To celebrate furniture and art produced by local artists and designers, Sarkis and myself attended a reception at the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. We joined other guests such as designer Holly Hunt, president of the School of the Art Institute Walter Massey, and Carol Rosofsky, wife of Seymour Rosofsky painter of “Unemployment Agency” the office’s art showpiece.

A few weeks prior, Sarkis had received a phone call from Mayor Rahm Emmanuel requesting a specific rug designed by Susan Sissman. Oscar Isberian Rugs hosted a student competition a few years back and her rug caught the attention of Tom O’Briant, designer and longtime friend of Mayor Emanuel. When Sarkis was contacted he thought it was joke. How often do you get a phone call saying “this is Mayor Rahm Emanuel”? Tom was doing some research on locally designed furniture, rugs and art. Susan’s rug was selected as the new rug that will grace the sofa and side chairs from Holly Hunt and coffee table from Doug Levine.

It was nice to see this fresh new look in his office. The idea of promoting Chicago based designers and artists are something we are proud to be a part of. Congratulations to Susan for designing the rug and having the opportunity to show your design in the mayor’s office. We are happy that your rug was chosen to represent the city of Chicago and Oscar Isberian Rugs. Please follow this link to read the full article on the Chicago Business website.