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Franklin Report Report Card for Bray-Schaible in Chicago
Bray-Schaible
80 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
(212) 354-7525
Main Contact: Robert Bray, Michael Schaible
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Interior Designers & Decorators

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Tailored, contemporary, sleek interior design

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Robert Bray and Michael Schaible are the acknowledged forerunners of avant garde interiors. Patrons say their designs are as crisp and innovative today as they were over three decades ago. The pair is commended for its mastery of architectural perspective, streamlined furnishings and effective execution. Their current clientele tends to have serious design aspirations and serious budgets, and Bray-Schaible responds with inspired levels of design and equally inspired levels of quality.

The two principals trained at Parsons. Mitchell Turnborough joined the team in 1988. Their design talents range from Modern-with-soul to edited traditional to 70s-style rejuvenated. Often, they fundamentally reconfigure spaces to achieve their trademark clean lines, incorporating comfort and clever detail, such as hidden areas for storage. Only a few new commissions are taken on each year, but are generally quite large, including the recent interior design of Jasper Johns' house in the Carribean. A good percentage of the current work is in Chicago, with clients reporting on the firm's good availability.

The firm works with an upfront design fee, standard markups on product, no hourly product fee and standard oversight fees. Much of the work is custom and built in, using the finest materials. Sculpture and art work often factor largely into the picture. Bray and Schaible are consistently recommended as dependable, accommodating, diligent and professional. AD 100, 2000, 2002, 2004. ID Hall of Fame.

Representative Client Comments:
"They realize that bones dictate, and follow that with decoration that is not fussy." "They did a great job flying out to Chicago whenever it was appropriate." "Incredible, quality people." "The masters of sleek." "While they are known for their more forward-thinking designs, they can also do a more traditionally classical take, indigenous to the surroundings, but to the max." "Great to work with, if you can afford them." "They are an old-school couture house of interior design." "Their designs are still the best in the country." "They just do not run out of new ideas." "I would highly recommend them for the project of a lifetime.”

 
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