The D'Alba Residence

Designed by Jordan Mozer

Chicago designer Jordan Mozer creates distinct and imaginative structures and interiors. His approach to design is comprehensive; with degrees in both industrial design and architecture, no element of design is left untouched by his artistic vision. 

Most of Mozer’s work has been commercial. His impressive client list includes Volkswagen, George Lucas, Disney, and The Rolling Stones to name a few. He has completed numerous projects around the world including hotels, restaurants, and luxury retail stores (such as Barney’s, Asprey, and Garrad). Whether in Japan, Germany, or the United States, his works are accomplished environments that evoke memorable experiences. 

The D’Alba Residence of Glencoe, Illinois is no exception. Mozer was approached by Betsy and Bruce D’Alba in 1992 for the renovation of their lakefront home. The project lasted four years and was the first residential commission that Mozer created completely from scratch. Mozer gave the building a new skin and entirely fashioned the interior. From the wood floors and carpet designs (based on Mozer’s own paintings for what music might look like) to one-of-a-kind furnishings and chandeliers, Mozer was bestowed the rare opportunity and freedom to make the D’Alba Residence a total work of art. 

The furnishings in the D’Alba home feature an arresting blend of curved and Cubist elements—or masculine and feminine shapes. To achieve the complex forms of his design, Mozer worked with full-scale drawings and patternmakers to create hand-carved forms that were cast in two foundries. Mozer employed traditional European craftsmen, state-of-the-art high-tech CAD-CAM techniques, and mass production manufacturing processes; Mozer used the finest materials and blended artistic techniques to create one-off forms of the highest quality for the D’Alba Residence.