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Paris on the Prarie Kadlec Design exemplifies Chicago style in a citified, charming urban oasis WINTER 2011

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HIGH-MInded Pappageorge Haymes changes the perspective / seasIde estates Accolade shows Miami clients the ropes


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contents FEATURES

Latin Roots Approaching design in a holistic way, striving for aesthetic cohesion and collaborating with local artisans, Commune painstakingly returns a1920s Spanish-style home in Los Angeles to its former glory.

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Chicago Style From architect and designer profiles to the showroom floors they frequent, get an insider’s look at the Midwest’s best on the luxury home market.

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View from the Top

p 82 young and modern Beautiful touches adorn this high-rise penthouse by Alison Victoria Interiors, with Portofino Console by Cattelan Italia (, Ambra stone tiles from Artistic Tile ( lamp and birds from West Elm ( Leather stool is custom made by Alison Victoria Interiors.

Pappageorge Haymes Partners picks up where Daniel Burnham left off over a century ago with One Museum Park East and West offering views from the South end of the Chicago’s Grant Park.

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Beachfront Beauties By combining their talents, experience and expertise, partners Henrique Chor and Jorge Esteban of Accolade Construction Company create highstyle dream homes in southern Florida.

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New Order The architectural power duo, Kuth/Ranieri Architects, implements multifunctional elements to give their commercial and residential projects mileage while placing sustainability at the forefront of their initiatives.

Photo: Alan Shortall; cover photo: Tony Soluri

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ON THE COVER A warm but neutral color scheme starts in the foyer of Kadlec’s Urban Terrace residence, with a custom chocolatecolored rug by Tai Ping (taipingcarpets. com), Erato wall fabric by Jim Thompson ( and the sleek Marly Demilune console from Jean de Merry ( This home is one of three gorgeous spaces in our Chicago Home Tour: Kara Mann Design page 100 Kadlec Architecture + Design Gary Lee Partners page 108 WINTER 2011

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acclaim Custom-home projects of note 22

wilton poolhouse


dune house


SWEEPING SEA VIEWS The exacting vision of Accolade Construction Company affords seaside dwelling Miami residents breathtaking views amid a tropical sanctuary.

Construction firms specializing in peerless residences 29

A. Vernon Allen Builder Inc.


Washburn Construction

PROJECTS Intimate look behind the scenes 34

The Heritage Home


River North Penthouse

REMODEL Tackling challenges of home renovation 39

Ken Gemes Interiors


Sroka Design


Foster Dale Architects


Tim Mathais Designs, LLC

model home Designers explore creative possibilities with their own homes 47

Mastiff Development

DESIGNERS Creative minds in interiors, landscapes, and furnishings Stephanie Wohlner Design


Susan Lachance Interior Design


Anne Coyle


Expressive Interiors


Deborah Wecselman Design


Kitchens by Design


Montgomery Roth Architecture

the plans A showcase of sleek, modern architecture— from plans to completion 135

architects Providing concepts and programs for deluxe homes

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Designer Showcase An in-depth look at some of the industry’s most unique designers 64

Smith Boyd Interiors


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Phillipe Stuebi Architekten GMBH


Hackley & Associates Architects, Inc.


TKP Architects


Constantine D. Vasilios & Associates


Margolis Inc.

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Editor’s Note

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What’s New Industry news, awards, and product innovations page 10

Calendar Trade shows and special events in the coming months page 12

On the Rise Spotlighting designs that stimulate the senses page 14

Books Industry expertise and inspiration page 25

Trends Home furnishing concepts en vogue page 18

Behind the Lines featuring Jaime Hayón page 26


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Products+Services Spotlight At Home With Martin Horner

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p 94 Tato Tattoo by Maurizio Galante for Cerruti Baleri

high-rise Taking luxury to new heights 150

Hariri & Hariri

Vacation Second homes and getaways across the globe 153

2010 House of the Year

ECO-LUXURY The best in sustainable living 156

Giulietti Schouten Architects


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editor’s note ROOM WITH A VIEW In the dining room of this Michigan Avenue residence designed by Kara Mann, a Lumiere chandelier by Jean de Merry ( and navy-striped Missoni curtains ( complement a floor-to-ceiling view of the city. Openbacked Bilou Bilou chairs ( allow view of the handcrafted Luna dining table (

Much of the creative work we see is distinguishable for its rigor and sophistication. Sam Vintz of Volume Gallery (p.16) contributes the success of projects here to hard work and freedoms seldom found in other cities. “[Chicago] allows us to grow and explore in a way that can’t be done in bigger places, like New York,” he says. “We can experiment and try out new venues; it allows us to be more creative.” The wealth of talent from hard work is apparent here. With such a rich architectural and design history, Chicago is known internationally as a platform for creative achievement. In “View from the Top” (p.112) Pappageorge Haymes Partners establish a new landmark along the city’s skyline and reaffirm our faith in the spirit of site-specific building with One Museum Park Towers. Adding to the mix are Simeone Deary Design Group (p.86), Studio Gang (p.88) and Gary Lee Partners (p.108) all of whom include individual design perspectives that maintain the landscape on view in our city.


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This issue also showcases a number of projects in other cities that complete the well-rounded image of creative success. In Los Angeles, Commune’s Catalina Residence shared in “Latin Roots” (p.70), restores the character of a 1920s Spanish-style villa with updates that speak to its original charm. Harkening back to pre-colonial Mexican and Moorish design as inspiration, this project is an on-point fusion of old world style and modern sensibility. Similarly, Florida’s Accolade Construction Company, featured in “Beachfront Beauties,” (p.118) stay true to stylistic roots with modern revivals. Informed by a variety of sources, including Mediterranean and French architecture, Accolade’s work brings a traditional aesthetic to contemporary vacation homes. Our cover story featuring Kadlec Architecture + Design’s Urban Terrace Project (p.104) is a complete vision of luxury—beautifully designed, supremely sophisticated, and true to the foundations of its character. The home, found in Chicago’s landmark art deco Palmolive Building, has a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces which are perfectly complemented by city views. While this issue primarily features work from the city closest to our hearts, our hope is to acknowledge creative professionals everywhere for their commitments to innovative projects where informed decision-making and resourcefulness are paramount.

The Editors

Photo: Bill Timmerman


uxury Home Quarterly is thrilled to dedicate this issue to artists, architects and designers working in the city we call home: Chicago. A metropolitan oasis amidst endless waves of grain, the members of this dynamic community surmount obstacles with innovation, defy boundaries with improvisation and combat the mundane with a generous application of resourcefulness.


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account manager Jacqui Lowisz

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designer Mike Domzalski

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copy editors Lauryn Allison Lewis Jamie Ludwig Teresa Silva Chris Terry


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Industry news, awards, and product innovations


LEED Takes Measures to Recognize Green Initiatives The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has introduced a new aspect of the LEED Rating System for green building certifications known as the Pilot Credit Library (PCL). Nine new credits have been added: Ergonomics Strategy, Site Assessment, HVAC Commissioning, Acoustic Comfort, Discovery–Analysis to Support Integrative Process, Implementing Synergies, Environmentally Preferable Non-Structural Products and Materials–Prescriptive Attributes, Responsible Sourcing of Raw Material, and Avoidance of Chemicals of Concern in Building Materials. This marks an important milestone in the history of LEED, placing a precedent on environmental responsibility and recognizing those builders who take measures to meet the Council’s accreditation. For more detailed descriptions of the credits and their point value visit Source: USGBC


Premium Residential Design Software Kicks into High Gear


2011 myMarvin Architect’s Challenge The 2011 myMarvin Architect’s Challenge recognizes the best architecture in the US, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom. Eleven winners were chosen this year, including Marcus Gleysteen for the Overlook House in Lexington, Massachusetts, and Michael Barclay for a the Dethlefs Residence in Happy Valley, Oregon. The use of Marvin windows and doors is a requirement for the contest, but judges also chose the winners based on beauty, sustainability and creativity. “These winning projects are an inspiring display of architecture,” says Brett Boyum, director of marketing for Marvin Windows and Doors. “These architects show what’s possible with inspiration and a focus on quality.” The myMarvin Architect’s Challenge winners are flown to Minnesota for an AIA tour of significant buildings and a trip to the Marvin factory. Source: Marvin Windows and Doors


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WINNING WINDOWS Inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, amenities abound in the myMarvin award-winning Dethlefs Residence (top), including a wine room and an exercise room with sauna. Built upon the footprint of an existing home, the Overlook Home (bottom) features live and work areas arranged around a central hall and stairway to unify the space.

