5th Annual RNDD Gallery Walk Preview – Part 1

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.

Amy Kartheiser Design featuring Sarah Raskey on Exhibit at Chicago Luxury Beds

440 North Wells St. #100N Chicago, IL 60654

The night kicks off with the Official RNDD Gallery Walk VIP Kickoff Party at Chicago Luxury Beds. Vibrant colors, bespoke beds, natural stones. These are just three of the things to expect when joining us for the exclusive River North Design District Gallery Walk. Amy Kartheiser Design and Sarah Raskey Fine Art collaborate to create a truly revolutionary party inside Chicago Luxury Beds. Works of art and curated vignettes work together to tell a story and create the mood for the rest of the night. A portion of the proceeds will change the lives of children in a developing country via buildOn. Tickets are $35/each, and space is limited, so get yours now!

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Design by Amy Kartheiser Design, Photography by Werner Staub

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Artwork by Sarah Raskey

PROjECT.interiors featuring Amanda Morrison on Exhibit at Transceramica with a special installation from Theodore Alexander

314 West Superior St. #100 Chicago, IL 60654

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PROjECT. interiors, Transceramica, and Theodore Alexander present the official Gallery Walk VIP After Party, an after-party that matters. Celebrate community, creativity and our collective power to inspire change all while getting our groove on. Vibe high with spinning beats, tribal rhythms, and singing bowls; ground yourself in sculptural installations by Amanda Morrison and Sarah Raskey; get mystified, shake it down and make design matter.  A portion of the proceeds will change the lives of children in a developing country via buildOn. Tickets are $35/each, and space is limited, so get yours now!

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Design by PROjECT .interiors, Photography by Gianni Franchellucci


Artwork by Amanda Morrison

Yamini Designs featuring Julian Wasser and David Gamble of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary Gallery on exhibit at Casa Spazio

222 West Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654

Wig Out!  Swing through Casa Spazio and wig out in the wild and carefree glam of ‘60s Hollywood. Inspired by the photography of Julian Wasser and David Gamble at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, Yamini Designs has envisioned a hip and swanky lounge where Wasser would have entertained the celebrities he photographed in the City of Angels—and collected works like Gamble’s bold and vibrant silkscreen prints. Look for a young Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, Dennis Hopper and Andy Warhol among the Wasser prints as you vibe with the sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Then grab a dirty martini and a retro appetizer, sink into an Italian sofa and take in Gamble’s limited edition “Wig” series featuring Warhol’s own iconic silver-white hairpiece and glasses.  Julian Wasser will be on-site at Casa Spazio to greet visitors to the vignette from 5-6:30 pm on the 6th!

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Design by Yamini Designs, Photography by Spectrum Studio, Inc.




Left: artwork by David Gamble. Right: artwork by Julian Wasser

Steve + Filip Design featuring Christophe Gausparro on exhibit at Studio41 

225 West Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654

Christophe Gausparro’s triptych represents three major bodily systems: skeletal and organ (left), the circulatory and glandular (right), and the sexual and reproductive (middle). Each piece has the ability to compositionally stand on its own but stands truest when combined. The campy fun vignette created by Steve + Filip Design will be a cool space to enjoy a signature cocktail and dessert inspired by Christophe’s installation.

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Design by steve+filip Design

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Artwork by Christophe Gausparro

Stay tuned for our next Gallery Walk preview!

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5 Tips for Selecting the Right Art for Your Home

When it comes to select art for your home, it can be a difficult process. There are so many styles, sizes, colors, and price points. And art galleries can be intimidating for some. Art can be an investment piece as well so that can add to the pressure of making sure you make the best and most educated choice. That’s why we have called in the professionals to help. We talked with Chicago interior designer, Lauren Svenstrup of Studio Sven to get her top 5 tips for selecting the right artwork for your home.

1. Size Matters

Scale is everything when selecting the perfect piece of art for your space. Make sure that the piece is appropriately sized for the wall and the overall composition of the room.

