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The Natural Artistry of Edgewood Made

Thoughtfully crafted and beautifully designed home products are what we’ve come to expect from Philadelphia studio Edgewood Made. Its founders, George Dubinsky and David Short, wanted to address contemporary needs “through low impact heirloom quality goods,” and began producing a range of products for the modern home whose design is at the crossroads of nature and manufacturing. Edgewood takes products from conception to production

With design backgrounds from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Dubinsky and Short strongly believe in the importance of well-made, uniquely designed goods that not only make sense from an everyday use standpoint, but keep whoever is using them in touch with the products’ origins.

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The Edgewood Made Black Wood Board and the Cheese Cutter and Cheese Knife all feature zero 90 degree angles. This is accomplished through a hexagonal cross-section handle that takes nature for its inspiration:

“In nature there are no right angles,” their site states. “Anything that is an acute angle in nature eventually is worn down to an obtuse angle. Most things that come from woodworking machines have ninety degree angles to them, as that is the easiest way to process material. In an effort to get a way from the machined look, while simultaneously referencing nature and creating something that feel comfortable in ones hand we created the edge detail that appears on the cutting board. This detail appears on much of our furniture and other wood products.”

“Natural reactions and forms that come from nature especially come from wood, are at the core of what inspires us.”

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The rich, dark color of the Edgewood Board and cheese tools is achieved through natural oxidation. This natural process is aided through a solution Edgewood creates themselves using steel wool and vinegar. It is food safe and a product of the natural reactions of the wood. All their wood products are then finished with an all-natural, food safe oil. The finish provides a durable protective coating to the surface and penetrates deep into the wood, ensuring a longer lasting product.

“We utilize nature as our inspiration and manufacturing as our medium.”

One of the best features of the Edgewood Board is that if used as a cutting board, the cuts will slowly gray, creating a brilliant sunburst effect. If the preference is to maintain the bold dark walnut throughout, one side can be used for cutting, and one for display.

Co-founder David Short explained the Edgewood Made process to us:

“Virtually every aspect of our work we do ourselves in our shop. The wood comes in as raw lumber from a company in western Pennsylvania. We surface the boards into rectangular blanks. From there they are put on our CNC Router. We had a custom bit created to cut the edge profile, and with this bit the shape and edge detail is created. From there we hand sand and finish the whole board and at the end laser engrave our logo in.

“We have vintage machines that we have brought back to life from old factories and pair these machines with some of the latest technology as well as our hand skills. With out an understanding of wood and traditional woodworking nothing we do would be possible.”

Look for new Edgewood Made products in the Unison Spring Collection.

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Spotlight on Moglea

We at Unison love to work with small businesses that are creating beautiful things. This week, we want to turn the spotlight on Moglea.

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Moglea (MOH-glee) is an independent design and letterpress studio in Audubon, Iowa that creates handcrafted paper goods. Its owners, Chad and Meg Gleason, believe in the importance of production performed by hand. Their printing is done on a century-old Heidelberg Windmill Letterpress (the “Windmill” is an American nickname originating in its rotating gripper that grips and releases the paper stock).

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“I complete dozens of paintings to test out compositions, color combinations and textures,” co-founder Meg Gleason says. “This is a crucial part of our creative process, and these paintings help inform the look and feel for each new collection. We feel that that Moglea customer is anything but traditional, so we like to make unexpected but welcome color palettes for the holiday season.”

Unison carries three varieties of Moglea holiday ornaments this season: Holiday Dot, Whitewash, and Snowfall.

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Our Creative Director at Unison describes Moglea as “an absolute breath of fresh air — modern, bright, beautiful, artistic — a true stand out.”

We’re delighted to have brought these dip dyed and hand painted ornaments into our holiday collection and look forward to the beautiful creations Moglea produces in the future.

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Snowfall Ornaments by Moglea
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Q+A With Chicago’s Metric Coffee

Unison neighbor Metric Coffee has been brewing unique, well balanced, and clean coffees since 2014. We’ve recently teamed up with them for a fall giveaway, and wanted to learn a little more about the coffee shop we visit every day, so we chatted with Matthew Steinbrecher — Manager of Metric West Fulton & Workshops Educator.

Q: How did Metric get started?

A: Metric Coffee Co. started in 2014 as a shared project by co-owners Xavier Alexander and Darko Arandjelovic. After purchasing a vintage German Probat roaster, the two began roasting out of a Humboldt Park garage, and soon moved into our current location on West Fulton Street. It didn’t take long for the company to grow, as our work with chefs, restaurants, and cafes in the region quickly drove our wholesale accounts; since 2014 the company has grown to fourteen people.

