Gold Coast Penthouse

About This Project

The classically elegant Lake Shore Drive property was reinvograted through the addition of cerused white oak millwork, darkening the wood floor and by adding a layer of subtle textures and patterns executed in bronze, plaster, stone, wallcoverings and fabrics. The Client’s family home becomes light and bright as their prized fine art collection is featured.

Explore More

SLI designed architectural gates to provide security without completely closing in the Entry. The same pattern was utilized again as a single plaster ceiling medallion in the Foyer and Dining Room as well as an overall ceiling pattern in the Living Room to create an elegant architectural language throughout that honors the legacy of this historic building.

We have added warmth and energy by layering finishes and textures that organized it distinctly into areas serving different functions: prep, cooking, clean-up and breakfast. In fact, this kitchen has two islands; this cerused oak island base designates a space for dining.

Jaume Plensa (Spanish, b. 1955) is a renowned  artist and sculptor based in Barcelona. He has said “When for some reason you understand that life is not a physical problem and that physical material is hiding something essential, you must talk about spirituality”. [Art & Antiques, June 2016]

The client’s collection of original works by David Hockney (British, b. 1937) features portraits of those close to the artist, with ink drawings circa 2002 and larger portraits of Celia Birtwell from the 1980s, also found in the collection of the Tate, UK. The cerused oak paneled millwork was designed specifically to integrate this Hockney collection into Client’s living space.

“We are keenly aware that Suzanne and her staff are a well-oiled machine and then some. But, each of you have been such a pleasure to work with and always accessible to us whenever needed.”

—Client, Chicago

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

—Client, Chicago

“Innovation, as it happens, is at the heart of Lovell’s design ethos.”

—Architectural Digest

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

—Client, San Francisco


Chandelier Detail

Polished gold bronze “Mask” chandelier by Rose Tarlow Melrose House

Dining Room Art Detail

Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1988), Wood Paper Stone Collage, 1979

Chair Detail

Antiqued 22K gold chair with carved back and Hermes Ottoman upholstery

Kitchen Range Detail

La Cornue Chateau range in brilliant black with polished chrome and stainless steel

Ceiling Detail

Ceiling architecture designed by Suzanne Lovell Inc.

Entry Art Detail

Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1988), Full Moon, 1980

Entry Lighting Detail

Pendant lighting by Eric Schmitt in patinated iron and plaster

Art Detail

David Hockney (British, b. 1937), Red Celia, 1984

Custom Gate Detail

Custom-designed architectural gates by Suzanne Lovell Inc.

In the News - Gold Coast Penthouse

LUXE, November 2017
“Artful Lodgers: With proper placement by an interior designer, a couple’s art collection tells a story in their renovated Chicago apartment.”

The Perfect Kitchen by Barbara Sallick, March 2020
A chick, polished guide to creating your dream kitchen from the cofounder of Waterworks