“When in doubt, the bigger the better!” – Lauren Svenstrup

If you fall in love with a smaller piece of art, that’s fine too! Just make sure you are being intentional with it. Think of other ways to visually fill the wall, consider painting the wall a bold color, or try flanking it with sconces, or floor lamps, something to fill the rest of the space.


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2. Switch it Up

Make sure to switch up the mediums of the artwork you select for your home. There are dozens of styles of artwork out there. Explore everything. Then mix and match a few of your favorites. There’s photography, abstract, drawings, dimensional pieces, and framed objects, just to name a few.

“I love a good abstract, but not on every wall of the house.” – Lauren Svenstrup


Design by Studio Sven

3. Framing Changes Everything

Framing can be as understated or dramatic as you want and it can totally change the feel of a piece of artwork. For example, try taking a contemporary painting and put it in a traditional gilt frame. Or take a traditional piece of art and float it in an acrylic shadow box for a modern twist. One of Lauren’s favorite ways to play with framing it to “over-frame.”

“You can take a small piece and over-frame it with a huge mat for more impact.” – Lauren Svenstrup

When it comes to framing artwork in Chicago, no one does it better than fellow RNDD Member, Artists Frame Service. They offer many custom framing choices. Choosing mouldings, mat colors and glass options can be overwhelming. But don’t worry about it. Their expert framing consultants make it effortless and enjoyable to get your framing done beautifully.


These are trained professionals who will start by asking questions like where will this piece hang and what’s your personal style? Their artistic perspectives will ensure you land on the combination that was made for you.


4. Make it Deeply Personal

If you are going to invest in a piece of art and it’s going to hang on the walls of your home for years to come, then you had better love it. If you are having a hard time finding a piece that speaks to you on a deeper level, Lauren would urge you to keep in mind that anything can be art if you frame it right.

“I’ve taken a World Series baseball base and had it floated it in an acrylic box and all of a sudden it is art.” – Lauren Svenstrup

Bring your art, photos, treasured objects or favorite print into one of Artists Frame Service’s locations to begin your framing adventure.

“We frame what inspires us. Getting the things that speak to you on a wall is why I love framing.” – Josh, Frame Consultant at Artists Frame Service.


5. Explore All the Resources Available to You

When you are looking for the right piece of art for your home, don’t restrict yourself to online searches. Seeing a piece in person makes a world of difference. Utilize all the resources you can, including: art consultants, art galleries, art fairs, and vintage shops. And don’t forget photographs! If you come across a photo you love, contact the photographer and ask if they are willing to sell you a print or one time print rights.

“I was looking for the perfect portrait for a client’s home with an extreme hobby and stumbled upon the most amazing self portrait of Cory Richards on the cover of National Geographic after he survived an avalanche. I contacted him and purchased a one-time usage right to print a 8′ tall photo for my clients home.”


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The most important thing to keep in mind when selecting the right art for your home is that everyone is going to have an opinion, but yours is the only on that matters. One of Lauren’s favorite quotes is from Marie Corelli and sums up her thoughts perfectly: “An opinion which excites no opposition at all is not worth having!”


About Studio Sven: STUDIO SVEN designs in response to how you live in and interact with the space around you — your daily challenges and the life you aspire to live — to create a space where you thrive. We are firm in our beliefs and committed to our methodology: WE DESIGN OUR CLIENT’S LIVES, NOT JUST THEIR HOMES. Lauren Svenstrup founded STUDIO SVEN with a belief that a truly beautiful design is one that solves problems. If it doesn’t work in the context of your life, it doesn’t belong in your home. Lauren is comfortable treading the fine line between following “the rules” and breaking them. Her vibrant and sophisticated designs easily mix contemporary elements with vintage finds and killer art. Her working style is informed by her studies in furniture design and human-centered design, as well as her extensive experience in project management. STUDIO SVEN considers a wide range of projects and budgets, from residential to boutique hospitality. We collaborate with architects, contractors, artisans, and craftspeople, and are well-versed in every aspect of project management, from conception to turnkey installation. www.studiosven.com

