• Design,  Form,  Interiors,  Print Edition

    Outside the box

    Text: R.J. Weick Box Studios, an architecture and interior design firm based in Chicago and Denver, recently completed a re-design of Fairlife LLC’s unique workplace environment in an effort to update the space to meet their client’s current operational needs. As a young company at the time of initial design, Fairlife LLC was interested in an innovative and well-designed solution not only reflecting its culture and values of transparency and creativity, but also paid tribute to its agricultural background. Now a couple years after initial design, the company continues to tackle the challenge of integrating growing design trends and how people are working in its new renovation. “They have obviously…

  • Print Edition,  Travel

    Element of beauty

    It was only a few short years ago when the sights and sounds of bustling twentieth century summer life in Walloon Lake Village had faded to a distant memory. Time and consecutive years of declining tourism had all but muffled the vibrant melody of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad transporting eager guests from the sweltering heat to a northern destination escape that had once been the playground of literary icon Ernest Hemingway. Original text by: R.J. Weick Photos courtesy Walloon Hotel Read more in the print edition

  • Creative Endeavors,  Print Edition

    American hardwood

    Text: R. Collins At the custom wood working studio known as Cento Anni, design, engineering, and manufacturing principles work in unison to create an efficient work process delivering elegant custom designed products. The studio often works with reclaimed hardwood items to make new products, which is mirrored in the studio itself. The Holland, Michigan facility had originally been uninhabited for 15 years before it was also reclaimed by its co-owners. Original text: R.J. Weick in Great Lakes By Design, volume 1, issue 1. Photos courtesy: Cento Anni    

  • Print Edition

    Decoration and in Memoriam: Volume 1, Issue 3

    Design Corner Marsh grass | Urban-Diversions   Design Spotlight Singularly dynamic | performance and style in boat building (featured on cover) A sensory feast | Bourbons 72 delivers an experience as lavish as its menu Design execution, redefined | the museum of curious angles and contemporary art   Form Light and transparency | the artful interventions of an Indianapolis federal building Enduring sandstone | inspiring an appreciation for the American West through design Serenity, restored | recapturing delight and tranquility at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center and reflecting pool Upgrading an icon | the celebration and renovation of the Cranbrook Art Museum The dune house contemporary | the Visbeen Architects…

  • Form,  Print Edition

    Sustainable preservation

    When walking up the path of the historic mansion at the Felt Estate Historic Home & Gardens, one can almost hear the 1920s roaring back to life thanks to a community-driven sustainable preservation and restoration initiative that began more than 15 years ago. The mansion, which was completed in 1928 on more than 750 acres of land near the Saugatuck Dunes State Park in Michigan, features more than 12,000 square-feet inspired by the classic design, symmetry, and decorative features of Georgian Classical Revival Style architecture. Original text by: R.J. Weick Photos courtesy: Felt Estate Read more in the print edition

  • Form,  Print Edition

    Living in history

    Featured in Volume 1: Issue 2 Chicago’s Wright Plus 150 brings modern day living and historical architecture together for a unique experience in Oak Park, Illinois. Later this month, nine private residences will open their doors allowing visitors and architectural enthusiasts alike a glimpse into the rich architectural background and design history of the homes. The residential tours not only offer a look at iconic Prairie-style architecture, but also launch a year-long celebration commemorating the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday. Original text by: Chelsea Slocum Photos courtesy: James Caulfield Read more in the print edition

  • Creative Endeavors,  Print Edition


    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″]

  • Print Edition

    Breaking Ground: Volume 1, Issue 2

    Here are some highlights from the Breaking Ground issue:   Design Corner Michigan Modern | Design That Shaped America 100 Essential Architecture Books | The Rae Dumke Collection   Design Spotlight Reading the green | building function and aesthetics
both on-and-off the fairway Modern glow | Lucid Architecture’s user-driven strategy infuses warmth into modern projects (featured on cover) Boutique soul | a resort achieves new heights of
relaxed-luxury with re-design Envisioning timeless interiors | the principal designer imbuing spaces with a mixture of classic elements and lasting character   Form Earth-movers and –shapers | a design-and-build
landscape firm balances the natural and built environment Radiant retreat | a vacation home custom design and…

  • Print Edition

    Volume 1: Issue 1

                  The inaugural print edition of Great Lakes by Design Magazine is officially out! In the debut issue—The Michigan Palette—we explore the influence of design in spaces, the built environment, products, and the arts. Here are some highlights from the issue:   Design Spotlight Urban Rustic |pushing the envelope of design in the woodworking industry American Hardwood | the technical approach of one woodworking studio   Form Floor to backsplash | the kitchen design process Diamond among minerals | the Michigan fabricator producing quartz surfaces Talented composers | the choreography of designing well-balanced spaces Shelf life | displaying personal wine collections has a beautiful…