Frequently Asked Questions
Q&A with Robert Zizzo
Q: I’ve never hired an interior designer. How does this work?
A: We start the process with a consultation in your space to discuss your lifestyle, the scope of the project and which furniture/accessory items you’d like to keep, "reinvent" or replace. We then determine the best vendors to meet your taste, budget and time frame. Some of our clients like to be actively involved in every step and others want to make their selections quickly and pass the project off to our design team for execution. Either way our goal is to make your vision become a beautiful reality, on time and on budget.
Q: I like most of my furniture but it’s starting to look dated. What do you suggest?
A: MODLIFE works with the city’s finest upholsterers, woodworkers, refinishers and lamp-makers and is well-known for its ability to repurpose existing pieces. Whether it’s breathing new life into your favorite sofa or refinishing an heirloom cabinet, your most sentimental pieces can be updated and always find a place in your home.
Q: My husband and I have very different tastes in furniture. How do you accommodate both parties and make everyone happy?
A: That’s when designers are most useful. Sometimes it’s hard to hear each other, whereas a third party can shop and scout keeping both party's interests in mind.
Q: I’m moving into a new condo and want to start fresh with new furniture. Where do we begin?
A: A clean canvas may seem intimidating but it’s often easier to start fresh with a new look than reinvent an existing design. We start with the anchor pieces you use the most and work our way through the home until the space is complete. I typically create a Pinterest board for my clients so they can see furniture, fabrics and accessories all in one place
Q: It’s clear you’re passionate about mid-century design. How do you find all of your fabulous furniture?
A: As a curator of a Chicago showroom and a global online marketplace, I’ve been scouting mid-century modern furniture, art and lighting for over 20 years. Today, mid-century modern design is as popular as ever with new products (replicas) being manufactured every day. Unfortunately these replicas lack the quality and detail of the original designs. I acquire authentic furniture and accessories that meet strict guidelines for quality, design and provenance and are built to last for generations. These pieces often cost less than reissued items and we have the opportunity to reupholster or refinish them to compliment your taste.
Q: Do you work in other design styles?
A: Absolutely. We love to assemble an eclectic mix of furniture and finishes to reflect the homeowner’s own personality and style. Our interiors often incorporate pieces including Art Deco, Danish Modern, Hollywood Regency, contemporary, transitional and industrial modern all in one space.
Q: Do you work on projects outside of Chicago?
A: Yes! In addition to completing projects in the Midwest we've staged vacation homes and investment properties in California and Florida.