Luxe Magazine January/February 2018 Chicago

Page 128


“To accomplish hygge, declutter your space and then layer in casual fabrics with different elements—such as tile, wallcoverings or rugs and organic-looking furniture or accessories—for texture. Or mix in petrified wood, branches, coral or agates. Use candles and lots of ambient lighting, and focus on deep, saturated jewel-toned paint or paper to help your visitors feel totally enveloped in the space.”

“I officially heard of hygge in 2016. However, I first became familiar with the concept 20 years ago, when we had au pairs from Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden who lived with us when my children were little and used the term. Our au pairs likened hygge to that magical Christmas spirit when your wishes come true—but 365 days a year.”

“In my home, a British Colonial daybed covered in striped linen with pillows scattered across the back and a luscious throw over the arm represents hygge. It’s a favorite piece in my family. It simply says, ‘Come have a seat, rearrange the pillows, put up your feet, have a chat, read a book, snuggle with the dog or take a nap. Enjoy.’ ”

For local hygge shopping, Peachtree Place in Northfield is my go-to store for cashmere throws, candles and bath salts. At Material Possessions in Winnetka, I love the handcrafted tableware mugs for hot spiced cider. And at Bedside Manor, also in Winnetka, it’s all about soft down comforters, pillows and high-threadcount sheeting.

“Hygge isn’t just a word; it’s also an attitude that embodies a cozy lifestyle. Many of the elements of hygge were already part of my typical designs, but hygge takes it a bit farther into how you experience and appreciate your surroundings. It is more than just adding a snuggly throw but rather indulging in and embracing all of your senses.”








DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN FORUM What better place for cerebral stimulation on a college campus than in a building-block-style zinc-and-glass structure designed by a leading architecture firm? Slated to open in November 2019, the University of Chicago’s David M. Rubenstein Forum will house multipurpose event spaces and a restaurant on the Midway Plaisance. The 166-foot-tall, slender tower will be “composed of a series of vertical ‘neighborhoods’ that pair meeting rooms with informal shared social spaces,” describes project director Sean Gallagher of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York. “Each neighborhood has its own unique perspective of the surrounding community, resulting in a tower with no ‘front’ or ‘back.’ ”

It was time for a change at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. “Chicagoans and visitors to the city have embraced CAF programs [to the extent that] we’ve outgrown our current space,” says Lynn Osmond, the organization’s president and CEO. This summer, the nonprofit that celebrates the Windy City’s architectural history will relocate from the Daniel Burnham-designed Railway Exchange Building to another significant structure: One Illinois Center. “Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the master of midcentury modernism, designed the site plan where 111 East Wacker stands,” Osmond notes. CAF’s new home, to be renamed the Chicago Architecture Center, marks not just a move but also an expansion of the group’s offerings, including a lecture hall “where Chicagoans can discuss issues ranging from lakefront development to megaprojects to civic engagement,” Osmond says.

inside edition headshots: bowman photo, karen hood photography; brunstrum photo, courtesy susan brunstrum; thomas photo, ingrid karolewski, sparkfactor; kelly photo, courtesy brooke kelly; mondi photo, vibe tribe creative. on the move rendering: courtesy caf. blueprint rendering: courtesy diller scofidio + renfro.


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