The Intersection of Art, Design and Nature with Trina Sandschafer of Kahler Slater

We recently celebrated the opening of the 6th Annual River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk, an event where design showrooms throughout River North come alive with art from some of the brightest artists on the scene, paired with vignettes from Chicago’s design leaders. The result? Feasts for the eye to inspire anyone who wants inspiration to make their home a beautiful haven. 

The walk is comprised of 20 locations, featuring 25 artists and 18 designer vignettes. The vignettes are on display through October 11th so we encourage you to enjoy the crisp weather and take a stroll through River North to view any displays you might have missed on opening night. We have a map available online here.

Incorporating Art into a Biophilic Design

We will continue to celebrate art and design throughout the year at RNDD, and we asked Trina Sandschafer, AIA, Vice President and Design Principal at Kahler Slater to dive a little deeper with us into the topic.

Trina and Kahler Slater’s architecture and interior design team, created an ethereal vignette at Luxury Bed Collection (440 N Wells St) featuring artwork from Katherine Lampert of Daniel Kinkade Fine Art. The biophilic-inspired space morphed The Luxury Bed Collection into a hidden garden, integrating layers of organic beauty into the built environment. Katherine Lampert’s compelling work set the tone, drawing from patterns in nature to build a bridge between art, technology and the natural world. You can view the vignette in person and allow yourself to be transported to a multi-layered sensorial sanctuary until October 11th.

Trina Sandschafer, center, with Kelli Zaremba and Lauren Imburgia of Kahler Slater.

And enjoy our Q&A with Trina Sandschafer below:

What about Katherine Lampert’s artwork resonates with you?

The pattern and organic shapes in Katherine’s work provides a feeling of connection to the natural world. Our team was energized by her stories of inspiration through ancient patterns in fossilized specimens. These natural patterns have existed for millions of years…. We are drawn to them, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.  The Kahler Slater team created the vignette to convey the restorative properties of the natural world, but the meaning behind Katherine’s artwork is abstract—it can be constructed by the viewer.

Katherine describes that her work “tells her what to do” as she is creating it. As an architect, I appreciate this connection and follow a similar process of listening to what the site and space tells you to do. Looking deeper at her work reveals many layers. There is a beautiful first impression that invites you to examine the details and appreciate it on a deeper level—which also makes for great architecture.

Uncharted by Katherine Lampert

How does biophilia influence the way you design for clients?

Biophilia is defined as the innate human instinct to connect with nature and other living beings. We are always thinking about how humans respond to nature and how it relates to the built environment. In our projects we infuse this philosophy thinking about our client’s views, how to incorporate natural light and indoor/outdoor connection, scale, pattern and texture to provide spaces that comfort and complement our natural connections.

Kahler Slater’s biophilic-inspired vignette at The Luxury Bed Collection | Photo by Roberto Lopez

What is one thing that you wish was more widely known about the way we think about these spaces?

There are a lot of ways to incorporate biophilia in architecture. It is not just about plants. I would encourage people take a more radical approach through use of natural light, scale and perspective. Incorporation of these elements with the right balance of pattern and texture can tap into our innate desire to restore.

How would you recommend we incorporate art into the built environment?

When we design spaces with clients, we think about how art will become seamlessly connected. Setting and scale can inform whether a sculpture, painting or other type medium will best interact with the space.

Are you doing any work with biophilia as a design influence currently?

Yes, biophilia is an underlying thread in our work at Kahler Slater. Thinking about how to connect people with nature in all our spaces is incredibly important to our design conversation.

Bradley Symphony Center by Kahler Slater | Photo by: Steve Hall © Hall + Merrick Photographers

To learn more about Kahler Slater, visit their website here.

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RNDD Design Inspiration: Fireplace Design

With the weather starting to change and the holidays rapidly approaching, it’s that time of year when we all start searching sites like Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz for “Fireplace Inspo” to cozy-up our homes for the season. Whether you are looking to add a new fireplace to your home or upgrade an existing one, our RNDD Designers and Design Showrooms have all the fireplace design inspiration you need right here.

The First Step in Fireplace Design: Selecting Stone Shape, Fireplace Shape and Materials

Before you start to think about which fireplace you are going to sit around for the holidays, you need to think about the two categories—stone shape and fireplace shape. These two will be the biggest factors when choosing the right fireplace for your space. Materials Marketing has listed out some of the most common stone and fireplace shapes to consider when planning your own fireplace design.

Stone shape:

  • Uniform – If going for an elegant or contemporary fireplace, then a single stone piece is your best fit. Whether made of marble, limestone or travertine, stone fireplaces with smooth exteriors give a sleek yet refined feel. 
  • Stacked – Similar to a brick wall, a stacked fireplace is constructed with layers of block-shaped stones. This can be more rustic (uneven surfaces, asymmetrical layering) or more traditional (smoother texture, measured layouts).
  • Chopped Stone – Whimsical and laidback, chopped stone fireplaces use stones with rough edges or uneven shape. These stones can be slightly gapped (displaying a smooth surface between stone) or tightly packed.
Nero Fireplace Install | Denise McGaha Collection

Fireplace shape:

  • Full-wall – Floor-to-ceiling fireplaces add extravagance to a room. If going for a full-wall model, combining a thin veneer stone and carved design will create a substantial focus in the room.
  • Column – Have height but not width for your fireplace? A column style may be your best bet. This shape pairs well with stacked stone or contemporary designs, emphasizing a room’s open space.  
  • Display mantle – Play up tradition and coziness with a mantled fireplace design. It fills out a room and adds ample space to show off your best framed photos.
  • Inlaid – Another modern design, an inlaid fireplace has zero mantle or outsticking elements. This is a great option for those who want an easily convertible wall or minimalist look.
  • Corner – While less common, corner fireplaces instantly give snug warmth to a room (especially if round in shape). Perfect for smaller spaces or cottage-style homes.

