Luminaire X: More than a design warehouse sale
Imagine if high-end design store Luminaire (301 W Superior St) were clearing out its warehouse, selling prototypes and out-of-production furniture at deeply discounted prices. You better come quick, because this is actually happening at the under-the-radar pop-up shop Luminaire X. Located on the second floor of Luminaire's River North showroom, it hosts a reception Thursday 21, 5–8pm, with Madison and Rayne, a specialized, chef-based grocery delivery service, and Popcorn Asylum, an offbeat popcorn vendor and outsider art gallery. Read more after the jump.
Beautiful pieces regularly become unsellable in the main showroom, according to Luminaire's Nikki Beem, because they go out of production or were limited editions, or because the store ceases to work with their distributor. Until now, Luminaire transferred such "discontinued items" into deep storage in its Miami warehouse—but Luminaire X is selling them at half their list price. A friend picked up an Enzo Mari chair for under $150. A Tejo Remy Milk Bottle Lamp (produced by Droog and normally sold in a set of 12) is being sold for $130, and Philippe Starck's Saint Ethic Chair is listed for just under $350. If you're looking for something more substantial, there are items from Patricia Urquiola, Jasper Morrison and the Bouroullec brothers.
Don't worry if you can't make it to tonight's party: Luminaire X expects to stay open until mid-May and will continue to host events with local designers and creative businesses. (It has already featured European-style bicycle store J.C. Lind and fashion designers Anke Loh, Andrea Reynders and Katrin Schnabl.) Look for updates at luminarex.com.