Chicago Interior Designer Kenneth Walter Designs a Showcase at The Ritz-Carlton Residences on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile


Kenneth Walter recently completed a Showcase at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Residences in Chicago.  Hear him speak on our panel of Chicago Interior Designers at our upcoming Speaker Series on July 23rd.  Click here for more information>>  We had the pleasure of touring the showcase with Ken.  Below are the project details and photography.

The showcase home designed by Gray & Walter is 1500 square feet and is situated on the 23rd floor with sweeping views of Michigan Avenue. Located at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, 118 East Erie Street, the one bedroom plus den functions as a sales tool for the prestigious residences and illustrates the luxurious lifestyle for which the legendary brand is known.

The layout is highly functional and can serve as a primary residence or as a pied –a-terre. The unit exudes a sexy and glamorous air mingling sophisticated vintage furniture with reclaimed and cerused woods. Textiles are heavy with texture and light with pattern creating a timeless elegance. “I created unique detailing and used materials and color palettes which flow from room to room creating a harmonious, rich and layered interior with influences of old Hollywood”, says designer Kenneth Walter.

The residence has a handsome vibe with tailored details and unexpected pairings- an unusual juxtaposition of modern luxury including:

-Hide rugs with cerused oak furniture

-Modern vintage trunk paired with glamorous seating

-Wood veneer wall covering paired with contemporary crystal chandelier

-Hand painted faux ostrich wall finish paired with bespoke leather bed and luxurious Italian linens

-Contemporary upholstery in sleek leathers and nubby textures

“The designers selected to conceive the sales models for The Residences have been chosen for their ability to create sophisticated spaces which reflect all aspects of the brand: modern luxury, cultural elan, and a worldly aesthetic. Kenneth Walter meets and exceeds this expectation with the showcasing of our newest designer model home and we are quite pleased to present this featured residence to our buyers”, says Bruce Schultz, Managing Principal of The Prism Group and developer of The Residences.

The foyer sets the tone of the residence and this foyer makes a lasting first impression. Kenneth selected a wall covering from Trove, reminiscent of abstract Japanese lotus blossoms. The runner is from the Rug Company, a Tibetan wool and silk blend with a petit point loop construction and Moroccan design. A grey stained lacquer serpentine front console is paired with a double wave chandelier by Ochre. Accessories include a Lalique Serpentine Bowl and a Porta Romana Murano glass lamp.


23B_321BThe living room and dining room are perfect spaces for entertaining with a comfortable sitting area and a floating daybed, separating the seating from the dining area. Unparalleled views facing east and south down Michigan Avenue compliment the rich décor. Custom upholstered furniture has a channel back detail and is from Interior Crafts. The clean lined chic lounge chair is upholstered in a charcoal Donghia fabric and sofa in a Bergamo velvet in dusty violet. Porta Romana iron lamps flank the sofa- all accented by an Atelier Lapchi rug with a global vibe. Kenneth selected a modern vintage trunk from deAurora with built in chess and backgammon sets. In the living room the real star of the show is a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor painted by renowned artist Francine Turk. The hauntingly beautiful painting with violet eyes channels old Hollywood and takes center stage measuring 5’ x 5’.
23B_248cIn the dining room a cerused oak pedestal table with armchairs covered in Bergamo silk sits on a Kyle Bunting hair on hide rug in a deep rich ebony. Kenneth selected a dark rug to ground the space. The look is completed with a Lalique tablescape featuring Hirondelles placemats and napkins paired with the 100 Points Glassware collection designed by James Suckling. “The Mossi vase originally created by Rene Lalique in 1933 is the table’s focal point and adds just the right amount of sparkle”, says Kenneth Walter.




23B_161BIn the study, a Maya Romanoff chevron wood veneer wall covering is paired with a mid century modern leather sofa designed by Mies van der Rohe upholstered in a moss green Edelman leather. The sofa is paired with an oval ottoman and a reading chair in a Bergamo eggplant chenille. “I selected a mid-century console from Interior Crafts which serves as a bar- the room is perfect for TV watching and relaxing with a drink after a hard day”, says Kenneth Walter. A diptych language landscape by Francine Turk, iron side tables with reclaimed wood tops and Murano glass lamps complete the look.

23B_047B The kitchen features Venetian plaster walls in a creamy tone, a multi-step Venetian plaster ceiling treatment in soft ebony and a steel chandelier with rock crystals from Bradley.

23B_409D“The master bedroom was designed as a retreat and feels like a cocoon. The custom leather bed from Interior Crafts, Vi-Spring mattress from Chicago Luxury Beds and Italian linens from Pratesi work together to make this bedroom the ultimate in comfort”, says designer Kenneth Walter. Additional highlights include a dark language landscape by Francine Turk, faux ostrich wall finish, end tables with floating glass detail, a Mongolian lamb ottoman, amber Murano glass lamps and a limited edition amber Buddha by Lalique.


23B_151B23B_217BThe showcase features 20 pieces of commissioned work from internationally collected artist Francine Turk. The residence includes her language landscapes, a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, a horse charcoal and many of her famous nudes. The art collection includes works on paper and canvas with a peppering of vintage frames.

The showcase at the Residence designed by Kenneth Walter has a glamorous vibe, tailored details and unexpected pairings- an unusual juxtaposition of modern luxury. It’s a wonderful example of how luxurious a small space can be.

 About Gray + Walter

Gray & Walter’s well-edited eye allows each project to seamlessly blend style with function resulting in classic design for modern living. Over the years, their portfolio of timeless, effortless and diverse interiors has graced the pages of both local and national shelter publications. Other recent accolades include their participation in the prestigious 2012 DreamHome in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Gray & Walter combines style, practicality and individuality in fine residential interiors, hospitality projects, private clubs and corporate facilities achieving the most beautiful interiors possible.

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