Live Edge Chicago Joins RNDD

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Please join us in welcoming our newest Affiliate Member of the River North Design District (RNDD), Live Edge Chicago.

Live Edge Chicago is a furniture showroom and art gallery showcasing authentic Live Edge wood furniture handcrafted and sourced from 100% salvaged trees in North Central Pennsylvania, the permanent fine art photography collections by Mary Carol Fitzgerald Photography, as well as an array of rotating artists.


Their furniture is proudly made from trees harvested sustainably in the U.S., meaning they are not importing their products or materials from corporate foresting groups operating in foreign markets.  Often, the wood used in their furniture comes from a single tree in a private yard or a public park.  Each tree has a beauty all its own on the outside, and importantly for those of us that fabricate with wood, on the inside as well.


Live Edge Chicago was recently name “Best Art and Design Collective” in Chicago by Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago‘s “Best of Design 2017” issue.

Their gallery also showcases the permanent fine art photography collections by Mary Carol Fitzgerald Photography. Mary Carol Fitzgerald is a lifestyle portrait, event & travel photographer. With a love for creation, connection and embracing what inspires us most, her work exemplifies the art of life.

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For more information on Live Edge Chicago and their products, visit their website here:

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Nicholas Moriarty Interiors Joins RNDD

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The River North Design District (RNDD) is proud to welcome Nicholas Moriarty Interiors (NMI, LLC.) as our newest Designer Member!

Since its inception in 2008, Nicholas Moriarty Interiors has quickly garnered an esteemed reputation as “one of the top emerging young design firms” in Chicago.

Recognized as forward thinking and client-focused, NMI strives to create unique environments that fundamentally change the way the client interacts with their space. By drawing on a passion for a variety of design styles, from traditional to the avant-garde, their work is consistently recognized for its depth of texture, personality, and warmth. Through their knowledge of art, fashion, and design, they take a multi-disciplinary approach to the design process that allows them to draw out as much personal information from each client as possible. Thus, they create an environment that reflects every client’s individual life experiences.

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Please join us in welcoming NMI to the RNDD community!

For more information, visit their website here:

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BGD&C Custom Homes Joins RNDD

The River North Design District (RNDD) is excited to welcome our newest Affiliate Member, BGD&C!

Founded in 1979, BGD&C is a full-service DESIGN/BUILD firm specializing in completely bespoke homes within the Lincoln Park and Gold Coast neighborhoods. With over three decades of architectural design and construction expertise in both new and renovated residential properties, BGD&C has earned a reputation for exceptional quality and unparalleled service. Headquartered in the iconic John Hancock Building, BGD&C is a distinctly Chicago company attuned to the desires and expectations of clients in this city. Each project offers the opportunity to create a special, elevated custom home that is as singular and remarkable as its client. As stewards of craftsmanship, BGD&C is proud to produce homes with precision and passion.


BGD&C distinguishes itself from other homebuilders and developers by presenting a completely integrated experience—from initial concept to the last finished detail.

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To achieve a truly customized result, every detail is carefully weighed and every option vigilantly considered. BGD&C believes in timeless, elegant design.


Being local gives BGD&C a unique perspective on design and urban living. The company’s principals live in the same neighborhoods as their clients, and those roots lend insider insight especially when crafting homes for Chicago families. Merging originality and exclusivity with superior craftsmanship, BGD&C creates homes for family tradition and lasting memories.


For more information on BGD&C Custom Homes, visit their website here:

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Gild Assembly Opens Spring Pop-Up Shop

Chicago-based interior design firm and member of the River North Design District, (RNDD), Studio Gild will be bringing its Bucktown home accessories gallery, Gild Assembly, to Lincoln Park for a two-week spring pop-up shop.

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From the latest tomes on art and style, to tabletop accessories made with the finest craftsmanship, visitors to the pop-up shop will find a well-curated collection of art, accessories and furniture from Gild Assembly’s favorite artisans and collections, some of which will be marked down.

Tablewares from Felt + Fat, glass and wood vessels from Utopia & Utility, curios from Skultuna and accessories from Garth Roberts, will sit amongst furnishings from some of Gild Assembly’s favorite artisans.

Featured art includes framed drawings from Chicago-based Michael McGuire and works from local photographer Erika Dufour. In addition to this assemblage, the pop-up will host several events and feature items from other Chicago-based businesses throughout the shop’s duration, such as perfectly tailored t-shirts from 143 Tees, a finely-edited collection of vintage jewelry from Ladybug Vintage and an assortment of pillows and throws from SOLID + PATTERN.

A portion of proceeds from the pop-up’s sales will benefit Gild Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for Bettering, Empowering and Improving the lives of others.
Mark your calendars!
Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 15
11 am – 5 pm
1211 W. Webster, Chicago

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eggersmann USA Joins RNDD


We are thrilled to welcome our newest member of the River North Design District, eggersmann USA.

eggersmann kitchens and home living are custom, not mass production; unique not uniform.


Future ideas from over 100 years of experience…ever since Wilhelm Eggersmann founded this company in 1908, they have asserted that only the best will do, and that every kitchen should be as individual as its owner.

Their design foundation is built on key Bauhaus architectural elements – smooth surfaces, cubic shapes, neutral color and open floor plans. eggersmann is distinguished not only by Unique stone fronts and exotic veneers but also technological feats in cabinetry composition and ergonomics.


