Fond du Lac, which translates as “bottom of the lake”, is likely not at the top of most people’s best known Wisconsin cities. Yet, the midsize town on the shores of Lake Winnebago, about an hour’s drive northwest from Milwaukee, charms visitors with its quaint shady streets, antiques shops and, not so surprisingly, a lagoon for paddle boarding, wind surfing, and cocktail cruises. But for clients of interior designer Michael Del Piero, Fond du Lac is home. With family roots in the area, her clients, a business executive and his equestrian wife, took on a bedraggled 1920s stone cottage and called on Del Piero, one of Chicago’s most notable and prolific designers, to turn it into a home for enjoying the wonders of the lake.
“They saw a Chicago project of mine on the cover of a magazine,” Del Piero recalls. “I was at the airport on my way to Morocco when they called and inquired about working with me.” That was ten years ago and subsequent conversations resulted in her designing the interiors of their first house in the town.
As repeat clients, the couple favored Del Piero’s use of natural materials and striking compositions of rough and luxe, a dynamic that defines much of her work. They also had complete confidence in her. So much so that Del Piero convinced them to drop the architect and landscape architect they already had lined up for the project in favor of the designer’s recommendations. “Essentially, the couple told me, referring to me and to the architect of the project, Michael Abraham, ‘Do your thing, we trust you.’”
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY MICHAEL DEL PIERO GOOD DESIGN
ARCHITECTURE BY MICHAEL ABRAHAM
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD POWERS
WRITTEN BY ZLATA KOZUL NAUMOVSKI
This story appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of MILIEU.