River North Showrooms: What’s Hot this Summer

The River North Design District (RNDD) is made up of some of the best showrooms in Chicago which boast interior design offerings accessible to both designers & consumers. The showrooms carry everything from lighting, tile, plumbing, rugs, kitchens to furnishings. With Summer finally arriving in Chicago, we wanted to share the hottest products of the season from our Showrooms.

A best seller for Ligne Roset in its original indoor version, Ottoman Outdoor is now carefully interpreted for outside living, including a clever hidden drain where the back rest and seat meet, so that water can safely pass through. Designer Noé Duchaufour- Lawrance’s Morrocan footstool-inspired seating collection is now also available in the Sunbrella’s Chartres fabric. Visit Ligne Roset Chicago at 440 N Wells for more information – available in stores only.


Inspired by a reinterpretation of the Victorian to Deco eras, Renaissance Tile & Bath‘s in-stock Mercer collection is sophisticated elegance that never dates itself. As a true modern classic, it reflects its history of handmade tile, while being sensitive to today’s aesthetic. Visit their Chicago showroom at 555 N Franklin St. Chicago, IL 60654. Formerly The Tile Gallery, now Renaissance Tile & Bath.

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Organic Looms has many new rug patterns and colors with a cool, new vibe while still offering the same great customer service, superb value, and sustainable product. The Reptilia is one of our favorites. Made in India, this wool and silk rug has a vibrant, modern and abstract look and is available in custom sizes and shapes. Stop by their River North Showroom at 401 N Well Street to see this beauty in person.

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The Avant-Après Sofa and Sectional by Saba, available at Casa Spazio. Designed by Sergio Bicego, this space-saving sectional sofa can do it all. It has a sleek and modern look with the benefit of being highly modular. The backrest and armrest system can easily be detached and repositioned, allowing multiple configurations for different spaces or occasions. Check it out Casa Spazio, 222 W Hubbard today!

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For a complete list of our River North Design District Showrooms in Chicago, visit our website here.

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RNDD Welcomes SilverGate Technology Inc.

We are excited to introduce you to the newest member of the River North Design District (RNDD) family: SilverGate Technology LLC.

SilverGate Technology are high-end specialists who work directly with interior designers, architects, and commercial builders to automate your home and “design to hide.”

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They offer complete custom engineered services for commercial and residential audio, video, networking, security cameras shading, lighting, and climate control. They specialize in integrating the latest technologies into seamless, understandable solutions tailored to the client’s wishes.

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Their services include:

Make Your Home Fun: Get ready for bed and say “goodnight” to your phone. Doing so would turn off all the lights, stop any music, lower any shades, and automatically lock your doors.

Make Your Home Network Reliable: Poor reception can kill that amazing moment while you’re waiting for a video to load. The number of devices, range, signal strength, and more need to be taken into consideration when setting up a great network.

Make Your Home Secure: Home security has never been easier than it is today. With a wide range of cameras, sensors, and apps it can be difficult to know which to choose.


Before you start scouring the internet for deals for your next project, contact SilverGate for a free 15 minute consultation. There may be reasons they recommend certain products over others because of compatibility issues. Their educated sales staff can help you make the right decision for your needs and budget.



We are so happy to have SilverGate Technology LLC as a new Member of the RNDD Community here in Chicago. Please join us in welcoming them!

For more information on SilverGate Technology and their services, visit their website here: www.silvergtech.com

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The 2018 Dreaming of Design Event at Chicago Luxury Beds

On the night of Thursday, May 3rd, 420 people in Chicago’s design community came together for good design and a good cause.

Chicago Luxury Beds hosted the annual Dreaming of Design event, along with the River North Design District (RNDD) and Luxe Interiors + Design.


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For this annual event, Chicago’s top designers joined forces with Chicago Luxury Beds to create unique bedroom vignettes throughout the showroom, and this year’s group of designers did not disappoint.


