Contemporary Beaux Arts by Jessica Lagrange

Our residence today is a full-floor penthouse apartment on Chicago’s Gold Coast with classic design, Parisian-inspired interiors interpreted for contemporary living by Jessica Lagrange.  This home is located within a premiere residential tower designed by architect Lucien Lagrange, in the fashionable Streeterville neighborhood on Lake Shore Drive overlooking the Lake Michigan. The 26-story residential architecture building features a limestone façade with 19th century French detailing, and includes a zinc-clad mansard roof and a corner turret topped with an illuminated lantern.  The luxurious interiors of this home is the source of our design inspiration for today!

Initially the home consisted of just under 5,000-square-feet, from which Lagrange created a two-bedroom unit with plenty of formal space, as it was intended to serve as a second home for the owners to entertain in.  The design idea was to create a space with an aged feel. Taking inspirational lead from the building, the designer created a contemporary design interpretation of the Beaux Arts apartments in Paris, with modern touches.  Custom mill-work and architectural detailing were crafted, along with intricate herringbone wood flooring and luxurious finishes.  The owners loved the new pied-a-terre the designer and her team had created for them.  They loved it so much in fact, when the second half of the floor became available, they purchased it too, doubling their space, now 9,000-square-feet, allowing them to transform it into a more full time residence.

The designer and her team were called back in to seamlessly connect the units and to continue the style of the original into the new, on an even grander scale. This lead to the creation of a 3rd bedroom suite, a billiards room, media room, exercise room, a wine storage hall, and a gift-wrapping room. The craftsmanship, artistry, and bespoke design involved was unprecedented for the team at the time with the domed ceilings, marble mosaics, and layers of meticulous hand detailing.  Lagrange has since completed many other luxury home projects around the city and beyond.  Her name is now synonymous with luxurious interiors.

In the formal living room (in the photo above) you can see the combining of Modern and French classic design.  The paneled walls have been glazed to show a patina that normally comes with age.  Watery blues and greens are used throughout, inspired by the views of the lake and parks.  The room is assembled on a Tabriz rug from Hokanson, and centered with a Louis XIV oak console and Kathleen Blackshear’s Dancing Along the Bridge.  A pair of Rose Tarlow Melrose covered wing chairs from Dennis and Leen flank the marble faced fireplace, which is topped by Julio de Diego’s Vamba.


The space is formal and open, designed especially for elegant entertaining with style, with plenty of places to mingle.  The entire home radiates from a central hallway, punctuated at each end with a rotunda.  Extensive mill-work and custom detailing on the walls and ceilings (as shown here) is featured throughout all of the public spaces.  Careful consideration was given to every detail.





The open living area flows into the formal dining room which has been created within the buildings turret, whose outer walls are lined with floor to ceiling windows to fully appreciate the unobstructed panoramic views.  The room’s circular shape has been maintained creating a most spectacular space.  This is one of the most written about dining rooms on the internet.  The Randolph & Hein table can seat 26 and the Gretchen Bellinger upholstered dining chairs are backed with Hermes leather suede.  The magnificent chandelier was inspired by Gilbert Poillerat.  Custom drapery created with designer fabrics and trims are used here and throughout.  I also featured this space in my post on Designer Dining Rooms here.


For the kitchen, the designer collaborated with de Giulio Kitchen Design to create a look that is both Classic design and Modern design.  Cream-colored subway tile is used along one wall, while the floors have been covered with limestone set in a large basket-weave design.  The counter-top is also limestone.  The bar stools are custom from Paul Ferrante.


The cabinets and ranges are La Cornue…of course.


On the opposite side of the formal living room is the home’s library in warm chocolate and caramel tones layered in luscious dense fabrics.


In this vignette, featured along the central hallway where the private elevator foyer intersects, the designer brilliantly combines old and new.  The herringbone floors and paneled walls continue the full length of the space.  Those chairs are perfection!!


Lagrange commissioned LA based artist Scott Waterman to create murals in each of the homes rotundas.  The table and chandelier here were custom designed by the designer herself.  Note the design of the custom inlaid flooring.  I also featured this space in my Designer Foyer- Grand Entrances post here.


At the opposite end of the hall,  a custom wine storage area was created with 24-karat gold leaf backed temperature-controlled cabinets.  The runner down the middle is antique Persian, circa 1890.  You can see the other rotunda just beyond, and the end of the passageway marked with the owners Bertoia resting on a custom stand by Soane.


Here we have one of the most exquisite powder rooms in the city, sparkling like a jewel with its silver and gold leafing, glazing, and mirror effects, made perfect with those crystal sconces.


The billiards room has been handsomely finished with hand-glazed wall paneling and coffered ceilings, along with hand-waxed oak floors.   The space includes a bar by Parenti & Raffaelli, paired with Nancy Corzine’s Waldorf bar stools.  The chairs are by John Boone, and the ottoman is custom from ACM Furniture.


Here we have the homes theater room complete with plush velvet sofas and ottomans.  The equipment has been carefully concealed and the acoustics professionally placed.


Features and colors both soften in the private rooms.  Here we have the elegantly appointed master bedroom.  The bed is from Lewis Mittman, and dressed in French linens.  The Neirmann Weeks Elysee chaise is covered in “superkidskin” leather from J. Robert Scott.  Michigan Avenue by Jeffrey Grant hangs above the marble fireplace mantle.


The master bedrooms sitting room is a serene haven of luxury design.  An antique rug from Oscar Isberlan is placed on the linen carpet from Stark to define the space which includes an antique French table and a Regency Sabre-leg Armchair by Rose Tarlow Melrose House.


The master bedroom suite includes a bath and dressing room on either side so both the husband and wife can each have their own.  This one is the wife’s, with antiqued mirror vanities with marble tops and marble floors.


The wife’s bathroom’s glamorous interiors include a soaking tub and its own private balcony, with automated shades.


Here we have the husband’s bathroom, whose dome ceiling is reflected in the marble’s mosaic design on the floor for a sophisticated design.


The guest bedroom suite is equally comfortable and tranquil in soft shades of green and lilac, with a cozy bed dressed in French linens.


The guest suite’s bathroom includes a soaking tub and a separate shower.


Completing the suite, we have the guest’s dressing vanity set in the window of the bathroom which is draped with embroidered silk draperies.  Of course the owners also enjoy all of the amenities provided by the building, including 24-hour service and a doorman, along with all of the perks afforded by its great location.   In the end, Jessica Lagrange created a perfect cohesion of both space and Classic design with Modern style for timeless elegance perfected for contemporary living.   Old world grandeur customized for modern luxurious living, another happy home completed!

That concludes our design inspiration for today my friends.  I hope you all have enjoyed the luxurious interiors of this classic design home interpreted for contemporary living.  The interior architecture details alone provide a wealth of interior design ideas.  Thank you all so much for reading along.  Let me hear from you all in the comments!  What are your thoughts on this penthouse?

Interior design by Jessica Lagrange Interiors LLC @

Photography by Tony Soluri @

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  • Phil

    Such a beautiful interior designs, thank you for sharing, I’ve some ideas for my next project.

    • johnny Knight

      Thank you so much Phil. We are glad you like it and found inspiration for your next project!! We love to read that!!

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