Joe McGuire Design teams with architect Vladimir Radutny to create a personality-filled dream home in an iconic Streeterville co-op.

With a custom table fabricated by Peter Chasak, Artifort Beso chairs by Interni and the Pallatre three-light suspension chandelier by Vesoi from Lightology, the modern, minimalist dining room allows the sweeping Lake Michigan views to shine. Photographed by Gibeon Photography
With a custom table fabricated by Peter Chasak, Artifort Beso chairs by Interni and the Pallatre three-light suspension chandelier by Vesoi from Lightology, the modern, minimalist dining room allows the sweeping Lake Michigan views to shine.

THE CLIENT

Location doesn’t get more primo than the S-curve of DuSable Lake Shore Drive, and Benjamin Marshall’s 1912 brick-and-limestone beauty is one of the renowned street’s standout gems. Longtime residents of the building, the client had worked with Colorado-based Joe McGuire Design on their Aspen home; a couple years later, when thinking about purchasing their Chicago neighbor’s apartment and combining it with their own, they signed the firm once more to make their new Windy City home a reality in collaboration with Chicago architect Vladimir Radutny.

Stunning views from the kitchen island. Photographed by Gibeon Photography
Stunning views from the kitchen island

THE PRIORITY

“They wanted a clean, open space with a layout that took advantage of the incredible wraparound views of Lake Michigan,” explains studio founder and principal designer Joe McGuire, “from Navy Pier all the way around to Oak Street Beach with views of [875 North Michigan Avenue and other downtown skyscrapers] on the other side of the apartment. They wanted it to be clean and modern, but infused with curves and color and light-hearted creativity.”

The living room pops with Roche Bobois’ Bubble pivoting armchair upholstered in Marina 2014 Techno 2D, a custom concrete-topped coffee table by Greyscape Studio, and a custom ottoman by Rooster Socks Furniture upholstered in indigo unbleached linen by Raoul Textiles, plus art pieces from the clients’ collection. Photographed by Gibeon Photography
The living room pops with Roche Bobois’ Bubble pivoting armchair upholstered in Marina 2014 Techno 2D, a custom concrete-topped coffee table by Greyscape Studio, and a custom ottoman by Rooster Socks Furniture upholstered in indigo unbleached linen by Raoul Textiles, plus art pieces from the clients’ collection.

THE CHALLENGE

Simply put, says principal designer Matthew Tenzin, “The biggest challenge was a fun one: bridging the architect’s minimalist vision with the client’s love of color and pattern.”

Stone Italiana countertops in Cartapietra Greige and cabinetry by Peter Chasak set a soothing, stylish tone in the kitchen Photographed by Gibeon Photography
Stone Italiana countertops in Cartapietra Greige and cabinetry by Peter Chasak set a soothing, stylish tone in the kitchen.

THE DETAIL

“We think the architect’s visionary transformation of two very traditional separate apartments into one dreamy, loftlike, warm and happy space was an inspiration,” enthuses McGuire. “We’re proud of the way we brought in color and shapes and patterns to provide a sense of fun, which reflected our client’s artistic personality and style. The incorporation of some of the original historical elements such as the dining area ceiling added a nice nod to the past.”

A working nook in the family room beckons with a custom desk by Peter Chasak and chairs by OfficeScapes (now Slate) Photographed by Gibeon Photography
A working nook in the family room beckons with a custom desk by Peter Chasak and chairs by OfficeScapes (now Slate).

Highlights of the primary bathroom include a custom vanity by Peter Chasak, lighted mirror by MunnWorks, Pastille disc sconces in matte white by RBW and Boreal Dots floor tile in lunar by WOW Photographed by Gibeon Photography
Highlights of the primary bathroom include a custom vanity by Peter Chasak, lighted mirror by MunnWorks, Pastille disc sconces in matte white by RBW and Boreal Dots floor tile in lunar by WOW.

The bright, airy sunroom beckons with a three-seat Danish curved sofa plus a custom ottoman in tangerine Momentum 3 Etch by Zoffany fabric, both by Rooster Socks Furniture Photographed by Gibeon Photography
The bright, airy sunroom beckons with a three-seat Danish curved sofa plus a custom ottoman in tangerine Momentum 3 Etch by Zoffany fabric, both by Rooster Socks Furniture.

The primary bedroom sitting area features an inviting Love Sofa by Moooi and an ottoman upholstered in Designers Guild mixed tones canvas fabric by John Derian. Photographed by Gibeon Photography
The primary bedroom sitting area features an inviting Love Sofa by Moooi and an ottoman upholstered in Designers Guild mixed tones canvas fabric by John Derian.

THE OUTCOME

Sums up Tenzin, “They were absolutely delighted with the end result. It was a complicated remodel project in a wonderful, landmark building. Every step of the way required careful planning and collaboration. The clients were grateful and so happy.”

The guest primary suite bath is outfitted with a custom vanity by Peter Chasak, Grohe Concetto polished chrome faucet and Boccia sconces by Solesdi Photographed by Gibeon Photography
The guest primary suite bath is outfitted with a custom vanity by Peter Chasak, Grohe Concetto polished chrome faucet and Boccia sconces by Solesdi

DESIGN DETAILS

TYPE
Condo

LOCATION
Streeterville

DESIGN
Vladimir Radutny Architects
radutny.com

INTERIORS
Joe McGuire Design
joemcguiredesign.com

MILLWORK
Peter Chasak
[email protected]

The primary bedroom closet features a custom ottoman covered in Dream fabric in Irish Cream by George M. Fabric Co. Photographed by Gibeon Photography
The primary bedroom closet features a custom ottoman covered in Dream fabric in Irish Cream by George M. Fabric Co.

RESOURCES

CHANDRA
Area rugs in living room and sunroom
shopchandra.com

ETHNICRAFT
Entry bench
ethnicraft.com

GREYSCAPE STUDIO
Custom living room coffee table
greyscapestudio.com

The primary bedroom boasts Ligne Roset’s Desdemone bed by Interni upholstered in blue velvet Photographed by Gibeon Photography
The primary bedroom boasts Ligne Roset’s Desdemone bed by Interni upholstered in blue velvet

HAUTE LIVING
Kitchen counter stools
haute-living.com

INTERNI
Various furniture
internionline.it

LIGHTOLOGY
Various light fixtures
lightology.com

ROCHE BOBOIS
Living room lounge chairs
roche-bobois.com

ROOSTER SOCKS FURNITURE
Various furniture
roostersocksfurniture.info

STUDIO COMO
Entry area rug
studiocomo.com

VAGO FORNITURE
Light fixture in sunroom
vago.com

VIESSO
Sunroom side table
viesso.com

YLIGHTING
Primary bedroom bedside lights
lumens.com