by Marisa Marcantonio

It began as an atelier by appointment. Now, in her landmark Chicago brownstone, located at 17 East Pearson Street, Alessandra Branca has opened Branca, with a website to complement the shop. Her gorgeous three floor home-like space is filled with objects in her favorite red and black color combination, as well as Branca Collection items and fabric by Peter Dunham, Michael Devine and Irving and Fine. Filled with antiques, global finds and accessories, the area is arranged in Loft and Library vignettes. Fourteen foot ceilings and large windows make this a wonderful setting. Her Roman roots are evident in her love of antiquity, great prints and graphic details.

A woman of great gusto, she launched her website simultaneously, soon to have an e commerce section. Call 312-787-1017 to order items seen on Shop Branca

Below is a selection of her 12 must haves arranged by color:

Love the page layout with the giant numbers in a quadrant---so poppy!

Just so you are in the loop, here are the details for her red offerings:

1) Pair of 19th Century German White Painted Neoclassical Style Fauteuils upholstered in Vintage Red Turkish Ticking Germany C. 1820
39" H x 24 1/2"W x 24 1/2"D Set $12,000

2) Set of 4 Red and Graphite Lacquer Nesting Trays
15-3/4'W x 15-3/4"D x 2-1/4'H $275.00

3)Branca Red Hide Rug
103"L x 84"W $700

4) AB Collection 100% Organic Cotton Woven Blanket in Branca Signature Black & White Stripe with Black Velvet Trim
(Also available in Red, Black & Brown Stripe) 56"W x 86"L $200.00

5) White Glass Optik Glasses
Set of 4 Highballs 3-1/4"W x 5-4/8"H $70.00 | Set of 4 Lowballs 3-3/8"W x 4"H $70.00
Set of 4 stemless Champagne Glasses 2"W x 7"H $70.00

6)Set of 6 Linen Cocktail Napkins with Natural Woven Trim Detail
White with Silver Trim 5" x 5" $125.00, Red & black Linen 5" x 5" $120.00

7) Rectangular and Square Branca Red Velvet Goose Down Pillows with Reverse Side in Natural Linen (Available in more colors) 12"H x 20"W $175.00, 16"H x 32"W $275.00 and 20"H x 20"W #225.00

8)Branca Red Cameroon Feather Headdress 30" Diameter $750.00

9) Lacquer Top Red Painted Stool/Table crafted in newspaper
16 1/2"H x 12 1/2"Diameter $750.00

10) Red Leather Crocodile Embossed Umbrella Stand 36"H x 9"W $800.00

11) Pair of AB Collection White Painted Tabourets Upholstered in Vintage Red Turkish Ticking, Turkey ca. 1910
18"W x 16"H x 13"D Set $2,400.00

12) Branca Signature Candles
{I} Mint, Musk & Tea
{II} Tomato Leaf, Basil & Black Currant
{III} Fig Tree
{IV} Green Tea with Lime
$75.00 Each