Taking linoleum to the high end
This is a stairwell in a vintage, two-flat graystone residence in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The embossed wallcovering that lines the stairwell beneath the wainscoting rail was a traditional motif for turn-of-the-century homes. But it had three levels of refinement. In high end homes, this embossed wallcovering would have been rendered in leather. In middle-class homes, it would have been rendered in copper. Rendering a faux-leather decorative finish, we transformed this low end linoleum variation into its high end equivalent. This project is a good example of how we integrate decorative arts finishes in period architectural context.