Valentine’s Day Home Design Inspiration

The River North Design District (RNDD) and our members are celebrating Valentine’s Day all month long. 💕

Pink and Red Home Designs

In honor of this sweet holiday, we are featuring some of our favorite pink and red interiors and products we are currently crushing on from our RNDD Members. Take a little inspiration from blushing pinks and rich reds to inspire your own Valentine’s Day home decor.

The Bonnie to Your Clyde

Let Ligne Roset introduce you to the most notorious coupling of their collection: Bonnie & Clyde. Let their love story inspire your design desires this Valentines Day. When design icon Pierre Paulin created Bonnie, he instilled her with more than French je ne sais quoi: striking in terms of comfort, both aesthetic and physical, she hugs the lines of the human body fiercely. Clyde may come off as steely at first, but designers Numéro111 had Valentines in mind when they created him: V-shaped supports lift the mesh steel structure.


Above: Bonnie Armchair & Sofa | Below Left: Bonnie Armchair, Below Right: Clyde Low Unit


A Bold Pop of Pink on the Floor

A bold pop of pink in the rug and design accents bring the warmth of Valentine’s Day to this chic and modern kitchen not just in February, but all year round. The rug is from cutting-edge and award-winning designer Jürgen Dahlmanns of RUG STAR and is sold exclusively at Oscar Isberian Rugs.

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Ruby Red in the Bedroom

This lavish and elegant bedroom in the Gracious House Designer Showcase designed by Donna Mondi Interior Design was infused with deep, rich reds, giving the room an air of romance year round.


Photo by Werner Straube

Love is in the Air at Chicago Luxury Beds

For the entire month of February, Chicago Luxury Beds has partnered with Hinsdale Artist, Maureen Claffy Fine Art, to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. They couldn’t have found a better artist to feature, as Maureen expresses her whole soul while representing relationships, love and life.

Maureen specializes in collaborative work and storytelling, creating visual mantras and vision statements that work inside of custom interiors. The sacred space of the bedroom is her specialty. Come and experience the ultimate sleep experience: Hastens and Vispring, the textures and colors of Chicago Luxury Bed’s bedroom accessories and the benediction of art by Maureen Claffy. Enhance the mood of the season by creating a space for ultimate comfort and joyful rest. The luxury and the love will delight. See the exhibit at 440 N Wells, Ste. 100N.

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Photo by Logan Bowes

Furniture that Will Make You Blush

Theodore Alexander‘s beautiful ‘Blush’ pink color option is more than just a color…it nurtures peace, harmony, calmness, warmth, abundance, compassion, and love.

With the Custom Palette Program from Theodore Alexander, they embrace the beauty of pink and empower you to color your world! Check out their wide range of blush pink furniture today.

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Romantic Art for the Home

Celadon Art — available through Casa Bella — brings the romance with their Parisienne Page Series. A quirky assortment of historical pages from French textbooks and title pages. Each is overlaid with contrasting colorful illustrations of rabbits, statuary, figures, and energetic abstracts and framed in a simple, elegant silver moulding.

Good Vibrations: Red Rugs

Red is passionate, assertive and courageous. It’s like that one shade of lipstick that looks good on everyone. The same is true with this “Rouge Vibrations” bright red rug from Organic Looms. It is a brave yet romantic color choice that can look good in any space.
The rug comes in both 8×10 and 9×12 and is made of Wool/Sari Silk from India.

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Unexpected Colors in the Kitchen

Using color in unexpected places like appliances and cabinets, is a fun way to incorporate a bold statement and make a kitchen truly unique. This red kitchen, built by Xced Design Build, brings a little extra love to the heart of the home with bold red cabinets.

