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    Great Lakes By Design: Bold Graphics

    CONTENTS DESIGN CORNER 17 100 Years | Joel Stone, author and curator emeritus at the Detroit Historical Society, leads readers through the history and story behind the organization 18 Blue Tulum | a Minneapolis-based contemporary painter creates dream-like renderings of places in her exhibition series “After the End” 19 The Loon and Boundary Waters | the studio and fine artist offering creative services and popular prints transporting viewers into hyper-realistic scenes   DESIGN SPOTLIGHT 42 Missing middle vernacular | an innovative and contextual multi-family rental building concept within a Minneapolis neighborhood pushing the envelope 63 Alchemy | the new collection by an Illinois-based design studio and international textile resource reflects a narrative grounded in the seemingly magical process of transformation…

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    The Future of Work

    As one of North America’s most significant gatherings of commercial interior design experts, NeoCon has long driven conversations about healthy workspaces and their ideal ergonomic finish. As such, it is fitting that at the upcoming relaunch of the convention’s physical programming in October, conversations about the “future of work” will be central in discussions and events. Through its virtual programming and in-person events at theMART in Chicago, NeoCon is set to examine product and design solutions that contribute to the inclusive, efficient, and user-focused workplaces critical to the well-being of, and retention of, today’s workforce. “For more than 50 years, NeoCon has helped launch product solutions that meet, and even…

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    Design at home

    In Troy, Michigan, the Michigan Design Center boasts distinctive access to top design manufacturers and their showrooms under one roof. From September 17th through the 27th, the design center will also provide rare access to the personal homes—and styles—of six Metro Detroit interior designers as part of its bi-annual Home Tour, in coordination with Detroit Public Television, or DPTV. This year, the tour will be presented as an hour-long video program for the first time, and it will be available to ticket holders to watch any time within the duration of the program. The video presentation tour, hosted by DPTV’s Fred Nahhat, will provide an intimate glimpse into the designers’…

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    Energy in scale

    In the wake of uncertainty across social, economic, and environmental systems, and as many stand on the cusp of cautious optimism for the future, the idea of resiliency has emerged as a vital, multifaceted concept for individuals and industries. Resilience is about the capacity and tenacity of the human spirit and industrial endurance to not only survive, but thrive in the face of external forces and disruptive stressors. It is a concept and often comprehensive strategy with a diverse interpretation as it is applied to operations, communities, coastal environments, and the personal experience. When Ghafari Associates LLC, an architecture and planning firm headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, was tapped in late…

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    X House

    Perched on rock outcroppings along the shore of Lake Superior, a Marquette, Michigan residence is a display of harmonies between residential life and a profound natural topography of forest, lichenous bedrock, and freshwater horizon. The single-story home lays about the landscape in an X shape: an architectural strategy to minimize the home’s footprint, while preserving those stony landforms that inspired the homeowners and architectural team. The shape also embodies more conceptual contradictions, such as the interactions of short and long views across the lake and the robust, protective design of the home that is still bordered in glass and fit for the gentle rituals of everyday life. The choiceness of…

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    Interiors in revolution

    “There is a kindred spirit between people who collect campers, people who collect old cars, people who collect old motorcycles, and people who collect old boats. We are all in the same group that appreciates and honors history, and likes to preserve things,” said Sondra K. Phillips, ASID, EDAC, principal, founder, and owner of SKP Design LLC, an interior design studio with locations in Kalamazoo and Holland, Michigan. SKP Design was founded in 1996 and offers services for commercial and residential spaces, such as space planning, design development, furniture and finish selection, window treatments, art consulting and project management. In 2015, nearly two decades after the boutique firm’s establishment, Phillips…

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    The dune grass modern

    Beyond the St. Joseph North Pier Inner and Outer Lights where the dune unfolds in a rare stretch of broad, flat sandy beach—in contrast to its frequent dramatic bluff-line—a series of vernacular volumes clad in soft weathering materials is nestled amid dune grass and lakeshore. Intimate and sheltered from the street, the cluster of interconnected gabled spaces is intentional in program, providing a number of private spaces throughout floorplan and courtyards before opening out toward dune habitat and freshwater theater in dynamic experience. There is an immediacy to the site, as view and open-lakeside perspective engage with the shoreline where westerly winds, playful waves, and coastal storms deliver a compelling…

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    Recycled Modern

    Since the first drawing in prehistoric times, art and creating have been forms of self-expression and storytelling for people that cross multiple mediums and industries. Almost everything human-made has been designed with a purpose and tells a story—whether that story is the initial creator’s intention, or the history of the piece’s previous owners and travels. Shari Currie, owner of Recycled Modern LLC, an urban vintage, upcycled, and handcrafted home décor shop in Chicago’s Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, fills her store with furniture that tells the story of past owners, and home décor pieces upcycled or handcrafted locally, designed to tell stories of their own.   “Upon buying a home, I…

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    Design Your World

    In an industry-moving initiative, the International Interior Design Association, or IIDA, has completed the pilot program for its new Design Your World initiative, which will, eventually, engage nationwide groups of high school students with design interests in an inspiring design curriculum backed by a selection of industry leaders and professionals. Design Your World is a partnership between the IIDA and After School Matters, or ASM, both nationally reaching organizations invested in inclusive educational opportunities. Together, and in alliance with presenting sponsor OFS, and supporting sponsors 3form, Mannington Commercial, and Configura, the organizations produced Design Your World’s pilot program for high school students in Chicago to grant educational design opportunities while…