Please help us celebrate the opening of Gray's Department Store, a Show & Shop of the League of Women Designers on Friday, December 4th from 6-9 pm! Eat, drink, and be merry with us as we unveil the latest curiorisites by the League of Women Designers, including housewares, lighting, furniture, clothing, jewelry, and lingerie. A shopable installation will be on view, curated by Eve Fineman and inspired by the golden age of department stores, with an accompanying catalogue designed by Daniela Markova Soukup. Sponsored by Koval distillery.
Partipating designers include: Carly Cannell of Weetu, Chelli Look of CHC, Elizabeth Fiersten of Manifold, Eve Fineman of Eve Fineman Design, Felicia Ferrone of fferrone, Gerry Quinton of Morua, Jamie Hayes of Production Mode, Kari Merkl of Merkled, Kelly Marie Thompson of Fleur, Kristen Molenhouse of Glamrocks Jewelry, Maria Boustead of Po Campo, Sharon Burdett of Strand Design, Sonia Yoon of Midnight Kitchen Projects, and Theodora Ntovas of YASOU.
The show’s name references Eileen Gray, a touchstone for LWD group. Gray was a pioneer of modernist design; an architect and designer of furniture, textiles and interiors. Her influential works in the 1920s and 1930s were largely overlooked in her time and the importance of her legacy remains unrecognized to this day. One of her most innovative works, the Villa E-1027 house, for instance, was first attributed to her lover, Jean Badovice, and was later defaced by the most famous architect of her day, Le Corbusier.
Gray’s point of view is particularly relevant to the show’s philosophy. She believed in the “dwelling as a living organism”, a holistic approach to design that put the experience of living at the center. “It is not a matter of simply constructing beautiful ensembles of lines, but above all, dwellings for people.” She brought a much needed sensuality and beauty to the modernist movement that feels fresh to this day.
The show will be open from December 4th-20th, Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-7 pm, Sundays 12-5 pm. In addition, there will be a special pop-up dining event by Midnight Kitchen Projects on the evening of Saturday, December 12th. All events will be at the Department of Curiosities, 3013 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647.