Located on the fifth floor of the Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre is one of the most well-appointed penthouses in America – The Clive Christian Lifestyle Apartment. Set in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, the city’s most vibrant area for retail, dining and nightlife, the 6,000-squre-foot showroom is the epitome of upscale living.
Not your everyday Showroom, this fully liveable apartment is designed on a grand scale, boasting 13 exquisitely finished rooms,
The vast interior combines contemporary and classical design with Metro Deco and Alpha Deco elements for an opulent, all-encompassing living experience that’s lavish on every level.
The apartment features many unique elements most notable is the level of personalised marquetry detailing.
The Sommeliers’ Tasting Room features a playful cabinetry feel; with contrasting panels of Cool Walnut set within Black Walnut framework the space feels unique. From the bespoke wine display furniture, to the vibrant marquetry vineyard murals; this interior really pushes the boundaries of cabinetry customisation.
The impressive pair of marquetry murals represent a scene from a Californian winery, complete with indigenous bluebirds darting among the grape and vine. The bluebirds are represented in a heavily figured, custom-tinted Birds Eye Maple – the depth of which creates a fantastic feeling of rich plumage. The leaves have been matched in a herringbone fashion to create vein detailing, while an exotic figured bloodwood highlights the plump, sun-ripened grapes.
The study and library both contain exquisite bespoke marquetry. Inspired by the detailing on a passed-down pocket watch – a family heirloom belonging to the owner’s grandfather – the study’s monogram sits within an oval of Burr Walnut and is represented in three contrasting veneers: Movingui, Sycamore and Oak.
The marital monogram in the library, which is also set into a Burr Walnut panel, consists of a central ‘family’ initial cut from Lemon Satin Wood, entwined with the ‘fore’ characters which are crafted from Birds Eye Maple.
Fitted with the sharp lines of Metro Deco inlay cabinetry, the master suites have a more contemporary feel than the rest of the space. Cool walnut fronts are detailed with a contrasting maple banding, a material which is picked up in yet another exquisite monogramed insignia.
“We aim to deliver one-in-a-million design schemes that are tailored to each individual’s tastes and space,” says Jim Denos, President of the Clive Christian Chicago Showroom. “The family monograms that appear throughout the Chicago Apartment are perfect examples of the highly personalized, best-in-class style we offer our distinguished clientele.”
Further complimented by Crestron Home Automation, the very finest draperies and carpets including Pierre Frey, elaborate ornamental plaster ceilings, handcrafted Walnut flooring, Rohl Home luxury plumbing fixtures, Dorya fine furnishings and Baccarat Luxury Lighting and glassware this a truely unique showroom experience.
The Clive Christian Lifestyle Apartment is open Monday – Saturday with Sunday & Evening by appointment at The Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre, 371 W Ontario St, Chicago IL 60654, Tel: 312 755 1075