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Bucktown Home for Tango Dancer

Our client is an Argentinian man living in a modern Bucktown condo. An eclectic person who loves tango, art, entertaining, and has close ties to his native country. Before Cadmium Interiors came on board his home lacked expression, unity, and functionality.Our goal was to unify his space by reinterpreting his current furnishings and incorporating new art,color palette, furnishings, and lighting; Making his space cohesive and a reflection of his taste. He is a bit eclectic but modern, clean lines, tongue and cheek humor, with a need for functionality over style.

Process

  • In the Living room  atop the entertainment  center is a Triptych that Providence, Rhode Island artist Susan Dansereau painted. We commissioned her to create this work using our client’s favorite sculpture by Marta Minujin called Deconstructed David as inspiration. Other accessories were added to the room, including an organic wooden sculpture and a sculptural vase.
  • Going up the stairs you enter his dining room and kitchen. As an avid cook and tango dancer, it was important that the client had various levels of lighting. The open space also functions for dancing and entertaining into the evening. We updated his current flush mount light, and added under cabinet lighting to create an ambient glow for when the evening progresses.
  • Because his living space also functions for entertaining, one of his needs was a mobile bar cart. Kristin Taghon designed an exquisite cart with a local Chicago furniture designer.
  • Behind the dining table we commissioned a striking horse Triptych, done with charcoal on paper. This piece was also created by Providence artist Susan Dansereau. We art directed her to re-create an early 1900’s photograph of a horse.
  • Upstairs Cadmium Interiors brought in unique organic pieces to create a nostalgic and masculine bedroom, unifying his Asian-inspired furniture. We sourced linen window treatments with a cable hanging system, and wooden-wrought iron sculptures on his dresser. New white bedding  provided a fresh backdrop for his faux fur chinchilla throw on his bed. The framed art in his bedroom is a pen and ink drawing of a ship on tea stained paper.
  • The Franz Kline print is the first thing you see when entering the ensuite Master Bath. We replaced outdated lighting with mesh chrome double sconces, and created a simple oasis with
    hanging air plants inside delicate blown glass on his cedar shelves.  Rather than replace the mirror, we surrounded the perimeter of his existing mirror with a black frame studded with satin nickel details. Coupled with fresh paint in a bluish gray hue, we created a rich dramatic look. We added shelving in his shower and new towel racks.
  • Playful artwork was sourced for the hallway to the Guest Bath and Office. In the Guest Bath, a cable system suspends works done by local Chicago photographer. Underneath her work are miniature wooden sculptures imprinted with distinguishable
    Chicago city shots.
  • In our client’s Office, which also functions as his Guest Room, we had to work with the challenge of a multi-purpose space, as well as design
    obstacles - mainly a partially wall-papered room. Cadmium Interiors tackled his offfice by incorporating wide dark gray and white stripes to coincide with his wallpaper and carried this bold theme throughout the entire room. Artwork from and about Argentina adorn his walls. The sofa converts to a bed for guests, and a pop of color in the throw pillows balances the dramatic color scheme. We rearranged his furniture from wall-hugging to a more conversational grouping atop his animal rug.

Results

The intention was to create a space that was unique, comfortable, and design oriented. The finished room feels comfortable and functional, whilst a bit unexpected.