About Artists Frame Service: With locations in River North, Lincoln Park and Highland Park, Artists Frame Service has been providing Chicago’s best framing since 1978. As the largest picture frame store in the country, Artists Frame Service offers a breathtaking and unmatched selection of frame mouldings from all around the world. The company pioneered the one-week turnaround and operates its own 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, giving it unparalleled control over framing quality and craftsmanship from conception to completion. Founded by Chicago entrepreneur Jay Goltz, Artists Frame Service was named the city’s Best Picture Framer by Chicago Magazine and has been featured in publications such as Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Tribune and Architectural Digest. www.artistsframe.com




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A Custom Home Design that Embraces Family Living

When this family of five was looking for a new home, they decided to build a custom home that was tailor made for their family and their lifestyle. They worked with the team at BGD&C Custom Homes to handle the architecture and design/build of the home and then brought in the talented Kadlec Architecture + Design (KA+D) firm for the interior design. The final result is a stunning home that embraces family living with a multitude of details that make it a true example of strict quality control.

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This 13,000 square foot home is located in Lincoln Park and boasts classical French style architecture with limestone façade, lavish exterior gardens, and roof deck. BGD&C and KA+D worked hand in hand to bridge the classic French Provincial style of the exterior with relaxed, informal finishes and furnishings.

“Architectural elegance was paramount and was created with clean lines, beautiful rich limestone detailing and a traditional mansard roof.” Rodger Owen – President, BGD&C


In an effort to accommodate family time, as well as provide a highly functional, world-class kitchen they designed an integrated family room and kitchen with enough space for a sizeable breakfast table, a large island with stool seating, and a significant amount of storage and counter space.  Special touches included a painted tongue and groove ceiling, O’Brien Harris hand-painted cabinetry with pewter hood, walnut countertop inset and quartzite countertops.

“We designed the space to be both formal and relaxed for intimate get-togethers as well as casual family time.” –  Steve Kadlec, Founder + Principal, KA+D


One of the most important rooms in the house, the Mudroom had to accommodate everyone’s needs coming and going.  As such, this nerve center of the home has ample storage, space to pull off your boots, and a house desk to drop keys, school books or briefcase. Kadlec Architecture + Design combined clever details using O’Brien Harris stained oak millwork, foundation brick subway tile, and a custom-designed “chalkboard” mural.


A playroom, loft, craft room, and lower level pool provide ample space for the children and for spending time together as a family. The lower level spaces, including a pool, provide a contemporary departure from the rest of the home.

“The client dreamed of a fun family space so we designed an underground pool with adjoining yoga/exercise room (visible through the operable ipe custom shutters!) complete with locker rooms and spa.”  – Rodger Owen


See more photos of this beautiful, custom home on BGD&C or Kadlec Architecture + Design‘s websites.

Architecture, Design & Construction by BGD&C
Interior Design by Kadlec Architecture + Design
Kitchen & Mudroom Cabinetry by O’Brien Harris
Exterior Photography: Tony Soluri
Interior Photography: Nathan Kirkman

About BGD&C Custom Homes: Founded in 1986, BGD&C is a full-service design/build firm specializing in well-crafted homes within Chicago’s 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 its exceptional quality and unparalleled service. Headquartered in the iconic John Hancock Building, BGD&C’s focus is ‘distinctly Chicago’ and its historical love of architecture. Each project offers the opportunity to create a unique home that is as singular and remarkable as its clientele. As stewards of quality and craftsmanship, BGD&C produces homes with passion and precision. www.bgdchomes.com

About Kadlec Architecture + Design: We are disciplined in pursuit of the personal. Our design philosophy is reflected in who we are. Quietly confident, enduringly accessible, casual, yet thoughtfully considered. Our studio was founded in 2004 to convene a tightly knit team of designers with exceptional experience. At ten people we remain deliberately small, working closely to give each project our full and focused attention. With every project, we work to build a lasting relationship with our client. It’s through this relationship that we develop meaningful perspective into our client’s needs and aspirations. This clarity of perspective informs the simple and direct design solutions we believe in. We’ve worked with growing families and empty-nesters, young professionals and established executives, shopkeepers and developers. While each client relationship is its own, every project is connected by our thoughtful, disciplined, and detailed approach. www.kadlecdesign.com

