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Franklin Report Report Card for Gregga Jordan Smieszny Inc. in Chicago
Gregga Jordan Smieszny Inc.
1255 North State Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 787-0017
www.gjsinc.com
info@GJSINC.com
Main Contact: Alex Jordan, Dan Smieszny
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Interior Designers & Decorators

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Luxurious, layered, eclectic interior design

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Bruce Gregga is the accepted master and creator of what has become a distinct Chicago design nomenclature consisting of warm textured backgrounds, tailored silhouettes and eclectic showpieces. Modern is reinterpreted into a lush, textural, even romantic notion. While many have followed this path, Gregga and his partners, Alex Jordan and Dan Smieszny, set the standard of excellence with their devotion to the highest quality products, exact proportions, attention to detail and inexhaustible energy. Jordan, focusing on design, has been with Gregga for thirteen years, and Smieszny, focusing on architecture, for twenty. While Gregga continues to be active, clients now happily rely on these two partners.

Clients are friends and friends are clients, including many prominent families and celebrities of Chicago. The firm's reputation takes it to homes throughout the U.S. and abroad, with about half of its residential work in Chicago. Many clients have three or four residences, all decorated by the firm. For one extended family, GJS has worked on more than thirty residential and commercial projects. There are fourteen people in the firm, which handles more than twenty active projects at one time. Clients report that the firm does Art Deco, French, country English or Moderne with equal aplomb.

The firm charges an initial retainer, retail on products and substantial+ hourly fees for drawings and supervision, but no hourly for product shopping or administration. Costs for most projects are considerable, typically reaching to well over the quarter-million mark. Most clients become lifetime devotees. ASID. AD 100, 2000, 2002, 2004. HB Top Designers 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004. ID Hall of Fame.

Representative Client Comments:
"Bruce will be as extravagant as allowed." "While notably expensive, the
firm is scrupulously detailed in its financial accountability on a monthly basis." "Bruce knows the best when he sees it." "They deliver the highest standards of service possible—from fixing every nick immediately to serving caviar at the installation." "These are true professionals." "They think nothing of hand-brushing a dining room wall with eight coats of paint." "We usually blow the budget or don't have one, but we all know that it will be beautiful." "Everything they do is to their specific specifications and a labor of love."

 
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