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Michael Thonet

Designed in 1855, Michael Thonet’s model-14 bentwood remains the world’s best-selling chair. After countless reproductions and knockoffs, it’s likely everyone, at one time or another, has sat on or owned a copy of Thonet’s...

Tour of Beauty

Detroit had yet to become “The Motor City” when Indian Village’s first homes began construction in 1895. In those days, Detroiters in horse-drawn carriages marveled at the neighborhood’s majestic homes in much the same...

 Playhouse

Children lucky enough to have their own playhouse traditionally have had to make do with the run-of-the-mill, Hansel-and-Gretel style, gingerbread design. Well, who’s to say our children aren’t wholly contemporary and drawn to modern...

2008 Design Award Judges

Design Awards 2008 - Judges

Split-Level

Split-level houses — a multi-story modification of the one-floor ranch — became popular in the 1950s. Retaining the ranch’s horizontal lines, low-pitched roof, and overhanging eaves, the split-level added a two-story unit intercepted by...

Paul McCobb

Trained as an artist in Boston before moving to New York in the late 1940s, Paul McCobb made his name designing retail displays and furniture. By the mid-‘50s, he was known as “America’s decorator”...

Five questions with … B.C. Cabangbang

What trends are you seeing now? Eco-friendly products are a major trend, from soy candles to renewable materials like bamboo in fabrics, flooring, and furniture. In terms of finishes, there’s a lot of brushed steel...

Down on the Farm

In July of 1825, John Dix, a retired sea captain from the east, raised the first frame barn built in Ann Arbor Township. 182 years later, this barn-red, Dixboro farmhouse — carefully restored by...

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