Monday, January 23, 2017

Museum Shop Loves: Canada

Just as the museum's collection comes from artists around the world, so does our product assortment. We source exclusive products from artisans that are inspired by the cultures, mediums and techniques represented in our museum collection. 

Our friendly neighbor to the north continues to inspire us with everything from ornamental jewelry to silly glass robots. Click here to see what we have to offer from Canada.

Multicolored Sputnik Glass Post Earrings | Glass Helios Earrings-Raised Dots | Glass Helios Earrings-Dots | Glass Helios Earrings-Swirl |Glass Robot Sculpture-Violet | Aqua Glass Robot | Glass Nugget Necklace | Beaded Jewel Cluster Earrings

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Get To Know Your Customers Day: In Use Contest

Today is Get to Know Your Customers Day! We spend our time inspiring you with exclusive and worldly objects that complement the cultures, mediums and techniques represented in our museum collection.

Now we want to be inspired by you! Let's see how our products come to life in your home. Don't worry; we aren't expecting them to walk around the living room... Send us images of your Museum Shop products "In Use" and what makes them special to you, and the winner will receive 25% off their next online purchase from our shop!

To Enter:

1. Email photos of how you've styled your Museum Shop purchases to beginning January 19 through midnight January 26, 2017. Please try to keep them at least 700 pixels wide, and make sure to include your name in the email.

2. We will announce the winner on 1/30, by posting their photos on our blog and Facebook, as well as emailing them their exclusive 25% off coupon code.

3. Make sure to follow our blog, Instagram and like us on Facebook so you don't miss out on any of the details, updates, or sneak peeks!

Click here to see our previous winner. Good luck! We can't wait to see your style!

Museum Shop Products : In Use Contest Rules
2.  To Enter: Send photos of your Art Institute of Chicago Museum Shop products “In Use” (styled, in your home setting) to between January 19 and midnight on January 26, 2017 CST. Make sure they are at least 700 pixels wide.
3.  Prize Details: The prize is a promotional code for 25% off your next online order at the Art Institute of Chicago Museum Shop. The promotional code is available for one time use, cannot be applied to previous purchases, and applies only to new online orders placed from 1/30/17 through 2/28/17. The Art Institute of Chicago reserves the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered, or ineligible use of discount and to modify or cancel this promotion due to system error or unforeseen problems. No prize substitution or cash redemption is allowed by the winner. All taxes on the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. The Art Institute of Chicago reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if featured prize becomes unavailable.
4.    Awarding of Prize(s) and Winner Notification: The Art Institute of Chicago ("AIC") is the sponsor and administrator of this contest. AIC will select a winner from all eligible entries received. The winner will be selected by a representative of the Art Institute of Chicago whose decisions on all matters relating to this contest are final. The winning images will be posted on our blog and Facebook page on Monday, January 30th, 2017. ALL ENTRANTS ARE ADVISED TO MONITOR OUR BLOG, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK PAGE ON THIS DATE AND REGULARLY THEREAFTER IN ORDER TO RECEIVE TIMELY NOTICES. AIC will also contact the winner via email on Monday, January 30th with information on how to claim the prize.  AIC will not be liable for inability to notify the winner, whether due to inaccurate entry information, change of email address or otherwise.  The winner agrees that the Art Institute of Chicago may use his or her name or likeness for advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation (except where prohibited). Acceptance of the prize indicates acceptance of all the contingencies described herein and inherent to the prize offered.
5.    Odds: Odds of winning depend on the number of qualified entries received.
6.    Eligibility: Contest open to legal U.S. residents age 18 or older. Employees of the Art Institute of Chicago, its advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate family and household members of each are not eligible. All federal, state, and local laws apply. Void where prohibited. By participating in this contest, entrants waive all right to, and hold harmless, the Art Institute of Chicago and its advertising and promotions agencies from any loss, damage, or expense arising out of or in connection with participation in this drawing or the acceptance, use, or misuse of any prize.
7.    License and Release: By entering the Contest, entrant grants the Art Institute of Chicago the non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable rights to use, reproduce, publish, display, link, distribute, adapt, modify, and otherwise exploit, in whole or in part, entrant's images submitted for this Contest and to incorporate the images, in whole or in part, in other works in any and all markets and media now or hereafter known worldwide in perpetuity. In the event that Entrant is awarded the prize, Entrant further grants the Art Institute of Chicago and its designees the royalty-free, irrevocable rights to use Entrant's name, image, and/or likeness, as well as the images for any purpose whatsoever. Entrant waives any applicable rights of publicity or privacy in connection with the exercise of any of these rights. Entrants warrant that they have the sole and exclusive right to grant such rights to the Art Institute of Chicago and that the Art Institute of Chicago’s reproduction, publishing, displaying, and/or other use of their images will not infringe on any rights of third parties. Any Entries with a photo containing material that is violent, pornographic, obscene, illegal, inappropriate, or racially or morally offensive, depicting third party trademarks or logos or that does not comply with these Official Rules or meet The Art Institute of Chicago’s standards for any reason, as determined by the Art Institute of Chicago in their sole discretion, may be rejected as ineligible for consideration. Entries must comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. The Art Institute of Chicago shall have no obligation to copy, publish, display, or otherwise exploit the images.
8.    List of Winners: For confirmation of the winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

