Frank’s firm, Frank Ponterio Interior Design, has offices in Chicago and Lake Forest, Illinois. He is widely recognized for designing well-curated, award-winning residential and commercial properties.
As an expert in historic architecture and interiors, Frank wanted the space to represent fine living within a historical landscape. Taking his lead from the reconstructed building, he offers a modern translation of a 1920s European interior. “This was designed as an in-town place to relax,” he says.
For Frank, a board member of The Art Institute of Chicago, using art in design is a given. He used some of his own art collection in his design. Here, the painting over the demilune is by Jean Marc Louis; the sculpture is entitled “Burning Bush.”
Frank designed the living room coffee table, constructed in iron with an inlaid shagreen top.
We like the subtle stripe in the espresso colored wing chair and ottoman. The drapery fabric is by Schumacher.
Wing chair (“Ellington” #5004); ottoman (custom, “Ellington”); wing chair and ottoman fabric (“Astrakhan”/Dark Brown #5582/04, by Rose Cumming): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777, dessinfournir.com.
Leather piping for wing chair and ottoman (“Leather Piping”/Espresso): Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000, samuelandsons.com.
Side table by wing chair (“Ashley Occasional Table” #OT1295): Avrett, 843/554-1409, avrett.com.
Floor lamp (antique): Frank Ponterio Interior Design, 847/234-5704, frankponterio.com.
Etagère (“University Bookshelf”): Julian Chichester, 336/886-2454, julianchichester.com.
Art behind wing chair (Jean Marc Louis); circle sculpture on second shelf of etagère (Solar Eclipse #AD005-2): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777, dessinfournir.com.
Sculpture on top shelf of etagère (petrified wood): Material Possessions, 888/241-1190, materialpossessions.com.
The antique rug references the past, while the plant nods to nature. A side table is a nice perch for a drink.
The dining room with its simply draped windows makes the most of the view.
Table (“Cipresso” #2331): Michael Taylor Designs, 415/558-9940, michaeltaylordesigns.com.
Dining chairs (“Gustavian Klismos”): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979, niermannweeks.com.
Leather on dining chairs (“Silverado”/Medium Brown #NC3800-020): Nancy Corzine, 312/645-4500, nancycorzine.com.
Bar cabinet (custom): Frank Ponterio Collection, 312/464-1133, frankponterio.com.
Mirror over bar cabinet (“Dentil Mirror,” by Formations): Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, hollyhunt.com.
Horn sculptures on bar cabinet (“Bernard Authentic Horns ” #6323): Arteriors Home, 877/488-8866, arteriorshome.com.
Frank designed the walnut bar cabinet, which is made by artists in the United States.
The general aesthetic of the apartment, Frank says, is “a little more masculine, a little more clean-lined. We didn’t want any big pops of color, or for one thing to scream louder than anything else. We wanted balance.”
Paint (“Mineral Lime Wash” #077): Rose Tarlow-Melrose House, 323/651-2202, rosetarlow.com.
Ceiling paint (“Royal Silk” #939): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Bed: Frank Ponterio for Avrett, 843/554-1409, avrett.com.
Headboard fabric (“Cannon”/Storm, Lombard Collection): Andrew Martin, 212/688-4498, andrewmartin.co.uk.
Mattress (Vi-Spring Coronet Supreme”): Chicago Luxury Beds, 312/985-0836, chicagoluxurybeds.com.
Bed linens (custom): Mia Tavola, 773/404-4901, miatavola.com.
Sham fabric (“Maroc Linen Damask”/Smoke #65632): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Sham trim (“French Piping”/Butter): Samuel &Sons, 212/704-8000, samuelandsons.com.
Chandelier (“Lumiere”): Jean De Merry, 312/527-1800, jeandemerry.com.
Bedside table (“Clark Side Table” #G4069, by Gérard): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777, desinfournir.com.
Bedside table lamps (“Andre”): through Nancy Corzine, 312/645-4500, nancycorzine.com.