Known for their go-to auto-rendering tools, SoftPlan software offers innovative solutions for residential and light commercial design, allowing architects to build digital models of their projects before they are built on site. SoftPlan has just released the much-anticipated SoftPlan 2012, multi-document interface and the 14th generation of SoftPlan software. The improved CAD package now includes a 3D rendering engine, which allows nearly every task to be completed in a 2D or 3D model. Users will love the convenience of building data now integrated directly with the U.S. Department of Energy’s REScheck Building Energy Codes Program. The programs libraries are now enhanced, with over 33,000 3D symbols, material textures and construction details. A trial version of the software, as well as a demonstration DVD are available through Source: Softplan

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Architonic, Material ConneXion create a nexus of materials

ing. The PaperCut panels are part of 3form’s Varia Ecoresin line of translucent, customizable panels that can be used for a wide variety of architectural applications. “3form is committed to its Path to Zero—the goal of sending zero waste to landfill,” says Crystal Frost, the company’s director of sustainability. “PaperCut is one of a growing family of products that is bringing us closer to that goal.”

The variety of material choices is ever-growing. Designers of every discipline will rejoice at this compendium of extraordinary materials and advanced processes. New York-based architecture and design resource Architonic is collaborating with global materials-consultancy group Material ConneXion to offer an online library with access to the world’s most innovative materials. Material ConneXion’s selections were juried by experts on the interconnections of science and design. This means that their vetted materials represent the most outstanding trends. These selections have been integrated under Architonic’s “Product & Materials” database on where subscribers can begin browsing thousands of choices now.

Source: 3form

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3form’s PaperCut panes are a green use for old catalogs Eco-friendly material manufacturer 3form is putting their leftover catalogs to use by “re-issuing” them as panels. Each 4’x8’ PaperCut panel features roughly one catalog’s worth of colorful shredded paper, giving any space a vibrant look while adding sustainability to building and design projects. The panels are made from at least 40 percent pre-consumer recycled resin, and are terrific for projects seeking LEED certification for sustainable build-


‘Shanghai’ i.light® Light-transmitting Panels by Italcementi Group When architect Giampaolo Imbrighi was commissioned to design the Italian Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China, he challenged Italcementi Group to develop a transparent, sustainable and cost-effective building material for the exterior walls. The ‘Shanghai’ i.light® light-transmitting panel was conceived. Enveloping exterior areas built with cementitious materials, the panels allow

interior light to filter out, and daylight to filter in. The result is an eco-friendly harmony between structure and environment. The Italian Pavilion was adorned with over 3,000 translucent cement panels, creating a stunning interplay between light and shadow. Composed of TX Active® “smog-eating” cement and reinforced with stainless steel fibers, the panels have polymer resin inserts for higher

luminous transmittance than fibre optics or glass. This year, Italcementi Group will begin marketing their latest innovative material to an audience encompassing the artistic and design sectors and will develop the product further to include greater variations in size, color and shape. Source: Italcementi Group


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on the rise

Popular trends and rising stars in the luxury-home market

TURN THE TABLES The 3:1 Table is a deconstructed cube that functions as a table or three objects. The Helic Table (right) creates unique spaces depending on its rotation.

Chicago method TJ Okeefe Furniture maker TJ O’Keefe is a lover of all things orderly. This designer presents unique, geometry-inspired tables, chairs and objects, which are distilled down to their most basic forms. “Everything I do is very precise,” says O’Keefe. “I think the simplest forms are the most beautiful and compelling, and I try to do the most with the least.” O’Keefe began creating his own furniture two years ago, and has found Chicago to be a city supportive of his trade. Looking close to home first, he uses only local craftsmen to manufacture his goods, and credits the Chicago furniture showroom Haute Living for being the first to sell his wares. Next up for O’Keefe is a new line of lighting and international exposure, as he reveals new pieces at the Qubique furniture tradeshow in Berlin, Germany. This methodical designer with an eye for detail is one to keep watching. –Saundra Marcel


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Chicago woodwork With these exemplary pieces from local designers, handcrafted furniture guarantees quality.

Bella CHAIR Deirdre Jordan and Bob Robinson, founders of Troscan Design, adhere strictly to the design principles of quality and relevance. Meticulous craftsmanship insures each piece will stand the test of time, not simply the moment’s trends. The versatile Bella chair blends seamlessly with modern or antique dining pieces. It is available in oak or walnut hardwood with aniline dyed leather upholstery in four color choices. –Lauryn Alison Lewis

Jason Lewis FURNITURE Though decidedly contemporary, mid-century modern warmth and timelessness are central features of the pieces fabricated at Jason Lewis Furniture by its founder, Jason Lewis. Close inspection of joinery and rich, artful woodgrains reveal Lewis’s commitment to Shaker traditional craftsmanship. Constructed of black walnut, the tandem CO1 bench will survive the rigors of everyday use with grace and understated beauty. –Lauryn Alison Lewis

Photo of bella chair by: Jim Warych

DAN SULLIVAN The Franklin Series side table is unusual and captivating. Dan Sullivan, founder of Navillus WoodWorks in Chicago, envisioned the table with nine sides and patented the eye-catching, bifurcated leg design; a signature of every piece in the collection. Sullivan gleans influence from the contemporary and mid-century modern aesthetics, as well as the vibrant wilderness of Maine, where he was raised. –Lauryn Alison Lewis


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design platform Felicia Ferrone, ON SPACE, 2010

VOLUME GALLERY In less than two years since it opened, Volume Gallery has presented four major design collections. Business partners Sam Vinz and Claire Warner believed that contemporary American design had been underappreciated and underrated, and so launched Volume Gallery to fill the void. “We wanted to give cutting-edge designers an opportunity to produce work,” says Vinz. “There are enough talented American designers to compete with European designers, but there was just no place for them to do it. We thought we could provide that platform.” Without a permanent physical space, the gallery, in fact, is not actually a gallery at all. The duo operates traveling exhibitions, which have taken place in various spaces in the Chicago area. The benefit of not being locked into one location is the flexibility of selecting environments for each event which best showcases the design work. –Saundra Marcel

Jonathan Muecke, OPEN OBJECTS, 2011

light theory PHOTOS of volume gallery: Sam Macon; Portrait by: Dru Donovan

PERMUTATIONS Permutations, designed by Studio BA’s Brian Anderson, is a batchproduced series of configurable pendant and floor luminaires tailored for compact fluorescent bulbs. Each luminaire is composed of a spacer and two thermoformed shells of performance acrylic. Anderson, who has MFAs in writing and design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, summarizes his approach as a hybrid of “the impulses of process engineering, sculptural approaches to materials, decisive responses to real world constraints of fabrication, and a painterly concern for color and composition.” Anderson is attracted to the problem of “ugly,” which is often reduced to the challenge of understanding how something unappealing in isolation, such as a color, can be transformed and activated in a larger system. –Jessica Kirby


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1. “R-Table” by Rainer Mutsch; 2. “Fragments of Stars” bench by Periphere; 3. “Crystaline” series by Hariri & Hariri for AF Supply; 4. “Split” pendant by Palette Industries; 5. “Edrar” chair by Etienne Hotte; 6. “Arctic Rock” dressoir by Jasper van Grootel for JSPR; 7. “Rocking Chair” by Rainer Mutsch for Sixinch; 8. “Small Block” by Jasper van Grootel for JSPR;


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1. “Framed” installation by Stuart Haygarth at the V&A museum for London Design Week 2010; 2. “Accidental” carpet by Tejo Remy for Droog; 3. “Colour Plaid 02” by Scholten & Baijings; 4. “Pink Pleats” by Angharad McLaren Textiles; 5. “Neon Rippled Pleats” by Angharad McLaren Textiles; 6. “Neon Green Jacquard Shibori Pleats” by Angharad McLaren Textiles. 7. “Virgola” covered in geometric jacquard Mogle with sides in red knitted Trevira Mana by Missoni; 8. “Acid Palm” wallpaper by Jonathan Adler;






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photo of accidental carpet by Tejo Remy; colour plaid 02 by INGA POWILLEIT

vibrant-hued textiles recall free-spirted frame of mind


chicago style Follow our exclusive guide of Chicago’s luxury market, complete with elegant homes, chic showrooms and the people who make them unmissable. 78

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Other renowned Chicago firms in this issue 36 JamesThomas 43 Foster Dale Architects 45 Tim Mathais Designs, LLC 50 Stephanie Wohlner Design* 55 Anne Coyle 56 Expressive Interiors 141 Hackley & Associates 146 Constantine D. Vasilios & Associates


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APPETIZING ARRANGEMENT In the kitchen, the impact of the clean-lined La Cornue cabinetry ( is heightened by traditional touches like a classic plate rack and an oversized island with a honed limestone countertop, turned spindle legs and a handpainted taupe stain.

