Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago “Best of Design 2019” Featuring 9 RNDD Members

Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago recently released their “Best of Design” 2019 issue and we were so excited to see many of our River North Design District (RNDD) members make the list! See the full issue online here.

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Congratulations to these RNDD members for your achievements this year!

Best Residential Wine Lounge: Mia Rao Design

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Best Bathroom: Donna Mondi Interior Design
Best Modern Showroom: Casa Spazio
Best Home Office & Library: Vincere

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Best Contemporary Kids Room: Kadlec Architecture + Design
Best Modern Millwork: Gray & Walter Interior Design



Best Kitchen Collaboration: O’Brien Harris and Sarah Dippold Design
Best Pop-Up: Dresner Design as part of the RNDD Fall Gallery Walk



The winners were celebrated at an issue release party on January 29th, at the new 210 Design House in River North. Congrats to everyone who made the list!

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Theodore Alexander is Coming to Chicago

Our organization is celebrating 6 years this year. In the time that we formed the River North Design District (RNDD), it has been incredibly fulfilling to watch not only our organization grow, but to watch the neighborhood grow as well. We welcomed many new design showrooms to River North in 2018, and already this year we are seeing more new faces pop up. One showroom, in particular, we are excited to welcome is our newest RNDD Member, Theodore Alexander who is opening their River North, Chicago showroom in Spring 2019.

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Designers don’t like boundaries. Neither does Theodore Alexander. That’s why their trade showrooms beautifully blur the line between the worlds of design and manufacturing with great styles, artisan craftsmanship, and collaborative services to help you take your design firm to the next level.

22Designers come to Theodore Alexander for a modern mix, but they are the masters of traditional styling – and all the beautiful transitions and iterations in between.

“Our style is your style.”


Very often custom creations set designers apart. Inside their upholstery workroom – your workroom – Theodore Alexander artisans nip, tuck and tailor to your plan. And their Custom Palette program gives you the freedom to create: Over 500 styles in 50+ finishes, plus innovative striping options. It’s all about empowering creativity.


Inside the Theodore Alexander showroom, their staff engages like an extension of your own design studio, at your service, expediting orders and partnering with you to bring your project to life – on time and on budget.


Idea and execution. Design and manufacturing. It all comes together beautifully. At your Theodore Alexander trade showroom – coming soon to the River North Design District. Welcome!

Learn more about Theodore Alexander and browse their product offerings at

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RNDD Welcomes the 210 Design House to the Neighborhood

We are excited to welcome the 210 Design House, located at 210 W. Illinois, Chicago, IL 60654 in River North as a member of the River North Design District (RNDD)!


210 Design House is a newcomer to the River North Design District and offers over 25 years of design experience to serve as a premium destination for designers, architects, developers, homeowners, etc.

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They have a dedicated floor to serve multi-developments, a dedicated showroom floor showcasing the latest and greatest in Snaidero products.  An entire showroom floor showcasing the latest and greatest from Plain and Fancy, as well as a floor dedicated to some amazing wardrobes, closet systems, and furnishings from MisuraEmme, a beautiful made-in-Italy product which like the other products offered- deeply rooted in family and tradition.

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All three lines offer the same values and traditions they hold true; quality, craftsmanship, and longevity.  All of the product lines are family-owned businesses and operated by the third generation.

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They are excited to launch the 210 Design House as a destination to all seeking personalized attention and knowledge.  The new space has dedicated meeting spaces for brainstorming and planning as well as event space so they can support the River North Design District.  The space will further collaboration with other like-minded businesses and support partnerships with many local non-profits they have supported over the years.

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They are also excited to partner with Sub-Zero Wolf, Gaggenau, Miele, Franke, Rohl, Dornbracht and Kohler…all of whom are going to be featured throughout the beautiful floors of the space.

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For more information on the 210 Design House, visit them online at, or in person at 210 W. Illinois, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-644-1300.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

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Custom Home Trends 2019

Janet Owen, a leading Chicago luxury Real Estate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, offers some insights on custom home trends for 2019. We asked Janet what she sees as some of the must-have’s for buyers in 2019. Here is her list of musts.

Your home definitely has to not only be a “smart home”, but it must have a PhD!

The ability to control lighting, heating and cooling, and the weather report remotely is a must, as is the ability to raise and lower shades in each room of the home.  Blinds with pull chains are as “old school” as phones with wires or wires anywhere in your home, for that matter.


