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Happy birthday to us! With this fabulous
fall issue, CS Interiors celebrates our third
anniversary. ere’s so much to cheers to,
but most importantly, we want to give
thanks to our readers and advertisers.
It’s because of you that CS Interiors has
continued to grow into the largest design
magazine in the city!
Glamour is the name of the game
here at Modern Luxury, and what better
way to celebrate our anniversary issue
than with the most glamorous homes
in the city? My favorite? Jerry Kleiner’s
8,000-square-foot warehouse turned
living space. It’s every bit of what you
would expect from Jerry—over-the-top
colors and furnishings that make you
feel like you’re in another world.
As always, I have a constant desire to
reinvent my own home. Luckily, this issue
is packed with furniture and accessories to
do the job. Check out the gorgeous, brand-
new pieces at Haute Living. And that new
kitchen installation at Ernestomeda? I
want it in my house now. When it comes
to lighting, I’m gaga over Karen Lang’s
fixtures at Hinsdale Lighting. Her vision
can help transform anyone’s home. Who
knew a lamp had so much power?
Speaking of high-power wattage:
Don’t miss our spread on the hottest
design couples in town. Although they
may not be found in the pages of US
Weekly, these power couples are truly
something to talk about. Proving that two
heads are better than one, the design duos
show that working with your significant
other can be good for the relationship!
Not to mention the collective talent that
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check out House Party. Enjoy the issue!
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In today’s age of hi-def reality TV and
show-and-tell-all media, we’re getting
regular glimpses behind the façade and
into the high-style home that exists
somewhere south of perfection. It seems
that suddenly we’re seeing a crack in the
mirror, a tube of lipstick on the white
Carrera marble countertop, a few rogue
cords from actual, working electronics,
an inspiration board tacked up in the
kitchen. TMI house tours? Just the
opposite. Tese telling imperfections
make life way more interesting and maybe
even more glamorous, in a grainy, realistic
kind of way.
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clutter” is the perfect antidote to stylized
perfection. Designers, visual merchandisers
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personal artifacts and introducing creative
personality to home décor.
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up the glamour ante without being
servants to the handbook of old-guard
glam—gilded, Versaille-style mirrors,
tufted velvet headboards and gold-flecked
wallpaper (but don’t be disappointed;
there’s some of that in this issue as well).
A Wicker Park mansion just might be
the most glamorous rehab story in the
city, including tales of interior designer
Julia Edelman, who wore high heels to
the construction site. Meet an industry
couple—one half from Pagoda Red,
the other from Marshall Morgan Erb
Design—who prove the mixed-and-
matched gilded life can still have a sense
of humor. A North Shore spread gets the
high-art treatment while managing to
satisfy family living to the fullest. And
then we open the oversized doors to Jerry
Kleiner’s 8,000-square-foot West Town
warehouse turned wonderland. Tere’s
a mad-hatter vibe to the entire project’s
slightly unhinged take on big-statement
design. Perfect? Not exactly (check out the
throw pillows tossed in every direction).
Fabulous? Absolutely.
Tey’re glamorous in such different
ways, yet they each share a common
approach: Te homeowners write their
own rules. And they put personality
before perfection. Maybe we can all rip a
page from the new rulebook, and learn to
feel just a little bit more glamorous in our
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hoMe Front
now! Te people, places and things you’ve
got to know 26
TREnDS! Retire the old rules about combining
colors and make your own out-of-the-
box pairings 34
SHoPS Te latest in repurposed design,
reimagined by Chicago’s rehab-
happy talent 36
TREnDS! Glam slam! Bring on the sparkle, shine
and decadence 38
STYLE Two glamour girls give their
office digs the gold standard in
high-gilt design 40

From boarding house drab to post-
rehab chic, this Wicker Park manse gets
design-star treatment 42
TREnDS! Looking to go hardcore? Try
these rock stars (PS We’re talking
about furniture!) 48
DESign Two design industry players find high-
style ground between Asian cool and
gilded Euro antiques 50

Te creative glitterati starts an anti-
perfection movement Open the closet
and bring out the new clutter!s 54
TREnDS! Why settle for one function when you
can get two? Double-duty furniture
works the moonlighting 58
aRT Chicago’s of-the-moment curator puts
together his most original show yet 60
TREnDS! Make your break from design on the
straight edge with a shape-shifting
lineup of amorphous furniture 64
wEEKEnDER San Francisco is the new go-to global
incubator for cutting-edge design 66
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LIVING LARGE Jerry Kleiner’s 8,000-square-foot West
Town wonderland epitomizes mad-
hatter fab 78
swANk Formerly a faded boarding house, a
cANVAs historical Wicker Park mansion gets
the rehab-chic treatment 84
A tEAms! Chicago’s most talented design duos
collaborate at work and home 90
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the dirt and grime off of a set of antique green glass bottles she
found in the woods behind her house in coastal Maine. “Not much
has changed since then,” says Stone, who recently launched Hinge
Design Studio (hingedesignstudio.com). An online shop representing
local artists and furniture designers like Bladon Conner and Green
Sawn founder Aaron Pahmier, Hinge happily corrals those who value
sustainability and look to the past for inspiration and raw material.
“Whether it’s a bench made of reclaimed wood floorboards or
a vintage welding table, we like our furniture with a little soul,”
says Stone, who has stocked the virtual shelves with screen-printed
pillow designs by textile artist Elizabeth Siegan, graphite portraits
drawn by Jill Stalowicz and framed black and white photography
by Jeremy Edwards and Emily Johnston Anderson. For now,
Hinge merch is available online or by appointment, but ultimately,
Stone hopes to launch retail outlets across the country. In the
meantime, she’s on the lookout for interesting Midwest lighting
designers and abstract artists to round out the inventory. “I love the
treasure hunt,” says Stone. –Tate Gunnerson
Treasure Hunter
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THE HUNTRESS Angela Stone
founded Hinge Design Studio.
RockPaperRobot’s
Gleam chandelier.
Lights in Shining Armor
Bespoke lighting has gone to the next level. Take Gleam, a highly
customizable chandelier that allows for ambient variance and
functional latitude. In layman’s terms? With a click of a remote, the
chandelier’s six arms can widen or bend, cluster or radiate, depending
on the mood. Brooklyn-based design duo Jessica Banks and Andrew
Laska of fresh-on-the-scene RockPaperRobot are creating “kinetic
furniture” that can be manipulated to your liking. In its chrome form,
Gleam resembles something out of Terminator. Built to your specs, it
can accommodate any aesthetic. Want rustic chic? e mechanical
chrome legs can be embedded into wood. Starts at $9,000. At
rockpaperrobot.com. –Alexandria Abramian-Mott
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An upward trend in the
accessories market? e
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finds get a leg-up on the
competition.
1. Stephen Johnson’s Wonderland candle holders,
$89, artecnicainc.com.
2. Blu Dot’s Rook lamp, $215, at I.D., 3337 N. Halsted
St., 773.755.4343.
3. Kelly Wearstler’s Brass Legs, $1,495 for the pair,
at Bergdorf Goodman, 800.558.1855.
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Built to Fill
Forget the greenwashing. Andre Sandifer and Abir
Ali—the husband-and-wife team of Ali Sandifer
Studio—have a different take on designing furniture
with the environment in mind: “e longevity of our
work is the most sustainable
aspect in our eyes,” states Ali
simply. “We design and craft
with the intention that each
piece will last.” at’s not
to say the studio doesn’t act
responsibly when considering
the materiality and assembly of
their designs. Working primarily with sustainably
harvested hardwoods—walnut, ash and rift white
oak—finished with natural oils and wax, Sandifer and
Ali have produced all of their pieces in a warehouse
on the southwest side of Chicago since they migrated
from Ann Arbor in 2006. And typical of well-educated
designers (Sandifer’s masters in architecture comes from
the University of Michigan, Ali’s from the University
of Toronto), it is all about the process. Atypical is the
couple’s thoughtful consideration of function within
the form: Each creation in the collection is meant to be
put to work solving the storage dilemma. And work it
does: ese meticulously crafted, refined compositions
provide intelligent solutions while looking good, too.
–Diana Tychsen
GOOD WOOD Storage-
packing designs
from Ali Sandifer.
Black Ice Ballot Box coffee
table by Phase Design, $1,310
“It invokes the spirit of minimalist artist
Donald Judd with its crisp lines and
sleek sunken spandrel glass top,”
says Smith. “It makes a very stunning
statement in its simplicity and glamour.”
Wired Side Table by
Phase Design, $890
Canfino by Jaime
Hayon for Bosa, $180
Forma Italia
Designs for Pets
“What’s interesting about Jaime
Hayon is that he knew how to
exploit the technical ‘know-how’
of Bosa to create unique, one-
of-a-kind pieces, which probably
could not have been possible
with other manufacturers.”
Haute Living collaborated
with Forma Italia to design
dog beds, cat beds and
doghouses that are all
handmade in Italy by a
manufacturer in Umbria who
produces bespoke luxury
furniture and interiors.
“L.A. designer Reza
Feiz’s work strives to
capture the modernist
tenets of proportion and
clarity, and he draws
much of his inspiration
from California and
modernist architects
like Pierre Koenig,
Richard Neutra and
John Lautner.”
Constantly pushing its sleek River North showroom forward,
Haute Living is a formidable advocate of innovative and high-
quality design. Owners Jeff Smith and Tatjana Ozegovic have
recently brought in an impressive range of new collections—
from a clutch of beautiful pieces designed and manufactured
in the U.S. to universally cool accessories currently making
sparks on the international scene. Here, a few favorites.
Palms II Chair
by Vioski, $3,470
“This happens to be L.A.-
based designer Jeff Vioski’s
best-selling item,” says
Smith. “With its low, sleek
profile and timeless appeal,
It already looks like a design
classic in the making—unique
and profound.”
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Looking to strike the perfect match? It’s time to retire those old rules about combining colors,
and make your own out-of-the-box pairings. Pink with red? Purple with green? It’s buyer’s
choice this season with the latest in brightly hued everything, from bigger-piece statements
like Lapel’s multi-toned credenza, to tinier palette players like a set of rainbow-channeling
chopsticks by Takashi Kamijo. So whether you lean towards pastel, primary or jewel tones, it’s
time to assemble a home Crayola box of your own.
Mix ‘n’
Maxed!
By Alexandria Abramian-Mott
Alexandra Von
Furstenberg’s Charm
candy bowl, $975 for
a set of three,
at alexandra
vonfurstenberg.com.
Jug table lamp, $1,125,
at C.A.I. Designers,
Merchandise Mart.
Color swatch
knob, $12 each,
at Anthropologie.
Takashi Kamijo’s
Rainbow Chopsticks,
$30 for a set of 12
reuseable wooden
chopsticks, at
momastore.org.
Lapel’s Color Story credenza,
$2,400, at Post 27,
post27store.com.
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Plaid Fad Local
designer Bladen
Conner stripped
and polished this
vintage aluminum
Emeco chair before
upholstering it with
a vintage Scotland
wool blanket
($300, available at
bladonconner.com).
Kylie Egge, 27-year-old interior designer and Orange Skin employee,
has struck out on her own with a new studio and storefront,
Recovered Interior (3065 N. Rockwell Ave., 773.656.3206),
where she tackles the art of reupholstery with an eye for pattern-
popping style. The selection ranges from dainty armchairs in large-
scale florals to classic pieces that are all about texture. “Each piece is like a mini interior design
project,” says Egge. “It’s all about how it’s going to look in the space.” By Meghan McEwen
How did you get into reupholstering?
Not all clients have a huge
budget. And they don’t want
to have to depend on Room &
Board and Crate and Barrel.
I want every client to have
a custom experience... I like
working with my hands, so I took
an upholstery class.
What made you hang
your own shingle?
Initially, I was fixing up
furniture I came across at estate
and garage sales in my house
and selling it on my Etsy shop.
We started taking on custom
and commission projects by
word of mouth. We were written
about in Daily Candy and it
exploded. To do upholstery, it
takes so much space. e tools
alone–they’re big and loud. It
became a necessity.
What should people know about
reupholstered furniture?
Even if it doesn’t have
sentimental value, it’s going to
be a unique piece that you’re
not going to see in someone
else’s house. It’s saving a piece of
history from a landfill. I’ve also
been working on repurposing
other materials—like feed sacks
for seat cushions, and vintage
drapes and bedspreads as
upholstery textiles.
Rules for picking fabric:
I always go to a client’s house to
see the space, and I always try to
get people to step outside their
comfort zone. I’m a perfectionist.
Twice
It’s all about
reinventing old
furniture at interior
designer Kelly
Rauch’s workroom
and shop, Twice,
which showcases
her one-of-a-kind
pieces updated
with a fresh coat of
paint, an unlimited
selection of fabric or
dainty hand-painted
patterns, which she
does herself. ink
1960s Danish
modern butterfly
chair with black
raised velvet flower
fabric from France.
5450 W. Belmont
Ave., 773.297.6396,
kellyrauch.com.
Trilogy
Antiques
From the owner of
beloved Ipso Facto
in ree Oaks,
Michigan, this
new group shop
features a curated
selection of antique
dealers, artists
and designers.
Find industrial
tables, vernacular
farm objects and
miscellany used as
decorative objects or
even art. 19 W. Elm
St., ree Oaks, MI.
Chic Antique
Interior designer
and artist Crystal
Blackshaw
transforms old,
worn bureaus,
credenzas, side
tables and chairs
into colorful,
modern, statement-
making pieces.