 

Q: What are the advantages of your West Fulton location?

A: Since we were already occupying our current space on West Fulton, it made sense to put our first cafe location within our headquarters. Doing so not only provides visitors a direct view of the entire operation, but allows the cafe to become a ‘test lab’ of sorts – what is happening up front is a direct reflection of the work being done in back, with new offerings constantly coming in.

The space certainly presents some unique challenges; as any visitor to the cafe knows, it’s a small space. It forces our team to work efficiently and creatively to maximize our space while providing what we’d consider one of the most sincere, hospitable, and excellent coffee experiences in a city flush with quality coffee. The cafe tends to function largely as a grab-and-go operation for the working crowd along the Fulton corridor, but we love it when folks are able to stay a while and engage a little further.

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Q: You actually offer coffee workshops, like how to brew better coffee. How did these come about, and what are you hoping to offer in the future?

 

A: Offering public workshops and classes was integral in opening our space up to the public.

 

The premise of the Home Brewing and Espresso workshops is simple – how do the different variables at play come together to form the final brew that we drink? How do we talk about what we taste, and how did we arrive at that? Coffee and espresso preparation can easily be seen from the outside as unnecessarily complicated, frustrating, and maybe a little pretentious. I love breaking it down in a way that is easy to understand. For the more experienced crowd, we can get into the specifics of coffee extraction and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) on the numerical level. It all depends on who is participating and what would actually be useful to them in a home setting. being able to teach these workshops is something that brings me a lot of joy, and I love sharing the tools to understanding coffee available to others.

Down the line we’re looking to bring back our weekly coffee cuppings, Home Brewing workshops taught in Spanish, latte art classes, and more roasting tours and demos.

Q:  What makes Metric different?
A: Here at Metric West Fulton we take an incredible amount of pride in making amazingly delicious coffee as approachable as possible. Both Gabby and Connor, the wildly skilled (and kind) baristas on the cafe team, take a great deal of initiative in helping me shape our offerings, constantly refining our ways of working and preparing drinks. Being a part of the Metric team allows us to witness the huge amount of work it takes to bring coffee from seed to cup, which only makes us do what we do (as one of the final steps in the chain) with care and close attention. I like to think that we tend to the social life of that product — watching it play out into the daily lives of our neighbors, friends, and partners.

Don’t miss the Unison + Metric Coffee Fall Giveaway! Enter by November 12, 2017 to win an array of coffee products from Unison and Metric.
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How to Welcome a House Guest: Hosting Ideas for a Guest Room

Hosting has been a part of humanity’s global culture for millennia. Everyone wants their home to have a comfortable space for a guest, so we’ve selected our favorite items to make a house guest feel at home and taken care of.

First things first:

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Mesh Gray Bench + Natural Nido Basket

A bench provides both function and comfort. Your guest can drop their bags on the modern and stylish Mesh Gray Bench. With its striking but subdued pattern that goes well with any decor, this solid pine bench will withstand the test of time. We suggest the Natural Nido Basket as an attractive and easy way to store extra blankets or pillows underneath. Speaking of which…

Wool Blankets + Chambray Stone and Flannel Indigo Bedding
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Minnesota-woven wool from one of the last vertical woolen mills in America, which means these blankets are made entirely in the mill, from raw cotton to finished product. They’re machine washable, fade resistant, and the best part? Wool is an active material which reacts to changes in body temperature, so it will keep your guest warm when they’re cold and release heat when they’re hot.

The pillows are the Unison Chambray Stone and Flannel Indigo, both made of 100% Portuguese cotton and guaranteed to make anyone staying overnight want to cozy up to them.

But what about a quilt?

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L&E Solid Navy/Gray Reversible Quilt

What better way to welcome your guest than with unique and cozy bedding. Made of 100% cotton and reversible from navy blue to light gray, this quilt is warm enough for winter and cool enough for summer. If you’re in Chicago, then this has an extra benefit, as it is an exclusive Unison collaboration with the city’s iconic Inn at Longman & Eagle.

And finally:

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Canal White Table Lamp, Gather Vase, Grid Tray, Braun Black Classic Alarm Clock, Tri White Side Table

The essential nightstand. Imagine dropping your bags after a weary day of travel, sitting on the bed and seeing cheery flower cuttings and a glass of water (or whatever you prefer), already waiting for you. Bring the look together with an appropriately sized tray and add the final touch with a classically elegant table lamp for easy nighttime reading.

