The home received numerous accolades for its distinctive style. The renderings won a Progressive Architecture Award Citation in 1957.
The Balogh House sits in a wooded setting in Plymouth, Michigan. It is a custon-built home from the Mid-Century Modern era designed by architect Tivadar Balogh.
Built from 1958-1959, this Modernist home was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 2013.
The home received numerous accolades for its distinctive style. The renderings won a Progressive Architecture Award Citation in 1957.
In 1961 Balogh started his own practice designing residential + commercial structures. Balogh is credited with designing approximately 150 residential, institutional & commercial structures throughout Michigan, Illinois, and Arizona. The Cube House is the one he designed for his family-- which his wife resided in for the past sixty years, until the Summer of 2018.
The home just went on the market and is listed for 750k.
And the Winner Is: International Design Competition Winner Announcement at the Detroit Public Library
I was invited to a press conference by the DIA announcing the winning entries of an International Design Competition. The media event was held in the Burton Historical Collection room at the Detroit Public Library's Main Branch
The competition brought together designers from around the globe and down the street, who worked to create a cohesive outdoor space that brings together Detroit's cultural institutions. The event was a partnership among the institutions in the cultural center and was held at the Detroit Public Library's Main Branch.
The winning concept "Detroit Square" brings placemaking to the significant cultural institutions in the Detroit Cultural Center. It will serve to unify the often unused outdoor spaces and create a more streamlined experience for visitors. The winning designs were selected from 44 entries.
The selected design teams include the following: Paris-based firm Agence Ter, a Detroit architecture + design company akoaki, Ann-Arbor design firm rootoftwo + a landscape designer/city planner Harley Etienne.
As Maurice Cox-- Detroit's Director of Planning & Development, said in his opening remarks, “Detroit is daring to dream big again.“
He noted that Detroit has never been afraid to take on challenges, and continued by praising the efforts of the entrants, saying the winning design will take the city to another level. He said the winning entry exhibited a “World class, international reach, steeped in local knowledge, which distinguished this winning team." The design allows all of the cultural institutions to come together, marrying their 12 distinct identities into one.
Neil Barclay, President + CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History was impressed that all institutions collaborated to create a unified initiative, and that each institution weighed in and listened together for the greater good of all. Observed early on in the process that “All cultural leaders met together at the table to enhance the cultural life of the city.“ Coming to Detroit from LA, he stated that it’s extremely unusual for cultural centers to meet and collaborate.
JoAnne Mondowney, the Executive Director of the Detroit Public Library aptly described the initiative as “a front row seat to history.” She said the project will shape the lives of many, while being a wonderful opportunity to be creative + inventive. She told the audience about the historical nature of the library-- including the significance of Ford and the automotive industry carving out its beginnings in the city, and of Thomas Edison using the Detroit Public Library as a boy.
There are so many stories intwined within the walls of our cultural institutions— and now they are given ‘permission’ to carry beyond the structures. This initiative seems to address the disconnected outdoor spaces of the museum district. It serves to create a continuity and encourage a flow that will extend the reach of each separate institution and crate a seamless/cohesive outdoor environment that instead encourages discovery and exploration.
Newly-released renderings from the Cultural Center Planning Initiative Press Conference. The press event was held at the Detroit Public Library-- Main Branch.
Images + my rundown of the event will follow. Until then, check out some key information pulled from he official press release: ↓↓↓
I recently attended a presentation at Mutual Adoration in Detroit. The theme was "Preserve," and the featured speaker was Amy Haimerl, a professor of Journalism and author of the book "Detroit Hustle." Below is an adaptation from Amy's talk-- basically a love story about a city. Detroit City.
We fell in love with Detroit.
Amy and her husband Karl had visited the city over many years-- and something kept calling them, nudging them to return. The people they met-- in the neighborhoods, at the coffee shop, at the dive bars around town, kept drawing them back.
At the time, they were living in Brooklyn, but just couldn't get Detroit out of their minds. They imagined the city and what it would be like to create a life there. As many of us that live here have experienced-- people thought they were crazy. What were they thinking! said everyone (probably).
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This weekend, we had the opportunity to check out Patti Smith’s House. Smith lived in the home with her husband, MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith and their children. The couple wrote their “Dream of Life" album here.
The Smiths’ purchased the charming waterfront home in 1980, and raised their family there— on the outskirts of Detroit, for years. Smith eventually sold it in 2017, after leaving the Midwest for NYC years earlier.
The “storybook” Tudor in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan is unbelievable in every way. Built in 1918, the home is a showstopper, yet at the same time, charming. The exterior is reminiscent of a castle, while the interior has unparalleled architectural detail. Every room has something special. There’s even a secret passageway (a revolving bookshelf) to a hidden wine cellar— especially popular during prohibition. (wink, wink) The property features lake views and it’s backyard is a canal.
IIt's basically a gorgeous beyond-belief home with amazing attention to detail, impeccably decorated, (the furnishings are negotiable I believe) with stunning canal views.
