Happy Harvest Time!

Posted on November 26th, 2014 by Libby Cortez

This Thanksgiving season, we’ve been hungry for the bounty of great design. So we indulged our appetites with a gorgeous new collaboration with artist and printmaker Hillery Sproatt.

When we asked Hillery to develop a story print of a village scene, she brought warmth and whimsy together in a striking original painting, which we transformed into the contrast-packed Harvest Pattern that’s adorning so many tables this holiday season. An homage to the great abundance of holiday moments, this pattern is brimming with rich personality and organic spirit.

Our recent Harvest Time event celebrated this standout launch, with harvest table linens, throw pillows, and blankets taking center stage – along with Hillery and her mom, who joined in the fun.

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Hillery Sproatt with Robert Segal and others

Hillery talks with Unison co-founder Robert Segal and other modern-design lovers during the Harvest Time event.

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Hillery's mom joined other shoppers in admiring the gorgeous use of her daughter's Harvest pattern

Hillery’s mom joined other shoppers in admiring the gorgeous use of her daughter’s Harvest pattern

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A doll made from scrap fabric rests on a bed

Hillery transformed some of our scrap fabrics into one-of-a-kind dolls, available in-store only for the holidays at $200 each. Just call or stop by!

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Mom & daughter pose with their dolls

Hillery and her mom, Deborah, hold the dolls that are named for them.

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Rhine Hall offered cocktails during the event, featuring their delicious apple brandy. 'Tis the season!

Rhine Hall offered cocktails during the event, featuring their delicious apple brandy. ‘Tis the season!

Our 5 Thanksgiving Favorites

Posted on November 18th, 2014 by Libby Cortez

In the midst of a very busy Fall season, we’re feeling especially thankful for thankfulness itself – and for the holiday that reminds us to stop and celebrate the many things we have to be grateful for.

This year, we’re toasting our very long thankfulness list in high style, by bringing 5 of our favorite (and newest) items to the table. Take a look:

1. Harvest Tablecloth

Designed in collaboration with Hillery Sproatt, our new Harvest pattern is decadent, engaging, and full of humanity—much like the hours enjoyed around your dinner table. It’s the perfect foundation for a meal focused on celebrating the bounty of our lives.

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2. Teema Black Dinnerware

That picture’s making us hungry for more than Jim Rude‘s delicious squash bisque. How about that gorgeous Teema Black Dinnerware, which brings such a stylish sense of sleek to this inviting table setting? This enduring classic, created by Kaj Franck for Iittala in 1952, comes in a set which includes bowls, dinner plates, salad plates, cups, and saucers.

And if you thought gorgeous couldn’t be practical, think again: this glazed porcelain is freezer, oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe.

3. Warm Casseroles

Think cookware can’t make a statement? Think again. These glazed stoneware casseroles are simply standout. And they couldn’t be more thoughtfully designed: with a side spout for pouring a dish’s sauce or gravy after serving, they go from oven (or microwave) to table (then dishwasher) with style and ease.

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4. Heima Cast Iron Candle Holder

This is more than a candle holder. It’s a centerpiece. A conversation starter. A sculpture. A gorgeous gift or keeper for your own table.

We like to add white or colored candles, for an extra spark.

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5. Harvest Apron, Pot Holder, or Oven Mitts

Many of us travel to another family’s table for Thanksgiving. And our new Harvest pattern – full of character and whimsy – makes the perfect gift for your hardworking host or hostess. Aprons, pot holders, and oven mitts make for wonderful presents, bringing a cornucopia of modern style right to the heart of the home.

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Store Event: Harvest Time!

Posted on November 10th, 2014 by Alicia

When artist, painter and printmaker Hillery Sproatt cropped up on our radar, we knew our holiday season was going to be so much brighter. Hillery’s paintings, which speak to her innate sense of
color and pattern, inspired our latest Harvest collection. Going back to the basics in black and white, the modern folk-like design is featured on table linens, throw pillows and knit
blankets — creating a bounty of pattern wherever you need it. Enjoy cocktails featuring apple brandy from local distillery Rhine Hall.