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Photo by Jared Powell; Build by Xced; Design by Power Partner, Melinda Cabanilla

Breakfast for Two

What could be sweeter than starting your Valentine’s Day with an intimate breakfast for two? We love the idea of home-made pancakes and coffee, shoulder to shoulder, at this quaint little banquette. Making plans for an evening out while the sun beams in the window…A Valentine’s floral as the centerpiece on the table, nestled on two soft blush velvet chairs. Mia Rao Design made this idea a sweet reality in this beautiful breakfast nook.MiaRao_O'Brien_002_window

Infuse Some Love into Rooms that Need it

The laundry room isn’t typically a place that we love to visit in our home. It’s associated with mundane chores and extra work. Scott Dresner of Dresner Design found a way to make this otherwise dull space into a bright and cheerful room where anyone would be happy to be. With bold, glossy red cabinets, he was able to infuse some love and life into one of the rooms in the home that needs it most.


💕 Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕

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The Largest Ceramic Tile Manufacturer in the U.S. — Daltile

Daltile Joins RNDD

The River North Design District (RNDD) recently welcomed Daltile to our Chicago design community. Daltile has a Chicago tile store and design studio right in the heart of River North, Chicago. We are excited to have them a part of our organization.

Renowned for trend-setting style, Daltile’s foundation of upscale design and exceptional quality provides you with a broad selection of superior products you can trust.




The Largest Tile Manufacturer in the US

Daltile is the largest ceramic tile manufacturer in the U.S. and one of the largest tile manufacturers in the world, employing over 11,500 associates. They currently operate 11 manufacturing facilities in North America, five Regional Distribution Centers, and over 250 Sales Service Centers (SSCs) throughout the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Daltile Design Studio in Chicago, IL is the best destination for specialty flooring in the country. At Daltile Design Studio, you’ll always find the tile you want and the information you need to make a wise choice.


Why Tile?

Built on a tradition of outstanding design, quality, and service, they set the standard for the entire industry. For over 70 years and counting, they have answered the question “why tile?” with trustworthy tile for floor, wall, and countertop that is proudly made in the USA. 1 out of 3 tiles sold in America is a Daltile product, setting the standard for tile across the country.


Setting the Tile Industry Standard in People and Service

People: You’ll discover a unique difference with Daltile Design Studio store. They listen and provide complete satisfaction from your first visit through installation.

Service: Daltile Design Studio salespeople are highly trained experts who help you choose the floor that matches your decor, your lifestyle and your budget.


The Best in Tile

Just a few of the reasons why you should choose Daltile in Chicago for your tile needs:

Fashion Forward:
Style & design are the hallmarks of their brand. Dailtile has stunning products for every style and every space.

Raising the Bar:
Using the latest testing methods, Daltile creates safety standards that are consistently adopted by the tile industry.

Visionary Technology:
Daltile leads the industry for innovation and technology as they continue to invent cutting-edge solutions.

Exceptional Value:
Their ownership of the manufacturing & distribution process allows them to control costs and pass the savings along to the consumer.

Tile is naturally eco-friendly, Daltile facilities employ sustainable processes, and they help trade pros qualify for LEED certification.


Welcome to RNDD!

We are excited to have Daltile and their Chicago tile shop a part of the RNDD community. To learn more about their company and their product lines, visit them online at or visit their River North tile showroom at 316 Hubbard Street.


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7 Kitchen Design Trends We Expect to See More of in 2020

Kitchen Design Trends for 2020

On the heels of the 2020 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas last month, we have seen some beautiful and innovative design trends emerge in Kitchen Design. The kitchen is one of the hardest-working rooms in the home, so it deserves a little extra love and attention to ensure it’s not only aesthetically pleasing, but ultra functional.

While technology and open-concept continue to be at the forefront of kitchen design trends, we asked our RNDD Members — who are kitchen design experts — to share with us some of the other kitchen design trends they expect to see more of in 2020

Integrated Kitchen Cabinet Handles

The new Shape Kitchen from Poliform is a model that is inspired, for practicality, to kitchens without handles, with a new and contemporary design, where a molding runs through bases and columns, resulting in a tapered cut, within which the characteristic built-in integrated handle is inserted.