A fireplace draws attention to any space. To ensure you choose the right one, make sure you know all the options available to you. These are some of the materials that you can choose from:

  • Marble – A hard, crystalline form of limestone. Elegant, striking, and strong. For a modern stone fireplace, you can’t do better than classic marble stone.
  • Limestone –A multi-use stone for outdoors or indoors. Subdued, simple, and versatile. A limestone fireplace is also a more affordable option when compared to a marble fireplace. 
  • Travertine – A limestone variant from hot mineral springs. Durable, smooth, and classic. The travertine fireplace is also more affordable when compared to cast stone, and requires minimal maintenance. 
  • Adoquin – Made from compressed volcanic ash. Earthy, rustic, and light. This fireplace stone has a unique look and works well as a rustic stone fireplace. 

If you don’t know where to start or are ready to get your fireplace of your dreams started, come to your local Material Marketing Showroom located in the River North Design District at 212 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654.

Fluted hand carved fireplace, Modern

A Fresh, New Fireplace Collection from Elizabeth Scott Design Group

The Gerherty Fireplace Surround is from a collection that Elizabeth Scott Design Group created with Atelier Jouvence. Elizabeth and her team have created two fabulous assemblages with them to suit anyone’s design taste. Just think how this fireplace shown here in Danby would also look in a rich Negro Marquina. They also have a line with metal integrated into stone also for those clients that want something extra special. Each is customized to fit your opening and wall dimensions.

See more from Elizabeth Scott Design Group here.

The Ultimate Indoor/Outdoor Fireplace Surface from Cosentino

DEKTON is Cosentino’s innovative, ultracompact high-performance surface that offers endless design possibilities for outdoor and indoor spaces. DEKTON withstands heat up to 660 degrees which makes it perfect for fireplace applications. With a wide variety of colors and textures DEKTON can meet any design style and needs.

Explore the option of using DEKTON for your next fireplace project.

Surround Your Fireplace with Cambria Quartz

Cambria Natural Quartz Surfaces has a myriad of qualities and attributes that lends itself to being specified for alternative applications outside of just your traditional kitchen countertop or master bath. Because Cambria is virtually maintenance-free, extremely hard, and durable, and has a MAX heat rating of 450 degrees, it is the perfect solution for Fireplaces and Cambria makes it easy to specify with an extensive technical services department to guide you through substrate preparation and finished material installation as well as numerous other applications.

Designed by Paloma Contreras for Cambria, the Blackpool, Matte is vast and commanding. This powerful design is darkest ebony with a stealthy silken Cambria Matte™ finish that absorbs light like a starless night over the Irish Sea.

Learn more here.

Photo Credit: Ryan McDonald

This space designed by Artisan Signature Homes, Gretchen Black, and Luxe Surfaces features the Brittanicca Gold™ fireplace surround from Cambria. Flowing, multi-hued streams of copper gold, fog, and translucent greige course through this grand design accompanied by wisps and ribbons of warm earth tones against a temperate white background.

Learn more here.

Photo Credit: Artisan Signature Homes

Set against a bone-white marbled backdrop, Skara Brae from Cambria features bold translucent taupe-green veins plunge in various directions with subtle white and black tributaries interspersed throughout.

Learn more here.

Space by: @sopheadesigns Listing: @phsrealty @lainky_silver

Check out more Cambria fireplace applications at the Refine & Define Blog here.

Centaur Interiors Sets the Standard for a Show-Stopping Fireplace

In this modern condo designed by Centaur Interiors, you are initially drawn into the home by a feature wall incorporating translucent Quartzite stone floating in Bronze channels at the fireplace. Both of which are backlit with a LED flat light to thread the custom Mahogany bookshelf into the fireplace as one cohesive feature.

In this next home, the fireplace became a focal wall which provided an opportunity to expand the space with mirrors to reflect the intimate view of the park. Centaur Interiors also incorporated specialty mosaic tile and high-gloss lacquer cabinetry to complete the look with elements of both style and function.

Fireplaces can also divide spaces. Centaur Interiors used a floating millwork cabinet in the bottom right space which hides the TV and, with the stone fireplace feature, it divides the space between the living and dining room.

This final space, designed by Centaur Interiors, will inspire you to go big with your fireplace. This vertical duplex enabled the design of a stone tile and millwork focal point that spans the two-story height. This design integrated lighting, TV/media, and calming fire feature.

Get more fireplace design inspiration from Centaur Interiors here.

From Mid-Century Modern to Minimalist, Roca Tile Can Build It

This Mid-Century Modern design combines the industrial and raw look of Roca Tile’s Concrete slab with the monochrome and subtle tones of their Ombre Pure Black vertically stacked. The wood tones from the fireplace shelves and furniture tie the pair together to make this room feel modern yet cozy.

To create a bright and airy space around your minimalist fireplace, add Roca’s Calacata Light to both, floors and walls. Its light veining will allow the room to retain as much light as possible. Plus, to balance the yellow and red tones from the fireplace area, add nickel pending lights and dark wood furniture.

