• Creative Endeavors,  Featured

    Design, in virtual

    As adjustments have been made left and right to carry on everyday routines, resourcefulness and creativity in communities and industry are as relevant as ever. Even in the design sphere, creative leaders are finding ways to deliver great design; and in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Wayne Visbeen, AIA, IIDA, founder and principal at Visbeen Architects LLC is at the head of the curve with a newly launched interactive video service delivering the same results as his in-person consultations: fully developed, custom home illustrations that are ready to implement.  “I’m drawing right on my pad, my overhead camera is on my paper, and [clients are] watching it and interacting with me as…

  • Featured,  Form

    Expanded footprint

    Founded in 2007 in Chicago’s residential Lakeview neighborhood, dSPACE Studio has become known for its striking, street-smart and sustainable custom residential projects, including urban dwellings and vacation homes. Alongside its distinctive contemporary aesthetic—often marked by generous glass enclosures, Earth tones, and intricately arranged forms—dSPACE is also adept at being multi-faceted, both in their designs that respond to client taste and locale, and the areas where the firm’s handiwork is found.  The dSPACE portfolio spans the United States and dips into international regions, but for Founding Principal Kevin Toukoumidis, AIA, LEED, it is western Michigan’s pristine landscapes and breathable lot spaces that make some of the best settings for creating impactful…

  • Creative Endeavors,  Featured,  Print Edition

    Six-string attitude

    The stage is set: a hush settles over the crowd, smoke curls languidly on the floor, and lights draw eyes and ears to the platform. There is an avid anticipation—a collective intake of breath—as the crowd watches both guitarist and the iconic silhouette held before in an extension and expression of its player. It is an instrument that has defined and redefined sound and music, launching movements and inspiring generations—and when deft fingers strum its first strings, sending vibration and resonance from body and pickups to amplifier, it can strike a similar chord in its listeners when style and function are in harmony.  The electric guitar is an instrument that…

  • Featured,  Local

    The Mitten Brewing Co. partnership

    Great Lakes By Design Magazine has partnered with The Mitten Brewing Co. of Grand Rapids, Michigan to launch a subscription offer as of April 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020 to help fund the microbrewery and pizzeria’s efforts to provide meals for children during the Coronavirus outbreak while schools are closed. For every one-year subscription at $32, Great Lakes By Design Magazine will donate $22 to The Mitten Brewing Co. foundation to help feed those going hungry in local neighborhoods. Each one-year subscription to the 96-page, design publication highlighting creative professionals throughout the Great Lakes region, includes six issues; with the $10 remaining allocated solely to cost of printing and…

  • Featured

    The coastal elegance in residence

    Coastal living is often associated with the salted waters of the Atlantic or the Pacific Ocean, and yet with its abundant miles of shoreline among the world’s largest series of interconnected freshwater lakes, Michigan is inherently familiar with residential waterfront design. Its natural cul-de-sac formation offers much in the way of lakefront property—both inland and its perimeter—among breathtaking wooded land, mercurial sand dunes, and crystal blue waves.  It is not surprising many have made their seasonal or permanent residence in the state known for its pure natural resources and quintessential beach communities; often dissolving the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces in custom homes.  In this particular case, the waterfront…

  • Creative Endeavors,  Featured,  Form

    Oji Masanori x Mjölk

    Solid brass and soft light are the main ingredients in this delicate light fixture created by the Japanese industrial designer Oji Masanori. The Diamond Pendant lamp was conceived for the Toronto-based lifestyle shop and gallery, Mjölk, as part of an exclusive collection, and it was handcrafted by artisans in the city. Fundamentally, the pendant recalls Masanori’s careful attention to form, proportion, and even utility in housewares design. A solid brass pulley and counterweight matching the light’s conic cover plate allows the nine-foot cord to be moved and adjusted vertically, and the fogged casing emits a diffused, calming glow. Masanori, who is CEO of the studio Oji & Design, is largely…

  • Design Spotlight,  Featured,  Residential

    Design for Sale: Sommerset Pointe

    On Lake Charlevoix in Boyne City, Michigan, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom villa within the Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club and Marina’s lakeside residential collection offers a harmonious combination of lakefront living and active lifestyle. The property, a warm-weather refuge, will arrive on the market soon courtesy of Pat O’Brien and Associates Real Estate, a real estate brokerage firm specializing in northern Michigan’s luxury, residential, lakefront, and commercial properties. This Sommerset villa is designed for easy, everyday living and adaptable for entertaining lakeside. Soft hardwood floors cover the interior, which includes a spacious master suite and a semi-open kitchen with a generous island for gathering. An open living space toward the lake hosts…

  • Featured,  Print Edition

    Great Lakes By Design: In Flight

    Contents: Design Corner  Stingray | The all-new, mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe and Convertible is born of the wind tunnel and a more than 60-year-old dream Leather Works | The handcrafted, American-made accessories and apparel shop based in Minnesota Design Spotlight Street smart | Milwaukee reintroduces the original rideshare method—the streetcar—to its urban transit program Refreshing Bottleworks | The former Coca-Cola bottling plant located on the edge of Indianapolis’ entertainment corridor is being refreshed as a vibrant, 12-acre mixed-use urban district Corktown station | Michigan Central Station in Detroit has entered a transformative new chapter of renovation as Ford Motor Company re-envisions the landmark as the centerpiece to an innovation hub of mobility Form The…

  • Featured,  Form

    Vision, incorporated

    With its comprehensive redesign and modern, sophisticated material finishes, a commercial architectural project in Grandville, Michigan, by Mathison | Mathison Architects, has helped reorganize and unify a more than 70-year-old technological brand in the area and its triad of business entities within one transformed building.  The companies, comprising Van Dyken Mechanical Inc., Grand Valley Automation Inc., and Mechanical Testing Services Inc., operate in an approximately 35,000-square-foot building and frequently collaborate on projects, though their interior workspaces were dated, shut away from natural light, and left each entity without a defined visual brand. At the time of a recent ownership change, it was decided that the building either needed to be…