About O’Brien Harris: O’Brien Harris are manufacturers of luxury fitted furniture for every room in the house, with a special focus on kitchens, butler’s pantries, master baths, dressing rooms, and paneled libraries. Melding the rich furniture heritage of Great Britain and America, O’Brien Harris creates hand-made cabinetry with the pure lines and precise proportions synonymous with interiors of tailored sophistication. www.obrienharris.com

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Living in Place with GRAY | WALTER Interior Design

Are you living with things from decades ago? Does this lovingly assembled collection of artwork, antiques & other ephemera have your head spinning?

Below is an excerpt from a recent article written by Kenneth Walter of GRAY | WALTER Interior Design, centered around the concept of “Living in Place.” When you experience life changes – expected or unexpected – it can be difficult to know how to adapt your environment. Kenneth can help you determine what to keep and how to incorporate it into your home design.

Read the full article on Living in Place on his blog here.

63e1b796-4fa7-4422-831e-f6762ef88696-300x225The concept of Living in Place transformed my interior design/architecture practice to a new dimension. Yes, we still do interior design, of course, we’re solving problems by creating new ways of living for our clients. My younger clients often inherit items their loved ones have cherished for years. Many times the benefactor sees these things as a burden and wants to get rid of them. Not everything is a treasure even though it’s been lovingly kept for decades. I’m sentimental about my things too so I get it.

“Sometimes a renovation is exactly what the doctor ordered.”


We advise our clients on these important decisions: what can be given to loved ones, sold at auction, put in the “estate sale”, put on e-Bay or donated to charity. Some clients have one house, others are consolidating multiple homes full of furnishings to a single address. It’s a lot of work but our team lets you sit back and relax.

We’ve been doing this for years and know what we’re doing. We’ll help you keep the best and most meaningful things. Sometimes that means we go through storage containers with you, some of our clients can’t do it so we will. There will be some tears of course, but you’ll be happy when the cherished items go to someone who appreciates them. I cannot begin to tell you how pleased my clients are once they’ve parted with things that no longer matter to them.


Are you remaining in your home, trying to figure out what to keep? Do you need to relocate or downsize to something that makes more sense? Oftentimes it’s a combination of two or more of these things. Now that you’ve made the important decision to change your life we’re here for you. Experts at reusing what you already own. Your things will be integrated into your home whether new or reimagined. Perhaps you want a new place to hang your hat or renovate your existing digs. It could mean a new kitchen, bathrooms or renovating the existing spaces so they now fit your lifestyle.

I hope I’ve inspired you to make the changes you’ve dreamed of. The possibilities are endless. We’ll help you in ways never imagined. Don’t you worry about a thing, all it takes is a phone call.

Here’s to new beginnings~

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

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Premium Design Products for the Bathroom From KEUCO

Keuco is one of Europe’s leading companies in the bathroom industry. As a German medium-sized, family-owned business with a strong commitment to quality, service, and design excellence, the Kueco program includes premium design products for the bathroom including furniture, faucets, accessories, mirror cabinets, light mirrors, and basins. Here are a few of their newest products that we are currently coveting.

Edition 400

The main characteristic of EDITION 400 is its sensuously beautiful style. The fittings present themselves like filigree sculptures. Virtually works of art, their extraordinary presence almost makes you forget their actual purpose. Conceived by renowned design firm Tesseraux + Partner and awarded the coveted “Design Plus” seal of recognition, they stand out as prominent stylish elements in any bathroom design.


Attention to detail is what makes EDITION 400 fittings especially stand out. The washbasin mixers, available in seven contemporary polished and matte finishes and in five different sizes prove this in excellent terms. An adjustable aerator integrated and hidden in the spout is a special feature. The EDITION 400 program includes fittings for sink and tub applications, including a pillar tap, a single-lever mixer with a swivel spout, a wall fitting, a three-hole fitting , and a freestanding tub mixer. Matching accessories, vanities, mirror cabinets and light mirrors are available to complement the contemporary design.  The program also includes matching shower fixtures, so the bathroom can be completely rounded out with EDITION 400.