This Thursday from 6-8pm and spend an evening chatting with Hillery, browse some of her original artwork and enjoy 20% off all Harvest items during the event at the store at 1911 W Division Street.

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Holiday Behind the Scenes

Posted on November 3rd, 2014 by Alicia

Part of this year’s holiday photo shoot took place at our family farm in Wisconsin where Robert spent much of his childhood running around amongst pine forests, taking sauna and feeding the animals in the barn. On the hill is an original cabin brought in from the northern woods that was once home to a family from Sweden. It’s a place full of history and steeped in Scandinavian simplicity. We took along Chicago-based photographer and filmmaker John Sturdy to shoot a little behind the scenes. Here is the result, set to the beautiful music of The Lesser Birds of Paradise.

Warehouse Sale!

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 by Alicia

In case you have not heard, our Annual Warehouse Sale in Chicago is in full swing starting tomorrow at 11am and running through Sunday. Here’s a sneak peek at what we will be offering below. There will be up to 75% off on sample bedding, blankets, B-quality pillows and table linens. A 2-for-1 deal on outlet pillows (look in the bins!) fabric by the yard, and lots of deals on overstock baby and kids bedding. Plus: select housewares and accessories up to 50% off!IMG_9072IMG_9075 IMG_9076 IMG_9084

This year we are thrilled to have local contemporary apparel boutique Penelope’s join the sale! They will be offering classy items from American & European designers. There will be men’s items from Gitman Vintage, APC, Gerald & Stewart and The Hill-Side and women’s apparel from Ace & Jig, Sessun, Me & Arrow, Berangere Claire and more.

Friday + Saturday 11-6pm // Sunday 12-5pm

Unison Warehouse // 2000 W Fulton St F-109, Chicago

Please use back entrance off Carroll Ave

Annual Warehouse Sale Oct 24-26

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by Alicia

Coming up next week is our Annual Warehouse Sale! Up to 75% off on sample bedding, blankets, B-quality pillows and table linens. Enjoy a 2-for-1 deal on select pillow patterns and additional discounts on fabric by the yard, select housewares and accessories up to 50% off. Plus local apparel boutique Penelope’s will have a pop-up within the sale offering overstock men’s and women’s contemporary clothing. See  you there!

Friday + Saturday 11am-6pm

Sunday 12-5pm

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Getting Thirsty for Craft Beer with Michael Kiser

Posted on October 15th, 2014 by Libby Cortez

We’re getting excited about this Thursday’s Perfect Pour event, so we cornered the unquenchable Michael Kiser to help us wet our pre-party whistle.

Michael Kiser of Good Beer HuntingA beer connoisseur and beverage industry expert, Michael helps breweries of all sizes build their brands – and in the process, he travels widely and chronicles his experiences at Good Beer Hunting, offering us all a front-row seat to the explosion of our nation’s craft beer business.

Michael’s passion is destined to pique your taste buds’ curiosity – whether you’re a beer lover or not. Check it out:

First off, you’re clearly passionate about beer. So much so that it’s contagious—and making us thirsty. So what’s all the fuss about?  Why do you love beer so much?
Well, I’m hardly patient zero when it comes to the passion in beer-making. So many brewers have inspired me to see beer in a completely different light than when I was just drinking the stuff.

They get excited about beer just like we do, but they also look at a glass and see a process that mystifies them as much as they wrestle with it to try and pin it down scientifically. What did the yeast do in this batch? Could I change the rate of hop additions? What did it taste like in the barrel in month one versus one year out?

Beer is as much a natural phenomenon as it is a technical process, and that mystery will always draw people with a curious, tinkering mind. It makes brewing feel constantly new and fresh, even when you think you’ve figured it out. I guess that’s why it captured my artistic inclinations, and inspired me to start telling stories and capturing amazing photographs that share this lifestyle in the way that I see it from the inside, now that I work with breweries on a daily basis.

