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Sure, we?d love to own all of Luminaire?s drop-dead-gorgeous furniture-as-art. But the five-figure price tags typically keep us just a tad at bay.

For the moment, though, the North River store?s second floor has been transformed into an experimental shop, LuminaireX, where the high-design goods actually are within reach.

Part pop-up, part sample sale and part local-vendor showcase, the space is filled with discounted furniture, lighting, home accessories, books, fashion by local talents and more through early June. The LuminaireX goods are priced between 50 and 70 percent off, and the pieces are mostly samples or discontinued designs--but they?re still totally covetable.

On our wish list: a disappearing bookshelf by Ovo for $258 (regularly $430; book covers hide the shelf itself), a playful milk-bottle pendant lamp by Tejo Remy for Droog Design for $130 (regularly $260) and a Philippe Starck Saint Ethic rocking chair for $348 (regularly $695).

There are also Euro-style bicycles by Chicago-based J.C. Lind ($998) and the newest collection from local designer Katrin Schnabl, whose swingy, bias-cut trench coats are perfect spring staples ($1,400).

Coming soon: a popcorn pop-up, more fashion by Chicagoans and, tomorrow night, an open-to-the-public party (RSVP below) catered by new meal-delivery service Madison & Rayne.

Go and get inspired.

LuminaireX, 301 W. Superior St., 2nd fl.; 312-664-9582 or

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