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The VVD kitchen designed by Vincent Van Duysen for Dada — available through Molteni&C — reinterprets the recessed handle detail in a modern and sophisticated key.


Open Shelving in the Kitchen for Display

With the kitchen becoming the “hub” for entertaining, having a great display area has emerged as a key element in 2020 kitchen design, and one of Mia Rao Design‘s favorite kitchen trends. Shadow boxed by the cabinetry or designed to stand alone, Mia Rao believes that open shelving is the perfect way to add interest. Pull some of your show stopping items out from behind the doors. Glassware and interesting pitchers and platters shouldn’t be hidden. Add a couple of plants for color and life. A few key items pulled out of hiding add personality and texture to any kitchen!


Design by Mia Rao Design, Photo by Cynthia Lynn

Clad it All in Stone, Please

Beauty + Durability; two words you don’t hear often from a designer…until now. Donna Mondi Interior Design (DMID), predicts that 2020 will bring more kitchens applying both natural stone and engineered stone together in kitchen designs. This application is visually impactful, especially when compared next to the more traditional wood cabinets. Donna also believes integrated stone sinks are a stunning way to fuse the connection between the sink and the countertop/cabinetry.

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Rattan in the Kitchen

Warm up a kitchen with rattan! Arteriors Home presents the new Cameron Bar Stool. Thinly sliced pieces of rattan peel are first steamed and then bent by hand to shape this stylish seat. A chestnut wash finish and exposed feet work to further enhance its natural characteristics,and the double-layer of its open-form structure adds airiness. With no arms and a slightly angled back, this stool easily slides under any countertop. Available through Casa Bella.


Dark, Dramatic Colors in the Kitchen

Think black, blue and green. Scott Dresner of Dresner Design is known for his love of all-white kitchens, but even he can’t say no to this emerging trend. Using rich, dark colors like this Butler’s Pantry design by Dresner Design in collaboration with Suzan Hadaway, adds a sense of warmth and serenity to a room that at times can be filled with chaos. Designers are going “green” in terms of materials AND color.


Design by Dresner Design with Suzan Hadaway, Photo by Jim Tschetter

Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinets

Unified cabinetry is a thing of the past according to Komandor Chicago. Take a cue from this kitchen, designed by Komandor. Featuring a bold combination of patterned laminate panel for the display cabinets with contrasting flat finish on the island and remaining cabinetry. This kitchen is further punctuated with clear Black Opal pivot doors with clear glass. An exclusive product from Komandor. We love this dynamic kitchen!

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Marble Kitchens Are Here to Stay

Xced Design Build reiterates that marble is a kitchen design trend that is here to stay! From countertops to backsplashes, this sophisticated finish will make any kitchen feel expensive and luxurious.


Build by Xced Design Build; Design by Power Partner, Jessica Margot, Photo by Jared Powell

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RNDD Welcomes Maureen Claffy Fine Art

Bridging the Gap Between Design and Art

The River North Design District (RNDD) strives to connect the Chicago design community with the rich, vibrant art community of the River North neighborhood and beyond. We want to enrich the deep connections between interior design and fine art, which is why we love working with people like our newest RNDD Member, Maureen Claffy Fine Art.


Telling Stories of Love with Art

Maureen Claffy specializes in large scale watercolor and fluid acrylic artwork. She tells stories with art that are visual mantras of love for both residential and commercial environments.


“In the Flow” by Maureen Claffy, a visual representation of a family love story

Maureen paints about family, home, and love, on canvas, paper and birchwood. Her art is created with professional grade acrylic paint, ink, watercolor, pencil, marker, metallics as well as binding and grounding mediums. All materials are water based and water soluble. These materials are eco-friendly and waste is responsibly disposed. Only professional grade canvas on 2 inch deep gallery frames are used. Edges are finished so as to accommodate framing or allow for the art to be hung as created and delivered.


“The Love Intention” by Maureen Claffy, presented to this couple the day before their wedding.

