In a conversion from a seminary, we were asked to provide three rugs for the reimagined interior of the department of economics at the University of Chicago. Pictured here is our rug for what is now the Graduate Commons, a soaring space with a flexible floor plan. The rug pattern relates to the carved wood details of the soaring ceiling, the curves of the arched windows, and the circular suspended lighting. The design fits perfectly with the historic elements that remain, while the large scale and geometry of the pattern offer a modern feel.
Project: Three rugs for the University of Chicago Saieh Hall for Economics Interior Designer: Ann Beha Architects (Boston) with Gensler (Chicago) Rug: 80% wool, 20% nylon, Axminster, made in Thailand CMI Designer: Leah Phillips