The five best local designers we covered this year | 2011 in review

  • Photograph: Scott Regan

    Jennifer and Kimberly Gennace of Ianneci

  • Photograph: Scott Regan

    Ianneci

  • Photograph: Scott Regan

    Ianneci

  • Photograph: Scott Regan

    Ianneci

  • Chris Berre of Artfully Disheveled

  • Artfully Disheveled

  • Design collective Winter Session

  • Photograph: Damien Thompson

    Theresa Cowan of Mineralogy

  • Photograph: Damien Thompson

    Mineralogy

  • Uusi's Bear, from their Moderne Wood collection

  • Uusi

  • Linnea Gits and Peter Dunham of Uusi

Photograph: Scott Regan

Jennifer and Kimberly Gennace of Ianneci


This year, the Shopping & Style team at TOC met a lot of Chicagoans who make smart, gorgeous and useful things—but here are the five standout local designers whose work most impressed them in 2011. Click on the designer's name to go to our article about each one.

Ianecci
Ianecci features intricate handmade beaded jewelry from twins Jennifer and Kimberly Gennace. They’re known for their lace-like beading technique; pieces start at $30.

Artfully Disheveled
These dapper-with-an-edge accents are for sharp-dressing rebels looking for ties and pocket squares that have a little something to say.

Winter Session
This new design collective makes clean-lined and clever goods handmade with upcycled, recycled and American materials.

Mineralogy
Designer Theresa Cowan's wire jewelry are all about rough gemstones and natural facets.

Uusi
At Uusi's online store, you'll find an eclectic variety of small-batch home goods, graphic paper products and screen-printed T-shirts from husband-and-wife design duo Linnea Gits and Peter Dunham.


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