Every year, for the past several years I’ve attended the One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.
It’s held the first weekend in December and I generally attend with my friend Alaina as our Christmas outing together. I love the show. It’s an opportunity to be exposed to a wealth of artisans crafting everything from food, apparel, jewelry and furniture to fine art. Here are some of my highlights from this year’s show.
Who’d have thunk it? Outerwear made of Tyvek house wrap!
Post-Industrial folk wear by Mau. www.conceptualclothing.com
Beautiful hand-made filigree jewelry! (Bought some of this stuff..)
Artwork done by one of my teachers from Design School!
Ryan Kapp- the artist. www.ryankapp.com
Remember sock monkeys? These guys make hats and other gear out of the same socks. They have a hilarious demonstration that I look forward to seeing every year! www.pook.ca
Beautiful hand-made wood furniture. Each piece was an individual tile that moved- remarkably comfortable! Alan Daigre Designs www.alandaigredesigns.com
Believe it or not, these purses are made of wood! They were gorgeous.
Hammill Diebolt studios www.hammilldiebolt.com
These are just a small sampling of the many artisans who displayed their wares at the show. The great news is that the One of a Kind show is becoming a biannual event with the next one scheduled from April 29- May 1 2016. Grab a friend and go! www.oneofakindshowchicago.com
To see more from this year’s show, check out our pinterest board.