3435 N. Broadway,
773.857.2695,
chicantiquechicago.com.
Refab!
Three brand-new shops
showcase the reupholstered,
refurbished and repurposed.
Interior designer
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40 | | Fall 2010
Gold Standard
In their shared office, Marina Birch and
Jessica Murnane tap their inner glamour girls
By Lisa Cregan | Photography by Maia Harms
ROOM TO GLOW
From left: The gilded
chandelier glows
against a dark wall;
Jessica Murnane and
Marina Birch’s office
gets the chic treatment
with Louis Ghost Chairs
and a zebra rug; a peek
through the archways.
Marina Birch and Jessica Murnane are good friends who also
share an offi ce. Murnane claims to be the “low-key” one even
though she’s wearing a sequined turban. In the offi ce. In the
middle of the afternoon. Meanwhile, her pal Birch is explaining
how she fused seven faux-coral chandeliers together and spray-
painted them gold to provide conference table lighting.
Any surprise these two found each other?
From this fabulously over-the-top space in the former
Dearborn Social Club, Birch runs her busy seven-year-old
events planning business, Birch Design Studio. Across the
room, behind a pair of French doors, Murnane designs cool,
contemporary stationary under the moniker Suiter. Four years
ago the pair met while working on the same wedding. And
here’s a shocker: ey clicked.
When Birch saw this place pop up on Craigslist she
immediately called Murnane. “I gasped when I walked in,”
recalls Murnane about her first view of double-height ceilings,
swirling moldings, intricate ironwork and sparkling mosaic tile.
“e details of the architecture are amazing,” agrees Birch. “We
just couldn’t believe it.”
So what do two extroverts do with a space that’s elaborate
even when it’s undressed? Dial up the glitz, of course. e hydra-
headed chandelier is far from the only thing slathered in gold—
gold sconces, gold faux-bamboo chairs, gold tassels at the window,
gold starburst mirror. It’s Midas run amok. And when Birch’s
gold spray can finally ran dry, she mixed in some Philippe Starck
Louis Ghost Chairs and her idea of a calming neutral—a zebra
rug for the floor. “I do love a good zebra print,” Birch laughs.
Birch says she often looks to the late costume and set
designer, Tony Duquette (who famously embellished the ceiling
of his L.A. studio with gold plastic serving trays) for inspiration.
As for the “low-key” Murnane, her style icon is the très chic
Jacqueline de Ribes, who once attended a party dressed as the
Madwoman of Chaillot.
e two are adamant that the gilded gussiness stays at the
offi ce though. “e way our offi ce looks doesn’t translate or get
applied to what we do,” Birch insists. “Many
of our jobs are actually minimal. is is just
about creating an inspiring environment
that’s fun to visit and work in.”
And working together has only further
cemented their friendship. Says Birch: “I
love that Jessica always looks half ‘60s mod,
half Brigitte Bardot, in an ‘I-just-rolled-out-
of-bed-and-I-look-this-fabulous’ kind of
way.” Murnane says she’s just trying to keep
up. “Marina is always so pulled together—
it can be intimidating. But she’s the nicest
person I know.”
Jessica Murnane (left) t
and Marina Birch.
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estate executive found he fell for
the same type every time: a pretty
face, a regal build, an expansive
nature and a storied past. And the
more flamboyant and revealing the
tales, the better, since we’re talking
about historic houses rather than
human beings.
Right from the start, all those
qualities were obvious to the current
homeowner of the enchanting 1879
Wicker Park grande dame with
Italianate styling. He first noticed
the house while he was doing
volunteer work on low-income
housing issues in the then dodgy
neighborhood. Besides boasting
majestic proportions, an exquisitely
detailed façade, an impressive six-
parcel lot and an enviable two-story
coach house, it oozed personality
and charisma. “Tere was something
so gracious yet powerful about
the way the house sat on the lot
and presided over the block,” says
the homeowner.
Yet the home, like most of its
neighbors, was in no shape to hold
court. Nor was it for sale. But the
homeowner was so smitten that he
kept watch and snapped it up when
it came on the market in 1994.
At the time, this object of
affection was home to a host of
colorful artsy types who shared
kitchen and bathroom privileges. Te
lineup included a costume designer,
a florist, a female impersonator, a
rock-and-roll roadie and a chef. He
was so tickled with the setting and
situation that he moved in two days
after closing on the property, which
happened to be Halloween.
Te only empty room was the
master bedroom thanks to a big hole
in the ceiling, smack in the center of
the room. Te medallion trim that
should have framed a chandelier in
that spot was hanging by a lone nail.
He bravely set up his bed underneath
it, but when it rained a few days later
and he got drenched,
Droog’s 85 Lamps chandelier
hangs at the bottom of this
gorgeous grand staircase.
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Manse
Appeal
Armed with Christian Liaigre and high heels, interior designer
Julia Edelman brings a Wicker Park manse from boarding house
drab to post-rehab chic
By Lisa Skolnik | Photography by Anthony Tahlier
he retreated to a far corner of the room
in a nook that had once been a closet.
Yet that little glitch, and the house’s many other
issues, didn’t temper his commitment. “I always knew I
was going to get married, have kids and raise them here,”
he says. Te only problem was finding the right mate. “I
teased my friends that I would marry the first woman
who would live in Wicker Park because the area was so
rough back then,” he laughingly recalls.
A mere two months later, he met his soul mate on
a blind date. “She loved the place,” he says. When they
married in 1997, they wanted to renovate right way and
consulted Vinci Hamp Architects, a firm respected for
its historic preservation work. But “I quickly found I
couldn’t afford them or the work, because no bank was
willing to lend us the amount of money we needed to
put into the place. Tey all felt the area was too risky,”
he laments. Tat changed four years later. “We just had
to wait for the neighborhood to catch up,” explains his
wife. By then, they were sure of one thing: “We were
determined to do everything right,” he notes.
Teir primary priority was to respect the home’s
historic fabric. It had landmark status, so they were
required to exactingly restore every architectural element
that was visible from the street. Outside, a side porch
was restored from pictures the previous owner gave the
couple, and crumbling limestone steps were replaced
with new ones from the same source. “We were actually
able to track down the original quarry they used in the
19th century,” marvels the husband.
Inside, trusses and joists were rebuilt, floors were
replaced and all of the original architectural elements—
from trims to window shutters—were removed and
scrupulously restored or remade from scratch. Even a
fireplace mantel was recreated from Carrera marble to
match the original. “We took our cues from the mantel
in the master bedroom, which was still intact,” explains
the wife. Other modifications the couple wanted to make
to update the interior were trickier, such as a state-of-
the-art kitchen, new bathrooms and a family room lined
with built-ins for storage and audiovisual equipment. So
Vinci Hamp “tailored these changes to be sensitive to the
architecture and low-key so they don’t jump out at you,”
says the firm’s principal, Phil Hamp. But a few bold
updates rocketed the house into the new millennium.
One was invisible: a geo-thermal heating and
cooling system that required them to drill out eight
300-foot-deep wells and set the timetable back almost an
entire year. While they were greening, they also got the
roof ready for flat solar panels, which they plan to install
sometime in the future. But the other was spectacularly
and suitably obvious, since it only shows from the second
floor. Tere, the home’s grand staircase came to a halting
stop, so the attic could only be accessed from a rickety
flight of stairs at the back of the house. A sleek, artfully
wrought steel-framed staircase the architects dreamed up
now continues where the original one stops, giving the
house a dazzling and transformative 21st century core.
When the staircase went in, the wife figured it was
time to hire an interior designer. “I like elegant, clean-
lined things, but I wanted to find pieces that would
really shake things up and that’s not my forte,” she says.
Te first one came easily when she asked two
different friends who had homes she admired for their
designer’s name. Tey had the same answer: Julia
Edelman. “It was perfect. My decision was made,” she
recalls. Tey bonded at their first meeting. “I told her to
wear sensible shoes because we were in construction, and
she showed up in super-high heels and a wildly patterned
dress. I thought, ‘Uh-huh. We are going to get some really
interesting pieces,’” laughs the wife.
Lounge Act From top: Interior designer Julia edelman gets cozy in Ligne Roset’s Pop chair, chosen for the hit of color it brings to the
neutral hues of the airy master bedroom; the freestanding soaking tub in the master bathroom overlooks the home’s newly restored yard;
a side view of the home’s exterior reveals its flawlessly restored porch and the yard, sunken to play to the home’s Italianate roots.
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“I told her to wear sensible shoes because we were in construction, and
she showed up in super-high heels and a wildly patterned dress. I thought,
‘Uh-huh. We are going to get some really interesting pieces.’”
From the get-go,
she didn’t disappoint. Edelman
used Droog’s famous 85 Lamps
chandelier at the base of the grand
staircase, making it the first thing
you see when you enter the home.
Ironically, it echoes the lines of
the frothy Victorian newel post,
making it simpatico and boundary-
breaking at the same time. But it
proved way too edgy for the fussy
floral Lincrusta that lined the foyer
and staircase wall, so Edelman
changed it out for the line’s more
contemporary Elizabeth pattern.
“We had to stick to a Lincrusta
wallcovering because it’s historic
and the foyer shows from the
street,” Edelman explains.
Other choices the designer
made were equally adventurous:
muscular yet minimal Christian
Liaigre basics and Asian-inspired
cabinets in the living and dining
rooms and master suite to counter
the Victorian froth; pops of color
WHIte out Accessories that shimmer and shine up the glam factor on the first floor, including a giant decorative pendant mirror edelman designed and had
fabricated for the living room. Below: A vivid panoramic shot of Miami foliage by chicago photographer Doug Fogelson reminds the wife, who hails from there, of
home and adds color to the minimal dining room.
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on a few upholstered pieces; and vividly hued casual
furniture in the third-floor attic, now a playroom
and dance studio for the couple’s three children.
Finally, the couple hired Douglas Hoerr of
Hoerr Schaudt to revamp the grounds after buying a
consultation with him at a charity auction. Tey fell
for him hard after their initial meeting. “He’s the
Maserati of landscape designers,” teases the husband.
He lived up to his reputation with a dazzling sunken
garden that played to the home’s Italianate roots and
the fact that it was cited on a groundswell. “Tey
were clearly paying homage to the idea of a Tuscan
villa on a rolling hill when they built it, so Doug
emphasized that,” notes the husband.
Today, the place is exactly what the couple
wanted: a historically preserved family home for
him, and a place with intriguing quirks for her. And
it’s in the middle of a thriving neighborhood with
plenty of other gracious homes getting the same
loving treatment from their smitten owners.
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Erik Retzer was less than thrilled when his
partner Jim Josephson, an interior designer
with Marshall Morgan Erb Design, returned
home several years ago with a ’50s-era, cut
crystal and brass-mounted French decanter,
part of an entire set he would ultimately
assemble. “I hated those at first,” says Retzer,
whose five-year tenure at Pagoda Red has
nurtured an appreciation for tribal art,
Eastern artifacts and Asian furniture that
started when he was a child paging through
his father’s National Geographic collection.
But it’s the friction generated by the couple’s
aesthetic that gives their 1,100-square-foot
loft much of its character—a shared style
they compare to an eclectic English manor.
“Every generation adds its own touch [to
an English manor], so they’re modern, but they
also have a history to them,” explains Retzer.
And if there’s one thing their one-
bedroom loft has in spades, it’s history. Te
exposed brick walls and wood ceiling rafters
are reminders of the building’s past as the
Ludwig Drum factory and an ideal backdrop
for the couple’s eclectic collection. Near the
entrance, twin school clocks—synchronized
to the second—hang next to each other.
“Side by side, doing the same thing at the
same time,” explains Retzer, a graduate of the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who
created the piece in homage to Feliz Gonzales
-Torres’ installation Two Lovers.
On one wall alone, Audubon prints share
space with antique bronze and crystal wall
sconces, contemporary ceramic sculptures
and a life-size painting of Lenin—one of
the many pieces of communist propaganda
that can be found throughout the space. A
white feather Cameroon headdress hangs
prominently above the fireplace, which the
couple had Venetian plastered to distinguish
it from the surrounding neutral walls.
“I don’t think you need to lock yourself
in,” says Josephson, who favors the gilding
and polished brass of European antiques. “Te
apartment is a kind of a living laboratory.”
Te couple’s experiments include pairing
an Italian mid-century Gaetano Scolari
chandelier with an oval 19th-century Cuban
mahogany dining table and an
melding pot Clockwise from top
left: in the living area, a collection
of ceramic mao figurines mostly
from eBay; the lenin poster
via eBay from somebody in the
Ukraine; one of the first projects
was to paint the dingy white,
windowless hallway a gunmetal
gray; the pavel Amromin
sculpture, which represents
young soldiers going off to war,
from the Ann nathan gallery.
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Two design industry players from opposing ends of the
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Red cool and gilded European antiques
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Hickman Design Associates
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18th-century Chinese cabinet, one of
three large wood cabinets in the main living area used
to store items no longer on display. (“We have a buying
problem,” explains Josephson.) A large framed black
and white image by contemporary artist Michal Macku
hangs in front of a makeshift wall of floor-to-ceiling
chocolate wool fabric, which Josephson hung to separate
the kitchen from the large living and dining area.
“One thing I learned is that I hate lofts,” says
Retzer. “I need walls.”
