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    Custom-built sound

    Text: R. Collins Photography: David DeHaan/Furry Mic Media Grand Rapids, Michigan can be a relatively quiet city. Usually, it is equal parts work, play, and windy weather; but on the morning of Saturday, May 20 the uncharacteristic chorus of gusty engine growls introduced Grand Rapids to a unique collection of high-end, performance, and exotic cars fit for Las Vegas. Outside the well-known Downtown Market, an eclectic mix of vehicles and their owners gathered under a shaded pavilion for visitors to meet. Cars and Coffee Grand Rapids was founded in 2015 by co-founder Andy Siradakis, a Specialty Equipment Market Association and International Show Car Association member. Siradakis, who is an award-winning designer…

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    Hands

    While a designer’s vision can take on many forms and the work may vary substantially from one industry to the next, there is one constant that often remains: hands. Whether it is the artistic presentation of cuisine, the curve of ink on paper, or the stitch of thread in fabric, hands become the very extension—and often delivery of expression—of the design work. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”4″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

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    Art of furniture

    A designer’s passion and work in the furniture industry continues to take form. Dale H. Campbell, award-winning furniture designer and industry veteran, has a saying when it comes to the original lounge chair and ottoman designed through a partnership with Kindel Furniture Company in 2015: “Designed in Michigan, made in Michigan, enjoyed everywhere.” In 2015 Campbell and Kindel, which is a family-owned furniture manufacturer based in Grand Rapids known for 100 percent American-made furnishings since its establishment in 1901, collaborated through the Designer Artist Series to create and co-brand original furniture designs. Campbell was the first designer to participate in the program series with the company. “Kindel is one of…

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    A creative process

    An Indianapolis-based designer has taken her love of design from fashion to interiors in a region rich with historical architecture.   Located less than five miles north of downtown Indianapolis, homes and gardens throughout the Meridian-Kessler residential neighborhood have opened their doors each summer to welcome visitors inside to view great design and architecture. The Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association has hosted the Home & Garden Tour since 1973, and this year’s tour featured the remodeled home of local Designer Tiffany Skilling of Tiffany Skilling Interiors Co. The event is intended to promote the history and unique architecture in the neighborhood, while also serving as a fundraising tool for local community initiatives.…

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    Tile: where design matters

    A wholesale tile distributor headquartered in Livionia offers product solutions for clients’ design needs. When it comes to tile, trends and design tend to go hand-in-hand. “The design of the tile and the color of the tile can give more of a cooler look for the modern trends today,” said Lynne Moran, Michigan showroom operations manager at Virginia Tile Company. “Most often the tile is a really good interpretation of what the trend is at the time,” added Moran. The type of material, design, and color of the tile selected for a room can have a significant impact on the overall ambiance of an interior residential or commercial space, according…

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    Stone Artist

    Brendan Sherwood, jewelry designer and owner of Elements Custom Jewelry Studio, knows there is a difference between style and design. “People have different styles and different tastes, and there is good and bad design within those genres,” said Sherwood. “You come in and have your own ideas and your own personal aesthetics. What we try to do is put good design behind it and make the jewelry for you that way and it tends to work out really well.” For nearly 27 years, Sherwood has been providing design, rendering, and production of custom jewelry and additional production pieces within downtown Royal Oak, Michigan. The College of Creative Studies alum launched…