HBCH April 2016 : Page 46

| NEW | NEW NOW IN CITY CHICAGO & NOTABLE & NOTABLE DESIGNER DIGS HERE TO STAY “It’s kind of annoying when you show up at a vacation rental and there isn’t any toilet paper or clean towels,” says Liz Klafeta, founder of the new hotel-meets-Airbnb Bangtel (bangtel.com). The Chicago native came across her business venture authentically when her design and styling jobs started taking her to New York for extended periods of time. She would sublet her Humboldt Park townhouse, and, not one for half-measures, Klafeta’s edgy style plus an innate generosity meant her guests would arrive to find personal touches such as groceries, concert tickets or a list of local hot spots. Word spread, and Bangtel now has nine properties in the city’s most popular neighborhoods, with more to come. As Klafeta and her team have renovated and styled each space, they’ve built a brand that is getting a lot of buzz on design-based blogs and even retailers such as Interior Define and CB2. With short-or long-term stays; art by local artists; and customizable concierge services such as dog walking, private chefs, event planning—complete with DJs and photographers—personal shopping, “local guerilla tourism” and, not surprisingly, cleaning, laundry and groceries, Bangtel offers a curated experience. It may look “banging,” but it feels like home. From $150 per night, 312.404.4865, bangtel.com –Andrea Mills THE SUITE LIFE One of two bedrooms in Mr. Clark’s Penthouse ($150-$400 per night) featuring a customized bed frame Klafeta designed SHELF LIFE HOME PAGES Clockwise from top left: Richard Shapiro offers a primer on how to craft timeless interiors for today; Vicente Wolf’s latest monograph is a stunning portfolio of his work inspired by the four basic elements; get a glimpse inside Venice’s most ornate interiors thanks to preservationist Toto Bergamo Rossi’s tasteful tome. TIMELESS ELEGANCE For his fourth book, interiors icon Vicente Wolf wows with a dossier of design pared down to the basics. e Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired by Earth, Water, Air and Fire ($50, Rizzoli) features a foreword by Margaret Russell and more than a dozen of Wolf’s projects, ranging from a chalet in the Swiss Alps to posh pads in Manhattan and Long Island—all inspired by the elements. ... Designer and antiques dealer Richard Shapiro is a master of crafting homes with a perfect patina that seems cultivated over the generations. In his new monograph, Past Perfect ($55, Rizzoli), readers get a glimpse into Shapiro’s two magni cent homes that illustrate how to merge modern construction with timeless treasures and Old World charm. ... An exclusive look inside lavish Venetian interiors is the focus of Inside Venice: a Private View of the City’s Most Beautiful Interiors ($39, Rizzoli). Enhanced by a foreword by Diane von Furstenberg and Peter Marino, the ornate opus sparkles with properties personally selected by preservationist and author Toto Bergamo Rossi, based on his years of expertise gained as director of the Venetian Heritage foundation. Well preserved, indeed. –Phebe Wahl 46 BANGTEL PHOTO BY ALEKS EVA PHOTOGRAPHY; BOOK PHOTOS COURTESY OF RIZZOLI Three new coffee table-worthy compilations offer fresh takes on contemporary and classic interiors. INTERIORS SPRING/SUMMER 2016

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