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CONTENTS

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EDITOR’S LETTER

RADAR

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ON DISPLAY Offering specialized international furnishings and accessories, three platforms are changing sourcing overseas.

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DESTINATION A Cape Town gallery featuring limited-edition African work goes global.

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DEBUT Frank Ponterio’s first collection with Arteriors highlights his masterful attention to detail and family’s Italian heritage.

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ROUNDTABLE Designers dish on their latest seasonal launches and collaborations.

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SCENE Our cheat sheet to all things new and fabulous in the local design community.

MARKET

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MATERIAL Luxe looks at au courant colors and compositions in tile design.

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SPOTLIGHT Makers from Central and South America are producing today’s most-coveted pieces.

TREND Products inspired by the refined interiors of three recently opened restaurants.

THE LOOK

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KITCHEN + BATH Global locations influence all that is happening in kitchens and baths.

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THE REPORT Luxe explores the hippest design destinations on every aficionado’s list—no passport required.


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SMART CASUAL A formal European-style home gets a heavy dose of American cool. Written by Mikki Brammer / Photography by Dustin Halleck

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BOLD TYPE Jewel tones and glamour ensure the interiors of a Gold Coast high-rise are as stunning as its views. Written by Arianne Nardo / Photography by Werner Straube

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IT'S ALL RELATIVE A multimedia artist draws on his personal experiences to connect with his audience. Written by Monique McIntosh / Photography by Frank Ishman

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NATURAL HIGH Surrounding woods and plenty of light guide the refresh of a midcentury modern house. Written by Tate Gunnerson / Photography by Tony Soluri

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Casa Luis Barragán in Mexico City, shown right and below, inspired this issue’s Spotlight feature with its contemporary aesthetic and global influence.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME There is much to debate/discuss/enthuse about architecture and design. Yet, of this I am emphatic: Good design has to be firmly rooted to a place. There are buildings and aesthetics that we couldn’t imagine anywhere else but from where they sprout. Take the graphic elegance and saturated hues of contemporary Mexican architect Luis Barragán’s residence-turned-museum in Mexico City. Would this poetic home be as wondrous in Miami, in Los Angeles? I recently visited, and think not. Barragán’s spatial strategy and brilliant play of light and shadow elicit a sense of reverence and respect appropriate to its root. His masterful residence and studio were the inspiration for our Spotlight story inside.

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We lean into a host of cultural influences in this issue of Luxe, with design narratives as varied and interesting as the decorative details that are expressed at the hands of the makers. So, take a spin through our pages and ‘round-the-world reporting. Then, always, return home, for it’s the best way to measure how far you’ve come.


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RADAR No need to travel far to find the freshest introductions of the season. Read on to discover the latest in home decor and design, stateside and abroad.


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nternational furnishings and accessories have long been synonymous with elevated living—each piece’s highly crafted form and place of origin adding a dynamic layer. And whether it makes a grand statement as a room’s centerpiece or plays a supporting role as an accent, these global finds stand out as bold characters. Luxe explores three companies offering wares by both emerging and established artisans from around the world that were previously only available to the trade. Let the hunt begin!

Cool Factor: Before the existence of its three shops and online presence, Urban Zen was founded more than 20 years ago by Donna Karan as a philanthropic endeavor and center for change. During a trip to Bali, where she sourced and manufactured her original furnishing pieces (and continues to do so), she felt a true connection to the people and their craft. Traveling around the world since and working with artisans globally, Karan’s intention is to give back in a larger sense through health care initiatives, education and cultural preservation to the places she sources from. What you’ll find: Representing more than 45 artisans

in 20 different countries, Karan’s two shops in New York (Manhattan and Sag Harbor) and one in Los Angeles offer not only furnishings, accessories and clothing designed by the fashion guru herself and made by the artisans from countries across the world, but they also function as multidisciplinary spaces for seminars, meditation classes, events and other happenings that help to promote the philanthropic arm of Karan’s initiative. Up Next: A big proponent for helping the citizens of Haiti, Karan just collaborated with Kenneth Cole on an upcoming footwear project set to launch in July. In her words: “Urban Zen is about forming communities who want to help create change that is needed in the world.”

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ADORNO Cool Factor: The brainchild of Martin Clausen and Kristian Snorre Andersen, Adorno is an online platform that empowers independent designers from 16 cities worldwide by featuring their unique or limited-edition pieces that have been carefully selected by local curators. Revamping the traditional collectible design market often dominated by physical galleries, Adorno works as a digital gallery with a simple and transparent price structure that benefits both the buyer and the designer by connecting them directly. What you’ll find: Inspired by the agriculture and fishing co-operatives in their native Denmark, where individuals prosper working as a unit, the Adorno platform enables autonomous collaborations between curators and designers from urban communities such as São Paulo, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Beirut and Berlin. Up Next: Believing design should be experienced in real life, the company is in its final stages of implementing 3D technology and high-quality imagery to create the “second” best way customers can inspect and try pieces in their home. In their words: “We hope to contribute to a creative society that celebrates diversity between cultures by providing designers with better opportunities to realize their own dreams and visions as creators.”

The Cocktail light by Hanna Anonen (left) and Not only hollow Cabinet by Dirk vander Kooij are both available through Adorno.

The Invisible Collection offers limited-edition pieces, like the Nomad Stools by Charles Zana, shown flanking the wall, and Chair Conversation by Vincent Darre (right).

Cool Factor: For the first time, exclusive pieces made by a number of the most esteemed names in the business, like Pierre Yovanovitch, Thierry Lemaire and Caroline Sarkozy, are available for purchase, and in most cases, exclusively on Isabelle Dubern-Mallevays and Anna Zaoui’s site, The Invisible Collection. Prior to the launch of the website in 2016, these pieces remained hidden and inaccessible, and one would have to commission these designers for a project to snag one of their sought-after pieces. What you’ll find: Initiated as an outlet to share the pair’s passion for design with a broader clientele, their highly-curated model offers access to furnishings and objets of the utmost quality all made to order by highly skilled creators and architects from around the world such as Bismut & Bismut, Charles Zana and Atelier Vime. Up Next: The details are still hush-hush, but the chic duo, who are based between Paris, London and New York, will bring The Invisible Collection to life in the Big Apple with a new exhibit this November for a second stateside visit since their premiere at Art Basel Miami in 2018. In their words: “It is very exciting to meet with a designer and discover their work, understand their approach, and then select the best pieces for the site. We always look at the work with a curatorial eye.”

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Out of AFRICA SOUTHERN GUILD BRINGS DESIGN BEYOND THE BORDERS OF THE WORLD’S SECOND LARGEST CONTINENT.

Southern Guild recently showcased a Dokter and Misses collection, which included this limitededition Rat Trap cabinet made of hand-painted steel.

When Zizipho Poswa was growing up in the small South African town of Umtata, there were no art schools or creative role models. As a child, she made paper sculptures, doll clothes and drawings, but even after leaving her home to study art at university, becoming an internationally renowned artist seemed to be an unreachable dream. But then, after forming Imiso Ceramics with Andile Dyalvane, she met Trevyn and Julian McGowan of Southern Guild, and her horizons expanded beyond Africa. The McGowans started Southern Guild, Africa’s only gallery dedicated to limited-edition and collectible design and art, in 2008 to support design created in Trevyn’s home country. “We returned to South Africa after living in London for several years, and we noticed the extraordinary work being produced without representation,” says Trevyn. “We felt we could provide the opportunity for more people to see and understand African design.” Through Southern Guild’s Cape Town gallery and international exhibitions, they have introduced the work of modern African artists (such as Poswa and Dyalvane) to collectors around the globe, and the response has been enthusiastic. “I’m exhibiting at top international shows like Salon Art + Design in New York and Design Miami,” says Poswa, who now resides in Cape Town. “I’ve sold my pieces around the world.” According to Trevyn, collectors—including a large and growing client base in the United States—are reacting to both the caliber and the soul of the work. “Fine art and design in Africa is very forward-thinking, but largely made by hand,” she says. “The hallmark of design from this continent are pieces with a strong narrative. Many of them tell very personal stories about the maker and his or her journey and most pieces possess a sense of wit and humor, but they are usually functional as well.”

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Poswa’s work, which includes colorful vessels, is a case in point. “I reference my culture, growing up as young Xhosa girl in the rural Eastern Cape, and express my love for Africa as a continent,” she says. “I draw inspiration from our traditional masks, fabrics, textures, beadwork and clothing.” Some of her works translate the color and patterns of African textiles onto vases, bowls and plates. The art of sculptor Stanislaw Trzebinski, also represented by Southern Guild, is a personal commentary on the often-eroding relationship between people and nature. It’s a tale he knows well, as he currently lives in Cape Town but spent his childhood in the East African bush and on the ocean with his father, surfing and fishing. His bronze works (which range from figurative decorative arts to tables) often feature coral and other watery motifs, sometimes married to the human form. “I’m looking at the symbiotic relationship we humans have to the natural world that has been all but lost today, with the exceptions of a few indigenous cultures,” he says. “I want to entice the viewer to take a closer look at the work itself, but also at how we relate to the planet we call home.” Asking buyers to take a closer look at African design is precisely the goal of the McGowans, as well. “To look is to experience the warmth and the personality of Africa. There’s a sense of non-conformism and joy,” Trevyn says. And by looking, she says you might be creating the next Poswa or Trzebinski, explaining: “Our focus lies in emboldening industry heroes and shaping careers. We want to put future design leaders on a global platform and help them be all that they can.”

