Paris Done Stateside

Studio CAK Palmolive Building Aimee Mazzenga Chicago

Paris, anyone? Maybe someday, but until then, we’re getting all the joie de vivre we need from this dreamy Chicago hideaway by designer Christopher Kent of Studio CAK, gorgeously photographed for Architectural Digest by Aimee Mazzenga.

Fresh colors and sumptuous textiles turn this Windy City pad into a breezy Parisian pied-à-terre brimming with Art Deco flair. Tempted? It gets better.

Luxurious Palmolive Chicago Building Architectural Digest Sofas Studio CAK

The airy living room mixes feminine hues with vintage silhouettes in a beautiful homage to Art Deco.

The apartment is housed in Chicago’s storied Palmolive Building, an enduring architectural icon steeped in the vibrant cultural history of the 20th century. (It even took a turn as the “Playboy Building”, becoming the famed magazine’s headquarters in its glamorous hey-day.)

Today, the apartment evokes a sense of effortless romance and soft sophistication that pays homage to Art Deco’s French origins and truly puts the “chic” in Chicago.

Signature Luxury Palmolive Chicago Building Architectural Digest Bedroom Furniture Studio CAK

Brooding blues establish soft tranquility in the master bedroom, highlighted with the shimmer of Ebanista silk damask.

No shying away from color here. Kent knew that selecting just the right shade for each room would not only assert the identity of the space but preserve the apartment’s Art Deco nostalgia. The deep tones of the master bedroom play perfectly against the lustrous silk damask curtains, which are made of Ebanista’s own fabric. As the exact fabric is no longer available, we recommend La Fleur Acanthus from our current textiles collection. Similarly, to recreate the brightened sheen of the living room curtains, we recommend La Fleur Pewter.

Studio CAK Palmolive Building Chicago Architectural Digest

Rich textiles keep this corner of the master bedroom looking authentically ’20s and undeniably chic.

As it happens, our current collection is full of captivating pieces that can be used to substitute for many of the transitional items shown here. The playful curves and stirring blue velvet of our Vienna II Angled Sofa capture Art Deco’s bold je ne sais quoi, and architectural pieces like our Ardent Side Table and Cercles Cocktail Table play on the distinct geometric motif of the era. Browse our “Shop the Look” section below to discover even more transitional wonders that exemplify the timeless versatility shown here.

Color, pattern, and texture blended so harmoniously?

We officially j’adore.

All images courtesy of Architectural Digest and Aimee Mazzenga.


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