Chris Altschuler is an artist, designer, carpenter and painter working in Madison Wisconsin. He is available for remodeling, furniture making, and painting.
Beautiful Broom Closet
I built this Broom closet for the Willy Street Grocery store in Madison. It embodies my ideal approach: minimal wood, creating strength only where it is necessary. All of the structure is in a few strips of wood. The skin is thin birch plywood.
I designed it to be collapsible into flat pieces.
Personally, I think it's too nice to put anything in it.
I also made these simple risers for the same store.
Lots of kids in this home schooling house, which influenced the color palette.
I love these colors. Good job Chris.
I'm really proud of this color combination. The wall color is a mixture of yellow and purple, which are opposite colors. Which is interesting. To me.
These cabinets used to be beige. I painted them GREEN.
I designed these desk bookshelves for a couple of therapists sharing an office. They are required to have locking file storage for client files. I included pull-chain lights and 6 small box trays for each unit.
I am interested in making things that contain small messes. Everybody needs to dump stuff somewhere. Lots of boxes and trays are my answer.
This was for a Pizza restaurant. The owner asked me to paint "the discovery of pizza".
This was for a client who loves Edward Gorey.
Shelves for a Montessori School
I built a bunch of shelves for a Montessori school. I designed them with all of the supports hidden from view so that they appear to be light and floating.
Club Lucky Chicago
I made these wallpapers for Club Lucky. Bobby, the owner, generously gave me a lot of freedom to do what I wanted. They are still there.
I had my wallpaper in 9 showrooms in the States. These are my gold leaf papers.
This was the Holly Hunt showroom in Chicago. My paper on the wall.
Gold leaf papers
More silver and gold leaf wallpapers of mine.
Pizza House 1647
Bathroom Make over
I tore out the old tile and flooring, built a new wall on one side of the shower with shelves on the other side, tiled the shower and floor and installed a new sink. That's what I did.
Things I built
A closet installation with painted boxes.
My mission was to build a wall to create a bedroom off a larger space. I decided to include cantilevered shelves. I used an old door, shaving the edges until it was square.
More Things I built
I made an opening in a kitchen wall, gave it a nice frame, and made a table that passes through the opening.
I tore out a bunch of old junk from a basement. Then I used every bit of scrap wood in the basement to build these shelves. Save money! I designed it to hold 42 boxes in a small space. Much of the wood is from a couple of bookcases that I knocked apart. I can get down and dirty when I need to.
Then, I took a picture of my knee-pads by leaning way forward and stretching out to hold the camera.
I tore out an old wall and floor cabinets. I built new shelves and a counter top, re-using a couple of the old cabinets.
My crew painted a carpet showroom at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.
I did a silver leaf ceiling for the Banana Republic flagship store on Chicago's mag mile. It's still there, on the second floor.
This was a showcase house room done by Suzanne Lovell in Chicago. I did a painted wood texture and black stenciling on the cabinets. I also painted the bloom pattern on the ceiling.
Traditional rag rolling technique
Strie technique, done by dragging a long bristle brush.
This was a 3 layer glaze. Very complex color.
Colored plaster done for a big spa/hair salon.
I used to put these on telephone poles in wealthy neighborhoods around Chicago.
This article was a huge boost. I felt so lucky to be included. A lot of the quotes from me were not in my actual language. I think I talked too fast and I overwhelmed the nice woman who interviewed me. After that I learned to keep it simple.
Painted floor with gold leaf border.
I painted this kid friendly food court to look like kamikaze planes.