthetically appealing and tells an interesting story about early midwest agriculture. The stone boat plow was traditionally hitched to a horse by chain, with the sharp teeth of the stones facing down. Women and children would sit on the back of the plow to weigh it down while it was being pulled.”

Fortuny Floor Lamp

“This piece is insanely cool. The bulb itself is pretty monumental, and the overall form of the legs and shade is really pleasing. I can see this looking really sharp in the corner of a super chic loft or contemporary setting.”

Artwork by Krista Svalbonas

“Krista’s process and technique are quite impeccable. Her collages in particular are so masterfully crafted that they almost appear to be digitally produced. Her collages are fusions of rural and urban architectural photography that result in a newly formed structure that is both foreign and obscuring to our own perceptions. One of my favorite elements are these lovely little private moments that exist in each piece, such as a tiny open window or door hidden in the artwork, waiting to be discovered at a later glance.”


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY CO - DIRECTOR

Set of Le Corbusier LC2 Armchairs

“From the chromed steel frame to the choice of burnt sienna suede for reupholstered - these chairs are absolutely stunning.  I would love to own them.”

C Jere Brass Sculpture

“The artwork of artist / designer Curtis Jere offers a much needed three dimensional focal point to a room.  The piece in question would make a wonderful accent in a cottage, boat house, den, or summer home.”

Vintage 1970s Lithograph

“This beautiful lithograph provides just the right amount of color pop to any wall and comes in at just the right price.”


M.T. WILSON, CONSULTANT

Set of Brueton Chairs

“Use these in either a conference setting to add some modernity within the space. Think outside the box and use them as your dining chairs on the sides of the table with a 10 seater table and try mixing things up by adding two different captain’s chairs at the end for a polished yet eclectic look.The black velvet on the chairs gives an air of sophistication.”

Silver Cowhide

“Add a bit of character by mixing this black and silver cowhide into your living quarters, pairs extremely well with lucite and chrome. Rugs help turn areas into individualized spaces that are separated from the rest of your place so that it’s not just one conglomerate of design.”

Wicker Sculpture

“Rattan is really experiencing a resurgence right now.  The sculpture adds dimension to any room and is a playful way to fill your space."


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Set of Swan Chairs

“An exquisite example of modern Danish furniture! Beautifully reupholstered in cognac leather, the iconic chair shows how it has stood the test of time, through its fluid curves.”

McCobb Bookshelf + Dresser

“A stunning combination by Paul McCobb that will fulfill your need for storage and display.”

Pamela Staker, "Repurposed Failure Series (Pink Dot)"

“Pamela Staker’s series of collages are breathtaking. Paint on fragments from her silkscreen prints pair beautifully with the small hint of color.”


JULIA KULON, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Ibex Dining Table

“There’s something quite magical that happens when you pair brass with glass. Opposites attract. This pair of Alain Chervet Ibex have a sense of style and exuberance while maintaining a soft-spoken elegance. I’ve been admiring the pair since Matt came across them.”

Marc Chagall, "Daphne + Chloe"

“Chagall is such a master of color, what a beautiful interpretation about first love through the lens of mediterranean blues and Peloponnese light! Evocative, it is simply breathtaking!”

George Nelson Credenza

“This George Nelson credenza, governed by perpendiculars and parallels, is a sleek geometrical treasure. It has function and minimalism - a Nelson credo.”

The ABCs of MCM

Matthew Rachman

This past week, Matthew Rachman Gallery hosted a pop up showroom at Soho House Chicago where Matthew and Justine gave a lecture on the ABCs of MCM.

The presentation included a brief history about Mid Century Modern design, its key players, and some special iconic pieces.  Thanks again to all who attended!  If you were not able to attend, have a look at the slides below!

 

December Staff Picks

Matthew Rachman

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

Jean Alexander-Frater, “Colorful bands around with soft folds”

“I particularly like these sculptural paintings by Jean Alexander Frater. They’re a hybrid between textile art, painting, and sculptural installations. The perfect piece for anyone who enjoys three-dimensional artwork, but lives in a small urban dwelling.”

