Drake Tower Condo Remodel
Condo Renovation in Chicago
Located in the residential tower at Chicago's iconic Drake Hotel, this 2-bedroom pied-à-terre receives a comprehensive renovation. The owners' primary residence is out of state, but frequent travel to Chicago resulted in this home away from home.
Michael Howells provided complete architectural + interiors services for this project. The driving concept was to celebrate the vibrancy of this great art city, and the owners' classic yet bold tastes. The shifting blues threaded through the various finishes and furnishings are inspired by the stunning views of Lake Michigan.
This project was featured in Modern Luxury.
We provided all design services for this project, from interior architecture, detailing, and furnishings right down to the knives and forks. A custom fireplace screen was designed by Michael Howells, with a little help from Piet Mondrian.
We designed built-ins throughout the project, including the primary suite bed and night stands. Under-bed storage maximizes efficiency. But retaining space beneath the bed allows the owners to experience more of the beautiful custom Jan Kath rug.
A touch of history
We refurbished the Drake Tower's signature bronze door hardware, for use throughout the apartment.
All lighting in the apartment is by the renowned Parisian firm Atelier Jean Perzel.
At the tiny main bathroom we squeezed in a semi-powder room: the shower wall acts as a privacy screen between shower and toilet.
A crisp galley
The small galley kitchen is a model of efficiency, with state-of-the-art Valcucine cabinetry and countertops.
Bedroom before + after
A fresh design updates this special apartment, while keeping it classic.
Roll over to see the main bedroom before + after.
Dining before + after
Pale blue Farrow & Ball wallpaper in the foyer transitions to high-gloss cobalt cabinetry in the dining room. A custom Jan Kath rug runs the full length of the living + dining room, unifying the space.
Interior Design: Michael Howells
Photographer: Werner Straube