Clockwise from top: Trapeze Blue installation by Xavier Clarisse; a look at Southern Guild’s Cape Town gallery space; and UMTHWALO 3 by Zizipho Poswa.

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Tactile elements play a starring role in Frank Ponterio’s debut collection with Arteriors. The designer conjured ink-like etchings inspired by real-life tattoos on the Flint Containers (bottom) and used handwoven rope on the Johyo Chandelier and Vendee Mirror (left). “The materials are those that people want to interact with and touch,” he says. The Salotto Cabinet (below) is the crown jewel of the collection.

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As a first-generation Italian American, interior designer Frank Ponterio spent a month every summer with his family exploring the beaches and small towns of Southern Italy, often fitting in a trip to the major metropolises of Venice or Rome. It was on these visits when he observed the attention to detail and sense of pride the Italians took in fabricating everyday features like a chimney or a handmade door handle. “Everything is beautiful and well thought-out. It’s a true Italian’s approach—whether in an artwork or how pavers on the city streets are laid. There is pride in the craft,” says the designer. Some decades later, the essence of those qualities are on display in Ponterio’s debut collection with Arteriors: a 28-piece compendium of mirrors, lamps and accessories that honors his Italian heritage with a modern perspective. His white-oak Salotto Cabinet, the crown jewel of the collection, was inspired by a pair of bronze doors at the Villa Necchi in Milan. The cabinet beckons

with front panels wrapped in vellum and punched with decorative cut-outs offering a glimpse of what’s inside. “We gave so much attention to that piece,” says Ponterio. Still, the collection isn’t all romance and history. The designer drew on his grittier, more urban upbringing in Chicago for many of the pieces, including the Joey Tray, inspired by a childhood acquaintance, who was “a little rough around the edges,” says Ponterio. “I was playing with thickcut hide and how to join the corners. The idea of brass studs came to me, and I thought about adding another accent—brass knuckles—to it. I sent it to the Arteriors team and said, ‘You’re going to think I’m crazy, but here’s what I want to do.’ It’s an urban nod to Chicago.” Blending approachability with luxury is a hallmark of Ponterio’s work. It’s also one of the qualities that attracted Arteriors to collaborate with the designer. “Many pieces are rooted in Frank’s love of entertaining, and in his philosophy that the home should be a welcoming and inviting place,” says Mark Moussa, founder and creative director of Arteriors. “At the same time, he is unwavering in his appreciation for materials of the finest quality.” For a designer who finds comfort in a moody cocktail lounge and a breezy, beachside locale, it’s apparent his collection reflects both sentiments. “There are two sides of me—the really urban guy and the guy who loves the coasts. It goes back to Italy,” says Ponterio. “I like mixing things that are rugged with those that are a bit more refined.”


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ALEXA HAMPTON Interviewed by Carrier and Company

You’ve expressed, “It’s been a no-boundaries design process with Theodore Alexander.” What’s been your favorite exploration? I loved visiting Theodore Alexander’s foundry and seeing all of their metalwork capabilities. Sometimes simply picking hardware can be a drag, but this wasn’t. They can do anything! You mentioned taking ideas from art, antiques and travel. I am an eternal “Euro wannabe.” I so wish I were European, that I married one and made three little Euros! That said, rich design traditions are everywhere, and the Far East has always held a vast influence over beautiful interiors. A touch of chinoiserie, a chow leg, red lacquer, bamboo motifs: These are all firm members of the design canon. Any Alexa fave that you are going to use over and over in projects? I am excited to play with the metal console tables immediately. I am also really psyched to have a Napoleon III slipper chair at the ready. That’s the best part of having a collection: You can selfishly make what your heart most wants!

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Interviewed by Richard Mishaan First off, the Century Collection is stunning. How do you find a balance between creative, new designs, without straying too far from the roots of your brand? Thank you, Richard! We wanted our collection to be reflective of our assembled interiors, which express dualities—a mix of simple with ornate, sheen with hand and glamour with organic earthiness. For us, having standout pieces, along with simpler forms is very much on brand. How do you divide up your roles as husband and wife once you’re ‘at work’ and how do you successfully partner your visions? While we generally share an aligned point of view, we each have our own strengths, interests and inspirations. It is our differences that actually make us stronger—we challenge each other’s choices, but ultimately focus on the shared goals to temper ego with perspective. What do people overlook when designing that can be found in your collection? Versatility. We designed pieces that can move from room-to-room or coast-to-coast. Good design travels well!

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Interviewed by Alexa Hampton Tell me about the process for your new EJ Victor collection. Are you a cocktail napkin conceptualist? Where do the ideas start? Mine start in a bottle of tequila! For me it was daunting, but then I realized I was making it more complicated than it needed to be. I started in retail and commercial space design, so I’ve been designing custom fixtures and furnishings for my entire career. I went back to all my favorite pieces I had designed for brands like Balenciaga but changed the comfort and proportions for people to enjoy in their own homes. How do you describe your collection as a whole and what influenced you? It’s simple: It’s the idea of new luxury; luxury for a new generation. It’s inspired by the French 1920s with the use of interesting materials like suede and plaster. It’s meant to feel elevated but can also be used in a casual way. What pieces are you taking home with you? Oh, good question: a pair of Holland side chairs and a Foch Chandelier!

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Interviewed by Ryan Korban Do your Colombian roots play a role in your new collection with Theodore Alexander? The fact that Colombia has produced so many creatives means that there is something inspiring us all. Colombia has rich artisans and sophisticated crafts that are both in such demand at the moment. As they say, you can take little Ricky out of Colombia, but you can’t take Colombia out of little Ricky! What were your go-to materials? I love to see texture and grain in the woods we select. I find that there are so many beautiful patterns that if accentuated can add to the richness of the design. I am lucky that Theodore Alexander’s manufacturing allowed me to work with fine wood finishes, metals and hand-painted panels—the sky was the limit. Who do you see living with your new collection? The Theodore Alexander client is already a sophisticated one. I designed this collection to have versatility, to coexist with furniture the client may already own and to translate well everywhere around the globe. Younger clients may not have some of the more classical pieces, so it’s fun to mix them in with contemporary furniture.

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NOT by the BOOK TODAY’S HOME LIBRARIES TAKE NEW FORMS. A home library is more than a place to store books; it’s where you collect “memorabilia about your life,” says Elissa Morgante, principal and co-founder of Morgante Wilson Architects, which frequently designs home libraries for clients. Luxe spoke with her about the simple pleasures and changing design of a library you can retreat to any time, capturing a moment of quiet reflection in a beautiful, comforting space. morgantewilson.com

BLUEPRINT When it comes to city living, bigger isn’t always better. The latest crop of residential communities is getting smaller in scale, skipping the views afforded by a high-rise to focus on a more intimate feel. For example, 61 Banks Street (61 E. Banks St.), which opened in the Gold Coast in May, has only 58 units, plus amenities like a glass-enclosed rooftop lounge and a landscaped terrace. Renelle on the River (405 N. Wabash Ave.), in River North, boasts 50 units plus a yoga room and an outdoor dog run. These types of properties are especially attractive to former suburban dwellers trading in their mansions for condos within walking distance of Chicago’s best restaurants and attractions. “Boutique buyers appreciate the privacy and intimacy that only communities of this size can provide,” says Lee Golub, principal and executive vice president of Golub & Company, the developer behind another boutique community, Fifteen Fifty on the Park (1549 N. Wells St.), set to open later this year in Lincoln Park with only 32 units. “A smaller community with just a few larger units per floor feels more familiar and inviting than most high-rise alternatives.”

In an age where everyone is reading on their smartphones and tablets, are actual libraries making a comeback? Libraries really never went out of style. I think what libraries do is offer the suggestion of reading from a book. Even though we’re in a digital age, people still enjoy being surrounded by the warmth of linen bindings, overstuffed chairs and the sense that you’re in a quiet, safe place to read. What trends are on the rise for home libraries? One big thing we’re seeing, even in very large homes, is people forgoing formal living rooms. Instead, we’re calling them reading rooms. We’re detailing the spaces in a way that feels calm and quiet. It’s a space where you can relax and have a glass of wine and a conversation. How can homeowners reimagine atypical spaces as libraries? As a designer, I’m always thinking about

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how to creatively use space. We’ve been incorporating multifunctional spaces to become libraries, or areas for getting work done. For example, since most people use their dining room six to 12 times a year for formal events, the rest of the time it can be used for spreading out papers, reviewing documents or pulling a book off a shelf and working. Do you have any tips for building a library of books? Aesthetically speaking, there are companies that sell books by the foot—red books, white books, a combination of colors. In terms of building a library that’s meaningful to you, however, when you see something you like— whether you’re traveling, shopping, on a business trip—buy it. Start your own collection from experience you have. Even if you don’t open that book on a regular basis, every time you see the title it reminds you of that trip or that day. WRITTEN BY KELSEY OGLETREE

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Chicago will soon be home to not one but two locations of Canadian furniture store EQ3. The first opened in January just off Michigan Avenue in River North. The second showroom opens this summer in Lincoln Park in a former car wash space (really!). EQ3 is known for its modern furniture and customizable sofa styles. Seasonal collections of gifts and accessories are also a draw. A few current favorites: Canadian designer Tom Chung’s Plank collection of storage units, sideboards and coffee tables, and the Nomad collection of woven Indian rugs. “Chicago is well known for its rich and forward-thinking history in the realms of art, design and architecture,” says EQ3 creative director Thom Fougere. “That cultured perspective, alongside our shared prairie temperament, makes for a really nice fit.” eq3.com