An antique rug defines the main seating area
where a modern brown leather sofa piled with Turkish
Kilim pillows and a white leather Barcelona chair co-
exist with an antique Chinese scholar’s stool made from
a gnarled tree root and a wooden statue carved by the
Baule tribe in West Africa.
According to Retzer, the figure is a sort of tribal
marital aid, a carved representation of a person’s
opposite gender spiritual avatar who can be called upon
to intervene on their behalf during marital strife. Retzer
named it Timmy, and it sits in front of another one of his
creations: a graphic black and white piece of art, which
Retzer was inspired to make after seeing a similar piece
by artist Richard Prince in a European design magazine.
Te capitalized san serif type lines up shoulder-to-
shoulder with no spaces or punctuation to fill the small
square canvas, reading something like “If you don’t like
it, you can get out of my house,” but with an expletive.
“Some of my aesthetic tends toward the aggressive—
but subtle aggressive,” says Retzer. But the message is
more ironic than hostile when it comes to Retzer and
Josephson, who nearly always wind up on the same
page despite their differences.
“We met in college, so this has grown from the
ground up,” says Josephson. “I like seeing how people
respond to it.”
And on the rare occasions when the ordinarily
well-matched couple does fall out of sync, they can
always call on Timmy.
then And wow
From top: erik Retzer and
Jim Josephson bought the big
pot on the table from michael
del piero, who let them put it
on hold for a year; the tapa
cloth above the bed is from
new Caledonia. Retzer likes it
because it reminds him of a
Keith haring painting.
“Some of my aesthetic tends toward the
aggressive—but subtle aggressive,” says Retzer.
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If you’re mad for Betty Draper, stop reading
right now. Te latest trend in interior design is
going to break your heart. Icy Perfection? Out.
Riotous Clutter? In.
Suddenly the most buzzed-about interiors
mags, books and blogs are documenting
rooms that seem to be inhabited by actual
homeowners—living, breathing people with
the temerity to eat, drink, spill… even sleep
in their homes. Beds go unmade, collections
crowd tabletops and the detritus of child-
rearing litters the floors. Unexpectedly, the
design world’s pretty little head now gets
turned by the type of people who accumulate
glass eyes and stuffed peacocks. It’s decorating
for the rest of us—personal, authentic, often
odd, occasionally tacky, but filled with that
most glorious of stylistic morsels—surprise.
Heiji Choy Black, co-owner of Chicago
fashion and design consulting firm black-
francis, thinks it was inevitable we’d come to
this. “Today everything is attainable. Tere
are so many cheap knockoffs of high design;
I think people are turning away from it. Tey
want to see and be inspired by people whose
style is so personal it can’t be copied.” Black
is putting her theory into practice. She and
business partner April Francis have launched
a blog (black-francis.com/blog) chronicling the
real-life homes of the coolest creative types
in town. You can now browse residences like
that of artist and U of C Art Department co-
chair Laura Letinsky, where spent candles,
crumpled magazines and plastic toys lie
unmolested by persnickety stylists. And an
almost sculptural basket of laundry sits atop its
sinkside pediment, every bit as beautiful as the
art on the wall behind it. “In every vignette,
every frame, there’s a sense of Laura,” says
Black. “I think it’s refreshing to look at photos
of a home that tell you something about the
person who lives there. It doesn’t have to look
perfect to be beautiful.”
Jeff Smith, co-owner of always-ahead-
of-the-curve Chicago furniture showroom
Haute Living, points to the two-year-old
magazine Apartamento as further affirmation.
Te self-described “everyday life interiors
magazine” could be the official handbook of
the clutter crowd. “It goes against the notion
of standardized hipness,” says Smith. “It
shows interiors that are aligned to individual
personalities instead of some collective norm.
Tey may even show a kitchen with dirty
dishes. Refreshing!”
“I think it’s better to call this style you’re
talking about ‘the new evidence,’” says Jeffrey
Moss, a filmmaker and stylist
Jeffrey Moss,
filmmaker and
stylist for brands
like Pottery Barn,
in his Pilsen loft,
decorated in what
he calls “evidence”
of his interests and
personality.
The New
Clutter
An anti-perfection
movement brings
personal clutter out
of the closet and
puts it where it belongs:
on display
By Lisa Cregan
Photography by Maia Harms
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Moss has ushered a parade of shelter photographers
through his Pilsen loft recently (his place will turn up
in the November issue of British Elle Décor). Editors are
endlessly fascinated by the stunning avalanche of vintage
photos push-pinned to his walls. “It’s not clutter,” he
insists. “It’s evidence of personality, evidence of life.”
So about now you’re thinking: “Tis is a design
trend right in my wheelhouse. I can leave my stuff all
over the place and be done!” Right? Well, actually, no.
It’s like the guy looking at the Jackson Pollack who says,
“My kid could do that.” Tere’s a little more going on.
“When it comes to clutter, it either has to be in one’s
blood or it’s best to avoid it,” Smith warns, a sentiment
reinforced by Moss. “It would be misleading to say my
things are arranged randomly,” he says. “Tere’s a naïve
sense of placement, but there’s always a narrative.”
Another local professional who’s gotten attention
for an unconventional aesthetic is 30-year-old designer
David Hopkins. His much-photographed place (see
Apartment Terapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces and
back issues of this very magazine) might be this city’s
loveliest Edwardian curio cabinet. “I like rooms that are
full of junk but I don’t let them become a clutter-fest,”
says Hopkins, who’s currently re-upholstering his sofa in
old Soviet parade flags. “For example, I have 40 little
pots, similar in tone, shape, and origin, on my mantel.
Grouped together they read as one object; if I’d put them
all around the room they’d just read as a mess.”
And 26-year-old visual merchandiser Martha
Mulholland thinks of her flamboyant accessories as art
installations. “It’s not chaos, ” says Mulholland. “I’m
very anal. Te pillow has to be a certain way, but it’s not
perfection either! I like special antiques but I want them
next to something trashy. My biggest compliment came
from a photographer who thought Todd Selby should
photograph my apartment.”
Ah yes, Todd Selby. If not the father of the clutter
look, he’s certainly its prime enabler. “Todd Selby
started documenting it, but the style’s been around,”
Moss demurs. “We’ve all known people who fill their
houses with crazy wonderful stuff, but they used to be
underground—the ultra, ultra-hip. Now because of Te
Selby, we’re experiencing a moment where it’s cool for
everyone to put their life on display.”
Hopkins says the Randolph Street flea market is his
barometer of how much clutter has taken off: “You’ve got
these hipster shoppers right alongside the Lincoln Park
housewives, and they’re fighting over some old baker’s
hook. It’s hilarious”
“It’s a fresh, jolly, permissive, inclusive approach to
design,” explains Moss. “Now when you find yourself
asking ‘I like this but does it work with that?’... you can
say ‘yes, yes, yes.’” Yes!
“We’ve all known
people who fill their
houses with crazy
wonderful stuff,
but they used to be
underground—the
ultra, ultra-hip,”
says Jeffrey Moss.
“now because of
the selby, we’re
experiencing a
moment where it’s
cool for everyone
to put their life
on display.”
Heiji Choy Black in her home
office, where cool design mixes
with cords, stacks of books and
the chaos of real-life.
Dave Hopkins fills up the
nooks and crannies of his
apartment with collections of
unconventional oddities.
Some people call it clutter.
Vintage merchandiser Martha
Mulholland calls it an in-
home art installation.
The interior of Jeffrey
Moss’ loft is cluttered
with personal artifacts
that reflect his life.
An up-close look
at one of Martha
Mulholland’s
collections on display.
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Why settle for one function when you can get two? Designers are doubling down
when it comes to creating switch-hitting, moonlighting furniture and accessories.
From an ottoman that springs into action to become a twin bed to a sofa whose
armrests lower to create a chaise lounge, to a tiny wooden box that unfolds into
a four-foot-long dining table and chairs, this is a two-sided trend that’s all about
maximizing your investment.
Double Duty
By Alexandria Abramian-Mott
Ottoman/twin bed, starts at $449, at
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773.388.2900, boconcept.us.
Peter Maly’s Ted sofa/chaise, $3,845,
at Ligne Roset, 440 N. Wells St.,
312.222.9300, ligne-roset-usa.com.
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Cate & Nelson’s chair with
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Srdjan Simic’s Paket table
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He’s Got
Frame
Curator Mark Rowland puts together an all-star art
lineup that turns the base of the skyscraping Aqua
into a cutting-edge gallery
By Jessica Cochran | Photography by Maia Harms
galleristo
Curator Mark rowland
underneath a rodney
Carswell installation
at Jeanne gang’s new
model interior at the
aqua Parkhomes.
Last spring, when Jeanne Gang was designing the model
interior of the Aqua Parkhomes—a set of nine three-level
townhouses nestled at Aqua’s base—she recognized an
opportunity to create a powerhouse showcase for local
contemporary art. In typical Gang fashion, she wanted
the best possible person to lead the lofty charge: Enter
all-around art guru Mark Rowland, referred by one of
Gang’s architects. Known in the art community as
something of a jack of all trades, 42-year-old Rowland is
a curator, art advisor, designer and instructor. A prescient
art dealer, Rowland was one of the first gallerists to set up
shop in the Fulton Market district, an area now bustling
with galleries, restaurants and design studios. And unlike
many advisors, Rowland is an artist himself, gaining
serious art-world cred with degrees from the School of the
Art Institute and Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy, as well
as time with the über-prestigious Skowhegan residency
program. As Rowland puts it, all this, combined with his
professional web design and development background,
has given him an “eye for things.”
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sPare additions
From top: a triptych of black
and white photos by Jin lee
hangs above the bed in the
master suite; the front entrance
of the unit offers a peek inside
the art-filled space.

Tis eye has helped further elevate
Studio Gang’s model, tricked out with custom Florense
furniture and kitchen cabinetry–not an easy task for 82
stories of provocative undulating curves that twist into
a skyscraping sculpture in their own right. According
to Gang, “Instead of just helter-skelter picking pieces,
we wanted to have a strong theme to connect the work,
focusing on the talent we have here in Chicago.” So
armed with a great Rolodex and an even better eye for
talent, Rowland channeled his inner art impresario
and worked directly with Gang on a truly visionary
collection that puts this for-show space on par with
some of the most cutting-edge galleries in town.
Rowland and Gang visited off-the-beaten-path
studios like that of Garfield Park-based painter Dan
Devening to view and select works that, according to
Rowland, fit Gang’s “edgy” tastes while relating to their
Chicago themes of water, innovation and architecture.
Te pair also pointed their efforts toward art that
related to the interior itself, focusing on works that
could serve as distinct transitional pieces and, according
to Rowland, “as counterpoints to the really refined
finishes.” Rodney Carswell’s clean yet gritty prints hang
in a gridded salon style in a pass-through from the open,
airy kitchen to the stairs leading up to the second floor.
“Te prints’ rough edges and subtle plays with color
work well against the surfaces,” says Rowland, who,
along with Gang, fell in love with the artist’s minimal,
geometric work. At the home’s entrance, a small helix-
shaped metal sculpture by Christine Tarkowski, a local
standout known for her recent (and monumental) solo
show of gigantic sculptures at the Chicago Cultural
Center, sits dutifully near the door.
In the dining room, which blends a certain
formality with Midwestern ease, Chicago-based artist
Jeffery Cote de Luna’s pixelated painting of an abstracted
chandelier hangs opposite a sleek glass Florense table,
paired with earthy wooden chairs. Gang loves the
way the patchy monochromatic painting “centers the
whole living space,” acting as a counterpoint to the
room’s central light fixture—a gracefully contoured
and sculptural Tropico Ellipse by Giulio Iacchetti for
Foscarini. She’s also attracted to the way it doesn’t
reveal itself at first glance; sometimes it takes a closer
look to make out a chandelier from the abstract shape.
In the master bedroom with floor-to-ceiling
windows, a triptych of photographs by Jin Lee
depicting bare trees hangs over the bed. Tey
amplify the deep maroon and orange colors, creating
a dialog with the room’s leafy park view. “Tey act
as characters,” says Rowland. What could be a better
complement?
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“The triptych of photographs
by Jin Lee act as characters
in the master suite,” says Mark
Rowland. “An intimate visual for
an intimate setting.”
Now’s the time to make a clean break from design on the straight edge: e shape-shifting
movement is gaining serious traction in the world of interiors. From curvy, voluptuous seating
to abstract, ethereal lighting, amorphous shapes are leading the boundary-breaking charge.
Fernando and Humberto Campana’s Miraggio Mirror for Edra looks like a reflective puzzle of
blob-like forms. And Jaime Hayon, who designed the Elements pouf for Moooi, might just be the
forefather of bulbous-chic. Rebelling against the straight and narrow has never looked so good.
Shape-
Shifters
By Meghan McEwen
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Fernando and Humberto
Campana’s Miraggio
Mirror for Edra, $2,555, at
Luminaire, 301 W. Superior
St., 312.664.9582.
Soft Vase by Raptuslab, $108,
at Luminaire, 301 W. Superior
St., 312.664.9582.
Elements pouf by Jaime Hayon
for Moooi, $1,536, at Haute
Living, 222 W. Kinzie St.,
312.329.9000.
