ABOUT HAUTE LIVING
The HAUTE LIVING showroom, located across from the Merchandise Mart in the heart of Chicago's River North Design District, is an integral part of the Chicago design community and a destination for architects, interior designers, consumers and design enthusiasts from all over the world. Our thoughtfully curated collection of furniture and objects represents the very best in Modern and Contemporary design and the highest levels of quality and craftsmanship available today. Known for consistently seeking out and promoting emerging designers and progressive brands, our spacious showroom is continuously refreshed with new introductions from Europe and America, always growing to fit and reflect the fast-paced design landscape.
We are interior product editors who believe good design creates confident, comfortable, genuine environments that enhance and reflect the unique identity of their inhabitants. Behind every curatorial and design decision is the fundamental principle that an object’s strength of character is found through beautiful design, exceptional craftsmanship, and a timeless aesthetic.
Haute Living provides comprehensive design consulting for both the US and international commercial, contract, and residential markets sourcing furniture, lighting, flooring, and kitchen & closet systems from a portfolio of the highest quality manufacturers and designers worldwide. Our team works with architects, interior designers, and contractors from initial conception and specification to final delivery and installation with the goal of achieving the most beautiful and cost effective solution to any project.
Jeffery Smith / Founder
Jeffery is the principal owner and brand curator of Haute Living. He founded Haute Living in 2007 to serve as a destination resource for the international architecture and design community, as well as for non-trade consumers. He brings over 20 years of professional leadership experience designing processes and developing resources for instruction and learning for global companies in Europe, South Asia, Africa, and the United States. Jeffery received a Bachelor of Arts in Film, and holds a Masters of Science in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.
Omotola Akinbiyi / Communications Assistant
Omotola is responsible for the growth of Haute Living’s client base and contributes to broader marketing efforts. She lived in Nigeria, her family's native country, before moving back the US, and is creator of a popular fashion and lifestyle blog. Omotola graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and Business.
Brian Felt / Design Associate
Brian merges an eye for design with a keen business sense. His expertise knowledge comes from a successful background in the contemporary furniture industry, as well as experience at a leading Chicago area eco-architectural firm. Brian holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Entrepreneurship from the College of Business Administration at University of Illinois Chicago.
Erin Forsythe / Communications Assistant
In her role as Communications Assistant, Erin spearheads the development of Haute Living’s marketing initiatives, including both visual and written communications. Her background is in digital marketing, with an emphasis on media correspondence and brand development. Previous work includes the design of both print and digital marketing materials for magazines, newspapers, and established institutions. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and History of Art from the University of Michigan.
Nate Ross / Communications Manager & Design Associate
As Communications Manager, Nate oversees all marketing, brand development, and communications initiatives at Haute Living. Past experiences include designing interiors for commercial and residential clients at his own firm, as well as freelance writing for a number of trade publications. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.
Mallory Rowse / Design Associate
Mallory is an interior designer who has been working in the luxury market since 2006. In addition to designing and managing large-scale projects, Mallory has experience with the wholesale and retail sides of design. This broad range of experience gives Mallory an edge when working with clients, allowing her to serve as both designer and liaison between client and manufacturer. Mallory holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from The Illinois Institute of Art.
Anastasia Wilkening, CKD, CBD, ASID / Kitchen Design Associate
Anastasia is an award-winning kitchen designer with a host of clients throughout the Midwest. A personal approach to design and problem solving allows her to develop a custom design that meets the client’s needs, staying on budget. Anastasia has won various design awards from the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Midwest Chapter, is an author of a kitchen and bath design book (“Residential Kitchen and Bath Design,” Fairchild Books), and has taught kitchen and bath design at several Chicago-area college's interior design programs.