This has been an exciting year at the
Stone Blitzer studio. Here is a sample
of some of the projects we’ve had the
pleasure to work on.
Stone Blitzer is a Chicago-based design and fabrication
firm operated by Tyler Peterson and Shaun Owens-Agase.
The two began working together at the University of
Wisconsin - Madison in 2003, working on site-specific
installations with the OODA Group arts collaborative.
After graduation, they opened a studio in Chicago,
accepting representation from the Wendy Cooper
Gallery and participating in exhibitions around the
country. In 2005, they were awarded a solo exhibition at
the Museum of Contemporary Art and early the
following year, included in the MCA’s “Mapping the Self ”
show. During this time, both were working for well-
known Chicago furniture designers and developing the
logistics behind operating Stone Blitzer. In 2008, the
paperwork was filed and Stone Blitzer opened its doors.
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Our business model is a simple one: Detailed design and high quality fabrication will produce pieces We love meeting new people and discussing
that last a lifetime. This is a vital part of our practice and the motivation behind everything that has ideas. Whether you have a project we can help
our name attached to it. Like many designers, we hold the idea of sustainability in high regard, you with or would just like to chat, we would
but believe the conversation must not stop at environmentally friendly materials and production love to hear from you.
methods. Objects must be built to last. We take pride in our building methods and are meticulous
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in minimizing the waste our shop produces. Our clients can also rest assured that we support local
hardware suppliers and manufacturers and strive to use only American made building materials.
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Whenever possible, we advocate the use of reclaimed lumber.
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The Ignatius Bed began as a limited edition series, using reclaimed douglas fir from St. Ignatius
College’s gymnasium bleachers. The headboard’s distinctive finish is the result of removing the
material’s softgrain, with a wirewheel. The cantilevered sidetable features a milkglass top and
drawer storage. As demand has grown, we now offer the Ignatius Bed as a custom piece, available
in all bed sizes, with a variety of materials, finishes and orientations to choose from.
01 Limited Edition
Ignatius Bed at Post 27
02 Detail of Cantilevered
This year, Stone Blitzer has been fortunate enough
to partner with one of Chicago’s most energized
retail spaces, Post 27. Working with designer Angela
Finney-Hoffman, we have been selling our Ignatius
Bed here exclusively. We have also particpated in Post 04
27 sponsored events such as Ottomania and the 5th 03 Marcellus Table at DIFFA’s
Annual Guerrilla Truck Show. It’s fair to say we’re a bit Table Blitz
biased, but this is by far our favorite shop in Chicago. 04 Detail of Marcellus Table
This fall, our Marcellus table is included in DIFFA’s
Dining by Design - Table Blitz event. Stores like
Macy’s, Stitch and Post 27 will be displaying tables by 03
some of Chicago’s leading designers in conjunction Marcellus Table
with their annual Dining By Design gala. DIFFA
(Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) is The Marcellus Table is made entirely of reclaimed and milled old-growth douglas fir. Tight grain
one of the oldest and largest funders of HIV/AIDS pieces were selected for the top and the base features robust mortise and tenon jointery. The table
seats six and has a waxed finish.
service and education programs in the U.S.
We like to stay busy at Stone Blitzer and are
constantly working on prototypes for future
production. Some concepts are currently
sitting on the shelf, waiting for the right time
to move forward. However, we are always
interested in discussing ideas with interested
parties and might just have what your company 05
is looking for. 05 Prototype of
06 Sir Douglas
Optimo Hats is a world renowned haberdashery that Chicago is lucky enough to call its own.
Owner Graham Thompson was looking for new display cases that would not only be as well-crafted
as his hats, but also emphasize the classic taste his company has become known for. The custom
casework not only strengthens the display of the hats, but also molds itself to a variety of dynamic
functions around the storefront.
One of the joys of our practice is that we get to work
with other business owners and develop a dialogue
around how their companies work and how spatial
improvements can improve work-flow. Through the
process, we not only gain insight into our own 02
progress, but also develop a personal stake in the
successes of the businesses we work with. We also
make a few new friends.
This year we worked on two dramatic commercial 03
renovations for Optimo Hats and Swim Cafe. The 01
results were fabulous upgrades to already popular
We also offer graphic design services that we
approach with the same meticulous detail as our
furniture. Earlier this year we designed the packag-
ing for Whatfor’s latest album, Sooner Late Than Never
and more recently, the identity and in-house materials 01 Bamboo banquettes at Swim Cafe
for Swim Cafe. 02 Swim Cafe tables and wall treatment
03 Redesigned Logo
04 Outdoor Seating
Remodeling Swim Cafe began as a dream of ours well before owner Karen Gerod even approached
us about it. The cafe has been a staple in Chicago’s Eckhart Park neighborhood for some time and
the overwhelming demand for seating required a much needed solution. The project upgraded the
space from floor to ceiling, including new carbonized bamboo banquettes, tables and countertops.
This summer saw the addition of outdoor seating and an overhaul of the cafe’s graphic identity,
menus and print materials.
Science of Sound Records
When Science of Sound Records asked us to work on album art for Whatfor’s latest album, “Sooner
Late Than Never”, we decided to challenge ourselves with some parameters. We took a photograph
inspired by the music and content of each song and those twelve images would make up the
booklet. Our challenge was to not use photoshop for the entire process; even the hand lettered text
on the case’s spine had to be photographed. The result was a seamless companion piece to the
album that ended up being noted in many of the album’s reviews.
01 Whatfor Album Cover
02 Booklet Page for
the song “I Can Barely
Ordering custom designed furniture for the home can
be a meticulous process and we strive to make those
decisions as pleasurable as possible. We take great
satisfaction in collaborating with the visions of our
clients, while providing detailed design options to
ensure that the quality and versatility of our work
stands up to that of the lifestyle it enhances.
No idea is too big or small to inspire creative design, 04
and our residential projects have reflected this across 01 Drawing for bedroom built-in
a wide range of scale and complexity. A custom set
02 Custom concrete floating shelves
03 Living Room built-in
04 Guitar storage detail
of floating concrete shelves proved a clean and mod- 03
ern platform to showcase a collection of miniature
chairs. Forms and details of a rare danish chair were
precisely replicated for a custom ottoman. Several Wandawega Lake Resort
different styles of built-in cabinetry and shelving all
transformed seemingly useless space into charged Late this summer, we began working on a very special project. We were approached to design and
build a treehouse around a dying elm that held sentimental value to the owners of Wandawega Lake
transitions between furniture and architecture. One Resort in Elkhorn, WI. The project soon developed into a three-story cabin that supports both the
of our latest projects has also been one of our largest, surrounding architecture and the tree itself. Most of the structure has been built out of reclaimed
building a three-story cabin around a dying elm tree. materials, salvaged from the Wisconsin-Illinois area. This project is still in progress and is expected
to be finished later this fall.
05 Setting joists on the second level of
06 Salvaged joists from an 80-year old
Wisconsin dairy barn