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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Coastal contemporary

    Gazing through a glass expanse in the dining area of a newly renovated home by Mathison | Mathison Architects of Michigan, one gets the sense of being perched in a bright, southern forest canopy, where vibrant green shades gently ricochet through a hot breeze, and somewhere nearby the ocean breathes. This image isn’t far off for the reconfigured residence in Clearwater Beach, Florida, positioned in between the Gulf of Mexico and intercoastal waterways. What was a single-story, ranch-style, second home from the last century has become a contemporary 2,200-square-foot, two-level residence that successfully merges a complex utilities strategy with a clean style program to center it on the prime location.…

  • Creative Endeavors,  Featured,  Form

    NeoCon designs anew

    Beginning this month, the world’s leading expo for the commercial interiors industry, NeoCon, will convert the major disruptions of this past year into a robust virtual spring and summer programming series leading up to the expo’s physical return to theMART in Chicago from October 4th through 6th, 2021. The online programming series will begin March 24th and run through the physical event in October, centering on the increasingly relevant theme of “Designing Anew.” Besides offering the NeoCon community opportunities to remotely dip into an array of live sessions, expanded virtual modules, and topical events, NeoCon’s virtual prelude seeks to connect design professionals and enthusiasts with invaluable education, networking opportunities, and…

  • Creative Endeavors,  Featured,  Travel

    A Designed Life

    Creative, persuasive, stimulating, and versatile; design and its many sub-fields have long been applied to large-scale world issues in politics, economics, and culture. The 20th century is rich in examples of design’s influence in the shaping and the response of relevant world events, from the economical office building boom that helped spur the International Style, to the ideological and aesthetic movement of Midcentury Modernism that traversed seas—from Le Corbusier to the Eames—to popularize in the United States with its functional post-war sensibilities. One of these relevant moments of globally responsive design, however, has often been left out of the American midcentury design lexicon. In the early 1950s, in an attempt…

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    Design for Sale: Charlevoix Vineyard

    Just miles from the active downtown shopping and dining district in Charlevoix, Michigan, a charming two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom vineyard property fitted with a turn-key winery operation rests on 13 rolling acres of beautiful Northern Michigan land. Established in 2007, the commercially licensed winery produces small batch wines from estate grown grapes and is certified with the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, making it a rare opportunity for new owners to take their passion for wine to the next level. The property is listed at $749,000 with Pat O’Brien and Associates Real Estate, a Boyne City and Charlevoix-based real estate brokerage firm specializing in Northern Michigan’s luxury, residential, lakefront, and commercial properties.…

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    MDRD in cityscape

    The skyline in Grand Rapids, Michigan could be considered one of the most changed in the Midwest, with development projects and creative moments of design found around most corners of the downtown core, which spreads along western Michigan’s Grand River. It is a burgeoning travel destination with a bent for hospitality, with several recent hotel projects hosted in hospitality families like Marriott and Hilton. Its flair for hosting the regional and international traveler uniquely pairs with the city’s intimate, mid-sized metropolitan feel and unique dining destinations that harness flavor profiles from traditional and Louisiana-style French cuisine to Asian fusion and Japanese eateries, and jovial tapas bars. In 2020, one of…

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    Flight work

    When leveraging design-based research and brand strategy of one of Toronto’s largest, independent multidisciplinary design firms to create a new space for a global travel services company, the result is an award-winning, four-and-a-half floor office environment uniting staff from roughly 300 various locations throughout Toronto into one seven-story building. Designed by Figure3 to support the ever-evolving needs and culture of the Australian-based Flight Centre, the full-service travel agency’s new Toronto-based office has recently been recognized with a Value of Design Award in the Innovation in Workplace Design category from the Interiors Designers of Canada, or IDC. Departing from existing office layout that closed employees off from one another, Figure3 worked…