Posts Tagged ‘Interior Design’

Located in Chicago’s vibrant Lakeview neighborhood, the four year project recently completed by Harrington College of Design’s own faculty member Constantine Vasilios is truly an Architecture and Interior Design innovation in experience, quality of detail and refinement. Drawing from his extensive thirty plus years of industry experience, Constantine and his team from CVADesign created a house that breathed life into the clients’ dreams and excitement in the stage set of everyday life that a house provides. Constantine takes us on an exclusive tour of the exterior and interior of the house below!

Exterior:  The entry sequence provides materials of wrought iron, copper, and exterior lighting to showcase the house in the evening.

Living Area:  The first level fireplace and surroundings are a testimony of precise design requirements executed in fine craftsmanship.  The interior celebrates a flow of space with various leaks to light.

Water Wall:  Upon entering the house, the verticality is expressed in a glass window, flanked by the lazy rolling water falling from the top of the house to the lower level.

First Level:  The interior is planned about an axis that penetrates the house.  Cross axes provide focus to fireplaces, stairways, and the kitchen.  Through arches interpreted with thousands of spheres pinned to trim the sides.  On top of the columns are blown glass capitals.

Portion of the Kitchen:  The kitchen is compact, efficient, and celebrates client requested warmth.

Guest Suite:  This second level fireplace is surrounded by art and cabinetry, housing the owner’s glass.  The double door French balcony opens to the quiet murmur of water.

Master Bathroom:  The Master Bathroom concept is furniture placed among reclaimed alabaster for a tranquil environment.  The skylight is positioned on top of the Jacuzzi for gazing at the sky and passing of clouds.

Master Bedroom

About Constantine D. Vasilios, AIA, NCARB, IIDA, NCIDQ:

Constantine D. Vasilios received his Bachelor of Architecture in Design degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he studied with Peter Pran and Richard Whitaker. He attended a year abroad in the overseas program at Versailles, France combining studio with travel to several countries. He received his Master of Architecture degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied, traveled, and completed his thesis with the late Charles W. Moore. He also participated in the overseas program at Oxford, England. Prior to leaving Austin, he served as a teaching assistant for Charles Moore and lectured to graduate students in History of Architecture and Art.

He has worked in the Chicago offices of Tigerman McCurry, Pappageorge Haymes, and assisted in the office of Charles Moore and Associates. He is a principal in the firm Constantine D. Vasilios & Associates Ltd, and has over thirty years of experience in the fields of Architecture and Interior Design. His resume includes buildings such as museums, recreational, residential and not-for-profit. He has participated in several exhibitions, has been published, and has received awards over the years. He has been a guest lecturer and/or visiting studio critic at several schools of Architecture and Interior Design. He served as Studio Master, and has been a faculty member at the Harrington College of Design since 1996. He is the recipient of the 2008 AIA Illinois Nathan Clifford award for teaching excellence and practice.

Photography by Peter Bosy

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We were excited to discover a project by Constantine D. Vasilios, AIA, NCARB, IIDA, NCIDQ, an instructor at the Harrington College of Design: his recently completed house in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood has already caught attention and is soon to be published in several magazines! The design team that worked on the project included Allyson Ann Wilkovich Holbrook, ASID, LEED AP, an adjunct Instructor at Harrington, and Elizabeth Pasquinelli, LEED AP, Assoc.AIA, a Harrington graduate.

Taking over four years to complete, the architecture and interior design of the house is representative of Constantine’s thirty plus years of industry experience and twenty years of leading his own practice.Constantineshared, “I owe my persistence to designing houses to the late Charles W. Moore at the University of Texas at Austin, Stanley Tigerman at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Pappageorge Haymes in Chicago. While working for these offices, the principals’ contagious delight, energy, and professional focus influenced my work at the office as well as in the classroom. Other influences for the design include my travels across continents, investigating buildings and their felt experiences. I weave my experiences in projects tailored to people and their dreams.”

After having interviews with four other firms in Chicago, the project began when the clients chose the CVA Design team. Constantine and Allyson met with the clients in Los Angeles to document their lifestyle in order to design their new house in Chicago. The clients had a background in graphic design via the movie industry and were excited to incorporate theoretical, as well as practical, design components into their new residence.

