BEST FURNITURE COLLECTION // TRUEX KOESSEL STUDIOS If these walls could talk? Scratch that—what if they could see? Allen and Judy Koessel had the inclination to affix a 3-D glass “eye” onto their exquisite Les Plumes wallpaper design, bringing to life an already impressive surface covering. The local husband-and-wife team handcraft wallpapers using methods developed over 20 years, a process mostly focused on texture. Created on an eco-friendly cellulose fiber, each wallpaper collection uses hand-carved stamps and other unconventional tools to create designs and patterns that jump right off the wall. What We Love: Above all, Koessel Studios embraces imperfect beauty; “the regular irregularity of the repeat pattern, which transforms a room and gives it soul,” says Judy. 4115 W. Ogden Ave., koesselstudios.com BEST WALLPAPER // BEST DETAIL // FLOATING STAIRCASE BY IRON & WIRE This floating staircase, made of perforated, blackened steel with tempered glass railings, is an evolution of the folded-stair line of steel staircases Iron & Wire began fabricating in 2010. This version has a slim profile with a blackened stainless-steel framework and Z-cut stringers that add a graphic edge. Because the client was located in East Hampton, N.Y., the custom staircase had to be shipped in sections and assembled on-site. This forced David Greene of Iron & Wire to develop a design that reduced the amount of typical connections and improved the overall product. The company now has a standardized version that can be shipped and installed worldwide. What We Love: The stair makes a statement while still allowing the views to take center stage. 8030 80 INTERIORS WINTER/SPRING 2015 SCOTT HIMMEL PORTRAIT BY DAN KELLEGHAN; IRON & WIRE PHOTO BY DAVID GREENE Ask Scott Himmel anything about the history of interior design, and he will know. The designer’s encyclopedic knowledge of the architecture and interiors industries is astounding, as is his excitement for his latest endeavor: a revival of a few of his favorite furniture designs by famous designers throughout history, never before in production, in partnership with the Kindel Furniture Company. The process from sketchpad to showroom was one-and-a-half years in the making, but Himmel kept his No. 1 priority straight: quality. “I’m a firm believer that a piece of furniture has to be perfect,” says Himmel. And he couldn’t have gotten closer in his pursuit: The Frances Elkins-inspired Loop chair’s cross sections are set off exactly 1/8 inch from each other, so the lacquer doesn’t chip. And only the highest quality materials and finishes were chosen for the collection. See, touch and feel for yourself: Atelier Gary Lee is now the hometown flagship showroom. “There’s not a single Truex design here that looks out of place in Chicago’s most contemporary, curated, high-end, multi-line showroom,” says Himmel of the Atelier. “That’s how it’s dressed.” What We Love: These well-dressed designs can play well with modern pieces as well. “I think we are on the cusp of a major sea change in what is considered contemporary,” says Himmel. “I hope so, with all my professional heart.” Atelier Gary Lee, The Merchandise Mart, Suite 1419, PERFECT PURSUIT Interior architect and designer Scott Himmel, the mastermind behind the new Truex furniture collection with reinterpreted designs by icons like Billy Baldwin, is pictured with the Loop chair, Gramercy dining table and Lowell cabinet in the Atelier Gary Lee showroom.