ISSUE 10  |  Euro Cool

Designer Visit: Hinge Design Studio in Chicago

March 10, 2011 9:02 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

First spotted (and admired) in Rue Magazine: the work of Chicago-based interior designer Angela Stone, the curator behind Hinge Design Studio, a collective of local artisans—including furniture makers Bladon Conner, Aaron Pahmier, and Justin Oliver; textile designers Elizabeth Siegan and Hand & Cloth; urban photography by Jeremy Edwards; and mixed media by Matt Chamberlain—who "believe every piece should have soul, purpose, and a story." Stone displays and sells Hinge pieces by appointment from her Wicker Park home (featured below) and also offers a weekend design makeover service; over a 48-hour period she declutters, repurposes existing pieces, adds a few select items, and transforms a space.

Hinge pieces are available to view and purchase via the Hinge web store, by appointment at Stone’s private home, and at Revision Home in Chicago, a recent collaboration with quarterly sales (next sale is in June).

Photography by Emily Johnston Anderson.

Above: Stone's own living room features pieces from Hinge.

Above: Kishori Throw Blanket by Hand & Cloth, made in Bangladesh (and benefiting the women of Bengali); $98.

Above: Menswear Pillow made of 100 charcoal gray wool suiting fabric by Elizabeth Siegan; $105.

Above: The Hourglass Vintage Coffee Table by Bladon Conner features a vintage base and a blackened steel top; $450.

Above: Reclaimed glass floats serve as dining room decor.

Above: The Black Chair by Bladon Conner is $200 and functions here as a bedside table.

Above: Herringbone Pillow by Elizabeth Siegan of screen printed linen; 20 inches square; $105.

Above: A simple, organic arrangement of favorite items.

Above: The Dovetail Bench by Aaron Pahmier is made of reclaimed wood with a washed oil finish and a black-stained top; $600.

Above: Stone stores essentials in a row of vintage steel lockers.

Q & A with Angela Stone

RM: Define your aesthetic approach and influences.
Stone: I like a bare, stripped-down urban salvage aesthetic featuring materials such as steel, metal, and concrete, with a mix of one-of-kind pieces and ordinary affordable furniture. I also gravitate toward the simplicity of the New England and Maine aesthetic; an urban farmhouse look.

RM: Do you have a favorite piece in your own home?
Stone: A pair of large candlesticks made from vintage fire hoses.

RM: Who are your favorite Chicago artists?
Stone: Michael del Piero and Larry Vodak, the owner of Scout.

RM: Favorite Chicago restaurant?
Stone: Ruxbin.

RM: Plans for the future?
Stone: We're working on adding at least a dozen more artists to the Hinge collective; ultimately, we would love to expand to include New York and San Francisco collaboratives as well.