The tagline for Maureen’s business is “Art that Speaks of Love.” She sits with her collectors and listens to their hearts and their stories to create positive visual mantras that keep them focused on the beauty of their lives and their dreams.

Living with Original Art

Living and working with original art is very much like living and working with natural light, fresh flowers and green plants. Original art carries its own unique and life giving energy. It is a touchstone for positive mental direction and focus.

The commission process with Maureen Claffy Fine Art takes this focus further in authoring an idea and acknowledging a common goal and identity. The result is an image of positivity and hope that unifies the community and encourages the individual.  For more information on custom commissions with Maureen, visit her website here.



Beautiful Works of Art

Here are just a few of the beautiful works of art Maureen has created over the years. To view her complete collection, visit her website here.

This is the story of a 2016 commission called “Mary’s Heart.” Mary’s Heart was her first true commission. Measuring 10 feet long and composed of four panels, one for each of the collector’s children. It is a series of interlocking hearts because it is most often true that it is hard to tell where a mother’s heart ends and her child’s heart begins. After installing this piece in a home in Hinsdale, IL, Maureen turned it into a beautiful scarf woven of the finest Cashmere-Modal 10/90 blend which quickly became a best-seller. Learn more here.



Below is a 2018 installation of a large scale watercolor by Maureen Claffy in Clarendon Hills called “Joy in a Bottle.” On the back is a secret pocket protecting the written story of how she created it on a beach in Michigan over two Summers and the story of how creating it transformed the way she looked at the world and the release of the need for control and perfection in her own life.

Welcome to RNDD

We are thrilled to have Maureen a part of our design community here in Chicago. To learn more about her artwork, her process, or the custom commission process, visit her website at


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Innovative Chicago Architecture, Interiors and Landscape: dSPACE Studio

dSPACE Studio Joins RNDD

The River North Design District (RNDD) prides ourselves on working with the top designers in the Chicagoland area. Not only do they do amazing work but they are amazing people to work with. So it only seemed fitting that we welcome dSPACE Studio to the RNDD community this year.

dSPACE is an award-winning design firm dedicated to architecture, interiors, and landscape. Project types include residential and small commercial, with a focus on urban dwellings, vacation homes, and unique business spaces. Their repertoire includes both new construction and renovations.


Chicago Interior Design That Tells Your Story

dSPACE approaches each project individually. A project starts with an exploration of client needs and evolves from budget, location, and context without imposition of preconceived styles or solutions. They strive to integrate environmentally sustainable design with green technologies and materials, whenever possible.

“Our work is defined by thoughtful design and innovation. Every project is tailor-made.” – dSPACE Studio


Design Philosophy

Their firm is dedicated to client satisfaction by meeting mutually agreed upon project requirements and goals. They are committed to effective communication and attention to detail through all phases of design and construction.

They have an incredible team that works hard to ensure each of these goals are met. Meet their team here.


Design Process

dSPACE prides themselves on keeping the design process both organized and fun. When you work with the dSPACE team, here’s what you can expect the process to look like (read more about each phase here):

  • Phase 1: Pre-Design
  • Phase 2: Schematic Design
  • Phase 3: Design Development
  • Phase 4: Construction Documents
  • Phase 5: Construction Administration

Architecture Project Spotlight: River House

6,000 sf, 5 bed, 5.5 bath home in De Pere, WI
dSPACE Studio designed this new construction home set on a wooded lot above the Fox River. A contemporary home that quietly attracts attention while blending into its surroundings. The design is driven by the site, allowing each room to have expansive landscape views. See more here.


Architecture Project Spotlight: Zinc House

6,000 sf​, 5 bed, 6.5 bath in Chicago, IL
This new construction Lakeview home takes a unique approach to city living by dramatically integrating with the landscape. The south facade is defined by beveled zinc portals that provide solar shading and focused skyline views. See more here.