A go-to for the high-end residential market for over 12 years, Centaur Interiors has teamed up with Dallas-based Samuel Lynne Galleries to offer an in-house art sales division in its Chicago showroom. “As our brand was evolving, I felt it was more important to focus on art in the early stages of a project and identify designated art areas, niches, lighting and colors,” says Michael Miller, interiors principal. The company’s art procurement service will allow Centaur to incorporate curated art pieces—from renowned artists like Tyler Shields, JD Miller and Lea Fisher—into the design process. Says Miller, “We believe artwork should resonate with the viewer, and we represent artwork that sparks emotion.” centaurinteriors.com

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Designed by Yabu Pushelberg, this space at The Peninsula Chicago projects a contemporary look with a sophisticated vibe. A progression of lounges, Z Bar features murals depicting the city’s bridges, while playful pug portraits are a nod to the pets of Z Bar namesake and The Peninsula general manager Maria Zec. It pulls off upscale without pretentiousness, and the staff, outfitted by designer Daryl Sneed, wins best dressed. zbarchicago.com

An eclectic mix of colors, patterns and lighting creates a sensory experience atop Hotel Essex, reopened in April. Whimsical and bold, the space contains multiple bars and hidden nooks. “SX is, on one hand, a place to be on display, and on the other, a place to find your private corner,” says Chris McDonough, principal with The Gettys Group, who collaborated with designer Christy Collins. sxskybar.com

Opened in April, Cabra is situated on top of The Hoxton hotel. Chef Stephanie Izard’s Peruvianinspired cuisine was bound to be a hit, yet the restaurant’s design is just as enticing, with details like glossy green tilework and pom drapery touches. “We dove into experimenting with bold colors and textures to pay homage to the South American country’s cultural vibrancy,” says Adam Farmerie, principal at AvroKO. cabrachicago.com

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ITINERARY BROOKE LANG

South Loop-based Brooke Lang always had an eye for design. After graduating with her master’s in architecture, she began taking freelance design projects until eventually deciding to strike out on her own. Yet breaking into the industry as an African-American woman was—and still is—a challenge, she says. “Everything from finding a mentor to accessing trade resources to establishing yourself as a reputable designer: These are challenges for any novice,” says Lang, “but it’s especially difficult as a woman of color, because a lot of times our community doesn’t have the legacy relationships with vendors and other design professionals to lean on.” To change that, she’s working with African-American-owned businesses, mentoring minority designers, and helping make the design industry more accessible to the South Side of Chicago, where she grew up. Here, she shares her favorite local spots. brooklang.com

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The Langham, Chicago: It’s inside a Mies Van der Rohe-designed high-rise and has some of the best views of the Chicago River. After checking in for a staycation, I head straight to Chuan Spa for the Chuan bathing ritual (herbal sauna, salt stone sauna and aromatherapy shower). After the spa, indulging in mini pastries at afternoon tea off the lobby is the perfect way to unwind. langhamhotels.com/chicago

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Vice District Brewing Co.: I partnered with the owners of Vice about five years ago to design the brewery. The “vice districts” of Chicago, which spanned the 19 th and 20 th centuries, were places where Chicagoans went to indulge in their vices—one being bootleg alcohol. We used industrial inspiration from the era for the design concept, incorporating elements from the original building, including a large steel fire door and the brick from the historic structure. My favorite beer is their light-bodied Pleasure Trip. vicedistrictbrewing.com 102 / luxesource.com

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Beatnik on the River: I love to go in the afternoon when it’s not as crowded so I can get a good spot on the patio overlooking the river. The decor is so lively and bright, with chevron-tile floors, intricate benches with tons of pillows, boho-chic umbrellas and colorful tiled wall mosaics. I snack on the baba ghanoush or smoked-octopus and hummus alongside an Aperol spritz. beatnikontheriver.com

PLAY

Museum of Contemporary Art: I’m ecstatic to visit the Virgil Abloh “Figures of Speech” exhibition launching this summer at the MCA. Abloh is a Chicago native, architecture alum and fashion designer known for connecting all forms of the visual arts, from fashion to architecture to music. This exhibit will feature highlights of his career, including collaborations with one of my favorite artists, Takashi Murakami. mcachicago.org


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Laurel enriches her interiors with an eclectic combination of contemporary and traditional elements of design. She is sensitive to the architecture of a space and attention to detail is primary. Her motto is “There is no excuse for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful.” laurelfeldman.com

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DESIGN WITHIN REACH DWR makes modern design accessible. This season, it partnered with Danish designer Chris Halstrøm on the Sommer Adjustable Chaise, which captures the feel of summer. Priced at $1,895. Visit the studio or call 800.944.2233.

WETSTYLE Frame Linea is inspired by traditional Japanese architectural elements, combining elegance with function. Handcrafted in Montreal, Canada, the collection includes wall-mount vanities, mirrored and linen cabinets—all offered in several finishes. wetstyle.com

DISCOVERIES LUXURIOUS FINISHES, CLEAN LINES AND NEUTRAL TONES—HERE LIES THE EPITOME OF MODERN, ELEGANT DESIGN.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HARDWARE Rocky Mountain Hardware is thrilled to collaborate with Roger Thomas, EVP of design for Wynn Design & Development, for two new door and cabinetry collections: Zeppelin and Barre. All hand-cast bronze, available in 12 finishes. rockymountainhardware.com

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WESTERN WINDOW SYSTEMS Western Window Systems’ new energy-smart, moving glass walls and windows are designed with thin profiles and large expanses of glass—making them a favorite of contemporary architects. Complete customization is available. westernwindowsystems.com


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STICKLEY Defined by a sculptural armrest and curved spindles, the Stickley Park Slope Accent Chair makes a statement in any style or setting. Stickley’s all-American craftsmanship brings out the natural beauty of wood. stickley.com

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SUN VALLEY BRONZE EBANISTA Ebanista’s stylish Saville Cabinet makes its own statement with its bold profile, graceful details, and handpainted parchment and 12-karat gold finish.

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The production methods of custom lighting company Paul Ferrante are the opposite of cutting-edge, which, contrary to popular thinking, is a good thing. “The handmade, handcrafted and hand-finished products are what set Paul Ferrante apart. The company continues to use time-honored methods,” owner Tommy Raynor says. Spanning three generations and nearly 60 years, the family-owned and -operated business has decades of experience and expertise to draw from. Since business partner and founder Paul Ferrante’s passing 25 years ago, Raynor, along with over 60 employees, has taken the reins with a hands-on approach from manufacturing to product selection. Everything begins with the design, and the designs are born from a deep understanding and appreciation of what has come before. The knowledge of scale and proportion and the ability to get it right in the translation is Paul Ferrante’s signature. Additionally, the company distinguishes itself by its custom capabilities and being able to work with ideas and make them a reality.

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Paul Ferrante recently introduced an exclusive finish innovation, years in the making. This beautiful Faux Bronze lacquer finish is the result of a labor-intensive, multilayered process that provides a convincingly realistic bronze finish on our iron pieces at a fraction of the cost of working in bronze.

Unlike most other high-end lighting and furniture manufacturers, Paul Ferrante introduces new products almost monthly, and has over 1,000 handmade examples of custom lighting and furniture in the product line.

1. The interior of the Melrose Place showroom. 2. The flagship location on Melrose Place. 3. Raynor (right) at the factory in Los Angeles.


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The architectural duo at Humbert & Poyet brought new life to a hidden gem in Paris’s 8th arrondissement, dreaming up a sophisticated ambience for the brasserie, Beefbar (shown). Shuttered during World War II, the notable building was later rediscovered and awarded a historic monument status in 1985. Art Nouveau meets Art Deco in this fanciful French restaurant that is truly très chic!

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5. Euclid by Alison Rose in Verde Aurora, Cipollino, Breccia Capraia, and Nero Marbles / Price upon request / artistictile.com

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History was on Linehouse's side when the restaurateurs at Maximal Concepts tapped the studio to design their latest Hong Kong dining experience. Named after John Anthony, the first Chinese man to become a British citizen, this contemporary dim sum spot pays homage to the historical relationship between the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Touches of eastern and western design mingle in this colorful canteen.

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1. Lou Lou Wall with Chiado by Tilton Fenwick for Duralee Shade / $1,521 / urbanelectric.com 2. Izi Loop Tieback in 9400 / Price upon request / houles.com 3. Bleu Fonce / Price upon request / porterteleo.com

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High Point Market Style Spotters share the latest trends in home fashion Canvassing the world’s largest home fashion and design show, a remarkable group of design leaders uncovered key global trends and innovative products sure to define style in the home in the coming months. With diverse, exciting and unique curations, our Style Spotters provide the inside track on the shapes, colors and textures soon to capture the hearts of home enthusiasts around the world. High Point Market is open to the trade only. Join us for Fall Market, October 19-23, 2019. Registration will open mid-July; register online at highpointmarket.org


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“Dramatic and style-defining bases stole the show this High Point Market as showcased here with the perfectly proportioned, rounded shape of the Mr. Brown London Misty Dining table. But tables weren’t the only pieces featuring this trend, as shown here with the Aria Chair from the debut collection of Rawan Isaac.”