Victor Lopez, “Untitled #VL019”

“This black and white series of paintings by Victor Lopez is so striking - he achieves an incredible amount of depth with such a limited color palette.”

Stump Vase

“An aesthetically pleasing addition for the collector who appreciates a good sense of humor; this versatile piece can be used as a vase, planter, or a ceramic trash receptacle.”


JENNI BUTTON, GALLERY DIRECTOR

Amanda Gentry, “Ranch Study 4”

“The ceramic sculptures of Amanda Gentry are my latest artistic obsession! Each piece is thoughtfully designed, then produced through experimental firing techniques, creating a collection that encompasses a range of patinas, textures, energy and movement.”

Lucite Ladder

“Lucite is hot right now, and for anyone living in a small urban dwelling, it’s practicality reaches beyond aesthetics. Lucite pieces add dimension and beauty to your decor, while allowing the eye to see through them, making your space appear larger.”

Pamela Staker, “Abstract Interior 2"

“This series of tiny, painterly collages by Pam Staker just kill me! They are so cute, and add such a lovely pop of color to your decor. In addition, they come framed and ready to hang - at a price point that makes them even more appealing!”


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY COORDINATOR

Vintage Seltzer Bottle

“The vintage seltzer bottle can make a great gift for just about anyone!  It can fit into almost any decor style: industrial, mid-century, contemporary, and eclectic.”

Pamela Staker, “Abstract Interior 18"

“Pamela Staker is a very talented Chicago artist.  This piece is colorful, exciting, and available at a very valuable price point!”

Mike Egan, “Collecting Coffins"

“‘Collecting Coffins’ was one of my favorite pieces in Mike’s recent show.  It is both fun and a little funky.  This would make a great gift for any fan of Mike’s work.”


M.T. WILSON, TEXTILES CONSULTANT

Ted Stanuga, “Untitled”

"I am a huge fan of unframed art, especially when it’s on paper! Just use a magnetic clip to display this piece on the wall and let it breathe. Currently also on a pairing of red and pink spree, imagine plunking a candy apple red chair in front of this baby for a unique reading nook.”

Frank Meisler Frog Sculpture

“This particular piece would be a great holiday gift for a dad/husband/brother, particularly if they also smoke cigars!  Meisler’s work is really interesting and holds a great backstory on how he got to where he is now, I actually have some of his early sculptures in my permanent collection and highly encourage anyone to look into his background.”


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Multi - Directional Table

“This versatile table is perfect for those that find themselves rearranging their room more than they’d like to admit. This table works very well as a coffee table, side table, a desk, or whatever your heart desires.”

Hoselton Aluminum Sculpture

“A simple yet fluid sculpture that’ll bring a little texture to your home.”

Scottish Terrier Newspaper Holder

“A gift that anyone would love… This fella can hold magazines, books, newspaper, treats, etc., on either side!”


ELENA BULGARELLA, MARKETING INTERN

Vintage Ostrich Leather Bar Set

“This bar set with compact design is both classic and portable.  Bring it along on boozy picnics or to make a grandiose party entrance. Perfect gift for your mixologist friends!”

Brown Double Lamp

“A handsome addition to any office space.  The retro appeal of this enameled metal double lamp complements both modern or classic decor.”

Cendese "Pulcino" Sculpture

“Who wouldn’t be thrilled to find this whimsical iridescent blown glass bird sculpture in their stocking?!”


JULIA KULON, DESIGN INTERN

Glass Bottle Vase by Kastrup Holmegaard

“It’s the small details which really announce the overall ambiance of a room. This glass bottle vase can either be styled to be minimal and modern or as an apt echo to avant-garde design.”

Amanda Gentry, “Don’t Get Too Discouraged”

“Grounding. Reflective. Meditative. These are some of the words that come to mind when I think of this piece. An ideal gift for the thoughtful person in your life, or someone who is striving to find and cultivate their own inner peace.”

“Moving in Silence 2” by Ruben Aguirre

“This strong and confident piece is perfect for the sophisticated, edgy collector. Aguirre, a Chicago based painter, originally a graffiti artist and now contemporary muralist, is a true testament to art’s versatility.”

