The RNDD 2019 High Design Gift Guide

With the holidays right around the corner, we’ve compiled 11 high design gift ideas from our River North Design District (RNDD) Members, for the luxury lovers and design aficionados on your list. Happy Holidays!

The Horizon Plaid Throw Blanket Collection from Room & Board

The Horizon collection combines the best of two worlds: simple Scandinavian design with the beautiful characteristics of soft, strong South American alpaca wool. Textiles made from alpaca wool have unique properties making them insulating without bulk, allowing the throws to be lightweight yet warm. Visit Room & Board at 55 E Ohio or shop online here. $179



KOHLER Turkish Bath Linens

Spoil yourself with the new line of Turkish Bath Linens from the KOHLER Signature Store. The collection includes towels in a range of sizes along with a bathrobe and bath rug. And, with three patterns available in four classic shades, these plush Turkish Bath Linens will no doubt become one of your bathroom essentials. $15 – $135


The Swirl Divided Box from Theodore Alexander

Theodore Alexander is most often recognized for their beautiful handcrafted furniture, but they also create amazing accessories. The Swirl Collection, from TA Accents, include exquisite lidded boxes & trays, meticulously crafted by their gifted artisans of inlaid Mother of Pearl, using a decorative art form dating back to 4000 B.C. Each item is a unique work of art, shimmering with an explosion of iridescent colors in hues of white, gray, silver, yellow, blue-green, bronze, pink, red and brown. Mother of Pearl symbolizes good luck…and prosperity, a perfect gift that is sure to be treasured! $144 – $218


Teakwood Carving of an Elephant from The Golden Triangle

Depicted in lifelike detail with head slightly bowed and trunk tucked, this beautifully hand-carved pachyderm is the work of master carvers in Chiang Mai. Sacred to numerous cultures and countries, elephants are a prominent motif in both traditional and contemporary Asian works of art. In Thai culture these majestic creatures represent good fortune, power and nobility. It is common to see a wooden elephant at the entrance of homes throughout Thailand; the placement is significant with the intent to welcome prosperity and good tidings. An elephant’s posture also has symbolic meaning: a raised trunk is indicative of honor and integrity—a commanding yet dignified stance. An elephant with its head and trunk lowered is endearing and represents humility. An elephant with a gracefully bowed head is intended to convey respect especially when presented as a gift. Available at The Golden Triangle, 330 N Clark.  $250


Set of 3 Flint Containers from Casa Bella 

From Chicago’s own Frank Ponterio’s debut collection for Arteriors Home and available through Casa Bella. Frank designed a tattoo-inspired emblem that was hand-carved on a set of three bronze ceramic containers. $455


KEUCO’s Plan Bathroom Stool 

KEUCO’s Plan bathroom stool is the luxury we’re all missing in our pampering experience! Shower your loved ones with this beautifully designed bench, which is suitable for wet spaces, this Holiday season! Available in white, light grey, or dark grey, with polished chrome or brushed aluminum legs. $637 – $769


Alpaca Suri 6′ Round Rug from Organic Looms

Looking for a unique gift this year for that hard-to-buy-for person? How about a beautiful alpaca rug from Organic Looms? Originally from Peru, this collection of soft alpaca rugs comes in various sizes and shapes. Prices available upon request. 

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Custom Framing from Artists Frame Service

Give the gift of beautiful framing from Artists Frame Service – perfect for the holidays, birthdays, special occasions, house warmings and more. These gift cards are good for use towards custom framing in our River North, Lincoln Park or Highland Park showrooms, and can be used towards photo frames, gallery frames and art in the stores and online as well. $50 – $2,000

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The Guapa Office Chair from Casa Spazio

The Guapa by Midj is a line of chairs valued for their high quality and unique shape. They are a perfect fit for beautiful home offices or corporate environments. The leather upholstery combines comfort with strength, creating a light shadow effect that extends its charm to the surroundings. This office chair is available as a quickship or special order from Casa Spazio‘s River North Showroom (222 W Hubbard). Pricing starts at $1,753.


