One of a kind live edge furniture at the OOAK Show in Chicago
December was a monumental month for those of us at Elko Hardwoods. We kicked off by exhibiting several of our live edge pieces alongside 600 other artists and artisans at Chicago’s One of a Kind Show, held at the Merchandise Mart. Four days of non-stop activity and the stunning environment of The Mart and central Chicago left us on a high. The One of a Kind Show is truly a destination event for artists and art enthusiasts alike, and we loved being a part of it.
Our round live edge ash dining table - a crowd favorite!
The piece that undoubtedly stole the spotlight was the single-slice Ash Dining Table. This live edge table, salvaged from the largest ash tree in Elkhart County, is one of our personal favorites. With its visible and palpable tree rings and intentionally unfilled gaps and crevasses, this table proved irresistible to the eyes and touch of its many admirers.
Elko Hardwoods' Chicago Showroom
While this was our second time participating in the One of a Kind Show, it was our first opportunity to introduce ourselves as a young Chicago-based company! Just weeks before the show, we received the keys to our gorgeous new showroom, located at 2003 S. Halsted Street in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Our little corner of Pilsen is nestled in a row of galleries, shops, showrooms, and artists’ dwellings. The lofted space provides us with ample natural light, a modern industrial design, and it naturally complements our aesthetic. Our tables have never looked better, so come check them out!
2nd Fridays Gallery Night - you're invited!
The Pilsen neighborhood offers a vibrant, creative and collaborative community that brings a great deal of heart to whatever it does. Our opening night coincided with one of Pilsen’s monthly events, an open-gallery night known as the 2nd Fridays Gallery Night. Every second Friday of the month, galleries and stores along Halsted Street and 18th Street open their doors from 6-10pm and offer their guests light refreshments in beautiful and sociable settings.
Our opening evening went off without a hitch and we casually and humbly waltzed our way into our new community with a warm welcome. Mellow tunes were played, cups were filled with Half Acre Beer Company’s craft brews, and our high-quality pieces were well-received.
The next ‘2nd Friday’ will be January 13th, and we would love to see you! Our new location is easily accessible from both 90/94 and the 55, with ample street parking and CTA access. If you can’t make it that evening, please stop by for a cup of coffee and chats between 11a-6p Thursday through Saturday.