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Designer's Gallery

August 2014

From family friendly spaces to spa-like retreats to swanky business interiors, area designers showcase their work

Designers: C.J. Mueller, ASID; Anna Myles, Haven Interiors
Project: Sunroom, Mequon

Once in a while you are lucky enough to have a client who is fearless and trusts you enough to push the envelope. The accent color inspiration came from a commissioned art piece in the couple’s foyer and the architecture in this spectacular room. The challenge was to turn this bright sunroom with soaring windows into a sophisticated "grown-up" entertaining space. We used charcoal gray as our grounding neutral with dramatic pops of orange and white. Sleek contemporary furniture is mixed with an ornate Rococo mirror, organic accessories and a custom designed area rug. The result is a dramatic space that this couple enjoy with their guests and, as often as possible, just the two of them.

Designer: Casey Didier, Peabody’s Interiors

Project: Photography Studio, Grafton

In moving his studio to a space in the Grafton Mill — built in the latter part of the 19th century — Kevin Netz Photography wanted to embrace the unique qualities of the building as well as its rich textures. He also wanted to provide his clients with a casual and comfortable meeting space with a modern twist. We selected updated colors for the accents as well as the built-in finishes. The full kitchen is necessary due to long hours in the studio as well as providing the capability to shoot food advertisements. The juxtaposition of old and new is what makes this project a favorite.I love the polished sparkle provided by the chrome in the lighting and hardware against the rough surfaces of the painted limestone and century-old wood.

Designer: Patricia Algiers, ASID, Chemistry in Place

Project: Law Offices, Chicago and Tampa, Fla.

The design concept for the Chicago law offices for Quarles & Brady was to create a hospitality-minded client-centric space, adaptive to the continually changing problem-solving nature of a legal work environment, with the ability to reinvent itself continually during the course of the 15-year lease. The space is certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) CI Gold, and "green" was considered as a holistic concept in terms of client, legal team and staff expectations; facility, protocols, operations, administration, brand and culture. Quarles & Brady received the Environmental Design Vision Award for the design of the office from Keep Chicago Beautiful.

Designer: Patricia Algiers, ASID, Chemistry in Place

Project: Law Offices, Chicago and Tampa, Fla.

Quarles & Brady’s Tampa office occupies the entire 34th floor of the Bank of America Plaza. In keeping with Quarles’ commitment of having each office be true to the culture and aesthetic expression of its location, the downtown Tampa office is bright, light and open, taking inspiration from Tampa Bay and the surrounding beaches. The workplace is also designed to entertain clients, with beautiful views of Tampa, welcoming features and a "memorable" design. Each design consideration, including furniture, lights and finishes, was a crucial component in creating a space that defines Quarles & Brady’s identity. The design looks and feels different than any other law firm in Tampa, but still says "Tampa is home to us and we love it here," with a color palette that complements the overall feel of the city. The Tampa Bay Business Journal named the office as one of 30 finalists in its Coolest Office Spaces contest.


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