Lakeshore Drive Co-Op

Photography by Josh Thornton

Set in Chicago's most prestigious Co-Op building, Summer Thornton was brought in to breathe new life and a fresh perspective to this 1929 Rosario Candela-designed building. The homeowner loved the views of the water and the location, but the decor felt heavy with dark wood Louis XIV boiserie paneling, and the layout seemed dated with a galley kitchen. Summer partnered with Liederbach & Graham Architects to renovate, open-up, and give a fresh and colorful facelift to this marquis apartment.

We found inspiration in the color palettes of modern, surrealist and expressionist artists like Hirst, Matisse, Joan Miro, and Mark Rothko - bold, clear colors used with reckless abandon. The result is traditional at its core but with a strong color twist. The goal was to maintain tradition in its architecture, furniture shapes, and layout, but give the space an irreverent spin with a bold palette sure to get every party-guest talking.

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