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    Great Lakes By Design: Architectonics

    Design Spotlight Inverted bowl the patent-pending concept poised to revolutionize the stadium and arena design industry Thread in transit the award-winning, integrated CTA Washington/Wabash Elevated Train Station serving as a gateway in the heart of downtown Chicago Moment of flight the award-winning pavilion capturing the drama of flight at Gerald R. Ford International Airport Design Corner Garofalo Screen the custom, French-inspired fire screen handcrafted and forged by Smith Shop Essay’d 3: 30 Detroit Artists the third volume in a series of short, insightful essays on artists in Detroit Form Informed landscape an architectural studio in Toronto, Ontario designing great dwellings that are informed by those who will inhabit them and the landscape it exists in Sky…

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    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…

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    Great Lakes By Design: Raising The Bar

    Design Corner Alexander Girard, Architect – author and adjunct associate professor weaves a comprehensive story about the textile visionary considered by some as an unknown pioneer in midcentury design Heirloom Houses – writer and designer presents an architectural monograph of 15 beautifully crafted homes by Wade Weissman Architecture Inc. Mad Scientist Table – a set of adaptive tables inspired by the modern day mad scientist Medium Duffle – the chic, denim-inspired version of the classic duffle bag  Design Spotlight Regal luxury – the newest addition to the Buick sub-brand fleet of sleek, luxury-trimmed vehicles The agrihood – the mixed-use development project designed as a green sanctuary in Chicago’s West Loop Gateway neighborhood Iron and ivory – an Ontario-based interior design firm…

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    Great Lakes By Design: The Acoustics

    Design Corner The Runwell Turntable Shinola’s sleek machine of aluminum, steel, and wood celebrating pure sound Square One a new solution in space division for the workplace delivered by Indiana Furniture The Maker Project: Maker A Versteel’s Maker A frames bring a strong, intuitive addition to its existing The Maker Project series Cosm the new ergonomic task chair by Herman Miller with a flexible contour Ambienta Sagegreenlife’s multi-functional, modern table lamp integrating plant life The Fulton Rocker HBF’s smart, savvy designed chair celebrating comfort and timeless style Steelcase Showroom the award-winning, newly expanded and redesigned showroom recognized for its innovative solutions for the workplace Design Spotlight Ephemeral element a Chicago-based acoustics consulting firm brings its signature…

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    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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    Paint by light

    Gwen Grossman Lighting Design, or GGLD, is Chicago-based, award-winning lighting design firm drawing upon the diverse backgrounds of its team members to deliver innovative solutions for client projects.  “Our firm is very diversified with backgrounds in theatrical lighting, architecture, interior design, and fine arts, so we bring a lot to the table that has different perspectives,” said Gwen Grossmen, IALD Professional, IES, LC, principal and founder of Gwen Grossman Lighting Design.  While the creative side of lighting design plays a critical role in delivering dynamic and engaging spaces, the GGLD team also spends a significant amount of time working through the technical aspect of lighting after the conceptual phase. Fixture…

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    Among the stars

    When the Capitol Theatre Building was completed in 1928, it not only epitomized the atmospheric style that would come to define John Eberson’s architectural career, but also was the largest theater in Flint, Michigan and among the Butterfield Theatre chain’s most lavish. While the theater shuttered its doors in 1996 and sat dormant for nearly two decades, a multidisciplinary group of organizations, architects, designers, and stakeholders have once again restored the cultural and artistic venue to its original luster. “There are some modern theater facilities in Flint, but this was an excellent opportunity to have more availability of these resources to the community,” said Matthew Jennings, AIA, historic preservation leader…

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    Great Lakes By Design, Volume 2, Issue 3, Retro-Classic

    Contents:   Design Corner Yamasaki in Detroit | veteran journalist and long-time writer John Gallagher explores the life and architecture of Minoru Yamasaki Building the Modern World | author Michael H. Hodges presents an in-depth look at Albert Kahn through prose and photography Bicycle Rim Chandelier | the cycling-inspired lighting fixture crafted by Distressed Design   Design Spotlight Lakefront translation | an award-winning firm reinterprets midwestern vernacular for this lakefront project Performance art | an adaptive reuse and construction project on Navy Pier sets the stage with a dynamic, responsive, and sustainable solution Functional art | Joseph Jeup Inc., a Michigan-based couture furniture designer, is redefining luxury and craftsmanship in the furniture industry   Form The stepped tower | a recent addition to an artisan…

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    Iconic silhouette

    The air traffic control tower is an often-overlooked and underappreciated piece in the larger airport environment. While integral to aviation and airport operations, its primary role is an ancillary one where it functions—at optimal—with degree of separation amid terminal activity and direct traveler experience. Yet, the air traffic control tower is more than an aviation artifact. It stands as a testimony of innovative technology and aviation, and its monumental stature inherently lends itself as a defining symbol of airport campuses. Soaring at nearly 207 feet-tall, the South Air Traffic Control Tower and Base Building at Chicago O’Hare International Airport is an elegant and economical solution of concrete and glass redefining…