Franklin Report Report Card for Scott Himmel Architects in Chicago
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Scott Himmel Architects

333 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 521
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 332-3323
Main Contact: Scott Himmel

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Updated, classical, luxurious interior design

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With wide-ranging design and architectural abilities, Scott Himmel is lauded by references for designs with continuity, radiance and joie de vivre. While much of the work is modern 20th century, all of it is rooted in Himmel's classical, historical training. Because Himmel is a licensed architect, clients are highly confident that Himmel will get all the design details just right, and they often turn to him for structural advice. Others add that Himmel becomes their design advocate, encouraging them to fulfill their interior design vision and objectives.

Himmel and Darcy Bonner were partners for 15 years. In 1994, Himmel sold his share of Mattaliano furniture to Bonner and established his own firm. There are about twenty people in the company, including nine architects and nine designers. While the firm occasionally does just a few rooms for new clients, most of its projects are much more involved, with a typical living room at about $150,000 to $250,000. Staying on track and within budgets is very much the norm, especially since completion of the firm's substantial office expansion in 1999.

Himmel charges a standard markup for products and a high hourly rate for design work (none for shopping). On the architecture side, a standard percentage of the construction cost is billed. The firm designs a good deal of the furniture and unique built-ins with "gorgeous"details. While Himmel has well-defined and premium-cost design sensibilities, he is also said to offer two or three solutions to every situation.

Representative Client Comments:
"While Scott is happy to use Room & Board for the kids' rooms, he is very much about exceptional quality and established clientele, with a large, integrated machine to make it work.""I only have excellent things to say.""Scott literally figured out the entire apartment on the first day, in one meeting.""For a few years there, in the late 80's, Himmel got more work than the shop could handle. But now they are very much on course.""My family moved into the apartment last year, the very same day my husband had heart surgery, and no additional stress was caused by the move.""He worked within our budget and always made us feel good.""He stands by everything he does.""Scott is a first-class joy.”

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