Franklin Report Report Card for Hammer Design in Chicago
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Hammer Design
703 West Hillgrove Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(312) 832-9115
Main Contact: Ari Smejkal
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Millwork & Cabinetry

Services & Specialties
Custom furniture

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People in the market for custom-made furniture with age-old looks turn to Hammer Design. The company is housed in a renovated 1887 three-story firehouse with a showroom on the property. Utilizing unusual woods, such as antique pine, white oak and other old-growth forest lumber, much of it rescued and recycled from Chicago-area barns and other antiquated buildings, Hammer Design specializes in custom pieces with a distressed look. It is said to be equally adept at creating new looks from old materials.

Clients compliment principal, Ari Smejkal, and his 13-person design team for creativity and for Hammer's ability to incorporate other materials, such as leaded glass and steel, into its pieces. Some of Chicago's most prestigious residences and corporations boast of Hammer Design's highly-detailed, hand-carved windows, doors, dining room tables, curio cabinets, bed frames and armoires. Hammer works with private clients and interior designers, and, although its work is concentrated in the greater Chicago area, it also has a following in upper-end areas of California, Florida and Colorado.

Representative Client Comments:
"Very creative." "Great follow-up." "Nice to work with." "What sold us on Hammer Design was a visit to their showroom and seeing the results of quality craftsmanship." "We keep coming back for more."

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