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John Cannon & Cary Frank

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John Cannon & Cary Frank
Cannon Frank
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1530B,
Chicago, IL 60654
T: 312.595.1550
F: 312.595.1555

An extensive knowledge of art, design and antiques, coupled with a friendly demeanor and intense passion for his craft, have made John Cannon one of Chicago’s most celebrated and admired designers.

Working from a strong point of historical reference, John specializes in framing the important qualities of air and light, which make up the “bones” of any great space, to allow for a gracious living experience. However, it’s his commitment to high standards, willingness to listen and unwavering attention to detail that allow him to carefully translate clients’ aspirations into one-of-a-kind spatial experiences.

Together with his partner Cary Frank, John established and operates Cannon Frank, a versatile, extraordinarily high-service interior design office. Their work takes them all over the country— from Beverly Hills to Nantucket—and throughout the world, having recently commissioned a second project in Ghana. Their accomplishments have led to awards, articles and a revered reputation among the city’s aesthetically elite.

John and Cary both support organizations near and dear to their hearts, including co-chairing many fundraising events for and serving on the boards of the Pedersen-McCormick Boys and Girls Club, Heartland Alliance, Lakefront Supportive Housing, LAMBDA Legal and DIFFA Chicago.

In 2013, Cannon Frank was awarded the prestigious honor of Chicago’s Interior Design Firm of the Year by LUXE Interiors + Design and the Design Center at The Merchandise Mart.

Inspired by the last 15 years spent vacationing on Saint-Barthélemy in the Caribbean, Cary and John (the partners at Cannon Frank) created a trellised space with an adjoining cabana, accessible through doors placed in the Living Space and Bedroom, a layout similar to what you would find in St. Bart’s. A photomural depicts Columbier, an incredible and remote beach accessible only from a hiking path. The arid mountainous region is home to wild goats, salamanders and beautiful people from all areas of the Globe.

Our colors reflect the Caribbean lifestyle, casual yet elegant with rich furnishings, textures and the same touch of glamour you find there.


Benjamin Moore, Suite 6-131
Pool Blue on Siding
White Dove on Trim
Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring
Elegant Sincerity Rift & Quartersawn White Oak for Cabana Bar
Dessin Fournir Companies, Suite 1411
Steven Antonson Ring table lamp
Gregorious Pineo Savall Planters
Edward Ferrell+Lewis Mittman, Suite 1483
New Metal Crafts Opal Ball
Pendant in Cabana
Exsquisite Surfaces
Croute Stone on columns
Gloster Furniture, Suite 1572
Oyster Reed Dining Table
Havana Dining Chairs and cushion fabrication
Holly Hunt, Suite 1428
Fomations Twig Mirror
Fomations Side Table
Console from Holly Hunt Studio Collection
JANUS et Cie, Suite 1420
Fibonacci Anda Lounge Chair
Eclipse Coronado Outdoor Rug
Arroyo Lanterns
Rattan tray
Polished marble obelisk
Glass hurricane
White garden bench
Tray and ice bucket
The Robert Allen Group, Suite 633
All fabrics, entry and cabana entry drapery
Outdoor Ice Maker & Outdoor Undercounter Refrigerator
TUUCI, Suite 1507
Ocean master MAX / cantilever Octagonal Umbrella
The Outdoor Dining Room

Special thanks

Arlen Jacobs - Bar and lantern shelves fabrication

Chrystele Escure Photography St.Barts - Mural Photography

Greg Kay - Daylight and custom lighting effects

Parenteau Studios - Cabana panel drapery and tiebacks fabrication, all drapery and cabana installation

D&D Stone Works - Marble bar top

Raymond Joseph - Trees and shell garlands for tiebacks

Gamma Imaging - Mural digital editing and printing

Lee Lumber Co - Beam, trim and column lumber

Kickapoo Country Milling - Dutch lap siding