The Carolina Vanity Chair from Donna Mondi Interior Design’s EnVie Collection

This vanity chair is inspired and named after Carolina Otero, the mistress of Edward VII, who was known for her coveted voluptuous shape.  The Carolina vanity chair with it’s graceful, full curves will make you feel like you’re his one true queen.  Available through Donna Mondi Interior Design‘s EnVie Collection $4200


Punk Buddha Sculptures from Samuel Lynne Galleries

Metis Atash signature series of “Punk Buddha” sculptures that have gained widespread popularity around the world, are sculpted in fiberglass, covered with acrylic paint, and meticulously bathed by hand in upwards of 20,000 Swarovski crystals. Each piece is one-of-a -kind and awards the living space with an aura of captivating experience. Available through Samuel Lynne Galleries in Chicago. $14,900

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RNDD Welcomes Kohler Signature Store by Studio41

The River North Design District (RNDD) is excited to welcome our newest member, the Kohler Signature Store by Studio41 to our organization.

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A unique shopping experience

The KOHLER Signature Store and showroom offers a unique and comprehensive shopping experience that is distinguished by a modern, innovative store and a merchandise mix that completely indulges you as you experience the KOHLER brand. KOHLER project consultants with expertise in bath design offer inspiration, development and project assistance.


Shop top brands

The store features functioning products from top brands such as:

  • Robern
  • ANN SACKS tile and stone
  • KOHLER Custom Vanities.


Featured products

Want a little taste of some of the luxury products you can find at this River North Chicago KOHLER Showroom? Here’s some of our favorites:

Loure® Deck-mount bath faucet and the Veil® wall-hung elongated dual-flush toilet.


The Damask® 60″ bathroom vanity cabinet with furniture legs (2 doors and 3 drawers) and the Purist® Single wall sconce.


A one-stop shop

If you are looking to create your dream bathroom, the KOHLER Signature Store is your one stop shop to put it all together. And their experienced team of Kohler Consultants are available to help you every step along the way.


Bathroom design services

Your Bathroom Design Service Package Includes:

  • Bathroom design planning guide
  • Budget guide
  • Two-dimensional concept plan and elevations
  • Personalized portfolio including concept plan, personalized product selections and color direction
  • Appointments with a KOHLER Signature Store project consultant
  • In-store design services – $399
  • In-home design services – $499
  • Finish samples for your new bathroom design
  • Installer list
  • A 2% rebate on all KOHLER® products purchased from your personalized product list


Schedule your in-store appointment with them today here.

You can learn more about the Kohler Signature Store by Studio41 here or visit their River North showroom at 322 W Hubbard Street.

Please help us in welcoming them to the RNDD Community!

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Alexa Hampton’s New Collection with Theodore Alexander is Available Now

Acclaimed designer Alexa Hampton now has a new collection with Theodore Alexander. Introduced for the first time at High Point Market this past Spring, the 120 piece collection is available now.


“Alexa Hampton is a modern design icon. The creative collaboration behind this collection has been amazing, bringing Alexa’s ideas and energy, and pairing them with Theodore Alexander’s formidable manufacturing expertise. Like Alexa, the collection is sophisticated but approachable; elegant and inviting. It has design provenance, but still manages to feel entirely fresh.” – Neill Robinson, Theodore Alexander President  

Classic Yet Contemporary

The collection consists of everything from case goods and upholstery to bedroom furniture and accessories. The intent of the line was to incorporate classic, versatile pieces that designers and turn to time and time again along with unique statement pieces. Alexa Hampton has a love for metallic accents so fine metal detailing is prevalent throughout the line.


Inspiration Everywhere

Alexa Hampton is the president of renowned design firm Mark Hampton, created by and named after her late father. Her designs have landed her regularly on the Architectural Digest AD100 list, as well as other top-designer lists. Hampton has become recognized for her contemporary updates to classic styles. She draws inspiration for her designs everywhere whether it’s in a magazine or on Instagram. When it came to designing this collection for Theodore Alexander, Hampton found inspiration in everything from art and architecture to antiques and her travels. The result was a beautiful, neoclassical-inspired line.

“Theodore Alexander has enumerable resources available for the creation of beautiful furniture,” Hampton tells AD PRO. ” I am thrilled to be able to employ their traditional craftmanship and handmade techniques to design furniture and accessories that will span styles and materials. I’m eager to dig in to this first collection, as I have long admired the quality of Theodore Alexander’s work. To bring their capabilities to my own collection is a dream come true.” – Alexa Hampton in an interview with Architectural Digest

Available Now at Theodore Alexander

This beautiful and eclectic collection is sure to appeal to a wide audience and resonate in both the retail and trade channels. To learn more, and to shop the collection, visit Theodore Alexander’s website here. Or visit their River North Chicago showroom located in the Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre at 371 W Ontario.