There’s just so much adventure to be had.

Do you see any exciting trends in the world of craft brewing right now? What should we be watching for?
We’ve finally reached the point where old is new again, and that’s exciting for me. For a decade or more, we’ve chased down the hoppiest, strongest beers we can figure out how to make, and it’s been fun.

But now we’re digging into the back catalog of beer history, making goses, a salty, tart wheat beer that essentially went extinct as a German style. Alt biers, honey ales, just beautiful, more subtle beers that had a place in our history. And they have that place again as more and more people get intrigued by beer. That being said, Americans never stop exploring, and right now, it seems like the saison style is our obsession. We’re reinventing the rustic, French, farmhouse style, and we’re getting some unbelievable flavors out of it.

Mmm. Please tell us that you’ll be bringing some such beers to the Unison event.
You bet. One of Chicago’s best brewers, and a bit of a beer historian in a way, is John Laffler and Dave Bleitner from Off Color Brewing. Their first beer in the market last year was a gose called Troublesome. And since then, they’ve gone on to brew a number of subtle palate pleasers that taste unlike anything else on the market today.

I’m going to bring two of their beers that I think exemplify this sophisticated approach: Scurry, a dark, toasty honey ale in the style of a Kottbusser, with a little molasses in the finish. And their newest beer, Ellie, a honey saison made with gin spices. This might be one of the most unique beers I’ve heard of in awhile, with lemon zest, lemon juice, juniper, coriander, chamomile, and rose hips.

I think people are going to love them.

So, what next?
Like I said, beer in America is all about exploration. And just when you think a trend has reached its logical peak, someone adds a new twist. Barrel aging is one of those things.

We think of barrel-aged beers as those big, dark imperial stouts aged in bourbon barrels. Amazing stuff. But now, we’re going in a dozen directions at once with barrels. We’re using wine barrels to impart completely different flavors, either that dry oakiness of a cabernet, or the silky quality of chardonnay. Or liquor barrels like fernet and rum, or whole barrel-aged cocktails like a Manhattan.

It’s a completely different way to think about beer recipes, and as always, we’re getting some amazing flavors from the process.

Store Event: The Perfect Pour October 16th

Posted on October 9th, 2014 by Alicia

Please join us as we welcome local Chicagoans Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting and Tristan Coulter of Gaslight Coffee Roasters. These experts will be on hand to demonstrate the importance of the perfect pour using our coffee and barware. Whether you are a coffee or beer enthusiast or both, stop by to learn tips on pouring and even unique pairings. Plus take 20% all Coffee and Barware during the event! Thursday, October 16th from 6-8pm at Unison, 1911 W Division St, Chicago.

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Votes In, Tree Trimmed

Posted on October 8th, 2014 by Libby Cortez

Feeling festive all year long? We bet that you were, and we bet right.

During our Christmas in July vote this summer, we invited Unison fans everywhere to select which ornament collection we should offer this holiday season. And a merry mob of you cast your votes and sent us stitching.

Thanks to all of you who participated, and don’t forget to use that voters-only promo code to make this year’s holiday shopping a bit more merry and bright.

Now, at long last, the winner is…

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So many?! That’s right. Considering the number of people who chimed in and voted, we decided to produce both the #1 & #2 designs.

So when it’s time to shop, you still get to choose: the Soft Bird Ornament Set in red and gray (the berry bright winner) or shades of nature (the fresh & clean runner up). Or both!

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Beginning in early November, these sets will be available online or through our catalog for $20. If you’d like to be notified when they arrive, just drop your e-mail into the form below, and we’ll keep you posted.

 

Sailor Poppy in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine

Posted on September 30th, 2014 by Alicia

We are delighted to see our Sailor Poppy Changer Cover featured in this month’s issue of Pregnancy & Newborn! Selected as part of their Circus theme, under Six Nursery Themes You’ll Love. 

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