BGD&C’s Lincoln Park French Home
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Design/Build & Construction: BGD&C
Photography: Tony Soluri

Security is important.  Remote control garage door openers are a must. We just had our firewood delivered while we were away for Thanksgiving. My husband Rodger Owen (President of BGD&C Custom Homes), opened the garage door remotely for the delivery company and they brought it right in. The garage door was closed remotely, all while he was watching them deliver on our cameras.  We get an alert when anything happens anywhere near our home and we have instant access to our security cameras on our phones.

Oh, and about that garage? There will be driverless cars in there within a few years. I don’t believe it either, but it is happening.  And you don’t have an electric charger? The time is now to integrate that into your new home. Garages that look like rooms, robots cleaning the floors- need I say more?  The key is embracing technology- it’s rapidly changing and we all need to be up to date.

Alexa, Siri and whomever are everywhere.  Ask one of them to program your oven to turn on or off on a whim, play the music you are in the mood to hear. Robotics are not the future, they are now and if you are in denial you will be left behind.   Let’s not forget to mention the choices on TV. Needless to say, absolutely everything is on demand anywhere, anytime, and anyplace. No one watches anything that is actually happening now with the exception of the Oscars, the latest news events or perhaps the finals of a sporting event.

Regarding finishes, I hear everywhere that granite is “definitely out”.  What’s hot? Leathered quartzite countertops in your kitchen. Brass finishes and grass cloth wall coverings are back, or so I have heard from some of my friends and colleagues who are well known interior designers. “Mid-century modern” and “transitional” are key words I hear all the time. Open spaces are still in high demand but not a lot of “things” to fill every nook and cranny. Family photos and mementos will hopefully never go out of style.


BGD&C’s Lincoln Park Transitional Home
Architecture: BGD&C
Design/Build & Construction: BGD&C
Interior Design: Kadlec Architecture + Design
Photography: Nathan Kirkman

When building a custom home, outdoor kitchens are a “must” as are attached garages, pools and room sized mudrooms for the children and all their paraphernalia. Decompress when coming in from the garage and put everything in its’ place in the mudroom. It makes perfect sense to me. And who wants to get wet on the way to a party on a rainy or snowy evening? For me, that is the most important reason for an attached garage!  Create an alert on your phone and be sure your system closes the garage door after you walk into the house or after you drive away.  A garage door being left open is a huge security breach.

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BGD&C’s Lincoln Park Tuscan Home
Architecture: BGD&C
Design/Build & Construction: BGD&C
Photography: Tony Soluri

Just recently, I heard a buyer wanted a climbing wall in their home gym.  Another wanted an in-home art studio.  The list is really endless.  Accommodating the way buyers live is ultimately the most important thing in new home design trends.

Any other questions? Ask Alexa. Or better yet, ask BGD&C Custom Homes and tell them what you want for your particular lifestyle.  They are great listeners and will make it happen. – Janet Owen, top producing broker of Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff.

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RNDD Welcomes Montauk Sofa

Montauk Sofa has been a longtime friend and supporter of the River North Design District (RNDD). So it goes without saying, we were sad to see them move their showroom from River North to Fulton Market. But their new space is so incredible and we couldn’t be happier for them!




Now that they are settled in their new home, we are excited to announce that they have re-joined RNDD as an Affiliate Member! Welcome home, Montauk Sofa!

Montauk Sofa is a luxury, sustainable sofa brand with showrooms in Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, Calgary, New York , nd Chicago.


All Montauk Sofa upholstered products are hand made at their Montreal factory in St. Henri. Montauk sofas always start out with a traditional solid wood frame covered with springs which are held in place by eight-strand flax rope (the highest standard in the industry), all covered by memory foam and down filled feather cushions. There is no compromising on quality. The depth is generous, the cushions offer incredible support, allowing you to sit or lounge in absolute comfort.


“More wood, more metal, more feathers.”
– Tim Zyto, Owner


Montauk’s goal has always been to provide the most comfortable, fashionable sofas with no impact on the environment. They tackle three of the most important issues today: greenhouse gas reduction, clean biodegradability and closed-loop recycling. Striving for these environmental solutions is a priority for their company and they are proud to produce furniture with little negative effect on the world we live in.


Please join us in welcoming Montauk Sofa to the River North Design District. You can check them out online at and be sure to visit their new Chicago home at 1229 W. Lake Street.

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Calia Stone Boutique Joins RNDD

Calia Stone Boutique is a brand new showroom located in the River North Design District, and we are excited to welcome them as a new member of our organization! Calia Stone’s mission is to provide the highest quality natural stones with an exemplary commitment to customer service.