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NATURAL CONSIDERATIONS “The most prominent trend I saw at High Point Market was the interpretation of nature, not only in color (green), but also in product construction and application. Amidst all the efficiency that technology provides, now more than ever, there’s a deep need for humans to reconnect to nature.” Selamat, Poppy Armoire

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“Strong geometric forms reminiscent of the Postmodern movements of the ‘70s and ‘80s are back in a major way— and more glamorous than ever! Carrier and Company for Century Furniture, Bradley Furniture and Ryan Korban for EJ Victor all explored perfect squares, circles and racetrack forms to channel these Memphis-style vibes with mixed metals and wood tones. Sleek and sexy for sure!”

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POSTURA PERFECTO Taking cues from Pierre Jeanneret’s Chandigarh chair, the Mexican-made Rhône Chair’s curved shape blends comfort and style. The double-caned seat and back add a traditional lean to its modernist and angular form, fitting with the Alfonso Marina aesthetic of casual elegance. alfonsomarina.com


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RED HOT Partners Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman purchased an 18th-century home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and were so inspired by the vibrant culture and craftsmanship of the country that they decided to plant their business roots there as well. Influenced by a classical Chinese motif, Fisher carved the hand-cast architectural bronze base of the Cloud Box Tea Table in his highly expressive style. fisherweisman.com



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STEELY EYED Sleek, clean lines are taken to the next level in Rodrigo Ohtake’s Pouso Lounge Chair. The Brazilian designer’s supremely minimalist aesthetic drove him to create a chair that would touch the ground at the tiniest of points. Frankly, it’s cutting edge. espasso.com


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but can also be customized to create a design that is very much original. Piero Lissoni, the art director for Boffi, agrees the future of the kitchen is modular, and that these spaces should include “simple elements, where areas of work and life come together.” For the latest Combine series, Lissoni dreamed up a selection of functional monoblocs in varying sizes that can be used with worktops and extractable tables to fabricate a kitchen that is still personalized for its user. Vipp, a Danish family-run kitchen company that recently opened its first U.S. outpost, understands that design is a very personal endeavor. The firm's hope is that once a modular kitchen is installed, it can act as furniture that can be packed up and brought from home to home or passed on through generations, an idea they coined as the ‘heirloom kitchen.’ While Vipp offers four sleek module units including two islands, a wall component and a taller storage piece, it sticks to one color when it comes to finishes: black. “We found that endless colors and configurations feel

unnecessarily overwhelming,” says Sofie Egelund, Vipp’s concept director whose great-grandfather founded the brand in 1939. The Vipp ethos of less is more allows for the kitchen to work harmoniously with the rest of the home’s high design. Modular offerings are also a hit with interior designers. Paris-based Sarah Lavoine says, “The kitchen is very technical and relying on a company whose expertise is focused on this area allows me to be more creative in other rooms.” With so many sophisticated materials and configurations, Lavoine is surprised by how custom these modular kitchens can be but without the time-consuming installation and planning that usually follows. New York designer Alberto Villalobos understands there is no need to sacrifice style or aesthetics with the number of luxury options out there. “I utilize every tool available to me and modular kitchens have proven they are the practical and polished choice in many circumstances,” he says.

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In this South African abode, a whitewashed backdrop sets off Vipp’s black powdercoated steel wall modules and kitchen island. A dramatic lighting installation by VIBIA hangs from the ceiling. vipp.com


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English LESSON TURKISH Delights Australian design duo Tim and Sylvia Hill know a thing or two about beach days, so they decided to create the ideal accessory for long, summer days at the sea with the Dreamtime towel. Inspired by the incredibly soft Turkish peshtemal, the towel’s high-quality cotton is sourced from Turkey's southern region of Buldan and will only get better with each wash. It’s lightweight, absorbent and transitions easily from the beach to home use. maydestore.com

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Handmade by master craftsmen in the idyllic English countryside town of Dorset, each William Holland bathtub uses pure, sustainably sourced copper and takes around 120 hours to complete. The Verdigris Bateau design gets its vibrant hue and patinaed character through natural environmental oxidation. It’s shown here with Modulate Wallpaper from the Anthology 05 Collection by The Style Library. williamholland.com

ITALIAN Influence Snaidero USA has been bringing made-in-Italy modern kitchens to America for years, and while styles come and go, the tenants of Italian craftsmanship and complete customization remain true. Elegante is the latest kitchen from Snaidero USA and is shown here in Rosewood, a favorite finish of the midcentury modern aesthetic that works seamlessly in a contemporary setting. Four other wooden cabinetry finishes are also available. snaiderousa.com

SOUTHERN ACCENT Fame Cohen travels the globe in search of the highest quality stone for her slab and tile business, Fame Luxury Stone, and when it comes to color and veining, South American quarries are producing some of the most interesting specimens. fameluxurystone.com 162 / LUXESOURCE.COM

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A custom Jee-O bathtub sits atop a cool gray Carrara marble floor that extends up the wall. The bespoke side tables are from Phillips & Wood.

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For Thomas Furse-Roberts and Graeme Martinow, the directors of architecture and interior design firm Boundary Space, their design ethos for this London master bathroom was be bold or go home. Drawing inspiration from fashion, history and pop culture, Furse-Roberts says, “We were influenced by the ’70s because it has this glamorous connotation but was also a very futuristic time period, so we wanted to channel Blondie and Pan Am here.” The homeowner is in the film industry and the designers were charged with creating a room that not only represents their client’s personality but also the surrounding Notting Hill area, which is known for a strong sense of color and creativity. Mission accomplished. boundaryspace.com



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WITH WANDERLUST ON THE MIND, CREATIVES ARE FLOCKING TO FAR-REACHING DESTINATIONS IN SEARCH OF ART, ARTISANS AND ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS. WRITTEN BY MARY ORE PRODUCED BY JENNIFER CONDON

Much like in the 19th century, when the Arts and Crafts movement espoused a return to the handmade in response to rampant industrialization, today’s visionary talents are turning away from technology and celebrating a return to the authentic. Bringing a modernist zeal to stone, straw, clay and textiles, creatives around the globe are reviving traditional crafts from an entirely new point of view. A desire for connection—to the materials, the process and to the region’s history—is at the heart of this new wave, which favors individuality and the sustained focus on genuine inspiration. Architects, too, are taking cues from their country’s past to build anew or overhaul the old, all the while creating work that’s startling fresh. There’s plenty of luxury, too, in the richness of the resources, the attention to details and the elegance and originality of the vision. Read on as we tour an array of design destinations where authenticity and modernism meet.

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The walls of Galeriá OMR in Mexico City feature chalk drawings and textiles by Yann Gerstberger, which were part of his solo show “Ice News & Freeway Fetishes.”


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PORTUGAL Minimalist architectural silhouettes, exposed wood construction and high-end whiteon-white interiors give a bohemian-chic vibe to the Sublime Comporta. As the go-to boutique resort for this under-the-radar vacation destination, the Sublime Comporta recently reopened after a complete renovation that included redecorating the rooms in the traditions of the region, adding one of the largest “bio” pools in Europe and building nine poolside suites on stilts. With both a beachy and woodland Zen feel—stretches of unspoiled white sandy coastline lay to the west and forests of umbrella pines and cork trees to the east—its stunning locale is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. It’s also a glamorous and restful basecamp for excursions to nearby villages to discover the indigenous handicrafts for which the region is known. sublimecomporta.pt

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Portugal holds a special place in fabric atelier Pierre Frey’s heart—so much so that the brand developed a panoramic wallcovering called Lisboa (above) that echoes the traditional Portuguese azulejos found on the palaces of Lisbon and Porto. Here, Frey shares his favorite architectural spaces. pierrefrey.com

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Famous for its azulejo-tiled buildings and artisanal ceramics, Portugal is brimming with talented potters who are drawing on the country’s ceramicist heritage while mixing in their own perspectives. As part of their home decor collection, David Pimentel and Arren Williams of Casa Cubista craft bold and bright ceramics (left) from their studio on the Algarve Coast. Farther north in Alcabideche, Anna Westerlund, of Swedish-Portuguese descent, brings both her legacies to the pottery (right) she creates at her sun-washed atelier. casacubista.com, annawesterlund.com

Oriente Station by Santiago Calatrava: It was in Lisbon that I first discovered this architect and I love everything he creates. He has works in London and France and was the creative mind behind lower Manhattan’s Oculus. His buildings are filled with energy, while being very dynamic and powerful. Promontorio Headquarters: The impressive interior staircase in this architecture firm’s office is made of concrete, which normally feels heavy, but the curves are graceful and light and entice you to find out where it leads. Prado: As a culinary institution, of course the food is great, but the architecture is simple and precise. The high, white walls and ceiling are filled with long tendrils of hanging plants making it a refreshing atmosphere to dine.

