Oh! Happy Mundane: Event Recap

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by Michelle

We sure loved having Jonathan Lo around, founder and editor of Happy Mundane (aka J.Lo in our office). What an inspiring person, full of talent but also full of humility. Surrounded by lovely ladies and a few dudes, Jonathan gave us the low-down on what it takes to run a creative production company, manage an insanely followed blog and Instagram account, and how to follow your design dreams without getting discouraged. After a few spiked lemonades, some friendly laughs, and Jonathan’s talk, we got stuck in a torrential downpour. Good thing Jonathan was totally into it. I guess he doesn’t see much rain in the desert of Southern California.

Please come back anytime, J.Lo!

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Red, White, & Beautiful Table: 4 Tips for Your 4th of July Party

Posted on July 1st, 2014 by Libby Cortez

Want your entertaining to outshine the fireworks this 4th of July? Look no further. In honor of the country’s big day, we’ve collected 4 of our most trusted tabletopping tips.

Please, pull up a chair.

1. Keep It Simple

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When you’re planning the tablescape, don’t forget that the feast will add a lot of action to your design. So keep it simple.

Try white linens with one amazing centerpiece. Or pepper a single, striking pattern into neutrals. Or, for a bold-yet-simple option, play with patriotic colorblocking – just be sure to stick to strong lines and clean pattern to keep your culinary creations at center stage.

2. Be Brave

To add a party-ready pop of unexpected fun, take that trusted red, white, and blue palette a step further with a dash of surprising color. Try yellow, green, or something even more outside the box – like magenta.

Welcome to the home of the brave.

Give your 4th of July table some unexpected color

3. Keep America Beautiful

There’s one gift our country doesn’t need this birthday: another bag in her landfill. So celebrate in sustainable style by avoiding disposable materials.

Your environmentally-caring conscience will thank you. Not to mention your guests, who will enjoy that corn salad ever so much more with a real fork. Even for big parties, a lovely cotton napkin or metal tumbler is a simple way to show that you know how to celebrate.

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If your plans prevent porcelain (or anything breakable), there are many durable and reusable options out there – and many of them are a lot more fun than their garbage-y alternatives.

4. Clean It Up

It wouldn’t be a party without a few spills. But today’s stain-resistant technology will help you laugh off any mess. The options are virtually endless.

Who says great design isn’t practical?

Share Your Tips

What are your favorite ways to celebrate the 4th of July? We’d love to hear your comments and ideas.

Happy Mundane Event

Posted on June 17th, 2014 by Alicia

Get stoked for our upcoming summer event with the coolest blogger around, Jonathan Lo of Happy Mundane! Come to the store at 1911 W Division this Saturday from 3:00-6:00pm to chat and learn about his current mundane musings.  Hear his take on his top three picks from our summer collection – which will be on sale during the event at 20% off. Plus we’ll be raffling off an Aerial lime pillow to one lucky fan.

Happy Mundane is a blog that “celebrates the ordinary and the extraordinary, good design of any kind, and takes a moment to appreciate some things that get overlooked in the everyday”…with over one million followers and is listed as one of the Top 10 Most Followed Men on Pinterest. We can’t wait to meet you Jonathan!

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Alphablocks Launch Party

Posted on June 10th, 2014 by Alicia

It’s a letter! It’s a shape! It’s COOL. Come get your dose of geometric pow this Saturday from 3-6pm at our store at 1911 W Division. Alex Fuller, graphics extraordinaire, creative director, publisher and man about town will be there with words of wisdom to share. Plus all kids and baby bedding, pillows and artwork will be 20% off until June 22nd. Yes, Alphablocks bedding, pillows and art included. Now that spells NICE. Alphablocks_980alphablocks_dots_mint_babyalphablocks_blue_kidsool_pink_framealphablocks_shapes_kids_apronsalphablocks_blue_baby15317_art_alphablocks_blue_blue_frm_98015307_art_alphablocks_mint_wht_frame_98015868_book116761_big_alphablocks_yellow_pouf_98015337_art_abc_white_frame_98016456_alphablocks_blue_pillow_sm_rect_98016488_alphablocks_peach_pillow_square_sm_98016430_big_alphablocks_mint_pillow_square_lg_980

Photography by Robert

Posted on May 28th, 2014 by Alicia

Jane and Francois Robert (pronounced Row-bare) are a husband and wife team (like us, but much cooler) who have been the team behind photographing Unison products since 2006. We have become good friends and over time have found them both to be great inspirations. They are super talented in the world of commercial and fine-art photography and graphic design to boot. Doesn’t hurt that they are also super happy, funny, healthy, good-looking, cat-loving, modernists too.

Jane and Francois love to travel the globe and always take the viewer by surprise with their imagery. We are so happy they share their visual passion with us. Below is a series of images they took while on trips to Paris (the source of the Koi photograph) and Coyote Buttes, a protected area in Utah. We are so excited to offer their work at Unison. Each photograph is professionally framed in from sustainable woods sourced in Italy, then cut and joined right here in Chicago.

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Float Launch Party

Posted on May 14th, 2014 by Alicia

We are thrilled! We are honored! We are overjoyed to celebrate the launch of our new Float collection, designed by one of our favorite local (an internationally renowned) artists, Cody Hudson! Bring the whole family, pets as well! This event takes place at our store on Division during Do Division Street Fest, the official kick-off to all Chicago summer events. Here comes the fun!

Saturday May 31st 3:00-6:00pm

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A Mother’s Day Wish: Carole Segal speaks out

Posted on May 10th, 2014 by Alicia

My incredibly brave mother-in-law speaks out against deportation. The numbers are astonishing! We honor her and her incredible efforts to help others this Mother’s Day.

“As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we do not want to hear that another parent has been taken away. We are a moral and just society in America; it is an issue of high urgency to keep families together. Are we not a nation of immigrants? Can we not join together and change this terrible dynamic to one of liberty and justice and mercy for all?” – Carole Segal

Amen, I say.

Read the full article in the Chicago Tribune.

SALE! 30% Off Kids&Baby Items Through May 18th!

Posted on May 7th, 2014 by Emily Grant

Looking to spruce up your little one’s room?  Now through May 18th take 30% off select kids and baby bedding, blankets, pillows and artwork.  The sale is good online and in-store, so if you’re in Chicago, stop by our retail location at 1911 W. Division Street to see everything in person!  Below are some of the great items included in the offer.

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Hot off the Press!

Posted on May 7th, 2014 by Emily Grant

We are so happy to be featured in the latest issue of Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago!

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8931_tray_perimeter_white_angled980The magazine also featured our Harbor Blanket in Boysenberry for their feature on Pantone’s color choice of the  year, “Radiant Orchid.”  We’ll take it!

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Summer Catalog Photoshoot – Part I

Posted on May 5th, 2014 by Alicia

Every photo shoot is always a blast (how can it not be when you do what you love?) but this summer one was a really fun. We really pushed the collection into colorful territory (with new collaborations!) and brought in a whole slew of new housewares that we think everyone will love for summer entertaining, both indoor and outdoor. We also got really lucky and shot in two homes (both insanely modern) within blocks of our offices so running back to the warehouse for last minute samples was super easy.

The first shoot took place at the home of Teresa Surratt, creator of modern day Camp Wandawega, and David Hernandez, both advertising executives at Ogilvy & Mather (the birthplace of big ideas). Their home, a renovation of old horse stables, was done by Studio Gang Architects and is known as the Brick Weave House. Check out the behind the scenes taken by Francois Robert, the photographer for this set, and stay tuned for more, ie. Part II.

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