Plan Powder Room

The holistic furnishing concept of KEUCO PLAN now offers sensual functionality even in the smallest of bathrooms – the powder room. Developed by Tesseraux + Partner design agency from Potsdam, the small-scale washbasin ensemble comprising of a ceramic washbasin, high quality vanity unit, and slim LED light mirror impresses with its aesthetic unity – and is perfect for small bathrooms.


Coordinated in width and color, the washbasin ensemble forms a single harmonious unit. Available in five colors each piece of furniture is convincing with its straight yet unobtrusive design. For a stylish upgrade of the narrow vanity unit, there is also a modern version with legs in the same color. Whilst the LED light mirrors are strong in presence, they exude an almost cautious calm. And with their luxurious surface finishes, they exactly match the color of the chosen furniture.

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Learn more about KEUCO and their line of products at www.keuco.com/us or visit one of the area showrooms that carries their products including fellow RNDD Member Studio41 in River North at 225 W. Hubbard.

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3 Tips for Decorating Large Blank Walls

The following is an article supplied by River North Design District (RNDD) Member, Casa Spazio, a showroom in River North that carries luxury Italian furniture.

Approaching large, blank walls in your home can be intimidating and difficult to tackle. You don’t know where to start, and staring at the vast, empty space can leave you feeling uninspired and flustered. However, with a little inspiration, designing your walls can be a fun process that is easier than you might expect. Casa Spazio has 3 design tips for how to work with large, bare, walls to help get you started.


Design Tip 1: Embrace Negative Space

Negative space refers to the space around the elements of your design. The following design from Presotto illustrates that an empty wall can contribute as much as the wall unit itself.

This same concept can apply to your own home. Try to rethink the way you approach a blank wall by considering the shapes created around the things you put on the wall.

The most important thing to remember when dealing with large walls is the role that positive and negative space play. As long as your design is balanced, large empty areas can contribute to your design in a bold and powerful way. Embrace the white space, let it breathe, and don’t try to hide it, making it a powerful part of your home’s design.


Tip 2: Create a functional space

Now you can start determining a place for each element that you would like on your wall. Do you want art, shelving, a TV, etc.? Everything must have its place so that your design looks intentional.

It is also important to consider what else is in the room. Furniture and whatever is on the walls (art, TV) visually support one another. The entire space must be harmonious so that everything feels well balanced and appears to be a part of a thoroughly planned design. Consider the room from every possible angle, what should be the focal point, where do you need visual separation, consider the placement of the windows, etc.

For example – If a TV is necessary, determine where it needs to go for the best view from the sofa. Place the important items first, then use the balance of positive and negative space to determine where other things can go.


Tip 3: Think outside of the box… with boxes

Still unsure about what you want on your walls? Have you considered turning furniture into an art piece?

Presotto’s I-modulART is a modular, versatile and completely customizable wall system, to fit your needs. The furniture is modular so that you can reinvent and assemble it according to your taste, getting great results every time. Every single element is easily combined with others, giving you the best opportunity to fill your blank wall space while still keeping the design aesthetically pleasing AND functional.  See the various designs by Presotto here or stop by Casa Spazio’s Chicago showroom at 222 W Hubbard.


Various colors like brass or gold, and different finishes such as lacquer, wood or ceramic, give your furniture that personal, unique touch.

If you are interested in learning more about Presotto Wall Systems or if you still need help finding a solution for your blank walls, Casa Spazio offers design and space planning services. Contact them to get started!

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Abstract Expressionism from Organic Looms Rugs

Abstract expressionism is a post–World War II art movement in American painting, developed in New York in the 1940s. It’s best known for large-scale paintings that break away from traditional processes, often taking the canvas off of the easel and using unconventional materials such as house paint.

Organic Looms provides beautiful rugs that are completely customizable from pattern, color and fiber content to custom sizes and shapes. Here are some of our favorite rugs from their collection inspired by Abstract Expressionism.

