Urban Source is a walk-in design showroom in Chicago that is open to the trade and the public. It is often referred to as “a candy store for your home”. Adults who are interested in home design and decor react with delight akin to children in Willy Wonka’s psychedelic candy factory when they enter.
Co-Founder Jenny Rossignuolo, an interior designer from Australia, relocated to her husband’s home town of Chicago in 2000. She runs the bright, sleek, inviting studio where hip, modern, high-energy wallpaper and fabric samples hang on the walls. Customers can browse and shop, mix and match palettes and patterns to their hearts’ delight. The staff is always available to answer questions or provide design assistance.
The studio has a “chic cool” vibe. With an ever-changing collection of contemporary fabrics and wallpapers, architecturally-inspired window treatments, custom pillows and top-notch upholstery services, customers are encouraged to unleash their creativity while shopping.
At this point, you might be wondering, “So what’s the connection with Rakks?” The answer is Jenny. A few years ago she came across Rakks while thumbing through Dwell Magazine and added the page to her resource library.
Last year she was designing a client’s loft kitchen and needed to finish off an under-used but prominent part of the space. Back to her resource guide she went and came across the Rakks tear sheet. That was it; she found her solution.
Her design included two Rakks M-Standards with four glass shelves. When asked what drew her to Rakks, she says, ” I love the simplicity of the design, the clean aesthetic, and the high-end look. I think the product is also very well-priced, and the fast turn-around time frame for delivery was fantastic!
We consider it the highest compliment when a designer uses Rakks on a project and in their home. Jenny did just that. She designed her large appliance cabinet with M-Standards and Rakks aluminum shelves. It’s no secret that M Standards work with many shelving materials including glass, wood, and Rakks Aluminum shelves. Although Rakks does not manufacture glass and wood shelves, we can accommodate custom orders with local third party suppliers.
Are there more Rakks projects in Jenny’s future? Yes. She is currently working on a friend’s kitchen design using her go-to combination of Rakks M-Standards with aluminum shelves. “I am also toying with the Rakks poles for a room divider on a commercial project I just started working on,” says Jenny.
We’re ready and waiting to help in any way we can. Thank you, Jenny!