When it comes to fireplaces, they tend to be a room’s focal point. Roca’s Terre Blanco tiles were installed to the floors and walls surrounding this living room’s fireplace to add contrast and variety ( a combination of 24″x48″, 24×24 and 24″x48″ formats).

View Roca Tile’s entire collection here.

An Above the Mantle Design Tip from Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors

You have selected your fireplace stone surround, the mantle is in place, but what goes above it? In this space designed by Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors, the fireplace was existing stone and painted wood. Sarah and her team used metallic textured wallpaper to cover the wall above the fireplace which in turn highlighted a focal point piece of art. By mixing textures with the gold metallic grasscloth, it added contrast with the stone and painted finish. 

Get more fireplace design inspiration from Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors here.

A Fireplace for Every Room from eggersmann

No matter what room in your home, eggersmann can create an inviting, stylish fireplace. Cozy up on a much needed relaxing night in or add to ambiance while hosting a gathering; eggersmann has you covered. This living space is surrounded by Aristide Cabro Putty Vegan-Leather combined with Fineline Oak Mocha, Black Anodized Aluminum, Décor Dark Brown & Blackened Steel for a calming, neutral palette.

View the collection here.

Elevate Your Fireplace Styling with Ligne Roset

When planning your fireplace design, it must seamlessly integrate with the design style of rest of the room. When shopping for furniture to place in front of the fireplace, think cozy, think sophisticated, think Ligne Roset. Whether you are looking for a comfy chair to curl up with a good book in front of the fireplace or a more elegant seating area, they have something for you. This space features: the Moa reclining armchair and Moa side table by Keiji Takeuchi, the Ura mirror by Pierre Charpin and the Calot lamps by Patrick Zulauf, all of which can be found at Ligne Roset online here or shop their River North Chicago showroom at 440 N Wells.

View the entire Ligne Roset collection here.

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A Night Where Art Meets Design: The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk

The 6th Annual River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk

On Friday, September 10th, 2021, a who’s who in the Chicago design and art communities gathered for our 6th Annual River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk to view vignettes designed by Chicago’s top designers as they showcased living settings highlighting artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today.

It was our biggest and best turnout yet with 1,000 attendees! Thanks to everyone who came out to support us. And don’t forget the vignettes are on display until October 11th! You can refer to our program book online here for a list of participating locations and suggested routes so as not to miss a single one. Pop in your headphones as you walk from location to location and listen to our official RNDD Fall Gallery Walk Spotify playlist curated by Gil Melott of Studio 6F.

Photo by Logan Bowes

The night began at Calia Stone Boutique for our VIP Kickoff Party where Yamini Designs and Interiors by Francesca turned the showroom into a fantasy garden inspired by renowned fashion and textile designer Christian LaCroix featuring large-scale artwork by Linc Thelen. This year we were proud to partner with CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education) on this event and ticket sales supported their organization.

You can support CAPE as well by purchasing a raffle ticket to win an original work of art by René Romero Schuler along with a book and special gifts. Get your raffle ticket here!

Photo by Logan Bowes

After the conclusion of the kickoff party, partygoers from all over the city took to the streets of River North visiting the 20 participating design showrooms and art galleries to feast on art, design, food and drinks courtesy of our event sponsors: Anheuser-Busch, Collective Arts Brewing and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Attendees were asked to post photos of their favorite vignette on Instagram throughout the night with our official hashtag #RNDDGalleryWalk. This year’s fan favorite was: Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors featuring Bobbi Meier, Mia Wiener, and Emily Shopp of salonlb. at eggersmann.

Sarah created a vignette, featuring Bobbi Meier’s series Family Portraits, which captures the emotional chaos of a family game night. This drawing room is a space to feel; intense colors, textures, and patterns meld together seamlessly to create an atmosphere of excitement and energy that is on the verge of spilling over into madness. View it now through October 11at at eggersmann, 300 W Hubbard St, 4th Floor.

Photo by Logan Bowes
Photo by Logan Bowes

The evening concluded at 210 Design House where PROjECT .interiors and MINDCURATE transformed the 4 story showroom into an after party with the goal of reuniting and reviving. Patrick Sansone’s photographic reflections paired with PROjECT. interiors sensory experience acknowledged the massive transformation + shift in our world. Each floor provided a different experience and a moment to pause and engage your senses: see, taste, hear, smell + FEEL. It was definitely a night to remember!

Photo by Roberto Lopez
Photo by Roberto Lopez

It was a fun and inspiring night filled with art and design and we couldn’t have done it without our esteemed Host Committee: Susan Brunstrum, Chicago Star Media Candace (Candid Candace) Jordan, Nina Mariano, Patrick Sansone, and Kelli Zaremba and our amazing and supportive sponsors and partners:

  • Daniel Kinkade Fine Art
  • Kahler Slater
  • Arteriors
  • JC Licht
  • Benjamin Moore
  • Merida
  • Roca Tile
  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Anheuser Busch
  • Collective Arts Brewing
  • The Godfrey
  • Vosges
  • Kennicott Brothers
  • Fishman’s Fabrics
  • EXPO Chicago
  • Intersect Art + Design
  • Luxe Interiors + Design
  • Chicago Gallery News
  • The Other Art Fair
  • Art Encounter
  • Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
  • MINDCURATE
  • CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education)
  • Digs with Dignity

Thank you all for making it a great event! And don’t forget— the vignettes are available for viewing through October 11th!

