RNDD Gallery Walk Preview – Part 3

Due to great success, the River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walkwill return on Friday September 8th, 2017.  The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk is open to the public and free with the exception of two special events (more information here).

Each participating showroom will be exhibiting designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings with artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today, curated by Daniel Kinkade Fine Art. Showrooms will have extended hours during the event until 9pm.  The works will be exhibited until October 8th.

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

Nicholas Moriarty Interiors featuring Magdalena Krzak on exhibit at Ligne Roset


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

Visit the newly re-opened Ligne Roset showroom during the RNDD Gallery Walk to view a vignette designed by Nicholas Moriarty of Nicholas Moriarty Interiors featuring works by artist Magdalena Krzak from 4-9pm.

Magdalena Krzak’s paintings present a unique combination of an abstract, figurative forms and drawing. She focuses mainly on human nature, woman nature in particular. Her pieces are created spontaneously; she is led by emotions and everyday observation. Images of women are subtle and feminine and her subjects are often nude and vulnerable. Created only with an outline, filled with colors and texture they blend with the background, yet they speak to us with incredible power. The combination of illustrative and abstract styles gives her work a dreamy quality and transports our imagination into a whole other world.

Since its inception in 2008, Nicholas Moriarty Interiors (NMI, LLC.) 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, our work is consistently recognized for its depth of texture, personality, and warmth.  Through our knowledge of art, fashion, and design, we take a multi-disciplinary approach to the design process that allows us to draw out as much personal information from each client as possible.  Thus, we create an environment that reflects every client’s individual life experiences.


Blutter Shiff Design Associates featuring Pamela Staker on Exhibit at O’Brien Harris


501 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60654

Blutter Shiff Design Associates will be creating Haiku-themed vignettes featuring Pamela Staker’s work on exhibit at O’Brien Harris. Stop by between 4-9pm and enjoy small bites presented by Erling Wu-Bower, of Pacific Standard Time Restaurant, California-inspired Hearth Cuisine.

Pamela Staker: At their core, Pamela Staker’s paintings and works on paper are about a search for beauty and joy in process. They are a performance of sorts – spontaneously choreographed – playful and sensitive – free flowing within the bounds of carefully constructed compositions. Using landscape, nature, and architecture to underpin her imagery, Staker advances the work by allowing herself a great deal of freedom in her paint handling – applying her marks quickly and with a confidence that is intuitive and decidedly unfussy. Staker’s “Haiku Series” in particular has an urban/rural duality. These works are based on themes of nature –always within the context of her urban environment. She notices moments that are easily passed over and finds beauty in the unexpected.

Blutter Shiff Design Associates, has been demystifying the design field for clients and forging timeless, highly functional interiors since 1958. Today, they have a young staff, headed by Janet Blutter Shiff. They believe no job is off-limits or too trivial. They take on residential, contract and commercial jobs both large and small. Their firm can execute any or all facets of a project, from start to finish, be it purchasing and project management or space planning and construction. They also work in every style and vein, all over the United States, and are equally adept at dealing with new structures or renovations.


Linc Thelen on Exhibit at Farrow & Ball


449 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60654

Stop by the Farrow & Ball Chicago Showroom from 4-9pm during the Gallery Walk to see an amazing vignette designed by Linc Thelen incorporating his own artwork!

Linc Thelen has resided in Chicago for twenty years.  He has an entrepreneurial spirit with a thirteen year celebrated career combining interior architecture, design-build and the visual arts.  Referred to as a “triple threat” by writer Barri Leiner Grant in Modern Luxury’s Interiors Chicago, Linc seamlessly blends his talents in architecture and the arts to create a classic and unique design vision.  Known for well-choreographed interiors, Linc masters the art of creating spaces that are timeless and eclectic, fusing a bit of the unexpected. Linc’s designs extend far beyond the composition of the room’s interior.  Every choice is carefully considered, every detail weighed.  His artistic vision and practical sense of space yield environments with a distinct architectural vernacular. Linc takes the “master builder” approach to his projects, one of the oldest forms of construction procedure. The end result is a turnkey project where Linc takes on the roles of artist, designer and general contractor and masters each with great proficiency.


Jacque Kent and Angela Stone of Stone | Kent featuring a Mystery Celebrity Artist on Exhibit at Montauk Sofa


401 N Wells #2, Chicago, IL 60654 

Visit Montauk Sofa during the RNDD Gallery Walk from 4-9pm to enjoy music from a live band while viewing a vignette designed by the talented duo of Stone | Kent incorporating artwork from a surprise guest! You have to stop by the showroom to see this mystery celebrity artist revealed! 

Jacque KentJacque, one half of Stone | Kent,  is a classically trained dancer that found her love of expression through art early in life. As the years progressed, a new artistic path took hold, curating interiors. She went on to study and work in San Francisco, London, and Chicago. Her keen eye and love of form, line, and sculpture are evident in the spaces she designs. Jacque holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.

Angela StoneAngela, the other half of Stone | Kent, was born into design. As the daughter of a developer, she was curiously studying floor plans as a toddler and sketching furniture layouts before elementary school. From the start, she loved the untold story of found objects. The more age, the more soulful. She found her place in design, and her love of imperfect beauty, working alongside an antique collector and designer while completing her Bachelor of Fine Art in Design.


Gray | Walter featuring Rory Scott on Exhibit at Organic Looms


401 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654

 Join Organic Looms during the Gallery Walk for a LIVE and interactive weaving demonstration led by local textile designer and Organic Looms team member Sarah Geraci. Learn to weave and view a stunning vignette designed by Kenneth Walter of Gray | Walter featuring artwork from Rory Scott.

Rory Scott: My acute awareness of time, memories, space and the universe are at the core of my work. Examining the past and coming to terms with impermanence and letting go. Centered on personal diary entries made between 2010-2012, my work focuses on a period of significant personal growth and transition in my worldview. Confronting and reconciling the passage of time, by juxtaposing the old and the new, is a theme in both the style and presentation of the art. The nostalgia of the past is conjured up with a new digital reinterpretation of retro futurist designs. Visually inspired by the universe, retro sci-fi films, and my enduring love of glitter, I create art that combines computer graphics with a hint of handmade production.

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. The results reflect clients’ needs and desires, their unique characters as filtered through our vision; and reveal a beautifully calibrated balance between form and function. This process renders a phenomenal end product regardless of overall style of the project.

Stay tuned for our next Gallery Walk preview and don’t forget to mark your calendars for September 8th!

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