Thursday, May 5, 2011

A cowbell, found chairs, and a vintage cruiser in Wicker Park

Posted By on 05.05.11 at 11:00 AM

The objects in Johnathan and Addie Crawford's Wicker Park condo have stories to tell—stories about channeling the past and making the most of the present.

The Almglocken (the giant cowbell sitting on the floor) belonged to Johnathan's grandfather and began its life around the neck of a bovine in Switzerland. The antique botany charts were scored on eBay for $35 each, and the midcentury Brazilian rosewood bar was snatched up at Repeat ($500), a recently shuttered resale store in the neighborhood. The fire-engine-red Windsor chairs, which are my favorite accent in this charming kitchen nook, were found as-is in an alley and provide the perfect punch of color. This style of chair is a common—and cheap—find on Craigslist and could be similarly transformed with a quick coat of paint.

Addie and Johnathan, a television producer and a production designer, respectively, have lived for three years in this 100-year-old building originally built as the Riddell football equipment factory. They're both serious cyclists and spent a portion of their honeymoon riding through Thailand. They each own several bikes, including a vintage cruiser that Addie swapped for a bucket of fried chicken, which they store by suspending them from the ceiling, thanks to an ingenious pulley-system Johnathan constructed. —Dean Fisher

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