LOCATION Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, USA
LAKE SHORE PENTHOUSE DESIGNER Jessica Lagrange DESIGN COMPANY Jessica Lagrange Interiors PHOTOGRAPHER Tony Soluri
Jessica Lagrange Interiors was commissioned by a prominent Chicago lawyer and his wife to design their spectacular 836 m² unit in a twenty-six story residential building on Chicago’s legendary Lake Shore Drive. The stunning building include a stone tower with a zinc mansard roof honoring French history. For this significant penthouse unit, which was used as the couple’s city pied a terre, the designers took cues from the building’s French Beaux Arts character that at first glance looked as transported directly from Boulevard Haussmann in Paris. The general layout of the unit was based on the neoclassical principles of symmetryly relating to axes, the hierarchy of spaces, and harmonic proportions. The “Rotunda” became a significant connection between the public (gallery and entertainment) and private (guest suite and office) areas. A mural created by Scott Waterman titled “Ice Breaking” wraped this elliptical space. 120
The expansive Living Room, with its breathtaking Lake Michigan views, was adjacent to the peeky cypress paneled Library and the large round Dining Room housed in the corner “turret”. The gold leafed eglomise gracing the walls and ceiling of the powder room brought a touch of glamour. Elegantly-detailed painted paneling, antiqued oak herringbone floors and custom hardware on double butternut doors were a few of the elements that contribute to the home’s unique character. The furnishings chosen were an exquisite mix of unique antique pieces, like the 19th-Century Venetian grotto console table, and new classic pieces such as the Victoria Hagan St. Simone chairs upholstered in hair-on zebra hide. Custom furniture and light fixtures, such as the gildes “Wisteria” chandelier and sconces featured in the Dining Room play an important role throughout.