Fall 2008

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Flawless Frost

Architect Wallace Frost’s stay in Birmingham wasn’t long — but it was prolific.

Roger Margerum & the Magic of the 45-Degree Polygon

Pioneering architect Roger Margerum has had an influential career. His home on Detroit’s east side proves he still knows all the angles.

Chef’s Choice

Chef George Vutetakis and Sara Hill designed their Birmingham kitchen. Here they share their secrets and sources.

Personal Shopper - Jennifer Mitchell

Interior designer Jennifer Mitchell shares her five favorite hot spots for home goods

Design for a Cause

The most recent addition to Birmingham’s Westchester Way is a $1.45 million, 4,580-square-foot...

Going Green without Wearing Sandals

When Kermit sang “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” the famous frog wasn’t referencing the cost of solar panels. Nevertheless, there’s no shortage of authors hoping to change the Muppet’s mind.

Dutch Colonial

Dutch control in colonial America was remarkably short lived. Within 50 years, the English took over and the Dutch influence began to wane.

Hamtramck Disneyland

Dmytro Szylak, A Ukrainian immigrant, worked 32 years in a GM factory before retiring and beginning construction on an ever-evolving, always-expanding art installation perched high atop two adjacent garages behind his house in Hamtown.

Three Things About Alexander Girard

His donation of more than 100,000 pieces from the folk art collection he and his wife, Susan, began collecting on their honeymoon in 1939 quintupled Santa Fe’s Museum of International Folk Art. Pictured: Pieces from their collection photographed in their Grosse Pointe home.

Gimme Shelter

Of all his creations, Roger Margerum is most proud of a simple, award-winning steel park shelter located just downstream from the Ambassador Bridge. “I particularly like it because it achieves the Mies van der Rohe principle of ‘less is more,’” he says. “It is pure shelter with no walls, heat, or lighting. On each building elevation, there are two elegantly intersected lines with one horizontal roof beam supported by one vertical column.”

The Bureau of Decorative Affairs

Bemoaning the lack of city shops carrying unique and affordable housewares while promoting and supporting community causes? Bemoan no more.

What’s Cooking?

Whether it’s carryout, coffee, cocktails, or conversation, the kitchen’s where it’s happening — which is likely why they’ve grown larger and larger over the years. But bigger isn’t always better.

Five Questions with … Catherine Thursby

Catherine Thursby named her colorful Ann Arbor store Red Shoes, but you won’t find any footwear in stock. With its eclectic mix of vintage, handmade, polka-dotted, and one-of-a-kind home goods, Red Shoes specializes in a different kind of kicks.

Duncan Phyfe

Duncan Phyfe left an indelible mark on American furniture and design. Born in 1768, Phyfe moved his family from Scotland to Albany, N.Y., in 1784 to apprentice as a cabinetmaker.

13 Randomly Selected Facts, Quotes, Observations, and Oddities

President Richard Nixon’s mother once called her son “the best potato masher one could wish for.” She offered no explanation as to why one would wish for potato mashers.

Bringing Down the House

In just three years, the Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit has saved 1,000 tons of material that would’ve otherwise been lost to the wrecking ball.
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