HBCH October 2012 : Page 174

B ES T IN D ES I G N | A LL A RO U N D TOWER POWER Schiff worked on the construction of the Sears Tower in 1974. Product Design Firm: Lake+Wells Lacking wall space? Meet the Riveli concept. Mark Kinsley, founder of Lake and Wells, created this modular interactive shelving design, allowing the simultaneous exhibition of 2-D art and graphics with 3-D objects on any wall space, in any confi guration. “I created the concept as a response to the compact living space in my downtown studio,” said Kinsley. Now that he’s tackled this design dilemma, we eagerly anticipate the envelope-pushing products this new PD fi rm has on its docket. Legacy: Harold Schiff RIVELI IMAGE COURTESY OF LAKE + WELLS, SEARS TOWER IMAGE COURTESY OF THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION, SHOWROOM IMAGE COURTESY OF JO CHICAGO Best Showroom: WPA Chicago The WPA showroom on Superior Street has gotten tons of attention since its grand reopening last year, and rightly so. The expanded showroom features Arclinea kitchens, Flos lighting, Poltrona Frau furnishings and—of course—the Cassina and Cappellini brands the company is famous for. We also love that it’s a family affair, since 1993; owned by Charles Wilson, Aaron Wilson and Susan Patenaude, AIA. Schiff oversaw the con-struction of the former Sears Tower as chief executive offi cer of Morse Diesel Inc., one of the world’s largest building construction companies at the time. Later, he founded his own fi rm, Schal Associ-ates, and oversaw the construction of One Magnifi cent Mile, the Chicago Board Options Exchange and Madison Plaza. A low-income housing building, whose construction near the former Cabrini-Green Schiff fi nanced in 2007, was named after him and his wife, Margot. The leaning form, sleek, metal-mesh façade and wind turbines spruce up the formerly deserted North Clybourn strip in Old Town. Schiff, 84, passed away on Aug. 7, 2012, in his Streeter-ville home. 174 | | Fall 2012

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