Skyline Penthouse

About this project

We created this warm, luxurious interior to emulate the rich palette of the client’s yacht. We added monumental architectural elements and created a series of vignettes to allow one to feel held within this massive volume of space. We created a contemporary art collection with historic reference and depth, most fitting for this sophisticated client.

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We acquired two lots to form this pair by Manolo Valdés (Queen, 1994 and Antonio del Pollaiulo, 1991)

This monumental chandelier by Flavio Poli for Seguso consists of individual Murano glass flowers in the center with a numbered system of Murano glass leaves along the perimeter. We laid out the individual Murano glass flower and leaf forms and supervised installation as each piece was screwed into place by hand. We built a dome to house the 9′-0″chandelier, shaded the area behind, and built a panel to evenly light the piece with fiberoptics. This monumental chandelier once hung in the Hotel Bristol.

We designed this dining room credenza in gold leaf, bronze and glass. We’re thrilled that the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art selected our design for their Allied Arts & Craftsmanship Award for 2016.

The stylized trees in honey onyx mosaic are an homage to the Relaxation Room for the Monsieur and Madame (the “Triptoléme”) at the Villa Kérylos in the South of France.

The Screening Room with full wet bar transforms to a “Slumber Party Room”. Four Murphy beds with individual night stands pull down from the upholstered walls, each with a reading light.

We installed a set of three antique screens down this private hallway. Two screens feature scattered fans on silver leaf from Japan, circa mid 18th century. Central is a 17th century Japanese paper screen depicting folding fans in sumi and gold leaf on paper. We discovered these at the Imari Gallery, San Francisco.

“Thank you all for giving us the luxury of such magnificent talent!”

—Client, Chicago

“They have the highest expectations of themselves, the contractors, their clients and the final product. While some probably cannot appreciate this exacting methodology, I could not be satisfied any other way.”

—Client, Manhattan


Library Seating

Frank Pollaro created these Museum Quality Reproduction Paul Iribe Chairs, circa 1913. The Python and Hairy Hide are from Edelman Leather.

Dining Chairs

These ten Borghese Arm Chairs are from Michael Taylor Designs and feature gilded and carved details. We added jacquard chenille upholstery and cowhide to the chair backs.

Custom Coffee Table

We designed this dyed goat skin and cast bronze Coffee Table in three pieces to allow for flexibility within the space. The custom bronze pedestal of the three piece coffee table is cast with an organic pattern also used in the custom silk and wool carpets. This pattern is also found in the Ruhlman-era alabaster and gilded bronze wall sconces.

The Protector

This 16th century wooden sculpture is from Japan and carved in the likeness of Fudo Myōō, a prominent deity in Esoteric Buddhism known as “The Protector”. The sculpture, also a manifestation of the Hindu god Shiva in blue-black, is a fierce form who revealed himself with one eyebrow raised above an inset glass eye as if to paralyze an evildoer with his fierce gaze.

Entry Chandeliers

A pair of Monumental Mazzega Glass Chandeliers, Italy, circa 1960.

Dressing Room Door Panels

“Her” dressing room doors are of couture lace floating in resin, created in Paris.
“His” dressing room doors are woven copper filament from the Aubusson looms outside of Paris.

In the News

Forbes Life – Cover Story, July 2014
For self-made billionaire Shahid Khan, a penthouse in Chicago’s Gold Coast represented the height of success. Then he aimed higher.