The master bedroom’s bed in a Mark Alexander velvet, the bench in a Dune leather, and the club chair in a Stroheim fabric are all custom; the 1950s Tommi Parzinger chest (next to the bed), Ico Parisi 1970s cabinet, and vintage Jules Leleu side table are all from Bernd Goeckler; the circa-1930 English mantel is from Westland London, and the carpet is from Stark.
The salon’s custom sectional is covered in a Zinc Textile cotton blend; the custom ottoman is in a Keleen leather, the tray is by Lucca Studio Design, the sconces are by Besselink & Jones, and the curtains are of a Templeton fabric.
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This was the inaugural competition for Fort Worth Home. I was so honored to be a finalist in the “Best Bedroom” category, and thrilled that I won! Thank you, Fort Worth Home, for a lovely evening!
Throughout, a brilliant palette — a Gambrel trademark — punctuates the spaces. The living room is furnished in soothing shades of pale gray, from the Venetian plaster walls to a high-gloss ceiling. “It’s a soft environment,” Gambrel explains, “that reflects the beautiful light from the lake.” But the wake-up call comes from a 1930s French sideboard in orange lacquer, a high-octane shade repeated in the chic welting of a club chair. The bar is painted in a peacock blue.
Although the 5,500-square-foot apartment had ample space — a clean-lined open plan with dropped ceilings and ivory walls — the interiors initially weren’t at all what the homeowners had in mind. Rarely does the transformation of a loft take the direction of adding enough walls and warrens to create a veritable house within an apartment, but this was exactly the design team’s approach here.
The designer, together with Chicago architect Phillip Liederbach, who specializes in restorations of classical architecture, sought to conceive interiors that embody, as Gambrel puts it, “Chicago-ness: what it really means to be in Chicago. We were trying to cull from the past while establishing a unique vocabulary.”
In the master bathroom, the designer kept the aesthetic. The room is paneled in different luxurious marbles and even has an unsigned plaster sculpture from the 20th century. The custom-made vanities are supported by bronze.
The master bath’s custom vanities are in Belgian Black marble supported by bronze columns; the Waterworks sinks have Barber Wilsons & Co. brass fittings; the Collier Webb sconces and Charles Edwards ceiling light are custom, and the floor is Belgian Black marble with bronze inlay.
Unique lighting fill the ceilings of this incredible 5,500-square-foot apartment, that was originally a clean-lined open loft.
As many beautiful qualities there are to this living room-the showstopper is the 1930’s French orange lacquer, and the shagreen sideboard. Now that is STUNNING! The venetian plaster walls are in Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray. What a perfect backdrop. The fabrics from JAB, Dedan, and Arabel all shine in this setting. What a fabulous cocktail table-incredible lines!
In the dressing room, a custom slipper chair is in a Mark Alexander velvet, the 1930s lantern is American, the window treatments are in Romo fabrics, the tray is from Serena & Lily, and the carpet is by Stark.
Another corner of the salon. I love the details on the custom sectional covered in a Zinc fabric. The adjustable lights mounted to the front of the bookcase are so cool!
Dinner last night was catered by Capitol Grill. So delicious!
Happy Friday! We have three weekends of Christmas to enjoy—lets make the most of them! At least we finally have cold weather to go along with the Christmas decorations and music. And it even snowed yesterday! You had to turn your head just right and concentrate- but it was there! Now that would put anyone in the mood! I for one have a weekend of wrapping packages ahead of me. I became a master wrapper when I worked at The Market because we wrapped presents constantly. I learned how to make my “party hat” bows as my friends and family call them. They truly do stand up in the air and are quite fluffy. I also add small ornaments or bits of flowers or jingle bells. My best friend in New York saves my bows to reuse-now that is a compliment!
The aforementioned building is the Palmolive, a 37-story tower that originally served as the headquarters of the Colgate-Palmolive corporation. In the early 2000s, after a stint in the 1960s as the home of Hugh Hefner’s very first Playboy Club, the building was converted into condos.
In the guest room, the custom bed is in a Zimmer + Rohde fabric, the houndstooth pillows are in a Holland & Sherry fabric, and the 1950s sconces are by Ignazio Gardella.
This story originally appeared in the December 2017 issue of ELLE DECOR.
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In the master bath, the Waterworks tub has fittings by Barber Wilsons & Co., the circa-1905 Viennese stool by Julius and Josef Herrmann is from Bernd Goeckler, and the room is sheathed in Calacatta Capri, Grigio Carnico, and Belgian Black marbles; the abstract plaster sculpture is unsigned and from the 20th century.
No detail was ignored. Each board of Macassar ebony for the pedestals and door panels, for instance, was hand-selected for perfection. “There was a guy out in Oregon who had a barn full of exotic wood and everything was marked ‘NFS,’ as in Not For Sale,” Liederbach recalls with a laugh. “It gave us a responsibility to elevate it. We obsessed over it.”
One of Steven’s visions for this apartment was to embody the “Chicago-ness” of Chicago. Working with architect Philip Liedenback he certainly created a masterpiece. Here in the “salon” my first impression is the WOW factor of the chandelier. How fabulous is this vintage Dahlia chandelier! The custom mantel by Jamb has such unique columns and is the perfect color of grey. I love the lacquered ceiling and the reflection it gives from the molding on the wall. Just beautiful.
The salon is filled with custom and vintage items. Luxury materials, exquisite one of a kind pieces and all the little details play together and give this apartment a polished look full of personality and history.
Editor’s note: Today I am wearing AG jeans, a sweater by Free People, and shoes by JCrew.
