Franklin Report Report Card for Art & Design in Chicago
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Art & Design
711 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 491-1400
Main Contact: Michael Syrjanen, Roger Ramsey
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Interior Designers & Decorators

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Contemporary traditional to funky modern interior design

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Clients hail Michael Syrjanen and Roger Ramsay for their devotion to creative design, unusual color palettes and good organizational skills. They are known for their innovative skills in the design of everything from racing horse silks to the excellent placement and reupholstery of IKEA furniture. Often there is a "wow factor" built into the designs, with the rest of the furnishings complementing the site but keeping down the costs.

Ramsay and Syrjanen have partnered for 16 years, with clients speaking of the great teamwork. Previously, they both were in interior design for many years, and Ramsay also directs the Roger Ramsay Gallery, specializing in contemporary fine art. Syrjanen is said to be an expert in period furniture. Clients range from the city to many in Lake Forest, with a wide scope in age, and a strong interest in "real"art. Sisters, grandparents and parents all pass along Art & Design's name, with as many as six projects done for one such situation.

Living rooms are generally in the $50,000 to $75,000 area, but can go much higher with lots of period furniture. An initial retainer is taken, with standard product markups and standard hourly fees. Interesting sources are used by the firm, offering a diversified and economically broad range.

Representative Client Comments:
"They are both so well trained that it is like having two for the price of one." "The back office is terrific. They return phone calls immediately and follow up with furniture." "They brought the warmth of our Spanish architecture inside to the house." "They worked on just a few rooms and did not push." "Michael is a frustrated teacher. I learned so much about antiques." "Since Roger has so much knowledge in fine art, I felt comfortable working with him to begin my collection." "While they are on the high side of the budget, they are definitely smooth."

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