Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Best Way to Wine-d Down Your Week: National Wine Day USA

Amici e vini sonomeglio vecchi. --Italian Proverb

Translation: "Friends and wine improve with age."

Don't doubt Dionysus, just dive right in! Today is National Wine Day and we've got the goods to help uncork your happy hour. 




Doctor said you need glasses? We're here to help. 
Dress up your drinks with our glitzy glassware. With three distinct designs in glittering gold on a sleek silhouette, these glasses are easy to hold and behold.  


Summon your inner sommelier to serve with sophistication. Decant go wrong with our sleek and chic Gold Band Carafe.



Don't lose a drop of your precious cargo. Put a stop to spills and make it easy to halt happy hour with our Recycled Glass Bottle Stoppers. Wine not open that second bottle when you can preserve it in style?

Yes, we aim to please. Make National Wine Day a literal picnic with our Swiss Cheese Cutting Board Set. Featuring quite possibly the world's cutest cutlery.



Try this rack and you'll never go back. To regular wine racks, that is. Go green with our eco-friendly Bamboo Wine Rack with seven cubbies to view your vino. 



Finally, it would be rude if you didn't have food, but never fear, vin-spiration is here! Capture the Mediterranean wine bar feel in your own home with  Wine Bar Food: Mediterranean Flavors to Crave with Wines to Match by esteemed restauranteurs Cathy and Tony Mantuano. 


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Hosting for Mother's Day? We Can Help.

 Take the pressure off your Mother's day entertaining situation. You'll be the host with the most when you choose from our select, elegant tabletop accessories, now 30% off until 5/13.  

Yes, we aim to please. Make Mom's cheese course a literal picnic with our Swiss Cheese Cutting Board Set. Featuring quite possibly the world's cutest cutlery. 




Go green this Mother's Day with a wine rack that gives back. Our eco-friendly Bamboo Wine Rack creates seven cubbies to bear Mom's bubbly.  


Postpone the parade. You can make Mom the toast of the town with our elegant Brass Bar Tools Set. These entertaining essentials will satisfy, whether she likes them shaken or stirred.


Serve Mom with sophistication with our Gold Band Carafe. Let's just say: decant go wrong.

Finally, when you just want to get it right for Mom, follow us to the finest blend of form and function in our Brass Cocktail Shakers. Choose from large or small; either way, you'll have it all!


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Flesh: Ivan Albright at the Art Institute of Chicago


Join the Art Institute of Chicago this spring in celebrating the life and work of American artist and School of the Art Institue alumni Ivan Albright (1897 - 1983). Open now, Flesh: Ivan Albright at the Art Institute of Chicago, is a focused retrospective featuring works from the museum's permanent collection. Get a glimpse here in our preview and then come see for yourself!


 Characterized as the "master of the macabre," Albright's enigmatic and hyper-realistic style evolved in part from his time spent creating medical illustrations for a French hospital during World War I.


His laborious, meticulous technique utilized garish color contrasts applied through thousands of tiny brushstrokes and incorporated myriad shifts in perspective on an individual canvas. For Albright, portraiture was a visual language through which he conveyed the uncanny and embodied the mundane in everyday life.


Albright's thematic focus on temporality, the ephemeral nature of life, materiality and decay remained consistent subjects throughout his career and are manifest in his renowned work the Picture of Dorian Gray, c. 1943/44 (above), created for a film based on Oscar Wilde's infamous novel.


Get up close and immerse yourself in mystery!
 Flesh: Ivan Albright at the Art Institute of Chicago  is on view through August 5th.  Learn more here

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May We Interest You in Embroidery?


May flowers are finally here and this Mother's Day you can give her flowers that will last. Our Embroidered Silk Shawls are the perfect gift for luxury lovers and art appreciators.

A centuries-old technique, embroidery is again having a major moment and we're here for it. Artifacts of this craft can be dated back to the 5th-3rd Century B.C in China, and embroidery's cross-cultural significance is undeniable. Examples can also be found globally in the traditions of present-day Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and South America, with applications ranging from the Imperial to the quotidian.
 
Embroidered Silk Red Floral Shawl

Continue the tradition and embody the season with the delicate and detailed designs of our Embroidered Silk Shawls.  Stunningly sumptuous to the touch, she'll feel the luxury and appreciate the history. Your search for the perfect present ends here.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Our Favorite Florals for Spring 2018


May flowers are just around the corner and we're blooming with excitement! Add some floral notes to your wardrobe and decor with a few of our favorite blossoms.  Whether you're accenting your outfit or your table top, these are just buds you need. No water required. 

May flowers: so close we can smell them!

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium



"You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognize it, how to control it, and ways to eliminate it so that the whole surface looks felt and born all at once." - Helen Frankenthaler

Join the Art Institute of Chicago this spring in celebrating the life and work of Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928 - 2011). Open now, Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium features the artist's lesser-known print work from her time at the workshop Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in Long Island, New York. Throughout this exhibition, we see Frankenthaler's signature vibrant, lyrical abstraction - typically applied to monumental canvases - on a smaller scale, as she explored a new medium. Get a glimpse here in our preview and then come see for yourself!


 Frankenthaler represented an ideological and methodoloigcal departure from the first generation of Abstract Expressionists before her. She developed her individual, innovative technique by pouring washes of turpentine-thinned pigment onto surfaces. This method maintained the spontaneity and dynamism of her artistic predecessors, but distinctively foregrounded color in a manner that would come to be known as Color Field painting.


Frankenthaler's fusion of color and surface remained manifest as she experimented with other materials, as is evident in the lithographs, etchings, aquatints and woodcuts on view in this exhibition. 

Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium
 is now on view at The Art Institute of Chicago through September 3rd.  Learn more here: Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Earth Day 2018 at the Art Institute of Chicago



 With Earth Day fast approaching on Sunday, 4/22, we are celebrating and raising awareness by featuring our favorite items made from recycled materials. From jewelry and accessories to home decor, we've got the goods to help you show some love for our Earth right now and all throughout the year. 

What will you do for the planet in 2018?

 




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