Gray’s Department Store: A Shopable Installation of Work by the League of Women Designers
From December 4th-20th, the Department of Curiosities, the space co-run by Production Mode & Morua, will host a shopable installation by members of the League of Women Designers (LWD). Eve Fineman will curate the show drawing on the golden age of department stores for visual inspiration. Our boutique space will be transformed with sections for housewares, lighting, furniture, clothing, jewelry, handbags and lingerie. Participating designers are listed above. A link to the Gray’s Department Store exhibit catalogue, designed by Dani Soukup, can be found here.
The show’s name references Eileen Gray, a touchstone for LWD group. Gray was a pioneer of modernist design; an architect and designer of furniture, textiles and interiors. Her influential works in the 1920s and 30s were largely overlooked in her time and the importance of her legacy remains unrecognized to this day. One of her most innovative works, the Villa E-1027 house, for instance, was first attributed to her lover, Jean Badovice, and was later defaced by the most famous architect of her day, Le Corbusier.
Open hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 12–7 pm, and Sunday from 12–5 pm. Exhibiting designers will staff the shop along with Production Mode and Morua, so stop in to learn more about each line’s design and manufacturing process–most of the designers in the show manufacture locally. Also on hand will be a preview of Department of Curiosities’ first collection, a slow fashion, ethically-made line of silk lingerie inspired by the women of the 1930s. The line is co-designed by Jamie Hayes of Production Mode and Gerry Quinton of Morua.
The opening reception, sponsored by KOVAL distillery, is on December 4th from 6–9 pm. In addition, save the date for a pop-up dining event by Midnight Kitchen Projects on the evening of Saturday, December 12th.
The Department of Curiosities is located at 3013 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647.
Another chance to shop local & shop small: at Dose Market at Morgan Manufacturing on Sunday, Dec. 13. More details and tickets can be found here.
We’re honored to announce that Past Perfect: UNIFORM, designed in collaboration with 24 participants, will be shown from January 15- March 25, 2016, at Wayne State University in Detroit as part of the Deep Design Exhibit.
Deep Design: Pace, Place, and Personhood in Design for the Social Sector.
This exhibit will focus on designers and architects who are working in ways that reflect strong and enduring commitments to people and places and where the human relationship between designer and design recipient/s take precedent over design production. This exhibit advocates for designers who question the transient nature of how we do design work today, which can sometimes result in idealized impositions instead of culturally and economically sensitive solutions. This body of work will begin to exemplify how designers can and do commit to place and people- in mind, in body, and in practice- in order to enter into truly co-creative relationships and experiences.
This exhibition will work to bring awareness to the tensions and debates that exist in design practice as individuals and organizations work to create real, lasting value in the social sector: the project-based engagement vs. versus long-term embeddedness; architecture as professionalized activity vs. architecting as a human right; technology and connectivity as a means for both social alienation and shared rebellion.
Thanks also to the Chicagoist for naming Production Mode as one of the best new fashion lines in Chicago. Many of the lines featured are manufactured using ethical, fair trade, and slow fashion models. We are happy, for once, to be trendy! Read more here.
We’re also honored to be named as the Best New Fashion Line in Chicago by New City. Read more here!