Interior designer Gil Melott of Studio 6F‘s clients were a newly married couple in their fifties who had just purchased an apartment in a historic 1916 pre-war building in Chicago’s Gold Coast. This space represented their fresh start together, providing a new home for their joined families. “From the very beginning one thing was very clear,” Gil explained, “they wanted nothing that reminded them of past lives. They wanted forward-thinking design, even when incorporating vintage finds. It was important to develop a sophisticated and playful space for a couple that enjoys entertaining business clients or their blended family of adult-age children.”

With the bones of the historic apartment well-preserved, this project was focused mostly on the furnishings and wall-treatments of the home. “When I first visited, it had two mismatched chairs in the living room with a vintage end table topped with a Bose speaker serving double duty as a dinner table,” Gil said. “The project was about combining vintage and contemporary furnishings, a mix of neutral and explosive color in calm harmony, and offering trusted guidance to curate a growing art collection.”

The dining room, for example, was a part of the home in particular that Gil took a few design risks. “We went for it with a deep, deep Syrah color – Benjamin Moore’s ‘Dark Basalt’ – on the walls,” he said. “Our goal was to create an intimate space for dinner parties and a creative vibrant space for Sunday brunch.” Complementing the rich tone of the walls, Gil had dining chairs from Crate & Barrel reupholstered in rust-colored mohair, chosen for its durability and luxurious touch.

Both through the lighting as well as many of the foundational furniture pieces, he was able to bring a contemporary counterweight to the otherwise quite architecturally classic apartment. “I intermixed refined woodwork — in items such as the Croft House Rivera Sofa — with the more primitive Texas limestone used in the Lavaca Coffee Table by Yucca Stuff,” Gil added. In the living room, Saporiti ‘Onda’ Chairs from Studio 6F’s Select Vintage Collection bring a dose of sleekness to the space.

The design of the home was rounded out with a few very personal touches. When it came to the artwork, the selection process was a team effort between the design studio and clients. A few of them are particularly notable such as the Matta Garcia piece in the dining room and the T. S Harris piece in the entryway – both by artists with international followings. Studio 6F was also able to offer one more personal element to their clients’ newly designed home: a primary bathroom with vintage fixtures and towel racks from the homeowners’ favorite hotel, The Waldorf in New York. “We had achieved something uniquely theirs, and entertainment worthy,” Gil said.