Michael is a designer and illustrator born and raised in Ontario, Canada – currently living in the Great Lakes Region of Michigan. His only complaint (politely filed, of course) is that there are never enough pencils in the office.
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Herman Miller is named after a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law buy the furniture company he worked at in 1923. By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with “modern” furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design. Herman Miller has continued this tradition of working with top designers, including Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Propst, Bill Stumpf, Don Chadwick, Ayse Birsel, Yves Béhar, and many talented others.
“Gardens never end and buildings never begin” is how Alden B. Dow F.A.I.A (1904-1983) described his own individual organic design philosophy. His own Home and Studio located in Midland, Michigan, exemplifies how this incredible architect masterfully weaves structure and nature together for the ultimate living environment. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the Home and Studio continues to engage the imagination and elicits emotional responses in all who experience this powerful statement of Mid-Twentieth Century Modern architecture. Planted into an encompassing pond, the Home and Studio is alive with reflective light, soaring roof lines, diverging angles, brilliant color and the perfect balance of enticement and tranquility. It truly is an “oasis of architecture and inspiration.” Schedule your visit for architectural tours, educational programs, Michigan history and much more.
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Beebe Skidmore is an architecture studio based in Portland, Oregon, and Detroit, Michigan, providing comprehensive architectural services for both commercial and residential projects. Since its establishment in 2007, the firm has completed projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and in Idaho, Michigan, California, and New York.
Raised in the United States and Norway, Nils Finne established FINNE Architects in Seattle in order to bring a Scandinavian understanding of craft and landscape to the Pacific Northwest. The firm has practiced smart sustainable design for twenty-five years, designing new custom homes and renovation projects in many states including Washington, Oregon, California, Michigan and Massachusetts. FINNE is a member of the Green Building Council.
Dedicated to the idea of Crafted Modernism, Nils Finne typically designs custom lighting, furniture, cabinets and hardware for every project. FINNE has produced more than 80 pieces of custom fabrications, which are also sold as stand-alone items.
Steelcase was founded in 1912 as The Metal Office Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The name was changed to Steelcase in 1954. The brand offers a comprehensive portfolio of workplace furnishings, products, and services that address three core elements of an office environment— interior architecture, furniture, and technology. Steelcase Inc. is the parent company of Steelcase, Turnstone, and Coalesse.
Jose Garcia is a graduating student at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan planning on attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is interested in journalism and is the inaugural winner of the Dwell on Design’s essay writing contest.
Brett MacFadden lives in San Francisco, California. He received his MFA in Design from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, and also holds a BS in Journalism from Ohio University.
Brett grew up in Silicon Valley and New England, and in addition to living in Michigan and Ohio for school, he also once lived in Colorado, and once in Vermont, and once in Pittsburgh (very briefly), and once in New York City, and for a longer time in Boston. But never in another country, which is too bad, and remains a life goal.
Davy Rothbart is the author of the national bestseller Found, and creator of the magazine of the same name. A contributor to public radio's This American Life, he is also the author of the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Alden B. Dow, the son of the founder of The Dow Chemical Company, started designing structures with leaves when he was eight. He opened an architectural office in 1934 in his hometown of Midland, Michigan, and added on a home for his young family to move into in 1941. Open today as a learning center for design, architecture, and creativity, and designated as a National Historic Landmark, visitors are inspired by the blending of nature into inside spaces. Designed with "honesty, humility and enthusiasm," three of the guiding principles in all his future works, the building is a classic in the successful and delicate blending of landscape and architecture. In addition to over sixty homes in Midland, Michigan, Alden B. Dow designed many residences in other parts of the United States. During World War II, he designed and personally supervised the construction of the entire town of Lake Jackson, Texas, as his father’s chemical company expanded there and needed homes for plant workers.
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With his trademark helicopter tours, record-breaking sales, and custom suit’s matching the custom homes he sells, Dylan Tent has become a market leader in Michigan’s luxury real estate scene. Dylan’s clients are drawn to his refreshing approach along with his creative out-of-the-box marketing strategies. Whether a client is a buyer or seller he will never leave their corner. His peers have labeled Dylan as a marketing genius when it comes to selling luxury real estate in Michigan. Part of his creative approach includes producing Hollywood production quality videos for each property he sells. These fun filled videos on average generate 403% more digital inquires per property, which creates unmatched exposure for each Michigan luxury home.
Gaurav Nanda is a sculptor, designer, and entrepreneur. Growing up in Michigan, he found himself building, bending, and joining materials to give them new purpose. His early creative impulses included constructing human sculptures from wire, printing t-shirts using his homemade screen-printing machine, and throwing clay pots with vintage-modern composition. After college, Gaurav worked as a sculptor in automobile design. The practice taught him the foundations of shape and line quality. He reveled in the work but entrepreneurship was in his blood. riven by his passions for making functional yet sculptural objects, Gaurav pursued his vision for a new brand, which he called Bend.
Located between Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile, the MCA champions the provocative side of contemporary art and culture. We aim to be an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time.
Dean Zeviar formerly known as Earnest Navar Williams is a poet and freelance publisher. He is part of the Michigan Writers group and a Pacific Book Review Star. His Poetry, "A Poet’s Diary 1," was awarded to the book of excellent merit.
Sarah was born in suburban Detroit, Michigan. She has a degree from Brown University in Biology and Visual Arts and a Masters in Architecture from UC Berkeley. She started her architecture practice in 2004. She has spent her entire life racing sailboats and enjoys San Francisco Bay very much.