- Location: multiple locations
- Website: lichtencraig.com
- Founded by: Joan Craig and Kevin Lichten
- Headquarters: New York, NY
LCA's projects represent a wide range of spaces—some tiny apartments and others huge townhouses. They describe their work as a "confident and well-edited balance of elements—formal and casual, classic and modern." We sifted through a few projects for insights into planning a space and blending multiple styles.
While the "bones" of the home (floors, walls, and windows) have an austere modernist aesthetic, new additions like built-ins and furnishings with rich textures and colors make it a more livable, family-friendly place.
When mixing styles, color can be an effective unifier. A palette of deep purple and green anchors the heirlooms, offset by white, which lightens the rooms and ties the more modern pieces into the mix.
Good artwork can lay the foundation for an entire design plan. The couple's prized Chinese screen inspired the palette of ivory, cream, Chinese red, and dark brown with metallic accents.
While many decorators recommend using light colors in small spaces, deep, dark tones can make a small space feel more sophisticated. One high-drama element, like the black and white patterned floors, can help to anchor a small space.
ABOUT LICHTEN CRAIG ARCHITECTS
Joan Craig and Kevin Lichten founded their architectural and interior design business with a commitment to residential spaces. Based in New York, they expanded into Chicago in 2004, when Joan moved with her family to the Windy City. To view their entire portfolio, click here.
Photos: Peter Margonelli, Bill Hogan / Chicago Tribune, Pieter Estersohn courtesy of Lichten Craig Architects