February 22, 2024
Recycled Modern Opens ‘Flagship’ Store In Harper Court, Bringing Home Decor And Rising Artists To Hyde Park

HYDE PARK — A classic home furniture, art gallery and celebration house is now open in Hyde Park’s Harper Courtroom as its proprietor aims to create the shop as a center for creatives on the South Facet.

Recycled Modern day, 5231 S. Harper Court docket, sells refinished home furnishings, property décor, art and equipment picked by proprietor Shari Currie, a Kenwood resident.

Currie sells merchandise she individually connects with, these types of as a white sofa painted with a repeating Black Life Make any difference pattern, handstitched pillows from Reformed University and operates by creatives these kinds of as photographer Clifton Henri, artist Jamie Cooper and painter Anthony Olusina, she mentioned.

“I want you to have that knowledge of going for walks into your property,” Currie stated. “I want you to get these parts into your residence, glimpse at it and say, ‘Hey, I received that from Recycled Modern day.’”

The Hyde Park store is open midday-6:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday and midday-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. It’s appointment-only Tuesdays.

A effective initially calendar year in Hyde Park would entail “everybody getting a piece of artwork or household furniture from this place,” Currie reported.

Recycled Contemporary will also host recurrent functions, these kinds of as the store’s gentle opening Nov. 5, for the duration of which visitors could commission “Ugly Portraits” by the artist EWRKS and music by DJ Zaza.

“I’m bringing this entire purchasing knowledge in which you sense at property and you never want to leave you have a cocktail and mimosa and you are vibing with group and the artists in a unique variety of way,” Currie said. “It’s enormous for Recycled Modern-day and quite necessary.”

The shop will host a vacation artwork sale 1:30-5 p.m. Saturday, which serves as an afterparty of sorts for the Hyde Park Holly-Day pageant, Currie explained. EWRKS will return for commissioned portraits at the event.

“It’s generally artists in in this article, and it’s constantly a excellent vibe,” Currie said of Saturday’s occasion.

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Shari Currie discusses the art showcased in Recycled Modern’s Hyde Park place, including parts by Martha Wade, Casey Stanberry, David Ellis — also regarded as Ewrks — and Ciera C. Currie is carrying earrings by jewellery and extras company Uncovered Objects, which also sells out of Recycled Contemporary.
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Artwork from neighborhood creators, residence décor and furniture on exhibit at Recycled Contemporary in Hyde Park.

The Hyde Park shop is Recycled Modern’s next locale. Currie opened her first retailer in 2018 at 1152 W. Diversey Parkway in Lakeview.

The company’s thought stems from Currie’s like of vintage searching, which she uncovered by means of a “process of grief” as she healed traumas from expanding up on the South Side, she claimed.

“I essentially did not like thrifting when I was young, mainly because it was a require — it wasn’t fun, it was extra so out of requirement,” Currie stated. “It was this changeover of grieving how I grew up in Englewood and not seriously appreciating the community like I preferred to.”

Even as Currie grew to respect thrifting, Chicago lacked classic stores wherever “I felt like I was at house,” she reported. With the assistance of a mentor, she worked to fill that gap by providing at pop-ups throughout Chicago prior to opening the Lakeview brick-and-mortar.

Just one such stop was at the Hyde Park Flea industry in Harper Courtroom in 2018, exactly where Currie offered from a booth immediately in front of the shop she’d shift into many many years later on.

The Harper Court docket store “was readily available, so I saw it and I’m like, I can’t not take it,” Currie claimed. “It was sort of divine — I was exterior the front of this house when I begun.”

The South Aspect retail outlet usually takes more than for the Lakeview place as the company’s flagship for household decor and furnishings, Currie stated. She plans to go on a gradual approach of turning the North Aspect shop into an artwork gallery with a modest, focused house for furnishings, she explained.

The Lakeview keep “will glimpse a whole lot distinctive than what this dwelling base, flagship retail store [in Hyde Park] seems to be like — it is certainly gallery-centered,” Currie said.

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