Located near Wrigley Field, in Chicago’s trendy Lakeview neighborhood, the house is a 6,000 square foot oasis from the fast pace of Chicago and for baseball fans on their way to the ball park. The house is designed within vertical and horizontal axes that celebrate space ad emphasize light, texture, sound, and color. Each detail is solved and incorporated in a symphony of experiences memorable for the clients.

The header image is just a taste of what’s to come: it’s actually the recreational lower level of the house! Keep reading tomorrow for a full tour of the house!

Photography by Peter Bosy

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In exactly one week, a three-day trade fair featuring all of the above will take place at the Merchandise Mart. I know we have a ton of events going on lately, but this is just one more that is such a great opportunity for interior designers in Chicago – the city that never stops designing!

Design Chicago
Interior Design Educational Conference at The Merchandise Mart
October 12-14, 2011
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

You can check out the InResidence Newsletter for details ahead of time on seminars and the new product debuts! Register for the event at merchandisemartdesigncenter.com/designchicago

Graphic courtesy The Merchandise Mart Design Center

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Yesterday I shared some background on how Nancy Walsh and Hannah Moore formed the concept for their award winning Mallinckrodt Condo interior design. Today, they share the main challenges they faced for the chapel turned condo…

“The challenges within the space became another driving force for the interior design. We needed to create a space that didn’t distract from or disappear behind the original architecture. Lighting was an interesting challenge because we wanted to light the ceiling, and light the space from the ceiling without creating any eyesores with junction boxes, etc.  Storage was another challenge that really allowed us to customize the space and integrate functional elements into the new architecture we were creating. Honestly, challenges can be so much fun and really force one to creatively problem-solve, so that the challenges really become the benefits to the project.

This was the first time we collaborated together, and it was so much fun and quite rewarding. We worked really diligently on this project, and it was definitely worth it. We made a great team. We accomplished creating a truly unique, functional, beautiful, and livable space that hopefully people in real life will get to experience.”

If the new condo owners decide to execute their design, I’ll be sure to follow up with the final condo! Congrats again to Nancy and Hannah, and thanks for sharing your insight on your concept!


Nancy Walsh graduated from the Harrington College of Design in 2008 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Hannah Moore graduated from the Harrington College of Design in 2007 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design and on the Dean’s List. Check out more of her work on her site at http://www.coroflot.com/sided!

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Mallinckrodt Unit 313: Rejuvenation – Sunrise – Sunset. Designed by Harrington College of Design BFA Interior Design Alumni Hannah Moore and Nancy T Walsh
Last week we featured the winners of the dynamic Mallinckrodt Condo interior design compepition. I doubled back with the first place winners Nancy Walsh and Hannah Moore to gain some more insight on the inspiration and concept of their design. This is what I found out…

“Our first thought of the space was that it was very beautiful and had great potential. The ceiling is amazing: massive and delicate at the same time. The space deserved an owner and a good design. The architecture itself is inspiring, exciting, and it is quite unique for a living space. To have that sort of inspiration and an opportunity to work on something that is out of the ordinary right from the start is great.

Since we felt it would be clear to anyone entering the property that the space was formerly a chapel, we didn’t really feel that we needed to emphasize or hide those qualities. We came to the conclusion that we were rejuvenating the space rather than altering it completely. Then we began to think about what was symbolic of rejuvenation, and felt that the cycle of a day was a perfect example: every day is renewed with each sunrise. The sunrise and sunset idea also became the inspiration for our color pallet which we felt it would be an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable pallet to use within a home. Nancy was going to Rome this September, so her upcoming trip became an additional inspiration for the project and how old and new can be integrated together to create a beautiful place (like Rome).”

Keep reading tomorrow to find out what the main challenges of the space were!  Also, Harrington students – don’t miss the popular “Food for Thought” event tonight at Harrington from 5 – 7 pm in room 421: stop by and sample savory and sweet dishes all made from healthy, cheap and simple recipes! You can also pick up information on simple recipes, inexpensive and good restaurants in Chicago and specialty food stores in the city!


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