Franklin Report Report Card for Berta Shapiro in Chicago
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Berta Shapiro
925 West Huron, Suite 101
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 492-9700
Main Contact: Berta Shapiro
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Interior Designers & Decorators

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Refined, enhanced, eclectic interior design

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Praised for her designs of balanced refinement, relaxed elegance and eclectic equanimity, Berta Shapiro is admired by clients and peers alike. Using a mixture of 19th- and 20th-century furniture, she is said to be a "lesson in balance." Shapiro will add contemporary whimsy to traditional settings or fine antiques to more modern interiors for depth and warmth. Best known for her particular strength with a sophisticated country effect, Shapiro has a loyal following. Projects are generally quite integrated and Shapiro is said to have a specific point of view.

With training in painting at Isabel O'Neil, Shapiro embarked upon an interior design career in the late 1980s. There are four people in the firm, including a licensed architect. Clients appreciate the boutique nature of the firm and the excellent attention they receive from Shapiro, who takes on a limited number of projects a year. Patrons say that Shapiro encourages them to be fully involved with the project, and that they learn a great deal from the experience.

Budgets tend to evolve based on the interests of the client, with living rooms generally in the $75,000 to $150,000 range. Product and hourly rates are in the standard range with the more junior members of the team at lower rates. Sources are of the highest quality and reflect long-standing relationships with Shapiro. Said to have an "eye for the finer things,"Shapiro will slipcover but will not downgrade.

Representative Client Comments:
"She is a big believer in comfort and creates exceptionally beautiful rooms full of unusual handmade or reworked furnishings." "As an architect, I appreciate Berta's excellent design sensibilities—she is a connoisseur." "Berta is the only designer in Chicago who can make eclectic resonate." "Her knowledge of art and textiles helps to achieve a truly polished look." "During the project, it was like Christmas everyday." "She educates you, but does not push you." "Not only professional, Berta is also articulate and smart. A joy to work with." "We trust Berta implicitly and would never consider using anyone else." "She offers the epitome of gorgeous comfort."

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