HANDMAN ASSOCIATES : Interior Consultants
Located in Chicago, Handman Associates is an upscale interior design firm whose timeless design aesthetic encompasses Chicago's Gold Coast, North Shore as well as national and international clientele.
Well, it's not really, is it?
When it comes to creating an environment - residential or commercial - it's all about you. Our role is to help you first articulate a vision; and then achieve it.
Every designer must possess "a good eye." But at Handman Associates, we know that it's even more important to have a good ear. Every project begins with listening. Being able to really hear what is important to a client -- sometimes even that which is not said -- is the critical first step towards creating an optimum environment that meets, and often exceeds, expectation.
Under the direction of managing principal Shelly Handman, every member of the staff at Handman Associates can claim that "ear," along with a wealth of knowledge, experience and reliable professionalism.
Good design is a theme with many variations. But there's commonality, as well: Residential and Commercial interiors call for comfort, welcome, warmth, timeless appeal and a respect for both form and function. Handman Associates achieves these objectives every day.
Our client roster includes many with whom we have a years-long, or decades-long, relationship. We consider those relationships to be the truest testament to the success of our work.
Handman has a reverence for nature that is reflected in his use of organic materials, classic lines and perfect balance.
His rooms are not simply rooms, but refuges. With more than 30 years in the design industry, his client list includes private residences in Chicago's Gold Coast and North Shore, Atlanta, Miami, Boca Raton, Laguna Beach, Malibu and Tel Aviv as well as commercial work for law offices, optical shops and day spas.
After graduating as an art major, Handman went on to earn a second degree in interior design from Harrington College. Today, he serves on the Board of Governors for the college.
His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Social, North Shore Magazine, Kitchen and Bath, Better Homes and Gardens, Decorating, Home Magazine, Great American Decorating, Showcase of Interior Design, Atlanta Journal, Miami Herald and In Style
Shu-Yi is known for her ability to meld a myriad of fabrics, colors, and materials to create dramatic rooms that are in sync with our clients lifestyles and personalities. The results are timeless. Shu-Yi, who joined Handman Associates in 2002, started her interior design career in the interiors department at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Inc. in Chicago.
She received a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and graduated with an associate degree in interior design from the Harrington College of Design.
Kaci's bold artistic flair produces stylish rooms that are eclectic with a contemporary edge. She enjoys mixing antique accessories with streamline furnishings creating a warm and comfortable environment.
She graduated from Illinois State University in 2002 with a degree in Interior and Environmental Design. From there, she worked for CW Design Company in Los Angeles, CA as a design assistant and then later worked as a residential designer for Schoenfeld Interiors in Seattle, WA. Kaci moved back to the Chicago area in 2007 and was hired by Handman as an Associate Designer. Recognizing her talents and abilities, she was quickly promoted to Designer and is now a full member of the Handman Team.
Architectural space planner "Veller" joined Handman Associates in 1998. Born in Russia, he began his design career in Moscow. He honed his innate talent at an interior design firm that renovated high-end condominiums. He graduated from two prominent colleges with bachelor degrees in set design and industrial design. In 1995, Veller immigrated to the United States.
He worked as a trade show designer in Wisconsin before moving to Chicago and joining Handman. Veller has an exceptional talent for visualizing a space.
When working on a project, he places equal importance on both function and design aesthetics to achieve a balance between comfort and beauty with out sacrificing practicality.
- LUXE Volume 1, Issue 2, 2008
- Distinctive Kitchen Solutions, 2008
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- Distinctive Kitchen Solutions, 2007
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- Home and Living Trends, Volume 23 No. 4, 2006
- Bathroom Trends, Volume 22 No. 10, 2006
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- Distinctive Kitchen Solutions, 2006
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- North Shore, May 2004
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- Kitchen Trends, Spring 2003
- Better Homes and Gardens Beautiful Baths, 2003
- Better Homes and Gardens Beautiful Bedrooms, 2003
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- Better Homes and Gardens Bedroom and Bath, Summer 2002
- Architectural Digest, March 2002
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- Home, January 2002
- Better Homes and Gardens Beautiful Baths, 2002
- Better Homes and Gardens Color Schemes, 2002
- Better Homes and Gardens Remodeling, Winter 2001
- Better Homes and Gardens Beautiful Baths, 2001
- Better Homes and Gardens Window and Wall Ideas, Fall 2000
- Crain's Guide to Residential Real Estate, April 2000
- Better Homes and Gardens Bedroom and Bath, Spring 2000
- Better Homes and Gardens Beautiful Bedrooms, 2000
- Better Homes and Gardens Bedroom and Bath, Spring 1999
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- Better Homes and Gardens Bedroom and Bath, Fall 1998
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- Better Homes and Gardens Bedroom and Bath, Summer 1994
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- Better Homes and Gardens Bedroom and Bath Ideas, Winter 1993
- Better Homes and Gardens Window and Wall Ideas, Winter 1993
- Kitchen and Bath, Fall 1992
- Better Homes and Gardens Bedroom and Bathroom Ideas, Summer 1992
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- Better Homes and Gardens Decorating, Winter 1991
- House Beautiful's Kitchens/Baths, Winter 1988
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- Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 1993
- Chicago Tribune Magazine, September 1991
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- Chicago Tribune Magazine, October 1989
- Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book
- Showcase of Interior Design: Forty-Three Designers and Their Work
Creating Green Spaces
We are all aware of how the choices we make can affect our environment. At Handman Associates we can offer you options which will help to reduce your carbon footprint as we help to design your home. We can suggest ways of incorporating recycled building materials, low VOC paints and appropriate lighting while maintaining a standard of design that meets your expectations.
Additionally, we can offer alternatives in the selection of your home furnishings. Fabrics can be selected from an array of chemical free, organic, environmentally safe natural materials. Upholstered furniture and millwork can be constructed with recycled wood and non toxic glues.
Whether assisting you in the selection of recycled building materials to sustainable products in furniture design, we can help you create a beautiful home while offering a "green" solution to preserve the planet.
Design for the Elderly
As you go through life, the things you once found simple and easy can become a challenge. Our environments must change along with our bodies to reflect more of our current capabilities. The change in your home doesn't have to be sterile nor antiseptic, it can be warm, lovely and inviting as it compliments your daily needs.
Handman Associates has the knowledge and fluency to create a home for you that is beautiful while meeting your developing needs. We can help you accomplish this by designing wider hallways, accessible sinks, grab bars and non skid flooring to name but a few. These incorporated elements not only respect the design, but will enhance your lifestyle. Environments designed with these concepts in mind allow you the ability to age with dignity, style and grace.
This is a process that is done in one day, requires no construction, painting or purchasing of new furnishings. We will take your existing furniture, accessories and art, and through careful editing and placement give new life to your home. It could be as simple as relocating a sofa, moving the chairs, stealing a small table or lamp from another room (that probably had too many anyway) and imbue the space with a fresh, revitalized sense of clarity.
This is the perfect opportunity for those that want the talents of a designer without having to spend the monies normally associated with it. What a wonderful gift, wedding present to the newlyweds or to simply freshen up that second home.
Fees are based on whole or half day rates. Please contact us for more details.
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