Chai Ming Studios showcases collections from Manchee Leathers and Gratz Archives during NeoCon 2011.

9 June 2011

CHICAGO, IL, June 9, 2011— For NeoCon 2011, June 13-15th, Chai Ming Studios will be displaying collections from Manchee Leathers and Gratz Archives in the Chai Ming Studios showroom, Suite #1689, in the Merchandise Mart.

Gary L Lee, the owner of Chai Ming Studios and president of the interior design firm Gary Lee Partners, is thrilled to showcase these three collections. “Each is a wonderful expression of superb design. They complement the Chai Ming Studios aesthetic: classic, tasteful, and elegant.”

These residential-scale, wood, metal, and leather furniture pieces and distinctive leather product are equally suitable for application in commercial reception areas, private offices, personal residences, or hospitality environments.

Manchee Leathers’ Stardust Collection
Philip Manchee’s newest leather product, the Stardust Collection, will be on unveiled during NeoCon 2011 at the Chai Ming Studios showroom in the Merchandise Mart. The Stardust Collection combines the beauty of nubuck suede with metallic “stardust” to create a softly shimmering product that is supple and enduring. With a wide range of colors from neutral silver and gold to a stunning aqua or a custom hue, the Stardust Collection is perfect for a statement piece or dramatic accent furniture. It’s the best of both worlds: rich, without being glitzy, and amazingly soft to the touch.

Gratz Archive
David Rosencrans, the owner of Gratz Industries, a world leader in custom metal fabrication, presents the Gratz Archive Collection at the Chai Ming Studios showroom during NeoCon 2011. The collection features classic, mid-century furniture pieces from the celebrated modern designers Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gratz, William Katavolos, Ross Littell, Douglas Kelly, and Ulrich Franzen.

Each of the chairs in this collection is carefully crafted from quality leather with a polished stainless steel frame. The tables feature roman travertine stone or walnut wood tops and polished steel frames, as well. Standing and table lamps, designed by Ulrich Franzen, are made from either polished or satin brass or stainless steel with a frosted glass shade.


Chai Ming Studios is owned by Chicago-based designer Gary L Lee, a winner of the prestigious Interiors Designer of the Year award and member in the highly selective Interior Design Hall of Fame. Chai Ming Studios showcases luxury, residential-scale furniture, lighting, and accessories suitable for residential, commercial, and hospitality applications. All Chai Ming Studios pieces are hand-crafted in the USA. The showroom is located in Suite #1689 of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. For more information, please contact Anne Nowicki at or visit our website at


From Ontario, Canada, Manchee Leather works with a leading tannery group in Arzignano, Italy – the furniture leather capital of the world – to offer a broad selection of luxurious upholstery leather and top quality European hides to the interior and product design industries. With many years of experience and strong technical capabilities, Manchee Leather also offers custom colors and finishes. Manchee Leather was founded by Philip Manchee, an internationally-renowned expert in leather. After working with several tanneries in Italy, he co-founded Spinneybeck and was the president until it was bought by Knoll. He also co-founded The Leather Institute and LeResco, two leather furniture repair and restoration companies that still serve the industry. Visit for more information.


From their studios in Manhattan, Gratz Industries (formerly Treitel-Gratz) has been working with architects, artists, contractors, designers, and sculptors for two generations. They produce custom furniture, sculptures, architectural metalwork, displays, signs, and lighting fixtures. Their knowledge of engineering, mechanics, and materials has earned the company a loyal following. Their artisan-quality craftsmanship, creativity, and attention to detail shows in every project they undertake. Gratz has worked with such notables as Mies Van der Rohe, Donald Deskey, Raymond Lowey, Marcel Breuer, Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Lieberman, I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Phillip Johnson, Massimo Vignelli, Hugh Hardy, Donald Judd, Walter De Maria, Forrest Myers, Nicos Zographos, Sol le Witt, Robert Indiana, Barnett Newman, Liam Gillick, John Portman, Maya Lin, Dakota Jackson, Robert Rauschenburg, Santiago Calatrava, Deborah Berke, Diane Lewis, and William Katavolos. For more information, visit




Gratz Archive
Sling Lounge Chair