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We celebrate our studio’s anniversary each year on Valentine’s Day, remembering our arrival to Chicago, our first commissions and the wonderful clients we have met along the way. We always feel fortunate to work in a field we are passionate about, to be able to employ talented artists and create environments that give great pleasure to many. Each day that we walk into the studio or a site, the project is unique, as the custom nature of our work necessitates constant investigation and adaptation to different styles and techniques. We very much enjoy the collaboration with many talented designers and architects who hire and inspire us.

Eglomise has become an important part of the studio, among our wide array of custom finishes, gilding, murals and other applied artistry. While reflecting back on completed projects and what is yet to come in the new year, we’d like to share images of a few installations, literal “reflections” of our work..
The above photographs show a general view and a close up of one of our contemporary designs, the Watercolor Mirror, featuring a seamless combination of techniques that create an innovative, playful art piece that is also a looking glass.

Designer: Studio Gild
This beautiful, all encompassing kitchen backsplash is one of our Calligraphic Mirrors for a beach home in Michigan. It reflects the bright white and blue colors of the lake. The text is a spiritual, compelling poem by Hafez (1315-1390), and it is written throughout the full length and height of the wall, including behind the upper cabinets, repeating its sweet verses like a mantra.

Designer: Fredman Design Group

For a mahogany bar in a residence designed by Morgante-Wilson, the artists at Simes Studios created an artful eglomise backsplash named Constellations. A deep blue-black background with a 24K white gold and platinum-leaf etching of mythological figures is accented with clear glass circles that each contain a cranberry silver-leaf star. The entire panel is backlit with a thin LED light, allowing the stars to shine through.
A very chic and contemporary bar displays a backsplash clad in our Burnished Shagreen eglomise, reflecting changes of light and silhouettes on hundreds of tiny bronze-hued mirrors and giving the impression of movement as we pass by.

Designer: Studio Gild
Photographer: Reagen Taylor
Happy Valentine's Day!
Cindy and Jorge
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