This week, Laura and Joelle are joined by Amanda Norcross co-owner and shopkeeper of Norcross and Scott located at 1476 W. Berwyn. Inside the shop, you’ll find a an array of home goods, furniture and art including wire baskets from Bend Goods and slip cast porcelain objects by local artist and resident Laura Novy. Norcross and Scott also specializes in full service residential interior design, striving to create spaces which are well edited, thoughtfully designed, beautiful and functional. Visit Amanda and her team this week during Late Night Andersonville on December 7 and throughout the season.
“The business owners in Andersonville approach their businesses with a level of passion and care and enthusiasm that resonates for us and makes us proud to be a member of this larger group of people doing very interesting things.”
– Amanda Norcross
Listen to Episode 38 with Amanda!
Here are some references from Episode 38 you may want to check out:
- Amanda is originally from Petoskey, Michigan on Traverse Bay. She went to undergraduate school for Arts History in Colorado, and then came to Chicago in 1998 for her Masters in Architectural Preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
- Norcross and Scott opened in 2015. Amanda remembers opening in March on a 70 degree day. The storefront is filled with new and unusual items that also have a level of singularity to them, making the items unique to Norcross and Scott and not easy to find elsewhere in Chicago. View the online shop here.
- A big part of Norcross and Scott is their design arm. The first step to any new design relationship is meeting with the client in the space that is going to be reworked. With renovation, Amanda and her business partner Scott sit down with their draftswoman first to go over details. Check out featured design projects by Norcross and Scott.
- So far, Amanda’s favorite project of 2018 was redesigning a space for an older couple in the Museum Campus park south of the City overlooking the lake and the Field Museum. Amanda and her team were able to purchase all new furniture, lighting, wallpaper and more.
“What makes a dream project dreamy is when you have a client that trusts your vision and allows you to make suggestions that perhaps are outside their comfort zone.”
- Products by Bend Goods out of California have been some of the best sellers for Norcross and Scott since opening, and Amanda attributes this to the clean lines found in their designs.
- Amanda is inspired by product designers who are doing work on a very small scale, made by hand, and lasting for a lifetime. For example, Amanda references a lighting company called Allied Maker in New York. She also speaks to the furniture being created with wood and meta, and the work of Danish designer, Valentin Loellmann.
- Amanda and her family love to travel. She sometimes will take her daughter on work trips or to help at the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC. She also spends a good amount of time cheering on her son at basketball games doing the “Dab” move (until her son told her not to!) and Joelle mentions the “Floss” dance. (If we lost you here, we provided some helpful links!)
- Nocross and Scott’s social media, particularly their Instagram page, tries to show the different aspects of the job: design in progress, on location, and the storefront.
- If given the opportunity to trade places with another business in Andersonville, Amanda would switch with lead bartender Brian Riester from Vincent (1475 W. Balmoral) in order to know how to make delicious cocktails and how to make everyone happy after work!
“What is most fulfilling about our job is when we deliver something that alters people’s experience of their space. It has happened a couple of times, and it is magic. That is a good day that lasts a long long time.”
– Amanda Norcross