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POSSESSIONS For exciting new design, look no further than Luteca or Ewe—both channel modern principles through artisanal techniques. Luteca offers original and classic designs, such as the Line chair (above), designed by Michael van Beuren, a Bauhaus-trained American who moved to the city in the 1930s. At the design collective Ewe, natural materials are transformed into sculptural collectibles. For the Copal coffee table (below), stonemasons eschewed machinery, opting instead to sculpt Tikal marble into six half spheres entirely by hand. luteca.com, ewe-studio.com

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One of the stars of the Mexican art scene is Galeriá OMR, in the Roma district (site of the Oscar-winning film), which is celebrated for discovering and cultivating some of the country’s most innovative talents, including Jose Dávila, Pia Camil, Gabriel Rico and Yann Gerstberger, a French artist who moved to the city seven years ago. Gluing hand-dyed mop thread and industrial fabric scraps onto vinyl, Gerstberger draws on myriad influences—Nigerian folk art, Surrealism, graffiti—to create vibrant works that pay homage to Mexico’s rich textile heritage. galeriaomr.com

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Lush tropical foliage and classical architectural elements mix to create an exotic sensibility in the courtyard of the Nima Local House Hotel, built in the late 19th century when the city was known as “little Paris.” One of a handful of house-hotels cropping up in the neighborhood, the Nima feels more like a grand home with a central living room warmed by a marble fireplace and four well-appointed guest rooms. Although each has its own look inspired by people once connected to the property, they all feature a contemporary sensibility and the latest amenities. nimalocalhousehotel.com


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Brazil’s lively design scene lured back Brunno Jahara, a native who had decamped to Italy to study and work in architecture. Founding his own studio in Rio de Janeiro upon his return, he’s become known for his playful decor made with materials that range from textiles to recycled plastic. Not one to shy away from color, he went with natural hues for a line of woven straw lamps—part of a collaboration with Brazilian fashion designer Carioca Ana Voss— that mixes down-to-earth chic with tropical flair. brunnojahara.com

Overlooking the Copacabana Beach, the Emiliano Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, designed by the local firm Studio Arthur Casas along with Florida-based Oppenheim Architecture, stands out along the line of seafront hotels. Each beachfront room has white folding panels with cut-oval patterns (right) that can be opened for full exposure to the views or closed for privacy while allowing breeze and light to filter through; similar to the light, the façade is ever shifting. Inside, sleek furnishings make this hotel a stellar example of modern glamor in a city long associated with great design. emiliano.com.br

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With her second collection for the high-end furniture brand Artefacto, architect Patricia Anastassiadis of Anastassiadis Arquitetos showcases her gifts for sumptuous minimalism in pieces like the Banco Vivika (bottom) and spaces such as the lobby bar of the new Palacio Tangara hotel in São Paulo (left). Here she shares insight into what makes her native Brazil so special. anastassiadis.com.br, artefacto.com How do you define the region’s design? Brazilian modernist design is celebrated worldwide, and it was created mostly by

immigrants and their descendants. What truly marks this region’s design is diversity—we live in a cultural melting pot where countless references coexist. What exemplifies that look? Amazing woodwork, marvelous ceramics (with pieces from Marajó Island, for instance) and unique materials (such as the golden grass found at Jalapão) that create beautiful accessories. Did growing up in Brazil influence your approach? My architecture practice is based in São Paulo, a city with a rich and interesting international scene, and my work is marked by this diversity. Also, I’ve always been interested in classical art and architecture, which gives us a deeper understanding of the world. When we understand traditional design, we’re able to create original work of our own. Tell us about the new collaboration with Artefacto. We are always looking to develop timeless pieces with a holistic appeal. And despite their strong visual appeal, they’re not necessarily related to trends. I believe a good design piece ruptures its timeline without losing its aesthetic or functional relevance.

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Converted from a 19th-century convent and hospital, the lavish new Jaffa Hotel has opened in Tel Aviv. The high-end remodel, which has put this ancient port city on the design cognoscenti’s must-see list, preserved a historic chapel and wall of a 13th-century crusaders’ fortress while sinking a pool—where nuns once tended their orange groves—peacefully below street level. Deck furnishings by B&B Italia reflect how gracefully modern luxury can engage with history in one of the world’s oldest cities. thejaffahotel.com

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The Design Museum Holon, enveloped in sinuous steel bands in shades of red, is a fitting site for the celebration of Israeli decorative arts. Its iconic façade, the vision of architect Ron Arad, is singular, as is the museum’s mission: As the country’s sole design museum, it is devoted to educating visitors through events and exhibitions about international design and contemporary culture. But it’s the evolving permanent collection, which encompasses Israeli design from the 1930s to the present, that offers new perspectives on the country’s aesthetic legacy and puts into context the energy invigorating a new crop of Israeli designers today. dmh.org.il

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A short walk from the Jaffa hotel is Saga, a wellcurated decorative arts store. Here, a selection of home goods represents the work of some 100 Israeli design studios from established names to emerging talents, including masks by Studio Umasqu (above) and a colored concrete coffee table by Magenta Workshop (below). The store is also just a stone’s throw from the popular Jaffa Flea Market, a conglomeration of stalls where visitors can barter for nearly anything under the sun. However, for design lovers, Saga’s pouredconcrete showroom, inch-for-inch, offers a more disciplined shopping approach with a great thrill of discovery. sagatlv.com


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In the beautiful lake communities of the Midwest, every homeowner has a unique story to tell—whether busy professionals escaping the city, empty nesters beginning their next chapter, or a new generation moving into the family home. No one knows how to compose these cherished narratives better than the industry experts on the following pages, who embrace these seasonal and forever homes, as if their own. Secluded lake estate, modern retreat or stately bluff home, they reflect the close connection between the land, the lake and the legacy of their owners.


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Lakefront Musts + We’ve been designing a number of arcades and game rooms, even fullsize bowling alleys, with the idea that the fun continues long after the sun goes down. + Expanses of floor-toceiling glass that open wide to the outdoors are a common request. + Clients are forgoing formal dining rooms, opting instead for extra-long, family-size dining tables, often 10 feet or more, situated near a view of the lake. + A fireplace is a must, along with creative firewood storage.

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MOST NOTEWORTHY + MOST BEAUTIFUL Lake Geneva is perhaps the most famous for its century-old lakefront mansions built by notable families like the Wrigleys, Rockefellers and Maytags. Nearby Delavan Lake has a similar pedigree, and both are home to the most exclusive and fabulous estates in the region. Also, the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, stretching from Milwaukee to the shoreline north of the city, features rolling sand dunes, white pines and rugged bluffs, all framed by the endless blue of Lake Michigan. There are stunning vacation homes in Wisconsin’s northern woods, where pine forests and crystal-clear lakes draw people to relax, unplug and reconnect.

principal of Amy Carman Design. In its 10th year of business, Amy Carman Design has cultivated a clientele that not only appreciates good design but embraces the natural beauty unique to Midwest lakefront living. “We’ve worked on secluded lake homes in northern Wisconsin, modern retreats nestled into the lake country and hills just outside city limits, and stately bluff homes overlooking Lake Michigan,” she says. “No matter the style, we are passionate about good architecture, and love personalizing interiors to suit our clients’ tastes and lifestyle.”

1. A striking black-and-white soaking tub overlooks a beautiful country view, enhanced by polished-marble floors and bright white wall cladding and cabinetry. 2. A sinuous staircase with custom railing connects the foyer to the upper and lower levels. The runner comes from Stark. 3. Tailored, yet soft and inviting, this living room is anchored by a velvety navy-blue area rug. Off-white upholstery allows the original artwork and architecture to stand out. 1. & 2. Photography by Elisabeth Witt 3. Photography by Ryan Hainey



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“ The story of your home is the story of your life.”

A FOX FAVORITE: HARBOR COUNTRY Antiquing. I love antiquing in Harbor Country, Michigan. My favorite haunts are Alchemy in Harbert and Trilogy in Three Oaks. The owner Brandon is sure to have amazing finds. Eating. While in Three Oaks, enjoy a quick bite at the charming and delicious Froehlich’s Bakery & Deli, and don’t forget to take home some of their preserves or their famous olive relish. For a delicious country breakfast, head to Luisa’s Cafe & Harbert Swedish Bakery, where the pancakes are a must. Drinking. I also love Greenbush Brewing in Sawyer. They have a wonderful outdoor area to enjoy live music and fantastic beer (the Birds of War brew is the best).

1. Wood walls and beamed ceilings from the original Boy Scout camp provide warmth in the great hall, while a mix of vintage and new pieces creates an inviting place for friends and family to gather. 2. A charming guest bedroom for two mixes florals, patterns and a touch of plaid for a retro feel. Vintage metal beds coupled with found antiques create a cozy and warm guest cabin on the lake. 3. Vernacular architecture and fieldstone come together to create an unparalleled summer retreat, including this poolside game house. An Olympicsize pool beckons a dip on a hot summer day. Architecture by Liederbach & Graham Architects. All photography by Tony Soluri

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beach home to a traditional beach shack, Midwest lake escapes are all about the water. “Traditional lake houses often turn their backs to the street with the front overlooking the water and its many activities, whether swimming, boating or birdwatching,” he says. Among the communities in which his award-winning firm works, Fox mentions the beaches of Lake Michigan, the bluffs of Sawyer, and Lake Geneva, if heading north to Wisconsin. “I like to celebrate the Midwest and create comfortable interiors that capture a simpler time, while embracing modern conveniences,” he says.



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“ Designing a lakefront home can have many challenges, but it also can allow you to be more creative.”

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1. This lakefront home opens to the view with wing-like arms that embrace the pool and spa terraces. 2. This bedroom with views of the lake provides a welcome respite from the hustle of city life. 3. This kitchen in Lakeside features a custom stainless island hood and custom painted millwork with soapstone counters. 2. & 3. Photography by Tony Soluri

a lake home, Fortman says the most important decision is working with a great team, and adds that while there may be unique topography and regulations to contend with, those same restrictions can result in unique solutions. “Lakefront living in the Midwest allows you to experience the change of seasons unlike anywhere else,” he says. “From sun-filled afternoons on the beach, to having drinks on your deck watching the fall colors, to winter sports and huddling next to a fire with a glass of wine, you can take in the beauty of the lake year-round.”

