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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…

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    Celebrate the Ride 

    There is something visceral and interactive between rider and landscape when positioned on a leather-wrapped seat of a well-designed machine, hands tightening across the handlebars. There is a freedom, a connectedness, and a thrill made distinctive to motorcycling; and a Goshen, Indiana-based designer and small-scale manufacturer is seeking to tap into the spirit of the ride with its lightweight, small-displacement motorcycles informed by traditions in classical architecture and timeless design. Janus Motorcycles is a small-displacement motorcycle company located in downtown Goshen, Indiana, surrounded by a thriving recreation vehicle industry and a network of fabrication, machining, and production shops in the northern Indiana region. Founded by Richard Worsham and Devin Biek…

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    Singularly dynamic

    By R.J. Weick   Van Dam Custom Boats continues to build upon a 40-year-legacy of crafting the finest wooden boats. Vast, powerful, and unpredictable, the Great Lakes are as captivating and dynamic as the watercraft navigating them. While often overlooked by those who have yet to lay eyes on the awe-inspiring expanse and depth of any one of the five freshwater lakes—often hiding sunken treasures just below the surface—the vessels and boats that traverse them require the same amount of craftsmanship and sturdiness as any of its salt-water brethren. The functionality and performance of the watercraft are as equally important as the aesthetic beauty and style, whether the vessel is a…

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    United Polaris 

    When United Airlines Inc. unveiled its United Polaris lounge at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in December 2016, it set a new precedent and expectation in pre-flight luxury and customer service for its international business class travelers. The lounge, which sets the stage for the on-board cabin experience, is an integral part of the airline’s reinvention of international premium travel and at its core seeks to deliver a new standard of guest services by incorporating hospitality-level amenities, luxury, and services. “The idea for the United Polaris lounge was an outgrowth of the redesign of the on-board experience—redesign of the cabin interior itself and some of the design principles there having to…

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    Sounds like music

    By R.J. Weick In South Detroit, where the notes of musical, architectural, and design history come together, there is a multi-disciplinary interiors studio of passionate artisans and visionaries immersed in the grit and glam that have come to define its globally renowned brand. Forged, honed, and molded for nearly two decades, Regina Andrew Design’s diverse portfolio is a cultivation and curation of modern and vintage, reclaimed and natural, and fashion and rock’n’roll. Creative forces in their own right, co-founders Carla Regina Zajac and James Andrew Slaven have continued to be deeply involved in the process even as the multi-disciplinary studio has grown to a team of more than 50 artisans…