Powerful design meets personalized beauty with Jessica Lagrange Interiors

“I really enjoy the intimate relationships with clients,” says Lagrange, principal at Jessica Lagrange Interiors. “I didn’t find it as satisfying working with commercial projects.” At her firm, which she founded in 1998, Lagrange has a staff of just seven—including a licensed architect, senior and junior designers and a business manager—and is personally involved in the dozen or so projects the company handles at any given time. Each project is fueled by the client’s personality and lifestyle and a desire to create beautiful spaces that comfortably transcend the everyday. While you won’t find a signature “Lagrange look,” the firm often incorporates a mix of “high and low”


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pieces and puts an unexpected spin on established design styles. In an apartment on North Lake Shore Drive, clients moving into a new high-rise building needed inspiration and furnishings. The couple was moving from the suburbs and wanted to entertain and host fundraising events. When clients don’t have an established style, Lagrange and her team help find a creative starting point. And so the building’s architectural elements and La Cornue stove and kitchen cabinetry inspired the creation of “a Parisian-style apartment that you might find on Rue du Bac,” says Lagrange. Hand-painted wallpaper with a delicate wisteria pattern graces one of the guest bedrooms, and in a rotunda between the living room and art gallery, a custom-made light fixture and console table were designed in the style of famed French designer Gilbert Poillerat. In the home’s courtly sitting room, gilded accessories and panels of recycled antiqued rolled mirror from Armand Lee & Company celebrate the ornamentation of the Beaux Arts apartments in Paris. –Amy Howell Hirt

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Textiles first ignited Jessica Lagrange’s interest in interior design, while working in the materials library at world-renowned architecture firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. But for the past 25 years now, it’s been her relationships with clients and co-workers that has sustained her love affair with interior architecture and design.

Tom Stringer Design Partners consider every possibility when reimagining a client’s space Tom Stringer Design Partners, a luxury interior design firm with its own travel-inspired home furnishing collection, TexStyle, has made a name for itself by offering unique, multidisciplinary, client-friendly services. The 15-year-old, Chicago-based company creates spaces that nod to local architecture, while acting as a client’s agent. Often, that means consulting with acoustic specialists and architecture and landscape teams

to bring projects to fruition, worry-free. That’s true whether he’s creating a pied-à-terre in his hometown, imagining spaces for Grant Achatz’s restaurants and lounges or outfitting a large Santa Barbara estate. “Many people don’t have the time, capacity or interest in managing a project themselves,” says Tom Stringer, principal. “We make things as easy


as possible for our clients.” Meanwhile, Stringer’s upholstered furniture and rug collection—available to the public in showrooms nationwide— features rugs inspired by Moroccan mosaics and modern-meets-classic furniture inspired by highly romantic European hotels. –Jennifer Olvera


Anne Kustner Lighting Design is fluent in the language of lighting As lighting designer for an engineering firm in the 80s, Anne Kustner Haser saw herself as something of a marriage counsellor. “The architect would want a big, beautiful fixture while the engineer would say ‘That’s not going to give you the light you need.’ I had to find solutions to bring form and function together,” Kustner Haser says. Since establishing the Chicago-based Anne Kustner Lighting Design in 1994, Anne and her team continue to marry

LIGHT SHOW 1. An onyx bar incorporates a color wheel in the illuminated surface that changes colors at the touch of a button (

form and function, offering energy-efficient and adaptable lighting that enhance a space in unexpected ways. An illuminated, white onyx bar featured in a recent Chicago penthouse does just that, creating continuity between the lighting and the sleek, clean design. “The lighting became a part of the vocabulary of the architecture, it added a rhythm to the space,” Kustner Haser says. “That’s really what we do; creativity with refinement and restraint.” –Jamie Farshchi

2. IO Linear LED lighting (iolighting. com), tucked into an architectural slot, bring out the deep colours and rich feel of the marble wall. Downlights by Deltalight (deltalight. com). Zero Sightline downlights in the background by Lucifer Lighting (


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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT #1 Atlantis chandelier by Hudson Furniture Inc.: The chandelier is scaled to meet the calling of the space and is in juxtaposition with a needletipped skyscraper outside the window, creating elegant balance and a striking view.

PERFECT MATCH Alison Victoria Gramenos was able to implement many pieces she had her eye on for years in this 2,700-square-foot penthouse. The bar stools are Costantini Pietro ( and fabric is Holly Hunt leather (

Key pieces of Alison Victoria Interior Design’s penthouse suite fuse natural elements and urban sophistication the space as she would her own, implementing pieces she’d had her eye on for years, but had yet to find a context for.

“If I did that I’d be out of a job,” she says. In a competitive, convoluted industry, the ability to be versatile and accessible is what breathes life into her work.

The client was transitioning from a single family home with a traditional design to a 2,700-square-foot, two-bedroom suite and wanted to retain the subtle, natural look they were used to, but have a modern space. To achieve this, Gramenos used natural elements like wood millwork and flooring, and stone and marble finishes to bring contrast and texture to the neutral color palette. A water feature trickles behind cantilevered floating shelves and is lit with LED lights and the city skyline for tranquil evenings.

“Whether I’m designing a boutique in LA with bubble gum pink floors or an American Indian themed cabin in Park City, I always do as my client asks,” says Gramenos.

Custom selections from Gramenos’ AVC furniture line—influenced by shoe designer Christian Louboutin and architects Frank Gehry and Antonio Gaudi —complete the look. An inspiration the client appreciated.

Her work on the 53rd-floor penthouse suite in Chicago’s Trump Tower—inspired by the skyline and an insatiable desire to infuse every detail with clean, timeless sophistication—was an unusual treat because she was able to design

“Every job starts with some sort of inspiration,” says Gramenos. “It’s a team effort, but I remain in the lead by opening clients’ eyes to different ideas or applications for that initial inspiration.” –Jessica Kirby


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PHOTOS: alan shortall

Chicago’s own Alison Victoria Gramenos debuts as a television host this fall on the new DIY Network series “Kitchen Crashers” in which she will follow unsuspecting, home improvement store shoppers home and transform their kitchens over a weekend. It is a spot she’s earned after ten years blending the industrial with the glamorous in residential and commercial spaces in Las Vegas, Park City, Los Angeles and Chicago, but she’s been careful not to label herself with a particular style.

CHICAGO STYLE #2 Carnegie Fabric drapery by Design Window Solutions: Roller shade sheers with a vertical, metallic silver stripe easily keep the view unobstructed and stay with the design’s clean sightlines, which allow the focus to remain on the skyline.

#3 Water feature wall Natural elements bring texture to an otherwise neutral palette. The water feature trickles behind cantilevered shelves, and at night the city lights and color-changing LEDs create a dynamic surface and an element of tranquility.

#4 Calacatta marble by Calacatta Luxury Stone: The client’s lifestyle is such that we were afforded a rare opportunity to use marble to achieve a sophisticated, clean look that is often sacrificed for functionality.

#5 Wave tile by Artistic Tile: The fireplace is boxy, but the Wave tile is whimsical and creates fluid movement throughout the space.


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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT Here to There From the vantage point of the antique secretary desk, gracious views— from framed, found art to an elegant French tapestry—abound.

Michael Del Piero Good Design’s Gold Coast Vintage Project showcases global finds and a penchant for understated elegance

“About seven years ago, I was traveling with a friend in Europe,” says the Gold Coast resident. “I decided to buy a bunch of things and fill an empty North Shore home I owned and have a sale. It sold out in three days.” Del Piero went on to offer two more annual sales, the second one garnering blocks-long lines and before long, she was being asked to oversee redesign projects. Interior design publications began to take notice, and her industry credibility and confidence began to grow. In late 2006, Chicago-based Michael Del Piero Good Design was born. “I knew I needed a staff,” Del Piero admits. “So, in 2008 I hired a few designers and started a home furnishings boutique in addition to my design firm.” Del Piero’s sense of style melds the rustic with the luxurious, the rough with the refined. “To me, that’s what makes a space livable,” she says. “A ‘real’ home is a place you want to bring your friends and family.” The designer favors limited edition and singular accessories, and she finds that simple, upholstered furniture typically serves her clients well. “I have a preference for quality pieces with clean lines,” explains the designer. This approach affords a blank canvas.


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Michael Del Piero Good Design is rooted in stylish sensibility and team collaboration, with a focus on personalized customer service. “I head every project and dictate my vision, but my designers and I always work as a team,” says Del Piero, pointing to recent projects such as a traditional Lake Bluff home now decked in gray-blue tones and eye-catching antique furnishings. “My preference is to redesign whole spaces, from the painting and flooring to the art placement.” Or take the noteworthy three-bedroom, two-bath Gold Coast Vintage project as another case in point. The 2,500-square-foot graystone replete with 14-foot ceilings and original crown moldings, strikes an urban-yetromantic tone. “We scoured auctions and flea markets for artifacts and took trips to Argentina, France, the Netherlands and several places in Africa, including Morocco,” Del Piero reveals. A Fortuny silk-topped table, a charcoal nude from France and custom-upholstered Edelman Leather bench were just a few of the treasures Del Piero found on her journeys. Meanwhile, Del Piero sells rugs, art, textiles and furniture—including custom and salvaged pieces—nationally from her home furnishings boutique. It’s also where you’ll find exclusive, sculptural Lucy Slivinski lighting and Janet Mesic Mackie photography. –Jennifer Olvera

PHOTOS: bill hogan

Michael Del Piero has always had an appreciation of, and keen sense for, smart design. A longtime businesswoman and executive corporate coach, she has traveled extensively, collecting unusual artifacts to display in her home. One particular trip abroad proved to be life-changing.

