Founded in 1994 by former motion picture set decorator, Jean Alan and her daughter, Ruthie Alan, the studio originally focused on finding and re-imagining vintage pieces - a tradition that continues today. For years Alan Design Studio has strongly advocated for and has utilized local artisans, who are stewards of the environment in their respective trades and practice them sustainably. These long-standing relationships ensure a finely crafted outcome. The design team brings an unparalleled level of expertise and they custom tailor their work to the needs of each client and project. The studio is known for effortlessly combining immaculate architecture with custom upholstery, antique, vintage, and custom furniture, and beautiful art to create casually elegant spaces that are comfortable and livable.
Entrepreneur and interior designer, Ruthie Alan, has been creating unique furnishings and spaces for her clients for almost 20 years. Born and raised in Chicago, this city girl’s ultimate dream has always been “to live a creative life”. Her passion for design is rooted in a global perspective, and her voracious appetite for learning keeps her constantly motivated to discover new ways of seeing and thinking about design. Ruthie Alan's work has been featured in local and national publications, and she received the honor of Best Interior Designer – Runner-Up in the 2010 Chicago Reader reader’s poll.
Jean Alan's career in design began 30 years ago as a professional set decorator for film and television in Chicago and Los Angeles. In the intense atmosphere of motion picture making, her knowledge of periods and styles grew exponentially through the scope and depth of each project. Working with formidable artists taught Jean how to see and helped shape her design philosophy and approach. Character-driven became client-driven, and she tackles every design challenge with the expertise of a seasoned Hollywood pro and the vision of a true artist. Her work has been featured in several books and magazines internationally, and she was a 2007 recipient of the Heartland Alliance Designs 4 Dignity Spirit Award for her dedication to philanthropy and design. Highlights from her career as a set decorator include The Blues Brothers, About Last Night, and the television series The Untouchables.