Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Field Trip: From A to Z; Wheaton Report

Sunday, after the Wheaton Antique Market, Joe and I headed to Chicago's fabled South Side for a visit with two of our favorite clients, Gosia Korsakowski and Bill Rawski. Separately, Gosia owns Blue Bell Bazaar, a hugely popular etsy site, and Bill, ZAP, the largest movie prop house between New York and LA. If that weren't enough, they joined forces two years ago and in November opened Architectural Anarchy, a gorgeous retail outlet. But I won't even get to that until a later post.

First, take a peek at their first "curatorial project realization," a museum-like exhibit at 205 S. State in the heart of Chicago's Loop, done in conjunction with the Chicago Urban Art Society.

While everything is discretely for sale, the presentation begs that you stop and consider each collection of objects for its beauty of form. Gosia said that the non-traditional setting and location, plus the fact that objects are for sale, have challenged a lot of visitors' conceptions about "museums."

Joe and I had fun playing "Where's rhubarb?" (our version of "Where's Waldo?), quietly searching for items we've sold amongst all the treasures. Here's Joe and Gosia after finding a couple!

Next stop on the tour -- ZAP, Bill's multi-story prop house in an old factory district. Stepping inside is like falling down the rabbit hole. Everywhere you turn, it is well-organized chaos -- a visual catalog of the last 200 years.

Bill's business includes renting props to movies, businesses and private clients for events like weddings or photo shoots. The warehouse also includes separate spaces dedicated to his restaurant decorating clients, restoration/repair/re-creation ventures, and Architectural Anarchy, the shop he shares with Gosia.

There's no way a couple of photos do ZAP justice.

Imagine this -- one row -- times fifty. Literally amazing! Check back later to see more of Bill and Gosia.
Wheaton Report
The show was a good one, kind of quiet starting out, but then fairly steadily busy until about the last hour. Industrial, projects and painted furniture were our best sellers, although garden held its own. Many thanks to all who came out to support the show. We're back to Ohio this weekend, then we'll be full steam ahead for Kane's season opener. Have a great week! xo

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