About Theodore Alexander:

Shaped by English Heritage Theodore Alexander handcrafts furniture and accessories for your home with uncompromising quality. We believe in using the most interesting materials for both function and beauty. This allows our craftspeople to create products that will not only be forever but also give distinction to your favorite spaces. An exceptional eye for design and detail in our bench made products is the signature of Theodore Alexander. Please visit for more information.

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Kitchen Collaboration: Mia Rao Design & Transceramica

When this client wanted to bring a modern feel to their old home, Mia Rao Design pulled out all the stops, including a beautiful and durable countertop material from Transceramica.

Modern meets Vintage

The client first came to Mia Rao Design (MRD) with a desire for a modern and clean-lined kitchen renovation. They wanted simple, slab front cabinets and a contemporary feel. Their home is turn of the century in La Grange, IL (You can see some of the vintage detail in the window casements!) which made this a fun challenge for the team at MRD. They enjoy integrating modern details into an older home.


High Design, High Contrast

The clients wanted a high contrast between the cabinets and countertops, so MRD went with a rich rift-cut brown oak cabinet and a light countertop and backsplash. The dark cabinets add depth and warmth to this otherwise modern kitchen, while the pops of brass from the plumbing, hardware, and Aalto pendant lights dress it up with a little texture and glam.

The new large window in the kitchen also adds an abundance of nature light and a crisp, high contrast against the dark wood and brass.

“I love a kitchen that is modern, yet warm and inviting.  For me, in this kitchen the deep brown stain on the rift cut oak creates that mood.” – Robyn Swanson, Mia Rao Design


The Look of Marble, the Resistance of Porcelain

When it came to the countertops, the clients wanted the look of marble, but had concern about the care and maintenance involved. So MRD turned to one of the best – Transceramica – and introduced the Transceramica Fiandre marble material to the clients. They immediately fell in love with the look. The satin finish is elegant and sophisticated yet has a fresh and modern feel. The dramatic waterfall on the island gives this Bianco Calacatta a strong presence in the space.

This material from Transceramia has a glossy surface, elegant details and fine veins yet it is resistant and easy to clean giving you the best of both worlds. It’s a great option for kitchen counters, coffee table tops or even bathrooms.

“The Fiandre porcelain is now a favorite material that we love to use. It’s very sophisticated and truly has a feel of marble. The Satin finish is very luxurious to the touch which enhances the feeling while in the space.” – Mia Rao, Mia Rao Design


Photography by Cynthia Lynn.  

About Mia Rao Design: Mia Rao Design is a Chicago based interior design firm that is inspired by each client’s story. Based on that philosophy, they strive to create your personal sanctuary. Blending your narrative with their own design aesthetic brings energy, soul, balance, warmth and texture to a space. Their experience enables them to engage with professional partners on your behalf. A full-service firm, partnering with architects and contractors from design concept through construction, Mia Rao design keeps every detail in mind down to art and finishing touches. They provide drawings and project management for renovations. Their MISSION is to guide you through the creative process as seamlessly as possible, to craft a space that is uniquely yours.

About Transceramica: Transceramica (TCL) is a US distributor owned by Fiandre Group, a global leader in the development and production of high-tech architectural surfaces and design solutions for exterior and interior applications. They have over 50 years of know-how and offer a wide range of sophisticated and innovative ceramic and porcelain tile surfaces for façades, floors, walls and we even design furniture. Their products exceed industry standards and for over half a century have been successfully used in the retail, hospitality, foodservice, automotive and healthcare industries.

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SOFA Expo Returns to Chicago this Fall

SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design.​ Founded in 1993, SOFA has proven to be a highly-anticipated event within the Chicago area, and art world. Returning again to Navy Pier this October 31-November 3rd, the fair will bring approximately 80 galleries, dozens of partners, and thousands of art lovers to Festival Hall for a weekend full of art and culture.


Returning again this fall is the fair’s new and improved floor plan from its 25th anniversary fair last year. The new floor plan improves visibility and walkability throughout the show floor, so you can make the most of your experience and view as much artwork as possible. Fairgoers can also experience SOFA demos with the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Chicago Wood Turners, and Corning Museum of Glass. Changes to this year’s fair include several new partners and fresh educational content.


