Interior designer Brooke Henton Lang is redefining luxury as she adds her chic touch to the city’s most coveted spaces.
From West Loop lofts to Bronzeville townhouses, designer Brooke Henton Lang has helped create stylish spaces that take a new approach to luxury.
Remember when express deliveries, black car service, and “custom” goods were indulgences for the über-affluent? No more. “Our notions of luxury are changing as quickly as the tools that make them possible,” points out Chicago interior designer Brooke Henton Lang, 31.
This reality informs Lang’s efforts to turn residences into spaces that are smart, functional, and stylish, yet also graced with indulgent features from the speed and flexibility some clients want to the remarkable fittings and furnishings that make a room more than the sum of its parts. Lang knows how to fulfill these criteria, thanks to her education and experience.
She earned a B.S. in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then worked for W.E. Brazley & Associates, Epstein Global, and Harding Partners before opening her own firm—formerly Atelier Bea Interiors & Design but now Brooke Lang Design—in 2010.
Her applied experience enables her to offer residential and commercial clients a full-service experience—particularly handy when speed is of the essence, as in a gracious four-bedroom Tudor home Lang renovated in Flossmoor in six weeks flat for a family with two young children.
“We gutted the kitchen, basement, and bathrooms, then made cosmetic improvements in every room. I was the GC, did the blueprints and design plans, built it out, and furnished it to the max,” she says. “It’s gorgeous.” As for flexibility, Lang knows how to work those ‘highs’ and ‘lows.’
If custom pieces are out of the question for a client’s budget, she personalizes handsome retail pieces with bespoke finishing touches. Some of Lang’s favorite strategies rely on the use of sumptuous textiles, which she turns into room-making window treatments, pillows, and throws, or lighting with the spirit of fine jewelry to up the glamor quotient of a space.
To forge those ‘now’ moments that offer long-term flexibility, Lang creates focal points that will withstand the trials of everyday life. For instance, “kids can’t break an elaborate and expensive chandelier if it’s hanging from the ceiling, or ruin sumptuous textiles if they’re sturdy and treated.” “My clients like to see luxury in ways that will last.
That offers them homes that are flawless fits now but can change as they do—whether they’re expanding or contracting their households or having a change of heart about their previous design decisions,” Lang says. “And that’s true luxury.”