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Meet Gil Melott of Studio 6F in Logan Square

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gil Melott.

Gil, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always been a bit of a creative. No matter what job or business I’ve been involved with. I’ve served in C-Level executive roles in private and public companies worked as an art director for a global advertising agency and as an advisor for key product development and ideation companies. I also started three creative lifestyle companies filtered through the lens of art, music, and fashion.

I’m a self-described “schizophrenic specialist and social anthropologist.” With Studio 6F I wanted to create a business that allows him to be a part connoisseur, with the eye of a decorator, analytical skills of a CPA, and the logistical skills of a general. And while a lot of those things come naturally or unnaturally, the design and showroom business was really a result of one cathartic moment.

In May 2015, I suffered a major heart attack. That was really the catalyst for me to move beyond my efforts at the time and fully commit to the ideas and associations I wanted to make to create a life, a business and artistic relationships with people and ideas I truly enjoyed and believed in.

That’s a lofty goal to set out for oneself, however, I have really never been more fulfilled on a daily basis.

The entrepreneur in me is satisfied in trying to find a new way to build a business as a designer, a showroom representing creative artisans and talented painters and sculptures or as a craftsman creating my own capsule collection of furniture for Studio 6F Home.

I have the opportunity to forge new relationships with emerging talent, introduce communities to established craftspeople and develop my own skills with my clients as a designer when they entrust me with their homes and businesses.

Every day I walk into space with my best friend, my American Bulldog Chap and start with a clean slate. It’s a dream that once seemed elusive. I am on a mission to encourage people to get after those same things and not wait for something to scare them into action – be motivated by excitement.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As with anything, there are obstacles to being a business owner or a creative. Whether you have $50,000 or 5 million dollars in sales, you still have to anticipate the bridge from one project to the next. There is always the prospect of working on building a business and not just creating clever beautiful end results.

If I have learned one thing in my career it was to understand the with every strategy, there were fifteen tactics to get there. Nothing glamorous. Nothing fun. None of those things were going to get your photo in an interior design magazine – not in the literal sense. But if you didn’t do them, they weren’t going to get you another project.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Studio 6F – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am very lucky to be able to focus on things I am passionate about – design and art. In the showroom, we represent approximately seven custom artisan furniture designers. Each creates unique, made-to-order furniture pieces ranging from sofas, to book matched dining tables, chairs, and tables to custom lighting.

I also have the good fortune of working with great artists – abstract expressionists, ceramic sculpture, photographers and more. All of their work along with a carefully selected group of vintage pieces are available in our Logan Square showroom and online.

Additionally, I have established a strong interior design business that is a strong complement to the showroom. I work with clients in the luxury residential segment and the boutique hospitality and retail sector. It’s like have the best of all the design world.

I certainly believe we have created a showroom that is filled with valued and carefully selected pieces that are unique to us and to our community. The environment we have created in the space is inviting – people who visit seem to enjoy themselves and often like to hang with us, listen to the tunes, sip a beverage and make a purchase before heading out. That’s what I want them to do and how I want all the environments I create to feel like.

I set out to create experiences. I think if I can deliver that every day and in every transaction, I have with clients or vendors or neighbors, then I am a step ahead.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We are focused on perfecting our craft. We want to build on the relationships we have and to get to know more designers we think we can provide support to out of our showroom.

The capsule collection for Studio 6F Home is going to be a big venture for us and one that I personally am excited about.

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Image Credit:
MiKe Rivera Photography, Alex Maier

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