We are so excited to have dSPACE Studio a part of our community here at the River North Design District. Welcome! To learn more about their firm and their work, visit


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RNDD Welcomes

Armazém: A History

Armazém is a relatively old word in the Portuguese language referring to general stores – mostly family owned businesses – offering convenience, knowledge, and a local vibe. The kind of shops that give customers the friendly and reassuring feel of a small-town business. Nowadays, Armazém is used to describe boutiques, specifically in Brazil. Dynamic and innovative, excelling to show something different. They understand that luxury is a lot more about the experience rather than the product itself – this is the connection with the old Armazems.

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Hence, Armazem in Chicago was born. A modern, relevant, independent, exciting, and ever-evolving showroom, curated by a diverse group of associates who share a genuine passion for design and are in it for the long run. Their team is what makes them truly unique as they strive to provide the specialized and multidisciplinary knowledge needed to collaborate with architects, interior designers and real estate developers.


We are thrilled to welcome their River North Showroom to our community. Located at 212 W. Superior Street, ARMAZEM is the newest member of the River North Design District (RNDD).

Constantly Evolving, Design Thinking

ARMAZEM aims to diversify current design thinking and show that there’s so much more than what is traditionally out there. They believe looking to the world achieves the ultimate home design. Armazem, like the word itself, is constantly evolving. They pledge to carefully curate their Chicago showroom with fresh ideas for home designs, from architectural products to home décor, keeping it exciting and thoughtful.


The Worldly Home Design House

ARMAZEM is a true lifestyle showroom thoughtfully curated with architectural products and furnishings from Brazil, Italy and the USA. Their product offerings include:

  • Architectural Products
  • Cabinetry
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Outdoor Furniture

Their talented design team strives to provide the multidisciplinary knowledge needed to collaborate with architects, interior designers and real estate developers.


Welcome to RNDD!

Please help us in welcoming ARMAZEM to the RNDD community. For more information on their showroom or their product offerings, visit or visit their River North location at 212 W. Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60654.

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13 Ways to Use the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue

Pantone recently announced the 2020 Color of the Year: PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue.

“Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” – Pantone 


This rich blue color is elegant, though-provoking and timeless. It is both bold and peaceful, bringing a sense of calm into any space. We asked our RNDD Members to share with us different ways in which you can use this classic hue in various rooms of your home.

13 Ways to Use Classic Blue in Your Home

Blue and White Bedroom

Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors recently collaborated with Chicago Luxury Beds on their holiday window display for 2019. The windows featured two seasonally festive bedroom vignettes designed by Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors, this one featuring a Classic Blue and white check motif. Sarah took the Classic Blue hue to another level of sophistication by using it in a buffalo check pattern.

The vignette also included contributions from fellow RNDD Members and partners: Organic Looms rugs and artwork framed by Artists Frame Service.

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Art by John Griebsch, Photo by Logan Bowes

Blue Vibrations on the Floor

Pantone’s Classic Blue makes a great pop of color on the floor.  This handknotted rug from Organic Looms is called Blue Vibrations, a Wool/Silk blend and is made in India.

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Add a Pop of Color with Classic Blue

When adding a pop of color to their interior designs, Kadlec Architecture + Design is drawn to Pantone’s Classic Blue as it is a great pure blue that plays well with others as is evident in this bold bedroom they designed.


Go Bold and Blue in the Kitchen

While white kitchens are near and dear to Dresner Design‘s hearts, they do experiment with color from time to time. One of the best ways to bring some energy into your home is through a bright burst of color. In this kitchen they went BOLD with floor to ceiling high-gloss Classic Blue kitchen cabinets.


Add Personality with Custom Painted Furniture

Theodore Alexander believes color is key when making your home a reflection of YOU! They created the Theodore Alexander Custom Palette Program to give you tools to add color and your own personal touch to help a room come to life and make your home complete! Start creating your dream home with the help of custom painted pieces from Theodore Alexander. Stop by your local Theodore Alexander showroom or visit for more information.

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Use Blue in Unexpected Places

This years’ Pantone color of the year was a perfect match for one of eggersmann’s client. With eggersmann’s infinite color selection, they matched their pool bath vanity with their high gloss Miami Blue Porche and carried the classic pop of blue throughout their home.


