Photography: Trevor Tondro
High Design

A Layered Pied-à-terre in Chicago’s Gold Coast Neighborhood

James Dolenc and Tom Riker, known for their colorful and textured spaces, purchased this charming unit in 2018. Located in a historic 1920’s pre-war building, the apartment offered a layout that instantly appealed to them, despite its small size of 1400 sqft. Viewing it as their pied-à-terre to return to after weekends in Michigan, they embarked on a major gut renovation to transform the space.

While the unit had little original interest, James and Tom aimed to stay true to the heritage, integrity, and architecture of the building. They infused the space with vibrant colors and used decor and wallpaper to reflect the beautiful views of the lake, creating an inviting and timeless atmosphere. Their design showcases warmth, generosity, and affection, hallmarks of their renowned style.