Here are some client projects Studio Six has been involved in that are completed or in process:
- These are active projects and the inspiration boards behind each one.
Modern, Fresh Update
The Contemporaine, a multiple design & architecture award winning building by Perkins + Will architecture & design firm, and developed by a good friend of mine, is a River North Chicago iconic contemporary concrete & glass building.
Built in 2004, the space has amazing bones & just needed a little facelift. Keeping the original kitchen & bath cabinets and vanities, we put quartz tops, changed all the light fixtures, and did new bathrooms.
My favorite 3 things of this project:
1) The Sky Fall Suspension pendants, by Studio Italia Design
The name only stirs up a James Bond reference; the glass has a chrome finish when off, but when you turn it on you can see the filaments suspended inside; and finally, the halo of light it shines on the counter and floor in the evening is beautiful
2) The Larmes LED Suspension chandelier, by Et2
classic piece that has volume, but doesn't interfere with the view. The shape was perfect to pair with the Sky Fall.
3) The custom chairs
Working on a budget, I had this pair of chairs I visualized in my head- flat wide chrome arms, the arch of the arms sweeping curve to the ground creating the base; it had to be a pair, and in great shape. I scoured everywhere- eBay, furniture stores, friends even! And then I found them. The Perfect Pair. On Craigslist, thru a woman who worked for an art gallery & they didnt need them anymore. $300 for the set. All other sets I could find were $1,000/ea. Total score!
The fabric is by Romo Group Black Edition, called Limbali Vermillion- a "A contemporary velvet displaying a unique contrast of texture and colour." A burnt orange base with a varying widths of charcoal velvet across the top- divine! Well, client thinks they are "Swanky". Perfectly recovered by Kylie Egge over at www.recoveredinterior.com
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Modern, approachable, and sexy bachelor pad
This client was a referral, and I had so much fun working on it! The first thing out of his mouth was: "What do you know about stocks and bonds?" Thinking this is some kind of trick question, I pause, then reply, "Absolutely nothing". He said "Good, thats about how much I know about design." He was such a pleasure to work with, and allowed me a lot of creative freedom. In the Sexton Building, I now have many projects in progress, but knocking into a giant pillar of drywall in the middle of the room and discovering the iron I-beam hidden behind it has become my high points while working on the concrete side of this building. As you can see, I created a staggered light fixture that fits neatly inside the I-beam- and at the end of each strand is a different size/shape of Edison bulb. Also, the waterfall theme in the master bathroom where the tile spills out the shower and onto the floor was subtly mimicked in the guest bath by using dark charcoal tiles that have streaks of white quartz running vertically thru- that fill the back wall, onto the shower floor (all hand cut) and again spilling onto the floor all the way to the opposite wall. Also, the sink top on the floating vanity was a total find- I have never seen a stone like it, and it has very subtle lines that flow right along with the tile. We are currently working on a wine fridge/bar- pics of that soon!
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An old Cap & Gown Factory Renovated into Luxury Lofts
A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be involved with the Kopley Partners and Axios Construction on the build out and sales of an old cap and gown factory. The majority of Caps and Gowns for most high level graduations used to come from this historical building. 91 unit luxury condos, with 81 different floorplans. Each unit was completely different in the layout, design selections, and it all came together absolutely gorgeously and with so much character.
As the Sales Director, -Six- had a key part in choosing the perfect layout and selections for each client. Kopley Partners and their vision created some of the most modern and progressive condos in Chicago at 1800 W. Grace, also known as The Lofts at 1800. What a pleasure working with Stefanos and his team.
"Design so stunning, the homes at The Lofts at 1800 make you feel like you have stepped in to the pages of Architectural Digest."
The look is so extraordinary, we were singled out for praise in The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune Red Eye and the News Wires. And our Lofts have been used as the setting for a number of photo shoots by a Major Publication.
This is what they are saying about the Brand-New 91-Unit former Cap and Gown Factory:
*”The Real Estate Success Story” on the News Wires
*Given an “A+” by Chicago Magazine
*Called “A Class Act” by the Chicago Tribune
*Featured in the Chicago Tribune Red Eye
"The Lofts at 1800, located in Lakeview/North Center, will leave you pampered in every way, from the 24-hour Doorman, Fitness Center and even a Closed Circuit Security Systems wired to your in-unit television set. Every home features finishes usually only found in million dollar homes. Our Standards are anything but standard and included in the price. Our Rooftop Deck offers sweeping, unobstructed, views of Chicago. And, because we own the construction division, we customize our lofts to suit your taste and style. This is a Luxury, Cutting-Edge Building that is completely state-of-the-art."
This young couple has great style, and I was thrilled to be able to help them choose some lighting fixtures to help the space feel more finished. That and swapping out the outdated granite for a gorgeous piece of Carrara Marble on the Island really brought this space to a new level of elegance.
Blue Tile to Badass Bachelor pad
This client works in downtown Chicago, and was looking to update the terribly outdated space he had just bought.
Knowing he was going to need a full 2nd bedroom, we moved the wall out a couple feet and raised the walls all the way to the ceiling to create privacy. Adding a door was
The guest bath was a fun surprise- after we took out the tub it turns out there was about 12" of empty space behind the wall. This gave us the space to make an extra large walk-in shower. Floating vanity and beautiful striations in the tile help the room flow horizontally, extending the feel of the space.
The kitchen was a blast- with an unusually large island we achieved a seamless silestone top with mitered edges. This took a feat of 7 men, 14 flights of stairs, and 3 hours to accomplish without a nick. Whew! By squaring off the rounded wall, we were able to extend the kitchen several feet creating more of an entertaining centered space.
In the living room, the fake fireplace was removed gaining space for the master bedroom, and by relocating the TV wiring to another wall we were able to reconfigure the flow and layout of the furniture.
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This client recently moved back to Chicago, and as a lot of the units in this building- it needed some love. The overall goal was just to make the whole space feel updated. The highlights for this timber loft were taller cabinets, a larger more modern island, update the fireplace area, and create a collapsible desk/work-space.
By installing square 5" high baseboards, painting, sanding and darkening the hardwood floors the space was instantly brought up to date and overall felt fresh and "new".
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This was a design consultation project that Jennifer was flown to Florida for a week to help make final choices. The floor, which originally was going to be kept simple as to not distract from the amazing chandelier above the soaking tub, ended up being the masterpiece. Water-jet cut carrera marble with inlays of blue and charcoal to tie everything together- breathtaking.