When top interior designer Lauren Lozano Ziol and successful graphic designer Michelle Jolas decided to join forces four years ago to launch their Chicago-based lifestyle brand SKIN, the aim was to take interior design to a whole new level. ‘We like pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone to do new and different things. Every project we take on is timeless, classic and chic, with an edge,’ says Lauren, whose old- world aesthetic, knowledge of art history and auction house background neatly complements Michelle’s graphic sensibility, photographic eye and love of vintage finds. The name SKIN was initially a play on wallpaper but the duo quickly realised that it has many more meaningful connotations too, from digging below the surface to get to know and understand a client’s personality, to the in-depth layering of colours, paints and style references that they apply to each project they complete.
Interior design schemes are often characterised by their bold use of wallpaper and palettes, as well as a considered mix of vintage, antique and modern furniture
At its heart, SKIN’s philosophy stems from the belief that a beautiful home environment has the power to alter a person’s mood and general wellbeing – something that is set to be showcased in their forthcoming book, which looks at past projects and how interiors can have a transformative impact on someone’s life. Educating clients on design, art and furniture, while taking into account their needs and vision, ensures that each of SKIN’s spaces is as unique and diverse as the home owners themselves. As Lauren concludes: ‘People want to be in a space that makes them feel good – that’s why we create interiors that inspire confidence, passion and creativity.’