• Creative Endeavors,  Featured

    Solutions in storage

    California Closets Inc. offers quality custom storage solutions to clients throughout Michigan from its three Michigan-franchise-based locations within the Metro Detroit area: its showroom in Birmingham; its manufacturing, administrative, and showroom in Wixom; and its showroom within the Michigan Design Center in Troy. Samantha Jones, trade development manager and marketing coordinator at California Closets Inc. in Detroit, Michigan, indicated that the company designs and installs a wide range of custom projects tailored to a multitude of spaces and budgets. Often, California Closets, Michigan will collaborate with interior designers and builders who represent their client, working on projects such as new construction, production homes, and apartment buildings—as well as taking on…

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    E.W. Kitchens’ 75th anniversary

    Celebrating 75 years of business this year, E.W. Kitchens is a family-owned, full-service kitchen and bath design firm founded in 1947. The business is headquartered in Wixom, Michigan, which is also where their warehouse is located, and has a smaller, upscale showroom inside the Michigan Design Center in Troy, Michigan. E.W. Kitchens’ showroom inside the Michigan Design Center features their offerings of high-end cabinetry with kitchen displays showcasing a variety of different design styles, as well as other products such as range hoods and The Galley Workstation, a unique sink design that doubles as a workstation to prepare and serve meals. Although E.W. Kitchens primarily works on kitchen and bath…

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    Kemba Braynon, AIA, NOMA

    Senior Architect Quinn Evans | Ann Arbor, Michigan   Stories are often a powerful tool and intangible link of past, present, and future. They speak to the collective cultural memory as well as the personal, and the preservation of which can often leave an influential echo in the minds of those who come long after they have been written. In architecture, stories and narratives can be found in each building and every space within the built and natural landscape in an often visual and tactile form—or in the intentional use of the abstract space; from architectural vernacular, exterior stylistic dialect, and interior design language, to its surrounding context, and the…

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    Gina A. Paul, AIA

    Principal, Senior Architect, Commercial Studio Leader AMDG Architects | Grand Rapids, Michigan   Inspired by the iconic architectural landscape of southern California, Gina A. Paul, AIA, senior architect and one of the principals at AMDG Architects in Grand Rapids, Michigan, knew she wanted to be in architecture from a young age. From the bustling epicenter of Los Angeles, where she went to college, and the nearby historical districts of Pasadena with its distinctive landmarks like Pasadena Hall, to diverse styles found in the region such as Mission Revival, Beaux Arts, Art Deco, and Midcentury Modern, the rich tapestry of the built landscape left an influential mark early in life. Paul…

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    Art of hospitality

    When Aparium Hotel Group LLC, a Chicago-based hospitality management company, looked to realize a new contextual, modern vision of luxury inspiration in partnership with Mark Mitchell, owner and local entrepreneur, on a prominent corner in Birmingham, Michigan, the company tapped the architectural design expertise of Booth Hansen of Chicago. At its core, the project and collaborative team sought to bring a world-class property deeply connected with the community, to life. Through intentional massing, a refined albeit eclectic palette of natural materials and rich hues, singular moments of architectural and interior delight—where the visual experience turns sensory—the Daxton Hotel seeks to capture the authentic flavors of Birmingham’s main thoroughfare—Old Woodward Avenue—side…

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    In conversation: Jamie Jordan, NCIDQ

    Davis & Davis of Farmington Hills, Michigan names new partner of the firm, becoming a majority women-owned business.    Since its founding by Michelle Davis, principal and design director, and Howard Davis, principal and chief executive officer, in 1990, Davis & Davis, an architecture and planning firm based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, has proven a successful track record of designing visually stunning and equally functional interior spaces during their 31 years as a company. In September of 2021, the firm announced that Jamie Jordan, NCIDQ, managing director at Davis & Davis, has also been named a partner, becoming a majority women-owned business. Primarily specializing in corporate, public, and commercial interior spaces, Davis & Davis has been recognized for delivering compelling, timeless spaces that reflect their clients’ needs such as with the award-winning…

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    The Georgian coastal

    Built high into the white sand, wind-blown bluff on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan, this coastal Neo-Georgian retreat is an inspired dialect of classic vernacular language often found in Georgian—and its American iterative, Colonial Revival—and Atlantic, Nantucket style. Defined by its proportion, symmetry, and restrained classical ornamentation, this residence reinterprets the traditional with East Coast inspired shingle siding, large spaces, generous windows, and layering of natural materials in understated elegance. While distinctive in its neighborhood, it is contextual in its siting and scale while embracing its lakefront environment through award-winning landscape and design of lush greens, textural plants, and a mixture of white and subtle hues in its foliage.…

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    Spirited exploration

    The process of distillation is often a poetic one, speaking to age-old traditions spanning rich, diverse cultures, landscapes, and agricultural origins. Within its composition—from the herbal notes of gin and bright earthy flavors of tequila and the malted aroma of whiskey—a narrative unfolds of both planting and harvest, climate and soil, innovation and historical technique, and chemical equation and artful dedication. For Rich Lockwood, co-owner and head distiller of Motor City Gas in Royal Oak, Michigan, it is the latter that defines the award-winning, small batch distillery’s ever-evolving whiskey, bourbon, and moonshine portfolio as it takes a fresh take on the age-old trade. The distillery, led by the husband-and-wife team…

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    In the grain

    “I have always had a love affair with architecture and woodworking,” said Jason Sharp, founder and craftsman of Terroir Wood Studio in Boyne City, Michigan. Named after the French term ‘terroir,’ which loosely translates to “a sense of place” and often referenced in relation to the natural environment from which a wine is produced, Terroir Wood Studio is an independent artisan woodworking shop based in northern Michigan. Specializing in crafting custom heirloom furniture, much of the studio’s work is based on the sum of the effects that the environment has on the end product, mimicking the beauty of the natural world. “My grandfather was my biggest inspiration in my woodworking…