Thursday, October 1, 2015

Historic Roots

Whether it’s an heirloom cabinet in a contemporary bedroom, or a modern home with antique furnishings, many great designs are inspired by elements of the past. Take a look at the new release of Michigan Design Center @home to see how today’s hottest design trends give a nod to earlier times.

When designer Sharon Kory and her husband purchased an outdated Mid-Century home in Birmingham, she knew they had a lot work to do in order to make it their own. The story “Mid-Century Revival” highlights this beautiful transformation that resulted in a happy marriage between traditional furnishings and Mid-Century modern architecture.

Our cover story, “Into the Woods,” highlights designer Jennifer Taylor’s up-north retreat. Although the cabin was a new-construction project, the home is filled with character and history featuring salvaged wood from a 100 year old barn and large logs from British Columbia.

History-inspired design doesn’t always need to feature a mixture between old and new furnishings. Sometimes, as is the case with Baker Furniture’s Kiosk Butler Cabinet, a well-designed piece can have historical roots simply by the way it is made. In the story, “Inside the Artist’s Studio,” Master Finisher for Baker Furniture, John Kiryanoff, shares an ancient Japanese lacquering technique that uses uncooked rice to give the Kiosk Butler Cabinet its textured surface.

Mixing design styles is a tool that many interior designers utilize when creating unique and interesting interiors.  The story “Opposites Attract” shows some unexpected duos, including one that features the pairing of a modern mirror with a vintage art deco liquor cabinet to create a one-of-a-kind space.

Click here to read the latest issue of Michigan Design Center @home.