Bdlove collection 2.0 by Ross
Lovegrove for BD Barcelona Design,
price upon request, at Luminaire, 301
W. Superior St., 312.664.9582.
Cocoon plan by Rock Wang
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Yii, price upon request, at
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fizzled post-recession. But three of the most stylish survivors are
a testament to the notion that small (with tons of character) is
better than big (with none). All centrally located in the Union
Square shopping and cultural district, the newest of the bunch is
the Crescent Hotel (417 Stockton St., 415.400.0500). It’s the chic
sister to the Beverly Hills Crescent, a collection of small, urban
hotels with their own distinct style created in-house. Te look
here is classical-meets-urban-contemporary with a dramatic red,
black and white color scheme. Tat aesthetic reaches its pinnacle
in the dramatic lobby, where multiple layers of original crown
molding and Corinthian columns contrast with built-in seating
and chairs in velvet and black lacquer. As hip as the design is, it’s
the hotel’s Burritt Room bar that has created the most buzz in this
taste bud-oriented town. Renowned mixmaster Kevin Diedrich
has lured the cocktail crowd with ironically named concoctions
with a local connection. Te rye- and aperol-based Critical Mass,
for example, refers to bikers that routinely swarm the streets to
advocate carbon-free transportation. (You may need a cocktail if
you encounter them.)
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cutting-edge design By Joanne Furio
The hippies may be gone, but the slackers, hackers and early
adaptors who have taken their place are just as revolutionary.
San Francisco’s progressive legacy of ’60s counterculture has
given rise to a design climate that’s embraced sustainability,
innovation and collaboration. Check out the latest in one of
the country’s reigning design hot spots.
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Te year’s big design news was that Gap founders
Dan and Doris Fisher had chosen the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art (151 3rd St., 415.357.4000)
to house and display their seminal collection of
contemporary works that some say has put the SF
MOMA on par with the NY MoMA. An exhibition
introducing the Fishers’ Warhols, Twomblys, Serras
and Lichtensteins to the public just closed, but you can
check out 14 of the larger pieces—and the museum’s
new $18 million rooftop sculpture garden where
they are displayed—through June 2011. Te indoor/
outdoor space, designed by local architect Mark
Jensen, added some 14,400 square feet of exhibition
space to the fast-growing institution, which will soon
encompass a new building with a Fisher wing.
Te Walt Disney Family Museum (104
Montgomery St., 415.345.6800) is the latest project of
the New York-based Rockwell Group, the folks behind
New York’s W Hotels and Michael Mina’s Clock Bar
in SF’s Westin St. Francis hotel. After SF architects
Page & Turnbull converted some 70,000 square feet
in two separate buildings in this historic former army
base into one cohesive space, Rockwell took a few
pages from the Disneyland playbook for the interiors.
A velvet-draped elevator, for example, recalls the
bedecked elevator at the Haunted Mansion. Mirroring
Disney’s life, the museum-going experience reaches a
crescendo in Gallery 9, an enormous space devoted to
the era when the California and Florida theme parks
were created. A spiral ramp guides visitors through
multimedia displays and memorabilia that include
Disney’s beloved miniature trains, while a giant globe
projects video clips from those heady years. Like the
end of a ride that has engaged all your senses, you soon
find yourself magically returning to the first floor, not
far from where you began.
A few blocks away (by bike or foot) is the Hotel
Frank (386 Geary St., 415.986.2000), where L.A. designer Tomas
Schoos (Huntley Hotel, Koi and O-Bar restaurants) ups the ante
with a black-and-white, ’70s-inspired fantasy look that includes vinyl
sofas, smoked glass tables, faux ostrich-covered mini-fridges, plenty
of chrome and emerald accents.
Hotel Diva (440 Geary St., 800.553.1900) founder/owner
Yvonne Lembi-Detert has made the inn a showcase for local talent
by having designers trick out its four Internet lounges. Lighting guru
Pablo Pardo outfitted his with a range of wall, table and hanging
lights—from his best seller, the Sophie teardrop, to esoteric models
like an illuminated bench. Te husband-and-wife team of industrial
designer Rick Lee and couturiere Colleen Quen combined their
efforts in a room featuring his circular seating and her Madame
Butterfly gown, which hangs from the ceiling as a light-fixture
shade. In the DLX lounge, named after the SF-based skateboard
maker, designer Lisa Compagno and her husband, skateboarder Pete
Colpitts, translate the sport’s fun and irreverent attitude into décor:
Skateboards hang as art and furniture—like a Philippe Starck clear
resin stool—that continues the Pop Art vibe.
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to shorten the gap between user and creator, the store often hosts talks by furniture
makers or company brass, like June’s visit from a Moooi exec from Holland. If you’re
looking for all things new Japanese, head over to the year-old New People complex
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that are near-impossible to find outside Japan. Tis is one-of-a-kind shopping at its
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that plays by “driving” around the disc. Carrots (843 Montgomery St., 415.834.9040)
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countertops made from fallen cypress, the Stable Café
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As the contorted Tim Burton-esque copper gate
opens to reveal the West Town home that restaurant
and nightclub impresario Jerry Kleiner shares with
his partner in life and in business, Marisa Molinaro,
visitors half expect the White Rabbit to scamper across
their path, checking his pocket watch. After all, there
is a super-sized potted plant sculpture opposite the
entrance that casts an ephemeral, Wonderland-like
spell on passersby. And yet once the contents of the
front courtyard are exposed—including a meticulously
manicured landscape with a putting green on the south
end and a rustic limestone hot tub waterfall on the
north—one realizes this is a home, and an enchanting
one. And the spell does not end on the sidewalk.
For the couple, one thing is certain: Te plan for
this wonderland was all their own. Kleiner, always on
the lookout for his next design adventure, saw unlimited
potential in the sprawling space—a former industrial
garage spanning more than 8,000 square feet—and
was lured by its “blank canvas” appeal. “I am drawn to
open, industrial spaces that I can fill with my ideas,”
explains Kleiner. And fill he did, honing his vision over
the last 12 years. When Molinaro came into the picture
a decade ago, she instantly became equal parts muse and
mastermind. Together, the glamorous couple created an
urban escape that merges their individual aesthetics and
dangles playfully between reality and fantasy. Te end
result might be the most impressive project yet. And
from the visionary behind famously dramatic spots like
33 Club, Carnivale, Gioco, Red Light and Opera, that’s
no small thing.
Te interior is one themed attraction after the next.
Te kitchen, a retro homage to the 1950s, comes with
a checkered black and white floor scheme in Italian
marble, diner stools upholstered in cherry-red patent
leather and a vintage Coke vending machine. Double-
Living Large
Two big thinkers—restaurant and
nightlife impresario Jerry Kleiner and
Marisa Molinaro—work their sprawling
warehouse into a home for color-
popping, mind-bending design
By Diana Tychsen | Photography by Tony Soluri
ROOM WITH A VIEW
The front foyer frames
views of the living room
and library, flanked by
a reimagined vintage
gymnastic beam and a
three-foot photograph
of a Vienna concert hall,
where Molinaro played
the violin as a teenager.
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crown pantry doors (like all doors throughout the
home) are a soaring nine feet tall with jumbo knobs
that play on scale.
In the prettified living room, walls are adorned in a
silver and lavender Moroccan-patterned paint scheme,
which gives a warm, almost feminine vibe—quite
fitting at the moment, as there are dozens of cocktail
dresses strewn over the C&C Milano celadon-green
upholstered settee, antique gold-leaf and glass nesting
tables and rose-colored tweed side chairs. Turns out
Marisa is helping a group of Chicago Public high
school girls she mentors pick out prom dresses for the
impending weekend’s event.
Te library has a richer, cigar-lounge feel reminiscent
of a Parisian cafe. Te east wall is a floor-to-ceiling built-
in bookcase, showcasing a variety of baubles and books
on architecture, fashion and fine art. Facing the display
is a custom brown alligator-embossed sofa, juxtaposed
by red Ralph Lauren patent leather chairs with bronze
nailhead detail and a life-size teddy bear. Oversized
tasseled throw pillows in exotic prints from Clarence
House and Etro rest against the double doorway,
reappearing throughout the home to satiate the couple’s
worship of whimsy and Kleiner’s adoration of luxurious
textiles (he is the son of a Polish tailor).
Te over-the-top theme continues in the dining
room, which is, appropriately (given the occupation
of the owner), the home’s main attraction. If the Mad
Hatter were planning to host a tea party in the city,
it’s easy to picture him heading the massive 16-foot
hand-scraped mahogany veneer table, surrounded by a
dozen dramatic wingback chairs in an amalgamation
Oversized tasseled throw pillows in exotic prints reappear throughout the home
to satiate the couple’s worship of whimsy and Kleiner’s adoration of textiles.
Above: Citron velour
low chairs and large
emerald-colored urns
frame a view of the
lush courtyard, where
Kleiner practices his
short game on his
personal putting green.
Opposite page: An
assortment of framed
sketches, postcards,
clippings and art
covers the library wall,
a vertical memory
box of the two’s
transatlantic travels.
“It’s kind of a journal
of our adventures,”
says Kleiner.
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of animated colors, patterns and textures. Te space
is illuminated by a vaulted glass atrium ceiling with
whitewashed wood lattice-embellished beams suspended
overhead—a feature that was reconceptualized by
Kleiner, who preserved the existing mechanism but
added double panes for insulation.
Other spectacles vying for attention: a collection of
Kleiner’s “conversation pieces,” including a Louis Vuitton
soccer ball, various animal-skin instrument cases, and
an aluminum tricycle. Oftentimes, these objects de vertu
are things he and Molinaro have stumbled upon while
décor-hunting for their restaurants. Te backdrop for all
the action is a bronze and steel Tai Buddha statue and
an ebony Steinway concert piano, which highlight the
grand staircase. Tis is the inspiring set that serves as the
“think tank” for the couple’s brainstorming sessions—
whether they’re discussing their next restaurant venture
or forthcoming furniture line. For Molinaro, it even
impels impromptu musical performances: “I had a
handful of my musician friends over the other night,”
says Molinaro, who is a classically trained violinist. “And
we sat around the table drinking wine, then got up and
had a jam session around the piano.”
Aside from a few Knoll and Tonet pieces, most
furnishings are made from scratch (manufactured in
Kleiner’s West Town facility) based on the couple’s own
designs. Explains Kleiner matter-of-factly: “If you are
capable, you can rely on your instincts to design what
makes you feel comfortable.” Tis includes the king-
sized canopy bed in the master bedroom, finished with a
teal and brown tufted fabric headboard. Te couple can
often be found critiquing the new furniture prototypes
at the spacious dining room table—sometimes in the
wee hours of the morning. Like any creative partnership,
there’s always a little head-butting. “He’ll show something
to me, and he’ll be stumped as to why it’s just not right.
I’ll take a look and say, ‘Lengthen the arms and put a bar
between the front legs.’ He doesn’t always agree at first,
but he usually comes around.” Kleiner agrees: “Marisa
informs absolutely everything I do.”
Te twosome’s style fascinations are always
evolving, and the recent economic uncertainty seems to
have Kleiner reconsidering his ostentatious inclinations
for something slightly more understated: “Now, people
want things more simple… they are brought back home
and aren’t going out as much, flaunting their lifestyle.”
Molinaro, who brags that their L.A. escape was “designed
on a dime,” agrees: “If we had started designing this space
a few years ago as opposed to a decade ago, it would look
so much different.” Regardless, one thing is certain: Tis
glamorous duo didn’t succeed by falling down a rabbit
hole—they dug the hole to wonder themselves.
From top: In the dining
room, spectacle-worthy
chairs in Kleiner’s original
design envelop the 16-foot
dining room table; Molinaro
promenades down the
master staircase, flanked by
an oversized Thai Buddha
head and Arabian-themed
throw pillows. Opposite
page: Elaborate crown
molding, a soaring custom
bed frame and headboard,
and vintage Persian rugs
set the mood in the couple’s
master bedroom.
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We all know what a serious modern art collector’s home
looks like, right? Echoing galleries, sterile white walls and
long vistas that are all about the art. But what happens
when the home gets built before the art bug bites?
Serendipity. Tat’s what happens.
At least that’s what happened here in this North
Shore home, a Shingle-style beauty designed three years
ago by architect Jim Fraerman of Fraerman Associates
Architecture with interiors by Bruce Goers and Anne
Kaplan of Insight Environmental Design.
Te homeowners, parents of three young children,
had spent years planning to knock down their
architecturally undistinguished ‘80s-era residence and
replace it with the house of their dreams. Te wife says
she and her husband hoped to build a place reminiscent
of the rambling beauties architects McKim, Meade, and
White designed in New York’s Hamptons at the turn of
the last century.
For herself she envisioned a dressing room worthy
of a Gibson Girl and a sunlit kitchen big enough to
entertain in. On her husband’s wish list: a double-height
library and maybe, just maybe, an indoor Jacuzzi. But
not once did the couple drop a hint to architect or
designers that they were about to accumulate a museum-
worthy collection of modern art. “We never talked
about walls for hanging art,” admits the wife. “We
had no idea it would become such a passion.” Passion
might be an understatement. Teir art is breathtaking.
Daring oversized canvases; spectacular photo collages;
Swank Canvas
A North Shore couple puts their
Picassos on par with family-friendly
living. The result? A place where
MOMA-worthy art stars fit right in
By Lisa Cregan | Photography by Tony Soluri
DINING BOOM
The dining room panels
hide storage behind
touch-latch doors so
furniture is kept to a
minimum. Chairs are
vintage Milo Baughman.
In the alcove, cut-steel
silhouettes by Kara
Walker portray a
burning village beneath
Leon Golub’s Burnt Man
IV. “Our art is often
about dark struggles,”
the wife explains.