Jackson Pollock

Spirograph, Wool/Silk, Made in India and Contemporary Graffiti, Wool/Silk, Made in India


Mark Rothko

Rothko I, Wool/Silk, Made in India and Blurred Vision, Oxidized Wool/Silk, Made in India.


Helen Frankenthaler

Abstract Strokes, Wool/Silk, Made in India

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Franz Kline

Emergent, Wool/Viscose, Made in India and Phoenix III, Aloe/Viscose, Made in Nepal


Frank Stella

Linked Inn, Wool/Silk, Made in India

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About Organic Looms: We take great pride in providing you with the finest-quality, natural-fiber rugs. All our carpets are hand woven under environmentally friendly conditions. In keeping with our Green Initiative, our rugs are biodegradable, renewable, environmentally sustainable, non-allergenic, and air purifying. The history and beauty of this art is undeniable. Organic Looms is proud to be a part of the tradition. Learn more at www.organiclooms.com or visit them in River North at 401 N Wells Street.

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RNDD Welcomes Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors

At the River North Design District (RNDD), we love to showcase some of the top talent in the Chicago design community. From long-time established firms to new, young designers. That is why we are thrilled to welcome our newest designer to the RNDD community, Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors.

Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors is a new full-service interior design firm based in Chicago, IL. They believe that design can impact lives and promote well being within the home. They work with your family, budget and desired lifestyle to provide a home that is uniquely yours.

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Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors is led by the talented Sarah Schwuchow. Sarah believes that thoughtfully conceived spaces can positively impact lives and that a space should reflect the identity and lifestyle of the people who live there. She specializes in blending contemporary design with eclectic accents to create beautifully layered, functional interiors that address the unique aesthetics and needs of each client.

Sarah’s strengths in design, project management, and her relationships with reliable vendors and tradespeople make her a valuable partner on your next design project.

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Sarah received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design with honors from the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. After graduation she launched her career, specializing in custom furniture. In 2015, Sarah joined an award-winning residential interior design firm where she had the opportunity to develop and manage luxury design projects from concept to installation.

Sarah is a Registered Interior Designer in Illinois, received her NCIDQ in 2018, and is an active member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). In 2018 Sarah founded a committee through ASID IL to provide educational programming and study skills to design professionals taking the interior design certification exam (NCIDQ). In 2019 Sarah became a CIDQ Ambassador. Beginning in October of 2019, Sarah will serve as the ASID IL Communications Director, overseeing all communication functions of the Illinois Chapter.

Learn more about how Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors can help make your dream home a reality here: www.sarahjacquelyninteriors.com.

Welcome to RNDD, Sarah!

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What’s Hot this Summer in the River North Design District

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

Theodore Alexander is delighted to be introducing the TA Studio Collection here in the Chicago Theodore Alexander Showroom. TA Studio by Theodore Alexander elevates simplicity to an art form, embracing the idea that less really is more, but with the same attention to detail upon which Theodore Alexander Artisans have built their reputation. With a refreshingly modern, simple and relaxed personality, it is designed to inspire individual expression allowing our clients to curate the perfect modern backdrop for how they want to live today. Click here to see more of the collection.


Workroom Couture Home offers textiles for urban outdoor spaces. If you are looking for fresh ideas in outdoor area rugs, check out their huge selection of outdoor fabrics which can be customized for cushions and pillows. Featured here are low pile soft area rugs in distressed patterns from Jaipur Living, repped here in Chicago by CasaBella, a fellow RNDD Member. Contact Workroom Couture Home for more information at Info@workroominc.com


BOXTEC drawer accessories by eggersmann were developed and curated for the absolute minimal intrusion on precious drawer space. The range is an expansive offering for every chef, baker, and novice interested in organization and cleanliness. After its creation in 2008, eggersmann has continued to evolve and develop the award-winning line with added features based on your needs. Learn more at eggersmannusa.com.


