HBCH March,April,May 2009 : Page 85

Wunder Study Bruce Gregga grad Stephan Jones reaches for the design stars, starting with his own high-rise ode to low-key chic By Lisa Cregan | Photography by Bob Coscarelli Rising interiors star Stephan Jones does not want a view of the Chicago skyline. Not that it wouldn’t be nice, it’s just that it’s on the wrong side of his building. Jones, a 42-year-old designer from Iowa, once lived in a sunlight- flooded artist’s studio that spoiled himforever. Now he can’t live without the consistent light and purity of color that come hand-in-hand with north-facing windows. And that’s just a glimpse at Jones’ commitment to detail. He’s the first to admit he developed some pretty exacting personal standards during his years spent working for Chicago design legend Bruce Gregga. “It was like going to grad school,” he says. That experience also left Jones with a deep respect for materials and craftsmanship. “Honest and sturdy were two words Bruce used a lot,” says Jones, whose own projects range from a traditional, timeless townhouse in Lincoln Park to rustic interiors for Napa’s Round Pond Winery. “I try to bring that into my work. You can see it here inmy home—there’s nothing fussy.” Home is a two-bedroom, glass-walled, north-facing (of course) aerie in a modernist high-rise on the far northern reaches of Lake Shore Drive. Jones—who struck out on his own when he launched Stephan Jones Interiors last year—shares this place with his partner, OPPOSITE PAGE: In the living room, a textured Madagascar cloth wall and a zebra rug lend warmth to the seating arrangement. ABOVE: Designer Stephan Jones of Stephen Jones Interiors in front of a collage by Tarrence Corbin. Spring 2009 | | 85

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