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.

Resources

Brava Kitchens
(Gonzalo del Canto)
399 Applewood Crescent
Concord, Ontario, Canada
905-669-5871
Interior design and custom-made cabinetry.

Ligne Roset
56 East Walton Street
312-867-1207
www.ligne-roset-usa.com
The woven straw chairs.

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

Manifesto
755 North Wells Street
312-664-0733
www.manifestofurniture.com
The sofa and the chair by Cassina.

Midmac Builders
715 Pfingsten Road
Glenview
847-502-5912
The general contractor.

Schmidt Design
(Maria Schmidt)
707 Clinton Avenue
Oak Park
708-524-5404
Interior design.

Struggle Dezign Company
(Tem Struggle)
2660 West Wilcox Street
Suite 1
773-826-7165
The maker of the curtains.

Weese + Design
(Marcia Weese)
2739 West Windsor Avenue
773-866-2878
www.marciaweese.com
Interior design and the custom design of the living room rug.

 

Photography: William Zbaren

 

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