In the lakeside communities north of Chicago, the architecture is sophisticated and refined. No detail is left to chance. The lakeside vacation communities tend to be more laid-back and homes have a more beachfront aesthetic. Informal Shingle style or refined farmhouses are also common. Most interiors are stylish, yet casual and outfitted for entertaining and relaxing with family. The naturalistic landscapes often echo the surrounding environment.



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Praiseworthy Projects In the last four years alone, we have worked on several new home builds or gut renovations in Michigan. Yet, they have all been in different parts of the state.

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1. Watery blue glass wall tiles and Calacatta Quartzite countertops complement the view from this sun-filled kitchen. 2. A freestanding tub with lake views awaits behind a custom iron-and-glass sliding door. 3. This hair-on-hide desk offers a quiet place to work or enjoy the view. French artist Michel Jaubert sculpted the cast-bronze lamp. 4. Muted tones and a mix of textures create an environment for restorative sleep in the master bedroom. All photography by Jason Hulet

vacationed there as a child or visited while in college with friends, then returned with their own family later until the time was right to buy. Or, perhaps they grew up on the lake, moved away, but hoped to come back and build a home of their own one day.” Wedemeyer weaves these stories into every design, factoring in modern-day practicality. “I do not want my clients worrying about kids eating blueberries on the sofa or wet dogs on the furniture,” she says. “They come here to escape the 9 to 5, create memories with their families and relax.”

+ The vintage A-frame we renovated in Hillman sits nestled in trees on Lake Avalon. It is quaint and neighborly as demonstrated by the annual Walk Around the Lake.


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“ We strive to create high-end residential spaces that look to the past but are decidedly contemporary.”

MOST IMPORTANT MUSTS WHEN RENOVATING The winds and climate around the lakes impart a beating on the exteriors of these homes, so here are my three musts:

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friends and connect with family. Given the area’s summertime charm, Abraham names sun rooms, outdoor kitchens and screened-in porches among the top lakefront renovation requests. Modern, traditional or historical, the architectural and design styles throughout the lake communities vary. Michael Abraham Architecture balances these looks seamlessly, using both time-tested and innovative materials and techniques to create contextual designs with unexpected results.

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How Designing A Lakefront Home Differs It’s individualistic of course, but the landscapes are generally looser, more playful, low-maintenance and not as serious as their primary residence.

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ot surprisingly, most of Mike Schaap Builders’ clients come from Chicago and its neighboring suburbs. “Being that many Lake Michigan destinations are only an hour or two away, it’s a great opportunity for clients to escape the city,” says Mike Schaap, the president and founder of the West Michigan-based design and construction firm. Whether a summer weekend getaway or full-time residence, Schaap and his team are happy to oblige, providing 30-plus years of expert insight into the unique upsides and challenges that come with building on the water.

1. Wood-clad windows, cedar shingles and trim, and low-maintenance landscaping were chosen for the exterior of this captivating lake home. The goal was to create less upkeep, and thus, more time for toes in the sand. 2. Maximizing a narrow lot with a small footprint, Schaap and his team show their waterfront design and construction expertise with three distinct levels of luxury beachfront living. Outside, a shapely concrete paver patio offers the perfect spot to take in the natural beauty. 3. The client’s original vision for their new Lake Michigan escape was a free-flowing design plan that optimizes views and blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living. 1. & 3. Photography by Ashley Avila 2. Photography by Dan Zeeff

“From DEQ restrictions, to soil and erosion factors, to building setbacks and seawalls, lake homes present an entirely different set of requirements and construction techniques,” says Schaap, whose expertise is backed by a team of project managers, estimators, supervisors, designers and craftsmen, alongside a seamless process designed to accommodate clients residing out of state. “We’ve simplified a complex process,” says Schaap, who makes his clients a top priority. “We differentiate ourselves through our client experience; we know it needs to be just as enjoyable as the final product.”

Properties located in critical dunes, high-risk erosion areas, wetlands and floodplains, and along inland lakes and streams, are frequently regulated. Wildlife, natural erosion, harsh weather conditions, septic and irrigation systems, and narrow lots— these are all things that need to be considered as well. Whether planning for a weekend getaway or full-time residence, a solid understanding of these waterfront issues becomes incredibly valuable for clients as they explore options for turning these challenges into opportunities.



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“ We are so fortunate to have the Great Lakes and the flora and fauna that they provide.”

Trending … On The Lake Coordinated looks. Clients typically want indoor and outdoor spaces to have a seamless blend of styles, to mix and match with ease. Multifunctional spaces. Many clients expect interiors that are designed as multifunctional spaces. Therefore, it is equally important that the furniture be multifunctional. Natural palettes. Many clients want to bring the colors of nature into their lakefront homes with warmer hues of brown and green.

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1. With its endless options and innovative functions, Team 7’s Linee makes the everyday easier. Shown here in oak and glass with a built-in breakfast bar. 2. Walnut, matte black glass and smoked-palladium glass fronts come together to create Team 7’s Black Line kitchen, featured here. 3. Composed of walnut and bronzed glass, this kitchen brings together two of Team 7’s collections—Linee and K7, the height-adjusting kitchen island.

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functionality are the qualities that we seek,” they say. “Many of our products are made from natural materials—like wood and stone—which allows us to bring the warmth of nature into an interior environment.” Thus, Mobili Möbel’s pieces work well in a myriad of settings, whether a modernist glass box in the woods overlooking a lake or an interior clad in wood with handcrafted furniture designed to last in lakefront climates. “There are few other bodies of freshwater in the world that have the scale and beauty of the Great Lakes,” they say.


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SMART CASUAL A DESIGNER INTEGRATES HER FORMAL EUROPEAN-INSPIRED HOME WITH A COOL AMERICAN AESTHETIC. WRITTEN BY MIKKI BRAMMER / PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUSTIN HALLECK

INTERIOR DESIGN / JEANNIE BALSAM AND ANNIE LIDDLE, JEANNIE BALSAM INTERIORS HOME BUILDER / SCOTT LYON, SCOTT LYON & COMPANY


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Right: Designer and homeowner Jeannie Balsam’s dogs, Cisco and Oakley, relax in the foyer, which was modified to feel brighter and less formal. On the wall is a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor comprised of tiny pixelated photos of Richard Burton, done by Amnon Bar-Tur and Gary Wade. The vintage red box and console are from Balsam’s personal collection. Opposite: Expansive bay windows in the family room look out onto the backyard, so Balsam coordinated the upholstery fabrics and wallcovering selections with the lush foliage. The sofa, upholstered in Theo fabric, and Dessin-covered swivel chair is by Rose Tarlow Melrose House.

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esigner Jeannie Balsam likes to tell her clients that her process is similar to working a Rubik’s Cube. A finished room design— which she equates to a completed side of the cube—contains the perfect balance of design elements. But achieving it requires quite a bit of shuffling back and forth, until everything is just right. When it came to renovating her own house on the North Shore, there was a lot of problem-solving to be done. Though Balsam and her husband, Doug, had fallen in love with the grand European-style home, in many ways it was too formal for the couple, who favor a more appealing “American casual” aesthetic. “The front doors were solid

wood and there was an intercom system,” Balsam says of some of the initial changes she made with associate designer Annie Liddle and general contractor Scott Lyon. “It just didn’t seem inviting.” Another problem she faced was the interior railings. “They were extremely fancy,” the designer explains. “So we removed the most ornate pieces and replaced them with simplified posts.” The most challenging conundrum, however, was the master suite. For many people, high ceilings might be considered a luxury, but at 15 feet, Balsam felt they were far too lofty. “It was like you were looking up a very large elevator shaft when you went to sleep at night,” she laughs. “We wanted to make the space more human.”


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That was just the start of Balsam’s reimagination of the master suite, whose other problems included oddly angled walls, a small, ill-fitting closet and an oversize bathroom. With the help of Lyon, she reconfigured the space for a more fluid flow. “Scott has a design aesthetic about him,” observes Balsam. “It was a great partnership because he agreed with my vision.” The triumph of their efforts was reinvigorating a stonewall terrace that was previously only accessible from the suite via a slim doorway. “The original master suite prohibited good flow,” Lyon explains. “The new master closet and bathroom floor plan is focused on symmetry that’s all centered on the terrace door. So when you’re in the space you can stand in the bedroom

and look through the closet, through the bathroom and out to the beautiful terrace.” Balsam then added lush textiles—including elegant bed drapery in serene shades of blue, gray and taupe—a chic, high-gloss paint in the dressing room and a sophisticated floral wallcovering in the sitting room. While the master suite may be Balsam’s sanctuary, the rest of the home doesn’t play second fiddle. The inspiration for her living room came from one of Balsam’s lifelong desires: a green sofa. But, as Annie Liddle points out, it couldn’t be just any green. “It had to be perfect—not too Kelly, not too hunter, not too olive,” she explains. They opted to cover the armchairs in a playful fabric that echoed the color of the sofa, offset by a woven wallcovering


Opposite: The living room vestibule features a Rose Tarlow Melrose House bench purchased at Holly Hunt and a floor lamp by Jamie Young. Framing the vignette are drapes of Mark Alexander by Romo fabric with a Samuel and Sons trim. Below: Balsam wanted the living room to feel like a warm and inviting salon. Behind a Hickory Chair Lorens green velvet sofa hangs a commissioned oil abstract by artist William McLure. Rose Tarlow Melrose House chairs upholstered in Lee Jofa fabric complete the conversation area. The Maya Romanoff wallcovering is made from metallic hand-painted woven paper.

