What’s Hot this Summer in Chicago’s 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.

A Mid-Summer Mid-Century Moment

Part of the newly launched Lew Oliver Collection, these Mid-Century inspired breeze blocks continue Atlanta-based designer and master planner Lew Oliver exploration of form and proportion and are an ideal pair for Materials Marketing’s meticulous, hand-carved natural stone production.

“My mid-century collection for Materials Marketing is designed to capture the elegance of classic buildings in Beverly Hills, Palm Springs, and Miami. Providing fine architectural ornament to connoisseurs and designers, this collection promises to deliver striking new edifices. Inspired by classical, regency, and modern motifs and filtered with contemporary sensibilities, the collection will be a cultural nod to an aesthetic that is highly dramatic and entirely American.”

— Lew Oliver, Designer, Urban Planner

See more here.

Heading into Luxury

The Luxury Bed Collection is excited to reveal the newest of their 2021 custom fabrics by Vispring allowing you to finish your bed in the fabric of your choice. Choose from over 75 fabric combinations such as velvet, cashmere, wool, suede, leather or linen in a variety of colors. Whether it’s from their wide range of exclusive materials made by the finest European weavers or something from your own collection – these master bed makers will create a bespoke finish to make your bed totally unique.

See more here.

Tiara Superb bed with Aldo Headboard in 2171 Luxe Velvet-Ocean by Vispring at The Luxury Bed Collection.

Calacatta Running Through Your Veins

After a whirlwind of a year, projects are going strong! People are tired of staring at blank walls and are hungry for something new. And thus, a new wave of interior design trends have been born. Textures, organic forms and patterns are all the rage right now, and the team at Alissa Johnson Interiors (AJI) is loving it!

Oftentimes, interior surfaces are overlooked, when in reality, they are one of the easiest ways to level up your living quarters. This Calacatta Vagli from Calia Stone Boutique is the ultimate eye candy, where you can make a statement without having to say a single word. Its bronze tones and fluid veining bring so much warmth and movement into a space- whether it be on the floor, on a wall, or an entire room. Installing large format slabs in a shower or on a full countertop creates a seamless appearance that exudes both
elegance and simplicity. Each slab has its own unique variation of color combinations and veining, making it extremely personable. If it were entirely up to the AJI team, they would install this marble everywhere, and anywhere we could!

See more of AJI’s work here and browse all of Calia Stone’s offerings here.


Alluring Cabinetry and Vanities

Studio41 is very pleased to present the Allure line of cabinetry and vanities. Allure cabinetry and vanities are made in-house by our expert cabinet makers and crafted by Studio41’s eye for design and years of experience in kitchen and bathroom renovations. Allure cabinets are available in modern, transitional, and traditional styles and are built semi-custom to suit your space. Vanity sizes range from 24 inches to 60, with options to mix and match modular drawer bases for more storage or styling space. Bring Allure into your next project and enjoy Studio41’s quick turnaround times.

See more here.

Bringing Color and Texture Outdoors

The team at Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors is so excited about Oscar Isberian Rug’s new Axel Collection. Because these rugs are made of sustainable PET yarn, they can be used both indoors and outdoors. Using rugs outside is a fantastic way to elevate a deck or patio by grounding the furniture and adding a pop of color! The Axel Collection rugs are completely size customizable and come in 14 beautiful patterns. They are perfect for any outdoor space!

See more of Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors’ work here and browse the Axel Collection from Oscar Isberian here.

Separate Your Space in Style

Meet LUMI an industrial style door and glazing system exclusively by Komandor. Provides additional light, creates separate zones and gives character. Functional and decorative internal glazing, adapted to the individual design. Acting as a divider or space separator. Available as sliding or hinged doors and screens. An aluminum structure in matte black or natural anode, filled with glass (transparent, frosted or colored) or laminate panel. Provides additional light and soundproofing. These doors are so versatile, wow-effect guaranteed!

See more here.

Light it Up

LED technology may not change everything, but it is changing many things you interact with every day – and practically every minute. For example, the screen you are reading this on is likely lit by LED technology, whether it’s your smartphone, tablet, desktop monitor, or laptop. While we don’t think you are reading this on your flat-screen TV, one form of LED technology or another has revolutionized those screens, too.  

When it comes to home lighting, LED is a sea of change there, too. LED lighting uses up to 80% less energy than Edison’s incandescent invention. Compared to still popular but rapidly declining compact fluorescent technology, LED still wins in flexibility, environmental friendliness, and energy efficiency.  

With the help of Barrett’s Technology Solutions, you can combine the remarkable flexibility and efficiency of LED technology and smart lighting control systems, and transform the way you illuminate your Chicago home. 

Read more here.

Make a Statement with Statement Wall Tiles

This summer, the design team at Centaur Interiors is loving statement wall tiles. A unique tile with dimension, texture, or a pop of color can bring an accent wall to life. The concept of a statement wall has been around for years, but instead of using paint, molding or wallpaper, consider trying this fresh, new approach with statement tiles. (Image 340 randolph)

Centaur Interiors recently installed statement tile on a fireplace wall in a Master bedroom design. Keep a look out on their social media for the finished look!

Looking for more statement tile inspo? Centaur Interiors recommends these gorgeous wall tiles found during a recent visit at Roca Tile that would be ideal in a powder room or kitchen accent wall.

Get more inspiration here.

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