Spotlight On: Marli Jones

Matthew Rachman

Matthew Rachman Gallery is excited to introduce a new blog feature, called “Spotlight On.” Each month we will highlight a local area designer that we recognize for their exceptional talent, and give them the spotlight.

For our first “Spotlight On” feature, we chat with Rebel House Owner and Creative Director, Marli Jones, to discuss her early influences and current inspiration, behind her fresh, contemporary looks.

 

 

Rebel House Interior Design is a Chicago-based firm that is quickly gaining attention for its unique talent for bringing art-centric, west coast vibes to the second city.

Specializing in “couture environments,” this boutique design house specializes in quality service - managing all details of each new construction or renovation project from concept through completion. The selective nature by which they accept their clients also allows them to ensure that each client gets the proper attention they deserve.

Photography by Vince DeSantiago of NB.DY

Photography by Vince DeSantiago of NB.DY

Before founding Rebel House in 2016, Owner and Creative Director Marli Jones started her career in the design forward city of San Francisco, where she received a master’s degree in Interior Architecture and Design with an emphasis in adaptive reuse.

Jones worked as a senior designer for prominent West Coast residential design firm Martha Angus LLC, before moving to Chicago, IL to be the senior designer for real estate development group AJ Capital Partners (AJCP). As such, she was part of a creative team that developed, designed, branded, and launched a collection of boutique hotels across the United States. While at AJCP, Marli also worked on the redesign of the rooftop bar J. Parker at Hotel Lincoln in Chicago and was the senior designer on the gut renovation of historic hotel Pontchartrain in downtown New Orleans.

Marli grew up in the art worlds of Chicago and Europe, and her parents are Atelier Neo-Medici trained photorealist painters. Her travels include multiple trips to France, Switzerland, and Italy to study fine art and architecture. Her exposure from a young age to a variety of well-crafted interiors sparked a passion for design.

Photography by Harry Sudman

Photography by Harry Sudman

MRGDo you recall when you first realized you wanted to be an interior designer?

MJMy parents are professional artists and my childhood memories are filled with travels across Europe and the US from galleries to museums. An artistic profession was always in the cards, but as a design-obsessed kid, becoming a designer was my small rebellion. I took to my driveway drawing large-scale floor plans in sidewalk chalk. Around age eight, I started rearranging my bedroom furniture each week, pulling pieces into different combinations. A visit to the Lake Forest showhouse taught me creating an interior is not only art, but a profession. My mom started giving me shelter magazines to study. I was fascinated to say the least. I filled countless pads of graph paper with home designs for family and friends. To this day, nothing brings me greater joy than working with my team to craft a custom environment.

MRGIf you had to be trapped in one decade of design, which would you chose and why?

MJ: Is it cheating to say right now? There are many exciting developments happening in design as we enter the latter half of this decade. We are moving away from the “fast fashion” influence of the early 2000s. Antiques are back in favor and artisans are in the spotlight for mastering their craft. Designing with a mix of old and new is quite fabulous. I am so excited to see galleries and makers unite. Right now, furniture is art!

Photography by Harry Sudman

Photography by Harry Sudman

MRG: From where do you draw your inspiration?

MJMy source of inspiration depends on the project. I am constantly digesting past and present design. A lot of my work is influenced by the years I spent living and working as a designer in San Francisco. West coast design sensibility focuses on pops of color and layering details and I have carried these characteristics into my work. I maintain close relationships with designers whom I’ve worked for and/or with over the years. We learn a lot from each other. This business is about pulling influences, knowledge, and the unexpected together to craft something new.

Photography by Harry Sudman

Photography by Harry Sudman

MRGHow do you choose artwork for your projects?

MJThe experience of growing up around artists taught me choosing artwork is a personal process. There is no right or wrong answer and acquiring art can take time. I talk with clients about their goals for collecting works, introduce them to artists, and guide them as they consider their investment. Once acquired, art can travel from room to room on rotation (as it does in my home) and a vibrant collection can be made from a mix of budding artist works, to prints, to blue chip pieces.