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Home Organizing Tips from Chicago’s Top Designers and Showrooms

A new season is always a great time to reset and and refresh your home to set your space up for success. Whether it’s packing away the Summer clothes and beach chairs or pulling out the extra blankets and textures for Fall, organization is key to finding a place for everything. And with the little ones now back in school, it might be time to implement some new home designs and strategies to keep clutter at bay. So as we prepare our homes for the cooler temperatures, our Chicago designers and design showrooms have compiled some of their best home organizing tips to get your space ready for the new season ahead.

Living Space Organization:

Shelf Styling

One of Centaur Interiors‘ favorite ways to give your home a seasonal refresh is by changing up the styling on your shelves. Give your home all Fall feels simply by reorganizing your books and or adding your favorite fall scented candle and floral arrangements in autumnal colors. Choose various textiles, rich Autumn hues, and don’t forget to layer up.

For more home styling inspiration, check Centaur Interiors work here.

Utilize Stylish Storage Systems

Don’t just store it, store it with style!  NOIR offers an elevated solution to storage needs:  The Cubist Bookcase is crafted in walnut and finished with a Dark Walnut stain.  Los Angeles based, Noir has established itself as a hand-crafted line of over 1500 products that are consistent, available, and affordable, and it is available through Casa Bella.

Learn more, or contact your Casa Bella rep for purchasing information, here.

Find Sophisticated Storage To Suit Your Needs 

Typically, when we think of organization tools, our minds go to plastic bins and tubs- not the most stylish option. You can boost your organization game with more sophisticated sideboards, bookcases and shelving units that provide both style and function. 

Ligne Roset’s Everywhere collection, designed by Christian Werner, is a sleek way to store everything from dinnerware to board games. This piece was quite literally designed to go everywhere and anywhere in your home. Everywhere comes in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and finishes to fit your personal aesthetic, like the sideboard pictured here in a rich Brique red lacquer.   

If you want to take your organization to the next level, put it all on display with Ligne Roset’s Canaletto collection. Designed by Mauro Lipparini, Canaletto turns your everyday wares into living art, functioning as both a display case and storage. In fact, it’s named after an 18th century Venetian painter. The collection includes a highly customizable wall unit, media storage, and vitrines in Canaletto walnut, lacquered or glazed glass (pictured). An optional LED strip illuminates automatically when the doors open to ensure your beautifully organized belongings will have perfect lighting. 

See more stylish storage here or visit Ligne Roset at 440 N. Wells St in River North, Chicago.

Everything In Its Place

When it comes to home organization, Staci Munic of Staci Munic Interiors often refers back to her classic French cooking training at Ecole Hotelier in Lausanne Switzerland and strives to apply the Mies en Place philosophy in the entire home: Everything in its Place.  

When everything has a designated spot, it helps keep the home organized, and reduces internal stress. This is not always an easy feat, so a good strategy to implement in your daily life, is to remind yourself throughout the day to “put it back in its place,” or “clean as you go.”  If you buy something new for your home, donate, give away, or sell one thing in return.  When designing your kitchen, bathrooms, and living spaces, plan ahead with your designer, and create a space for your belongings and objects before making purchases.

Get more home design and organization inspiration from Staci Munic Interiors here.   

Entryway Organization System via Inspired Closets

Bedroom Organization:

With fall often comes a busy new schedule and fluctuating temperatures – all things that disrupt the perfect sleep experience and your full daytime potential. Organizing your bedroom can lead to a happier, healthier you who’s ready to face the day and all its challenges. The Luxury Bed Collection has a few organizing tips to help the transition between seasons:

Layer For the Seasons

Prepare your bedroom design with layers just as you would your fall wardrobe.
Mid-weight sheets, combined with a blanket, and a lightweight comforter will offer the most flexibility if you wake overnight. Fold the comforter at the end of your bed, and leave an extra throw nearby for unexpected chills. You’ll save yourself from restless sleep and stumbling through the dark.

Store Seasonal Linens Smartly

Store seasonal linen sets together.
As you gather your summer linens, throw pillows and other décor, group them together in storage. You’ll appreciate it next season when all of the pieces are neatly together. The Luxury Bed Collection suggests at least two sets of linens for each season for less stress while cleaning each week: one can be in the wash while one is on the bed.   

Utilize built-in storage options.
Built in drawers especially are highly functional with a clean aesthetic. Store your second set of seasonal linens here for quick changes.

Prioritize Sleep

This may seem like a far-fetched tip for bedroom organization; however, sleep greatly impacts every part of our lives including our mindset, energy, and disposition. The energy we receive from a full night’s sleep has a direct impact on our success with completing all of our daily tasks and maintaining organization in our homes and life.

Get more bedroom organizing and sleep tips from The Luxury Bed Collection here.

Vispring Classic Collection with Artemis Headboard and Divan with Continental Drawers.

Closet Organization:

Gain Storage Space with Custom Closets

Fall is approaching in Chicago which means it is a good time to be thinking about the fall and winter wardrobe. Shifting to seasonal storage containers and vacuum bags that can be stored out of the way will free up hanging space. It might be time to consider replacing simple closets with closet furniture that can be much more efficient. Sometimes you can gain the equivalent of 50% more storage and better accessibility. Hanging space for belts and scarves. Interlocking shoe storage devices that will double your shoe capacity. Cubbies for purses. Better lighting. Shelf space for sweaters. Drawers for accessories.

