Our clients craved some separation—not from each other of course, rather a physical partition between their living and sleeping quarters. The couple had moved into an open loft in Lakeview, meaning their literature and laundry were fighting for sovereignty. We assessed their needs and designed a solution: four sliding bookshelves, two that faced inwards toward the bedroom, and two that faced outwards towards the living room (concept below). The bookshelves form a solid divider between the two spaces, and have room enough to house an extensive home library on one side, and four seasons worth of Chicago-ready clothing on the other. Most importantly, the units, in beautiful maple are endlessly configurable, able to retract and expand when the mood strikes, preserving the open feel of the loft the Crandell’s originally fell in love with.
Yet another problem with lofts, they let in the light, but places with dedicated ceilings for extra privacy (like bathrooms) can get lost in the shuffle, relegating them to be dim and unsavory places to spend precious morning hours getting ready. To remedy this, we demo’d the whole lowered ceiling for our clients bathroom, and extended its walls to the full height of the loft, adding in a rotating window to both aid in air circulation and beam the sun’s natural glow throughout the apartment.