Channeling the late grande dame interior decorator Frances Elkins — who once swaddled a room in a house on Chicago’s North Shore in gossamer goatskin — Gambrel paired red leather–sheathed walls with a stately bolection fireplace that was carved from an eight-inch-thick slab of Belgian Rouge Griotte marble.
A beautiful shot of the master bedroom. The 1930’s English mantel is from Westland London-so chic. The way the art is displayed next to the fireplace is unusual and cool. The chest next to the bed is a Tommi Parzinger from the 1950’s. Using a low profile settee instead of a bench at the foot of the bed is genius.
This apartment we are sharing with you today located in an Art Deco building in Chicago, renovated by the architect Phillip Liederbach. The apartment was recently renovated by the designer Steven Gambrel.
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The electric mood is established as soon as you step out of the elevator. Liederbach introduced pilasters and pedestals to craft a thoroughly classical entrance with Art Deco nuances; Gambrel in turn designed lozenge-shaped door panels inlaid with antique mirror and terrazzo flooring lined with brass.
The dressing room is gorgeous. I love the window treatments using both cafe curtains and Romans. The lantern is American from the 1930’s.
In the salon’s dining area, the custom rosewood table by Dune has an églomisé mirrored top, the vintage chairs are from Paris, and the console is by Lucca Studio Design; the chandelier is by Max Ingrand for FontanaArte, the custom rug is by Mehraban, and the drawings are by Richard Koppe.
The sink fittings in the butler’s pantry are by Kallista, the counter is in Indigo Green marble, and the antique mirror is from Olde Good Things; the cabinetry was painted in a custom high-gloss lacquer matched to Pantone’s Mallard Green.
Whether he is designing a Hamptons retreat, the interior of a 155-foot yacht, or a furnishings collection (such as his new line of light fixtures for the Urban Electric Co.), that perfectionism is a hallmark of Gambrel’s personality and work. “I like to be challenged,” he says, flashing a smile.
This butler’s pantry makes such a statement! The cabinets painted in a custom high-glass lacquer to match pantone’s Mallard Green are breathtaking. What attention to detail!
The master bedroom is decorated using the finest materials, as leather and custom fabrics, and as the rest of the house, the room is filled with vintage pieces. Every little detail was paid attention to, from the door panels to the types of wood used throughout the house.
Steven certainly executes stunning furnishings in this apartment, but his architectural details are beyond impressive.
New York designer Steven Gambrel recently put his own spin on that optimistic spirit when he created a leather-paneled library in a landmark 1929 Art Deco gem with enviable views of Lake Michigan.
A graphic punch continues in the master bathroom, which is paneled with dramatic black-veined marble — slabs of Calacatta Capri. “It’s a stone found at only one quarry in Italy,” says Gambrel, “and only one in 20 blocks has veining that can yield this kind of character.”
In the living room, the custom sofa, in a JAB Anstoetz fabric, is by Dune, the 1950s chair (left) is in a Dedar fabric, and the custom armchair is covered in Arabel fabrics; the 1930s orange lacquer–and-shagreen sideboard is French, the 1950s Murano glass table lamp is by Seguso, the 1955 chandelier is by FontanaArte, the custom rug is by Beauvais, and the Venetian plaster walls are in Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray.
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In an apartment in an Art Deco building in Chicago, designed by Steven Gambrel and renovated by the architect Phillip Liederbach, the salon’s custom table is by Dune, the vintage chair is from Paris, and the vintage Harvey Probber side table is from Dual Modern; the 1960s Venini mirror is from Bernd Goeckler, the vintage Dahlia chandelier is by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, the custom silk shag rug is by Mehraban, and the custom mantel is by Jamb.
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The dining room table is a work of art. The custom table is by Dune and has a rosewood base with an eglomise mirrored top. The dining chairs are from Paris. Pairing the light wood of the dining chairs with the rosewood table shows how everything does not have to match to be perfection.
Chicago is like no other city when it comes to 20th-century architecture, especially Art Deco. Afterall this city is home to some iconic building as the Carbide & Carbon Building.
What lucky guests to get to stay in this room. The custom bed is done in a Zummie & Rohde fabric. The bedding is so elegant! The 1950’s sconces are from Ignazio Gardella. I love the tiny bookcases built into the wall next to the bed. What a dreamy setting!
This entire apartment is a work of art in my opinion- but this marble from Carpi, Italy I think takes the cake! The water works sinks paired with the Barber Wilsons & Co brass fittings and the incredible Belgian Black marble floor with bronze inlay add the crowning touch. Perfection!
Whether Gambrel is designing a luxury hotel, an apartment or a furniture collection the perfectionism we can see in this apartment is the designer’s trademark.
No American city exudes the excitement of early 20th-century architecture — from Art Deco to the International Style — more than Chicago. After all, this is the home of the Carbide & Carbon Building and Willis (formerly Sears) Tower.
Today’s article I found in Elle Décor. This apartment in Chicago designed by Steven Gambrel is unbelievable; and the building has a cool history as well. It was originally the headquarters of Colgate- Palmolive- then in the 1960’s had a brief moment as the home of Hugh Hefner’s first Playboy club. In the early 2000’s it was turned into condos. The article was fascinating to me to the extent that Steven Gambrel went to getting exactly what he wanted. The slab in the master bath are only found in one place…Capri, Italy-and only one in 20 blocks has the veining that Steven was seeking. Now that is perfection plus! Enjoy and feel the magic of Christmas this weekend!
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Located in the Palmolive Building, a 37-story tower was converted into condos in the 60’s after serving as the Colgate-Palmolive corporation headquarters and Hugh Hefner’s first Playboy Club.