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While the process of selecting your countertop material can be overwhelming; Calia’s welcoming and knowledgeable staff will help you pick the right stone for your project. Their new River North location is perfect for industry partners to utilize the space for client meetings, the selection process, design layout, and finishing details. They offer a full-service room for designers/builders/architects to have a place to meet and entertain clients.


The opportunity to bring a stone warehouse to the River North Design District has been a lifelong goal of the company. They offer the most unique selections of granite, quartz, quartzite, marble, and porcelain surfaces in the city.


They also utilize the latest in technology to select and view your entire slab and the ability to see it installed in your own project designs prior to the final layout. Calia selects only the most beautiful materials; striving for unique, elegant, and timeless pieces for you to admire every day in your space.


We are thrilled to welcome them to the River North Design District. To learn more about Calia Stone and their product offerings, visit them online at or in person at 154 W. Hubbard in River North.

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RNDD A Year in Review: A Look Back on 2018

As we welcome a new year, we can’t help but look back on 2018 and all of the successes for the River North Design District (RNDD) and our members. Thank you to our incredible members for your support and dedication. Because of you, our organization has grown to 63 members in 2018, making it our biggest year ever.

Here is a look back on our favorite moments of 2018.

We Gained New Members

In 2018 we welcomed a total of 19 new members! Six of those were River North Showrooms: Room & Board, Materials MarketingArtists Frame Service, Snaidero, Calia Stone Boutique and Theodore Alexander.

Nine of our new members were local Interior Designers: Kadlec Architecture + Design, JOLIE ID, Sarah Dippold Design, Steve + Filip Design, Studio Sven, Bruce Fox Design, Staci Munic Interiors, Mia Rao Design, and Milieu.


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Design by Steve + Filip Design

And four of our new members came on board as Affiliate Members: Keuco, Xced Design Build, Andino Photography, and SilverGate Technology.

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Our Events Were a Big Success

We launched our first ever workshop series led by marketing and branding experts: Jessica Zwieg of The Simply Be. Agency, Jason Myers of Zen Owl Media, and Sandra Kumorowski, Marketing Strategist and Professor. Attendees left each workshop with valuable information and new tactics and strategies to implement in their own businesses.

On May 3rd, 2018, 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 11 amazingly talented Chicago interior designers, including RNDD Members Inspired InteriorsMitchell Channon Design, and Vincere LTD.,


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Mitchell Channon Design Vignette

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 our Members took part in a series of exciting and informative events and lectures. For the first time at SOFA, the fair featured designer vignettes centering around the theme Living with Art. Nicholas Moriarity of Nicholas Moriarty InteriorsMichael Stornello and Tom Konopiots from Vincere along with The Golden Triangle with Adam Siegel all designed booths as an extension of their design aesthetic meant to help collectors and homeowners visualize the art in their home and how to display their collections in creative ways.

We celebrated with the who’s who of the Chicago art and design community with a SOFA after-party at The Golden Triangle on November 2nd. The private event featured 20 works from acclaimed artist Adam Siegel where he debuted his new show Archetype: Excavation and Expectation.


And our biggest event of the year was the 4th Annual RNDD Fall Gallery Walk which took place on Friday, September 7th. This year the River North Design District (RNDD) partnered with The River North Arts District Galleries featuring artists paired with designers.  This year’s highlights included a full lineup of openings and events on Friday, September 7th from 5-9pm and special pop-ups including a Stosa Cucine kitchen with Dresner Design in collaboration with celebrity artist Tubs in collaboration with Mauricio Ramirez.


