Monday, July 3, 2017

Chicago the Beautiful

How special it was to be in Chicago in the month of June. Chicago is I think the most beautiful of all North American cities. From the architecture and height of the buildings to the flower arrangements, everything seems to be at the proper human scale. And it is a delight to walk around in the warm June weather, and take the time to enjoy American architecture and design.

This blog is about paying attention to the beauty of the outside environment and translating it into interior space design. I love slowing down and noticing a color, a style, a form, and let myself get inspired.
What I find amazing about Chicago is the melange of old and new structures, and the cloud formations above that create this grandeur.

So let's bring some of this great city design into a space.

Langham Dining Chair - Brazilian wood and leather

Arcade Dining Table - mahogany (Baker)

Mid Century Bar Cart - walnut and brass

1940's Chandlier - etched glass and brass
(Galerie Sommerlath)

Bright red 'Flamingo' - 53 foot metal sculpture by Alexander Calder - surrounded by Bauhaus style buildings.

Flutura Occasional Chair (Anthropologie) 

20thc Hans Chair - leather (ABC home)

Edith Side Table  (One Kings Lane)                               Samson and the Lion (Chicago Art Institute)

Marina City on North State street

Adeline mirrored Side Table (One Kings Lane)
The Brutalist Movement flourished in the 50's and 60's - an austere post-war style, with heavy use of concrete,  unfinished look, boxy and no ornementation. It translates in all arts through the 70's.
Mid Century wrought iron Mirror
Marina City is an example of Brutalist architecture, built in 1964 by Bertrand Goldberg.
Brutalist Iron Sculpture
(Galerie Sommerlath)

In the 19th century, Chicago was the world's leading center of steel production. From railroads, to skyscrapers and bridges...
Rustic Wall Clock (Howard Miller)

And then there is.... the Beach!!
Chicago's lake front was purposely designed to remain public and accessible to all. It was known as the '1909 Plan of Chicago', work of architects D. Burnham and E. Bennett. They planned parks and pedestrian access to the lake.
Burnham wrote in 1906: "The lakefront by right belongs to the people. Not a foot of its shores should be appropriated to the exclusion of the people."

Michael Jordan wall decal

Harlow Pendant - emerald green and brass

Brutalist diamond lacquered cabinet

And for the fans, here is video of Chicago in the 1940's, most likely shot in 1945.

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