• Featured,  Form,  Travel

    Skydeck Chicago

    An almost quintessential Chicago experience, observing the Chicago skyline and neighborhoods from the Skydeck Chicago on Willis Tower’s 103rd floor is one of the unique travel opportunities held by the city. As the highest observation deck in the United States, the Skydeck and The Ledge—its transparent-floored enclosures—are suspended 1,353-feet above ground, enabling visitors to see across 50 miles and into four states on a clear day. After closing for an extensive redevelopment, which included design and construction work by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Thinc Design, Clark Construction Group LLC, and Chicago Scenic Studios Inc., the world-renowned experience of the Skydeck Chicago opened once again to the public on April 23,…

  • Creative Endeavors,  Featured

    From the clay

    Inspired by her experience working in agriculture, Carrie Hause, owner and artist of Held Ceramics in southeastern Michigan, shapes uniquely textured pottery reflective of the natural world. Her work is also informed by a pottery educational background from Pewabic Pottery, a working pottery and National Historic Landmark pottery founded in Detroit in 1903, and its ceramic arts classes; and from Oakland Community College courses in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It is this combination of ceramic education and agricultural work that has led Hause to cultivate a small business driven by functional works of art that nurture plant life. “I like to use some unique surface textures. All my work is plant-focused…

  • Creative Endeavors,  Featured,  Travel

    Momentum in medium

    Uplifting, multi-modal, and expressing hope amid challenging times, the exhibition “Illuminate” by Springboard Arts Chicago—one of Wicker Park’s latest arts tenants—brought a timely curation of fresh artworks to the gallery’s opening in November 2020 through February 2021. This spring, the gallery has built off its inaugural exhibition with a new exhibit, “Momentum,” which embraces the challenges that “Illuminate” brought to light, using them as a catalyst of change and for fueling forward motion. “We had to keep moving forward. We’re in a time in our world when there are lots of walls put up; we’re stopped sometimes, because COVID is stopping us and all sorts of things that we would…

  • Featured,  Form,  Travel

    Lake effect

    In late March 2021, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Michigan announced the completion of its renovated 10,000-square-foot lobby ballroom, which was the final project in a nearly $3 million, three-year endeavor to transform its meeting spaces. Located at one of Michigan’s well-traveled and renowned resort destinations, the Michigan Ballroom now features inspired design components evoking characteristics of its surrounding waterways. The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is a short distance from downtown Traverse City as well as Michigan’s Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas, and the Grand Traverse Bay; a serene coastal attraction enjoyed for its freshwater beaches and rich surrounding ecosystems of hardwood forest. The 900-acre resort property…

  • Featured,  Form

    The lakefront perspective

    For the clients of this modern home on the shores of Lake Angelus in Oakland County, Michigan, the artful design began more than a decade ago when they fell in love with the property. With a desire to maximize the panoramic lakefront views, the homeowners looked to DesRosiers Architects, an award-winning architectural firm in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and a collaborative team of builders, designers, and craftspeople to bring the waterfront home to envisioned life. Its striking contemporary lines and rich materiality create a bold architectural statement, while offering a warm, inviting environment for family and friends. Intentional in its design, the home rests on a gently sloping bluff atop a…

  • Featured,  Travel

    The people’s park

    Of Chicago’s many parks, Jackson Park, with its perforations of lagoon, harbor, and world-renowned institutions like the Museum of Science and Industry and the nearby University of Chicago, and the adjacent South Shore park area and its on-site cultural center, are two of the city’s oldest and most culturally significant parks by many standards. Jackson Park, a Chicago Landmark, was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition and it is a key piece of the city’s designed waterfront network, as is the South Shore, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Together, the parks now serve a diverse population of…

  • Featured,  Form,  Travel

    Herman Miller’s next chapter

    Once a warehouse district home to Chicago’s meatpacking operations, Fulton Market’s current neighborhood has become defined by its tech, entertainment, and burgeoning restaurant scene within the approximately 74-acre expanse in the Chicago’s West Loop. As of March 2021, one new tenant of the district is experiencing a modern transformation of its own. Last month, Herman Miller Group announced a new multi-brand, multi-use, five-story retail and contract destination that signals an entrance of its global brands into off-the-sidewalk retail space. The standalone location is 45,000 square-feet, occupying a historic 1920s brick building and an adjoining five-story new build with a rooftop and outdoor pavilion. The design and showroom experiences indoors are…

  • Architecture,  Design Spotlight,  Featured,  Print Edition

    Ted Lott, AIA, LEED AP

      Lott3Metz Architecture LLC Owner, Principal Grand Rapids, Michigan There is a moment in good design when a bell tone rings out pure and true as the nuanced elements of form, function, and context come together to make a project truly sing. It is in this instance, which may not happen every day or in every project, that Ted Lott, AIA, LEED AP, owner and principal at Lott3Metz Architecture LLC in Grand Rapids, Michigan finds moments of joy. “Design is a form of communication. It certainly is a language that can be used coarsely or elegantly, and there is certainly a commodity aspect to it, which is often times in…

  • Featured,  Form

    Gallery of luxury

    In Troy, Michigan, the Michigan Design Center has been serving Michigan’s design community, including designers, architects, builders, and consumers through its campus of nearly 40 curated showrooms for more than 30 years. The showrooms represent more than 1,000 manufacturers with names like Ann Sacks, Kravet, and Baker Furniture, and recently, the center has added a new showroom to its roster: The Gallery of Luxury. The new 1,871-square-foot showroom—which will celebrate its grand opening May 5th—offers a selection of furnishings from leading European contemporary manufacturers like Cattelan, Bonaldo, Pianca, Glas Italia, Fiam, and more. The gallery’s owner, Marsela Gjoni welcomes both consumers and trade professionals to take part in the unique…