Drapery (“Bark”/Ash #BARK2): De Le Cuona, 212/702-0800, delecuona.co.uk.
Fabrication: Primo Interiors, 773/880-8042.
In the master bedroom, these upholstered stools in a graphite-colored velvet work well with the texture of the carpet.
Upholstered stools (“Soho Baby”); upholstery fabric (George Smith velvet): George Smith, 312/464-0242, georgesmith.com.
Here, the custom-made bed linens are fit for a king.
The chandelier is a focal point for this bedroom—its prickly sea urchin-like shape adds organic shape to the space.
Schumacher fabric in linen damask in a smoke-and-gold ikat pattern lends a touch of global flair.
The rich chocolate of the chair pairs well with neutral draperies and a Lucite table. We like the wit shown in the “eureka!” quality of the teardrop lamp on a bronze pole.
Lounge chair (“Aubrey Swivel Chair” #772-01); lounge-chair fabric (“Louisville”/Charcoal): DeAurora Chicago, 312/644-4430, deaurora.com.
Lucite table (“Scott Arthur Yerkey Oval Balustrade Side Table” #ACR-A 210-BAL); floor lamp (“Teardrop Floor Lamp”/Bronze finish #Y1030): Filsinger Chicago, 312/245-0404, filsingerchicago.com.
Historic landscape designs from Chicago’s North Shore hang above the handsome desk, alluding to the building’s history.
Art over desk (by Jonathan Higgins): Manneken Press, 309/829-7443, mannekenpress.com.
Writing desk (“Perth Writing Table” #7000); desk chair (“Luxford Side Chair”#KJ1000, by Kerry Joyce); desk-chair fabric (“Antibes”/Pepper #1125-08, by Classic Cloth): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777, desinfournir.com.
Table lamps (“Andre”): through Nancy Corzine, 312/645-4500, nancycorzine.com.
Draperies in an ash hue allow the more saturated colors to take center stage.
Ebony walnut cabinetry, polished nickel hardware, and a countertop with leather finish provide subtle texture in the master bath.
Cabinetry (“SieMatic BeauxArts”/Ebony Walnut); hardware (Polished Nickel): De Giulio Kitchen Design, 847/256-8833, degiulio.org.
Vanity countertop (Calcatta Gold Marble with Leather finish): Acorn Tile Co., 773/463-5608.
Sinks: Kallista, 888/452-5547, kallista.com.
Faucets: Dornbracht, 800/774-1181, dornbracht.com.
Mirror (“Omni Wall Mirror”): Z Gallerie, 800/908-6748, zgallerie.com.
Wall paint (“Edgecomb Gray” #HC-173): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Art seen in mirror (Chicago Tribune Print): through Joana Burke Art Consultant, 310/305-1313, joannaburke.com.
The beading along the frame of the mirror is a well-chosen detail.
Sconces illuminate the striking design of the powder room. We like the dark frame on the mirror trim, and the soft “White Dove” paint by Benjamin Moore.
Sconces (“Calais” #0608): Johnathan Browning Studios, 415/401-9999, jonathanbrowninginc.com.
Mirror (“Wendy Mirror”): Bradley Hughes, 312/624-9997, bradley-hughes.com.
Wall covering (“English Landscape”/Crystal Grey, Papier Peints Panoramiques Collection): De Gournay, 917/855-4401, degournay.com.
Tile floor (custom, by Frank Ponterior Interior Design): New Ravenna, 757/442-3379, newravenna.com. Available through The Fine Line, 312/670-0300, finelinetile.com.
Sink and stand: Kallista, 888/452-5547, kallista.com.
Faucets: Dornbracht, 800/774-1181, dornbracht.com.
Paint (“White Dove” #OC-17): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Yes, you can use large pattern in a small room, as Frank proves with this gorgeous wall covering in the powder room.
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Ritz-Carlton Showcase Apartment by Frank Ponterio
Clean-lined with carefully chosen classic pieces