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At the 2011 Chairs for Charity Event hosted by Chicago Home & Garden magazine on November 2nd, 2011, attendees took a seat and took a stand to help raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Vintage chairs that were given new life by some of Chicago’s top designers were offered in an exciting live auction that took place at the event’s venue, Chicago Art Source.

See some great chairs that were at the auction below!  Included in the mix was Harrington College of Design’s own Interior Design student Bridgette Nyman’s “Conversation over Coffee”…


Bridgette Nyman, Conversation over Coffee

Greg Jagmin, The Barbara

Morlen Sinoway, It’s a Pill, Too?

Suzanne Cahill, Imelda

Cody Hudson, C&R Hood Slab

Karen Klamek, Barrow

Annika Christensen, Sour, said the Fox…

Summer Thornton, Pump Room Redux

Gary Lee, Amancalama


See more exclusive photos from the event here!

Photos courtesy Peter Klick

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Every year our Chairs for Charity project yields some dynamic results from our design college students: this year, we’re excited to show the top three designs which will be going to Chicago Home+Garden Magazine’s Chairs for Charity Auction Event.

Congratulations to…

First Place: Bridgette Nyman, Conversation over Coffee

Second Place: Sarah Anderson, Shoe Crazy

Third Place: Erica Swansey, Rosebutt

All chairs for the event were created in Harrington’s Interior Design college Experimental Design class taught by instructor Peter Klick. See all of the contenders here.

The top three chairs were chosen by an expert panel (who donated their time and expertise – THANK YOU!) that included Adam Moroschan, associate art director Chicago Home + Garden Magazine; Gerry Christiansen, object designer and educator at UIC and SAIC; and Morlen Sinoway, designer and owner of the Morlen Sinoway Atelier.

Interested in taking a seat at the event tomorrow? 😉 Info is below:

Chicago Home+Garden Magazine Chairs for Charity
November 2nd from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Chicago Art Source, 1871 N. Clybourn Ave. Chicago
Purchase tickets by clicking here.


Also…IT’S NOT TOO LATTE TO GET YOUR (MAID, MID Interior Design, MA/MFA Communication Design) MASTER’S!  Get free coffee, tea and hot cocoa courtesy of Harrington College of Design tomorrow morning and check out our Graduate Programs information at:

The Artisan Cellar
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste 116, Chicago, IL
Wednesday, November 2nd from 8:30 am – 10:30 am


Photos of chairs Harrington College of Design Digital Photography students Dawn Uti and Beth De Meere.

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Harrington College of Design students are currently hard at work pushing their furniture design to its limit in preparation of Chicago Home + Garden’s 2nd Chairs for Charity event which will donate its auction and part of its ticket proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!

This year’s full line-up includes:

  • Suzanne Cahill, Maison Suzanne
  • Annika Christensen, Midnight Sun, Ltd
  • Frank Fontana, HGTV Host & Author
  • Harrington College of Design
  • Jeff Harting, FGH Architects
  • Cody Hudson, Struggle Inc.
  • Greg Jagmin, Greg Jagmin Associates
  • Karen Kalmek, Green Home Chicago
  • Gary Lee, Gary Lee Partners
  • Matthew Lew, Matthew Lew Fine Art
  • Raun Meyn, FoundRe Furnishings
  • Caroline Scheeler, Jayson Home & Garden
  • Morlen Sinoway, Morlen Sinoway Atelier
  • Tereasa Surratt, Author, Found, Free & Flea
  • Summer Thornton, Summer Thornton Design

Last year’s show yielded more than 200 guests who vied in a silent auction for fifteen one-of-a-kind chairs created by some of Chicago’s top designers (including work from several of Harrington’s students!) The event raised more than $10,000 for Designs for Dignity. See some awesome examples of the work featured in the 2010 show here.   Some work by a few Harrington College students from the show are shown below:

Now it is your chance to attend this year’s Chicago Home + Garden’s 2nd Chairs for Charity event:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Chicago Art Source
1871 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Event Web page: http://www.chicagohomemag.com/chairs
Ticket Sales:  http://bit.ly/l0GeQA

Tickets are just $35 and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Can’t attend? Help get the word out by visiting or passing along the event’s Facebook page, or following the buzz on Twitter at hashtag #C4C11    We can’t wait for the event!

Logo courtesy Chicago Home & Garden Magazine

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Sifting through junkyards, thrift stores and grandma’s basement, Harrington students from the Experimental Design and 3-D Design classes searched far and wide for old chairs for a unique design challenge: Restore and Design a functional chair from an existing, vintage, salvaged or used chair.

When Harrington Interior Design instructor Peter Klick was approached by the Chicago Home + Garden Magazine  to offer two chairs for their upcoming event Chairs for Charity, he turned the assignment into an exciting competition.

You can see all of the chairs here.  

The competition was decided by jury members Morlen Sinoway, Chicago Furniture and Interior Designer, Adam Moroschan, Associate Art Director at Chicago Home + Garden Magazine,  Lori Oelhafen, Interior Designer and Harrington Alumna, and Gerry Christensen, Architect and Product Designer and Instructor at the Chicago Art Institute. In the end, the competition had such a close finish that Chicago Home + Garden accepted three entrants and invited the winning designers to attend their auction. Congratulations to the three winning designers:

1st Place: Abigail Weiland, Business Ties

2nd Place: Michelle Micolta, High Rise Line

3rd Place: Felix Griggs, The Butcher’s Seat

The chairs will be auctioned off at:
Chicago Home + Garden Magazine‘s “Chairs for Charity”
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 from 6-8 pm
Tile Gallery: 555 Franklin Street, Chicago, IL
All proceeds will benefit Design for Dignity.

Photos courtesy Harrington Digital Photography students Tyler Lundberg and Rolando Davis

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