The ottoman in the
stair hall is covered in
kid-friendly vinyl; it sits
opposite a painting by
Kerry James Marshall.
brooding, inscrutable oils. Te collection is so extensive
and so thoughtfully selected that major museums have
come calling with loan requests. Here at home though,
the pieces are just part of the family.
“It’s refreshing, really, the way it evolved so
naturally,” says Fraerman. “Tis way there’s an element
of discovery, rather than having a gallery with the art all
lined up.”
It makes for a startling experience. Turning any
corner, a visitor might come face to face, literally, with
an astonishing painting by Neo Rauch—a painter more
typically encountered at the Met. Tere’s a Picasso
hanging in the 11-year-old’s bedroom. Sixty etchings by
Ellen Gallagher line the double-height entry and high
above them a striking Lisa Yuskavage painting offers a
portal to another oddly beautiful world. Kara Walker,
Luc Tuymans, Carroll Dunham, George Condo...it’s the
best and the brightest of postwar art. Getting a tour is
like going on a scavenger hunt at MOMA.
“Te overriding thing about all of our art is that it’s
easy to look at on first glance,” the wife remarks. “But
often the idea behind the art is quite different. You have
to look closer.”
Fraerman’s architecture begs its own closer look.
Although he studied at Yale where Vincent Scully, the
architect who literally wrote the book on Shingle style,
teaches, it’s clear Fraerman is no slave to Gilded Age
dogma. “Any house today has to be built for a modern
life. We don’t live in the 1890s,” he says. “Everyone wants
more openness. Tese are traditional spaces, but blown
apart. Tere are so many openings that rooms become
more modern. For instance, you can see from the living
room all the way through the dining room and kitchen,
and into the family room.”
Te first floor is indeed a flowing succession of large
spaces, an enfilade enhanced by pared-down moldings,
intriguing art and truly surprising color. “When I was
designing I assumed the house would be mostly white,”
says Fraerman. “Ten all this color showed up.”
“Anne walked in with her Farrow & Ball flipbook
and said, ‘I see color,’” laughs the homeowner. Apparently
Kaplan simply arrived one day with a purse full of paint
Above: A spacious screen
porch off the family
room has a view of the
pool and poolhouse. The
homeowners found many
of the vintage furniture
pieces at the Chicago
Botanic Garden’s Antiques &
Garden Fair. Opposite page:
A small sampling of the 60
astonishing etchings by Ellen
Gallagher that line the soaring
double-height entry.
It’s the best and the brightest of postwar art. Getting a tour is like going on a
scavenger hunt at MOMA.
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chips. “Tat’s Anne,” her partner
Goers says affectionately. “She’ll
just say, ‘I had an epiphany.’”
What ensued is a confident
lineup: an olive gray kitchen, pale
blue master bedroom, chocolate
brown dining room. Tey’re hues
no art gallery would ever choose to
contend with, but it definitely works.
“Te color actually helps the house
hang together because it separates
out the trim and accentuates the
vistas,” Fraerman says.
Perhaps the most surprising
hue happens in the double-height
library, a room rimmed by a
catwalk accessible from the master
bedroom and centered on a library
table that’s a repurposed fragment
of an old French bridge. Its walls are
painted a glorious shade of plum.
“We didn’t do a contrasting color
on the shelves because we didn’t
want to ‘wow’ you with purple. It
doesn’t shout. It’s about making it
easy on the eye,” says Goers.
Goers also chose furniture
that he terms “easy to live with”
while still being “unique and
incredible.” Te living room’s
exotic Moroccan rug is topped
with a perfectly choreographed
interplay: French Deco chairs, an
industrial game table, a Chinese
sofa table and two midcentury
European lamps with lampshades
so enormous they look like
supersized chef ’s toques. “Tose
lamps were a little scary,” says
Goers. “Who has a lampshade that
large? Ten we started building,
working on making them less of
a focal point, more just strong
accents. None of our design jumps
out; that’s the way we like to do
things. And thank God it’s all so
subtle. I mean, who knew they’d
have all this amazing art?”
Left: The library
doubles as a home
office. A Casamidy
chair pulls up to a
reclaimed wood table
topped with lamps
from Hammacher
Schlemmer that are
copies of the lighting
designed for the Rose
Reading Room of
the New York Public
Library. Right: The
living room’s elegant,
understated palette is
the perfect foil for a
striking photo collage
by Barbara Kruger
and a vibrant Carroll
Dunham painting titled
Fly-Agaric Men.
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Meet six of the city’s hottest designing duos.
Whether they’re creating drop-dead interiors,
making cutting-edge furniture or building
sustainable structures, Chicago’s top power
couples are true forces of collaboration
By Lisa Skolnik | Photography by Bob Coscarelli
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“When you work in
design... you change
your mind a lot,”
notes Ryan Turf, who
calls Jessica the
“only constant” he
never wavers on.
GRand entRance
“You need a good
opener in everything
you do,” says Jessica,
who uses basic black
and white in this
dramatic foyer.
poWeR plaYeR
among the new best
sellers brought to
market by the design
and production team
Ryan heads
at cb2 are the
parlour sofa and
the l_mp floor lamp,
an ironic play on the
game hangman.
oUteR limitS
Jessica warmed up
an ice-cold condo
with frosty limestone
floors and floor-to-
ceiling windows by
cladding a living
room wall in thin
yet sumptuous
walnut slats.
pennYWiSe
Ryan dreams up
simple, modern and
economical pieces
like cb2’s new Slab
dining table. Jessica
integrates them
seamlessly into
high-end projects
like this glamorous
condo, where white
cube tables from cb2
anchor the room.
Jessica Turf , 33
Ryan Turf, 34
Jessica: Interior designer,
Jessica Lagrange Interiors
jessicalagrange.com
Ryan: CB2 Product
manager, cb2.com
Jessica Turf outfits homes, and Ryan Turf
develops furnishings to fill them. But given the
star stature of their employers—the boutique
design firm Jessica Lagrange Interiors and the
mass market innovator CB2—they’re both leaders
in their chosen areas of design. Both Turfs took
circuitous and singular routes to their professions
after matriculating in the same class at college,
even though they became a couple shortly after
graduation. She started out in advertising and
went back to design school, while he tried out
teaching and the restaurant world before working
the sales floor at CB2 as hired holiday help.
Today, they love to collaborate, even though
they work for different companies. “We bounce
ideas off each other all the time, and we love to
show each other new product. Especially since he
gets to go to the Milan Furniture Fair,” says Jessica,
who’s a constant source of valuable feedback.
“She might think the legs are off on something
or the scale is awkward, but the reasoning behind
her opinion always gives me something new to
consider,” he explains.
Te couple’s favorite collaboration to date
is their new Lakeview townhouse, where they’re
forging a high-low mix of CB2/Crate & Barrel
and pieces from local antique stores. “I get tired
of things more quickly than she does,” confesses
Ryan. “When you develop new products, you can’t
wait to try them out.” He’s currently lobbying to
trade an antique farmhouse table for a modern
CB2 one coming out in January. But the biggest
home change will be the nursery, since they’re
expecting their first child in December.
cheZ tURf things
change routinely in
the turfs’ lakeview
townhouse, and
a vintage oak
farmhouse harvest
table is about to go.
Ryan admits, “i’m
over it, and want
to trade it out for
a new (cb2) table
that’s coming out
in January. it will
look great with the
bertoia dining chairs
Jessica topped
with herringbone
tweed pads.”
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Carly Cannell
Jorge
Orozco-Cordero
Weetu and Weetree
goweetu.com
“Tere is no ‘me’ in Weetu,” says Carly Cannell
of the integrated design collaborative she founded
in 2007. Dedicated to giving substance to a very
wide range of design initiatives—from developing
projects to producing and marketing them—
weetu’s recent ventures include BoConcept and a
few residential interiors; a web-based educational
program for the National Council of La Raza
on money management for lower-income
communities; and a concept hotel calculated to
revitalize dead shopping malls nationwide.
Tis group includes several interior
designers, an architect, photographer, graphic
artist, and the most recent addition: a film editor
and engineer turned marketing consultant and
landscape innovator named Jorge Orozco-
Cordero, who moved here from Washington,
D.C. for Cannell in 2005 after they met
through a project. After joining weetu in 2007,
he founded a new division called Weetree this
year to focus on landscape design and develop
green walls suited to Chicago’s challenging
climate and housing stock—especially “ugly
garages behind bungalows that ruin the
aesthetics of backyards.”
“We’re both very analytical, but I’m more
visual and dimensional, and he’s more strategic
and attuned to marketing,” explains Cannell.
Teir living wall illustrates the point. “He thinks
about how it needs to work, all the different ways
it can be used and what he can accomplish with
it, and I think about how we can customize the
components and make it so unique that it doesn’t
look like anything else.”
one-of-a-Kind the
couple, photographed
in their work studio,
blends an intriguing
mix of skills. carly
cannell is trained as
an interior architect.
Jorge orozco-cordero,
a human factors
engineer, worked for
naSa and Ge before
earning a master
Gardening license.
“We’re not afraid to try
new things and bring
them to market.”
– Carly Cannell, about collabs
like Product2Faced for Lees
Carpet, which changes color and
pattern depending on a viewer’s
perspective (above).
climbinG Wall
Weetree is developing
a series of different
green walls, including
a residential version
that can be used to
grow herbs.
WoRld tURnS “our
world treks are more
about being inspired
than sightseeing. We
were moved by a quiet
observer at a Jain
temple in india,” says
orozco-cordero.
idea With leGS
Weetu’s branding
incorporates images
like this shot of the
couple’s favorite
luchador figurine,
which was featured
in taschen’s recently
released tome Brand
Identity Now! far left:
the graphic hospitality
area they designed
for boconcept’s
chicago flagship.
bRandinG SaVVY
Weetu redesigned
the mohawk
Group’s chicago
showroom to
highlight the
company’s own
brand and other
prestigious lines.
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Kitchen
confidential
dolenc and Riker
are pros at opening
up small, enclosed
kitchens to create
modern spaces. a
foscarini’s caboche28
chandelier glimmers
in this white-on-white
dining area.
James Dolenc
Tom Riker
Interior Designers,
JT Living jtliving.com
More than a decade ago, singles James Dolenc
and Tom Riker were at a mutual friend’s party
when Dolenc overheard someone lamenting
the hideously tacky faux-marble columns in the
dining room. “I always told [the homeowner]
I hated them,” laughs Dolenc. “I turned to see
who said it and met Tom.”
Fast-forward to 2003, and the two men, who
had become a couple first and business partners
later, were completing their first residential
project together: a 1950s Lakeview townhouse
for a young man who was about to become a
single father of triplets. Asked to make it fun and
glamorous, but also durable, baby-proof and cost-
effective, the duo came up with inventive tactics,
such as eliminating some walls and swathing
others in iridescent tiles, mixing contract carpets
and textiles, and pairing streamlined furnishings
with frothy crystal lighting.
Te predilection to forge open, clean-lined
spaces with calming palettes and pair them
with shimmering accents, gleaming finishes
and luminous, often jewelry-like lighting has
characterized their work ever since. Yet the
couple humbly insists they don’t have a signature
aesthetic. “We don’t have a look or specialty,”
says Dolenc, who worked for a commercial firm
prior to heading out on his own. ‘“Our forte is
listening to our clients, and our strength is the
fact that we’re methodical and organized,” adds
Riker, whose background in architecture lends
thoroughness and an unerring sense of scale and
proportion. Whatever it is, people like it. Maybe
it’s the rare quality they share: humility.
Glam-a-Zone
“Given his
architectural
background, tom is
a rocket scientist at
the macro elements
of a project, such as
space planning and
color palettes. i excel
in lighting plans,
detailing architectural
drawings and project
management. together
we function as a
whole,” says dolenc.
liGht bRiGht this
organic-chic Sun
Valley foyer gets a
light-flooded feel
with ceiling panels
made from backlit
frosted glass.
Smooth opeRatoR
a muscular, multipurpose chaise
works the transition from single-
story to soaring heights in this
sky-scraping condo project.
pop StaRS a
stodgy apartment
in Water tower
place, complete with
traditional moldings
and heavy-handed
millwork, was gutted
and given a space-
defining makeover.
ligne Roset’s pop
swivel chairs in
tomato red give the
neutral palette a hit
of color.
“We don’t come in
on the first day with
furniture choices.
We introduce our
clients to new
concepts, ideas
and products, but
we go from macro
to micro.”

–Tom Riker
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96 | | September 2010
Ross Fiersten
Elizabeth Hayes
Master metalsmiths,
metal + works
rfmetalworks.com
Welding is a seductive mistress. So seductive that
Elizabeth Hayes was hooked when her boyfriend,
Ross Fiersten, taught her how to do it 10 years
ago. “It’s a blast,” she gushes.
Today the couple is still welding, and more,
they’re master metalsmiths who produce pieces
for Holly Hunt and others, as well as their own
studio furniture and limited-edition work. And
they love what they do, though an age-old adage
relates well to their craft: Te devil is in the
details. “Making each piece is arduous. Tey
require meticulous workmanship,” explains
Fiersten, who opened metal + works when he
moved to Chicago 10 years ago. “We think of
it as jewelry-quality detailing and finishing,”
says Hayes, who joined him three years later. By
then, business was booming. “When I moved
here, I had a strong portfolio from my work with
a high-end architectural metalwork studio in
San Francisco, so I made cold calls and lined up
work,” he explains.
