Chicagoan Zak Rose has mastered putting a contemporary twist on traditional home décor with his eponymous furniture company. We particularly love his silhouette bed—a cutout version of a more formal frame, constructed of white oak ($2,800 for a queen size frame). “[The bed] is inspired by classic Victorian shapes rendered in a modern line,” Rose says. “I started using this silhouette idea as a way to use beautiful curves that are a nice counterpoint to the super angular and sharp lines of the rest of my furniture.”
Though Victorian-inspired, the bed frame still aligns itself with the rest of Rose’s work, which is stunningly simplistic. His other pieces combine reclaimed wood with powder-coated steel, often painted a bright or neon color for contrast. For example, a sideboard he designed last year was made of a rich dark wood and featured a frame and inlaid drawer pulls in teal.
Rose has been apprenticing and creating furniture for more than ten years, but launched his namesake label just a few years ago. He is already a bona fide part of Chicago’s creative community, though, as a member of Dock 6, a collective of independent designers located in the Hermosa neighborhood. He and six other wood craftsmen—among them Lagomorph Design, Carson Maddox Studios, and Thomeworks, Inc.—advocate for themselves and each other in getting quality, thoughtfully-made products and furniture to the local interior design community. Some of Rose’s work is on display at The Haymaker Shop (5507 N. Clark St., 773-681-0798) in Andersonville.