Our friends at Racked Chicago have given us an award. They’ve voted Art Effect as the Best Place to Shop For The Friend Who Has Everything! We couldn’t agree more, we have something for everyone on your list. From unique little pick-me-up gifts to memorable wedding presents and everything in-between, you’ll find it at Art Effect. Our signature gift wrapping with a spring of eucalyptus is lovely to boot!
Here’s what they had to say about us:
Birthdays, Christmas… Shopping for the friend who has everything can be quite the task. Thankfully there’s Art Effect in Lincoln Park.
The boutique carries a fun, whimsical assortment of goods ranging from home decor to womenswear. You’ll find plenty of speciality items and cards perfect for that inside joke. There are also dozens of lovely candles and apothecary items; you can never have too many of those and one size fits all. The merchandise changes often, so whether you’re looking for a gift for a friend or yourself, this shop is always worth a visit.
The Florida based design duo Jim and Tori Mullian started their collection of mixed media Songbird sculptures in 2006. He’s a self taught artist, she’s a jewelry designer and they share a love of antiques. The inspiration for the collection came from a box of vintage hunting decoys Jim had inherited. He took a damaged bird, added some odds and ends he had in his studio and the results were a revelation.
The Mullanium Songbirds quickly became a favorite of collectors everywhere. Each bird is handmade in jim and Tori’s studio, using the old carvings as the models. With a unique steampunk aesthetic, the birds incorporate mechanical elements into a folk art tradition. Vintage toys, croquet balls, and binoculars become roosts for the songbirds, and each is adorned with bits of recycled metal, watch parts and old tobacco tags. No two are exactly alike, each has it’s own personality and is signed and dated by Jim. These art objects are a charming addition to any interior and make unique and memorable gifts.