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The eternal challenge of Christmas shopping is two-fold. First is the challenge of the malls: Can we avoid them? Second is the challenge of our imagination: Can we find a way to use it? The Deco the Halls 20th Century Design Show answers “Yes” to those concerns. Regarding the first challenge, the event takes place at the Concourse Exhibition Center, which is nothing like a mall. It is much more like a giant Canadian Northwoods lodge repurposed for gatherings of like-minded people to engage in low-intensity shopping. At the center, one readily imagines giant hearths ablaze at each end of the warm, wood-framed facility. Regarding our second challenge, the show guarantees that your imagination runs wild, with more than 200 exhibitors covering most every major design movement from 1900-1999. There's Art Nouveau, Mid-Century Modern, Arts & Crafts, and of course Art Deco. You're not bound by corporate America’s very narrow idea of what makes “the perfect gift” -- neckties and barbecue tools for men, slippers and lavishly illustrated cookbooks for women, and stuffed bunnies and toy weapons for the children. Instead, this event encourages individual expression through a century’s worth of items and objects -- books, prints, clothing, jewelry, fine art, furniture, pottery, glass, and accessories. And buying vintage anything is as “green” as you can get -- recycled excellence without the expense or energy consumption of recycling.
Nov. 3-Dec. 4, 2011

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