Photography by Aimee Mazzenga Photography

Photography by Aimee Mazzenga Photography

MRGAs a designer who frequents Matthew Rachman Gallery, is there a piece of furniture in our showroom that you’re really into right now? What do you love most about it, and can you give us some pointers on how you might style it?

MJI have a major thing for sculptural furniture and your gallery does such a great job curating pieces to fit that bill. The Domus Lux Lounge Chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara is my current obsession. The warm wood tone, curved back, and petite arms are divine. It is a unique find – and quite comfortable!

As for styling, I’d juxtapose the wood chair with a contemporary chrome side table (as pictured). The warm wood and cool chrome offer a nice material tension.

Add a finishing touch with a piece of art hanging behind the two – perfection.

 

Check out more pictures of Marli’s stunning projects and learn more about what the team at Rebel House Interior Design is up to, at www.rebelhousedesign.com, or follow them on Instagram at @rebelhousedesign.

Trending Now: Brass

Matthew Rachman

Mastercraft Pedestal Dining Table

Mastercraft Pedestal Dining Table

The “urban metallic” trend is here to stay - and we couldn’t be happier about it!  While rose gold and copper left their mark in 2016, brass and bronze will be stealing the show this upcoming year.

Lustrous metals will be paired with raw, organic materials such as marble and wood.  We will be turning our attention to deep wood tones, rich polished stones and resins.  Cold reflective metals juxtaposed with warm, natural materials, create a visually appealing contrast: a “controlled rusticity.”

Pace Coffee Table

Pace Coffee Table

Laurel Brutalist Lamp

Laurel Brutalist Lamp

Trend forecasters believe that our color palettes will transition from bright pinks and intense blues, to earthy botanical greens and desert tones like terracotta, saffron and cinnamon – presenting an opportunity to literally add spice to your environment.  Brass will adapt well to the forecasted color palette by adding shine and brightening any space.  The durability of the material and lasting quality of brass items makes them a great investment, likely to never go out of style.

November Staff Picks

Matthew Rachman

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

“Never Tell” by Chris Trejo

“This piece in particular is a perfect example of how much emotion and depth Chris is able to capture - in such a tiny palette! This piece is literally stocking stuffer-sized, and perfect for the collector on your list who appreciates emerging and abstract artwork.”

Set of Mirrored Glass Nightstands

“The addition of mirrors can make any space appear larger, and these pieces are no exception. Perfect for flanking a bed, or pushed together to form one piece.”

Curtis Jere Kinetic Wave Sculpture

“Curtis Jere’s sculptural pieces are widely reproduced, and add a touch of vintage sophistication to your decor.”


JENNI BUTTON, GALLERY DIRECTOR

“Untitled” by Ted Stanuga

“As an art dealer and curator, I really shouldn’t pick favorites, but this piece is hands down one of my favorite pieces in the gallery. There is mastery in his brush strokes, and his color palette is just wonderfully emotive. He is able to achieve an incredible depth to his paintings while maintaining an air of lightness. This is a gorgeous piece at a very reasonable price - perfect for the art connoisseur on your list.”

Lane Mosaic Table

“This table is just darling, the addition of the tiles make it so fun! I love this for anyone looking for a cute addition to their sunroom, or as a lovely starter piece for the young collector on your list.”

Lucite Side Chair

“I’m slightly obsessed with lucite right now, and this piece is super cool. The smoke black color adds a level of sophistication to this sexy accent piece, and the lucite is in exceptional condition for an original piece. This is a great gift for that über chic someone on your list.”


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY COORDINATOR

“Jungle Boogie” by Ben Tinsley

“Ben is such a talented artist and this piece is the perfect gift for any art lover in your life.  The vibrant colors provide the right amount of contrast, plus the piece is already framed!”

Oxidized Steel Paperweight

“Practicality is my fall back for gift giving and the oxidized steel paperweight is the perfect gift for a boss, coworker, teacher, or grab bag.”

Nickel Platner Coffee Table

“This coffee table is stylish and can be incorporated into a variety of styles.  It is a perfect gift for new homeowners or the posh couple on your list!”


