Luxe Interiors + Design
A State of the Art Modern Chicago Home

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Share this Post “I felt like a chef,” says architectural designer Robyn Morgenstern Rosenblatt about the experience of designing her own home in Highland Park. “I likened the process to cooking: figuring out what ingredients I could find locally, what needed to be imported and what aspects we had to invent.” The “dish” Morgenstern Rosenblatt was concocting—a modernist assemblage of …

Luxe Interiors + Design
A Modern Urban Bucktown Home with Tranquil Courtyard

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Share this Post This house in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood is both a celebration of the city and a tranquil escape. The brainchild of residential designer Brad Lynch, the modern urban abode boasts materials such as brick, copper and steel, all of which embody the area’s light industrial past and mixture of commercial and residential properties. The interiors, however, are a …

Building Design + Construction
Architecture Awards 2016

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Share this Post The NACIA awards program, organized by the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), recognizes building projects in the United States and Canada for their outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys. The program is now in its ninth year. “Copper has been used architecturally for centuries, but every year …

Luxe Interiors + Design
Burling Residence

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Share this Post The house was a 1970s throwback,” says interior designer Tracy Hickman of her clients’ modernist Chicago abode. When the young couple decided to completely renovate their home—originally built in ’79—they instructed their design team, which also included architect Kevin Toukoumidis and home builder Jeffrey Berry, to embrace its contemporary lines while creating a cozy vibe that would …

Copper Development Association
National Award 2016

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Share this Post Designing this Chicago residence was an exercise in creating a sense of privacy within an urban neighborhood, while providing an abundance of open, bright space. The first thing to catch the eye when approaching the house is a copper screen draped over the east-facing windows. The house is organized in an L shape, and the copper screen …

AIA Chicago
Small Projects Award 2016

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Share this Post This modernist brick home built in 1979 stands in playful contrast to its neighboring historic row homes. The new owners, a young couple with a growing family, wanted a total renovation with an open the floor plan filled with natural light, as well as a new third floor addition with a master suite, spa-like bathroom, media room …

Brick Architecture
Wood House, Northside Residence

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Designing this Chicago residence was an exercise in creating privacy within an urban neighborhood while providing an abundance of open, bright space. Share this Post The first floor is defined by clear views from the landscape in front to the courtyard at back. The second floor has private spaces with northern and eastern light, appropriate for comfortable sleeping spaces. The …

NY Times
At Home With the Wildlife of Industrial Chicago

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Share this Post When the couple moved to the area 20 years ago, it was still “very transitional.” Their neighbors included a coffee-roasting plant and metal-plating companies. The concrete-block house was an industrial structure, too, designed in 1983 by the modernist architect Harry Weese in collaboration with his daughter Marcia Weese and her husband, Dan Yarbrough, a sculptor, for use …

Chicago Athenaeum Museum
American Architecture Awards

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Share this Post Project Description Brad Lynch of Chicago-based Brininstool + Lynch convinced his client that a new custom home would suit his needs better than the adapted warehouse he wanted with a tried and true method of architectural persuasion: the napkin sketch. Lynch used a limited palette of materials in his design for the 7,900-square-foot courtyard house, a design …

Residential Architect
2014 Residential Design Awards

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Share this Post Brad Lynch of Chicago-based Brininstool + Lynch convinced his client that a new custom home would suit his needs better than the adapted warehouse he wanted with a tried and true method of architectural persuasion: the napkin sketch. Lynch used a limited palette of materials in his design for the 7,900-square-foot courtyard house, a design that combines …

Dwell Magazine
House Proud

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Share this Post After 16 years in a nondescript bungalow, Brad Lynch was tired of being the architect who hid his own house. The Brininstool + Lynch founding principal demurred requests from high-end residential clients who wanted to see his home in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood. In a rare concession, he drove one persistent client past the house. As Lynch …

Residential Architect
Wood House

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Share this Post In the client’s mind, it all began with a warehouse. The high-powered businessman wanted to find a warehouse and con­vert it into a home. He wanted to keep the industrial building’s rough­hewn edges and materials-metals, wood, concrete, copper-expressed and exposed, while still making it welcoming. And he hired Brad Lynch of Brininstool + Lynch for the job. …

Kitchen Trends
Night and Day

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Share this Post Priorities, shift as a family grows and needs change. An interior layout that suits when the children are young might not be the perfect solution when the are older. For the owners of this house, interior designer Allison Baskes and her husband Daniel, a growing family forced a rethink about the best position for the kitchen. Aft …