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that takes on a golden hue, especially at night. “I’m such a texture and layering person; I needed to have an exceptional amount of that in this space,” Balsam says. A commissioned painting by artist William McLure on the back wall brings the whole room together. Balsam also knew that she needed to put her own stamp on the kitchen, which lacked personality. “Everything was ivory,” Balsam recalls. “The space needed warmth.” She painted the perimeter cabinetry light gray with a glaze and replaced the glass doors of existing cabinets with vintage mirror. The island, now a deep gray, has a brushed Absolute Black granite countertop, while white subway tile with pale gray grout adds a crispness to the space. Since her husband was so accommodating of Balsam’s design choices for the rest of house, it was only natural that he be given a space of his own—and the house’s lower level proved to be the perfect spot. “We wanted 200 / luxesource.com

to bring in his passions,” Balsam says. “He’s into music and entertaining, media and ping-pong, and he loves Austin, Texas.” The Austin touch didn’t come in the form of longhorns and cowboy hats, but instead was inspired by the city’s iconic Hotel San Jose. The room, which proudly displays her husband’s vintage radio, guitar and vinyl collections, also features a full bar and working kitchen hidden behind a motorized door and wall of custom walnut panels. (Not to mention the projector TV screen, lounge seating and custom ping-pong table.) Recently the space proved its worth when it was used to host a group of her husband’s childhood friends for a live gig by one of their favorite bands. The soirée exemplified what Balsam believes is the most important piece of the puzzle: ensuring that people feel a sense of belonging. “I want everyone to feel welcome when they arrive,” she says, “and viscerally hugged by the time they leave.”

To add depth to the outdated kitchen, the perimeter cabinetry was painted Benjamin Moore’s Himalayan Trek with a custom glaze and Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray was used on the island. A contrasting Absolute Black granite countertop was added to the island, above which hang brass pendants by Arteriors.


Drenched in natural light by day, the Noir table from Casa Bella in the kitchen is surrounded by contemporary Artistic Frame side chairs. The Farrow & Ball Amime wallcovering adds texture. In the evenings, a chandelier from Balsam’s personal collection casts a glow over the space.


Sunshine streams through the windows onto the secondfloor landing. Built-in cabinetry and a pair of vintage stools purchased from an estate sale create a place for pause.

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The sitting room in the master suite features an iridescent botanical GP & J Baker wallcovering from Lee Jofa along with Hickory Chair armchairs and ottomans. The custom cabinet—a collaboration between Balsam and general contractor Scott Lyon—houses a wine and coffee bar inspired by a similar setup that Balsam and her husband fell in love with while staying at a hotel in Santorini.


Right: Landscaping team Michael Schmechtig and Ling Ji of Schmechtig Landscapes devised a series of “exterior rooms� for relaxed entertaining. The pergola-covered dining area features a Kingsley Bate table with chairs from Dedon, beyond which is an extensive lounge area furnished with hand-woven resin wicker Sirio Niko sofas. Opposite: The outdoor terrace, which acts as an extension of the master suite, features an RH sofa upholstered in Sunbrella fabric. For a cozy ambience come evening, classic oil-rubbed bronze Hinkley lanterns from Idlewood Electric sit upon an RH coffee table.

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“I’M A TEXTURE AND LAYERING PERSON; I NEEDED TO HAVE AN EXCEPTIONAL AMOUNT OF THAT IN THIS SPACE.” –JEANNIE BALSAM


BOLD TYPE INSPIRED BY ITS OWNERS’ LOVE OF COLOR, A GOLD COAST HIGH-RISE SPRINGS TO LIFE. WRITTEN BY ARIANNE NARDO / PHOTOGRAPHY BY WERNER STRAUBE

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arie Kondo would be impressed. For some of us, sparking joy means never parting with an incredible wardrobe or lifeaffirming furniture collection. But when the homeowners of this Chicago condo made the move from their 6,000-square-foot family home on the North Shore, they brought just two or three pieces of art. Much of that vetting had to do with interior designer Donna Mondi. “Part of what made it easier is that we engaged with Donna and we were so excited about what was happening with the design,” says the wife. “We knew this home was going to turn out exactly the way we wanted it, so I think it was easier to let go of possessions.” On the eve of becoming empty-nesters, the clients, a couple with two college-age sons, decided to relocate to the city. Their new urban existence meant cultural thrills—restaurants, the theater—but they also wanted an outdoor space and a comfortable place that could welcome the kids (and plenty |of their friends) home at any time. They found their ideal perch at No. 9 Walton, the headline-making luxury high-rise designed by

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. “The exterior does bring back some of that 1920s and ‘30s European splendor that used to be so popular in Chicago,” says Mondi. “And the building itself is absolutely gorgeous, so taking cues from that was fun, along with creating a transitional design.” Well-traveled and adventurous, the clients said the magic words. “The first comment that I remember vividly was, ‘We’re not afraid of color,’ ’’ says Mondi. “And I thought, awesome, because we get a lot of clients who want white, gray and black. And we love them dearly, but when somebody says, ‘We’re not afraid,’ it’s like, Let’s go!’ ” That chromatic verve is displayed in the living and dining areas, where a down-for-anything spirit rendezvouses with sophisticated intentions. Hits of teal, a splash of orange, a zingy Pierre Frey citrine—the scene is composed and inviting without excess or contrivance. Though it appears as if Mondi tailored the palette to echo the evocative Josephine Cardin photograph above the fireplace, the opposite is true: The piece was discovered later via Daniel Kinkade Fine Art.


Opposite: Haut monde elegance begins in the entry of this condo, where designer Donna Mondi offers a nod to the past via the black-and-white marble floor. The glamorous note continues with the Kelly console from Century Furniture, a Global Views mirror and Visual Comfort lamps. Below: Mondi opted for a low-profile Baker sectional and The Bright Group’s Eno swivel chairs upholstered in Cassaro fabric for some luxe lounging in the family room. Vanguard’s Ava cocktail table and a blackened-brass side table from Julian Chichester evoke a distinguished mood.

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Says Mondi of the kitchen, “It’s very family-friendly—it’s not meant to make a statement.” Two Urban Electric Co. Cosy pendants lend contrast to the clean look. Counter stools from The Bright Group upholstered in a Lee Jofa fabric are the perfect balance of form and function.

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Mondi selected Pierre Frey fabric for the outer chairbacks in the dining area and Schumacher upholstery for the seats and backrests. A pair of hammered iron George chairs from Made Goods serve as stellar hosts. Two commissioned pieces from Chicago artist Lynn Basa appose the airy Apparatus chandelier, comprising a compositional visual feast.


A mix of warm and cool neutral tones provides the playbook for textures done right. The acrylic pulls of SHO Modern’s nightstand vibe off the Arteriors pendant. An ethereal metal sculpture from Eric Gushee’s “Exhalation” series hovers above the leather-upholstered Caracole bed. Kelly Wearstler’s footstool (literally) from EJ Victor provides a wink-wink moment.


Below, left: O’Brien Harris created the Calacatta Borghini vanity in the master bathroom, above which hangs a drawing by Grace Slick. The curvaceous stool, from Mondi’s EnVie collection, is upholstered in Holly Hunt fabric. Below, right: In the master bath shower, fixtures from the Michael S Smith collection for Kallista are surrounded by elegant Calacatta Borghini. Thassos + Azul Celeste Dots by AKDO tile is a decorative counterpoint on the floor.

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The Tosca sofa from Janus et Cie, Palecek chairs and a Mr. Brown table allow the outdoors-loving homeowners to enjoy the alfresco lounge as often as possible. Textural accent pieces, such as Roberta Schilling’s rope stools and a Made Goods side table, enhance the ambience.

Mondi’s instinct for eclectic and unexpected elements meant more than conversation pieces. “It would have been easy with that sexy, sculptural sofa to do something more rounded and glamorous,” she explains of the informal hidecovered chairs, “but one of my design philosophies is, when things start to get precious and beautiful, you have to add in a little bit of grit and earthiness to keep things grounded so that you’re not operating on one plane.” She applied the same deftness in the master bedroom, where curated pieces and “an ethereal” commissioned metal sculpture by Eric Gushee elevated the space to rousing textural effect. The advantages of inheriting a new unit with excellent finishes, including a kitchen designed by O’Brien Harris, meant the interior modifications were minimal. Mondi added built-ins around the fireplace in the living room, tailored to fit a pair of bronze statues from the couple’s collection. Her team devised a closet featuring antiqued mirror doors in the vestibule of the master with art reflected on the opposite wall. Most heroically, she designed the much-adored media room fronted by steel-and-glass doors. After dressing the walls in a rich wallcovering and painting the ceiling a navy lacquer, Mondi added generous cognac leather seating and a few chic throw cushions so friends could spread out. She was equally committed to personalizing the sons’ rooms, taking meetings with each. “I love designing with young adults because they definitely care,” she says. As the hosts of gatherings and game-day parties, the couple needed the home to perform beautifully. The mood of the place is “modern, but practical; elegant but comfortable,” says the wife. “We don’t want anyone to be afraid to come in and sit down.” And since the family are enthusiastic sports fans, Mondi added another fun element. Given the all-glass backdrop, a creative solution was needed so they could still catch the game while grilling outside. Mondi delivered with a custom pop-up cabinet so understated, you’d never believe it accommodates a 65-inch television. The interiors of an apartment with such awe-inspiring views could easily fade into the background. But Mondi’s most dramatic scene could take on any urban vista. “We still want you to have these moments of wonder inside the home because that’s where you’re living,” she says, noting that the sight line from the foyer to the dining room is one of those moments. “You look down this long hall and your eye is instantly grabbed by a gorgeous chandelier, a cool hammered metal chair, a pop of chartreuse. We wanted to create that vignette to entice people to come in.”


