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Great Lakes By Design: Crafted Lodging


Design Corner

  • Traveler | the latest collection introduced by Brentano Design Studio informed by Founder and Design Director Iris Wang’s love for exploration and conversations with talented international artisans
  • Aura | a solution in lighting with a subtle play of earthy substance introduced by a Toronto-based studio inspired by arts, interiors, and fashion

Design Spotlight

  • The Kohlstedt Keep | the home set on a jagged peninsular cliff where the rusty hue of water-touched basalt outcroppings disappear into spritzes of emerald hardwoods on the surface designed for clients with an affinity for geologic sciences
  • Hand-crafted solution | in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, craft distillers throughout the Great Lakes region turned their entrepreneurial spirit and creative manufacturing attention on the production of hand sanitizer


  • Lifestyle vernacular | New England meets Southern Colonial in this residence designed and built for husband-and-wife architects in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Foraged boathouse | the AIA Minnesota Honor Award-winning project that considers what the future of the built environment and building process may look like through the use of the found material
  • The Lake Michigan beach house | a design-and-build firm versed in the language of lakefronts creates a quaint, water-side reprieve
  • Grenadier Pond contemporary | a low-profile, contemporary home near the wetland shores of Grenadier Pond in Toronto creates a sense of procession and intimate relationship with its unique biodiversity setting
  • Hospitality by healthcare | a multidisciplinary and collaborative team bring an entirely new patient experience concept to envisioned life as the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery in Grand Rapids


  • Greening the plaza | an entertainment destination is undergoing renovation as a collaborative team look to transform its surrounding plaza as a space for the community and visitors

Creative Endeavors

  • Surface play | a modern steward of craftsmanship specializes in the original arcade game
  • Connection point |  resources and the spaces built around them, like the Michigan Design Center in Troy, Michigan, offer a place of collaboration, education, and experiences


Purchase Volume 4, issue 3: Crafted Lodging

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On the cover: Lifestyle vernacular | Ashley Avila Photography

New England meets Southern Colonial in this residence designed by husband-and-wife architects, Rob and Julie Sears of Sears Architects Inc., and built by longtime construction partner Tony Zahn of Zahn Builders Inc.

Visbeen Architects Inc., Vision Interiors, Photography by M-Buck Studio LLC, Visbeen.com/shipton