Kitchen Comforts Mid-century chairs sealed in resin and burlap hold court with antique candlesticks and a vintage steel table.


At the Heart The living room exudes warmth and sophistication with an oversized, linencovered sofa, Parisian charcoal nude and a custom Edelman Leather hide-upholstered bench (

Go Global The welcoming den features an 18th-century Swedish secretary procured from the Netherlands, offset by a flea market-found antique Buddha statue, antique leather books and an African textileswathed slipper chair.

Far and Wide Arts and crafts benches team with a framed, embroidered French silk tapestry and a 19th-century Swedish chandelier, hung above a wrought iron wreath-topped, blacklacquered Argentine table. WINTER 2011

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Cool Wave Simeone Deary Design Group’s Europeaninfluenced Elysian Hotel

PARIS CALLING For their inspiration, Simeone Deary Design Group turned to the Paris of Coco Chanel and Christian Dior. The team adopted a black-and-white palette punctuated by jewel tones like the emerald panel behind the intimately scaled front desk. Dressmaker details embellish the drapery and furnishings, while lighting—including a spectacular crystal chandelier—accents the design like jewelry.

where the land meets the sea Art created for the restaurant RIA, reflects a water theme. In the dining room, a school of fish, fashioned from customcast resin hooks, swim across a wall.

by Jennifer Olvera

Before beginning a project, interior artists Lisa Simeone and Gina Deary of Simeone Deary Design Group craft a clear vision for their clients. Seeking inspiration from films, books, runways and museums, the Chicago-based firm is a creative force to be reckoned with. Among their recent work is the posh and highly-acclaimed Elysian Hotel. “Typically when we approach a project, there’s a story we’re trying to tell,” says Lisa Simeone, principal and owner. “In this case, it was one rooted in the glamour of 1920s and ’30s Paris, and the timelessness that emerged during that period.” Responsible for the early concept for this property as well as for the design in its entirety—guest rooms, public spaces, two restaurants, a bar and a 14,000-square-foot spa—the goal was to further the structure’s Europeaninfluenced exterior while abstracting Parisian sophistication.


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RUNNING WATER Guests enter RIA through a lounge with a polished granite floor and a curving wall of glass and metallic mesh that ripples like a current.

DREAMLIKE STATES The pool (top) was designed to fulfill the designer’s secret wish: to swim in a pool of roses. Beneath the turquoise water, the bottom of the pool is lined with rose-patterned mosaic tiles. Simeone Deary was challenged to create the five-star hotel bar, Bernard’s (bottom) to become not only a neighborhood hot spot, but a hideaway “departure” for hotel guests. The space was designed to feel decadent, secret and stylish.

ROMAN BATH The spa’s design harkens an idyllic resting place befitting of mythical gods.

“I realized it was a leap of faith to subtract color from the lobby, but we wanted it to exude the glamour of black and white photography,” says Simeone. The lobby is a study in black and white with pops of jewel tones. Dressmaker details embellish the black velvet Miceli drapery and a chandelier custom designed by Simeone Deary to mirror the look of a Coco Chanel broach, which was built by Baldinger in New York. Simeone Deary also designed both of the hotel’s restaurant spaces. Balsan, the artisanal bistro, is inviting and casual. Its “cocoon-like niches” are perfect for an early morning cup of coffee. As the day progresses, the room looks crisp and clean, while dusk ushers in warm, atmospheric lighting. The plush, oversized chairs and gourmet seasonal menu befit any late-evening rendezvous. “We worked with Patti Gilford Fine Arts to procure provocative pieces, ones that feel collected,” Simeone explains, noting the unique Maya Romanoff wall coverings and art elements designed by Howard Harris of Rareform. The hotel’s signature restaurant, RIA, was inspired by the idea of “land meeting sea.” Simeone Deary mirrored this merging with a palette of greens and grays, warmed by rich golds. In the lounge, a polished granite floor and a curving wall of glass and metallic mesh ripple like a current. The main dining room is translucent with metallic leather chairs, silk wall coverings and rattan panels interwoven with a platinum strands. Glistening surfaces contrast earth tones in ebony wall panels and carpets the color of volcanic rock.


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STUDIO GANG’s Customized Sustainable Solutions from Chicago to Shanghai With the crowded skyline of Chicago as its headquarters, Studio Gang Architecture has established its presence worldwide by combining cutting-edge environmental-building practices with a unique, research-based discovery process. “Our internal design process includes a lot of material exploration and experimentation,” says Jeanne Gang, founder and principal of Studio Gang Architecture. “Our ongoing materials research separates us from our competitors. The result of our creative process speaks for itself; we are not a firm with one single standard style.”


The styles of Studio Gang range from the customized concept of “courtyard fabric” in response to the sun and wind at their Zhong Bang Village project in Shanghai, to the design of Canada’s Vancouver Pair towers, which has a sculptural exterior appearance of driftwood to match the region’s wooded mountains and seascape. Green-roof gardens will reduce the heat-island effect on the towers, and water, solar, geothermal and ventilation strategies will reduce the towers’ energy footprint. “Our goal is to integrate green architectural, mechanical and structural systems into our research-based discovery process,” says Gang. –Rodric J. Bradford


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PHOTO of aqua tower exterior, overall view from southeast corner: steven hall / hedrich blessing

Studio Gang’s Aqua Tower, appeals to Chicago’s luxury residential demographic by expanding and lightening the typically closed-in high-rise living experience. Curved balconies add private outdoor space while shading apartments from sunlight, and concrete decks minimize the solar load on the glass façade. “Aqua Tower is about connecting to the city and allowing people to engage in the outdoors with large terraces,” says Gang. “It is not just about the interior—this is why our clients have an appreciation for our work and collaboration process. Our clients receive the benefits of lessons learned over time and the result is customized, sustainable solutions.”

AIA RESIDENTIAL DESIGN COMMITTEE CHAIR, Bill Bickford, valueS responsible building

Eco-conscience Chicago-based architect and American Institute of Architects (AIA) residential design committee chair Bill Bickford says that within the Chicago luxury home market, focus has shifted from opulence to efficiency.

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“The current residential market is strong in custom, high-end homes that are a bit more responsible,” he says. Project square footage is slightly down, and clients want to fully engage their spaces. High-quality material and high-level building technology is still in demand, but for rooms that are fully integrated into daily life in an efficient, comfortable and classic manner. Bickford’s 12-person firm, Northworks Architects + Planners, which primarily handles custom luxury homes, places a strong emphasis on sustainable technology and a contextual and consistent design approach. High-quality insulation and mechanical efficiency contribute to environmental responsibility as much, if not more, than technologies such as geothermal heat and solar panels, Bickford says. “The true idea of green architecture is a well-designed home that is less expensive and less wasteful to heat, cool and operate.” –Jessica Kirby

Go to to see Northwork’s latest project.

GRAND VISTA Radically, this home incorporates the largest residential windows in the country. Sheets of glass more than 10-feet high and 14-feet wide intersect with an expansive floor, stretching 63 feet on the first level. Lateral steel bracing at the front, middle and back of the building free the structure of interior walls.

Leading the City in Residential Innovations Specializing in high-rise renovations and historic restorations, Jake Goldberg of Goldberg General Contracting works with some of the most prominent architects in Chicago. One recent project, the two-story home of Chicago architect Brad Lynch, defined by its geometric façade, open spaces and clean lines, received the 2009 Builder’s Choice Award and was named one of the “World’s Greenest Homes” by Planet Green of the Discovery Network and HGTV. Also in 2009, one of Goldberg’s projects, the Yannell House in Ravenswood, became Illinois’ first LEED Platinum-certified home and Chicago’s first Net Zero Energy building— producing 40 percent more energy than it consumes. For Jake Goldberg it’s not about the money. “Our focus is quality before profitability,” says Goldberg. “We build the best way we can even if we make less money on a project.”

MODERN MARVEL Located on a narrow city lot, the home incorporates 19th-century materials with a 21st-century design. With a startlingly open, geometric façade, this home exemplifies the essence of modernity, using traditional brick, concrete, and steel building materials.

“We feel we are part of an intimate community of general contractors operating at a very high level of execution,” Goldberg says. –Malcolm Garcia


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SOURCES Orange Skin owner Obi Nwazota shares some of his favorite store items

Hexagon Bench by Casamania “The distinctive hexagonal structure is born from research into cells and atoms, which develop into a potentially infinite modularity.”

