Vote Now for Christmas in July

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by Libby Cortez

It’s a holly jolly July at Unison, where we’re inviting you to help us select the best patterns for this year’s holiday line.

Just vote on your favorite set below, and we’ll do more than produce it this holiday season – we’ll also send you a little thank-you gift: a special, voters-only discount code, to help you crank through this year’s gift list in style.

Merry voting!

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Sign up to get your voters’ discount:
14% off site wide!

Designer’s Eye on Portugal: Photo Journal

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by Robert

I took a quick trip to Portugal recently, where I connected with some of our incredible European manufacturers and checked on production for various items in our fall line.

Visiting the factories first hand, I was reminded of these vendors’ extraordinary printing capabilities, which is essential to the appeal of our product line. But their commitment to quality is equally important – a commitment that applies to both the finished product and the entire production process. Most of our vendors produce entirely in house, so they have superior insight into the manufacturing process and excellent oversight of quality control.

As impressed as I was with them and with the beautiful product they’re turning out for next season, I was also struck – as I always am in my travels – with the beauty that’s hidden in every corner of this big world. Everywhere I look, I see inspiration for pattern, color, texture, and product design.

Take a look:

Printing Perfect

Rotary screens at rest can wake up my creative juices.

Rotary screens at rest can wake up my creative juices

Printing the Floats pattern

Printing the Float pattern

Cotton, stored and at-the-ready for printing

Cotton ready for printing

Loving the float pattern in graphite

Loving the Float pattern in graphite

Mounds of quality material, in expert hands for sorting and inspection

Mounds of quality material, in expert hands for sorting and inspection

Towel Tales

And you thought making a Logan towel was easy...

You thought making a Logan towel was easy?

First: Pick a color. Any color. (Hmm. Such symmetry! A grid + dot design might be in our future...)

First, pick a color… any color

It takes 6 hours for 2 people to set up the warp beam!

It takes 6 hours for 2 people to set up the warp beam!

Then the weaving begins.

Then the weaving begins.

During the washing phase, these huge tubs of towels go right into the washer

During the washing phase, these huge tubs of towels go right into the washer

Almost done. Portugal is known for high-quality terry manufacturing. These inspectors sure know what they're doing.

Portugal is known for high-quality terry manufacturing. These inspectors sure know what they’re doing.

Finally ready to ship! Our Logan towels are organic, highly absorbent, & will last many years.

Our Logan towels are organic, highly absorbent, & will last many years…and they’re finally ready to ship!

Crazy for Cutipol…

Cutipol is the premiere flatware factory in Portugal, and we're working with them this year as we start to offer high-quality flatware.

Cutipol is the premiere flatware factory in Portugal. And this year, we’re working with them as we start to offer high-quality flatware.

These knife & spoon patterns look like they might want to get translated to textiles...

These knife & spoon patterns look like they might want to get translated to textile…

True craftsmanship

True craftsmanship

Stamping molds = more pattern inspiration

Stamping molds = more pattern inspiration

Looks like I'll have to get my sketchbook out...

Looks like I’ll have to get my sketchbook out again. Even the machines around here are inspiring.

… and for all of Portugal

Who needs framed art when the side of a building in Cascais is this beautiful?

Who needs framed art when the side of a building in Cascais is this beautiful?

Wouldn't a Logan towel look nice on their line?

Wouldn’t a Logan towel look nice on their line?

You've gotta love Portuguese tile work

You’ve gotta love Portuguese tile work

And a lovely walk back at the end of the day.

A beautiful walk back at the end of the day

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

4th of July Table Settings

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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