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Walnut Console - Sourced from a local industrial firm, we completely refinished this walnut console.  Our craftsmen stripped, sanded, finished and waxed the entire unit, returning it to its original beauty.

Industrial Coffee Table - In addition to adjusting the height of this piece, we top-coated the metal and gave it a thorough cleaning and waxing.

Post Office Cabinet - This piece came into our shop for an adjustment to its patina, but first it needed quit a bit of prep work; dewaxing and sanding was essential to make a new finish take hold. We gave it a wash of dark low VOC paint allowing it to blend with the surrounding furniture.

Life Table - We sourced the wood for this dining table from a local company going out of business where the Douglas Fir planks were used for work benches. We fabricated the boards into a 9-foot by 38-inch table, custom made to sit perfectly in the Smart Home with the perfect stools below and perfect chandelier above. The table features a hand-rubbed finish that needs to be touched to be fully appreciated. We left the underside of the boards in their original condition as evidence of their previous life. When you visit the Smart Home take a look under the table to understand just how far those planks have come.

Master Bathroom Vanities These cabinets were built exclusively for the Smart Home from the same base units as the Walnut Console featured in the living room. The sink height specification posed a design challenge, but partner Garth Borovicka sketched an elegant solution that utilized the skills of everyone in our shop. The vanities have been finished in black lacquer.

Kitchen Cabinets - The cabinets were sourced from the labs of University of Chicago.  We stripped them down to bare steel, sanded the surface to give them a brushed look, then top coated them to protect the metal.  We painted the interiors and shelves atrium white.  

About the Smart Home at MSI:

Past met future in MSI's Smart Home exhibit. Museum guests could tour a real, functioning three-story, modular and sustainable ―green home—built right in the Museum’s backyard—that also highlighted unique eco-friendly technologies for the 21st century.The exhibit home—built in 2008—was  redesigned with a couple and their 10-year-old son in mind courtesy of Chicago interior furnishing store Scout and its owner Larry Vodak—featured unique pieces that had been repurposed in amazing ways. These items from the past were complimented by technologies from the future, courtesy of technology partner, Gizmodo.The Smart Home was a must-see exhibit for anyone who wanted their home, and life, to be smarter, more efficient and more in tune with the environment than it is today. The exhibit ran through Jan. 8, 2012.

Furniture Revival was proud to be part of  the Smart Home Green + Wired Exhibit

at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI).

In 2011 and 2012 we teamed up with Larry Vodak, owner of Scout in Andersonville, to fill the Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit at the Museum of Science + Industry with beautifully restored, customized and originally designed furniture.

Each year The Smart Home was full of vintage finds, many of which needed restoration before finding their place in the exhibit and we were just the right people to do it. From the preventive care of cleaning and waxing to designing and building a custom dining table from salvaged Douglas Fir, we are pleased to have worked on

so much of the furniture in the exhibit.

Below are some of our proudest moments.