Jensen armchair by minotti “The Jensen was created to set the standard in design and comfort. The rigid external structure lends stability to the shape, while the goose down cushioning invites surrender.”

Quartier by Tacchini “Quartier is a family of three ottomans that have been designed to be miniature building volumes. For each ‘building’ the designers developed a grid pattern, reminiscent of the glazed façades of modern high-rises.”

Flash Tables by Tom Dixon “A series of tables with uncompromisingly metallic surfaces. The dark bronze tabletops and antique brass bases result in a highly reflective object.”

Orange Skin Chicago-based Orange Skin recently launched a new, designer-interactive website as part of a refocusing and refreshing of the brand. The store was founded as a retail shop in 2001, but quickly evolved into a trade-focused showroom featuring a repertoire of worldly designers’ work that was new to the West. “Access to international design was a limited thing for the American market,” says owner Obi Nwazota. “Our job was to scour the world trying to make the best design available for people in Chicago and beyond.” African-born Nwazota studied architecture in Chicago and considers the city important in what defines the field. “Chicago has gross potential from a cultural perspective,” he says. “When the dust settles, it can also be a provincial city. We learned early to have an international outlook and not sacrifice creativity, professionalism or quality just because someone down the street doesn’t get it.”


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The company fills a niche in the industry. The purpose is not to sell a couch to someone who needs something to sit on, but rather to enrich a client’s life and create a lifestyle with an eye to detail and innovation. Designers featured at Orange Skin, like Antonio Citterio, Ichiro Iwasaki and Hector Serrano, push the limits of contemporary design with visible influences from unexpected industries; aerospace, automotive and old-school handcraftsmanship. “When you look at a finished product...and then buy it because you appreciate the quality, it boosts morale and then it’s like you are flying.” Nwazota is looking to expand the store’s client base by exploring projects in emerging markets. “I am curious and excited to see what opportunities exist beyond the West,” he says. Visit for more information. –Jessica Kirby


Jayson Home & Garden Jayson Home—a bastion of good taste set amid a sea of big box retailers in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood—houses everything needed to outfit one’s home in style. “From upholstered furniture, dining tables and chests of drawers, to one-ofa-kind statement pieces, accessories and lighting, our selection is pretty large without being overwhelming,” says Devin Kirk, vice president of merchandising. Mixing antique finds with new pieces, modern with ethnic, it’s a full-out hodgepodge of style. “We’re not big on sets or matching,” Kirk admits. “Most of what we have can be mixed together for a look that is timeless.” Kirk works with small manufacturers while sourcing one-of-kind items. The result is a flea-market-like vibe, complete with everchanging, oft-unexpected European antique furniture, accessories, lighting and artwork. “We travel around the world yearlong in search of items for our store,” says Kirk, who finds treasures in the south of France and searches for must-haves in small workshops in India. “We look for pieces that are beautifully designed, regardless of their provenance.” Lately, more and more items are being designed and manufactured under the Jayson Home label, including a line of upholstered furniture. Expect to find statement-making furnishings, along with bedding, tabletop accessories, centerpiece-worthy florals and container gardens, as well as pieces from John Derian, Cire Trudon, Oly Studio and John Robshaw. Visit for more information.

Devin Kirk, vice president of merchandising, shares some of his favorite store items

Nolan Console “These are made for us by a small workshop in the South that salvages metal scraps and patchworks them together so that each one is unique. It is such a simple design, but the scale gives it real presence.”

–Jennifer Olvera

Campbell Bench FRANK TABLE

“This piece is inspired by a classic Belgian design, but the bleached oak wood finish and citrine silk make it feel really fresh. Pieces like this are so great for dining rooms because you can squeeze in as many people as you need to and they’re a really simple way to add a little drama.”

“We have carried this table for years and it just never goes out of style. The top has a limed finish that is just about indestructible. Because the shape is so clean and modern, it always looks great balanced with antique French chairs.”

BALTUS COLLECTION, specialists in a variety of customizable wares, is among Chicago’s distinguished contemporary furniture showrooms. With elegant designs rooted in classical forms, the modern atelier uses juxtapositions between finishes and materials to engage a space. Known for carrying large-scale pieces, one of the goals of this Erie St. showroom is to offer high-quality furnishings that embrace a “Mediterranean lifestyle.” –Josh Hauth


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SOURCES Manifesto owners, Richard and Barbara Gorman, share some of their favorite store items

Brancusi cabinet by DARC “‘Functional art piece’ best describes this timeless, modern masterpiece from Spanish architect Fermin Verdeguer, featuring a strong balance of warm, highly polished ebony wood and mirror-polished stainless steel.”

Big Bean desk by Ceccotti “Made from solid American cherry-wood or walnut, this unique, limited-edition workspace is the product of only two craftsmen, hundreds of individual pieces and months of labor.”

Carlo by RB Gorman

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As time passed, the Gormans were called upon to custom-design millwork and

furniture for interior and architectural projects, but it wasn’t until recently they got serious about designing pieces themselves. The company’s in-house furniture line, RB Gorman, carried at both Manifesto and The Bright Group’s showrooms, includes everything from a sleek wooden credenza to a blackened steel desk. “We work with local builders when creating the pieces,” says Richard Gorman, noting this has earned the company a local “green” following. “That’s true of custom-built, custom-finished, ‘off-the-rack’ and one-of-a-kind designs.” Today, the elegant and modern showroom thrives on Wells Street in Chicago’s Gallery District. There, you may encounter a refined, angular desk from Promemoria, sculpture-like pieces from Ceccotti Collezioni or elegant 1930s-inspired seating from Hugues Chevalier. Visit for more information. –Jennifer Olvera

Subzero-Wolf’s recent opening marks the first kitchen appliance showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. With almost every product available on display in the 5,500-square-foot space, new kitchen seekers get up close views of the brand’s offerings. In order to best inform their clientele, the showroom hosts live cooking demonstrations twice a month. Subzero-Wolf chefs curate six-course meals to demonstrate features included in new products and to show how seamlessly the lines of products work together. Currently included are induction stovetops, ethaline gas removers and air purification systems that keep SubzeroWolf at the forefront of technological progress in refrigeration and cooking appliances. –Josh Hauth


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Architect Richard Gorman and interior designer Barbara Gorman, the husband and wife team behind Manifesto, are pioneers of Chicago’s luxury furniture market. Their multi-level, sunlight-drenched design atelier—nestled in Chicago’s River North neighborhood—got its start in 1986, selling designs and reproductions from 1890 to 1940, a stark contrast to the contemporary European designs that were de rigueur. That focus softened to include the work of modern masters, though, when poorly crafted knock-offs flooded the market. “We’ve kept our point of view and maintained our focus on licensed, early modern pieces, be it flatware, objects or lighting,” says Richard Gorman, who previously worked for FCL Associates, a successor to the firm of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. “But we have since picked up different, additional lines.”

“Sporting brave architectural expression in wood and metal, the beauty is in the details of this proprietary design, which may be modified for the client’s individual taste.”


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Uusi is many things. Most obviously, Uusi is a place; a 7,500-square-foot, multifaceted design studio based in Chicago and founded in 2010 by Linnea Gits and Peter Dunham. More conceptually, Uusi is the wellspring where objects and prints acquire meaning through mindful creation and careful editing. In a culture overrun with disposable-design, fad and novelty, Uusi is an aesthetic oasis, operating always under the philosophy that the objects one lives with should tell a story and exude a sense of timelessness.

It began as an obsession.

Richard Wright had been an aficionado of design and decorative objects for nearly thirty years, curating his own collection before opening Wright Auction House in 2000. With a focus primarily on 20th-century design, Wright scouts for unique works that often represent notable points in design history. And his eye for important material, as it turns out, has proven to be spot-on, as Wright Auction House is now known as one of the country’s most respected venues for modern design. Wright Now, an online venue for purchasing work, was launched in 2003 for private clients, architects and interior designers who don’t want to wait for objects to go to auction. Three years ago the business expanded yet again, this time with Wright 21. By commissioning works from emerging 21st-century designers and hosting exhibitions, Wright 21 hopes to pioneer a new contemporary design market. –Saundra Marcel

Uusi enlivens the everyday

Coming soon In addition to Wright Auction House’s yet-tobe announced Spring collections, and Wright Now’s continuous online venue, keep a lookout for exciting new shows from Wright 21 by guest curators. Pictured above are American designer, George Nakashima’s long chairs, 1951.