Left: Jennifer McCurdy’s Gilded Butterfly Vessel, Image Courtesy of Steidel Contemporary
Right: Rob Stern’s “Antares”, Image Courtesy of Hive Contemporary

SOFA is also known for its dynamic Lecture Series with a wide array of speakers including artists, gallery owners, curators, designers and art history buffs. One highlight will be the Art History Babes comprised of Corrie Hendricks, Natalie De La Torre, Virginia Van Dine and Jennifer Gutierrez recording their insightful podcast live from the fair.

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The Special Exhibit programing for the upcoming fair will be its most ambitious yet featuring museum styled exhibits intended to be thought provoking and educational to SOFA’s audience.  Heller Gallery will be presenting Collaborations with Queer Voices neon exhibition originally featured at their gallery in NYC that coincided with the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.  SOFA has also decided to launch a theme at this year’s fair which will be Women in the Arts.  The Female Design Council will be curating a Special Exhibit, local Chicago designer Emily Mackie from Inspired Interiors is working with a group of women artists on commissioned pieces to be displayed at the fair and there will be extensive programing supporting the theme.


Left: Luke Haynes’s Sewlebrity: Bill Murray, Image Courtesy of Blue Spiral 1
Right: Bae Sejin’s Three Vessels, Image Courtesy of J. Lohmann Gallery

SOFA’s CONNECT program, a student design competition highlighting innovative design programs at universities throughout the country, will also be back this year. The concept challenges participating schools to design environments incorporating seating, lighting and conceptual staging elements into a place for attendees to “connect.”


For more information or to register to attend, visit

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Winners Announced: 5th Annual RNDD Fall Gallery Walk


Casa Spazio vignette designed by Yamini Designs

A who’s who in the Chicago design and art communities gathered for our 5th Annual River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk Friday, September 6th 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 almost 900 attendees! Thanks to everyone who came out to support us. And don’t forget the vignettes are on display until October 7th!

Photos from the evening are coming soon – stay tuned!

The Winners

For the first time ever, our host committee – comprised of local art enthusiasts and collectors – selected winners from the Gallery Walk for Best Vignette. We are excited to announce the winners below! A special thank you to our sponsor Freeze & Float Spa who provided our First Place Winner with a $500 gift card to their River North Spa!

The host committee and judges included:  Tony Karman, Carrie Lannon, Daniel Kinkade, Janet Owen, Shannon Sharpe, and Rochelle Trotter.

First Place: Casa Spazio

Design by Yamini Designs, our first place selection was the vignette at Casa Spazio (222 W Hubbard). This swinging 70’s style design featured artwork from David Gamble and photographer Julian Wasser, both represented by Hilton | Asmus Contemporary gallery.


Second Place: Artists Frame Service

Our second place vignette was designed by Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors at Artists Frame Service and showcased artwork by Cat Tesla with Chicago Art Source. The event was centered around color complete with aura photography and color-changing cocktails.


Third Place: bulthaup, Oscar Isberian Rugs and 210 Design House

We had 3 vignettes that tied for third place!


It was dichotomy of the dirty line at bulthaup Chicago (313 W Superior) which featured a vignette designed by Nora Schneider Interior Design featuring artwork by Cleveland Dean.


Oscar Isberian Rugs

Also, a third place winner, Oscar Isberian Rugs (120 W Kinzie) featured 3 vignettes and a romp through London’s Carnaby Street during its swinging ‘60s heyday.

Kadlec Architecture + Design featuring Glenn Wexler of Zolla Lieberman Gallery
JamesThomas Interiors featuring Ramona Russu with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art
Jessica Lagrange Interiors featuring Janet McGreal of Gruen Galleries


210 Design House

It was nothing but hanky panky at 210 Design House Friday night. This creative vignette designed by Alan Design Studio featured the work of Jennifer Webster with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art, winning them third place as well.

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About Freeze & Float:

Logo.jpgBegin your wellness journey at Freeze & Float Spa. It’s our philosophy to create an environment where health and wellness becomes a reality. We offer a tranquil oasis that deepens optimal relaxation, renews peacefulness, and restores well-being. Our guests will experience the essential rejuvenation that the mind and body deserve. Learn more or book your first appointment here.

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RNDD Welcomes Inspired Closets

The River North Design District (RNDD) is excited to welcome our newest member, Inspired Closets to our organization.

InspiredClosets_LogoInspired Closets has designed and manufactured custom reach-in, walk-in, and boutique closets for hundreds of thousands of loyal customers across the United States.


