Best of the New: Collective
From left to right: Andrew Kephart, -ism Furniture; Doug Thome, Thomeworks; Zak Rose, Zakrose; Seth Deysach, Lagomorph Design; Daniel Sullivan, DSC Design-Build; Carson Maddox, Carson Maddox Studios
When four young independent makers of furniture and cabinetry needed new studio space, they decided to find a place together where they could share ideas, camaraderie, and tools. They found a huge vacant warehouse in the West Side neighborhood of Hermosa, added a few more designers, and Dock 6 was born. Most pieces members make are commissioned by clients; the group wants to become a one-stop shop, Doug Thome says, for “any architect, designer, business, or homeowner who has a vision but needs guidance with design and creation.” 4200 W. Diversey Ave., dock6collective.com
Aesthetic: modern, but clients’ tastes may guide the direction of Kephart’s pieces.
Freestanding desks, dressers, tables, beds, media consoles, and other furniture; cabinetry.
Rose’s work focuses on sustainably harvested materials and non-toxic finishes. “Most recently I’ve been pairing sleek, thin-lined metal with rustic and interesting wood,” he says.
“The best furniture starts with the best ingredients,” says this former professional cook. “My job is not to hide or convolute them, but to make them the focal point of the project in the most simple and elegant way.”
Recently Sullivan has been making “unique custom furniture that’s affordable for people of all incomes.” Sullivan and his wife, conceptual artist Edra Soto, have collaborated on work exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art and at the Merchandise Mart.
Carson Maddox Studios
Standalone furniture, lighting, railings, retail and restaurant fixtures— and even tricycle prototypes.
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