Studio41 specializes in finding and creating solutions for any kitchen or bathroom design project, regardless of size. For 25 years they have had a unique mission: to create spaces in Chicagoland homes that are well designed, practical, trendy and tailored to the daily needs of Chicagoans.
“We are a showroom for the kitchen and bathroom, so we show fittings, decorative fittings, tiles and cabinets,” says Hannah Byl, Marketing Director of Studio41.
“We have twelve different locations across the Chicago area and one in Scottsdale, Arizona.”
Due to COVID-19, the past year has been one of the busiest for these local showrooms.
Byl explains, “Now more than ever, people are staying at home and investing money in their homes instead of traveling or eating out. I think the pandemic also had a direct impact on one of our biggest trends right now, intelligent technology. We see intelligent technology becoming more and more integrated into various kitchen and bathroom fittings. ”
For example, touchless taps with integrated pushless technology and voice-activated functions are currently very popular in kitchens. Smart showers, controlled by smartphone apps to adjust the water temperature, as well as bluetooth mirrors and medicine cabinets that let you adjust your lighting, are also on the rise. Smart toilets and even televisions are increasingly becoming part of bathroom design so you can watch the morning news or relax at night with your favorite show.
“Lots of people tend to have really clean rooms and with COVID these are great solutions that make kitchens and bathrooms much cleaner and more convenient,” says Byl.
Designing spaces that meet the needs and wishes of the client is always a top priority for Studio41, regardless of the size of the project. Whether you’re just replacing decorative hardware or want to start a whole new project from scratch, Studio41 offers a variety of services and options to get the job done.
“We’re here to support you every single step of your project from concept to completion,” says Byl.
“We have so many designers eager to make the experience as interactive and seamless as possible. We work a lot with craftsmen and contractors to give the customer the product they need and want. We carry over a hundred different brands, from plumbing fixtures to tiles and windows. We have a wide range of products for every budget. That way we are very accessible. “
During the pandemic, Studio41 stayed open and increased its virtual presence in the hopes that the process of redesigning spaces will not only be fun but also safe.
Byl encourages customers to use Studio41’s online tools, including arranged FaceTime and Zoom calls, so customers can virtually view showrooms. The Studio41 team is ready to answer questions and inquiries via email, and buyers can also shop online.
Byl recommends customers call ahead or make appointments online before visiting a showroom. This way, Studio41 can keep track of the number of customers visiting at any given time and ensure that the right team is available to help them when they arrive.
Masks and social distancing are required, and the cleaners sanitize the showrooms daily to keep customers comfortable and safe.
“One of the unique things about our business is that there is still a great desire to touch and feel all the different faucets you want to put in your home, whether it’s a closet door or a faucet,” explains Byl.
“Our showrooms are interactive so that customers can redesign their space.”
Recently, many customers are turning to their kitchen.
Says Byl, “Kitchen space was one of the biggest projects customers have invested in because a kitchen is really such a big part of a home. The kitchen is no longer just a kitchen. It’s an office now too. This is where you talk to your spouse or partner. Eat. Hang up. Integrated storage space, organizational tools, and obviously new aesthetics make a huge difference. ”
The functional space is also heavily influenced by the customers who live in the city.
In Byl’s experience, those who live in an apartment or condominium often opt for floating vanity tops to make their space appear larger, and choose cabinets that allow more storage but take up less space.
Chicagoans have also moved on to the trend for pops of bright color and dramatic dark hues, including blue faucets and bathtubs in place of traditional chrome finishes and matte black and gold accents for a chic, modern look.
“We really have the ability to make your home a place you love,” says Byl.
“It is important that you are excited about going home or staying home. That you love your space, no matter how big or small. ”
To learn more, shop online or to schedule a visit to a Studio41 showroom, visit www. shopstudio41.com.