Back to Black
Deborah Colman and Neil Kraus’ Bucktown showroom Pavilion Antiques has long been regarded as one of the most resounding voices in the Chicago design scene, not to mention the local authority on post-war French, Italian and Scandinavian furniture aesthetics. With Art Institute qualifications and their collective keen eye for timeless pieces with that just that perfect amount of luxurious decay, Colman and Kraus’ nickel frame, lucite accent and brass fixture-packed Pavilion is a draw on any given day, but even more so right now, since the June 5 launch of their current exposition of new works, BLACK/NOIR.
Highlighting and celebrating the use, physicality and meaning of the shade black in art and design, Pavilion brings together in installation 4 artists whose work spans drawings, jewellery, lighting and sculpture. Architect Lukas Machnik, noted for his design of standout boutique Gallery Aesthete, showcases burned, inked and collaged surface drawings, Parisian Jonas Fernando Pires provides limited edition cut steel lamps, Nora Renaud debuts her ADAL jewellery collection and fashion designer Rick Owens turns his hand to bronze sculpture. Featured alongside the showrooms regular but ever-evolving cache of pieces hand-sourced from across Europe, a visit to BLACK/NOIR might just be the brightest entry in the design buff’s summer calendar.