Although the space was small and quite plain, the client was far from ordinary. The project presented some big challenges for Cannon Frank. However, the process of giving this client all that was wanted, which was something extraordinary, was very enjoyable. The architectural issues included three different sets of door styles, exposed electrical panels and sprinklers and speakers all within the entry hall itself, as well as very poor storage areas. Now the corridor is an inviting, warm, luxurious entry which connects the entire apartment and sets the stage for the client's lifestyle.
Cannon Frank gutted the kitchen and baths and designed highly-detailed custom cabinetry and storage areas in warm woods and soft colors for an earthy connection, while the tones of the furnishings are calm, cool and clean.
The living/dining room has been incorporated into one space as a quiet retreat with a white and ice blue stone fireplace, lacquered paneling and a coffee table which rises to become either dining or luncheon heights.
Finally, by removing the plain closet in the second bedroom, the space became a video and work retreat for the client with a custom designed, sumptuous ebony and anigre built-in which not only displays the client's collections, but houses all the audio/video components for the entire apartment. By floating a work station (complete with printer/fax hidden from view), the client can work while seeing the Chicago skyline. The use of millwork instead of a closet (and wrapping the millwork around the corner) gives the space a much larger feeling and works to draw one into the space while passing through the corridor.
The end result is a modern, clean, light and dramatic pied-a-terre that is just as chic and sophisticated as the client.
Photographs by Nathan Kirkman.
"John Cannon's innovative layout and design ideas helped me to maximize the useable space of my small condominium while at the same time giving the unit the feel of a much larger space. He helped me to transform a cookie-cutter unit into a unique residence, my personal retreat, reflecting my style and way of life."
- Homeowner (Chicago Pied-a-Terre)