The Dining Room

Designer Interview

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Erik Kolacz
Contrast Design Group
400 N. Wells, Suite 320,
Chicago, IL 60654
T: 312.222.0772
F: 312.222.0779

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Erik has built his career in design on one simple concept: “Design and lifestyle go hand in hand”. Focusing on that concept his journey in design has lead him to many impressive partnerships on local and national levels.

In his mission to share his design talent Erik found himself as part of the cast of Bravo TV’s Top “Top Design”. His success on the show has opened many doors that he now started exploring. As a contestant on Bravo’s reality television show, “Top Design”, Erik Kolacz gained national recognition as a creative, client-focused designer. Kolacz, co-owner of Chicago-based Contrast Design Group, Inc., credits his early success to his drive and determination. His natural eye along with a background in theatrical lighting and set design translates into dramatic, inventive custom lighting design and imaginative interiors.

Kolacz prides himself on his efforts to give back to the community. This year Kolacz will serve as a co-chair for Teen Living Programs spring Gala. He lends his talents and resources to many Chicago based and national charities that focus to end poverty, animal abuse and hunger.

I found Inspiration for the dining room partly from my travels to California wine country. The relaxed environment reminded me of my large family dinners around a great big table. It made me want to design a space that would inspire the family to spend meals together again. This year’s dining room is warm, inviting, inspiring and beautiful. The large dining table symbolizes the strength of today’s modern family, rooted in nostalgia. The rich tactical textiles in conjunction with the warm golden wall hues create a space that no one would want to leave.



Century Furniture
Dining Chairs
Lounge Chairs

D.L. Couch
Source One Handcrafted Charcoal Ingrained Wallcovering

Direct Rug Import
Handmade Area Rug

Champs-Élysée Bowl
Paysage d’Hiver Vase
Phalsbourg Decanter & Stemware
Saint-Jacques Scallop Table Linens

Garret Leather Wall Tiles

Paul Ferrante
Dining Tables
Lighting Pendants

Pindler & Pindler, Inc.
Fabrics in Room

Brimar Drapery Hardware

The Dining Room

Ann Sacks
Mirror Wall Tiles


Special thanks

Keitha Brathwaite for her continued design partnership

Primo Interiors for Drapery Fabrication

Trim Tex – Molding Material