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2018 designers included: RNDD Members Inspired InteriorsMitchell Channon Designand Vincere LTD.as well as Anthony Michael Interior Design, Centaur Interiors, hk+c, Ilene Chase Design, JP Interiors Inc., Soucie Horner LTD., Suzanne Lovell Inc.and Tom Stringer Design Partners.


The vignettes stayed on display throughout the month of May and a percentage of Chicago Luxury Beds’ May proceeds were donated to the Children’s Service Board, an affiliated organization of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.


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Thank you to everyone who came out! It was definitely our best year yet!

Vignette photography by Tony Soluri.
Event photography by Luxe Interiors + Design.

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Casa Spazio’s Top 5 Picks from Salone del Mobile Milano 2018

RNDD Member Casa Spazio attended the 57th edition of Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy in April 2018.


They were able to narrow down their favorite new products showcased at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milano from some of their favorite Italian furniture brands to their top 5 picks. Enjoy!

The Antonio Marras for Saba Collection
collaborated with fashion designer Antonio Marras for a new collection of seating for Salone del Mobile.Milano. Saba re-interpreted the iconic collection of New York couches and lounge chairs with these charming fabrics from Marras. Through its slight readaption of Marras’ prints for furnishings, Saba re-proposes maxi flowers, pied-de-poule, tartan and hunting scenes printed on velvet fabrics, linen and woolen cloth.

See more of the collection here.

The Airport Bookcase from Cattelan
Designed by Giorgio Cattelan for Cattelan Italia, the Airport Bookcase provides a modern and sophisticated way to organize and display objects. Hang it from the ceiling or place it up against a wall. The minimal design also works perfectly to divide a room in the home. Select from a variety of complementing finishes to create a truly unique piece. This was truly a “wow” piece at this year’s show.

See more configurations here.

The Lovy Sofa by Bonaldo
The Lovy Sofa for Bonaldo, designed by Sergio Bicego, is a fixed sofa with the most memorable silhouette we saw at this year’s Salone del Mobile.Milano. The semi-oval shape encourages conversation and the dual-height backrest creates movement from a visual perspective. The shape of the backrest even makes it suitable for use in the middle of the room. Choose from fabric or leather.

Learn more here.

The Gamma Saks Sofa
Saks is the newest sofa from Gamma Arredamenti launched during the High Point Market, and we got to test it out at Salone del Mobile. With a new generation air spring mechanism, the back cushions of the Saks can be adjusted to two different heights. With a gentle push on top of the cushions, it can reach 36″ in height to rest your head. As you can see, both this sofa and the Bonaldo sofa were tested and approved by Casa Spazio’s President, Mike Cao.

See more of the SAKS here.

The Tangle table by Bonaldo

Nature is the central theme of this table designed by Claudio Dondoli and Marco Pocci for Bonaldo. The design of the base was inspired by a tangle of trunks and branches which, carried by the current, run along the bank of a river. The aim is to give the impression that the table was haphazardly created by the force of nature. The complex base is contrasted by the simple tabletop – which comes in wood, glass, ceramic or marble – resulting in a beautiful focal point for any room.

See the base up close.

See more photos of Casa Spazio’s time in Milan on their Facebook page here.

And don’t forget to shop each of these 4 brands, and more, at the Casa Spazio Spring Sale running May 18 – 31, 2018 and save 15%. *Some exclusions apply.
Start shopping now.


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RNDD Welcomes Sarah Dippold Design


Sarah Dippold Design is a luxury interior design firm specializing in both residential and commercial projects in Chicago, Chicago’s North Shore, and beyond. Sarah takes an architectural approach to designing interiors. Fundamental spatial relationships such as counterpoints, axial symmetry, balance, proportion, and scale are constant guiding elements that contribute to establishing a peaceful order and timeless appeal.

“I started my firm in 2012 after my home was featured in a House Walk and I was approached by my first 2 clients.  I very so lucky to wake up every morning and do something that I absolutely love.  I am challenged, I get to be creative and I really enjoy helping people.  Every day brings new challenges and opportunities and it is very exciting.”


