If you?re going to the Merchandise Mart, it?s usually because you need something big--really big, like a garage door. Or an entire house of furniture.
If you?re not planning to remodel this year, you can still shop the Mart for something small at Waterworks. ??
Yes, the showroom can do top-to-bottom bath and (more recently) kitchen design. But unlike the majority of brands at the Mart, this one also has a retail shop where you can buy luxe versions of everyday accessories from oversized towels to Italian ceramic casserole dishes.
These are investment pieces for sure. But we?d love to serve up roasted beets and potatoes in this gorgeous teal Italian dish ($575). And we can only imagine how many more vegetables we?d consume if we were slicing our carrots atop this brass-accented cutting board ($350).
But our ultimate wish-list piece from the shop? Imagine a cheese tasting presented on this oak barrel platter with a lazy Susan bottom ($650).
Just set it in the middle of a group of friends and watch them turn it to find their favorite Brie or bleu--like spin the bottle for foodies. ??
Waterworks, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza #136; 312-527-4668 or waterworks.com