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Drake Tower

Apartment Renovation

Located in the residential tower at Chicago's iconic Drake Hotel, this 2-bedroom pied-à-terre received 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 both architectural services and interior furnishings 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 was our second project with Michael and we felt his interior design skills shined in the pre-war building format. The Perzel lighting fixtures, cabinet detail, paint and rug choices were all things we would never have thought of on our own and are complimented by nearly every visitor to the apartment. Michael has an intuitive sense of what will suit us, while also putting forward an original vision. We are very happy with the results.”

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Complete design

We provided all design services for this project, from interior detailing through to the selection of furnishings and soft goods. A custom fireplace screen was designed by Michael Howells, with a little help from Piet Mondrian.

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Custom built-ins

We designed built-ins throughout the project, including the master bed and night stands. Under-bed storage maximizes efficiency. But retaining space beneath the bed allows one to experience more of the beautiful custom Jan Kath rug.

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A touch of history

We refurbished the Drake Tower's signature bronze door hardware, for use throughout the apartment.

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Deco-inspired

All lighting in the apartment is by the renowned Parisian firm Atelier Jean Perzel.

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Small-space solutions

At the tiny master bathroom we squeezed in a semi-powder room: the shower wall acts as a privacy screen between shower and toilet.

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a crisp galley

The small galley kitchen is a model of efficiency, with state-of-the-art Valcucine cabinetry and countertops.

General Contractor: Arkwright Construction

Interior Design: Michael Howells

Photographer: Werner Straube

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