Curtain Call

When the architect Rodrigo del Canto built a new house in Old Town, he linked two transparent towers and let sun-yellow curtains fly—magical realism in motion

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In the kitchen, to accommodate multiple cooks, both the granite-topped counter and the island are 14 feet long. The angels in the yellow niche are from a Mexican church.

His world goes round and round. The traffic-stopping fantasy in silk organza that he devised for the entrance of his house encountered daunting conflicts as 2005 came to a close: unfortunately, in the contest of curtains against nature, the former lost. But del Canto and Tem Struggle, a Chicago designer of fashions and interiors, decided that once they found the right wind-resistant substance, style would indeed triumph. Early this spring, they plan to unfurl a new set of curtains made of a durable synthetic mesh-in yellow, of course. Paradise regained.


Brava Kitchens
(Gonzalo del Canto)
399 Applewood Crescent
Concord, Ontario, Canada
Interior design and custom-made cabinetry.

Ligne Roset
56 East Walton Street
The woven straw chairs.

Macondo Corp Architects & Planners
(Rodrigo del Canto, managing principal)
21 West Illinois Street
312-644-5500, extension 222
The architect.

755 North Wells Street
The sofa and the chair by Cassina.

Midmac Builders
715 Pfingsten Road
The general contractor.

Schmidt Design
(Maria Schmidt)
707 Clinton Avenue
Oak Park
Interior design.

Struggle Dezign Company
(Tem Struggle)
2660 West Wilcox Street
Suite 1
The maker of the curtains.

Weese + Design
(Marcia Weese)
2739 West Windsor Avenue
Interior design and the custom design of the living room rug.


Photography: William Zbaren