• Design Spotlight,  Print Edition

    Royal house

    Picture an aging automotive warehouse: a one-story, raw space of cement block and steel beams with industrial troughs and drains set into the floor. Then Imagine the same space as a sleek, state-of-the-art recording studio with sound systems catering to high-profile musicians, distinct areas carved out for both creativity and relaxation, a full-service kitchen, an indoor basketball court, and glassed-in transparent garage. This is the vision Detroit-native Roger Goodman realized when returning to his hometown several years ago, bought an old warehouse in the industrial corridor along Royal Oak’s Delemere Avenue, and transformed it into Royal House Recording Studio. Goodman engaged Saroki Architecture—an award-winning, 20-person, boutique firm—to deliver his vision…

  • Design Spotlight,  Print Edition

    Functional art

    While a return to modern and a look to contemporary design has taken hold of the industry in more recent years, there is a luxury home furnishings company in Grand Rapids, Michigan—Joseph Jeup Inc.—that has emerged as a high-end, couture furniture designer with a collection that defines lifestyles and redefines luxury.  “I would love to say that our furniture is like a good pair of jeans: you can dress them up or dress them down depending on where you are going. I think that is the same with our products: you can put them in a very high-end, traditional or eclectic environment, or you can put it in a real…

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    Oyster Pointe

    From the more than 280-foot-waterfront vantage point, this craftsman-inspired estate is a composition of bold columns, stonework, wood, and glass set among the gated community of Oyster Pointe in Lake Charlevoix. The home, which was initially constructed in 2006, is listed with Pat O’Brien and Associates Real Estate, a full-service brokerage company specializing in lakefront properties on Lake Charlevoix. Rich with woodwork on both the exterior and interior—from the wood shake roof to the coffered ceiling in the open kitchen and dining spaces—the more than 7,800-square-foot, two-story home redefines northern Michigan vernacular in architectural design. This warm, albeit stately custom home is the product of Glennwood Custom Builders, which is…