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Brentano Design Director Creates Unique Artwork for Chicago House Auction


Brentano Design Director shows off a pillow covered in a whimsical Brentano fabric.

Instead of heading home after the last day of NeoCon 2009, Brentano flew over to "Home Tweet Home," the annual Birdhouse Auction that benefits Chicago House, an organization whose mission is to "provide housing and hope to individuals and families living with HIV and AIDS." Since 1985, Chicago House has been providing numerous programs such as housing, prevention services like rapid HIV testing, and an employment program for people living with HIV and AIDS. The event asks local Chicago artists, designers, and architects to create one-of-a-kind birdhouses or birdhouse-inspired pieces that are auctioned off to benefit Chicago House.

Brentano Design Director Iris Wang interpreted the birdhouse theme by beginning with a sleek Zarina chair donated by Andreu World America. She then added Elsa, a durable and whimsical Brentano upholstery fabric named for fashion designer and surrealist collaborator, Elsa Schiapparelli. The winning bidder of the chair also received two matching pillows in the same playful fabric patterned with birds flying amongst branches.

Iris is looking forward to participating in the event again next year, and is already thinking about what her approach to the birdhouse theme will be. After seeing the creative approaches taken by interior design professionals and architects this year, she is contemplating working outside the medium of textiles, possibly by creating a piece that draws on her love of painting. When asked about the success of 'Home Tweet Home', she says it was a great outlet for artists to show their artwork -- one where both artists and buyers know that the time and money spent are a small price to pay to benefit and create awareness of Chicago House's valuable mission.

Attendees of the 'Home Tweet Home' Chicago Birdhouse auction admire pieces created by local artists, interior designers and architects to benefit people living with HIV and AIDS.

All photos courtesy of Bret Grafton.

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