Let Orizzonti Home help you plan your closet and maximize storage. Contact them at 312.464.9363 to schedule a consultation, or visit them in person at 329 W Grand Ave. in River North, Chicago.

Kitchen Organization:

Utilize Cabinet Organizers That Do the Work For You

You may dread organizing all the pots, pans, tupperware, spices, and more in your kitchen, but it doesn’t have to be a squeeze. By far the easiest way to keep your kitchen organized is to make your cabinets do the work for you.

Studio41 has everything you need to create a more functional and organized kitchen. Instead of traditional, empty cabinet interiors that force you to stack and slide your dishes, opt for racks that fold out and bring the dishes you need to you. For corner cabinets that make you reach to rummage in the back, consider a lazy susan setup to maximize your useful space. And for all home chefs, a built-in pull-out spice rack is a must.​

Shop more of Studio41’s products online here or visit their River North Chicago showroom at 225 W Hubbard.

Smartly Styled Countertops

The design team at Centaur Interiors loves to change out their home decor with the seasons. An easy way to welcome the new season into your kitchen is to change out your kitchen counter decor to bring in the autumn vibes. Think Fall foliage, pumpkins, and don’t be afraid to display your fall spices, ingredients or dinnerware on open kitchen shelving or countertops. Bonus tip: Turntables keep the kitchen organized in style. Whether on the countertop or tucked inside a cabinet, turntables are a very effective kitchen storage solution.

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Modern Spanish Tile Meets River North Loft: A Collaboration with Roca Tile and Variant Collaborative

Roca Tile, a modern Spanish tile manufacturing company, established a strong presence in River North with a new showroom that honors the historic character of their early 1900 Chicago loft while highlighting the brand’s modern European aesthetic. The existing structure featured distinctive brick walls, timber beams and existing steel elevator shaft doors, and an amazing skylight that brings a lot of natural light into the space. 

Roca brought on local interior design firm Variant Collaborative to tackle the showroom design and bring their vision of a Chicago home to life.

Photos by Sean Henderson

Showroom Design Goals

Roca Tile has a global image in each of their showrooms across the world. Now that they have arrived in Chicago, they wanted to keep and see that here as well. The ultimate goal Roca Tile wanted to achieve through the showroom design was to keep the Chicago essence and the personality of the existing space while integrating the Roca brand identity. The talented team at Variant Collaborative helped them to achieve this goal

In addition to integrating the Roca brand into the space, there were a few other design goals Roca wanted to achieve and Variant Collaborative was up for the challenge. This goals consisted of linking the look and feel to Roca’s Barcelona roots and creating an inviting area for architects and designers to work, collaborate and even host events. These goals where to be achieved while staying away from the typical tile showroom feel, yet boosting Roca’s brand awareness and seamlessly incorporating the collaboration of complementary European brands like Marset (decorative lighting), Sancal (furniture), Pitt Cooking (Kitchen Burners), INSCA (work stations and displays) Nobilia (kitchen cabinets) and Cosentino (bathroom counters).

Variant Collaborative’s Design Plan

Building off of the existing elements of the loft space, the design team at Variant Collaborative integrated the clean lines and neutral color palettes of the brand and created a variety of functional vignettes that showcase over 40 different tile specifications. 

Celebrating the company’s roots, they collaborated with other Spanish brands to elevate the final results.  The entry features an authentic Spanish cement tile called “Panot,” a material you can only find in the streets of Barcelona. Therefore, it is unique to have this installed here in Chicago. Variant Collaborative also included accents of terracotta hues throughout which reflect the company’s renowned beginnings. 

Each area of the showroom has its own identity, while complementing the overall story and serving as a multi-purpose space that displays the deep portfolio of product, provides ample room to entertain clients and host designers, and allows for a variety of productive workspace for Roca team members, blending work space, amenities and showroom display.

Visit the Roca Tile Showroom at the RNDD Fall Gallery Walk September 10th!

We are excited to have Roca Tile as one of our 20 locations at the 6th Annual River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk this year! Opening night is Friday, September 10th, and you can reserve your space here. All showrooms – including Roca Tile – are free and open to the public from 5-9pm (with the exception of the kickoff and after parties).

Each participating location will feature designer vignettes which showcase art in a living space in collaboration with some incredibly talented artists from around the country.

Now you can have the chance to see Roca’s beautiful new showroom in person! Visit Roca Tile (215 W. Illinois St.) on September 10th to see a vignette designed by Variant Collaborative featuring artist Adam Thomas of Daniel Kinkade Fine Art.

Here’s what you can expect to see at their showroom that night:

From darkness comes light. In a year where we emerge from a period of global adversity, we take the time to reflect and rediscover. We invite you to take in the beauty of our collective reemergence through art and the strength of our industry as we transform our space into an immersive experience. Unveiling a new artistic direction from renowned artist Adam Thomas, Roca Tile’s new showroom provides a unique atmosphere, curated by the designers of Variant Collaborative. Savor authentic Spanish tapas and wines while enjoying music, cooking demonstrations and cocktails inspired by Adam’s artwork and the Roca Tile product line.

We hope to see you there!

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6th Annual RNDD Fall Gallery Walk Preview – Part 5

The River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk is back! Now it’s 6th year, the event will return on Friday, September 10th, 2021. The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk, presented by Daniel Kinkade Fine Art, is free and open to the public with the exception of two special events (more information here).

