COOKING THE BOOKS John Derian may have cornered the decoupage decor market, but it’s the folks at West Town restaurant Ruxbin (851 N Ashland Ave, 312-624-8509, ruxbinchicago.com) who have the ceiling covered. Literally. Inspired by the collection of cookbooks lying around the unfinished space while the team was brainstorming design ideas, designer Davide Nanni of Alter Ego Form (his recycled, collage-style work also sets the mood at Pilsen bar Simone’s) suggested they use the recipe pages for a purpose other than cooking inspiration: ceiling decor. After tearing out text and image-heavy pages from about 20 cookbooks, they covered the ceiling in primer followed by glue. Then, using a roller to eliminate air bubbles, they flattened each of the pages on the surface, rolling over them with a second layer of glue. After letting the pages air dry, they applied one coat of polyurethane for added sheen and smoothness, and the job was done. Take that, Derian.
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