Bring sophistication to the table with the Canal White Table Lamp. The Canal has an elongated dome, adjustable shade, and metallic finish to provide just the right touch of style. We love the Gather vase collection for its simple lines and thin but durable design. They’re the perfect size for a side table or nightstand accent. The Grid Tray pairs a classic Unison pattern with form and function, as maintaining a tidy table with it is a breeze. The table itself? Modern design, minimal footprint. Save space and look chic with the Tri Side Table (available in white or black).

There it is! Pick your favorites and check “cozy guest room” off your list.

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Fall Recipes: In the Kitchen With Last Ingredient

Paige Adams from the food blog Last Ingredient is no stranger to Unison. She’s shared her pizza on the grill with us, fruit infused water recipes, spring salads, and sensational Easter recipes that can be made all year round.

Now she’s paired Unison cook and dinnerware with cozy recipes for fall. Her weekend takeover of our Instagram yielded some beautiful photos and delicious dishes, including Sweet Potato Poblano Soup, Acorn Squash Salad, and a Pear & Almond Tart. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Poblano Soup

Sweet Potato Poblano Soup
Featuring Grace Gray Stoneware + Galvin Copper Flatware, Linen Graphite Napkin

Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, roughly chopped
1 poblano pepper, deseeded and minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1-1/2 pounds), peeled and diced
3 cups vegetable stock
Chopped cilantro, pepitas and yogurt for serving

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Featuring Epicurean Non-Slip Cutting Board + Falcon Black Enamelware Prep Set

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes until they start to soften. Stir in the poblano peppers, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper and continue cooking for an additional 3 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes and stock. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.

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Featuring Cookut Black Dutch Oven, Little Big Trivet, Oxford Stripe Navy Linen Dishtowel

Carefully transfer the soup in batches to a blender to puree. Return the soup to the saucepan to reheat. Divide into bowls and top with cilantro, pepitas and drizzle with yogurt.

Acorn Squash Salad

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Featuring Grace Gray Serve Platter, Grace Gray Salad Plate, Linen Graphite Napkin, Galvin Copper Flatware

Serves 4

For squash
1 acorn squash
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For dressing
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

For salad
5 ounces mixed baby greens
Seeds of 1 pomegranate
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Cut off the top and bottom of the acorn squash. Halve it lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Thinly slice the acorn squash and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange the squash slices in a single layer on the prepared sheet pan. Roast the squash for 25-30 minutes until tender.

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Featuring Epicurean Non-Slip Cutting Board + Galvin Copper Serve Set

While the squash is roasting, make the dressing. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, sherry vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil until fully combined.

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Featuring Falcon Black Enamelware Prep Set + Galvin Copper Flatware

To assemble the salad, toss the squash, mixed baby greens, pomegranate seeds, walnuts and goat cheese with the dressing.

Pear & Almond Tart

Almond Pear Tart
Featuring Galvin Copper Serve Set, Graphite Linen Napkin, Grace Gray Dinner Plate

Makes one 10-inch tart

For crust
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for work surface
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For pears
3 cups water
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
3 Bosc pears, peeled

For almond filling
6 tablespoons butter at room temperature
3/4 cup slivered blanched almonds
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
Confectioners’ sugar for serving

For the crust, pulse the flour, salt and sugar in a food processor until combined. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Add the yolk and vanilla extract and mix until the dough forms. Pat the dough into a 1-inch-thick disk, cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

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Featuring Dash Stripe Navy Linen Dishtowel

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the tart shell for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.

For the pears, bring the water, lemon juice and sugar to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the pears, reduce the heat and simmer until the pears are tender, about 15 minutes. Let the pears cool in the syrup. Slice the pears in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and stem and cut crosswise into thin slices. Press the pear halves to slightly fan out the slices.

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Featuring Epicurean Non-Slip Cutting Board

For the almond filling, mix the butter, almonds, flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and almond extract in a food processor until smooth. Spread the filling into the tart shell. Place the fanned pear slices on top. (It helps to use an offset spatula to keep them together.) Bake 45-50 minutes until the almond filling is set and golden brown. Cool the tart on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

See more from Paige at LastIngredient.com!

 

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OEKO-TEX Certified Bedding

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The OEKO-TEX certification ensures that every textile we produce is healthy for your home and safe for your skin. Unison works with factories in Portugal that have adopted the OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 to ensure a consistently high level of quality and care.

OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 means our bedding and linens are free of formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, and numerous harmful chemical that have not yet been officially regulated. Many companies use these chemicals in the finishing process, and they can stay in the product and not only affect consumers, but factory workers as well. Unison’s commitment to quality and transparency in its products and their production has made us seek out manufacturers that operate at these higher standards.

In order to be granted OEKO-TEX certification, all parts of a textile must meet the established criteria — including prints, inserts, thread, and even buttons and zip fasteners — and be subjected to approximately 100 test parameters, guaranteeing a safe and responsibly made product. This means that you can use our linen napkins, tablecloths, and more without adding toxic chemicals to your daily routine.

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Q+A With #ArtInUnison Contest Winner, Kelsey deLisser

This summer we asked students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to submit their pattern designs for consideration in our #ArtInUnison contest. The winning design would be made into wallpaper for our Fall 2017 collection. We narrowed the entries down to three and asked you to vote on your favorite, and you picked Kelsey deLisser’s Diamond Graphite Design.

We caught up with Kelsey to ask her a bit about her own studio practice, and what her inspiration was behind her wallpaper design:

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1. How did you learn about the #ArtInUnison contest?

A friend of mine heard about it in class and knew how obsessed I was with wallpaper and got a flyer for me. I was super excited to hear about this opportunity because it felt so tailored to me and what I love to do. 

2. What influenced your design and color palette for your wallpaper submission?

This pattern strays from what I normally design. For this contest I decided to make a graphic tiled repeat. I tried all different shapes, sizes and line thickness until I found something that felt right. The color palette I chose came from me trying to get this luxurious look of gloss ink on matte paper digitally rendered. 

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3. Your current focus as an SAIC student is in Fiber & Material Studies, with an emphasis on Screen Printing, what is your personal studio practice like? Is your work similar to the design you submitted for the contest?

My personal studio practice is primarily hand screen printed fabric. I grew up in Miami, FL where greenery was a big aspect and became a theme I like to work with. With my major I have access to a lot of customization and get to play with my patterns a lot more. I get to play with color by dying my own fabric and mixing my own inks. 

4. Has your internship at Relativity Textiles influenced your work at all?

Interning and then working at Relativity has defiantly influenced my work. Ive spent a year working with these luxurious metallics and gloss colorways that, when you see in person are just so satisfying that I tend to try similar colorways in my work.

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Especially with this pattern I was trying to emulate this glossy feeling that I get when I install our gloss colorway into a space. It’s funny because I find that after so long of working on these patterns at Relativity I often find my doodle sessions turn into just variations on patterns I have worked on previously. So I definitely think Relativity Textiles has made an impact on my work. 

5. What are your plans for the coming year, and what do you see yourself doing post graduation?

For the coming year I will be back in the studio at school producing as much fabric as I can in our silkscreen studio before I graduate. I will also be working for Relativity Textiles part-time and freelancing designs for a company called Polychrome. After graduation I really just want to design textiles for the home. I have an infatuation with pattern and I love the way it feels to fill a space with your ideas. 

Thanks Kelsey! Stay tuned for more #ArtInUnison blog posts this fall!

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Brand Spotlight: SEED Design

This season we’re so excited to expand our collection of lighting from SEED Design. We caught up with Evelyn Lee from SEED to talk design, company history + of course, the importance of lighting in a space. Here’s Evelyn:

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Bellevue Black Pendant Lamp + Canopy, $250

1. Your designs really value simplicity, yet remain very distinct and contemporary, can you talk about some of the design influences?

We are proud of our very talented and awe-inspiring SEED design team.  Our designers draw inspirations from all over the place.  But regardless of the wide array of influences there remains consistency amongst all of our lines. SEED products are always simple and practical, yet they are still interesting and refined to the very last detail.

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Canal Black Floor Lamp, $280

2. What’s the history of SEED Design?

SEED Design was found in 1991, by an innovative and tenacious designer, Meiric. With just a few sketches on hand, he was certain he had what it took to create an entire lighting line that would be superb in construction, striking in aesthetics, and pioneering in concept. By 1992, his first lamp, UFO made its debut in Europe. Trailing just a few years behind, JOJO, a height adjustable pendant followed in its footsteps. By 1997 Meiric decided that he couldn’t just design and sell, he had set up his own factory so that he could better guarantee the quality and ensure the end product exceeded every expectation. 

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Stead Black Table Lamp, $220

3. Can you talk about the importance of lighting when decorating a space?

The lighting is like a finishing touch to any canvas, it’s the final piece of jewelry a women can put on after she’s all dressed up and ready to go.  The lighting doesn’t need to be an attention grabber, where it is the first thing you see when you enter a grandiose lobby, or the first thing you spot when you walk into a restaurant.  But the lighting can set the tone or mood in a very subtle way.  A wall sconce can set the ambience in a dimly lit hallway. 

