Located in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast, interior designer
Michael Del Piero's three-bedroom apartment is modern and minimal and incorporates her personal collections of handmade artifacts and textiles from around the globe. The home perfectly showcases Del Piero's signature pared-back style where simple, organic elements are expertly layered for a luxurious look. 81
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The living room features a soothing, monochromatic palette of creams, browns and grays, which is anchored by the blackened slate fireplace surround and black wall and millwork. A piece of driftwood found on a Hamptons beach is mounted above the mantle. The covered table is a traditional design concept that is made less stuffy with an antique Fortuny fabric that was found at a London flea market. Above the table hangs "Blow," a crocheted salvaged metal sculpture by artist Lucy Slivinskisi. To the left of the fireplace is an inherited antique lounge chair that Del Piero upholstered in a sheer Schumacher fabric slipcover with seams on the outside so it appears fringed. The heart of the room is a bookshelf that houses a collection of artifacts, trinkets and pottery that Del Piero has gathered from her travels and during many phases of her life.
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A Montauk sofa upholstered in wool flannel with pillows made from African berber textiles provides seating in the living room. Behind the sofa is a 1960's vintage Sonneman floor lamp purchased in New York City.
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The dining room includes a salvaged metal chandelier by artist Lucy Slivinski and is paired with a 12-foot long antiqued black lacquer table and a sheepskin bench, both from Argentina. The pot is African and the stones are raw limestone, which is only found in Austin, Texas. The large painting is by an unknown artist.
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Two original works by Willem de Kooning hang on the salon wall in the dining room. The eclectic wall features photos of Del Piero's children, a 1950's drawing of a guitar by a New York artist, and nude drawings found at flea markets in Buenos Aires, Paris and the Netherlands. The smallest piece is by Corinna Button, an artist from England.
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In the den, art is key to the design of the space, with several striking pieces hanging on the walls: a large horse photograph by Janet Mesnic Mackie; French rye woven baskets; and a flower salvaged metal sculpture by Lucy Slivinski. The furniture in the room is slip covered, which is signature of Del Piero's style. Also in the room are a 1960’s Flokati rug, which is layered on top of a striped cashmere rug from Marrakesh, a mid-century ceramic garden table, pillows from Dransfield and Ross, and a Turkish camel bag.
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The master bedroom has burlap drapery, Swiss artwork from the 1960’s, various textiles from Africa and Schumacher, and an upholstered headboard. The throw is camel hair from Marrakesh. The side tables are from the 1960’s and the mid-century lamp is made of white clay.
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The guest room incorporates an American vintage metal bed from the 1940’s with gray embroidered textiles from Mexico and smaller pillows from Burma. The striped rug is African, and the painting is by Del Piero herself, which she painted in her early twenties.
Photography by Janet Mesic Mackie