Since 1980, they have built a reputation as a leader in custom closets, keeping their customers at the forefront of everything they do. Their mission is simple: to replace disorganized, stressful spaces with organized, inspired ones. That means listening to customers, designing with intent, and caring for customers as if they were family. 


Inspired Closets designs and installs custom closets, home offices, wall beds and garages. From a free design consultation through to site preparation and installation, they handle the whole process and leave you with a space you will love. Schedule a FREE consultation here.

During the consultation, they will discuss how you use your closet (or other space), what you own, what works and doesn’t work in your current space, and what look and feel most inspires you.


From there, they will create a design customized to your needs. They will:

  • Show you designs that connect back to your needs and wants
  • Provide recommendations on layout, color, and finishes
  • Share material and hardware samples
  • Create a 3D rendering of your custom closet


Site Preparation is the next step in the process. Inspired Closets takes care of everything from garment racks and storage boxes for your belongings to managing the removal of your existing closet system.

The final step is installation. Their team is quick and efficient, leaving you with a new, custom closet you will love for years to come.


You can learn more about Inspired Closets online here or visit their River North showroom at 221 W Ohio Street.

Please help us in welcoming them to the RNDD Community!

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5th Annual RNDD Gallery Walk Preview – Part 6

Now in its 5th year, the River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk will return on Friday, September 6th & Saturday, September 7th 2019.  The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk is free and open to the public with the exception of two special events (more information here).

The walk will feature showrooms exhibiting designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings highlighting artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. Showrooms will have extended hours during the event on September 6th until 9pm.  The vignettes will be exhibited until October 7th.

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

Kelly Hurliman Design featuring John Bannon of Ken Saunders Gallery on exhibit at Renaissance Tile & Bath

555 N Franklin Chicago, IL 60654

Electrify the night at Renaissance Tile & Bath’s newly curated showroom.  Sip on a signature ‘Blue Tile-tini’ while listening to the sweet melodies of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy & Howlin’ Wolf.  Get inspired with an eclectic vignette by Kelly Hurliman Design featuring the illuminated “Lingering Kiss” by Chicago artist John E. Bannon of Ken Saunders Gallery.


Design by Kelly Hurliman Design, Photography by Erin Konrath

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Artwork by John Bannon of Ken Saunders Gallery

Alan Design Studio featuring Jennifer Webster with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at 210 Design House

210 W Illiniois Chicago, IL 60654

‘Hanky Panky’ at 210 Design House as all are invited to ‘lounge’ at the vignette created by Ruthie Alan of Alan Design Studio while you are Razzle Dazzle’d’ In Bad Form by the art of Jennifer Webster.  Bring your imagination and be ready to transcend through the centuries as you imbibe on chef-driven libations and sweet treats.


Design by Alan Design Studio, Photography by Dustin Halleck


Artwork by Jennifer Webster via Daniel Kinkade Fine Art

Alida Coury Interiors featuring Colt Seager at Calia Stone Boutique

154 W Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654

Lift the veil between heaven and earth as Colt Seager reveals his latest art series in the serene setting of Calia Stone Boutique. The rich tones of marble and quartz act as a backdrop to the form, balance, and rhythm of Seager’s abstract works.  A romantic Bohemian setting that connects you to the peace and love of art, embraced by a live set of Latin acoustic guitars strumming. We invite you to take a sip of comfort and warm your soul on a soothing sojourn from the conscious dreams of Alida Coury Interiors.


Design by Alida Coury Interiors

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Artwork by Colt Seager

Centaur Interiors featuring Tyler Shields on exhibit at Samuel Lynne Galleries 

215 W Huron St. Suite #1 Chicago, IL 60654

Chicago and Centaur Interiors bring you the newest collection of avant-garde photography from Tyler Shields – named the Andy Warhol of our generation, and making headlines at Sotheby’s Erotic: Passion & Desire sale for his impressive auction success. Shields is known for his unique brand of volatile photography, representative of his trademark edgy, provocative, and daring style. Join us to view the power of Shields’ photos from his latest Fairytale, Provocateur, Paint, Indulgence, and Decadence series, and enjoy complimentary cocktails with the artist.

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Design by Centaur Interiors

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Artwork by Tyler Shields

See you on September 6th!

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5th Annual RNDD Gallery Walk Preview – Part 5

Now in its 5th year, the River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk will return on Friday, September 6th & Saturday, September 7th 2019.  The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk is free and open to the public with the exception of two special events (more information here).