Classically trained at Harrington College of Design in Chicago, Sarah went on to work for the prestigious design firm Handman Associates before joining her husband to design and assist in managing projects for his portfolio. Gaining an invaluable experience in construction and the project management process along the way, it has been a unique asset to her design business.

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In addition to residential projects in Chicago and on the North Shore, Sarah has worked on projects in Michigan and Colorado.

Currently, she is working on 2 residential remodels in Glencoe, a new construction single family home in Roscoe Village, and several interior design projects.


Sarah has also become known for her work designing commercial projects. Notable commercial projects include a wellness center and yoga studio in Northbrook, a restaurant in downtown Glencoe, and her commissioned installations for the widely acclaimed Grace Restaurant in Chicago. She also just started a commercial Coffee Shop/Juice Bar on the North Shore that she’s really excited about.

A few years ago I was asked by an extraordinary chef to curate installations to further elicit the sense of each season in his new restaurant’s interior.  It was a challenge, an honor, and a whole lot of fun!

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“I am very inspired by patterns and textures in Nature.  I also love ethnographic and tribal art.  The use of geometric forms and repetition of shapes as well as the patina that many of these items possess are fantastic.  In addition, getting out and traveling, always leaves me very inspired and excited to return to work.”

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We are so happy to have Sarah as a new Member of the RNDD Community here in Chicago. Please join us in welcoming her!

For more information on Sarah Dippold Design and her work, visit her website here: www.sarahdippold.com

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RNDD Welcomes steve + filip Design

Style meets charm, reinvention meets function, contemporary aesthetic meets the feel of home — this is steve + filip designthe newest member of the River North Design District (RNDD).


The Chicago based design firm is a two man team, Steve Somogyi and Filip Malyszko. The roots of the company began when Steve worked in residential real estate, brokering high-end homes. His love of design soon overtook his heart and soul and he began to consult his clients on concepts for their homes and offices. This development clicked and his focus narrowed to his true calling.

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During this time, he met Filip over a drafting table at Harrington College of Design. They quickly became friends. Steve adored Filip’s aesthetic and eye for detail, Filip loved Steve’s fearless hands-on attitude. They soon realized that he had met each other’s match. After graduation, they joined forces and eventually exchanged rings to become a husband and husband team.

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Steve and Filip welded their individual strengths together to form a solid structure. In turn, the architecture of steve + filip design was put into place and continues to strengthen every step of the way.

For over a decade, the duo have specialized in full service strategies for new construction and renovations. Their goal is to create unique schemes for homes, offices, and retail spaces with an emphasis on quality and elegance.


We are so happy to have steve + filip design a part of the RNDD community, welcome!

To learn more about steve + filip design and their work, visit their website at www.steveandfilipdesign.com.


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Gray | Walter Shares Their Take on ‘When Ancient Meets Modern’

Below is a recent article written by Kenneth Walter of Gray & Walter Interior Design, who provides classic design for modern living. Read more from Kenneth on his blog here.


I love to travel, how about you? The famous documentary about Diana Vreeland was entitled “The Eye Has To Travel”–love her or hate her, it’s true! We often feel stressed out in daily life, there are so many tasks to complete each day. I’m a big time list maker, if there was an olympic gold medal I would have one! My saving grace and one of my secret weapons is The Golden Triangle. I love to write about my secret sources now and then, this is one of them. Since I’m based in Chicago I am fortunate to be a short flight from New York or slightly longer flight to the west coast to see clients or shop. But with the Golden Triangle I can travel around the world without leaving my zip code. How amazing is that?

I had the pleasure of chatting recently with Douglas Van Tress, co-owner of Golden Triangle along with his partner Chauwarin Tuntisak. Every time I visit GT I am overwhelmed by the physical beauty of the shop and the items available for purchase. I always leave inspired and energized. I asked Doug what energizes him? Doug smiled and replied “I get excited about mixing a wonderful juxtaposition of various cultures never displayed together. Our mission is to integrate a diverse array of objects. We are grateful to have become a global resource located in Chicago”.