In fact, Fiersten snagged a client base of
renowned architects and designers who can’t
be named, but account for the inventive nature
and complexity of the couple’s commissioned
work, which ranges from technically demanding
fireplace surrounds and accessories to sleek yet
intricately detailed tables and benches.
Teir own work is equally imaginative and
challenging, and the result of shared yet singular
aesthetics. “We both tend toward modern, clean
lines,” says Fiersten, “and like to incorporate
organic features like naturally oxidized patinas
or unexpected edges and curves.”
“He’s more
attentive to the
structural facets
of our work, and
I usually ponder
the symbolic
aspects of
our pieces.”
–Elizabeth Hayes
aRt compoUnd carried at
a. Rudin in the merchandise
mart, the membrana
table was inspired by
orthographic drawings,
mitochondrial surface folds
and the english Wheel’s
ability to form compound
curves.
peRSonal Space
a recent personal
move from pilsen to
edgewater is a source
of inspiration to the
couple. “We’ve redone
every place we live
with custom pieces,”
says hayes. for their
new home, a fireplace
screen with doors is
in the works.
peddlinG metal
the terrace nesting
tables, which sport
staggered notched
edges and powder
coated finishes, are
available in custom
colors ($1,170 at
post 27).
in YoUR VaSe metal
+ works designed
their Slab table
with multipurpose
openings on the
surface, perfect for
displaying flowers.
maRRied mateRialS
Steel and ash are
married with jigsaw-
puzzle perfection
in the couple’s
Junctures tables,
which are produced
in a series of three
but can stand
together or alone.
loVe neSt
on a recent
camping trip,
fiersten gave hayes
a teeny stainless
steel house he
made alone. it
opens to reveal a
wedding band and
was a marriage
proposal after 10
years together.
they were married
in September.
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pRint me!
Wrapped in knotty
pine, the interior
of Urbanlab’s
hennepin house
feels like a rustic
cabin-in-a-box.
RaiSinG the Roof a
model of a house the
couple designed in
los angeles, currently
in the permit stage,
shows its cantilevered
second story and
metal screening.
Sarah Dunn
Martin Felsen
Principals of UrbanLab
urbanlab.com
From the rusted steel façade they choose to sheath
their own live/work space, which they laughingly
admit in unison “our Bridgeport neighbors just
don’t get,” to the newly developed Mobil Food
Collective they spearheaded at Archeworks,
Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen are always
tinkering with boundary-pushing, problem-
solving experiments.
Projects like the Hennepin House, a prairie
home with a corrugated aluminum exterior, and
the Hannah’s Bretzel shops, which pay homage
to the food with wheat-board walls, have received
national attention. And the Mobil Collective is a
small-scale intervention that “travels to different
communities and teaches residents about
urban agriculture to help them attain healthier
lifestyles,” explains Felsen from Venice, where
the project was one of seven chosen to represent
the U.S. in this year’s Biennale.
Te couple also tackles big, planet-changing
issues. Teir most passionate concern is water,
which inspired them to make Chicago home.
“We think it’s the next big crisis. As it becomes
more of an issue, cities near the Great Lakes will
become more important. And that will be within
our lifetimes,” explains Felsen. Tey are currently
working with the City on the Asian carp issue
and the possibility of reversing the Chicago River.
“We work in every scale,” says Felsen, who says
they have different strengths. “Sara is interested
in understanding how to turn an idea into a built
form, and I’m a little more technical. I always want
to know how natural or artificial technologies can
be applied to design problems.”
lab WoRK Sarah
dunn and martin
felsen in their work/
live space. the pair,
who met at columbia
University’s Graduate
School of architecture
and worked for
various starchitects
(peter eisenman for
him; Rem Koolhaas
for her), are thought-
provoking educators
and mad scientists
at heart.
on the RiSe to
animate the courtyard
of the Smart museum
of art (in collab with
landscape architect
chandra Goldsmith)
the couple varied
surface patches to
attract and support
different activities.
X maRKS the Spot
built-in bookshelves
in the pilsen live/work
space they designed.
“We both love teaching. It
forces you to keep up with
seminal developments,
and lets you shape
original thinkers.”
–Martin Felsen
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and sit on a mound
created from the
recycled materials
(from a building that
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to build).
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Bruce Tharp
Stephanie Tharp
Industrial designers,
Materious
materious.com
Product design is both a passion and profession
for the Tarps, who each have undergraduate
degrees in mechanical engineering and master’s
degrees in industrial design. Bruce also holds an
M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology,
a path he pursued to better his design skills.
All those years of schooling paid off for the
Tarps, who are now both associate professors of
industrial design at the University of Illinois at
Chicago and love the fact that “teaching gives
us the (fiscal) freedom to design what we want
rather than do things to please corporate clients,”
says Bruce.
Teir shrewdly designed home furnishings
and accessories blend purpose with a point of
view. Te Samurai Umbrella sports an easy-
grab and reassuring sword-hilt for a handle; a
two-piece piggy bank set includes a large one
for savings and a small one for donations; the
Nutri-Plate is designed to teach good eating
habits and portion control; Stack vases for Ligne
Roset can be configured to support a range of
stem lengths.
Tat they profit from higher sales
doesn’t preclude the Tarp’s tendency toward
minimalism. “We should spend more and buy
less, and the things we own should be thoughtful,
multipurpose and less disposable,” points out
Bruce. Tey practice what they preach in their
own home, an astonishingly spare one-bedroom
apartment they share with their two-year-old
daughter, Isla. “I recently read a story about a
couple who only own 100 objects each,” says
Stephanie. “We found them inspiring.”
the pRodUceRS
bruce and Stephanie
tharp (in their pilsen
apartment), who
work together 90
percent of the time,
lead the city’s
charge on innovative
product design.
fRee fall
metaphorical design
includes fallen, a
gigantic white tufted
leather log that riffs
on the simplicity of
man’s original bench,
a fallen tree; and the
marxist fruit bowl,
which forces users
to climb a ladder and
acknowledge the
efforts of the migrant
fieldworkers.
Wanted:
manUfactUReR
the couple’s award-
winning cubby
hook can hold many
things, and sports a
hollow heart to keep
keys and change at
hand and in check.
“people tell us all the
time that they want
to buy it, but we
can’t find anyone to
make it,” says bruce.
they’re currently
trying to produce it
themselves.
afteR hoURS lights
out, an experimental
piece, gives the
off-duty seat new
purpose by making
it into a functional
piece of furniture
that can illuminate
a room and store
objects in its
seat base.
aGGReSSion
SUppReSSion the
gentleman’s umbrella
meets the warrior’s
sword in the couple’s
Samurai Umbrella
(full size for $36 and
compact for $25 at
kikkerlandshop.com).
“it addresses the
tension between
aggressive instincts
and social harmony.“
“The things we use should
be less disposable, but
the system hasn’t caught
up. Aesthetically satisfying
products are often hard to
get produced.” –Bruce Tharp
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and figurative artworks. Visit his website or contact personally for purchase
information. Elmwood Park 708.583.1255 or www.gillisfineart.com
hoLby gALLERy
This River North gallery offer’s the finest American art from the 18th
through the 20th century. While they have steadfast supporters of well
known American artists, they’ve also managed to balance their passion
for championing the talent of lesser-known artists. 222 West Huron Street
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they feel passionately about, and chances are, you will too. 207 W. Superior
Street 312.787.4640 or www.josefglimergallery.com
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Owner Laura Davis has an eye for scoping out unique finds. In addition to
selling gifts, this Roscoe Village gallery represents a bevy of new artists and
artisans who are either new to the Chicago market or already established.
The art represented often embodies the spirit of the owner’s many travels.
2236 W. Roscoe St. 773.360.8564 or www.art-artisans-you.com
PETERson PiCTuRE Co.
Peterson Picture Co. has been an art resource to the trade for 50 plus years.
From over-sized commissioned pieces to large volume items, Peterson Picture
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art creation, publication, framing, delivery and installation are available. 2720
W. Belmont Ave 773.463.8888 or www.peterson-picture.com
sAPERE ART
Located in the historic Flat Iron Arts building, this contemporary art gallery
showcases the art of both emerging and established artists in Chicago. In
addition to having a rather impressive selection, the gallery also serves as
the owners studio, where often times clients get art lessons as well! Flat Iron
Arts Building 312.208.1504 or www.SapereArt.com
ThREE PEAs ART LoungE
Three Peas Art Lounge is a gallery that supports burgeoning and established
visual artists and cultivates a consortium of new art collectors. Showcasing
artists such as Hebru Brantley and Amanda Williams, this gallery features
artwork that is hip, contemporary and forward-thinking. A full, top-shelf bar
for you to enjoy while perusing the artwork is also available. 75 East 16th
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Vale Craft Gallery features and sells contemporary American fine craft and a
variety of sculpture. The River North—based gallery also has colorful textiles,
handcrafted furniture, glass objects and ceramics. Owner Peter Vale’s knack for
showing eclectic, affordable collections from local and national artists is also a
highlight. 230 W. Superior St. 312.337.3525 or www.valecraftgallery.com
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MERChAndisE MART
4.2 million gross square feet of space dedicated to retail shops, luxury home
boutiques, furnishings showrooms, and a host of community events. As the
world’s largest wholesale design center, The Merchandise Mart is synonymous
with high design and luxury goods. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz. 312.527.4141
or www.mmart.com
MMPi (LuxEhoME)
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TRAinoR dEsign CEnTER
Trainor Glass Company has been an industry leader since 1953, providing
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DESIGNERS
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This full Service interior design showroom specializes in the custom design
and sewing of European inspired drapery, Bedding and upholstery at
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Chicago designer, Shari Cornes and her staff share a passion for design. 1645
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Based in Chicago’s West Town Neighborhood, this full service interior design
firm specializes in historic renovations, residential and commercial interior
design. They are more than enthusiastic about taking on projects both large
and small. 1820 W. Grand Ave. 312.243.9975 or www.buckinghamid.com
ERiCA gAiL dEsign
After nearly a decade working for top U.S. residential designers, Erica Smith
brings a sense of layered sophistication and warmth to her designs. Within
her clients’ preferred aesthetic, Erica delivers a signature textured look to
elevate their interiors from commonplace to supremely comfortable, well-
styled homes. 1158 W. Dickens Ave. 312.231.5084 or www.ericagail.com
gARy LEE PARTnERs
Gary Lee Partners believes that every project is an opportunity to create an
integrated environment that reveals the spirit of the location, the personality
of the client, and the power of design. Essential solutions-where every design
decision contributes to a sense of wholeness have always been their priority.
360 W. Superior St. 312.640.8300 or www.garyleepartners.com
hiCKMAn dEsign AssoCiATEs
As principal, Tracy Hickman works closely with clients to accommodate
lifestyles. Her sophisticated, tailored interiors are driven by texture and
comfort. From Chicago to South Carolina to the Caymans, Hickman’s singular,
detailed vision has left beauty in its wake. 3105 N. Wolcott 312.642.7379 or
www.hickmaninteriors.com
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iRon & wiRE
Iron & Wire places a strong emphasis on architectural and ornamental
ironwork. Their design professionals utilize a broad scope of materials
and finishes to ensure a beautiful end result. Their team can design and
fabricate custom designs in metal and wood to suit any space. Call for a
consultation today. 4720 W. Walton 773.255.2672 or www.iron-wire.com
LAuREn sChREyER, Asid
Understated elegance and sophisticated style are the hallmarks of Lauren
Schreyer’s design company, Schreyer & Associates. From residential
interiors and vacation retreats to executive offices, Schreyer’s design
process will always reflect your style and desires, while catering to your
comfort. 2 E. Erie, Ste. 3109 312.953.0316 or www.laurenschreyer.com
MiChAEL AbRAMs LiMiTEd
Michael Abrams creates refreshing interiors that are truly a reflection of
his clients. Education in both fine arts and architecture, and extensive
corporate experience in managing every aspect of a project sets him
apart from other designers. Michael’s full service, high-end residential
practice has completed projects throughout Chicago and nationwide. 1901
N. Clybourn Ave, Ste. 204 773.248.3039 or www.michaelabrams.com
MiChAEL dEL PiERo good dEsign
Michael Del Piero’s diverse aesthetic is complemented her meticulous
attention to detail and her strong belief in communicative designer-client
relationships. In addition to design services, Del Piero offers furniture,
antiques, home accessories, textiles and more in her on-site boutique.
1914 N. Damen Ave. 773.772.3000 or www.michaeldelpiero.com
PRojECT
Collaborating with a wide range of clients spanning residential, retail,
hospitality and commercial, Project has created a new market for its
signature style: an organic-glam-mash-up of texture, color and high-
contrast concepts. The company also places a large emphasis on charity
for both local and global communities. 1057 N Honore St 1R 773.394.1174
or www.projectinteriors.net
RAndy hELLER inTERioR dEsign
Pure, simple, interior design with a dose of sophistication is what
makes Randy Heller Design a force to be reckoned with. Every detail
is addressed, with a specific focus placed on the individual. A range of
lighting options and furniture are also available. Check out the warehouse
location at: 531 Bank Lane in Highwood Illinois. 2919 Twin Oaks, Highland
Park 847.207.7789 or www.randyhellerdesign.com
RjA dEsign, inC
Richard Abrahamson of RJA Design effortlessly balances old with new,
intricate with simple, sophisticated with comfortable. His collector’s eye and
vast knowledge of the decorative arts lend his interiors timelessness, while
modern practicality gives them ease and livability. richard@rja-design.com
Geneva: 630.262.9474; Chicago: 312.531.2646 or www.rja-design.com
sPACE dEsign PLAnning
Leslie Newman Rhodes’ 35 years of renovation experience helps her to
identify and implement her clients’ visions. As both an artist and gallery
owner, she serves her clients from the consultation process to the furniture
arrangement and floor plan. 312.642.2031 or www.spaceinteriordesign.com
sTACEy CohEn inTERioRs
Leed-AP certified, Stacey Cohen Interiors captures the essence of
sophistication and originality for residential and commercial projects.