Blue on Blue

Room & Board loves blue as a modern neutral or a burst of color. See how they took some of their newest designs and found ways to bring this timeless hue into your home. Here they carried one color through an entire room for a unique statement. Shop this room.


The Therapeutic Power of Blue

Perhaps one of the best places to use bold color in the home is in the children’s room. Komandor Chicago custom made these hanging cabinets in classic blue. Perhaps this therapeutic power of blue will make the child focus on learning, sleep after a hard day at school, and gain energy for what is still ahead of them.


Blue as a Neutral

The name of the color of the year, Classic Blue, says it all – it is a color that transcends time and evokes a feeling of warmth as well as energy. Whether it serves as the main color story, an accent or a backdrop, it is always in style and can easily be the “neutral” of any space as is evident in this elegant room from Robin Thomas Design.


Make a Statement with a Blue Statement Piece

The voluptuous Arteriors Turner Sofa in Indigo Velvet is all glamour, appealing to style makers who appreciate bold design. The entire silhouette is one long curve. This plush design is sleek but inviting, making Turner the perfect anchor for any room that is built for entertaining. Available through Casa Bella.


Classic Blue as an Accent Color

Staci Munic Interiors is crazy about this classic blue velvet tipped pillow (we are too!). The blue velvet with the white linen is crisp yet casual, refined and relaxed and that’s the way they roll.


Bring the Balance with Blue

This urban condo project is a classic example of empty nesters finally living for themselves.  Transitioning from a traditional home in the suburbs meant Donna Mondi Interior Design had a blank slate to mold into a place that better represented who they are now.  Modern, clean, unfussy interiors were just what they were looking for. Here in this already bright and colorful family room, the client’s affinity for geometrics and bold colors served as the inspiration behind this urban contemporary design.  They incorporated a pop of Classic blue with the chairs to balance the room in addition to bringing the bright yellow into the chair pillows to draw the eye in and complement the credenza in the background.


Blue Tranquility in the Bathroom

Orizzonti has fused the Pantone color of 2020 into their most popular vanity, LINEA to turn this bathroom into a colorful yet peaceful oasis. At Orizzonti, their unique custom capabilities offer endless color possibilities, from Classic Blue and beyond.


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RNDD Welcomes Komandor Chicago

Komandor: European Style at a Great Value

The River North Design District (RNDD) is excited to welcome our newest member of our design association, the Komandor Chicago Showroom located on the 4th floor of the Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre at 371 W Ontario in West River North.

Komandor Chicago provides European style at great value. They specialize in the design, production and installation of quality European millwork. Their products include office partitions, sliding doors, room dividers, wardrobes, walk in closets, kitchens, bathroom cabinets, and fitted furniture. View the full range of their products here.


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Komandor prides itself in upholding three major values: Service, Quality and Value.


Komandor always strives to deliver the best service. Their reputation in the industry is that of providing and guaranteeing top quality services that clients have come to rely on. And each and every day, they work hard to maintain this. They take the time to understand your project’s unique requirements and will partner with you to ensure you are 100% satisfied.

Each of their professionals is an expert in their field with decades of experience.  From estimating and design to installation follow-up, they have some of the best talent in Chicago ready to serve you.



Located in more than 40 countries, including Canada, Germany, Poland and France, Komandor Chicago continues a heritage that started more than 25 years ago. Servicing both the residential and commercial market segments, Komandor’s products are known for their quality construction and modern style.

And they stand by their products. When you deal with them, you deal directly with the manufacturer. From fabrication to installation, and maintenance, their mission is to exceed your highest standards of quality.



Komandor is dedicated to providing the lowest prices while not sacrificing quality and service. When you hire them, you receive the best price at an amazing value. How? They manufacture their own products so there isn’t high mark-ups. And their designers are amazing at creating solutions that fit your budget. Slight design changes, or replacing certain materials can result in lots of money saved. Their designer’s cost-saving solutions will not take away from your project’s overall design, but enhance your project.


