Designer of the Week :: Paul Schulman

Paul Schulman Design was launched in 2001, with a focus on the intricate balance between construction and design. Since, Paul has been offering the full range of redesign services - from commercial, to residential.

Expanding on that, Schulman’s flair for furniture extends further than remodeling and redesigning entire homes, but also into the design and creation of custom furniture pieces. Schulman’s specialty is truly his ability to combine interior design and construction. See his website to view astonishing “Before” and “After” photos of past projects.  

Originally a Boston native, Schulman has called Chicago home for more than a decade. Prior to opening up shop in Chicago, Schulman ran his own design store and showroom in Milwaukee, Wis. Schulman’s passion for design stems from his life-long interest and education in the fine arts. With a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing, Schulman approaches all projects with an eye toward history, architecture, and fine design. Schulman’s expansive knowledge of raw materials allows him to navigate projects so that when completed, they are relevant to the client’s vision and are impeccably beautiful.

Named Chicago Magazine’s Best Custom Furniture Maker in its “Best Of Chicago” issue and selected one of ten men to watch in CS Men’s Book magazine's “The New Boys Club” issue, Schulman continually garners attention thanks to his talent and hands-on approach to business, and is sure to remain a bellwether of practical, modern design.

Designers of the Week :: Desmond Miller & Jerry Cmehil of mc2 design lab

mc2 design lab is a creative collaborative effort between industrial designers Desmond Miller and Jerry Cmehil. The boys run the gamut, specializing in industrial design, furniture design and interior architectural design. 

Desmond Miller, born in Lisboa, Portugal, studied Interior Design at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and completed his education in Interior and Industrial Design Technology at Parson’s School of Design. He began his design career in Philadelphia, PA working as an interior designer for high profile design firms while freelancing as a product designer. After moving to New York he continued designing interiors for private residences as well as designing custom products for several prestigious design firms and showrooms in the US and abroad. Desmond’s aesthetic is derived from the disciplines of modern, classic, and minimal design principles respecting their history while emphasizing what’s to come. He is also the senior designer at ddc New York.

Jerry Cmehil is originally from the Czech Republic, where he studied Furniture Design at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. He was first practical training in design and manufacturing at the Art Craft Studios in Karlin, Prague. After completing his education at Columbia University with a Masters Degree in Advanced Architectural Design, Jerry began working in New York City with the most prestigious design firms on their product lines and equally prominent clientele on their private residences throughout the world. He specializes in high-end audio visual installations, industrial product design and interior architectural design.

mc2 design lab’s diverse furniture pieces remain modern and minimal, while offering up an edge of uniqueness with one-of-a-kind touches. Everyday objects are rethought, reformed and re-inspired with fusions of color, line and seemingly gravity defying shapes.