The walk is comprised of 20 locations with special events throughout River North, featuring 25 artists and 18 designer vignettes. Join us on opening night, September 10th from 5-9pm as you stroll through River North visiting each location for a special events and surprises. View the full map of participating locations and suggested routes here.

Each location will come alive with art from some of the brightest artists on the scene, paired with vignettes from Chicago’s top designers. The result? Insta-worthy feasts for the eye to inspire anyone who wants inspiration to make their home a beautiful haven. 

We have some really amazing collaborations in the works for this year and wanted to share a sneak peek with you.

Kahler Slater featuring Katherine Lampert of Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at The Luxury Bed Collection

440 N Wells #100N

Join Luxury Bed Collection and Kahler Slater for an evening that examines the restorative properties of nature and engages the imagination to find a deeper connection with the earth. This biophilic-inspired space will morph The Luxury Bed Collection into a hidden garden, integrating layers of organic beauty into the built environment. Katherine Lampert’s compelling work sets the tone, drawing from patterns in nature to build a bridge between art, technology and the natural world. Enjoy botanical-inspired sips and bites and allow yourself to be transported to a multi-layered sensorial sanctuary.

Design by Kahler Slater
Artwork by Katherine Lampert

Design Inc. featuring Orfeo Quagliata at Materials Marketing Architectural Stone and Tile

212 W Kinzie St #100

Designer and artist Bill Bruss creatively translates his photography to wall art on metal and upholstery. Bill will also showcase creative glass and crystal inspirations of Orfeo Quagliata.  Orfeo was born from a collision of ideologies—the merging of traditional and contemporary, technical, and artisanal, geometric, and organic. Join us in the intimate courtyard setting at Materials Marketing for spirits and light bites as we enjoy the beauty of natural materials transformed into works of art.

Design by Design, Inc.
Artwork by Orfeo Quagliata

Interiors by Mary Susan featuring Arica Hilton at Hilton Asmus Contemporary Gallery

716 N Wells St. Suite 3739

Prepare to be amazed at the celestial artistry of artist, poet and conservationist Arica Hilton. Hilton’s art, combined with the creative vision of interior designer Mary Susan Bicicchi, will define the relationship between beautiful art and amazing design. Emerald greens, cobalt blues and metallics meet sensually shaped furnishings to create an elegant space for conversation and dreaming.

Design by Interiors by Mary Susan | Photo by Matthew Phillips – Spence Fine Art
Artwork by Arica Hilton

Deborah Butterfield at Zolla Lieberman Gallery

325 W Huron St. #1E 

Deborah Butterfield is a renowned sculptor known for sculpting horses from materials such as wood and metal. View new sculptures from Deborah Butterfield at Zolla Lieberman Gallery.

Artwork by Deborah Butterfield

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6th Annual RNDD Fall Gallery Walk Preview – Part 4

The River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk is back! Now it’s 6th year, the event will return on Friday, September 10th, 2021. The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk, presented by Daniel Kinkade Fine Art, is free and open to the public with the exception of two special events (more information here).

The walk is comprised of 20 locations with special events throughout River North, featuring 25 artists and 18 designer vignettes. Join us on opening night, September 10th from 5-9pm as you stroll through River North visiting each location for a special events and surprises. View the full map of participating locations and suggested routes here.

Each location will come alive with art from some of the brightest artists on the scene, paired with vignettes from Chicago’s top designers. The result? Insta-worthy feasts for the eye to inspire anyone who wants inspiration to make their home a beautiful haven. 

We have some really amazing collaborations in the works for this year and wanted to share a sneak peek with you.

Xced Design Build featuring René Romero Schuler of Zolla Lieberman at Orizzonti 

329 W. Grand Ave.

Connect with your inner child as you experience René Romero Schuler’s powerful yet vulnerable images. The modern, neutral pallet of Orizzonti’s kitchen and bath showroom sets the stage for the primary colors within Rene’s figures as they seek to evoke feelings of hope, love, and fortitude. We invite you to join us for a night to remember as we raffle off one of René’s beautifully framed original works of art, along with a book and gifts from “Lady in the Dress”.  Auction proceeds will benefit CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education). This interactive experience will elicit youthful memories.  Reflect and reminisce with us as we celebrate the journey of creation as imagined by Chelsey Jackel and Xced Design Build.

Design by Xced Design Build | Photo by Jared Powell Photography
Artwork by René Romero Schuler

Staci Munic Interiors featuring Keith Smith (aka Afrokilla) at Cosentino City

217 W Illinois St. 

Join Cosentino in its new showroom for an evening of creativity, inspiration, and positivity. Where old meets new, in collaboration with Staci Munic Interiors and Chicago-based artist Afrokilla (Keith Smith), let’s make life more colorful.

Design by Staci Munic Interiors
Artwork by Afrokilla

Hailey Lauren Designs featuring Savannah Jubic and Sara Salass of salonlb. at Toto

500 N. Wells St.

View artwork from Savannah Jubic and Sara Salass in a dream-like setting designed by Hailey Lauren Designs. Each artist offers an intimate glimpse into their personal fixations and vulnerabilities as an invitation to the viewer to reflect on—and connect with—their own experiences. Share a cocktail and share your own vulnerabilities from the last year as you write it down and pin it on our story board. Join us for an evening of connection, art and design featuring an exciting product giveaway.

