• MK Pritzker at PAGODA RED: A Celebration of Illinois Design

    In his introduction to A House That Made History, designer Michael Smith describes Governor JB Pritzker and First Lady MK Pritzker as a “dynamic and deeply engaging” couple. Their longtime friend is spot-on, as our community discovered with Mrs. Pritzker at PAGODA RED as she signed copies of her new book with Rizzoli. A House […]

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  • PAGODA RED Essentials: Custom Waterfall Tables

    If PAGODA RED was a fashion house, custom reclaimed wood waterfall tables would be our signature little black dress. Our clients and designers love them for the same reason black dresses endure — they’re effortless, chic, and can be dressed up or down depending on the space. Each table is designed in-house, crafted with 18th […]

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  • Theories of Relativity: Erin Minckley Talks Textiles

    “I could write a novel for each pattern,” Erin Minckley recently told us, in a conversation about Relativity Textiles, the standout wallpaper, fabric, and rug company she founded in 2015.  It’s her unique approach to pattern design —philosophical, well-researched, and often political—that has helped Minckley grow Relativity from a Kickstarter campaign to a successful company […]

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  • A Moment Worth Celebrating: Evan Millárd at the Lake Forest Showhouse

    The 2023 Lake Forest Showhouse is a pop-up design wonderland, full of creative possibilities and inspiration. The lavish estate was originally designed by Walter Frazier in 1969 and has been updated and re-imagined by 33 interior designers and 8 landscape architects. Nashville-based designer Evan Millárd was one of several designers who worked with PAGODA RED to […]

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  • Outside In: Stone Trough Sinks in a Mallorcan Getaway

    At PAGODA RED, we gravitate toward natural materials, objects with history, and creative reuses—no surprise, then, that we love traditional stone troughs reimagined as sink basins. Over the years, we’ve worked with clients who have incorporated troughs as sink basins in sleek Chicago apartments to outdoor garden areas in rustic lake houses in California. The […]

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  • In the Press: Architectural Digest on the Best Decor Shops in Chicago

    Thank you, Architectural Digest for recognizing PAGODA RED as a top design destination in Chicago. We are honored to be a part of this community of designers, collectors, and gallery owners. In the article, some of our favorite designers weighed in on their favorite local shops. We’re especially grateful to Mick de Giulio of de Giulio Design. […]

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  • The Thrill of the Hunt: Shea Soucie’s Meaningful Collections

    In his book The Joys of Collecting, world-renowned collector J.Paul Getty writes that a collector “frequently experiences thrills and sometimes savors triumphs.” These moments—from the thrill of finding an object worth collecting to the triumph of acquiring the piece you’ve been searching for — inspire designer Shea Soucie both in her own collecting and in […]

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  • Adler On the Park: A Showcase House in Historic Lincoln Park

    The Lakeview Avenue Row House District is a dash of London in Chicago: four Georgian-style row houses built by David Adler and Henry C. Dangler in the early 20th century for their storied group of friends. At the Adler on the Park Showcase House this May, design enthusiasts can peek inside these landmark spaces, now converted […]

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  • The Art of Incense with Cinnamon Projects

    A beautiful object creates a moment, whether it’s a sculpture that draws you into conversation or a Qing peachbloom vase filled with complementing peonies. Few objects, however, create the impact of an incense censer. Alone, a great censer, also known as a burner, is an objet d’art. But alight with fragrant, gentle incense, the censer transforms […]

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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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