They specialize in exotic woods, unique laminates, solid stone cabinetry. Whether it’s for a kitchen, library, wardrobe or bath, eggersmann produces a custom product tailored to each customer’s needs. Modern and contemporary European style is our forte and they specialize in the most discerning clients.



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For more information, visit their website at Welcome to the RNDD community, eggersmann!

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Sophisticated Geometry at Casa Spazio

With the upcoming River North Design District (RNDD) event “Opening the Door to Inspiration,” we wanted to share a few of the RNDD showrooms that are currently inspiring us. The first being Casa Spazio.


River North’s Casa Spazio carries a collection of over 25 different luxury home decor brands, with products in a wide variety of styles and finishes. From a single lamp for your living room to a full kitchen makeover, Casa Spazio is able to accommodate projects of all sizes. Their goal is to create an elegant and modern living style for all of our client’s homes. And they don’t disappoint.

One of their products we are currently coveting is the Ax Ceramic Dining Table by Bonaldo, designed by Gino Carollo,which fits perfectly with the ceramic trend that seems to be happening at the moment. This geometrical and linear table was designed with the intention of eliminating fancy frills and getting back to the basics in terms of shape.


The table is completely customizable. It comes with a matte (graphite grey or iridium white) or glossy ceramic (Calacatta or Paonazzetto) top, and the base comes in painted metal with various color options or burnished metal. And you can choose either a fixed or extendible version as well.


The base is made up of two metal legs that criss-cross to form an X-shape which provides a solid foundation for the top, and creates a sleek sophisticated look for your dining room.



For more information, visit Casa Spazio online or in person at, 222 W Hubbard in Chicago.

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Stellar Sales & Marketing Success Stories Featured in Modern Luxury

Last year, the River North Design District (RNDD) partnered with Powerhouse SMART® and Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago to present “Stellar Sales & Marketing Success Stories.”

Luxury industry professionals submitted entries to be judged by a prestigious panel comprised of Jim Kinney, Becca West, Amy Lusher, Gianna Ryan, and Mike Cao. The top winner’s then presented their Success Stories at the PowerHouse SMART Symposium on October 13, 2016 at Casa Spazio. A community comprised of like-minded leaders gathered for the award ceremony to celebrate the winners, network, and view Cambria‘s quartz surfaces in the showroom.

Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago recently featured photos from this great event in their 2017 “Best of Design” issue.


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What’s Making Us Blush for Valentine’s Day

Because we are celebrating Valentine’s Day all month long, we wanted to share the products from River North Design District (RNDD) members that we’re currently crushing on. Variations of reds and pinks that are guaranteed to make anyone blush!

The Dornbracht LULU wall mount faucet with an Alape Glazed Steel washstand looks luxurious against a bold red wall. LULU is part of a trend that goes far beyond the bathroom. Physical, sensual, soft. A world of visual seduction. A play on the easy-going French lifestyle: sensitivity, seduction, passion, love.


The Dornbracht LULU single handle faucet with Alape Glazed Steel Basin and pops of pink. Its clear proportions, in conjunction with bold colors, develop a refreshing suspense – and prove that purism also works with color. Even perhaps just a little bit better.


The Squaring Isola bed by Bonaldo in pink from Casa Spazio. The design of the Squaring bed plays with volume and highlights modern geometric shapes. Its all-encompassing upholstery allows the bed to be positioned anywhere, even in the middle of the room.


The Pastel Embers rug from Organic Looms. The soft pinks in this gorgeous wool/silk 8×10′ rug has us blushing with rug envy.


Also from Organic Looms, the Pink Haze 9×12′ wool/silk rug. Filled with rich reds and pinks, we are crushing hard on this beauty.


This bold, red Primary III Tantra Series Painting from artist Adam Siegel at The Golden Triangle.


Also from The Golden Triangle, this red lacquer and brass cube low table in the style of Kai Kristiansen. This handsome cube-like coffee table features a bright red top supported by rectangular brass frame, which is joined by base stretchers.


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Join us on March 15th for “Opening the Door to Inspiration”

Join the River North Design District (RNDD) at Glenview Haus on March 15th for a fun event where we get to hear from 5 Chicago designers on what inspires them. Each designer will share 20 images, 20 seconds apiece.

Presenters include Scott Dresner of Dresner Design, Nora Schneider of Nora Schneider Interior Design, Rodger Owen of BGD&C, Donna Mondi of Donna Mondi Interior Design, and Randy Heller of Randy Heller Design.

A special thanks to our Media Partners: Luxe Interiors + Design and Dering Hall and our Corporate Sponsor: Life Safety Hardware Consultants.

Tickets are $35 for non-members.

Purchase tickets here.


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Pink and Red Interiors for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at the River North Design District (RNDD)!

To celebrate this sweet holiday, we are featuring some of our favorite pink and red interior designs from our talented RNDD members.

The sweetest pink “All Her Own” master bathroom and bedroom by Sweet Peas Design for a 70-something woman who downsized to a lovely home in Lake Forest and wanted some feminine flair in the master suite. Photos by Megan Chaffin.

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A gorgeous space from Michael Del Piero with a strong pop of red. Photo by Janet Mesic Mackie.


Another luxurious space from Michael Del Piero from the Lake Forest Showhouse with hints of pink. Photo by Janet Mesic Mackie.


A 1920’s E. Lake Shore Dr. CO-OP filled with pink glam by Donna Mondi Interior Design. Photos by Nick Novelli.


A bedroom in the Gracious House Designer Showcase designed by Donna Mondi Interior Design with rich reds. Photos by Werner Straube.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

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