Design by Hailey Lauren Designs | Photo by Nick Kan
Artwork by Savannah Jubic
Artwork by Sara Salass

Martell Interiors featuring Sally Ko from Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at Kohler Signature Store by Studio41

322 W. Hubbard St. 

Blur the lines between his and hers in this sophisticated and fluid duo bathroom featuring provocative new works by Sally Ko. Glamour and excess prevail in this bath, designed for a downtown sophisticate. Enjoy decadent chocolates by the Craverie Chocolatier Cafe and sip on Dark and Stormy cocktails while pondering which half of this glamorous bathroom speaks to you. 

Design by Martell Interiors | Photo by Ryan McDonald
Artwork by Sally Ko

Stay tuned for our next Gallery Walk preview!

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Live The Life Artois with Stella Artois

We are excited to announce Anheuser-Busch as a sponsor of the 6th Annual RNDD Fall Gallery Walk!

Opening night will take place Friday, September 10th. Each participating showroom will have a special event from 5-9pm and all events are free and open to the public with the exception of the Kickoff and After Parties. Each location will have special beer pairings courtesy of Anheuser Busch.

Keep reading below to learn more about one of their brands, Stella Artois and how you can live The Life Artois.

The Life Artois

Today, life is fuller than ever. Yet, somehow, it can still feel empty…

We have more friends than we can count, but see less of them than we’d like. Every moment is captured and recorded, but often we’re not really there. We work hard for success, yet struggle to find the time to enjoy it. It’s a simple truth: life is less rich without the company of those we love and the things we enjoy. Time, not money or possessions, is the new luxury.

That’s why Stella Artois invites us to savor life together.

A European beer, made with the finest Saaz hops and served in a chalice. A distinctive taste, perfect for savoring, sharing and raising a toast to a life well lived. A life that, coming from Europe, we know a thing or two about.

And we have many names for this life:

La Dolce Vita
La Buena Vida
A Boa Vida
La Vie En Rose
The Good Life

But we just call it… The Life Artois

And you can live it wherever you are.

In our beautiful illustrated style – we’ll invite people to make a choice.

To prioritize time spent with others.

And to savor all the pleasures life serves up.

To slow down, look up.

To raise a chalice to those you love.

Because you’re never too far from The Life Artois. 

The Chalice

Stella Artois is enjoyed for its fruity malt sweetness, crisp hop bitterness and soft dry finish. For decades, Stella’s iconic chalice has enhanced the drinking experience highlighting the beer’s floral notes and refreshing finish from the gold rim to the star stem..

Narrow Lip
Captures Stella’s sweet, fruity and slightly earthy scent

Tulip Shape
Creates the optimal foam head to enhance the hop aroma

Perfect Angles
Releases carbonation to keep Stella light and refreshing

Star Stem
Prevents heat transferring to the beer, ensuring the beer stays cooler longer

Take a sip from this unique glassware, and it will not disappoint. Stella Artois is committed to giving you the world’s best drinking experience and to crafting beers with the very same passion and precision as the Master Brewers before them.

It’s All in the Name

Stella Artois is proud of their rich Belgian heritage and remains greatly inspired by timeless European design. Stella Artois traces its origins to over 600 years ago, to the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium founded in 1366. Stella Artois was born as a Holiday gift to the people of Leuven, from the brewery. The name “Stella” – meaning “star” in Latin – pays homage to the occasion, and a star has been proudly displayed on Stella Artois bottles ever since.

The name “Artois” is a tribute to De Hoorn Brew Master Sebastian Artois. He was a beloved member of both the De Horn brewery and the broader Leuven communities. The name Stella Artois continues to honor his legacy in the present day.

Available now on draught in limited markets, Anheuser-Busch plans to transition all packs and draught to U.S.-brewed Stella throughout 2021. Bottles will begin to transition to U.S.-brewed Stella in May. This beer is being brewed under the strict supervision of Brewmasters from Leuven, Belgium for uncompromising quality.

To learn more, visit stellaartois.com

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6th Annual RNDD Fall Gallery Walk Preview – Part 3

The River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk is back! Now it’s 6th year, the event will return on Friday, September 10th, 2021. The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk, presented by Daniel Kinkade Fine Art, is free and open to the public with the exception of two special events (more information here).

The walk is comprised of 20 locations with special events throughout River North, featuring 25 artists and 18 designer vignettes. Join us on opening night, September 10th from 5-9pm as you stroll through River North visiting each location for a special events and surprises. View the full map of participating locations and suggested routes here.

Each location will come alive with art from some of the brightest artists on the scene, paired with vignettes from Chicago’s top designers. The result? Insta-worthy feasts for the eye to inspire anyone who wants inspiration to make their home a beautiful haven. 

We have some really amazing collaborations in the works for this year and wanted to share a sneak peek with you.

Redux Interior Design featuring Maureen Claffy at Daltile

316 Hubbard St.

Redux Interior Design and Jennifer McGinnis in collaboration with Maureen Claffy Art let optimism prevail with the unparalleled variety of color and style in Daltile Design Studio. Together we explore the beauty and optimism found in nature. We invite you to feel at home, embracing the beauty of imperfection and bringing the natural world inside your home. Sip, converse, and enjoy an interactive art experience and live painting.

