Franklin Report Report Card for Insight Environmental Designs in Chicago
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Insight Environmental Designs
1997 Lake Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 432-4606
(847) 432-4606
Main Contact: Anne Kaplan, Bruce Goers
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Interior Designers & Decorators

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High-end eclectic with warmth and character

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Anne Kaplan and Bruce Goers are roundly acknowledged for offering the highest-quality eclectic designs with finesse and warmth. They rarely do "period pure," often blending timeframes, cultures and sources in a refined and sophisticated manner. Neutral palettes "take on life" with the rich patina of fine case goods and the character of unusual objets d'art. Alternatively, backgrounds can be full of color, tempered with elegant Old World antiques. Supporters credit the firm for using its expertise and knowledge to interpret and achieve the objectives of the client, taking them to the highest level.

As a small partnership, Kaplan and Goers accept a limited number of commissions a year, mostly very high-end and usually downtown. Clients say that the two designers typically work together on projects, "often trading places" for an excellent collaborative experience. The partnership began in 1980 after Goers had been in the design business for a number of years. Most clients say the firm is very communicative and responsive.

Insight can work on either a straight fee or on an hourly rate plus a standard product markup. Typical living rooms are in the $75,000 to $150,000+ range. Clients say the firm works with a general budget that evolves over time. Many design professionals say they, themselves, would choose Insight to decorate their own home—the highest compliment.

Representative Client Comments:
"They do the best work in town." "While breathtakingly beautiful, their designs are also livable." "Anne is not only a problem solver, but really a design psychologist." "They want their clients to have fun—during the process and after they leave the site." "Anne is a lovely lady with the finest reputation, but she can often be out of town.""There is a great feeling of creative trust between us and Anne and Bruce." "You have to be in the know to learn about Insight." "They are thoughtful, honest and extraordinarily expert at what they do."

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