Recently, Uusi partnered with Design Within Reach to bring their playful yet elegant Moderne Farm series to a larger market. The slotted-together wooden animals are made of domestic white oak and black walnut veneer and handfinished in the production space, which equals roughly one half of the Uusi design studio. Rivaling the team’s love for conscientious design is their love for Chicago. “We could not have a studio like this in New York City,” Dunham insists. “It just wouldn’t be economical.” Gits adds, “This is a great city for professional contacts and customers. Chicago is geographically supportive and provides us with great access to manufacturing resources.” –Lauryn Allison Lewis


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PHOTOs of gianduja silk lampas and tartaglia: federico cedrone; photo of morris console: fanjoy labrenz



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1. “Manning” entertainment console in ash veneer and polished stainless steel from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; 2. “Space Stools” in stained oak by Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou for Mater, found at Haute Living; 3. “Gianduja” silk lampas by Rubelli for the Venezia 2011 collection, found at Donghia; 4. “Tartaglia” liseré cotton fabric by Rubelli for the Venezia 2011, found at Donghia; 5. “Tato Tattoo” seating or footrest in ecological flexible polyurethane by Maurizio Galante for Cerruti Baleri, found at Orange Skin; 6. “Sky Charcoal” rug, a Tufenkian showroom exclusive; 7. “Effervescence Champagne” rug by Barbara Barry for the Radiance collection, found at Tufenkian; 8. “Zigzag” indoor/outdoor textiles in polyester and acrylic sunbrella from Donghia; 9. “Louis XVI Fauteuil” in authentic silver leaf with antiquing, upholstered in authentic zebra hide from J. Robert Scott; jrobertscott. com. 10. “Morris” entertainment console in trembsei wood veneer, polished-nickel from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; 11. “Christopher” chandelier (left), “Ralphie” chandelier (right), “Joe” dining chairs from Bradley Hughes; 12. Dining or occasional chair with signature “Chris-X” legs in Java Café Varnish from Christopher Guy; 13. “Veio” table lamp in painted aluminum with LED and My White Light technology by Neil Poulton, found at Artemide; 14. “Lesbo” table lamp in handblown venetian glass and polished metal by Angelo Mangiarotti, found at Artemide;


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Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors Star-studded contributions to new book on Chicagoland’s most impressive interior designs


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Editor-in-chief of Chicago Home + Garden, Jan Parr, releases a new guide that showcases Chicago’s design culture of domestic spaces. Local celebrities who’ve garnered national attention for Chicago, such as Nate Berkus and Alessandra Branca, have contributed to this publication to help contextualize and position the importance of the city’s interior spaces within the broader landscapes of architecture, design and decoration. The book, published by Agate, is divided into two sections. The first profiles homes and offers an overview of the holistic design sensibility of each construction. The second focuses on specific rooms—such as foyers, living and dining rooms, kitchens, and libraries, providing insight about the furniture and accessories that set these spaces apart from other homes. Chicago Spaces is beautifully cataloged, replete with full-color photographs and object lists, making this new publication a valuable resource for those enthusiastic and serious about interior design. –Teresa Silva



Artistic Interiors: Designing with Fine Art Collections

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Celebrated architect and interior designer, Suzanne Lovell, publishes book with an eye to designing couture settings Fine art, architecture, and luxury materials take center stage in Suzanne Lovell’s debut book published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. From Art Deco to American Arts and Crafts to Eclectic, Lovell explores it all and makes the process of pulling together a home’s interior design effortless. Lovell accomplishes this by guiding readers on design choices. Color photographs and accompanying essays are informative and empowering, with examples of luxurious residences of all shapes and sizes: from intimate Manhattan

Seth Deysach and Casey Gunschel are stepping back from their respective design practices to engage across disciplinary lines. “Who’s got time to make their own speculative pieces?” Deysach wonders. Through this process, both Deysach and Ginschel are beginning to speculate and celebrate their own points of view, exclusively.

apartments to vast suburban Chicago lake houses to a Fort Sheridan rehabbed artillery shed. A boon to the reader is a glimpse into the private art collections of some of the homes’ occupants. Art collections range from modern to contemporary, and from fine art to decorative arts, with works by Vik Muniz, Kara Walker and Dale Chihuly, as well as ethnographic photographs and ceramics. –Teresa Silva

Deysach’s company Lagomorph Design ( is a furniture and product design service that uses the medium of wood and a modern sensibility to produce pieces of muted elegance. Deysach has designed everything from cabinetry to tables to a wooden track bike. His practiced is situated in a collaborative warehouse space located in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood and shared by seven designers, simply called Dock 6 ( Casey Gunschel’s ( ornate leatherwork is seemingly opposed to Lagomoprh’s minimalism. Gunschel uses the ornamental tooling of an authentic leatherworking process to bring dead leather to life, producing skin-cover for tables, chairs, and wall-hangs.

“Lagomorph Design is successful because we respond to people’s needs and give them what they want. If they give us a drawing and say ‘make it like this,’ we make it like that. The whole endgame is to give someone his or her tailored piece. The neat thing about the collaboration with Casey is that we are saying to the design world: We don’t care what you want; we’re not compromising our point of view for one second because we don’t have to.” Seth Deysach

Through a self-described ‘ignorance of each other’s abilities’, Chimaera is able to transcend industry standards. Working on wooden furniture that cannot be more than 1/64” off, Deysach dabbles in near perfect construction to accommodate Gunschel’s expertly tooled leather pieces. The resulting furniture exudes an ornate modernism; imagery-based decorative leather structured around a minimal clean-lined wooden body. –Andrew Santa Lucia


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INDUSTRY INSIGHT Robert Berg of Foster Design Build integrates structure to allinclusive their all-incluse practice. How can a construction firm be innovative in a tried and true delivery method? Foster Design Build and its founder Robert Berg, deploy an all-inclusive project structure flexible enough to deal with normal, as well as unforeseen, issues that arise during the construction and realization of their work. An innovation in contemporary construction is exemplified best not only in the work they produce, but how they produce it, creating a delivery method relative to the efficiency and successfulness of the project. Berg has a family lineage in construction and the custom home industry, as well as decades in MEP and HVAC general contracting. “Construction management…was in my DNA from very early on,” Berg says, implying that his background was formative not only in understanding the individual processes that make up the custom-home industry, but also in centralizing them into the design-build delivery method. Foster Design Build’s ability to integrate all aspects of design, budgeting and construction seamlessly, have set them apart from other firms in Chicago. They have become a premiere boutique construction-management firm in the city because of this. Through a dedicated relationship with their clients, as well as a delivery method that includes architects, interior designers, construction managers and engineers, Foster Design Build is not only able to offer an all inclusive delivery process, but also place their clients in a realistic, detailed and honest construction process. “We are going to be nimble and keep the schedule moving and get you into your home on time.” –Andrew Santa Lucia

“When I was reintroduced back into the residential world (in Chicago), I was amazed at how unstructured it was. I really began to think about how different it would be if we could take the structure and organization of a commercial project and deploy it into the residential world.” Robert Berg

URBAN OASIS, REDUX “New Construction Home #3” in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, built for a prominent surgeon and his family, exemplifies Foster Design Build’s innovative construction process. This unique project includes a luxurious heated pool for eight on the roof of a typical Chicago lot, as well as an unprecedented Brazilian style barbecue.

CUSTOM DETAILS Heisner revamped this entire Keck & Keck home, including this addition, which features a hidden coat closet and built-in wine rack.

Kevin Heisner’s distinctive spaces are a product of a unique perspective. Chicago-based general contractor Kevin Heisner is not interested in maintaining a run-of-the-mill status quo, and his clients couldn’t be happier. They desire unique and artful renovations. They want custom-built furniture and cabinetry, color palettes that reflect their personality and lighting fixtures that delight the eye. “I’m not interested in designing a bathroom that looks like all the other bathrooms on the block. I don’t want to design a commercial interior that feels like something you could find everywhere else.” The growing list of commercial projects Heisner is credited with attest to his sentiment. Little Branch Cafe, Bar Deville and Nightwood are incredibly divergent in atmosphere, menu and purpose. In fact, the only common denominators among these projects are Heisner himself, and the uncompromising degree of care he put into re-imagining each space. While his business expands to include more residential projects, such as a Keck & Keck home in Evanston, which Heisner has entirely refinished and reconfigured, he insists on keeping his team small and specialized. “This way nothing gets lost in translation and I know everyone is working toward the same vision.” Heisner’s exacting standards produce consistently beautiful results. –Lauryn Allison Lewis


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Two Chicago builders take a bold turn, segueing from commercial to residential projects, and build their names in the process

View from the Top Pappageorge Haymes Partners’ One Museum Park East and West exchange cues in elegance and stellar design

Photo: Mark Segal Photography

by Lori Sichtermann

URBAN OASIS Museum Park is uniquely positioned in the city, with Grant Park to the north and Lake Michigan to the east. “This project was our flagship project,” says Jeff Renterghem, lead architect. “It consists of 11 high-rise, town homes and new loft developments, including One Museum Park East and West residence towers—two of the largest all-residence towers in the country.”