Sometimes a client cannot envision adding older objects to a modern environment. When I bring some things out on approval they understand the point quickly, my clients are smart little crocodiles after all.

“I personally feel that mixing the old with the new is the best way to bring instant character to a space.”

– Kenneth Walter

Recently GT featured an exhibition of Indian Mardi Gras costumes. I found them to be quite colorful and perfect for those bold souls unfazed by color and pattern. While I admit they are not for everyone, I can attest to their unusual beauty.


Daniel Burnham once said  “Make no little plans”, this can be said of the Golden Triangle as well. They were recently contacted to create interior fittings for Rama Club, a chain of bars in China. These photos feature the Shenzhen location. Shenzhen is undergoing a bit of a renaissance itself. The former fishing village had a population of 5,000 forty years ago; the population has swollen to 12 million now that every big tech company has opened offices, factories or both.

I find that many of my smaller projects require a little something special. Over the years I have come to appreciate the skills of the workshop located within the Golden Triangle, here are a few examples of their fine work. One of the best things GT ever made for me was a small console for an entry foyer. Since the space didn’t have a wall, the piece had to have a finished back and float. We were delighted with the outcome!

One of a pair of stone urns converted to lamps (above). I wish you could have seen the original photos of the Art Deco club chairs prior to restoration and reupholstery. Thankfully there’s a pair of these handsome devils ready to go, talk about immediate gratification!


The workshop recently made a significant piece of wall art composed of vintage aluminum panels from France, framed in the Chicago workshop. I love how GT takes back pieces previously sold, retrofitting them for my client’s needs should they change or when the piece is relocated to another room or residence.

Coming Soon: GT Chiang Mai

Lastly, Doug and Chauwarin are excited about their newest adventure, come Fall they will be opening a new store in Thailand, located in Chaing Mai. Doug explained: “we’ve learned so much from Chicago, we’re a global city, we’re cool and logical. Asia is rising, we have a direct link to Chiang Mai which was once a sleepy place near the mountains conveniently located three hours from everywhere in Asia. Chiang Mai has grown tremendously, they have a new contemporary art museum, many 4 and 5 star hotels, the time is ripe for us to open an outpost. We hope you visit the next time you’re in Thailand”.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little adventure, you didn’t even have to leave your lounge chair. I hope you’re as inspired as I am. Please let me know if you wish to take a personal tour, needless to say lunch is on me.

– Ken

About Gray & Walter Interior Design: Gray & Walter is a studio based in Chicago founded over two decades ago. The firm’s scope of work extends from ground-up construction and renovation to interior architecture, design and decoration for hotels, restaurants, private clubs, residential, corporate and other commercial spaces. Their aesthetic is characterized by diversity and unified by an essential clarity. Design evolves out of intimate dialogue: between the client and the designer, between the designer and the site. www.kennethwalter.com

About The Golden Triangle: What originally started with imported collectibles from Thailand, The Golden Triangle has since grown to an 18,000 square foot design destination. For more than 30 years, they have hand selected vintage and modern furnishings from around the world. Assembled in curated vignettes, the store boasts an eclectic mix of Asian and European antiques, artifacts, lighting, and other accessories. From designers and trade professionals, to collectors and simply curious shoppers, The Golden Triangle welcomes all individuals with an interest in design and appreciation for beauty. www.goldentriangle.biz

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RNDD Welcomes Artists Frame Service

The River North Design District (RNDD) is the ultimate destination for design in Chicago. We aim to be a platform to unite showrooms, designers, artists and industry partners through our initiatives and events, such as the RNDD Fall Gallery Walk.

So you can imagine how excited we were to have Artists Frame Service join our organization as our newest member!

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With locations in Lincoln Park, Highland Park, and a brand new River North location opening in June 2018, Artists Frame Service has been providing Chicago’s best framing services for 40 years.


