Chicago Home + Garden Magazine asked me to pull together a vignette at the Merchandise Mart’s International Antiques Fair which opens tonight and runs through Monday. The event labeled “Antiques Go Fresh!” highlights the ability of three Chicago design firms to mix modern furnishings from the Merchandise Mart with fine antiques culled from antiques dealers exhibiting at the show. Here is a sneak peak at my vignette 90% complete at post time….The wall covering is a Maya Romanoff hand stitched paper from Donghia that looks like leather panels. I am crazy about the orange color. The 18th century neoclassical mantle is from the Richard Norton Gallery and looks amazingly contemporary beneath a commissioned art piece made of crocheted fiberglass by Yvette Kaiser Smith via the A. Rudin showroom. Poised in front of the mantle are a pair of black sandblasted oak chairs by Juin Ho from Bright. Alongside the chairs is an Alison Berger floor lamp from Holly Hunt. Midcentury Italian mirrored screen (one of a pair) anchors the back wall which I snagged from the Douglas Rosin Gallery. The “Luna” Chaise by Mimi London from David Sutherland lounges in elegance in front of the screen. Added a rug- hot off the press- from Atelier Lapchi and placed an Alan Knight acrylic based table from William Switzer atop of it. A white lacquered desk with horse hoove feet from Design Atelier looks stunning in front of an early photograph of Mia Farrow taken by Roddy McDowell, also found at the Douglas Rosin gallery, held by a vintage Curtis Jere easel from Buckingham Interiors + Design. Hard not to love and be intrigued by the chandelier woven out of vines from TG Couture that makes quite an organic statement amidst all of the many layers of texture in the space. It allows light and movement without feeling too heavy or overwhelming in such a small space.
My firm had a blast working on this project and we want to thank CH+G Magazine, the Mart, and all of the showrooms and antiques dealers that allowed us to use their amazing pieces!