“My goal is to help our clients live exceptionally well.”
Chicago-based interior and product designer Frank Ponterio brings timeless design to contemporary lifestyles, balancing elegance with ease. Inspired by classic European design and architectural influences readily accessible in his hometown of Chicago, Ponterio draws on a modern classic approach imbued with individual style and personality. His unique perspective ensures each project is grounded in artistry, fine craftsmanship and approachability.
Ponterio has helmed award-winning projects locally and nationally for more than 20 years, with his award-winning firm founded in 1994. He is also highly regarded for his expertise in restoring iconic architecture by such greats as David Adler, Howard Van Doren Shaw and Benjamin Marshall. In 2010, Ponterio’s first furniture collection debuted, featuring a sophisticated range of upholstered and mixed-materials pieces. In 2013, Ponterio’s line of custom, handcrafted furniture and fixtures, The Frank Ponterio Collection with South Carolina-based Avrett, launched to wide acclaim; an additional collection followed in 2016. Most recently, Ponterio joined forces with renowned fabric and furniture company Lee Jofa, a division of Kravet Inc., a fifth-generation design industry leader. This new line of luxury furnishings marks Lee Jofa’s first Midwest-based design collaboration in the family’s nearly 100-year history.
Thanks to an astute vision that ensures each result is tailored to fit exacting design needs, Ponterio has been honored with multiple first-place ASID-Illinois Design Excellence Awards across various categories, including historic restoration as well as residential and hospitality design. He is also a longstanding supporter and designer of the prestigious Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens benefiting the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. His work has garnered attention from local and national media, including Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Chicago Magazine, Luxe Interiors + Design and Modern Luxury publications including CS, Interiors Chicago and Men’s Book, as well as many others.
Educated at Chicago’s Harrington Institute of Design, Ponterio is an accredited member of ASID and holds a NCIDQ license. He is also a member of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art, the Leaders of Design Council and the Design Leadership Network. He also serves on the board of directors of the Children’s Brittle Bone Foundation.
Ponterio resides in Lake Forest with his wife, daughter and beloved pet dogs. Their home, designed by renowned architect David Adler, received an historic preservation award from the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation.
We have completed two homes with Frank and his team over the course of three years, and we are in the process of working on our third…We have learned to trust Frank and his team when it comes to design, scope and delivering the overall lifestyle we want. He opened our eyes to many different colors, textures and furnishings we would have never put together on our own. Both of our homes are designed in different styles, and each of them has exceeded our expectations.