“Traverse” Opening May 15th at Matthew Rachman Gallery

LT_MRG_card_0415Please join artist Linc Thelen and Matthew Rachman Gallery for the opening of “Traverse”, an exhibit of 8 new works on Friday, May 15th. Meet the artist and hear first hand about the process, inspiration and evolution of “Traverse”. We are grateful for our partnerships with Matthew Rachman Gallery and Chicago Gallery News and thank them for their support.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 15th, 2015- 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Please RSVP  info@matthewrachman.com

Exhibit closes Friday July 10th, 2015
Gallery hours: Tuesday thru Friday 11-6 and Saturday and Sunday 11-5
Stop in or make an appointment by contacting 773.245.3182 or info@matthewrachman.com
Matthew Rachman Gallery | 1659 West Chicago Avenue | Chicago, IL 60622

IMG_0617_editimage2About Traverse

Linc Thelen’s new series “Traverse” is a study of lines and their intersections. By incorporating the fundamental use of light, texture and color he creates spontaneous emotion, which reflects the fluidity of life. The work represents real life metaphors relating to human relationships and the evolution of time.

About Linc Thelen

Painting for over two decades, Linc Thelen’s style fuses classical training with a modern perspective. Thelen’s works consist of abstract paintings described as dream-like and esoteric layered with calming emotion- an attempt to deconstruct the form. Thelen received his BFA in painting from Northern Illinois University. Please visit www.lincthelenart.com for more information.

About Matthew Rachman Gallery

Matthew Rachman Gallery features a carefully curated collection of Mid-Century Modern furniture and contemporary art. Exhibitions are held regularly and their collection of rare vintage finds and curiosities changes constantly. The gallery is also available for event rental for philanthropic and private functions. For more information please visit www.matthewrachman.com

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Linc’s Ledger: February

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Hi Everyone-

It’s been a very exciting winter!  The church and farmhouse projects are coming along well.  Thanks so much for all your positive feedback on my IN-SITE column!  I was recently  awarded “Best Of Houzz”.

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In addition I’ve had a few press placements including the prestigious style makers in Luxe Interiors + Design and HGTV.  Thanks so much for your continued support.

-Linc

Recent Press:

Our Dining Room was featured in HGTV’s 2015 Trends Gallery! The editorial team looked at hundreds of design professionals and thousands of pictures to create this gallery. They picked the best forward-thinking design professionals to be a part of it. I am honored.

DSC_3966 So grateful to be featured in the winter issue of Luxe Interiors + Design as a Style Maker!

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Encompass was featured in Sun-Times SPLASH!SHO_LT_12414

Houzz“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of homebuilding, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Linc Thelen among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

One King’s Lane recently asked me “What is your Chair Crush?”

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There are so many sharp chairs to choose from but can’t deny the Madison Leather Barrel Chair in Rouge is my favorite-This barrel chair is upholstered in chic, rich burgundy leather and trimmed in silvery nail heads with an antiqued finish. And the best part? Made in the USA.

 

Have you heard about Refined Haystack? This new site is a hyper-local online resource where designers, showrooms, stores and clients come together to connect, share feedback and information, inspire ideas and facilitate the design process. We are so thrilled to have a profile on Refined Haystack.  Click here to view>>

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In-SITE: Church Project, Construction and Finishes

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We’ve made a lot of headway since we last shared progress photos.  With ceiling heights soaring at 25′, scaffolding is a must during construction.  Shown above is a view of the family room just after the fireplace was built out.  The ceiling was opened up to expose the scissor trusses and turned buckle details (photo below).

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This is the view from the second floor overlooking the family room and the grand fireplace.  Cut-outs on the right of fireplace are for log storage. The fireplace is the focal point of the room and clad in stone slabs from TransCeramica.

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Family Room and Kitchen

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IMG_2556 Stained glass windows will be the focal point of the kitchen.  Kitchen cabinetry is custom hickory, floors are white oak, counters are white quartzite from Caesar Stone.

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Turn buckle ceiling detail

We also wanted to give you a sneak peek of some of the finishes…

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Powder Room Floor Tile

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Powder Room Schoolhouse Light Fixture

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Kid’s Bathroom, Pittock Sconce

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Nursery Wallcovering

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Kid’s Bath, Flooring

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Powder Room, Flooring

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Picture Lights in Hallway

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Stay tuned for more progress photos.

– Linc

Linc’s Ledger October 2014

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This has been a busy fall filled with amazing things!  I just returned from Morelia, Mexico where I tied the knot with the lovely Irene Thelen.  We had a ball and appreciate all your love and support!

I just completed a video showcasing my creative process.  To view click here>>

My solo show, ENCOMPASS at Buckingham Interiors + Design opened at Design Harvest in September and will run through December.  Here are a few photos of the show.

_DSC8749 a _DSC8766 _DSC8760I also wanted to share some recent press.  Thank you Refined Haystack, Chicago Home + Garden Domestica and Dering Hall!  Stay tuned for more progress photos from our church project and the farmhouse.  -Linc

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In-SITE: Farmhouse Framing

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Our farmhouse is under construction! Framing began on July 5th, only a month from beginning framing the house was up. We set the floor trusses and then began framing the walls. Second floor trusses were craned in then we added exterior walls and sheathing. After all the walls were framed the roof went up and then the windows went in.