Artists Frame Service offers many custom framing choices – because that’s what it takes for extraordinary results. Choosing mouldings, mat colors and glass options can be overwhelming. But their expert framing consultants make it effortless and enjoyable to get your framing done beautifully.


From ornate corners to colorful acrylics to natural materials, they have thousands of options all of which have been sourced personally and passionately from around the world. View the selection in their online Inspiration Gallery.


Artists Frame Service also offers framing for businesses and the trade.

If you have a project you need help with, contact them today to see why companies both large and small trust Artists Frame Service to deliver their corporate picture framing projects beautifully, on time and hassle free. Their delivery and installation team delivers all over Chicagoland and have an average of ten years of installation experience.


For more information on Artists Frame Service, visit their website here www.artistsframe.com or stop by their River North Location at 433 N. Wells Street in Chicago.

Welcome to the RNDD Family!

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Casa Bella’s Top 5 Picks from the 2018 High Point Market

Every Spring designers, architects, and buyers gather in High Point, North Carolina for the High Point Market, the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world.

Carol Miller, the Illinois-Metro Chicago/North territory manager for RNDD Member Casa Bella covered the market for the River North Design District this April. Casa Bella is an upscale Sales and Marketing agency specializing in Accent Furniture, Lighting, Rugs and Home Décor products. Carol took over the RNDD Instagram account giving us a glimpse inside the Spring 2018 High Point Market. We asked her to share her top 5 products from the Spring market, check out her picks below!

1. Zoe Bios Creative
Pink and blush tones were everywhere at the High Point Market!  The colors in this artwork from Zoe Bios Creative are the perfect shades to accessorize all the neutrals.
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2. Jaipur Rugs
These gorgeous rugs are un-dyed wool and are eco friendly. Who knew that there were so many shades of sheep?!

3. Arteriors
The lighting from Arteriors was hands down, some of my favorites. These orbs of opalescent glass on the Orchard Chandelier in particular are on my list.

4. Arteriors
The new collection of accessories from Arteriors were gorgeous and would work well just about anywhere.

5. Noir
Noir always has the most interesting uses of material, The Caliper Console is created from metal pipes!

Learn more about Casa Bella and each of the brands they represent on their website here: casabellaonline.com, or contact Carol Miller at carolmillersales@gmail.com.

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The River North Design District (RNND) is excited to welcome our newest designer Member, JOLIE ID.

Founded in 2011 by Joanna Roumanis, JOLIE ID is a boutique interior design firm located in Chicago’s vibrant Fulton Market district. A native of Chicago and the daughter of a fine carpenter, Joanna has always had an eye for fashion and a passion for architecture. She decided to bring the two together and pursue a career in design.

JOLIE ID is driven by a simple ethos: good interior design is where fashion and architecture meet. Not only is Joanna inspired by fashion, but travel is a huge source of inspiration for her designs as well.


Currently, JOLIE ID is working on the merging of two condo units in the west loop to create a “party penthouse” with a magical view, as well as rehabbing a swanky bachelor pad in Bucktown, and putting the finishing touches on the single family house of their dreams in the Gold Coast.


“All the projects I’ve worked on are uniquely memorable and special in their own ways. But if I had to pick a favorite, I would say the West Loop Loft. This condo underwent a massive transformation in making a historic Chicago building feel both modern and inviting. The client embraced the design process and wasn’t afraid to take some risks. In the end, everyone was so happy!”

– Joanna Roumanis, Founder and Head of Design


JOLIE ID’s West Loop Loft


We asked Joanna to share some design advice she might give a first time home buyer…

“Don’t be afraid to call a designer while you’re actually house hunting. We love to be involved in the process as early as possible and can help you see the potential of a space before making an offer. The biggest regret many first time buyers have is not allocating furniture or rehab costs into their overall budget. Often times they stretch their budget to get into the home they want and don’t have enough money to leftover to furnish the home of their dreams.”


Please help us in welcoming them to the RNDD Community!

For more information on JOLIE ID, visit their website here: www.jolieid.com

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