Calling Golden Triangle a store is like calling Chicago a village or Disney, a carnival. Yes, the furniture, sculpture and accessories are stunning on their own, but like living cells, they serve as building blocks of a more complex organism. Doug VanTress, one of Golden Triangle’s owners, believes that design (whether it be the wood grain on a steering wheel or the interior of a retail space) too often doesn’t go far enough, that its creators too often stop at good enough. So he and his partner didn’t stop. They kept pushing for more beauty, more authenticity, not resting on the figurative 7th day, and it was good.
Golden Triangle is, without hyperbole, one of the most beautiful retail spaces I’ve ever experienced; the showroom offers a moment away from the constant motion of our frantic hurried lives, a moment to reflect on beauty and history and ancient cultures, but most importantly, a moment to reflect on stillness and quiet.
Outside the cool, dark showroom, LaSalle Street traffic rushes by, people shout into their cell phones, hair goes gray, meetings drag on and people run late. But within the space, which is almost a physical manifestation of a meditative state, time stands still. The lighting’s good too.
Although Golden Triangle specializes in Asian antiquities, they are beginning to bring in a selection of complementary European pieces (I never realized how well art deco coordinated with Asian antiques until I saw them blend seamlessly at Golden Triangle).
Golden Triangle is located at 33o N. Clark. 312-755-1266