The walk will feature showrooms exhibiting designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings highlighting artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. Showrooms will have extended hours during the event on September 6th until 9pm.  The vignettes will be exhibited until October 7th.

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

Bruce Fox Interior Architecture + Design featuring James Iska of Shashi Caudill Fine Art on exhibit at Theodore Alexander located in the Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre

371 W Ontario Chicago, IL 60654

Theodore Alexander invites you to embrace and celebrate the elegant glamour of 1930s Shanghai with a modern sensibility, as interpreted by Bruce Fox, along with the alluring nature photography of James Iska. As we recognize the beauty and romance of this period, we also pay homage to the tradition and celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Enjoy champagne, mooncakes, and traditional Chinese teas as you admire the beautiful work of our featured partners. The Mid-Autumn Festival blesses you with six warm wishes: that you will have happiness in your life, satisfaction at your work, true love, a happy family, caring friends, and our wish for a wonderful year.


Design by Bruce Fox Interior Architecture + Design, Photography by Hendrich Blessing


Artwork by James Iska via Shashi Caudill Fine Art

JOLIE ID featuring Meg Cowell with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art on exhibit at Christopher Guy located in the Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre

371 W Ontario Chicago, IL 60654

Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular at the Moulin Rouge! Enter a miraculous world of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory. Join us for an evening of forever flowing champagne and jaw-dropping entertainment designed to take you back to Montmartre in 1899.


Design by JOLIE ID, Photography by Jared Powell Photography

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Artwork by Meg Cowell via Daniel Kinkade Fine Art

Victoria Hardy Interiors featuring Bruno Surdo and Michael Van Zeyl of Victor Armendariz Gallery on exhibit at eggersmann usa

300 W Hubbard St. 4th Floor Chicago, IL 60654

Goddess Gala of Fine Arts – eggersmann will be celebrating the essence of all women through the eyes of Bruno Surdo & Michael Van Zeyl with unique designs by Victoria Hardy. Take part in a real-life work of art, sip rosé and enjoy light bites.

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Design by Victoria Hardy Interiors, Photography by Wittefini


Artwork by Bruno Surdo

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Artwork by Michael Van Zeyl

Nora Schneider Interior Design featuring Cleveland Dean on exhibit at bulthaup

313 W Superior St. Chicago, IL 60654

Dichotomy of the dirty line at bulthaup with Nora Schneider Interior Design and Cleveland Dean. Stop by to experience our urban vibe, where we will be serving up dirty martinis and sexy bites while our DJ sets the mood with beats that will make you want to groove.

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Design by Nora Schneider Interior Design, Photography by Jill Buckner


Artwork by Cleveland Dean

Stay tuned for our next Gallery Walk preview!

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Incorporating Antiques Into Your Modern Home

One word we hear a lot in design is: balance. Whether it’s in reference to color, texture, or style, designers are always aiming to achieve harmony and balance in their designs. Achieving perfect balance in a space is aesthetically pleasing but also creates a sense of calm. Couldn’t we all use more balance and calmness in our lives?

But what if you have several antiques or family heirlooms? Is it possible to seamlessly incorporate them into your modern home decor? We asked Robin Thomas of Robin Thomas Design to weigh in and share with us her thoughts on mixing antiques into modern interior design. She also shares some examples of rare finds from The Golden Triangle here in Chicago and how she integrated them into her more contemporary design projects.

The Golden Triangle has been a great source for my interior design projects for many years.  In design, the great value of antiques and vintage pieces is the surprise – each of these pieces were unexpected finds.

As a designer I may have a vague “idea” of what I’m looking for whether it’s a small lamp or an interesting table. But it is the excitement of “the find” – something that I have never seen before or even imagined that makes my job so fulfilling and ultimately makes each design project stand out.

It is a thrill to discover these one-of-a-kind pieces that have a history in our long human story of design. To then bring these pieces to a project is what creates something truly special. The Golden Triangle has consistently brought great antique and vintage furnishings to Chicago.  Truly a valuable resource.   AND – they have a wonderful staff!

In this design project, Robin Thomas Design selected this clear crystal lamp from The Golden Triangle. The elegant organic shape, with a subtle, modern nod, uplifts and refreshes the classic furnishings. The petite shade just happen to be in the right shade of red (the thrill of the hunt!) and nicely complimented the upholstery and overall composition. This space truly represents how small details can visually connect various design elements.