M.T. WILSON, TEXTILES CONSULTANT

“Untitled” by Francisco Sobrino


“I’ll admit, lately I have been on a greyscale interior binge and this is the perfect wall accent for a smaller space and/or room. The subtle stitched look of the white and black shapes on a grey background yields a surprisingly calm reaction when looking at the piece. The artist's decision to shape the pieces together randomly is a winsome touch as well.”

Accent Table by Curtis Jere


“This piece is fantastic for the simple fact that it distinguishes itself from other side tables by being able to exhibit different roles. From being a clean modern side table with an edge; to working as a pedestal in a corner with dead space, this piece can easily stay in your living space rotation for years to come.”

Sculpture by Jack Arnold


“The void in this piece is what has always attracted me to it, besides the manipulation of the form of the sculpture itself. This free standing piece also holds an air of being mature from the sleek futuristic chrome finish.”


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

“Tiger Girl” by Ushio Shinohara

“A playful serigraph by Neo-Dada artist from Japan, that’ll brighten up your space!”

Set of Flame Sculptures

“These marble and brass sculptures that can also be used as bookends, will be a great addition to your living room. The beautiful brass curvature and rough marble edge complement each other so well!”

Set of Castelli Chairs

“A stunning set of Giancarlo Piretti designed Castelli Chairs. Pairs beautifully in your office or a small dining table.”


ELENA BULGARELLA, MARKETING INTERN

“White Line” by Greg Dickerson

“The pleasing color contrast, texture and use of materials make this work visually appealing and a great addition to any space.”

Coffee Table by Pace Manufacturing

“Sophisticated, minimal yet innovative design.  The glass tabletop featuring an attractive brass base makes for an interesting conversation starter and the best place to rest a fancy cocktail.  Perfect gift for anyone who loves entertaining!”

Teak Ice Bucket

“This funky teak ice bucket with sleek design is the perfect gift for your Holiday party host.  Pair it with a bottle of bubbly and you’re good to go!”


JULIA KULON, DESIGN INTERN

“Reflection #1” by Luftwerk

“A progressive and contemporary piece for a modern, open interior -- suitable for those who are looking to meditate throughout their day as the work itself has unlimited continuity that invites a wealth of possible conservations.”

Acrylic Bar Cart

“This bar cart is the epitome of clarity, but with an unexpected twist. I can see this piece taking on many different meanings - depending on its owner’s needs - definitely a versatile element that will bring an alluring hint of understated edginess to any room!

Set of Mushroom Lamps

“I was in Helsinki this summer, and these charming lamps bring me right back to my love affair with Finnish design, architecture and admittedly Moomins! I’m transported to a different place when I see these lamps - I wish all my dreams looked this whimsical, soft and inviting."

peace on earth: holiday art exhibition

Matthew Rachman

Background artwork by Doug Frohman

Background artwork by Doug Frohman

Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, “peace on earth,” featuring collected works by Matthew Rachman Gallery artists.  The Gallery will host an opening reception Friday, November 4 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, at which the artists will be in attendance. 

 

“Untitled,” by Ted Stanuga, 2016, oil on prepared paper, 18.875” h x 15.875” w

“Untitled,” by Ted Stanuga, 2016, oil on prepared paper, 18.875” h x 15.875” w

Artwork in the exhibition has been created by local Chicago artists, and has been chosen for its aesthetic value and giftable nature. Works on display will be styled with modern home furnishings, and everything in the Gallery will be cash and carry - priced at under $2,000.00. Contributing artists include Amanda Gentry, Chris Trejo, Doug Frohman, Frank Connet, Jean Alexander Frater, Krista Svalbonas, Pamela Staker, Raul de la Torre, Ruben Aguirre, Ted Stanuga, and Victor Lopez.  

Shop local this holiday season - give the gift of art!

The exhibition will run from November 4 - December 30, 2016.

 

“Metamorphosis 1 + 2,” by Amanda Gentry, 2015, salt glazed stoneware from soda + wood fire, 7” h x 12” w x 12” d

“Metamorphosis 1 + 2,” by Amanda Gentry, 2015, salt glazed stoneware from soda + wood fire, 7” h x 12” w x 12” d

October Staff Picks

Matthew Rachman

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

The Vintage Abstractions of Walter Fydryk

“We’ve been asked if these paintings were airbrushed, because the lines are so well done!  They have a timelessness to them that makes it hard to believe they were painted almost 50 years ago.”