With careful attention to detail and respect for each client’s individuality
and lifestyle, SCI will complement your design vision from concept
to completion in a timely manner and within budgetary parameters.
360 W. Illinois 312.480.0989 or www.staceycoheninteriors.com
susAn fREdMAn dEsign gRouP
Designer Susan Fredman and her team of design professionals count client
individuality among their biggest inspirations. Maintaining a sense of luxury
while working with many different aesthetics, their interior design services can
include everything from space planning and extensive remodeling to selecting
accessories. 350 W. Erie St., 1st Fl. 312.587.8150 or www.susanfredman.com
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At Wiley Designs, interior design solutions reflect the client’s need and
interests while creating spaces that are sophisticated, functional and
balanced. The firm focuses on residential renovation including space
planning, custom cabinetry, material finishes and furnishings. They
are also happy to direct clients to sustainable options. 416 Ravine Dr.,
Highland Park 847.266.8991 or www.wileydesignsllc.com
DOORS
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With a specific focus on windows and doors, Marvin Design Gallery by
Estates Windows, Ltd., is a premier supplier in Chicago. They sell a vast
selection of wood, fiberglass and steel entry doors in addition to Velux
skylights. They will also assist you in selecting the perfect windows and
doors for your next project. 930 North Shore Drive 847.615.1003 or
www.marvinbyestates.com
sLiding dooR CoMPAny
With the Sliding Door Company options seem endless. Choose from a
variety of glass types, finishes and much more. Their vision is a complete
package designed to work with your home, whether you’re seeking a
major interior overhaul or a simple upgrade. 221 W. Ohio St. 312.494.9494
or www.ilslidingdoor.com
FABRIC, LINEN, BEDDING
bEdsidE MAnoR
For 25 years, Bedside Manor Ltd has provided Chicago with a timeless
selection of sophisticated linens and home décor from the best brands in
the industry. They create bedding ensembles that make houses feel like
homes and bath luxuries that titillate the senses. Additional locations in
Hinsdale, Lake Forest and Winnetka. 2056 N. Halsted St 773.404.2020
or www.shopbedside.com
ChiCAgo LuxuRy bEds
Chicago Luxury Beds is a new store concept carrying Hastens Beds, VI
Spring, and Pillow Bar custom pillows. With Hastens Beds and VI Spring
in the same store Chicago Luxury Beds sells the finest beds in the world
and now offers twice the selection of luxury mattresses as before. 440
N. Wells St 312.527.5337 or www.chicagoluxurybeds.com
woRKRooM CouTuRE hoME
This full service interior design showroom features a vast couture-style
selection of drapery, roman shades, wall coverings, duvets and bed
coverings as well as architectural hardware and shutters. Located in
Roscoe Village, their friendly staff and wide selection are available to both
professionals and non professionals. 1906 W. Belmont 773.472.2140 or
www.workroominc.com
FURNITURE
AKbiK gALLERy
AKBIK Gallery prides itself of having unusual antique, new and custom
ordered hand-inlay furniture with mother of pearl. The beauty and the
quality of the pieces they carry are beyond the norm. Their items add
a touch of paradise to your home and interior. 2644 Green Bay Rd.
847.328.7777 or www.akbik.com
ARhAus
Founded in 1986 Arhaus turns your four walls into a full-on inspired
living experience. With a commitment to minimizing their carbon
footprint, they provide a broad range of items for your home, including
furniture for various rooms, bedding, upholstery and home accessories.
773.248.3071 or www.arhaus.com
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a good deal. I provide my buyer clients with tons of market data so they feel comfortable
about their investment. I also try to take as much of “scariness” out of the transaction as
possible by having a highly proficient group that includes an excellent contractor, lawyer,
mortgage broker and inspector.
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they’re searching online. Individual URL’s for each property, high-concept eblasts, high-
quality photos/tours are some of the tools to ensure that presence.
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deal of the homes they’ve seen, which is what will motivate them to write an offer. Several
critical areas to ensure this reaction are rational pricing, staging, updating finish detail and
attending to all deferred maintenance. Obviously every aspect of the marketing program
needs to also be dialed in.
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CovET sTudio
Stepping foot into Ann Kendall’s Covet Studio, is akin to committing a
mortal sin. You’re bound to lust after the mid-century modern furnishings
and art, while seething with desire for Kendall’s own signature designs. Any
piece from Covet would make your home the envy of the neighborhood.
657 Vernon Ave. 847.786.4300 or www.covetstudio.com
EuRoPEAn fuRniTuRE wAREhousE
A family business that has succeeded for over three generations,
outfitting dining and living rooms as well as offering a broad selection
of office furniture and outdoor pieces to decorate the entire home.
Featuring modern and contemporary European styles. 2145 W. Grand
Ave. 800.243.1955 or www.eurofurniture.com
EvAn LEwis
As a sculptor and furniture maker, Evan’s showroom sits next to his
studio, where he and his team create one-of-a-kind work. His handmade
studio furniture is totally unique, and the use of burnished metals give
his pieces a contemporary look. 3368 N. Elston Ave. 773.539.0402 or
www.evanlewisinc.com
fLoREnsE
Committed to producing high-quality products with preservation of
the environment and quality of life in mind. One of the largest furniture
companies in the world, offering products for kitchens, baths, bedrooms,
offices, dining rooms, home theatres and more. 300 W. Ontario St.
312.640.0066 or www.florense.com
hAuTE Living
Owners Jeffery Smith and Tatjana Ozegovic have created a place to
display the exquisite furniture they find from around the world not
readily available in the United States. They’re also the exclusive Chicago
retailer for Fendi Casa, Vladimir Kagan, and Piet Boon. 222 W. Kinzie St.
312.329.9000 or www.haute-living.com
hoME ELEMEnT
With a mix of contemporary chairs, tables, bedroom suites and
accessories, Home Element features pieces from Natuzzi, Calligaris,
Jesse, Bontempi and more. Also featuring custom floral arrangements,
wall art and vases to complement antique and contemporary furniture.
745 N. Wells St. 312.787.3358 or www.homeelementfurniture.com
K-hAus
Owner Kiki Luthringshausen and her team offer beautiful interior
design services, as well as a unique retail store. Featuring custom-made
furniture, original artwork by up-and-coming artists and eclectic, hard-
to-find home accessories. 847.279.1800 or www.k-haus.com
LuMinAiRE
Specializing in modern furniture and accessories from the world’s most
renowned designers, Luminaire’s philosophy is to maintain a devout
focus on design and quality. Many of the lines offered are exclusive. 301
W. Superior St. 312.664.9582 or www.luminaire.com
MAxALTo
Maxalto is a B&B Italia Brand. Opened in Chicago in 2008 as the very
first stand alone Maxalto store in the United States (the other in Paris)
Maxalto is modern Italian furniture revisiting classic themes. It is designed
and coordinated by Antonio Citterio. 309 W. Superior St. 312.664.6190
or www.maxalto.it
MobiLi MobEL
Only the finest contemporary furniture and home accessories - from 40
different lines around the globe - are presented here. With a focus on the
European modernist school, expect to find sleek pieces that combine beauty
with function. 549 N. Wells St. 312.329.9669 or www.mobilimobel.com
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temperature to clean multiple stain types in a single cycle.
The benefits of a clean palate. The Bosch Vision™ strives to use less while delivering
better cleaning results. Like with our stain-removing cleaning technology that
progressively raises the temperature of the wash cycle, precisely targeting a wide
variety of stains in a single load. No more complicated sorting means fewer loads,
saving you time and resources. www.bosch-home.com/us
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MonTAuK sofA
Montauk Sofa provides chic, comfy sofas that are above all environmentally
friendly. With an emphasis on greenhouse gas reduction, clean
biodegradability and closed loop recycling, Montauk Sofa sticks true to
it’s ‘Take a Seat, Take a Stand’ motto. Custom design and objects d’art are
also available. 401 N. Wells St. 312.951.5688 or www.montauksofa.com
MoRLEn sinowAy
Currently representing more than 20 product lines, Sinoway’s design
showroom hits the ultimate home trifecta: furniture, art and design.
The forward-thinking selection of accessories includes ceramic objects,
lighting, custom area rugs, and a sculptural tile line. 1052 West Fulton
Market 312.432.0100 or www.morlensinoway.com
REARRAngE
Ready from some home improvement? Then let REarrange take the
reigns. Their team of experts will help you get the maximum benefits out
of the home items you already have. They also offer a line of furniture
produced locally in the city. The shop also offers great gifts. 2064 N
Damen Ave 773.904.8713 or www.rearrangeyourhome.com
RooM & boARd
At Room & Board, great design is more than a trend. It’s the combination
of everything we’re passionate about. Timeless, American-made home
furnishings created for modern living. Discover furniture and accessories that
reflect your style and fit the way you live. Visit them in Oak Brook, Skokie or
Downtown. 55 E. Ohio St. 312.222.0970 or www.roomandboard.com
sAn juAn vEnTuREs
This exclusive showroom in Chicago’s West Loop is like stepping into a chic,
upscale Bali hotel combining the aura of reclaimed woods with high design.
Kandis Wrigley’s FSC Certified company imports their exquisite handcrafted
flooring, slabs, custom furniture, sculpture and accessories from Indonesia.
664 W. Hubbard St 312.612.1054 or www.sanjuanventures.com
ThE goLdEn TRiAngLE
This 23,000-square-foot gallery specializes in antiques and home
furnishings from China, Southeast Asia and more recently, Hungary and
France. A line of modern furniture made from ancient and reclaimed
woods has also been added and a spectrum of furniture services are
available. 330 N. Clark St. 312.755.1266 or www.goldentriangle.biz
GENERAL CONTRACTORS
ECo gRouP inC.
We all want to spend our free time with people and things we love. At
Eco Group their goal is to help you cherish those moments by providing
you with an array of assistance, from service repairs to a total renovation
of your home and/or work space. 867 W. Buckingham Pl. 773.517.4444
hAndyMAn MATTERs
Since 2002 Handyman Matters has been Chicago’s premiere repair,
remodel, and maintenance company. Service is reliable, guaranteed,
convenient and safe. Be it a minor update or a complete interior
remodel, Handyman Matters is your go-to source. 773.235.0900 or
www.chicago.handymanmatters.com
Lg dEvELoPMEnT gRouP
LG Development is Chicago’s leading design/build construction and
development firm. Quality and excellent craftsmanship are primary
focuses at this highly proactive company. You’re also guaranteed
unmatched customer service that won’t wither as your project progresses.
2234 W. North Avenue 773.227.2850 or www.lgdevelopmentgroup.com
Mod ConsTRuCTion
Mod-construction is a one stop shop for all of your contractor needs,
be commercial or residential. MOD’s specialties include commercial and
high-end residential new construction and remodeling. 446 N. Wells Ste.
313 312.265.0613 or www.mod-construction.com
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PowERhousE hoME buiLding & REModELing ConsuLTAnTs
PowerHouse Advisors is the division of PowerHouse delivering consulting
expertise to business owners in the luxury home industry. Check out their
website for a list of PowerHouse Platinum Professionals. PowerHouse
Home Building & Remodeling is the consumer division delivering
personal buyer representation in remodeling and home construction
projects. 2494 Shoal Creek Court, Riverwoods 847.236.1502 or
www.powerhouseadvisors.com
PREMiERE sysTEMs
Premiere Systems has been an industry leader in home automation
technology for luxury high-rise condominium and custom home markets
since 1995. Premiere provides specialized experience as well as full-
service sales, installation, and project management. 1400 N. Kingsbury
312.274.0220 or www.premieresystems.com
GIFTS & ACCESSORIES
gEnEvA sEAL
Custom jewelry is Geneva Seal’s forte. Offering distinct jewelry and
watches from small shops in France, Italy and Switzerland, as well as
antique European estate jewelry. Their ample, European-style boutique
has been a Chicago staple for over 25 years. 1003 N. Rush St. 312.944.3100
or www.genevaseal.com
KnEEn & Co
Kneen & Co. presents exquisite and exclusive home wares that are truly
considered among the world’s finest. From Nymphenburg porcelain and
Lobmeyr crystal to The Printery bespoke stationery, Kneen and Co. only
offers the most esteemed collections. Custom designed place settings,
glassware and silver flatware are also available. 400 W. Erie St., Ste. 503
312.787.7003 or www.kneenandco.com
PEAChTREE PLACE
Peachtree Place has brought a taste of Southern Charm to Chicago’s
North Shore for 25 years. The shop features elegant gifts and accessories
including exquisite lamps, pillows, tabletop, crystal stemware, personal
care items and an ever changing selection of jewelry. Beautiful gift
wrapping is complimentary. 303 Happ Rd., Northfield 847.441.7585 or
www.peachtreeplaceonline.com
KITCHEN & BATH
bAThwoRKs, inC.