The site faces the golf course so views are just magnificent from the second floor. The house is nestled into the natural landscape with fully mature trees.  Stay tuned for our next post, we’ll be roughing in plumbing, hvac and electrical.

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Linc’s Ledger- June

Hi everyone!

It’s been a busy spring.  Things are moving forward with the Farmhouse and Church projects.  Thanks so much to Kitchen and Bath Trends for featuring me for their May Designer Spotlight and Kitchen & Bath Design News for featuring me on the cover!  So exciting to be in last week’s Sun-Times SPLASH!  This year’s Guerrilla Truck Show was so much fun, below are some photos.  I have an upcoming show at Buckingham ID this fall during Design Harvest- stay tuned for details!

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In my truck in front of my new series, “Vintage USPS Bags”

A few of my favorite photos during the show this year….despite the rain we had a good time!

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Recent Press

Chicago Suntimes SPLASH, http://splash.suntimes.com/2014/06/03/sho-interior-life-playing-house/#.U5ChSRbt43Y

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Kitchen + Bath Design News, http://www.forresidentialpros.com/article/11318355/kitchen-offers-the-best-of-both-worlds

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make it better, http://www.makeitbetter.net/at-home/beautiful-home/6124-deerfield-home-brings-city-chic-to-the-suburbs

mit_covermib_may_1_2mib_p3mib_p4kitchen bath trends, http://www.kitchenbathtrends.com/2014/04/spotlight-designer-linc-thelen/
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Material Girls, http://materialgirlsblog.com/chicago/2014/04/12/the-perfect-artist-canvas/lt_material_girls_april14

In-SITE: Farmhouse- Breaking Ground

2014-04-29 23.01.02We are thrilled to break ground on the Farmhouse project. Due to the late frost we had to delay digging our foundation until mid-April. We are excited to be working with Duneland Fine Homes. Take a peak at our photo documention where we broke ground and put in the forms and poured concrete to make our foundation walls.

-Linc Thelen

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That’s me in the backhoe. I’m a very safe driver.

Next steps:
Form walls
Pour walls
Strip forms
Spray waterproofing on walls
Back fill foundation
Install septic system
Water tap from street into crawlspace
Install plumbing drains in crawl space floor
Pour crawl space floor

Meeting with electric company tomorrow at site to discuss permanent underground service. GOAL: NO POLES ON THE PROPERTY!

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IN-SITE: Church Drawings + Inspiration

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This month’s post is an introduction to one of my dream projects – a church conversion to a single family home. I have teamed up with my good friend and architect Elissa Scrafano. Over the past year we’ve created a design that will evolve into a stunning piece of architecture once completed.  This would not be possible without having imaginative clients that value innovative design.

This church was built in the early 1900’s .  The architecture offers unique possibilities that are not common in traditional homes:

-Vaulted ceilings create expansive space and a sense of awe.

– Large arched stained glass windows flood the space with natural light.

– Exposed brick provides texture, richness and character.

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Although we will take cues from the existing functionality of the site, we plan to create unexpected elements and pairings fit for this young urban family.  Below are some design details we are using as inspiration for the project.  As you can see, there is a juxtaposition between the rustic and refined.  We’ll be blogging and photo documenting the progress of the project as it develops. Hope you enjoy the ride!

-Linc Thelen

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Built in seating concept.

Dining Concepts and Details:

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Living room volumetric space concepts:

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Interesting stair treatments:
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Kitchen cabinetry and finishes:

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Bathroom Ideas:

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Linc’s Ledger: March 2014

WHAT’S NEW, YOU ASK?
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Interior Define Showroom, Chicago Opening Party

2014 has begun with a bang.  As many of you know- I’m engaged!  My beautiful fiancé, Irene is pictured to the left.  On the work front, my artwork will be exhibited in Boston, New York, Chicago, and LA in the coming year, stay tuned for details.  Look for me on eHow, Refinery29 and Modern Luxury Interiors winter issue.

Last month I had the pleasure of hosting the opening of Interior Define, a new affordable furniture concept in Chicago’s trendy Bucktown neighborhood.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to this year’s successes!

-Linc Thelen

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Interior Define Showroom, Chicago Opening Party

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I’m thrilled to be represented in Boston at Evolve Residential.  The modern home boutique was recently featured in Architectural Digest.  Located at 470 Shawmut Ave., Boston, MA; evolveresidential.com

Read the full AD Article>>

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RECENT PRESS 

REFINERY29Small Space Design And Home Decor Tips And IdeasClick here to read the full Refinery29 article>>

HBCH February 2014

Click here to read the full Interiors article>>

E-HOW Videos

ehow_stillI had the recent pleasure of working with eHow.com on some “how to” videos.  Take a look at how to decorate a room using two sofas.

http://www.ehow.com/video_12332473