Dresner Design’s pop-up kitchen

Participants Included:
PROjECT.interiors featuring Eric Gushee & Amanda Morrison at Studio41
Hailey Lauren Designs featuring Keysook Geum of Andrew Bae Gallery at TOTO
Nora Schneider Interior Design featuring Terry O’Neill of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary at Ligne Roset
JOLIE ID featuring Arthur Meyerson of The Rangefinder Gallery at Tamarkin Camera at ORIZZONTI
Stephen Young Design featuring Rose Freymuth Frazier of Gallery Victor Armendariz at Christopher Guy
London Walder Interior Design and Devon Grace Interiors featuring Robin Denevan of Addington Gallery at Atelier Kitchen Collections
Robin Thomas Design featuring Rene Romero Schuler of Zolla Lieberman Gallery at Chicago Luxury Beds
Adam Siegel at The Golden Triangle
Blutter Shiff Design Associates featuring Linc Thelen at Jesse Chicago / Home Element
Kadlec Architecture + Design featuring Dylan Martinez of Echt Gallery at O’Brien Harris
MOOD Design + Build featuring Daniel Jacob of Echt Gallery at Organic Looms
Stone | Kent featuring Xiaofei Yue of Galerie Waterton at Oscar Isberian
Jasmin Reese Interiors featuring Wendy Franklin of Vale Craft Gallery at Lightology
Mitchell Channon Design featuring David Yarrow of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary Gallery at Casa Spazio
Mia Rao Design featuring Anna Pales of Gruen Gallery at Transceramica
Sarah Dippold Interior Design featuring Gregory Block of Zolla Lieberman Gallery at eggersmann USA
Steve + Filip Design featuring Mary Ann Papanek-Miller of Jean Albano Gallery at Artists Frame Service
Wike | LaFrey featuring Ryan McDonald at Materials Marketing
Rick Beck at Ken Saunders Gallery
Partners: Chicago Gallery NewsDering HallLuxe Interiors + Design, Chicago Magazine, Network Next Gen, EXPO Chicago, SOFA, The Other Art Fair


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 2019 or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss out. Cheers to an even better 2019!

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RNDD Welcomes Studio Sven

2018 has been a great year for the River North Design District (RNDD). We’ve welcomed many new members to our design community, our newest being the Chicago interior design firm, Studio Sven.

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Studio Sven was founded in 2014 by Lauren Svenstrup with the firm belief that a home should have a personality and a sense of humor, with an element of whimsy and intrigue. Yearning for the unexpected, she teeters the fine line of knowing when to follow the “rules” and when to break them. Her designs are vibrant and sophisticated, mixing contemporary elements with vintage finds and killer art.


“Homes are meant to be lived in, laughed in, and loved in … so love yours.”

Studio Sven creates a space that is stylish, sophisticated, and a true representation their clients. They pride themselves on curating bold and artfully unique spaces for living. They firmly believe in a holistic approach to design, while striving to provide the highest level of customer service throughout the process.


Collaborating with architects, contractors, artisans, and craftspeople, Studio Sven is well versed in every aspect of a project management from conception to turnkey installation. Studio Sven accepts a wide range of projects, from residential to boutique office and retail spaces.


Welcome to RNDD, Studio Sven. We are excited to have you a part of our group!

To learn more about Studio Sven and to view their portfolio of work, visit their website at

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Designer Spotlight: Studio Gild

Studio Gild will be participating in Cycle for Survival on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Join them in their continued efforts to #fuckcancer by registering to ride with them or donate to their team.

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Studio Gild is co-founded by Melissa Benham, Jennie Bishop and Kristen Ekeland. Drawing inspiration from fashion, art, and architecture, Studio Gild infuses each project with a touch of sophisticated whimsy and endless style. Gilding each project with a fine layer of thoughtful detail is Studio Gild’s trademark – resulting in environments that are curated, provocative and timeless.

2018 was a great year for Studio Gild, they were featured on the cover of the November/December 2018 issue of Interiors magazine. The 18-page story, titled “Light & Symmetry,” features their Highland Park Family Residence project. Read the full article here.

They also announced their expansion to the west coast with the opening of their California office at 6121 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA.

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In 2016, the team at Studio Gild opened Gild Assembly, a Bucktown shop selling home accessories and artwork from locally and internationally cultivated sources. Gild Assembly proudly contributes a portion of profits to a variety of charitable alliances through Gild Foundation.

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Gild Assembly is open to the public! Stop in to shop for everything from gorgeous, minimal bottle openers to one-of-a-kind, large-scale vases. Visit them at 2110 N. Damen Avenue in Chicago.

Gild Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed by Melissa, Jennie and Kristen out of a common aspiration to give back and make a difference; forging a sound commitment to focus growing resources on a wide variety of issues near and dear to their hearts, which deserve bettering, empowering and improving.


Organization and causes Gild Foundation supports include the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the American Brain Tumor Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Gild Foundation was recently featured in Modern Luxury CS’ November 2018 issue and online. The feature includes Studio Gild among other influential Chicagoans that are paying it forward through their life’s work.

Learn more about Studio Gild and all the good work they do at


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The RNDD 12 Days of Design Gift Guide

With the holidays right around the corner, we’ve compiled 12 gift ideas from our River North Design District (RNDD) Members, for everyone on your list from the Cocktail Connoisseur to that Impossible-to-Buy-For Person. Happy Holidays!