Chicago-based architectural firm Pappageorge Haymes Partners de signed the buildings. According to Jeff Renterghem, lead architect for the project, the East and West towers are the first phase in completing the south side of Grant Park. “These buildings sit on an amazing site,” Renterghem says. “When [Daniel] Burnham originally laid out Grant Park in Chicago, tall buildings were not planned for this location. One Museum Park East and West are defining architectural statements that complement the north bookends and the historical Michigan Avenue streetwall.” The two towers punctuate Chicago’s skyline with height and sophistication. One Museum Park East soars to 760 feet—the second-tallest all-residential tower in the country, while its neighbor, One Museum Park West, rises 520 feet.

According to Renterghem, the One Museum Park East and West towers were designed to be neighbors. “We wanted to make sure they danced together,” he says. “They’re not twins—they are two very individual buildings. They respond to each other, take cues from each other and solve the design issues with similar tools.” Creating a seemingly endless wall of glass, the curved surface of each tower is orientated toward the Chicago skyline, Grant Park and the vast beauty of Lake Michigan. According to Renterghem, this design element was a priority from day one. “The curved design of each tower was meant to ensure that all units in these buildings received a fantastic view,” he says. “We used the shape to develop the core and the sheer


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Creating the Urban Experience For the past 25 years, Chicago-based architectural firm Pappageorge Haymes Partners has contributed to their city’s iconic skyline. The firm has designed projects ranging from adaptive reuse and single-family renovations to beaming residence towers that rank among the 10 tallest Chicago structures. “We’re a full-service firm and a very design-oriented company,” says Jeff Renterghem, lead architect for One Museum Park East and West. “We focus our efforts on urban environments.” For nearly 12 years, the firm has been applying ingenuity to the Museum Park project. Pictured above is the east lobby lounge. The expansive, yet serene lobby is inspired by nature to evoke a relaxing atmosphere. An underlying Zen influence is evident in the design’s abundant use of wenge wood, stone and onyx accessories, and a tranquil glass-tile water wall. 24-7 doormen and on-site concierge contribute to the luxury urban environment.

Photos: Pappageorge Haymes Partners


dding to the majesty of the Chicago skyline are two luxury residential towers of striking beauty: One Museum Park East and One Museum Park West. The towers create a glimmering south wall for the city’s celebrated Grant Park, providing residents with breathtaking views. Completed in 2008, the towers have already become one of the most prestigious addresses in the city.

“We wanted to make sure they danced together. They’re not twins—they are two very individual buildings. They respond to each other, take cues from each other and solve the design issues with similar tools.” PhotoS: (above) Mark Segal Photography, (right) Pappageorge Haymes Partners

Jeff Renterghem, Lead Architect

wall structures in order to stabilize the tower,” Renterghem explains. “As a result, residents either get a view of Lake Michigan, the city skyline or Grant Park.” One Museum Park East is a single-orientation building, such that there are no units in the back of the tower. Instead, Pappageorge Haymes Partners designed the structures so that storage, staircases, elevators and electrical components are located in the back corridor of the building. The interiors of the One Museum Park East and West buildings are just as elegant and beautifully designed as the exteriors. Both buildings feature premium floor plans, ranging in size from 3,426-square-foot four-bedroom units to sleek and space-efficient 875-square-foot one-bedrooms. Each unit was customized per the request of the homeowners, but a number of high-end finishes were used throughout the building, including engineered wood floating floors, high-end cabinetry and custom millwork. “There was a large cross section of natural stones available for flooring, bathroom and kitchen countertops,” Renterghem explains. “Because of the location, this is a high-end building, and these were finishes that were needed to fit that marketplace.”

STRUCTURAL SYNERGY Exterior views (top, left to right) southwest faÇade, southeast faÇade and northeast faÇade. Exterior view of the north faÇade (bottom) from the park.


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SUMMER IN THE CITY One Museum Park East features a rooftop pool deck, shown here with Museum Park Towers III and IV in the background.

“Because of the location, this is a highend building, and these were finishes that were needed to fit that marketplace.” Jeff Renterghem, Lead Architect

Residents of the One Museum Park East and One Museum Park West towers are privy to a host of luxurious amenities, including indoor and outdoor pools, a large green roof and recreational decks. Banquet rooms, fitness centers, spas and business centers also are available to residents. Although the buildings are amenity rich, the luxurious tone of the One Museum Park East and West towers is set in the design of the public spaces in each tower. According to Renterghem, the lobbies, common corridors, banquette rooms and party rooms in each tower feature high-end finishes and exquisite detailing. “The common areas were detailed and finished with upscale design statements and quality materials, such as stone flooring and wenge customized millwork wood paneling,” he says. “In One Museum Park East, we’ve included a water feature in the lobby made of Italian glass. It’s a very elegant and contemporary statement.” In a city that is renowned for its iconic architecture, the One Museum Park East and West residential towers are an elegant addition to the skyline. “No matter where you are in the city, the images of these structures change,” Renterghem says. “Sometimes they look sleek and narrow, while other times they look wide and strong.” Built as a pair, the buildings are as unique as their location. “These buildings could only fit on this piece of property,” Renterghem says. “I can’t imagine these buildings being replicated anywhere else.”

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PhilipPe Stuebi Architekten GMBH An innovative designer plays with bold shapes and patterns to make his clients’ lives the star attraction of their homes by Brian Libby photos by Dominique Marc Wehrli

Although architect Philippe Stuebi grew up in Geneva and Berne, Switzerland and has headed his own firm in Zurich since 1995, his architecture feels more Italian in its playful approach and expressive interplay of form and function. Stuebi cites the Casa Malaparte hugging the rocky coastline of Capri, and the old-world feel of palaces and silks portrayed in films like Luchino Visconti’s, The Leopard as influences. Whether creating a façade comprised of perforated circles or a glass wall displaying inside and out a rare book collection, Stuebi deftly mines stylistic panache from his clients’ lives, making them the stars. “Here in Switzerland people prefer to make simple boxes,” Stuebi says. “There is always a little bit missing—the opportunity to create joy, like a fantastic music piece. A building with sexiness. It’s difficult to create with architecture, but possible.” Stuebi enjoys studying his clients and creating a narrative of their lives that drives the architecture.


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O House Situated along Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, the O House is designed to take advantage of the views of the water and adjacent mountain peaks. “In one direction from the kitchen you see Mount Pilatus. It’s really very close,” Philippe Stuebi says. “Then at the same time you see through the living room and dining room the lake. There are two nice important views of Mount Rigi and Bürgenstock.” The building façade is a decorative array of circular openings that allow glimpses into the house and its treasures, be it high-performance sports cars or exotic plants. Although appropriately the openings resemble automobile wheels, Stuebi was instead inspired by old palaces in Venice with façades that combine screening and artistry. “They have big holes and then sometimes two, three meters behind the façade,” he explains. “It’s like this abstraction, a strong decorative façade, and you don’t know what is behind. I love this idea. It’s like a little bit of a show.” He also believes this is what won his firm the juried competition for the commission. “I just saw that it was possible to go in this direction, to be expressive with volumes.”

HARMONY OF PURPOSE The basement nestles along the slope and opens into a large fitness area with a 25-meter pool, half inside, half outside, which is inserted in a white terrazzo plate. This terrazzo plate extends gracefully from the pool bar located inside along the boathouse made of white-tinted, rough-jetted concrete into Lake Lucerne.

The home’s dramatic rounded staircase was also inspired by Italian architecture, as were the terrazzo floors, which surround a 25-meter indoor/outdoor pool located on the basement level. Stuebi’s design also takes advantage of its sloping site to allow the clients to engage in business and pleasure at the same time. “The client likes to make business deals not just in his office but also at home. So they can go directly to this big entrance in the garage downstairs, which continues through the spa and bar to the boathouse and the lake. One part of the house is very private, the other is for parties. The wife can be in the living area with a friend, and the husband with a business partner at the lounge.”


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L House If the O House is distinct for its circular patterning, the L House is about trapezoidal forms, which contour to the angular shape of the site. “Following the property line created this special form, while the other guys in the [design] competition made rectangular blocks and lost a lot of space,” Stuebi says. Stuebi’s intent was to design from the outside in with form, and then to place emphasis on a sequence of key spaces such a two-story entrance hall, which not only adds drama but helps create a dramatic adjacent double-height library. The books—part of an extensive rare book collection passed down through generations of the family—become a sculptural component of the architecture. “You have these bookshelves directly behind the glass, so you have books all around you, but also light coming through the bookshelves,” Stuebi explains. The idea was to have books around you and the light. I make windows in a way like a lamp.” There is a special glass protecting the books, which helps to add a special color of light in the space.


Like the O House and much of his work, Stuebi also oriented the window openings to specific views, such as a Japanese cherry tree visibly framed for the ground-floor office.

