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High Art

Just off the Magnificent Mile, two collectors transform a space formerly occupied by the French restaurant Ciel Bleu into a duplex penthouse with views from every room—home is where the art is.

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The interior designer Leslie Jones created the day bed in the living room. FP 2, a fire painting by Yves Klein, is nearby. The work on the easy is by Roy Lichtenstein.


They spend as much time as they can on the adjoining decks upstairs-one for large-scale entertaining; the other, more informal and family oriented, both collaborations between Wheeler Kearns and the landscape architect Maria Smithburg. “Again, it goes beyond the typical architectural assignment,” Wheeler says, explaining that the sculpture by Alexander Calder, situated at the far end of the reflecting pool, required the structural reinforcement of the roof. A sculpture by Anish Kapoor, its finish as highly polished as The Bean’s in Millennium Park, nestles among junipers and a redbud tree. A dog run along one side of the smaller deck allows for at-home romps by the couple’s Weimaraner.

“We’ve got birch trees,” the wife says. “We’ve got two Japanese maples. We have hydrangea. The trailing geraniums we adore. It’s all beautifully lit at night.” Equipped with wheels, the outdoor furniture-chairs, chaises, and tables by the Chicago designer Michael Heltzer-is always good to go. “During the day, when we’re out here,” she says, “we move it to follow the sun.”


Photography by Nathan Kirkman

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