Inspiration: Art & Artisans
On every project, we aim to do meaningful, creative design work. Along the way to reaching our goals, we draw inspiration from many sources—our clients’ lifestyles, the creations of a master furniture craftsman, a stunning sculpture from an up-and-coming artist. Interior design requires an intimate knowledge of many different disciplines and resources, to which our eyes are always open. In our aptly named Inspiration blog, we share the products, trends, artisans, muses and merchants we encounter, and hope they fill you with discovery, delight and, most significantly, knowledge to help you lead a more comfortable, aesthetically pleasing life.
How do we make choices when we’re doing a home? As interior designers, we often use ideas and elements that our clients would never think of trying on their own, so they assume that we have an innate talent for pulling things together. Some of us do, but it takes much more than inborn talent to think like a luxury interior designer.
Trends come and go with lightening speed in every field, from fashion to tech. But in luxury interior design, trends often involve a huge price tag and we create interiors that are meant to last. That means we embrace ideas and items that allow us to craft timeless interiors. So why do we care about design trends?
We’re romantics all year long. But come Valentine’s Day, we share the love with our annual card, a work of art in its own right by the renowned Chicago graphic design collaborative Thirst. We also gift sweets that reflect our discriminating palettes, playful sense of humor and savvy style as luxury interior designers. With help from Cupid himself, these choices may delight long after the day has passed—with self-control!
When Christie’s sold a Modigliani painting for $170 million last month, it made headlines around the world. That gave us a ‘eureka’ moment here in Chicago. Our great revelation was that buying art is the common denominator of the luxury interior design world. But everyone always tells us that our firm has a very different point of view on the art buying process than some of our peers.
What do texting, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have to do with Chicago luxury interior design? Plenty, as we can attest from the way we work today. We use these tools to interact with clients and sources, plan and execute projects and showcase our results—all instantaneously. They have indelibly changed and accelerated the way we work today, which is why we are so interested in Chatter: Architecture Talks Back, on view in the modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) through July 12.