Franklin Report Report Card for Robyn Shapiro Design, Inc. in Chicago
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Robyn Shapiro Design, Inc.
445 North Wells Street, Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 396-0400
Main Contact: Robyn Shapiro
Interior Designers & Decorators

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Architecturally-inspired interior design with heart

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Admired for her intellectual design integrity, organizational talents and warmth, Robyn Shapiro is thought to be a wonderful secret source by clients. With a strong preference for tailored, modern silhouettes and natural materials, she generally works in a restrained traditional genre incorporating furnishings "with character."It is said that Shapiro appreciates the traditional, with updated resolution. Customers also say that Shapiro focuses on all the details, has a wealth of expertise and enjoys "making people happy.”

Trained and licensed as an architect, Shapiro worked in Bruce Gregga's firm for eight years and opened her own interior design firm in 1996. As the head of a boutique firm, she works closely with clients and takes on about three to four major projects a year. Reportedly, she has also had great success with smaller projects, working in stages as these clients' budgets allow. She acts as the architect on some of her commissions and with outside architects for more structural renovations or new homes.

The firm charges a lower hourly rate, a standard markup on products and very low markups on workroom items. After the furniture plan, budgets tend to evolve, but clients say that Shapiro is very flexible and resourceful. Typical living rooms are in the $50,000 to $75,000 range. Shapiro is often hired repeatedly, especially by supporters upgrading their homes a phase at a time.

Representative Client Comments:
"Four years later, and everything is still perfect.""She came, she fixed up someone else's mess and she left us with the most beautiful design.""Robyn's real strength is in her architectural training—she is amazingly organized.""She works within a budget without any hitches.""She will badger the subs to perform to her high standards.""She simplifies and enriches.""While you would expect her architectural details to be excellent, her eye for color and paint finishes are fabulous, too.""Robyn is an unrecognized treasure.""I trust her completely.”

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