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    Richly textured

    When Mary Tolan, founder and managing partner of Chicago Pacific Founders of Chicago, Illinois, looked to expand the firm’s existing square footage at their headquarters along Michigan Avenue, the investment leader tapped the creative expertise of long-time design partner Yvette Cusack of BJC Designs LLC to bring the dynamic, full floor workplace to life. Located at 980 North Michigan Avenue,…

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    Zachary Verhulst, AIA, NCARB, NOMA

    Founder, CEO Pure Architects | Grand Rapids and Detroit, Michigan   When Zachary Verhulst, AIA, NCARB, NOMA, founded Pure Architects in 2020, it was with a powerful purpose to create spaces and places that uplift communities, positively impact the environment, and inspire people through inclusive and healthy design. To Verhulst, architecture is a vehicle and a platform in which to…

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    In celebration

    Lauren Svenstrup, founding principal of Studio Sven in Chicago, Illinois, is self-admittedly not a “yes person” when it comes to her clientele and her passion for design. Instead, it is about finding that rich, creative balance in a pursuit of curiosity over conformity, dedicated to a process of discovery, of exploration, and of the powerful potential of why. Her work,…

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    Lakota Made

    For Megan L. Schnitker, owner and founder of Lakota Made LLC in Mankato, Minnesota, plants have a purpose. It is a purpose that can take on many forms, serving as food and medicine, teacher and healer, and to her, it is one that has also evolved organically over the years through Lakota Made to serve as a powerful vehicle in…

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    Eiteljorg Museum’s “Quest for the West®”

    The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art recently announced its 18th annual “Quest for the West®” Art Show and Sale held Sept., 8 and Sept. 9, 2023 generated more than $1 million as more than 300 collectors and guests came together for the weekend event in downtown Indianapolis. The “Quest for the West®” showcases artwork from some of…

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    Monroe North Imports

    Inaugural pop-up shop of European antiques to take place this weekend   Monroe North Imports, a destination for vintage and one-of-a-kind objects and antiques, is officially opening its doors at 1615 Monroe Ave. N.W., Grand Rapids, Michigan this weekend to designers and design enthusiasts alike in its inaugural pop-up shop event. Envisioned by Deidre Remtema, interior designer and chief executive…

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    Serene retreat

    When it came to this Arts and Crafts-inspired home set on the rolling terrain of Cantigny Golf Club’s 300-acre property in Wheaton, Illinois, the clients looked to bring Joan Kaufman, FASID, LEED AP, founder and president of Interior Planning and Design Inc. of Naperville, Illinois, on board with their existing design and build team. Recognizing its potential for their dream…

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    Social design

    To Diego Olivero, an award-winning multidisciplinary designer whose portfolio transcends object, landscape, and installation in a rich study of people, place, and process, design can serve as a powerful catalyst. It is expansive and dynamic in its role as a vehicle of social change and impact, and a platform for sustainability and innovation. It can be deeply personal and steeped…

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    Michigan Design Center holds Wish List contest

    Michigan Design Center, an interior design center home to more than 30 curated showrooms in Troy, Michigan, announced earlier this month that it is holding a $25,000 Wish List contest to help one, randomly selected grand prize winner curate the space or home of their dreams. The contest, which offers the individual the chance to win $25,000 to put toward…