Lounge Chairs by Ib Kofod - Larsen for Selig

“These chairs have such striking, modern lines, and we’ve chosen to reupholster them in a lush, blonde cowhide that compliments the original walnut frame so nicely.  These chairs are definite show stoppers.”

Three Flute Vessel

“Designed by Farci Saverio (Italy, 1970), this artist-signed ceramic vessel adds an elevated sophistication to any decor or collection.”


JENNI BUTTON, GALLERY DIRECTOR

“When We Got Sick” by Mike Egan

“I’m so in love with this show, and the artwork of Mike Egan in general, but I find this piece in particular so striking.  His color palette is really gorgeous, and the content - while obviously slightly morose, is rather darling with the addition of the pastel polkadots.”

Nanda Vigo Floor Lamp

“This lamp is beyond cool. Slim, sleek lines and a gorgeous minimalist base make this a stellar addition to any modern home.  The fluorescent tubing is situated in such a way that it can be aimed with the light focused into the room, casting a subdued glow onto your space, or against a wall to create dramatic shadows ”

Wrought Iron Folk Art Sculpture

“This free-standing, wonderfully patinated wrought-iron piece is such a conversation starter!  Two small holes on the side of the piece from the “eyes” of this abstract horse sculpture.  It makes me smile whenever I see it.”


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY COORDINATOR

Marble + Iron Console Table

“This console would work perfectly behind a sofa, in an entryway, or even on a patio as a plant stand.  It’s versatility makes it an amazing find!”

Artwork by Nicholas Kriefall

“Nicholas’s work is abstract and approachable; it can easily fit into most any living space!”

Vintage Ostrich Leather Bar Set

"The bar set is a perfect gift for any spirit lover in your life!  Why not start your holiday shopping a little early this year?”


M.T. WILSON, CONSULTANT

“Figure Study” by Robert Amft
“GRAYSCALE!!!  Need I say more?  It’s so seductive, I’m always a sucker for it, and this is a prime example.  The raw art deco figures are exquisite.”

Light Up Cocktail Table By Møbelfabrik
“This table is an incredible statement piece.  Set the tone with this James Bond villain lair-esque table; no one expects the light source to be coming from the middle of the room.”

Set of Bronze Baboons by Loet Vanderveen
Animal sculptures / shapes are always a fun way to add a bit of cheer and character into your space to break up your room from feeling to serious.  These baboons are humorous with an undertone of masculinity.


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Hans Olsen Teak Dining Set

"*deep breath* a stunning dining set that’ll complete your life!  A beautifully crafted everyday item that truly captures the essence of Danish design, through its intricate details and clean minimalist features."

Raul La Torre, “Fils I Colors CCXLIII”

"Brighten up your living space with this textured painting that pairs beautifully with our large range of sofas!"

Heywood - Wakefield Corner Table

"A timeless design that exudes American craftsmanship!  A classic addition to your living room, bedroom, or even a kid's room.  There are just so many possibilities for this one of a kind design."

Matthew Rachman Gallery now offers gift registry!

Matthew Rachman

Getting started is as simple as logging into MyRegistry.com and starting a free account!  MyReigstry.com is a third party service that aggregates all of your registry options into one easy to view location, that is to be shared with your guests prior to your big event.  You have the option to personalize your page and link any existing registries (Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy's, etc).  You'll then be prompted to download the "Add to MyRegistry" button to your toolbar.  Once you've done that, you are all set!  You can begin to browse the Matthew Rachman Gallery website and start choosing gifts to add to your gift registry right away!

Once your registry is complete, just share the link to your page with your guests, who will be able to browse your selections and purchase gifts.  If your wedding or event is being hosted in the Gallery, your gifts will be awaiting your arrival on your big day.  Gifts purchased from your registry include complimentary gift wrap (when applicable), delivery, and installation (within Chicago city limits).

Don't leave your guests guessing - collect the things you love!  Start your gift registry with Matthew Rachman Gallery today!