• Woven History: Meditation & Saddle Carpets

    Beautifully knotted of vegetable-dyed wool, carpets by the nomadic peoples of Tibet, Mongolia, and northern China decorated every aspect of life with bright color and rich symbolism. Unlike those of the Chinese weaving tradition, such carpets were primarily intended not as floor coverings, but as places to sit or sleep. Laid across a bed platform, […]

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  • PROjECT Interiors: Modern Contrast in the West Loop

    The most stylish homes evolve and change — even when they’ve been designed beautifully from the beginning. Owners Melissa and Ken Erke were thrilled when PROjECT Interiors completed their West Loop home, full of modern lucite, marble, and metal details. Later, the finished space got an unexpected twist when PROjECT added PAGODA RED reclaimed beam […]

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  • Collector’s Edition: Creating a Good Life

    In our 20+ years of collecting extraordinary objects at PAGODA RED, we’ve had the honor of forging deep and interesting  relationships with our clients. Exploring things together, we share stories of the hunt — the ones that got away, likes and dislikes, dreams and renovation blunders. Over time, these intimacies build meaningful friendships with mutual […]

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  • Tracy Boychuk: Tips for Artful & Sustainable Floral Design

    Tracy Boychuk is turning sustainability into an art form, one Chicago rooftop at a time. As founder and creative director of The Roof Crop, Boychuk oversees its 13 rooftop gardens, an apiary and shop, and projects for clients across the city. Tracy does it all with an eye for design, whether she’s using a dynamic […]

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  • Masters of Form: The Timeless Silhouettes of Chinese Vases

    The forms found in Chinese ceramics, many rooted in the style of the Song dynasty (960-1279), appear to be extremely simple, with wonderfully fluid design, making it hard to know where the neck commences, the body leaves off, or the foot begins. Since a textural history tracking the evolution of a ceramic silhouette is not always […]

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  • Show Time at the New York Botanical Garden

    This year the New York Botanical Garden’s Antique Garden Furniture Fair is presented as an inspiring weeklong, virtual event. We are excited to announce Martha Stewart will be kicking things off at the annual Preview Party and Plant Auction. While we all may not be able to gather in person, we can’t wait to show […]

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  • 5 Steps to Styling a Bookshelf

    PAGODA RED’s resident design concierge Laurene Sutko is our go-to for styling bookshelves. Designers and architects often pull her in to add finishing touches, bringing the last ten percent of a project to completion. Here, she shares her top 5 tips for bringing soul, meaning and style to a bookshelf. 1. Make it monochromatic. Laurene […]

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  • How to Renovate & Design with Antique Architectural Elements

    Vintage architectural elements might not make the top of every renovation resource list, but for those who want their space to tell a story, they should. Antique materials bring a higher level of quality, craftsmanship and authenticity to a project. Plus, they’re already proven to weather well. Whether using a 19th century door for its original purpose, or tiling […]

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  • Spirited Objects: African Art from the Ann Nathan Collection

    After almost 30 years, Ann Nathan closed her eponymous Chicago gallery at the end of 2016. Ann is a true collector — always ahead of the curve, she lives with an eclectic mix of fine art and folk, iconic furniture and other extraordinary objects. Her clients are missing her vision and the spirit she brought to […]

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  • Timeless Ming: Form & Function

    The Ming Dynasty not only represented the peak of design in China; it represented China to the rest of the world. Ming tables, beds, and vases were among the most famous Chinese exports to gain widespread popularity in Europe. Those designs were, in turn, absorbed by European furniture-makers and transformed into modern versions of Ming […]

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