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For the third year, we will convert our architectural studio (a former City-owned transformer station – 1754 West Byron Street) to a public art gallery for the 10th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk on Saturday, October 1st [11a-7p] and Sunday, October 2nd, [11a-6p].  In addition to some fabulous art, you will be sure to enjoy our keg of Metropolitan Dynamo Copper Lager, a savory sampling of delectables from Southport Grocery, and dessert lovingly prepared by the official Mom of moss.

Over 250 Artists and Businesses in 50 venues are participating in the 10th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in the Ravenswood Corridor.  This self-guided tour of open studios, galleries and spaces along the historic Ravenswood Corridor is the kick off to the Annual Chicago Artists Month.  Be sure to check out the other great events during RAW weekend, including a rooftop lounge and sculpture garden, film screenings, lectures and live performances.  A free trolley, with guided historical tour by a member of the Ravenswood – Lake View Historical Association, will transport visitors from one end of the event to the other.

In addition to our architectural work and new furniture creations, we will be featuring four other artists and designers who echo our sustainable ethos:

Lynn Basa
Heather Mullins
Devin Shea
TJ Thomas of Studio Murmur

We are reclaiming urban public space for people on PARK(ing) Day, Friday, September 16, 2011 from 9am to 5pm.  The designed “PARK(ing) spaces”, metered parking spaces converted into temporary green parks, will be located in front of Southport Grocery, 3552 North Southport Avenue.  The ‘park’ will feature a bicycle repair station, live music, and a lawn for dining and enjoying the day.

In 2009 and 2010, moss Design converted parking spaces into temporary public space, which will be expanded this year to highlight the need for bike infrastructure and open space in Lakeview.  Earlier this year moss Design unveiled a sustainable master plan, prepared for the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and SSA 27.  Part of the plan was a call for more unique and accessible public open space.  This year’s PARK(ing) Day theme is a “Bicycle Comfort Station” featuring free food, live music, bike parking and repair, and relaxation areas.  Think of it as the mini-mart of the future.
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Things are moving along in Cherry Country at Brew.  Photos inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thy Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP Flashback here) project has been bestowed with the American Planning Association award for community outreach AND top merit award from the International Downtown Association!!  Ah, most certain revelry will ensue filled with the finest spiced lamb shank, cloves, and hibiscus petals.  Big ups to our urban planning friends at PLACE Consulting!

Our third annual PARK(ing) Day installation at Southport and Addison is on Friday, September 16, 2011, 9a-5p (video above is a mashup from our 2009 park-ification).  This is totally going to be the best year yet!  On site bicycle repair, in-park dining tables, live music, and food.  Be sure to be there to help us re-imagine public space.  Missed our coverage last year?  Check this out.  Or our treatise on urban parking?  More to come.

Our newest homemade creation is now complete and ready for you to sit at.  The tabletop is live edge black walnut cut from a storm damaged tree in Willow Springs, IL (and lovingly planed, sanded, and stained by our friends at Strand Design), and the legs, designed by us and made in Pilsen by Art Metal Design Studio, are stainless steel.  Similar to our 100-mile table concept, no fish were harmed in the making of this piece.  Photos inside.

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After years of ignoring its original warehouse aesthetic, due to a developer’s ‘apartmentizing’ of the building, this 2,400 square foot, two-story loft has been rehabilitated to show off its industrial roots.  Layers of paint and drywall have been removed revealing the original timber beams and masonry walls while accommodating two bedrooms, master suite, and a lofty, open living space at the ground floor.  We wanted to avoid the lifeless feeling usually associated with industrial lofts by giving the space a warm but rustic aesthetic that we think best represented the original loft building.  The finish materials also echo an industrial aesthetic, featuring upcycled reclaimed timbers as a fireplace surround and wall material, reclaimed stainless steel awning window, sourced from the ReBuilding Exchange, doors from a Chicago Montessori school, and salvaged metal pendant light fixtures.  Description, before and after photos, and floor plans inside.

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Publicity machine: Activate!  Our 2 Sparrows project was featured in Eater Chicago.  Check out the progress here.

People who comment on Apartment Therapy posts like our work at the Erie Loft.

Check out this sweet panoramic of 2 Sparrows in Lincoln Park.  Wall framing is complete, mechanicals are installed, and bench seating is under construction.  Wood is stained and ready for installation.  We even picked paint colors.  More photos inside

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