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    Material truth

    When looking out over the rooftops of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Historic Third Ward district, a pattern soon becomes apparent: works by Flux Design appear at every corner, whether in architecture, sculpture, furniture, or interior design. Today, the firm occupies nearly 20,000 square-feet of studio space in Milwaukee, and its portfolio spans industries and typologies from door handles and museum installations to brewery architecture and a show on the DIY Network called “Made in Milwaukee” composing its overall thumbprint on the city. However, when co-founded in 2000 by Jeremy Shamrowicz and Jesse Meyer shortly after their graduation from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Flux Design was a more modest operation.…

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    Textured classics

    Like many other facets of art and design, fashion provides a highly sensory method of self-expression and creativity, but it stands apart in its proximity to the user. As designs that encompass the body, garments hold a unique responsibility for their users, and as Chicago-based fashion designer Bhavana Jain knows, balancing the responsibility of designing for a specific customer while staying true to design principles can be a challenging—yet exciting—effort. “When I started in design school, I actually had ideas of designing [garments] that are commonly worn in India, and I really was enamored with the color, the fabrics, and the design features,” Jain said. “As I went further along,…

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    Center for arts

    Nearly a year ago, northern Michigan gained a world-class performing arts complex and venue that continues to provide the area with a meeting space for regional arts communities and internationally-acclaimed artists. The Great Lakes Center for the Arts has been called a big city experience on the shoreline of Little Traverse Bay in Bay Harbor, Michigan, and its architecture, technological features, and overall mission position it as such among the Midwest’s centers for art and entertainment.  Designed by architecture, design, and engineering practice TowerPinkster, the nearly $25 million structure was part of a community cultural plan nearly 20 years in the making, which specified a need for an additional state-of-the-art…

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    Inside design

    Among the events reflecting the most current industry knowledge and practice in the design industry, NeoCon, held annually at theMART in Chicago, is considered a leading platform. Since 1969, it has brought leading figures and innovations in the commercial design industry under one roof during three days of seminars, exhibitions, and presentations showcasing innovative design for the workplace, retail, education, and hospitality, among other sectors. Now in its 51st edition, the convention will launch a series of off-site Inside Design tours in collaboration with the International Interior Design Association, which will allow participants exclusive looks at some of Chicago’s most innovative spaces; personally led by the designers and architects who…

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    Poetic structures

    Detroit has been home to artists in their many forms—designers, architects, sculptors, and fashion creatives, among others—who have set roots in the city as a space for personal and professional practice; often drawn to its rich industrial and design history as well as its current fabrication abilities. Its resources for the arts—such as Detroit Institute of Arts, College for Creative Studies, and Cranbrook Academy of Art—also draw national and international attention as centers for artistic preservation, exploration, and experimentation. In 2015, internationally-acclaimed artist and designer Nina Cho made Detroit the base for her professional practice, Nina Cho LLC, and personal studio; going on to exhibit at the Robert Adler Gallery…

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    Cultural celebration

    Since its inception in 1989, the Eiteljorg Museum in downtown Indianapolis has been a center for the conservation and expression of Western and Native American art and cultural objects, becoming one of the few museums East of the Mississippi River to explore the subjects exclusively. Part of its status is credited to the annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival, which has gathered artists and performers across the United States and Canada since its establishment in 1993 in a weekend-long celebration of culture, tradition, and new creation. In its 27th edition this June 2019, the festival will feature acclaimed Native American and First Nation performers and more than 100 artisans…

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    Joyful fashion

    At the end of each academic year, the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, or KCAD, holds a variety of exhibitions to showcase the work of many graduating and undergraduate students. On April 25, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., the Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion will present the KCAD Fashion Studies program’s 2019 Capstone Fashion Show, called Joy, at the Goei Center at 818 Butterworth St. SW in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The program is free and presents close-up looks at garments designed exclusively by KCAD Fashion Studies program students. The runway will feature collections from graduating seniors and undergraduate works all responding to the question: “What…

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    Style Profile: Prohibition modern

    In historic preservation, many designers and property developers continue to find inspiration from the era of prohibition and its accompanying one-of-a-kind design features. From the 1920s through the 1930s, nightlife moved underground, taking with it traditional conceptions of design and eye-catching media such as hand-painted advertisements that signified the establishment of the era’s signature art deco style, which continues to permeate design. One such advertisement provided the basis for the renovation and historical preservation of a condominium unit in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan in September 2018. It depicted a styled woman painted over two-stories of brick in 1907—now an interior wall and historic gem in the center of the residential…

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    The personal touch

    In today’s technological age of touch screens and automation, Talin Spring, owner and designer of Spring Finn & Co. in Minneapolis, believes in the importance of tactility. “In everything I do, above all, I think about the human experience, whether it is a bag or a room,” Spring said. “I look into making it for longevity with materials that will become more beautiful with age; that will bring a joy and well-being to the person who is using it.” While born into a family of skilled embroiderers, sewers, knitters, leather lovers, and shoemakers in Istanbul, Turkey, and having spent most of her life in France—a place that has captivated fine…