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Lasalle Black Table Lamp, $460 + Lasalle Black Floor Lamp, $580

The lighting can make a space much more practical and usable.  A small niche in your house, paired with an adjustable pendant can convert that corner space into a reading corner, ready for you to cozy up with your next great read.  A Table Lamp that has a USB port allows you to keep your phone charging without having to take up yet another plug.  Lighting can not only beautify spaces, and enhance what is already there, it can serve practical purposes as well.

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Canal White Table Lamp, $170

4. Are there any exciting plans for the future at SEED?

From commercial spaces to residential projects, to the big screen, we are spotting more and more Seed products pop up. With the tremendous amount of success, we look forward to what the future may hold for us.

Thanks Evelyn! Check out more lighting here.

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Summer time is upon us, and the wedding invites are rolling in! We’ve picked some our favorites from our new summer collection that are sure to please any newlyweds.

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Fino Tumblers, $13.50-$15.50

The simple-meets-exciting line of these short tumblers will have them celebrating the ever-inventive versatility of thoughtful modern design. With a line that is eye-catching and comfortable, this glass is a lovely resting ground for your favorite short cocktail as well as your hand.

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Rondo Black Barware, $22.50-$165

As simple as it is striking, the Rondo Black Barware forges oh-so-industrial stainless steel into a smooth-as-satin circle, for a look that’s one part classic modern, one part trendy, all parts flat-out handsome. Use it on your bar, your coffee table, or tied up with a bow for your favorite couple.

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Grace Dinnerware ($12-$32 individually, $36 for set of 3)

The Grace Gray 3pc Dinnerware set is crafted with a special grade of high-quality stoneware that’s close to porcelain. Hand glazed with a reactive glaze that varies from piece to piece, the finish features darker gray flecks on a pale gray background. The resulting look is truly versatile: formal and casual all at once – elegant, graceful, and highly refined, it’s the perfect set for newlyweds.

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Black Ceramic Serveware + Barware from Magisso ($25-$125)

In typical smart-modern style, Magisso’s black terracotta barware is as practical as it is pretty. Simply soak them in cold water, and the naturally cooling ceramics will cool your favorite beverage, or cheese platter to perfection. For a bit of extra personalization, pull out a piece of chalk and mark the surface of the Wine Cooler or Champagne Bucket for the occasion.

Here’s a quick how-to:

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Galvin Black Flatware  ($70-$150)

Gift them dining in high drama with the never-seen-anything-like-it Galvin flatware collection. Forged of titanium electro-plated 1810 stainless steel, it’s not only built for standout style—it’s built to last. After all, black works with everything, including your head-turning tablescapes.

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Plateau Jars ($18-$24)

Straight-lined glass base, beautiful acacia lid…these jars are ones they won’t want to hide behind cabinet doors. With a generous mouth opening that allows for easy access and a rim fitment that creates a firm lid fit, the Plateau Jars are perfect for storing baking essentials in the kitchen, cookies in the office, or dazzling jewelry on the vanity.

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Kid’s Collage Event with Chad Kouri

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We recently invited Chicago artist Chad Kouri known for his colorful collages and drawings to lead a Kid’s Collage Workshop at our Wicker Park store. Chad is Co-Founder of the Chicago-based art and design incubator, The Post Family and his work has been exhibited at many notable institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts and the Mission Cultural Center of Latino Arts in San Francisco.

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We love Chad’s bold, graphic sensibility and we have collaborated with him on a number of unique projects including hand screen-printed greeting cards and most recently, a limited edition beach towel based on one of his Risograph prints, Tanlines.

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At the event families were invited to work with Chad, and use Unison scrap fabric along with brightly colored cardstock to create their very own collage masterpiece.

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Some favorite Unison fabrics of the day included our Charcoal Sailor Stripe and Shapes Black patterns, perfect for pairing with the bright primary-colored papers that Chad chose for the event.

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Kids and parents alike worked hard on their collage creations. Unison co-founder Robert Segal collaged the day away with his daughters Emily and Abigail.

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The result was a great selection of gallery wall-worthy collage works! Special thanks to Chad Kouri for leading the event and thanks to all of the families who came out for this fun Saturday at our Chicago store.

Stay tuned for upcoming in-store events on our Facebook page and unisonhome.com

Special thanks to Ben Speckmann for photographing the event.