For the Interior Designer:
The Maison Lévy of Paris decorative pillow featuring the Paloma print from Robin Thomas Design.

Inspired by a vision to bring art to daily life, Maison Lévy of Paris translates the original works of European painters into creatively patterned textiles and decorative objects.
Robin Thomas Design is the exclusive US Agent and Showroom for Maison Lévy. Contact for inquiries.
Price upon request.
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For the Foodie:
15 Square

Let eggersmann create this custom module system to organize and display your wine glasses, spice jars, fresh produce, knife block, USB connections, cookbook, power strips and so much more. The 15 Square system can be suspended from the ceiling, on a countertop, backsplash or even used as a room divider.
Pricing is based on each individuals client’s design.

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For that Hard-to-Buy-for Person:
The Purr Pet Table Lamp by Moooi from Lightology

Designed by Marcel Wanders for Moooi and available at Lightology, the Purr Pet has an opal glass body, decorated with touches of gold, and emits a sunny heartwarming glow. Comes with a cord and plug.

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For the Art Enthusiast:
Gallery Wall Packages from Artists Frame Service

Triptych. Grid. Organic. Artists Frame Service has done the thinking on a variety of gallery wall layouts for you, so you don’t have to. Created with their European-crafted frames, they have five different gallery wall layouts in a variety of sizes and finishes.
Pricing starts at $137, purchase online or visit their River North location.


For the Luxe Lover:
Luxurious Faux Fur Throw Blankets from Chicago Luxury Beds

Experience the soothing warmth of a fur that exudes comfort, peace, and tranquility. The perfect balance of luxury AND function, these fabulous faux throws from Chicago Luxury Beds are velvet-lined AND conveniently machine wash/line dry.
$349 for a 60” x 72”  blanket.


For the Cocktail Connoisseur: 
Levi Decanters from Arteriors Available through Casa Bella

The Levi Decanters from Arteriors, available through Casa Bella, are made of clear glass with Blue Lapis and Natural Quartz stoppers, surrounded by polished Nickel. They would look beautiful atop a home bar. And they ship in 72 hours so you still have time! Contact your Casa Bella Rep for purchasing information.

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For the World-Traveler:
Hand Woven Rugs from Oscar Isberian 

Looking for a unique gift? How about a hand-woven rug? With over 30 years of experience each, Oscar Isberian Rugs are experts at their craft, discovering artisan rugs that will be in demand in their Chicagoland showrooms.
Great values available in 2’x3′ samples, most under $99!


For the Entertainer:
Bask Candle Holders from Room&Board 

An exploration of opposites, the Bask candle holders from Room & Board bring an industrial feel to the soft glow of candlelight. Made in Minnesota from recycled, powder-coated steel, Bask accommodates votive or taper candles.
Pricing: $45.00, $50.00, $55.00.


For the Movie Buff:
The Hans Reclining Chair from Casa Spazio

The Hans lounge chair by Fjords, available at Casa Spazio, has a contemporary design with variable adjustment providing continuous support for your Netflix marathon. In addition to its modern, stylish look, the support prevents your legs and backs from tiring. The Hans is also available with a base which has 360° swiveling capabilities.
Pricing starts at $3,288.


For the Person Who Has Everything:
The WASHLET® S550e Elongated with ewater+ from TOTO

Ecology-minded luxury in a slim design, this TOTO WASHLET features the technology advanced ewater+ system, which mists and cleans the bowl with electrolyzed water after every use.  Fully automated, including remote control and heated seat.

For the New Homeowner:
The Pronto Uno Vanity, Available through Orizzonti

The Pronto Uno vanity, available through Orizzonti, is part of the LACAVA new QUICK-SHIP program! Ships within 48 hours of your order, available in natural walnut, matte white and ash gray, sink top available in gloss and matte solid surface.  Size: 24”w, 22”d, 20”h.
Vanity — $1,790, Kubitop Sink — $780  + Free shipping if ordered as a set. (conditions apply)

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For the Beauty Maven:
The iLOOK_Move Cosmetic Mirror from KEUCO

KEUCO iLook_Move Cosmetic Mirror is a perfect gift for the Holidays! Available Round or Square, Lit or Unlit, and in a variety of metallic finishes, this crystal mirror provides 5X magnification for grooming and makeup application.
Price range (unlit, lit w/ 1 light color, lit w/ variable light color, plugin, in a variety of finishes): $467.80-$2275. Price as pictured: $961.10




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