Getting out of your comfort zone is always a great learning experience. Most everyone has been to Chicago but very few have visited The Chicago Merchandise Mart, and what a great experience it is! The building itself is iconic. Here's a brief history borrowed from their website...
The MART has been an icon in Chicago’s history since the 1930s. It was developed by Marshall Field & Co. to create a central marketplace where retailers could come to buy their wares all under one roof.Today, theMART is the world’s largest commercial building, largest wholesale design center and one of Chicago’s premier international business locations. The Chicago icon encompasses 4.2 million gross square feet, spans two city blocks and rises 25 stories.
For a designer we strive to find things that are of the best quality and items that you just can't find anywhere. Visiting the Mart makes us realize that some of the best interiors are not a mix of all new furniture, but a mix of old and new. We were also surprised to find many of these showrooms make the furnishing right here in the USA.
|We were all bright eyed and ready for the day.|
The ride home was a different story after walking
|We take the south shore train and enjoy the time|
getting to know each other.
|The students outside of the Mart|
|My inspiration for my bathroom remodel!|
|a great pipe leg bakers table|
|My favorite store in the Mart, Mike Bell. He offers lots of|
custom made pieces made with recycled materials and unusual antiques
|This reminded us all of Cindy-our student that couldn't join us.|
She loves pink and purple!
|Interiors can have humor|
|Edgar blending in with the patio furniture at Woodward, Made in|
|Utensil and knife drawer in a custom kitchen|