The Art Institute of Chicago
Attn: "Museum Shop Products: In Use"
Museum Shop
116 South Michigan Avenue, 10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

Monday, January 16, 2017

Classify: Ombré

Ombré as a trend has been making waves for the past few years. First, beginning as a prominent hair coloring trend, the ombré effect has moved on to everything from apparel to home furnishings.

There’s good reason for that. The fading effect is not only pleasing to the eye, but also very versatile. It can dress up or dress down an outfit. It can be elegant, quirky, or something in-between. It can deliver a punch of bold colors or soothed with the palest of hues.

Blue Lagoon Scarf | Shibori Sunset Scarf | Ombré Splatter Print Shawl

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Centerpiece: John Singer Sargent’s Thistles

In honor of American artist John Singer Sargent’s birthday today, we are taking a moment to admire our high quality reproduction of Thistles as a centerpiece.

Warm and captivating, Thistles captures the natural essence of barb and bramble with a creative use of light and shadow.  It’s a natural kind of piece that organically fits into most décor styles.  Luckily, there are a variety of ways to draw from its composition with apparel, jewelry, and home furnishings.

Sargent Canvas Reproduction | Embracing Couple Sculpture | Origami Pin – Dove | Braided Infinity Scarf | Crystal & Quartz Necklace

Monday, January 9, 2017

5 Must-Have Items for Clean Off Your Desk Day

The second Monday in January is the unofficial Clean Off Your Desk Day. Whether it’s a resolution to stay tidy or a need to clear up paperwork in time for tax season, here are five must-have items that will keep your workspace organized.

Push and prop your books and notebooks into place with these fun cast iron bookends. Click here to purchase or learn more.

You can store more than just trinkets in this sleekly designed storage box. Use it to organize paper clips, staples and other desk essentials. Click here to purchase or learn more.

Decorative and functional, stop fighting with all those tech wires and keep them in place with this Nighthawks inspired wire paperweight. Click here to purchase or learn more.

Prevent those annoying water ring stains with our art-inspired coaster set. These four 4 1/4" sq. ceramic coasters are a lovely touch to any workspace. Click here to purchase or learn more.

Don’t miss a deadline with this beautifully crafted, hand-assembled desk clock with printed glass and a solid wood case, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright® designs. Click here to purchase or learn more.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Trending: Pantone Color of 2017

Pantone’s new color of the year is Greenery. A fresh and revitalizing shade of green, it is meant to restore and revive our connection with nature.

Pantone describes Greenery as “nature’s neutral” and concludes the following:
“The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.”
Nash Framed Reproduction
A universal and hopeful new color for 2017, Greenery is splashed throughout our assortment of products. From totes to throws to decorative glass, add vitality to your surroundings.

Glass Hill Necklace – Green | Natural Stone Stretch Bracelet – Green/Prehnite | Cupido Murano Glass Green Pendant | Chartreuse & Poppy Platter or Wall Hanging | Branches Table Lamp | Monet Water Lily Pond Throw | Murano Glass Snail | Tapestry Purse - Green

How do you plan to incorporate Greenery into your life in 2017?

Monday, January 2, 2017

In Focus: Lacquer Sculpture

Elongated Oval Sculpture | Circle Sculpture - Red
As we settle into our new habits (dictated by our New Year’s resolutions), let’s take a moment to savor this new beginning. There is no better time than now to start fresh, examine what’s important, and turn words and desires into positive action.

Double Curve Sculpture | Interlocking Ring Sculpture
Our collection of lacquer sculpture, handmade in Vietnam, are thought-provoking objects that symbolize the fluidity of life. Every curve is a new beginning that continuously leads to a new moment. Find a piece that awakens the senses with a bright splash of color or one that soothes but still stimulates the mind with its graceful silhouette.

ModernTwist Sculpture | Curved Twist Sculpture