Best design-oriented furniture in Chicago

There’s no need to hit the road when looking for design-oriented furniture in the Windy City. These purveyors travel, source, and curate the goods for you. You’ve just invested in the perfect space, now make your house a home with inspiration and guidance from some of our favorite designers and furniture shops:

Morlen Sinoway Atelier—This airy showroom specializes in contemporary designs and offers over 60 brands of furniture, rugs, lighting, and accessories. Minimalism meets quirky meets intentionality at this Fulton Market spot. Interior design consulting suits clients with a purposeful vision, not just those looking to deck their pads to the max.

Haute Living—Sleek, posh, refined, experimental. This River North haunt peddles high-end furniture-as-art. Would you like a floor lamp that’s actually a life-size horse? Haute Living’s your spirit animal.

Pavilion Antiques—Combine two Art Institute-educated owners, frequent buying trips to Europe, and impeccable taste. Pavilion results. This Bucktown shop will inspire you. Looking for a Louis Weisdorf adjustable brass pendant lamp? What about a vintage mustard velvet settee in mint condition? Here, please here. 

The Golden Triangle—Take a journey to faraway lands without leaving Illinois. According to designer and CONLON Connect speaker Madeline Gelis, The Golden Triangle “transports you to another world and expands your vision of what is possible.” Gelis says that this international emporium carries everything from Asian to European to Art Deco to Mid-Century to vintage to reproductions to custom work.

Jayson Home—This Lincoln Park showroom is large and in charge. You’ll find a wide variety of reliably clean, tasteful goods here. Jayson Home offers more than just curated furniture. Find artful planters and pots. Find delightful candles and keyrings. Find one-of-a-kind vintage.

Luminaire—Ilene April, designer and CONLON Connect speaker, calls Luminaire one of her favorite places to stock up in the city. Luminaire has lit up Chicago with its inspired, artful, sculptural goodness since 1989. This River North timber loft building is a playground for design aficionados. Fancy a modular tweed couch? Walk thirty feet to your left and sit right down.

Merchandise Mart—Yes, this was the largest building in the world when it opened in 1930. And yes, now it’s full of hundreds of design showrooms. Most sell only to professionals, but don’t let that stop you. This place is a marathon: Don’t forget to hydrate. 

With so many wonderful retailers and designers nearby, outfitting or updating your home’s furniture will not only be a pleasure, it’ll be an exercise in self-expression. A world of great design is at your fingertips—right here, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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