Located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop, Burnham Pointe is a 28 story building that boasts 298 luxury apartments. The Printers Row neighborhood is known for being in the epicenter of a dynamic city life. Museums, art galleries, financial and educational institutions, exceptional landmarks and the lakefront are just moments away for the residents of Burnham Pointe.
The lobby went through a stunning transformation where guests and residents alike are welcomed into an elegant and inviting environment. The space was outfitted with a custom wood bookcase, modern furniture, marble floors and luxury finishes. Neutral tones juxtaposed next to a deeper tonal wood and a robust dark marble elevates the living experience as soon as you enter the building.
With unobstructed views of the city skyline, we designed the apartment space to enhance the assets of its magnificence setting. While echoing the sophistication of the lobby, we added a playful charm to the living space by graphic artwork and pops of color to a predominantly muted color scheme and graphic artwork. Burnham Pointe is an ideal space for young professionals who have a penchant for luxury amenities and desire the experience of city living at its finest.
(Photo Credit: DreamHome 2016. Dave Burk Photography)
(Exploded Library by Betsy Birkey, Mark Jones floral arrangement by Saville Flowers)
(Celeste Chaise Lounge from Lee Jofa, Window Treatments by Cowtan & Tout, Custom Throw Pillows by Lynda O’Connor, Rexford Floor Lamp at Paul Ferrante)
(Portalis Buffett from Holly Hunt, Stage Design (Balconies & Figures) by Andre Delfau from Richard Norton Gallery, Pygmalion by Andre Delfau from Richard Norton Gallery)
(Serpent Table by Cox London for Rose Tarlow Melrose House, Sisal Floorcovering by Watson Smith, Nimbus SHIIR Rug)
(Diana Credenza from Jean De Merry, AB 32 & Perpetual Motion AB 30 by R. Leroy Turner from Richard Norton Gallery, Jacqueline Side Chair by Alexa)
(Solaris Chandelier by CTO Lighting at Holland & Sherry)
We recently sat down with Martin to discuss the inspiration behind this years DreamHome living room. Needless to say, we were transported back in time. “Shea and I were students studying in Paris, traveling and taking in the designs and architecture around us. We absorbed, embraced and were forever altered by her charms,” recalls Martin. Though it could have been as simple as walking in the rain along cobbled stoned streets or stopping along a tourist-laden bridge to take in the intoxicating beauty of the pink sky enveloping the Seine, to Martin and Shea, every corner of the City of Lights was imbued with Joie de Vivre. Quite appropriately, the room was entitled as such. From the furnishings to the objects, every aspect of the room was infused with this sentiment.
While heavily inspired by Jean Michel Frank’s signature minimalistic, yet opulent design aesthetic, Martin and Shea mixed periods and textures to reflect a personal touch. Thus, the room is filled with a curated collection of their favorite things such as an intricately detailed paper sculpture by Chicago artist Betsy Birkey and the ‘Portalis Buffet’ by Holly Hunt for the bar area. The latter actually represents a design dream farther back than their days as design students in Paris. It harkens back to a young Martin daydreaming about building a glamorous bar in his room as a 7th grader. As Martin recalls with a laugh, “I always imagined having a great bar with a moody ’80s aesthetic.”
Colors, textures and a variety of fabrics, such as Holly Hunt’s snake console and Edelman Leather’s bison rug are an integral design component to create layers. A beige couch from the Barbara Barry Collection at Baker Furniture was reupholstered with amber colored fabric from Holly Hunt to provide rich contrast to the living room. Every detail was thoughtfully considered and selected from a wealth of resources provided from the showrooms at Merchandise Mart.
While childhood dreams and student aspirations played a significant role in the concept, it is wholly a sophisticated and reimagined vision of their fantasy flat in Paris. “When people walk into this room, I want them to feel comfortable and feel invited. It’s like they want to sit down and have a cocktail, sitting on the chaise lounge, listening to some beautiful Gershwin on the piano. That is what I want them to feel,” says Martin. Visit the DreamHome exhibit through December 4 to experience a taste of Paris revisited. More of Martin’s video interview can be viewed here.
We are excited to finally share photos of this beautiful home we designed literally from the ground up. Luxe Magazine not only featured this home we are so proud of, but also ran it as the cover story! To be featured is a complete honor but then to see a room you’ve designed on the cover is another level of excitement.
It was an extensive gut renovation, rebuild and expansion project where we designed and executed the details surrounding the interior architecture, lighting, custom furniture, layout, which included, sourcing art for the client. As a young family of three children, it was important to create a home that worked both for their growing brood but also for a young couple that enjoys entertaining family and friends. While the overall aesthetic was grounded in traditional and classic design, there were modern touches throughout. The décor is mixed with furniture pieces that have an antique sensibility (some that are truly antique) and some with a more contemporary feel.
Although the home is quite spacious, extra care was taken into consideration that this was for an engaged and active family. Spaces were designed to feel intimate and connected to each other.
For the full story, go to Luxe Interiors + Design to hear the philosophy behind the design and product details.