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RAW_Design will explore innovative and experimental furniture and products by local architects and designers in and outside of their traditional workplace. RAW_Design is an open-minded discussion between architects, industrial designers and interior designers that will explore the possibilities of these fields and address their future direction.

Meet RAW_Design presenters:

Strand Design: Sharon Burdett & Ted Burdett

Located in the Randolph St. Market District of Chicago, Strand Design is a product design and development studio with an emphasis on sustainability. In addition to providing design and development services for clients both big and small, Strand Design creates unique objects and custom designs from sustainably sourced and locally manufactured materials. The studio is lead by two artists and designers: Ted and Sharon Burdett – please visit for full bios.

Kyle Daevel Design: Kyle Daevel

J. Kyle Daevel is a Chicago-based designer and artist. He received a MFA in 3D design from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2008, and a BFA in graphic design from the University of Memphis in 2000. His studio focuses on experimental 2D and 3D Design, including furniture, products, graphic design, and public art. Kyle's work has been featured in publications such as Azure, Icon, Interactions, and The 3D Type Book and has recently shown in Memphis, Chicago, Detroit, and New York.

Products In Space: Paul Pettigrew (

Products In Space is a Chicago area furniture design and fabrication company started in the Fall 2010 by Paul Pettigrew.

Paul Pettigrew received his Architecture BS from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and his MArch from MIT in1988. He has worked for Langdon/Woodhouse, Perkins & Will, Crate & Barrel and in private practice. He currently co-directs the first-year design studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology as well as teaching furniture design & fabrication courses. His private practice work and student furniture work have been described in numerous publications.

Knothead Furniture: Jeff Bone

Jeff Bone AIA, principal in Landon Bone Baker Architects, a practice known for its community-based, environmentally responsible, and affordable housing and design in Chicago and the region. Jeff is a board member and current collaborator with Archi-treasures, a not-for-profit collective of artists, architects, and community organizers who serve Chicago neighborhoods. Jeff and the firm have won a number of design awards including the prestigious 2008 and 2011 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation First Place Award For Architectural Excellence in Community Design. Jeff is also director of Knothead Furniture, an ongoing, hands-on, collaboration with Landon Bone Baker Architects, which designs “Simple Furniture Built to Last” for summer homes, S.R.O supportive housing projects, and affordable daycare centers.

El Furniture: Jill Salisbury

Jill Salisbury, founder and Principal of el: Environmental Language is a pioneer in green design. Ms. Salisbury has been featured on national and local television programs including CNN, CBS 2 Chicago, ABC 7 Chicago and NBC 5 Chicago. She has received many accolades including five ASID Illinois Design Excellence Awards,Green Award from Chicago magazine, was inducted into the Career College Association’s Hall of Fame, currently serves on Traditional Home magazine’s
Green Advisory Council and in 2010 served as Chair of the National ASID Sustainable Design Council.

el: Environmental Language is an award-winning Chicago-area furniture and custom kitchen design firm that specializes in uniting environmentally sound materials, manufacturing practices and stylish design. This approach reflects el’s eco-chic design philosophy and promise of heirloom-quality craftsmanship.