Marian Kraus Photography and State Street Salvage Opening Showroom at Chicago’s Grand Avenue Design District

Chicago, IL, August 11, 2010 --( Fox Valley area based Marian Kraus Photography and State Street Salvage are joining a growing number of vintage, salvage and modernist-inspired furniture and home accessory stores.

The idea to combine the visionary talents of all three artists Kevin Hanley, Steve Peterson and Marian Kraus was born out of the desire to provide people with a “one stop shop” destination, allowing them to find and procure very unique, functional and artistic furniture, fine art photography as well as home and garden accessories. In their own words: “By conveying the feeling, energy as well as spirit of our artistic visions and designs, our desire is to inspire our clients to transform their living and working spaces into meaningful and healing environments. Ultimately however, we want to contribute to the greater good of all.”

An example of that is how the new venue derived its name. After inviting their friends on Facebook to come up with ideas for a name, ‘NauHaus - Reclaimed Furniture and Fine Art Photography for a New Era’ was conceived by a teacher who is currently deployed on an aircraft carrier. His reasoning for the name play, from Bauhaus, the school of design from the 30’s and the band from the 70’s, comes into play with the re-claimed industrial furniture and décor, the evolution of photography, coupled with giving it a funky, cool European cachet. It furthermore plays to the Zeitgeist of hipsters old and young and has a ring of old and new. One might also resonate with the tagline and suggestion of ‘Now’ and a ‘New Era’ while looking to put the last few years of economic depression behind. And, the new Era is one of sustainability and recycling.

‘NauHaus’ is located in an airy, open, 15’ high ceiling 2,000 sq. ft. showroom at 2248 West Grand Avenue in Chicago, IL. It is situated amidst other well recognized designer showrooms such as Buckingham Interiors & Design, Sentimental Gardens, European Furniture Warehouse, Salvage One, Post 27, MCM Grand and UberModern. To find out more about the district please visit

About Marian Kraus Photography:

Combining his professional background and personal outlook, Marian Kraus’ photography differs from most of that of other photographers. With a sharp and passionate perception for design, aesthetics and expression, Marian Kraus conveys his inimitable photographic perspectives of Architecture, Nature, Elements and People to the Design and Advertising Communities.

After departing his corporate career in 1999, Marian Kraus’ Fine Art Photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in a growing number of private, corporate and institutional art collections. His commercial photography services have encompassed the architectural, advertising, corporate and editorial markets. For more information please visit his website at

About State Street Salvage:
Kevin Hanley initially spent 15 years working in the clothing business, gathering a wide array of expertise and experiences. He then joined his family’s antiques and interiors business, Les Tissus Colbert and honed his varied business and design skills. Kevin’s constant drive and search for items that were creative, functional and unique, coupled with his extensive travels throughout Europe, led to the creation of State Street Salvage.

Steve Peterson has an extensive background in woodworking, which ranges from building custom furniture to restoring the most intricate antiques. His career started at the age of 12 which led him to become an artistic and accomplished woodworker and craftsman.

Through State Street Salvage, Steve and Kevin have been able to combine their talents of reinventing and repurposing unique and functional furniture for homes and to bring that to an otherwise boring marketplace. From side tables, wine racks and coffee tables to distinctive kitchen islands and serving pieces, lamps and chairs, State Street Salvage combines artistry and functionality in every piece they create.

For more information please visit their website at

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