Golden Triangle French crystal lamp ca. 1950 with newer red silk shade.

In this North Shore home, designed by Robin Thomas, one-of-a-kind accessories are impactful in connecting an eclectic mix of furnishings.  A small yet elegant table from The Golden Triangle, bridges the modern and classic furnishings through its rich color and ornate table legs.


Golden Triangle French Walnut Jewelry Box Table ca. 1900

One-of-a-kind antique and vintage pieces are simply gems – in this North Shore home designed by Robin, a table was needed to fit in the space between the sofa sectional and arm chair. These very particular design elements often require the most patience – to find and discover just the right piece – and The Golden Triangle is always a reliable and valuable resource.  This black lacquered art deco table seems to float in the space and the top’s beautiful rich patina is the highlight. It couldn’t be more perfect, bringing just the right character and charm to this modern space.


Golden Triangle Square Art Deco Table in black lacquer

I often like to compare small furnishings to jewelry – a space (or an outfit) is fine without them, but can truly sparkle with the right piece. These small scholar bookcases from The Golden Triangle in our North Shore home are a favorite of mine – the beautiful patina, their history and rarity make them a very special and unique focal point for those areas that become illuminated with that one final touch. 


Golden Triangle Antique Chinese Scholar Chest

I am especially intrigued by pieces of the British Colonial period – they have an interesting blend of formality and relaxed styling. Here in a Michigan vacation home, this valet table from The Golden Triangle, with its own strong architecture, sits perfectly in the corner and holds the client’s family collection of vintage embroideries to create a unique artistic expression.


Golden Triangle British Colonial Valet Table ca. 1900

Robin Thomas’ Top 5 Picks from The Golden Triangle:


Pair of French Wooden Corner Chairs

This pair of wooden corner chairs is from France and was made circa 1900. Strong and sturdy, the chairs feature comfortable rush seats and are suitable for everyday use.




Vintage Brass Mantel Clock

This elegant brass mantel clock features a filigree design and an original movement. The piece dates to the late 19th Century.


Hungarian Art Deco Solid Walnut Chair

During the 1930s, Budapest, Hungary supported a thriving furniture manufacturing industry. Many makers were modernist and they enthusiastically created their own interpretations of the world’s first truly global furniture style – Art Deco. The distinguishing feature of Hungarian Deco is its simplicity and this chair is a good example. There is no extraneous decoration of any kind, just smooth curvaceous lines. Solid walnut was used and it has been lightly refinished. The original staffing has been totally replaced. The new fabric is a synthetic polyester, in keeping with 1930’s modernist principles. Origin: Budapest, c. 1935.

Sunburst Teak Wood Mirror

Natural strips of reclaimed Teak radiate from a circular mirror plate. The raw, untreated wood almost has a driftwood-like quality to it; quite different than the Baroque gilt Italian mirrors that it is inspired by.


18e03004_1Mid-Century Modern Italian Sideboard with Glass Top

This striking Italian sideboard features mahogany veneers applied vertically to notched-front drawers. The top is back-painted blue glass for practical use as a bar or serving surface. The drawers feature hardwood frames and dove-tailed joints. The legs appear saboted but are actually black-lacquered. The veneer surfaces are in very good condition with normal wear visible on the corners of some drawers. The piece has ten drawers for storage.

For more inspiration on mixing old and new in your own designs, check out Robin’s portfolio here. And visit The Golden Triangle at 330 N Clark in the River North Design District to browse their impressive and unique collection.

About Robin Thomas Design: Robin Thomas Design is a Chicago-based, boutique interior design firm with an in-studio gallery featuring a rare and exclusive collection of furnishings and textiles by local and international artisans. With a design philosophy based on individuality, we believe our role is to capture the essence of your vision and elevate it with our unrivaled sourcing and design expertise. This distinct philosophy begins with understanding the value of key elements from the past and integrating those important components into a new sensibility to create grounded, yet modern, individualized interiors. We welcome the opportunity to work on a broad range of projects, from complete homes to room-specific engagements.

About The Golden Triangle: Originally a store for imported collectibles from Thailand, The Golden Triangle has since grown to an 18,000 square foot design destination. For more than 27 years, owners Douglas Van Tress and Chauwarin Tuntisak 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. Cultural events are regularly hosted by the store highlighting: global and local design, inspiring artisans, Eastern and Western art, philosophy, history, tradition, and new collections.

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