Astor Street Duplex

About this project

This glamorous Deco-era building on Chicago’s historic Gold Coast includes tall bronze and glass doors that heighten the elegance of the space. We added a pair of French Deco Poillerat wrought-iron gates, black Biedermeier cabinets from Austria and a collection of Jazz-Era photographs by Lee Friedlander. The outcome is a gracious home in which architecture, design and art are held in balance.

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Decorative paint and stencil baseboard with seaweed motif inspired by travels to Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France. Custom designed by Suzanne Lovell Inc., painted by Chicago artist Chesna Koch.

“Fabulous Professionals…
the only words I can think of to describe the entire team.”

—Client, Chicago

“…a visual proof that an interior environment can, in all fairness, possess the audacity to be called ‘couture’.”

—The Curated Object

“They are to be admired for their good business sense as well as their exceptional design sense.”

—Client, San Francisco


Michael Eastman

Michael Eastman (American, b. 1947), Ballroom, Venice, 2009. From an edition of 7.

Wrought-Iron Gates

Pair of Patinated and Gilt Wrought-Iron Gates, In the Style of Gilbert Poillerat, French, circa 1940s. Each 49 ½” x 83 ¾”.

Fabric Detail

A vibrant red horsehair fabric covers chairs by Mattaliano.

Herman Leonard

Herman Leonard (American, 1923-2010), Billie Holiday, New York, 1949.


Fine Empire Writing Commode, Ebonized Pearwood with inlaid Maple Interior with Gilt Caryatides and Paw Feet, Vienna, circa 1810.

Lee Friedlander

Lee Friedlander (American, b. 1934), Jazz and Blues Portfolio, 1983. Seven dye transfer prints. 25 sets, Ed. 25.


The Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick, September 2016
A chic, polished guide to creating your dream bath from the cofounder of Waterworks