Renowned Fine Furnishings Show Opens

Join more than 60 top, one-of-a-kind furniture makers, designers, artisans and craftsmen from around the country as they head to Milwaukee’s architecturally renowned Harley-Davidson Museum this weekend for the Fine Furnishings Show.

Now in its 7th year, the show has established itself as the preeminent source for heirloom-quality, hand-crafted furniture, accessories, art and more — all available for sale, order, or commission — becoming the largest show of its type in the Midwest. Located just 90-minutes from Chicago, the Fine Furnishings Show continues to attract discerning audiences from Chicago and the Midwest, and makes for a perfect fall weekend or day trip destination.

The Fine Furnishings Show runs Friday October 5 from 4 pm to 8 pm, Saturday October 6 from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, October 7 from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $10, or $15 for any two days. The Harley-Davidson Museum is located at 400 West Canal Street, Milwaukee. For more information visit:


– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

– Racked Chicago

– M Magazine

– Apartment Therapy 

– Yahoo News

NBC-5 Goes Behind the Scenes of Idea Tree Exhibit

NBC-5 goes behind the scenes of Sawbridge Studios’ Idea Tree exhibit, now on display at its all-new location, Chicago Center for Green Technology, through October 12.

NBC-5 Idea Tree Segment Taping

NBC-5’s Alicia Roman interviews IIT architect student Jason Miskowiec in on-campus workshop for up-coming NBC-5 Idea Tree segment.

Client Sawbridge Studios owner Paul Zurowski shares details of Idea Tree exhibit with NBC-5 meteorologist Alicia Roman during taping of special Idea Tree segment.

IIT architect student Fotini Halvatzis explains her design project to NBC-5 meteorologist Alicia Roman during taping of special Idea Tree segment.



A single tree, downed during a violent storm which struck Chicago last year, lives on in the center of downtown Chicago, reborn into dozens of fresh ideas.

Idea Tree sprouts in a 5,000-square-foot pop-up gallery in the magnificent Inland Steel Building. The exhibit is the culmination of a design competition spearheaded by client Sawbridge Studios in collaboration with Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and Horigan Urban Forest Products.

Since January, IIT Architecture Professor Paul Pettigrew has focused on the distinct relationship between architecture and furniture design with students. Using wood from a single, storm-felled tree as core material, 24 students began the process of designing and creating a furniture piece, as well as a small accessory item. Along the way, students were mentored by Sawbridge Studios craftsmen and furniture makers, providing input and suggestions on how to best bring their ideas to life.

A panel of judges including  Jan Parr, Editor of Chicago Home + Garden Magazine,  top Chicago architect Gunny Harboe, FAIA, President of Harboe Architects, and Lloyd Natof of SL Natof Design (great-grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright)  determined “Best in Show,”  with all 40+ pieces on display in the Idea Tree exhibit.

The exhibit is part of the Chicago Loop Alliance’s popular “Pop Up Art Loop” program, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 1 through June 29 at 77 South Dearborn Street, Chicago. Admission is free.

Idea Tree is an on-going effort by Sawbridge Studios to encourage innovation in American artistry and craftsmanship. Headquartered in a converted 1880s livery stable at 1015 Tower Court, Winnetka, Illinois, Sawbridge Studios features the works of over 80 individual, one-of-a-kind craftsmen, artisans and furniture makers from around the country, and has become the largest retail source in the U.S. for handcrafted, American-made furnishings and accessories. w


       – Treehugger

       – Chicago Reader

       – Chicago Tribune

       – Furniture and Furnishings

       – Chicago Loop Alliance

       – Chicago Home + Garden

      – Chicago Examiner

      – Furniture Today

      – Racked Chicago

      – Michigan Avenue Magazine

      – Time Out Chicago

      – Modern Destiny


      – IIT Today

     – Where Magazine

     – Daily Herald

     – SmartGreen

     – Furniture Today

    – Apartment Therapy



Sawbridge Hosts IIT Student Design Project


Sawbridge Studios is spearheading and organizing a furniture design competition in conjunction with Illinois Institute of Technology and Horigan Urban Forest Products.

The project involves IIT Architecture Professor Paul Pettigrew focusing on the distinct relationship between architecture and furniture design with the 24 students in his Spring 2012 class which began mid-January.  Students are being mentored by Sawbridge Studios craftsmen and furniture makers, designing and constructing furniture pieces using wood from a single felled tree, downed during a major storm that swept the entire Chicagoland last June. The project culminates end of May with a selection process of the best resulting pieces, judged by a panel including Jan Parr, Editor of Chicago Home + Garden Magazine, Matt Seiler, President of the Chicago Furniture Designers Association and more.

The Chicago Loop Alliance will then showcase the students’ work during a special two-month summer exhibit in the heart of downtown Chicago at State and Randolph Streets as the centerpiece of their popular “Pop Up Art Loop” program.