Originally designed by Henry Ives Cobb, the Romanesque Revival granite façade building was once home to the Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago Institute of Design, recording studios, and a series of nightclubs before the Rockwell-designed TAO takeover. “Rockwell Group was inspired by the building’s voluminous brick-walled spaces, arched windows, and monumental roofline, infusing TAO’s Asian sensibility to create a dynamic nightlife destination.” Demar Leather customized a unique “TAO” Blue leather in a highly resistant finish for the night club’s banquette seats and restaurant chairs. Demar also furnished a hand-tipped Ostrich pattern in Olive Green.
Design Firm: Rockwell Group
Purchasing Agent: TAO Group