Linc’s Ledger: March Madness

1st quarter is off to a great start and I wanted to fill you in on the latest happenings.  This year’s Pantone color of the year is actually two colors- Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Our friend and talented designer Brynn Olson appeared on Windy City Live to demonstrate how to integrate these colors into your home without breaking the bank.  Brynn brought one of my paintings into the studio (shown on stage left) Watch the story here.Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 1.11.58 PM.png

In January we had the pleasure of participating in Architectural Artifacts- Another Door Opens where 30 designers and artists were asked to reimagine vintage doors for a philanthropic auction.  We are so pleased to have been part of raising $50,000 for Chicago House.

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In February we were honored by HGTV as their designer of the month!  View my profile here.

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The Prudential Building was one of the first skyscrapers built in Chicago after World War II. It had the highest roof in the city at the time. I’ll be displaying work this Spring at the Prudential Building’s lobby- stay tuned for more details.

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Photo by Eric Allix Rogers

I’m excited to share with you some new studio work:

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To see more work, check out my digital magazine here.

A few new and noteworthy new press features:

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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_2554This is one of my favorite spots in the house.  Colleen’s office overlooks the entire living space from above.

IMG_2544This is the bell tower, a very vertical space with a 30′ ceiling height.  The room will have a glass floor.  We’re still unsure what this room will be used for.  So many possibilities!

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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Nursery Wallcovering

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Kid’s Bath, Flooring

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Picture Lights in Hallway

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Stay tuned for more progress photos.

– Linc

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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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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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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IN-SITE: Farmhouse Inspiration

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This is the first post of a new column called, “IN-SIGHT”.  Over the next year I will be sharing two amazing projects with you- a new construction modern farmhouse in Michigan and a conversion of an old church into a single family home in Little Italy.

Modern Farmhouse-  It all starts with a client, a piece of land and a creative vision. Building a new home can be a fun but challenging process.  This blog will allow me the opportunity to share how the creative process evolves into reality.

The first thing we did before hitting the sketch pad was determine the size of the home and budget. Then we started collecting inspirational photos.  I’ve posted our ides below.  Which is your favorite detail?  I love the barn doors and outdoor shower.  We’ll be posting progress each month- see you soon!  -Linc Thelen

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SOFA: “How Art Drives Design” Panel Discussion with Diana Bitting


Please join me at SOFA on November 1st at 3pm for “How Art Drives Design”.  It’s such an honor to be invited by Editor-in-Chief Diana Bitting from Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago to participate in this lively discussion.  Hope you can make it!  -Linc Thelen

RSVP- http://www.sofaexpo.com/vip/sofa-chicago-designer-reception

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Chairs for Charity 2013

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It is such an honor to be invited to participate in this year’s Chair’s for Charity event hosted by Chicago Home + Garden.  The 4th annual event auction’s off vintage chairs given new life by Chicago’s top designers.  13 one-of-a-kind chairs are available from the area’s top designers. While bidding on your favorite chairs, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and complimentary Peroni beer and cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tickets are $35. Auction proceeds and a portion of ticket sales will benefit Designs for Dignity.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Cosentino Center Chicago
1060 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Participating designers include: Linc Thelen, Alison Victoria, Beth Harlow of The Painted Lady, Greta de Parry, Jodi Morton of 2to5 Design, Kate Votava and Craig Hamilton of Modified Originals, Mary James of Classic Remix Chicago, Melissa Lewis and Cari Giannoulias of Lewis Giannoulias Interiors, Nicholas Moriarty, Rob and Jason Colosi-McCann of inside home, Sharon Burdett of Strand Design, Tiffany Brooks of You and Your Décor, and Tony Stavish.

To purchase tickets: http://www.chicagohomemag.com/Chicago-Home/Promotion/2013-Chairs-for-Charity/

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A few photos from previous year’s events.

30978-02 chairs-2-2Here’s a sneak peak of my chair.  I hope you’ll join me on September 18th to see how this chair is transformed!  Special thanks to Jen Olson at Urban Workroom for donating the labor to reupholster this chair.  Urban Workroom is a Chicago based window treatment, upholstery, and bedding workroom. All products are produced directly in the 3,200 square foot facility in the heart of Lakeview.    -Linc Thelen

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Highlights of the Year

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It was a huge honor to have one of my design projects featured in Interiors Chicago.  Thank you to the writer, Barri Leiner Grant for her eloquence and to Diana Bitting for publishing one of my favorite projects.

