How do you think your creative work plays into the design of your home?
‘As photographers we are always thinking about light. Light can change the way a photograph feels in the same way it can change the way a room feels. With our windows and doors, we tried to maximise the amount of soft natural light that comes in.’
What do you love about Chicago?
‘I have heard it said many times — but it definitely rings true for us — that Chicago has everything you could want in a big city while maintaining a supportive and encouraging community without toxic competition.’
Has spending time in the Houses influenced your own interiors style?
‘Oh yes. We are founding members of Soho House Chicago and John has been capturing all of the images you see on the @sohohousechicago Instagram feed for three years now. We have made it to quite a few of the Houses and really appreciate the uniqueness of each one, while still being true to the overall story. From each, we've discovered the beauty in detail and have been inspired to embrace eclectic-ness and to experiment with how each piece fits together. I also love how the design embraces the context of the city it's in and lets that speak to the overall design of the House.’
What’s it like shooting and working together as a couple? How did you both shoot this feature?
‘We make a great team, although it has taken us a few years to discover. We each have different strengths and different ways of communicating with and understanding our clients. For this shoot, John set up technical overall shots that feel pleasing to the eye because of the mechanics and thought behind each one. I set up shots that make you feel like you're in the space.’
Images by John and Maura Stoffer