Welcome to RNDD!

Visit their Showroom in Chicago’s River North neighborhood (371 W Ontario, 4th Floor) to see the entire line of European products they offer or schedule an appointment online or call them at (312) 757-0717 to meet with their design consultants. Welcome to RNDD, Komandor!

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RNDD A Year in Review: A Look Back on 2019

Now that 2019 has come to an end and we begin a new decade, we wanted to take a moment look back on all the great things our organization and our members did this past year. 2019 was a great year for the River North Design District (RNDD). Thank you to our amazing members for your support and dedication.

Here is a look back on some of the highlights of 2019…

We Gained New Members

In 2019 we welcomed a total of 14 new members, bringing our organization to over 60 members in total! Eight of those were River North Showrooms: Theodore Alexander, bulthaup, Samuel Lynne Galleries, Molteni&C, Inspired Closets, Kohler Signature Store by Studio41, Poliform, and Komandor.

Two of our new members were local Interior Designers: Centaur Interiors, Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors.

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And we gained four new Affiliate Members: The Anti-Cruelty Society, Barrett’s Technology Solutions, Montauk Sofa and Oceanside Glass & Tile.

Our Events Were a Big Success

We kicked off the year panel discussion with Dering Hall at Lightology on “Being a Design Risk Taker.” Panelists Bruce Fox of Bruce Fox Design, Steve Kadlec of KADLEC Architecture + Design, Michael Del Piero of Michael Del Piero Good Design, and Melissa Benham of Studio Gild led a lively conversation about the best ways to break rules and surprise and delight clients with boundary-pushing work.


We continued our social media marketing workshop series led by Jason Myers of Zen Owl Media who taught our Instagram Insights course and our own Jill Maremont and Jenny Maraccini taught Pinterest for Business. Attendees left each workshop with valuable information and new tactics and strategies to implement in their own businesses.

On May 2nd, 2019, the River North Design District (RNDD), Chicago Luxury Beds, Luxe Interiors + Design, and Dering Hall partnered once again for “Dreaming of Design” featuring bedroom vignettes by talented Chicago interior designers, including RNDD Members The Golden Triangle, Wike LaFrey and Sarah Dippold Design.


Design by Wike LaFrey

The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. SOFA is held annually in the fall at Chicago’s Navy Pier, and this year RNDD and for the second year in a row, we collaborated on the official SOFA Afterparty on the show’s opening night. The party was held at Montauk Sofa and featured artist Francine Turk who painted LIVE with Benjamin Moore’s color of the year. It was a night filled with art, music and design.


And our biggest event of the year was the 5th Annual RNDD Fall Gallery Walk which took place on Friday, September 6th. For the second year in a row, the River North Design District (RNDD) partnered with The River North Arts District Galleries featuring artists paired with designers.  This year we also partnered with buildOn and a portion of the proceeds helped to provide the experience of equal and safe education for the children of a community in a developing country; as well as provide the opportunity for service and leadership for the youth within our own community.

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Participants Included:

  • PROjECT.interiors featuring Amanda Morrison at Transceramica
  • Amy Kartheiser Design featuring Sarah Raskey at Chicago Luxury Beds
  • Hailey Lauren Designs featuring Jamie Tubbs with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at TOTO
  • Nora Schneider Interior Design featuring Cleveland Dean at bulthaup
  • JOLIE ID featuring Meg Cowell with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at Christopher Guy
  • Yamini Designs featuring David Gamble and Julian Wasser of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary Gallery at Casa Spazio
  • Victoria Hardy Interiors featuring Bruno Surdo and Michael Van Zeyl of Victor Armendariz Gallery at eggersmann usa
  • Robin Thomas Design featuring Randy O’Brien of Vale Craft Gallery at Lightology
  • Wike LaFrey featuring Linc Thelen at Orizzonti
  • Kadlec Architecture + Design featuring Glenn Wexler of Zolla Lieberman Gallery at Oscar Isberian Rugs
  • JamesThomas Interiors featuring Ramona Russu with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at Oscar Isberian Rugs
  • Jessica Lagrange Interiors featuring Janet McGreal of Gruen Galleries at Oscar Isberian Rugs
  • Brianne Bishop Design featuring Philippe Vignal with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at Ligne Roset
  • Vincere featuring Vladimir Bachorik of Echt Gallery at O’Brien Harris
  • Bruce Fox Interior Architecture + Design featuring James Iska of Shashi Caudill Fine Art at Theodore Alexander
  • Kelly Hurliman Design featuring John Bannon of Ken Saunders Gallery at Renaissance Tile & Bath
  • Room & Board featuring Steven Ciezki and Kazuki Takizawa of Echt Gallery at Materials Marketing
  • Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors featuring Cat Tesla of Chicago Art Source at Artists Frame Service
  • Sarah Dippold Design featuring Robin Denevan of Addington Gallery at Organic Looms
  • Steve + Filip Design featuring Christophe Gausparro at Studio41
  • Alan Design Studio featuring Jennifer Webster with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at 210 Design House
  • Alida Coury Interiors featuring Colt Seager at Calia Stone Boutique
  • dSPACE Studio featuring TJ O’Keefe at Molteni&C
  • Centaur Interiors featuring Tyler Shields at Samuel Lynne Galleries
  • Victor Armendariz Gallery is exhibiting Jan Pieter Fokkens
  • Gruen Galleries is exhibiting Meredith Pardue
  • Vale Craft Gallery is exhibiting Randy O’Brien
  • Zolla Lieberman Gallery is exhibiting Dennis Lee Mitchell, Phyllis Bramson and Lorraine Peltz
  • Echt Gallery is exhibiting Jay Strommen
  • Addington Gallery is exhibiting Rebecca Crowell and Robin Denevan
  • Ken Saunders Gallery is exhibiting Thomas Scoon
  • Hilton | Asmus Contemporary is exhibiting David Gamble and Julian Wasser
  • The Anti-Cruelty Society featuring “Art from the Heart”, special POP UP with Dresner Design

Partners: Theodore Alexander, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, SOFA, EXPO Chicago, The Other Art Fair, Art Encounter, The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago Gallery News, Luxe Interiors + Design, Dering Hall, Freeze & Float and a curated beer selection by

Thank you to everyone who made this such an amazing year for The River North Design District. It’s because of you that we continue to grow year after year. Be sure to check out our events page to see what we have in store for the new year or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss out. Cheers to an even better 2020!

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RNDD Welcomes Poliform

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

The Luca Lanzetta Group embarked on a partnership with the company in 2013, combining Poliform’s strong international brand with Luca’s unique understanding of the Chicago market. Located in Chicago’s River North Design District, Luca Lanzetta Group operates the Midwest flagship destination for the brand.

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Established in 1970, from an evolution of a small artisan’s shop dating back to 1942, Poliform has continuously adapted its range of proposals to the furniture market.
In 1996, the company added kitchens to its collection through the acquisition of the Varenna brand and, in 2006 it launched its first collection of sofas and armchairs.

Now, the brand satisfies the needs and tastes of discerning designers and homeowners across the globe. Poliform’s extensive collection includes systems and furnishing accessories for the entire home: kitchens, bookcases, tables, containers, wardrobes and beds.

Poliform is currently a leading player on the international furniture scene. The highly successful result of adventurous enterprise, the company has always based its vision on the search for quality by updating its lines in keeping with all that is good in contemporary lifestyle trends.

Poliform’s comprehensive production range carries with it the design idea of a ‘Poliform house’ with stylistically compatible component parts; a ‘global project’ for each architectural situation thanks to the exceptional versatility of its modular systems.

You can learn more about Poliform here, or visit their River North showroom at 445 N Franklin Street. Please help us in welcoming them to the RNDD Community!

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