Shower doors, tub doors, mirrors and any type of custom backpainted glass
are just the beginning of what you’ll discover at BathWorks. This company
brings 25 years of service with a complete list of options to assist you
with your space or renovation. 3956 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, 773.583.1100;
320 Frontage Rd., Northfield, 847.881.2525 or www.bathworksinc.net
ERnEsToMEdA ChiCAgo
Dramatic lighting, free-standing pieces and frosted glass are some of
the features Ernestomeda brings to modern kitchen design. Gorgeous
woods combined with stainless steel and aluminum create stunning,
efficient kitchens—both modern and inviting. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz.,
Ste. 128 312.329.0229 or www.ernestomedachicago.com
nEff KiTChEns
NEFF of Chicago is a custom design boutique, featuring the exquisite
cabinetry of NEFF Kitchens. Old world craftsmanship meets innovative
technology to create design Nirvana — a vast array of exotic wood grains,
colors, metallics and finishes. That’s why NEFF cabinets adorn some of
the finest homes of distinction throughout the world. 222 Merchandise
Mart Plz., Ste. 144 312.467.9585 or www.neff-of-chicago.com
PoLifoRM
Poliform embodies the best of Italian design, with luxury finishes and
uncompromising quality. Varenna, the kitchen division of Poliform, is highly
sophisticated, with elegant designs that feature timber, stone, glass and steel.
222 Merchandise Mart Plz., Ste. 110 312.222.8465 or www.poliformusa.com
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3312 N. Lincoln
Chicago, Illinois
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Beauty, refinement and function play equal roles in this kitchen and bath
company’s vision. For more than 30 years this innovative company has
continued to raise the bar in design, offering technologically advanced
products and acquiring advanced solutions. 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza,
Ste. 149 312.204.6220 or www.porcelanosa-usa.com
snAidERo ChiCAgo
Snaidero offers luxury Italian cabinetry for kitchens and baths. The
company brings European modernism to its showroom through
sleek cabinetry. Snaidero offers a wide variety of colors and finishes
in contemporary and traditional styling, which provides clients with
customizable options. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz., Ste. 140 312.644.6662
or www.snaidero-usa.com
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Your dream kitchen can found in the official Sub-Zero/Wolf showroom.
In a no pressure non-sales environment, their showroom consultant is
committed to outfitting your kitchen with the Sub-Zero refrigeration,
Wolf cooking appliances and Best by Broan ventilation products that will
work strategically for your kitchen. Schedule an appliance consultation
today. 196 Exchange Blvd. 630.872.5100 or www.subzero.com
LANDSCAPE & OUTDOOR
CiTy EsCAPE gARdEn & dEsign
City Escape offers a comprehensive range of design and build landscape
services, creating unique and inviting spaces. A newly opened 16,000 sq.
ft. garden and design center is a feast of botanical delights and gorgeous
garden accessories. 3022 W. Lake St. 773.638.2000 or www.cityescape.biz
TRELLis And TRugs
Trellis & Trugs is a one-stop shop for garden ornaments. Garden antiques
as well as reproduction planters and fountains are available in a variety
of materials. The company also provides custom design services to
accommodate all of your garden ornament needs. 3372B Commercial
Avenue, Northbrook 847.784.6910 or www.trellisandtrugs.com
LIGHTING
hinsdALE LighTing
This premiere lighting design resource and fixture provider offers a
knowledgeable staff and endless options for residential and commercial
lighting. Offerings include exclusive designs and both traditional and
historic fixtures. A talented designer/architect team offers customized
plans for recessed and specialty lighting. 777 N. York Rd., Ste. 9, Gateway
Plaza, Hinsdale 630.734.0662 or www.hinsdalelighting.com
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Abt Electronics has withstood the test of time—and intense competition
from large chain stores—by providing personal service, competitive
prices and award-winning installations and repairs. Since 1936 it’s been a
leading retailer of quality consumer electronics and appliances. 1200 N.
Milwaukee Ave. 847.544.2228 or www.abt.com
ThE big PiCTuRE
This home entertainment specialist designs and installs dedicated home
theaters, media rooms and game rooms, as well as family room makeovers.
The company’s single-room and multi-room systems emphasize high
performance, reliability and ease of use—all executed with passion and
style. 1211 Wilmette Ave 847.256.1882 or www.thebigpicturestore.com
by ThE gLAss
Only lead-free crystal is used to produce glasses from this company. Crystal
is created from Europe’s most environmentally-advanced mill using no dyes,
sprays or additives. Designs are also laser-etched. www.bytheglass.com
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for Shower Doors, Mirrors,
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BathWorks has served the community for 25 years.
Visit our newest showroom in Northfield, just off
the Edens, south of Willow on Frontage Road.
• Kitchen Backsplashes
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CinEMA novA PRoduCTions
Cinema Nova Productions is committed to lending customers of all sorts
simple options for audio, video, lighting and control solutions. They’ll
assist you in gathering a cost-effective, easily assembled entertainment
package. 4925 N. Monticello Ave. 312.622.0209 or www.cinemanova.tv
diffA
Since Patricia Green and Larry Pond founded Design Industries
Foundation Fighting AIDS in 1984, this organization has been devoted to
making a difference. It’s one of the countries largest supporters of direct
care for those living with AIDS. 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste. 939
312.644.6413 or www.diffachicago.org
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Häfele’s Chicago showroom is a popular destination for architects,
designers and the woodworking industry. Visit them and view examples
from all their product categories, like their famous sliding systems, access
control, furniture fittings, home organization and decorative hardware.
154 W. Hubbard St. 312.467.2225 or www.hafele.com/us
MAgnoLiA Audio vidEo
For more than 50 years Magnolia has offered premium audio, video and
home automation gear for connoisseurs who demand nothing but the
best. With a dedication to 100 percent customer satisfaction, Magnolia
strives to turn home electronic dreams into reality. See website for a
location near you: www.magnoliaav.com
RAndoLPh sTREET MARKET/ModERn vinTAgE ChiCAgo
The ultra stylish Fall Fashion & Jewelry Explosion! is presented by event
firm Image Pilots, producers of the world renowned Randolph Street
Market. This is THE specialty show for the country’s top vintage fashion
and accessory purveyors, shoppers and stylists featuring couture and rare
finds from designers and era’s of decades gone by. Market Address is
1350 W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada & Ogden
or www.modernvintagechicago.com or chicagoantiquemarket.com
REAL ESTATE BROKERS & AGENTS
AT PRoPERTiEs
Known as Chicago’s number 1 real estate brokerage firm, At Properties
specializes in buying and selling some of the city’s most luxurious
homes and spaces. Browse through numerous options on their website
and receive extensive information on various neighborhoods. Decision-
making is a breeze. 618 W. Fulton Market or www.atproperties.com
EMiLy sAChs wong
An impressive sales record quickly made Emily Sachs Wong a member of
Koenig & Strey’s President’s Club. Her sales have continued to skyrocket,
offering clients unparalleled real estate options along the lakefront
and in Lincoln Park, Bucktown and Wicker Park. 1940 N. Clark St. or
www.emilyknowschicago.com
RESTAURANTS
EnTERTAining CoMPAny
Entertaining Company creates extraordinary menus that transport
your guests to a bold world of celebration as one of the city’s favorite
full service up-market caterers. Events of 20 to 5000 guests can be
accommodated. Contact them to explore the endless possibilities. 1640
W. Walnut St. 312.829.2800 or www.entertainingcompany.com
RoCKiT RAnCh PRoduCTions
As your go-to source for impressive corporate entertaining in River North
and Wrigleyville, Rockit Ranch venues offer group brunch, lunch, dinner
and reception menus for 25-500 guests. Sunda, The Underground and
Rockit Bar & Grill locations offer private and non-private areas. 114 W
Illinois Street, Ste. 200 Ask for Nicole Salerno: 312.943.7600 ext. 18 or
www.rockitranch.com
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RUGS, CARPET, FLOOR COVERING
bEsT vACuuM And APPLiAnCE
Since 1983 Best Vacuum has provided Chicagoland with superior quality
vacuum and floor care products. Their commitment to sell and service
only the best brands like Miele, SEBO and Dyson has made the company
Chicago’s first name in floor care. 2646 N Lincoln Ave 773.348.4500 or
www.bestvacuum.com
fLoR
FLOR provides stylish, modular-designed carpet with easy-to-coordinate
colors, textures and patterns that allow you to create area rugs, runners
or go wall-to-wall. Crafted to fit any space, this simple eco-friendly
option is easy to install and maintain, making it perfect for your home or
small business. 1873 N Clybourn Ave 773.325.0733 or www.Flor.com
oRgAniC LooMs
Organic Looms is passionate about bringing the finest, sustainable,
handwoven Tibetan rugs to the market. Each item is hand-knotted to
produce heirloom quality. The new showroom carries many standard
designs, and works with each client to produce a one-of-a-kind rug,
bound only by your imagination. 1019 W. Fulton Market 312.733.8187 or
www.organiclooms.com
RExx Rugs
A favorite of Chicago area designers, Rexx stocks thousands of yards of
wool broadloom carpet deeply discounted to the public. Their S. Julian
custom rug collection offers a limitless number of designs and colors in
wool, silk and other natural materials. 3312 N. Lincoln 773.281.8800 or
www.rexxrug.com
STONE, TILE, GRANITE
dEsignER sTonE ouTLET
Designer Stone Outlet is a leading importer of the finest natural stone
tile and glass tile products at discount prices. For more than 35 years
they’ve offered a wide scope of natural options using materials like
marble, onyx and slate. A bevy of glass tiles including antique cut glass
and bubble glass are also available. 2743 N California Ave 877.DSO.TILE
(877.376.8453) or www.designerstoneoutlet.com
ECosMART
EcoSmart Fire is an environmentally friendly and easy way to warm
up your lifestyle. Fuelled by clean-burning denatured alcohol, these
distinctive fireplaces and burners are free-standing and require no venting
or chimney. Fireplace in your condo? Yes you can! Please contact Vesta,
The Tile Gallery or Green Home Chicago for more information. 225 W.
Ohio (at The Tile Gallery) 312.467.9590 or www.ecosmartfire.com
gRAniTE & MARbLE REsouRCEs
This company travels the world to bring stone and glass treasures to
your own floors and walls. One thousand year warranty and you are
the witness to limestone, marble, quartzite, seashell, onyx, glass mosaics,
and large stone tiles. We’re naturally proud to reside in your home,
aesthetically forever. 222 Merchandise Mart Plz., Ste. 115 312.670.4400
or www.maestromosaics.com
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The Tile Gallery carries a wide selection of artisan-made tiles, including glass
and metal along with exquisite stone mosaics. A broad collection of lighting
and fireplaces can also be found, including the full EcoSmart Fire collection.
555 North Franklin St. 312.467.9590 or www.tilegallerychicago.com
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Design aficionados are addicted to Jared Peterson’s
Facebook updates. The fix? One-of-a-kind midcentury finds
By Erin Ensign | Photography by Maia Harms
Inside Jared Peterson’s Ukrainian Village garage/
workshop, stacks of midcentury finds—like a sleek ’60s
hi-fi credenza, a walnut Hans Wegner side chair, and
a Danish modern sofa in cream-colored velour—sit
waiting for their moment in the spotlight: a photo on
Facebook and top slot on his new, in-the-know website
for discerning furniture scouts, Circa Midcentury
(circamidcentury.blogspot.com). e 34-year-old former
architect, who lost his job at a boutique firm when the
economy tanked, is aptly reinventing his dream gig
with a do-it-yourself, social media-driven furniture
resale business. e ultimate picker’s picker with a
refined eye from years of practice, Peterson makes
interstate thrifting expeditions, scouring estate sales,
rummage sales and thrift stores for coveted, deal-of-a-
lifetime pieces.
“I’ve always been a collector,” Peterson says,
chalking his “mini obsession” up to genetics (his
parents are avid antique hounds) and the thrill of the
hunt. Peterson began flipping pieces on Craigslist and
Apartment erapy, soon building a cult following
among design aficionados. In May, he officially
launched his website, promoting it via Facebook with
droll updates to announce new listings and gaining fans
with sporadic furniture giveaways. e most coveted
pieces get snagged the very day they’re posted.
“Everything I sell, I’d live with in my own home,”
he attests. And for a while he does. His two-bedroom
apartment serves as a well-stocked staging area for
clients. A Finn Juhl coffee table mingles with a Florence
Knoll credenza and a Jens Risom buffet. A previous
stint in carpentry gives Peterson the know-how to
restore less-than-perfect items for resale, while carefully
preserving the integrity and character of each piece.
And it helps that Peterson, who fills his ‘93 Volkswagen
bus with finds at least once a week, is focused on the
everyman, not the elite (a recent Drexel Parallel series
walnut dining room suite went for $1,095). “My
goal is not to make a million dollars off of this,” says
Peterson, who has aced the art of attracting clients who
appreciate the lineage of the items as much as he does.
“Sometimes I’ll find a piece at a really great price. If the
wrong person buys it, it’s going to get destroyed. I think
I’m like the modern-day furniture rescuer.”
PETERSON’ S HOTS
Originality; estate sales; clean,
simple lines; coffee shops;
working for yourself; history
PETERSON’ S NOTS
Knockoffs; rummage sales
of baby stuff; overworked
design; truck stops; working
for “the man”; assembly
required; fads; sleeping
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