STEP BY STEP The general program requested by the client is resolved through a sequential plan, in which all the rooms are linked and each serves as an entranceway to the next. However each room has its own character, depending on its form, the materials used, and its color. The double-height entrance hall and library, characterized by its elliptic form, or the loggia, painted in pink, illustrate this trait. In the library, the façade is a glass mirror, which allows us to discover the garden hidden behind the books.


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After winning the commission via design competition, Stuebi and his clients worked to achieve the right balance. “The clients were always a little bit fearful when they saw the designs,” Philippe Stuebi confesses about construction of the L House. “For example, I wanted to have rooms with completely different characters and colors, but at the end it was only white.” The result is a pristine ambiance that emphasizes materials such as white marble flooring on the ground floor and an exterior façade of concrete with marble stones.

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“Here in Switzerland people prefer to make simple boxes. There is always a little bit missing—the opportunity to create joy, like a fantastic music piece.”

Philippe Stuebi, Principal

“I’m really interested in what clients are dreaming of, how people live. Really listening and observing. It’s not so obvious but it’s important to know how people are, what they like, what they don’t like. And the fine details—how we move in a kitchen— there are movements we’re doing a thousand times. So I’m visiting their houses and looking at their furniture, then I try to make something that is really fitting to them, not to me. A lot of architects want to make projects for themselves, not their clients. That’s not for me.” Like a film director, Stuebi embraces collaboration with a host of specialists. “A lot of architects love to create a project but don’t like the part of realizing it,” he adds. “We involve specialists from the beginning of a project: a structural engineer, landscape architect, scientists, artists, graphic designers. I really have lots of fun working with them and seeing how the project is growing.” Starting out in the early 1990s, Stuebi worked for a short time for other architects, but yearned to establish his own firm, which he did 1995. Today, the Phillipe Stuebi Arketekten portfolio includes projects like a recent beach house in Croatia, which overlooks the water with a dramatic terrace and parapet, and a moveable wall on one side. A glass wall on the back side of the house reveals the up-close texture of the rocky landscape.


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A pair of recent projects go by a single letter: the O House and L House, each of which have won prizes in design competitions. The O House is located in Vierwaldstättersee, Switzerland and was designed in collaboration with Eberhard Tröger. Designed for a young couple with a valuable historic automobile collection, the house is a kind of living sculpture. Its large multi-car garage, for example, is camouflaged by white concrete with a pattern of large circular holes. Central to the L House in Zurich is a glass wall which shows off the clients’ rare-book library. “I was in LA and heard once that David Lynch had a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Then I found out it was his son, Lloyd Wright,” Stuebi recalls. “He built this little studio like a lighthouse on the top, with glass all the way around. I was very inspired.” In all his work, Stuebi takes pride in building forms driven by the landscape. Often a sloping hill or an angular plot of land become an opportunity to create more varied spaces and sequences with bold architectural gestures, such as a wide circular staircases or walls that fold away into the structure. The surrounding landscape becomes an opportunity to view the drama of nature through wide picture windows. “It’s like its own little world for itself,” Stuebi says. “I like the idea of this exoticness.”


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Giulietti Schouten Architects Differences converge to create modern, eco-friendly design

HILLSIDE JEWEL In the evening, the warm and welllit interior exemplifies the idea of a modern “jewel box” nestled on a sloping site in rural Oregon. The client desired a house with clean modern lines and low maintenance materials.

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As Giulietti Schouten Architects grew, they embraced the clean, distinct lines of modern architecture. Giulietti credits this transition to the firm’s clients. “Recently, the public has wanted more of the modern look,” he says.

His partner, firm principal Tim Schouten, has roots in Idaho. “Growing up in the West taught me a lot about the environment,” he recalls. “You have to be selective in finding buildings that give you some sort of lasting impression, which is why I admire the old mountain lodges.”

The small firm has been successful at applying clean and unique design to all projects. “We learn from clients, and with that we learn something new,” Schouten says. “Beyond solving the client’s program, we try to make architecture that is done in an artful manner.”


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Their buildings draw upon a vein of sustainable principles such as integration of materials, response to the site, the use of low-VOC paint, formaldehyde-free installation, and even rainwater reclamation and solar hot water. One of the firm’s notable projects is the Walnut House, a low-profile residence set on a 2.5-acre property in McMinnville, Oregon, with all the right ingredients for simple eco-luxury. The project required a considered approach to the landscape. “It was a former walnut farm with a number of walnut trees,” Schouten says. “The existing house had been remodeled a number of times, but the client wanted a fresh start.” The original house was completely deconstructed and every element donated to Habitat for Humanity.

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Together, Giulietti’s urban upbringing and Schouten’s rural backdrop have produced enticing buildings ranging from art galleries to awardwinning residences.

The two architects heading this Portland-based firm come from diverse backgrounds, but have found a connection in their love for eco-friendly modern design. “I grew up in Queens, New York, where it was a heavily populated building environment,” says David Giulietti, founder of Giulietti Schouten Architects. “Growing up in the late ‘50s and ‘60s, I was around a lot of new building construction. During the 1964/1965 World’s Fair as a boy, I saw and visited buildings of the future.”

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They worked with a simple material palette of wood, glass and metal with ample volume to create a very inviting place inside and out. “We opened up the rooms to the outdoor spaces,” says Schouten.

The client chose a 2.5-acre walnut farm, surrounded by walnut and Douglas-fir trees. The site soaks in views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson. The new 3,000-square-foot house is low-maintenance due to its sustainable features. For the single-level, two-bedroom, three-bath home, Giulietti and Schouten designed large wall windows, which bring in light in the winter. They employed rainwater harvesting, solar water-heating and storage, in-floor radiant heat, cork tile floors, expandable spray-on insulation, a single-ply membrane roof and low voltage lighting. Each room also has its own thermostat.

The Walnut House impresses not only with its contemporary design but its sustainable features. Material features include boxcar galvanized metal siding, insulated aluminum curtain-wall windows, exposed interior/exterior concrete walls, composite veneer wood panel siding and ceiling finishes, exposed steel framing at the roof, and window walls.

The Walnut House is divided by north/ south and east/west concrete walls. The north side provides privacy for the master bedroom suite, home office and private garage and driveway; the south side combines the living, dining and kitchen areas separated by a guest suite to the west.

Giulietti Schouten Architects commits to providing what’s needed to create the overall home experience. “Our goal is to provide good design to all projects, regardless of style, budget and scale,” says Giulietti. “And more specifically, we understand the clients’ needs, functions and aesthetics.”

The galley kitchen (above), with its 17-foot-long natural quartz counters, opens to the living and dining areas, creating a space where both cooking and entertaining can take place at the same time.

The client, a writer, was a fan of the mid-century modern courtyard homes in California. In this case, the architects designed a U-shaped house where every room has a view of the courtyard. At the center of the Walnut House is a semi-covered outdoor dining terrace leading to a lower sculpture garden and fountain, then farther to the lower landscape and orchards.

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Martin Horner designer Martin Horner of soucie Horner ltd. draws on local culture and Clients’ lifestyles to create homes that add Depth and texture to everyday life

LHQ: How has your time in Paris and at Taliesin affected your views on design in the Midwest? MH: These experiences allowed me to appreciate the correlation between design and lifestyle. Paris and Taliesin each had their own color, texture and form. Even food, how it’s presented and served, is important in people’s lives. Taliesin is a collective community: fellows and students gather and share local produce from their gardens. The idea of harvest was complemented by local flora found on the property and used as decorative accents. Being a part of the experience left a memorable impression on my design education. LHQ: Do you consider yourself a Chicago designer? MH: I was born in the Midwest, educated in Chicago and my firm is based here. My inspiration was born in, but not limited to, Chicago. My team and I come from diverse backgrounds and experiences and are open to other perspectives. From the Caribbean and Mexico to London, we have exciting projects nationally and internationally that allow me to share my sensibility. I try hard to incorporate the local color and cultural differences in my design work at every opportunity.

MH: The two antique chairs flanking my desk are “Decorator Chairs.” I purchased them at a local antique store while I was studying at Butler University, and these playful items remained a staple in my home over the years. The books with folded origami pages above my desk were found at my local coffee shop in Chicago. Betsy Berkey was having an art show that day and I fell in love with them, and purchased the entire exhibition! I still purchase these works of art for my clients and incorporate them into my designs as well.    LHQ: Are there any rooms you favor in your home?

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LOCAL & GLOBAL CONTEMPORARY ART: Thomas Masters, thomasmasters

MH: The living room is one of my favorite places in my apartment because of its abundance of natural light and distinctive architectural elements. A comfortable space, I enjoy relaxing and having drinks in front of the fireplace on cold winter nights. I love my foyer because of its grand, formal scale and proportion. It also houses many of my favorite art and my standout wooden clock.


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photos of living room and foyer: jeff millies

LHQ: You have a lot of interesting pieces in your office. What are a few of your favorites and where/when did you get them?

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