CB2: The furniture retailer’s Paradox Nesting Tables were created exclusively for Design Collab — a CB2 initiative featuring the work of 12 students at the SAIC. The tables, which come in a set of three, can be scattered or nested together as one low coffee table. $249, 800 W. North Ave; Cb2.com
Made in Chicago III: The Made in Chicago III furniture show runs through May 15 and celebrates all things local, including pieces by woodworker Sean Rice of LiveForm (see his hackberry and bent steel cabinet, above) and Jacob Wener of Modern Industry, plus a debut collection from interior designer Jordan Mozer. 330 N. Clark; Goldentriangle.biz
500 N. Milwaukee: The less-than-pleasing structure at 500 N. Milwaukee in River West is being replaced by a new residential development, set to open next year. The building — developed by Akara Partners and designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners — will feature 227 units and retail space. Pappageorgehaymes.com
Wm. F. Meyer Co. tub: This freestanding MTI Halo bathtub has a lot to offer in relatively little space. The sleekly compact design has full immersion capabilities, a waterproof remote control and can be enjoyed as a soaker tub or as an air bath with 20 air jets. $6,655, 2211 N. Elston; Wmfmeyer.com
Farrow & Ball: Inspired by French fabrics, the label’s new line of wallpaper features whimsical patterns in colors ranging from soft neutrals and earthy tones to strong, bold combinations. Made with zero-VOC paints, these coverings will transform any space. Pictured at left: Paisley BP 4707, $225/roll, 222 Merchandise Mart; Us.farrow-ball.com
TRENDING NOW: The real-estate market is teeming with progressive buyers seeking unique homes that stray away from the standard layout of many downtown condos, says Boncza. “These individuals are looking for homes that took some creativity to turn into living spaces,” she says. Anything but cookie-cutter, these more spaces are often equipped with high ceilings, exposed brick and interesting elements like elevator shafts, walls of windows and industrial features. “[Buyers] are willing to substitute the brand-new look for something more unique,” Boncza says. “They want to be inspired by the nucleus where they live.” If you have the creativity to transform a space like this, there’s a perk: These homes are also commanding better prices, especially in areas like Bucktown, Wicker Park and the West Loop.
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