Ten Very Stylish Things at Architect Marshall Brown’s Home

The Chicago architect and principal of Marshall Brown Projects has an excellent collection of furniture, clothing, art, and more. Take a look.

Photos: Anna Knott

The 40-year-old architect was a fan of Chicago long before 2008, when he moved to the city from Cincinnati to teach at IIT and, later, start his own practice, Marshall Brown Projects. “It’s a great city for architects, a place where people actually know the names Mies, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Jeanne Gang,” he says. With a recently published essay in Metropolis magazine about a possible Obama presidential library, Brown has dedicated serious time and energy to imagining the design potential for his adopted hometown. His North Center walkup is also carefully considered. Here are nine of his favorite things.

Eames/Herman Miller Antique Aluminum Group Lounge Chair

(seen above; from $1,649, hermanmiller.com)
“It’s a very comfortable place to sit and read a book.”

 

Olivia Gay photo

Olivia Gay photo

(from $2,039, oliviagay.com)
“Really wonderful French artist and documentary photographer. This is a project she was sent to do in Mali.”

 

Historical wall map of Africa

Historical wall map of Africa

“It’s a strange, beautiful, and disturbing artifact.”

 

Tusk wallet

Tusk wallet

(from $50, tusk.com)
“This company makes fantastic leather goods that come in beautiful colors.”

 

Etón Red Cross FR360 Solar-Powered Radio

Etón Red Cross FR360 Solar-Powered Radio

(from $31, amazon.com)
“I use it every day to listen to NPR in my kitchen.”

 

‘In Person at el Matador!’ by Sergio Mendes and Brasil

In Person at el Matador!

($9.99, itunes.apple.com)
“My favorite album this summer by Sergio Mendes and Brasil.”

 

Moroccan turban scarf

Moroccan turban scarf

“When I was living in Morocco, I would often see these old Berber men wearing these turbans.”

 

Custom suit jacket by Jamie L. Hayes

Custom suit jacket by Jamie L. Hayes

“I commissioned Jamie to make the suit that Muhammad Ali wore on his trip to Zaire. She had it made in Vietnam.”

 

Fluxfax Print Portfolio

Chimera Collages

“I’m interested in difference and repetition.”

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