Design by Redux Interiors | Photo by Michael Kaskel
Artwork by Maureen Claffy

Sarah Montgomery Design featuring Shar Coulson of gallery 1871 at Artists Frame Service

433 N. Wells Street

Join Sarah Montgomery Design, gallery 1871 and Artists Frame Service for an evening that embraces coming together again. An eclectic, elegant garden-esque dinner party setting lends itself to unexpected food and wine pairings and the celebration of the natural world through the organic abstraction of artist Shar Coulson.   

Design by Sarah Montgomery Design | Photo by Margaret Rajic
Artwork by Shar Coulson

Lukas Machnik Interiors featuring Lonney White at Ligne Roset

440 N. Wells St.

Renowned interior designer Lucas Machnik considers every element as part of the experience of the whole. Join us as he blends Ligne Roset’s non-conforming and impeccably produced furnishings with local artist Lonney White’s poetic investigations into the properties of natural materials. This contemporary story of art and design will be rooted in a curatorial sensibility and an atypical ideology of interior design. 

Design by Lucas Machnik
Artwork by Lonney White

Alissa Johnson Interiors featuring Lucy Slivinski and Tim Klein at Oscar Isberian

120 W. Kinzie St.

We invite you to a multidimensional artistic experience inspired by a look back to the past year, juxtaposed with a hopeful vision of the future. Award-winning Alissa Johnson Interiors will draw you in through the use of Oscar Isberian’s colorful vintage rugs that create a warm and inviting space, enabling the human connection we’ve all missed. Through photographer Tim Klein’s dramatic photographic series featured in a mixed-media-on-metal work of art, we’ll take an emotive look back at 2020 and the rich stories he captured. Critically acclaimed sculptor and lighting designer Lucy Slivinski highlights a bright and beautiful vision of the future through her lighting centerpiece made of organic and recycled materials.  

Design by Alissa Johnson Interiors | Photo by Aimee Mazzenga
Artwork by Lucy Slivinski
Artwork by Tim Klein

Stay tuned for our next Gallery Walk preview!

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6th Annual RNDD Fall Gallery Walk Preview – Part 2

The River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk is back! Now it’s 6th year, the event will return on Friday, September 10th, 2021. The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk, presented by Daniel Kinkade Fine Art, is free and open to the public with the exception of two special events (more information here).

The walk is comprised of 20 locations with special events throughout River North, featuring 25 artists and 18 designer vignettes. Join us on opening night, September 10th from 5-9pm as you stroll through River North visiting each location for a special events and surprises. View the full map of participating locations and suggested routes here.

Each location will come alive with art from some of the brightest artists on the scene, paired with vignettes from Chicago’s top designers. The result? Insta-worthy feasts for the eye to inspire anyone who wants inspiration to make their home a beautiful haven. 

We have some really amazing collaborations in the works for this year and wanted to share a sneak peek with you.

Variant Collaborative featuring Adam Thomas of Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at Roca Tile

215 W Illinois St.

From darkness comes light. In a year where we emerge from a period of global adversity, we take the time to reflect and rediscover. We invite you to take in the beauty of our collective reemergence through art and the strength of our industry as we transform our space into an immersive experience. Unveiling a new artistic direction from renowned artist Adam Thomas, Roca Tile’s new showroom provides a unique atmosphere, curated by the designers of Variant Collaborative. Savor authentic Spanish tapas and wines while enjoying music, cooking demonstrations and cocktails inspired by Adam’s artwork and the Roca Tile product line.

Design by Variant Collaborative | Photo by Sean Henderson
Artwork by Adam Thomas

Relic Design featuring Zack Smithey of Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at Studio 41

225 W. Hubbard St.

A Hollywood star takes center stage as Zack Smithey reveals a new captivating portrait from his Icon series. Lush palms and gilded touches flourish in an inspired vignette by Relic Design, featuring House of Rohl. Join us for pink martinis, sweet and savory treats, and live entertainment and music inspired by a bygone Hollywood era.

Design by Relic Design | Photo by Michael Kaskel
Artwork by Zack Smithey

Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors featuring Bobbi Meier, Mia Wiener, and Emily Shopp of salonlb. at eggersmann

300 W. Hubbard St., 4th Floor

eggersmann and salonlb. invite you to let your mind wander. Explore Bobbi Meier’s sensuous, slightly frightening yet grotesquely humorous collection of ceramics and soft sculpture. Investigate where bodies meet, cross, and intertwine in Mia Weiner’s contemporary weavings, which respond to historical textiles. Discover the psychological relationship Emily Shopp creates with the natural environment. Together, these artists use process-based practices and material as an access point and mechanism to translate themes of nostalgia and identity. Join us as Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors brings the artwork to life and takes over your senses.

Design by Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors | Photo by Dustin Halleck Photography
Artwork by Bobbi Meier

Centaur Interiors featuring JD Miller at Samuel Lynne Galleries

215 W. Huron St., Suite 1

Join Samuel Lynne Galleries Chicago and Centaur Interiors to experience innovative design and pursue the law of attraction with Reflectionism by artist JD Miller. Using a unique 3-dimensional oil technique based on sensorial experiences, Miller creates and conveys his sense of freedom, his joy in the miracle of creation, and the synchronicity of the universe. When creating, the artist calls upon the universal vibrations of light and sound to flow through him to allow for the molding of oil paints. Miller creates impactful, strong, enlivening canvases that take viewers on an existential journey.

Design by Centaur Interiors | Photo by Tony Soluri
Artwork by JD Miller

Stay tuned for our next Gallery Walk preview!

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