The Mellow Table is Bonaldo’s newest addition to its lineup of creative dining tables. It emphasizes soft shapes; a volumetric and enveloping base,  paired with a rounded-rectangular ceramic top. The Mellow table is available at Casa Spazio in many finishes and materials. Learn more here.


Rug Star was set up in 2002 by Jurgen Dahlmanns’ taking into account two of his passions, Tibetan Rugs and Contemporary design. Educated as an architect Jurgen has created one of the world’s leading rug brands and his work is considered the leading edge in contemporary rug design. Sold exclusively at Oscar Isberian Rugs, they are proud to present Jurgen Dahlmanns’ Rug Star collections to their customers. Learn more at isberian.com.


Montauk Sofa‘s new Jane Bed is just as modern and dreamy as the Jane Sofa. The Jane Bed is made to order just like their sofas. Custom fabrics, slipcovers and storage options available. Learn more at www.montauksofa.com


Shoal is Renaissance Tile & Bath‘s coastline inspired collection of Quick Ship recycled glass mosaic tile. As a modern interpretation of old-time porcelain mosaics with a beautiful matte finish, this collection pairs well with their Quick Ship ceramic and stone collections. Learn more here.


Designed by Vincent van Duysen, the Gregor Modular System from Molteni&C includes various straight, corner or peninsular units that can be mixed and matched together to give multiple combinations for a living space destined for conversation, reading, and entertainment, with all the media devices readily available. The multiple features distinguishing this range underline the overall lightness of the design. The steel base, in a new zinc finish, supported by small feet that recall VVD’s most recent furniture designs, such as the Quinten sideboards or the Jan small tables, is covered in leather, as are the winged armrests suitable for supporting soft cushions while at the same time acting as a useful surface. Learn more from the Luca Lanzetta Group here.

Gregor Modular System

The Emmet outdoor lounge chair and ottoman from Room & Board are a modern take on an enduring symbol of rustic American relaxation. Their exclusive design, Emmet is made in Duluth, Minnesota, from 100 percent high-density recycled plastic and features a stainless steel bottle opener under the arm for effortless outdoor entertaining. The matching ottoman meets the seat of the chair and then gently cascades down to support your legs in a comfortable arch. Sustainable, durable, comfortable and easy to care for, Emmet is an outdoor classic. Shop now at RoomandBoard.com.


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

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RNDD Welcomes Molteni&C

The River North Design District (RNDD) is proud to announce that the Italian furniture showroom Molteni&C has joined our design organization.

One of Italy’s leading furniture design and manufacturing companies, Molteni&C incorporates the expertise of a nearly 100-year craft tradition with innovative technological quality that ensures each piece is elegant, yet sturdy, and tasteful, yet functional.


Since 2010, Luca Lanzetta Group has partnered with the brand to bring its products to the Midwest market. Utilizing Molteni&C furnishings throughout his own home and those of his clients, Luca values the company for its boundary-pushing partnerships with architects and its trend-setting product that raises the standard worldwide. Luca Lanzetta Group operates one of the two US flagships for the brand in Chicago.

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Molteni&C Chicago Flagship Store is located in River North, a neighborhood known for its deep appreciation of fine art and design. This 3,000 square foot design destination sits between the high rises in The Loop and historic homes on the North and West sides.


Here, Molteni&C’s newest designs live among its most iconic pieces. Key product families on display include the celebrated Gio Ponti Collection, Heritage Collection and Gliss Master wardrobe concept designed by Creative Director Vincent Van Duysen.


Molteni&C combines advanced technology with old-fashioned tradition. In the 1950s the Molteni company led the manufacturing of classic bedroom furniture and in mid-1960s marked a turning point. These were the years of Italy’s economic boom and change was in the air. It was the beginning of design, on an industrial scale. Key interior designers and architects came into the factory, along with technical experts. Projects took shape on the drawing board, prototypes were made, designs were corrected, and so on. And today, they remain one of Italy’s leading international furnishings companies.


You can learn more about Molteni&C at https://lucalanzetta.com/1715/brands/molteni/ or visit their River North showroom at 311 West Superior Street.

Please help us in welcoming them to the RNDD Community!


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