| Mar 10, 2015 |
Designers face off at Michigan Design Center
Boh staff
By Staff

Michigan Design Center’s (MDC) event “Design 2 Ways,” a showcase featuring 12 of the area’s top interior designers, raised over $1,500 for the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center’s ArtAccess Program. Here, a pair of designers created spaces within each participating showroom. Though each designer started with three of the same pieces of furniture, the end results were quite varied.

“Working alongside another designer was thrilling,” said Dan Davis of Dan Davis Design in Ferndale. “The exercise of having the same three furnishings to work with to start our designs and then seeing how dramatically different our final vignettes turned out was truly amazing and exemplified organic design at its best.”

"Mom’s Time Out," Cheryl Conway, Baker Furniture, Suite 60.

The event began with the Designer Presentation, where designers shared their creative processes, and tips for refreshing a room in the face of trends and tastes changing. Then, after the some-350 guests viewed the vignettes, they voted for People’s Choice Awards. Corey Damen Jenkins from Birmingham won the Room of Your Dreams Award for his vignette “Posh Parlor,” a cosmopolitan-themed design in de Grimme Gallery, Suite 72.

"Posh Parlour," Corey Damen Jenkins, de Grimme Gallery, Suite 72.

Richard Ross’ “Members Only,” won the Room You Would Recreate in Your Home Award. The masculine lounge was located in the RJ Thomas, Ltd. Showroom, Suite 82.

"Members Only," Richard Ross, RJ Thomas, Ltd., Suite 82.

“When designing a room large or small you must pay attention to scale,” said Ross. “Also, it’s important to know when to edit. A space needs room to breathe—filling every surface just because it’s there is not decorating, it’s just filling space.”

Pictures of all of the vignettes can be found here.

Images courtesy of Michigan Design Center.

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