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IT’S ALL RELATIVE A MULTIMEDIA ARTIST USES THE ACCESSIBILITY OF HIS WORK TO FORGE HUMAN CONNECTIONS. WRITTEN BY MONIQUE MCINTOSH PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANK ISHMAN


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n both his life and his art, William J. O’Brien has never fit into a single discipline. His work— in which he both creates and deconstructs ceramics, paintings, drawings and sculptures— is an exploration of his own queerness. “I think it came out of feeling lost and not seeing my voice in history,” says the Chicago-based artist of his ongoing quest. “In my work there is a real sense of searching.” What unites his diverse practice is the physicality of his process, expressed through elaborate shapes and tactile surfaces. He coats his amorphous ceramics in emotive carvings and paintings. Then he experiments with underglazes and overglazes during multiple firings to create what he calls “moments of tension and harmony.” Layers of plaster, yarn, felt and detritus such as wood scraps and packing materials animate his sculptures and paintings. He uses the same process to build molds for his bronze totems, which, when cast, retain the textural complexity of the materials used. Even his drawings offer tactile depth, blending the smooth patina of colored pencils with the sculptural heft of oil pastels while his freewheeling line work borrows from the spontaneous drawing style of the surrealists. “I use materials that are more accessible for the viewer so they can connect to what I’m doing,” O’Brien explains. This desire to engage his audience also informs his decision to leave many of his pieces untitled, so as not to “force the viewer to see things through a particular lens.” O’Brien’s emphasis on connection culminates in his latest project, a massive installation at Atlanta Contemporary Gallery on view until August 4. Inspired by old-school revivals, the artist showcases what he calls “a revival tent for everyone—for those who feel like they are left on the outside.” O’Brien treats the structure as a “living painting,” using colors influenced by a trip to India where he spent time meditating in Buddhist temples. Sculptures around the tent, echoing the Stations of the Cross, dive into his Catholic upbringing. The space, however, doesn’t invoke a particular faith but is a broader examination of sacredness. “People need a safe place to go,” he says, “a sanctuary for our time.” In addition to his work carried by Chicago’s Shane Campbell Gallery and Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, O’Brien recently collaborated with textile company Maharam to transform his drawings into a prismatic wallcovering. This provided a chance to migrate his installation’s immersive experience outside the gallery, says the artist. “I’m really happy about the scale and the way we were able to preserve the range of forms.” Most important to O’Brien is that his viewers feel things. “For me, art has been a real way of transforming pain,” he says. “I believe in its ability to transform difficulty and darkness into beauty.”


Known for his kaleidoscopic drawings (opposite), William J. O’Brien also translates the technique into his other mediums, especially ceramics, where he inscribes his linework directly into the clay (below). “I look at drawing not just as a preparatory sketch, but as the primary medium,� says the artist.

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NATURAL HIGH CITY DWELLERS MOVE TO A MODERNIST RANCH HOME UPDATED WITH AN OPEN FLOOR PLAN AND A REFINED PALETTE. WRITTEN BY TATE GUNNERSON / PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY SOLURI

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n southern Lake County lies an oasis—the woodlands preservation village of Riverwoods. The beauty of the area is what led Josh Weiss, an executive at a lighting company, and his wife, Natalie, to leave Lincoln Park and purchase a late-1970s ranch in the community. “Being surrounded by nature is energizing,” Josh says, noting the thrill their two young children find in the landscape. “When we came to look at the house, they would run outside and roll in the grass,” adds Natalie. The couple, who have a keen appreciation for architecture, were instantly drawn to the painted cedar-clad dwelling originally designed by renowned Chicago architect Milton Schwartz. Despite its 15 skylights, however, inside the home felt dark and closed off. So the couple invited architect Kevin Toukoumidis to update the interior and build a new rear addition. “They have a wonderful modernist aesthetic,” muses Toukoumidis. “So we hit it off right away.” The project required a careful balance of maintaining the integrity of Schwartz’s modernist design while altering rooms just enough to maximize the natural light. “It’s a special setting, and the house was designed to integrate with the landscape,” says Toukoumidis. “It’s a very understated, elegant house with clean lines.” But, he points out, “The interior did not function like a house should function today.” “Kevin suggested a few minor tweaks that made a huge difference,” says Josh. For example, Toukoumidis, working with general contractor Neil Corcoran, widened the main hallway by several feet and eliminated a large portion of the wall between the living and family areas. A new two-sided steel-plated fireplace with a porcelain tile surround can be enjoyed from either space. “We preserved the existing architecture, but we simplified it and made it fade quietly into the background,” explains Toukoumidis. “We felt that the furnishings and art should take center stage.”

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Finding the balance between contemporary and cozy was key. “We wanted modern, but we weren’t looking for something stark and cold,” says Josh. “The old house was full of tile and dark wood that fully absorbed the sunlight.” To add brightness, walls were painted crisp white and new European white oak flooring was installed throughout. Juxtaposing the lightness are black-painted windows that keep the look sophisticated but subtle. “A curated palette of materials creates a quiet elegance that emphasizes views of the landscape,” Toukoumidis explains. “There’s this great interplay between interior and exterior.” Even the jaw-dropping LED chandelier in the living room references the tree branches in a modern way, notes interior designer Elizabeth Pasquinelli, who collaborated with Toukoumidis. It hangs above a square steel-and-glass cocktail table that is a nod to the architect’s fireplace design. “We made sure that everything references one another and marries the design elements throughout,” she points out. Another important factor was the plethora of light throughout the home, which is a dream for any designer. It also means every nuance plays a starring role: Everything from the tufting on the sofa to the grains in the flooring are on full display. “It’s wonderful,” remarks Pasquinelli. “In a lot of homes, the details get lost. Here, there’s an overflow of natural light, so everything is showcased.” While the designer chose to keep most of the furnishings decidedly neutral in deference to the verdant surroundings, she also made sure to plant occasional pops of color throughout. “In their former home they had water views, but they don’t have those anymore, so we brought the blues from the lake back in,” Pasquinelli says, pointing to the robin’s-egg blue wool upholstery on the lounge chairs in the family room. And, in an even bolder approach, a cocktail table with an orange wool top pops against the deep wall color in the more casual office. Visible from every major room, the exterior has also been updated by landscape designer Carol Heffernan, who extended the back lawn to create more “playable space” and built a new ipe-accented counter with a concrete waterfall top to house the grill. A mix of native grasses, evergreens, boulders and a Japanese maple likewise enhance the front façade. “We tried to give them as much color and texture as possible in such a dark spot,” Heffernan says. For Josh and Natalie, the sounds of the city have been replaced with birds chirping and rustling leaves, and an owl starts to hoot every afternoon at 4 p.m. “It’s so peaceful out here, but we’re not far from anything,” Natalie says. “It puts you at one with nature, and that’s pretty cool.”


For the family room, architect Kevin Toukoumidis designed a two-sided steel fireplace with a Fiandre porcelain surround from Transceramica, creating a cozy focal point for the Montauk Sofa sectional and armchairs from DWR. The wooden side table is from Y Living and the Antrim rug is from Rexx Rug.

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A tufted sofa from Room and Board, armchairs by Fritz Hansen from Haute Living and a bench by Bernhardt from Y Living surround a modern cocktail table in the formal living room. The chandelier and recessed lights are from Tech Lighting.


Atop a cowhide-and-bamboo pile rug from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, a plush leather lounge sofa from CB2 and an armchair by Gus Modern from Stitch Chicago turn the office into an extension of the family room. Toukoumidis collaborated with consultant Anne Kustner on the lighting design.

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Below, left: Hand-painted Bianco Venatino marble wall tile from Tile Gallery adds a pop of color and pattern to the breakfast area, which is illuminated by an oversize pendant from Tech Lighting. Below, right: At one end of the new gas fireplace in the master bedroom, integrated black steel shelving from Art Metal Design Studio provides additional space for storage and display.



Above: A wallcovering by Elitis from Donghia complements the porcelain tile from Stone Source in the powder room. The custom porcelain sink is by Fiandre from Transceramica, and the faucet is from Studio41. Left: Comprised of Fiandre onyx porcelain slab from Transceramica, black steel from Art Metal Design Studio and oak planks from Kährs, the custom fireplace by dSpace Studio floats in the center of the master bedroom. The bedside pendants are from Tech Lighting.

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In the backyard, a new concrete waterfall countertop with ipe wood accents by Heffernan Landscape Design houses a built-in grill and an outdoor refrigerator, both from Lynx. In addition to adding more lawn space, landscape designer Carol Heffernan eliminated undesirable “weed trees� and incorporated select ornamental trees.


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Studio41 debuted Graff’s new Vintage line, inspired by the Chicago Fire Department, at its Hubbard showroom. The night lit up with great music, appetizers and fun surprises, while guests enjoyed viewing the "hot" new line.


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ACANTHUS AWARDS celebrating excellence in Classical and Vernacular design November 23, 2019 Elks National Memorial Thank you to our Platinum and Silver Level sponsors: Assured Corporation Bulley & Andrews Residential+Restoration Casci Plaster/Decorators Supply Craig Bergmann Landscape Design

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HBRA Architects Kane Brothers, Inc. Luxury Division of Pella Luxury Residence Group by Power Construction

Please visit classicistchicago.org/2019-acanthus-awards for more information

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