Owners of a Lakeview high-rise with an aging public lobby wished to add new elements that flattered the best of its classic 1970s brutalist interiors. As its primary welcome mat, a large, dimly-lit lounge area near the entry was missing a focal point. Inviting seating and a visual anchor would make the area a destination rather than a peripheral wayside.
Handsome, original quartered-oak panels were the perfect backdrop for new furnishings that nodded to the building’s muscular, concrete exterior forms. The wide-arm, classic modern sofa and Frank-like tub chairs are covered in clubby mohair and linen. A monumental, raffia-wrapped cocktail table stakes a prominent claim at the center of the room. The rich grain of the wall panels was revealed again with new lighting. A newly acquired, large-scale artwork adds more visual gravitas and needed texture.
Lakeview Lobby was designed by Patrick McGuire. Photography by Craig Dugan Photography.