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REVISION HOME

On February 7th Revision Home featured “CURATED” where three talented designers worked their magic with the store’s new inventory.  Aimee Wertepny, Sean Cowan and Jennie Bishop were the celebrated designers who curated room scenes and  incorporated my artwork.  It was such an honor for one of my paintings to be featured in Interiors Chicago as part of Jennie Bishop’s vignette featured this past winter.  Some of my work is now available at Revision Home’s online store.

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ADVERSITY, SOLO SHOW

Over 250 guests gathering for the opening of my recent show “Adversity” on April 19th at the Zhou B Art Center. Guests enjoyed cocktails from the Zhou B Café & Art Lounge while previewing my recent work. The collection featured large oils on canvas, the largest measuring 133″ x 96″.

“While the idea that art need not conform to a traditional aesthetic in order to accomplish its goals is hardly revolutionary, Thelen’s choice to apply abstract techniques to well-known classical paintings emphasizes this idea in a singularly vivid and thought-provoking manner. By applying expressive abstract techniques to canonical works of art such as the “Raft of the Medusa,” Thelen preserves and even heightens the emotion and intensity the originals convey. Thelen is a poet in oil paint. His carefully selected color schemes and bold brushstrokes reach beyond the physical reality of the images, accessing the fervor beneath the form.” -Emma Collins, Chicago Weekly

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“Mr. Thelen’s adaptation of the Raft of the Medusa, vaguely reminiscent of Géricault’s 1819 composition, illustrates the survivors of the wreck of the French naval frigate, Méduse, off the coast of North Africa. After enduring 13 days upon a hurriedly constructed raft, all but 15 of the 147 crew perished. In Mr. Thelen’s version loose, soft gestural marks create ghostlike impressions of those who have given up hope and approach death. The painting is a haunting glimpse of what is to be on the raft, to have lost everything. Indicated by stronger gestural marks, the survivors who might yet be rescued speak of hope amid despair.” -Mary A. Osborne, examiner.com

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Below is some press about the show.  Click on the images to read the full article online.Circle in the Fire | The Chicago Weekly Circle in the Fire | The Chicago WeeklyThe Secret Life of High-End Chicago Architectural Designer Linc The Secret Life of High-End Chicago Architectural Designer Linc The Secret Life of High-End Chicago Architectural Designer Linc

JEAN DE MERRY DINNER WITH ELLE DECOR’S MICHAEL BOODRO

On June 6th I was invited to an intimate dinner hosted by Jean de Merry with the Editor of Elle Decor at the Chicago Arts Club.  The dinner brought together top designers and artisans from LA, Chicago and New York.

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Irene Duarte, Michael Boodro (Editor in Chief Elle Décor) and Linc Thelen

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Christian Darnaud-Marroselli (Jean de Merry), Kathleen Mann, Linc Thelen and Irene Duarte

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Every summer during Neocon, the worlds largest international trade fair, Morlen Sinoway Atelier hosts the Guerrilla Truck Show. The event serves as a platform for creatives of all types to showcase their work in a temporary gallery space within the back of a truck. Over the years, the event has blossomed from 13 trucks exhibiting to over 60 trucks.  June 10th marked the 9th annual show and it was my pleasure to participate.  Below are some photos of my exhibit and the event.

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Modern Renovation and Design

This story begins with a young family looking for the modern feel so they purchased a 1980’s home to renovate. A daunting task to complete, but a vision well-worth seeing through. This is where I step in and provide architectural, interior design and contracting services.

A sleek and sexy kitchen using white lacquered cabinets from Poggen Pohl. The center piece that anchors the island was a structural column that we wrapped and painted in high gloss lacquer.
The living room was closed off, dark and needed to be more inviting.
We opened up the back wall to the kitchen, allowing more movement throughout the house. The wooden rafters were drywalled and all the windows and doors were replaced.
This fireplace was definitely not the focal point we were looking for.
We re-invented it with modern wave tiles and a new surround.
Small bathrooms can be grand with the right design.
The interesting thing, architecturally, is that the sink and shower faucets come up from the floor. If you look closely you can see the shower head comes from the floor instead of the wall.
Special thanks to the clients who brought me in on this project and acted as a driving force for creating a sleek, modern home.