A Room We Love from the 1stDibs 50: Summer Thornton Design

Each week, we spotlight one of the notable talents from the roster of our most recent 1stDibs 50.
Dining room in Chicago by Summer Thornton
Photo by Josh Thornton

Sometimes, it’s fun to play against type. That idea was in the back of Summer Thornton‘s mind as she designed his apartment in Chicago’s Palmolive Building, famously Art Deco and once home to the offices of the Playboy magazine empire.

Thornton worked with the owner, a collector of American design, to give her the sophistication she wanted while taking her somewhere new — not to Art Deco exactly, but to Europe.

The decorator hung the walls with Pierre Frey‘s Le Grand Corail and chose a French tickling stripe from Brunschwig et Fils for the banquette. A lovely eight-arm chandelier from Windsor House Antiques brings a more traditional, timeless note to the composition, its curves playing off the wallcovering’s pattern.


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