My absolute favorite things about this house are: the outdoor entertaining areas off the canal-- the rooftop terrace, the wooded hamlet for casual gatherings + the boat access. The staircase was beautiful, with cathedral ceilings to match. I also loved the former boathouse, transformed into a Game Room, and the garden room-- filled with diffused sunlight, right off the main living space. The floors were awesome, aaand have my dream come true- radiant heat flooring! And for some reason, I can't stop thinking about the dining room, but honestly-- I think it was just the decor, hahaha, b/c it's basically a pass-through.
As if this home didn’t have enough history + stories tied to it, there’s another twist! The listing agent, who is well-versed [understatement] about this property and knows pretty much everything about this home— once lived here.
So if you're in the market for an early 20th century charmer- I guess that this might be the place.
M I R A G E Detroit is a temporary art installation by artist Doug Aiken, featuring a mirrored structure that resembles a home.
Housed in the former State Savings Bank in Detroit, M I R A G E Detroit changes by the minute, as the lights fade in & out, varying in their intensity. As the lighting shifts, so does your perception-- altering the entire structure and the building it's encased in.
And that's just the exterior. Walk inside the house and it's a never-ending barrage of mirrored images. It's like a Fun House-- but better. Total optical illusions throughout the house-- inside + out!
M I R A G E Detroit
State Savings Bank
151 West Fort Street
Detroit, MI 48226
I was invited by the Detroit Institute of the Arts to attend the press preview to cover the exhibition prior to the public opening. It was an amazing opportunity to meet the artists behind the work and hear what the exhibit meant to them.
Opening Sunday, December 16, 2018 in the Special Exhibition Galleries at the Detroit Institute of Arts is Ruben + Isabel Toledo's, "Labor of Love."
The Detroit Institute of the Arts invited the creative team of Isabel and Ruben Toledo to create artistic works derived from the exhibits found throughout the DIA. The result is impressive, enigmatic and bursting at the seams with creative energy.
The exhibition is a three part interpretive journey based on the Diego Murals, spontaneous exhibits, or "interventions," created as a visual response to pieces found throughout the museum, and a collaboration with Detroit-based non-profit Sew Great Detroit.
These works came together to formulate an unprecedented view into the artists creative and collaborative process, resulting in the finished pieces-- their Labor of Love.
This exhibition presents itself as a visual commentary of works from the past, bringing them into view in a modern context. The work highlights the broad range of influences and creates a impactful view of two artists that are not limited by convention. Each piece speaks volumes, and it is up to the viewer to interpret the message.
The artists creative response allows visitors to engage with the museum in new ways and make connections between old and new interpretations of art resulting in an unprecedented dialogue between art and observer.
Labor of Love will be open to the public on Sunday, December 16, 2018 and will be on view in the Special Exhibition Gallery until July 7, 2019.
Ruben + Isabel Toledo | Labor of Love
Detroit Institute of the Arts
December 16, July 7, 2019
Special Exhibition Galleries
We had the awesome opportunity to be involved with The Henry Ford Museum's latest ad campaign. We were so excited and it was an unbelievable experience. Here's a Behind-the -Scenes look:
We started out bright and early and headed out to at Greenfield Village for our call time. Everyone we worked with made everything so easy and fun. We had a great time rolling through the village while the agency tried to capture that winning shot.
We were interviewed for some spots. I spoke about my love for the Eames Garbage Chair-- the prototype for the infamous Eames Molded Chair, Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion House and the Exploded Eames Chair the museum has on display.
On Saturday I attended a design talk at Tom Gibbs Studio. The talk was part of Design Core's Month of Design programming. The discussion centered around the role Michigan furniture designers played in shaping modern design.
The talk served to place the state of Michigan and the mid-century into context. The speakers included Tom Gibbs, a mid-century furniture dealer who hosted the event at his retail space, Tom Gibbs Studio, Isabelle Weiss, the founder and owner of Next:Space and Paula Schubatis, a painter, textile artist and designer.
The group focused on the impact of "good design" created by Michigan designers, and branched out further to eventually become a design movement.
The talk was based on what the panel deemed the five tenents of good design:
-Finding New Forms
-Meat & Potatoes
The designers of the Modern Movement emphasized these five practices. Michigan designers such as Saarinen, Knoll and the Eames' used these principles to create their furniture . The use of these elements in Mid-Century design set the precedent for innovative design in the 20th century that is used to inform the contemporary designs of today.
The Fisher Mansion is the largest home in the Historic Boston-Edison neighborhood. Built for Charles and Sarah Fisher in 1922, the mansion was designed by architect George D. Mason.
I had the unbelievable opportunity to photograph the mansion last week. I was invited to shoot the interior and exterior of the building for an architectural competition hosted by Design Core Detroit. The Instashot Competition was held in conjunction with Detroit Month of Design and featured seven photographers vying to see who could best capture the essence of the Junior League Showhouse.
The gorgeous mansion has undergone an extensive renovation. Designers have been selected by The Junior League to re-imagine the interior spaces and outdoor areas. To say this is a massive undertaking would be an understatement. Yet, they pulled it off-- and the home will make its grand debut to the public as the Detroit Designers Show House on Saturday, September 15, 2018 and will run until Sunday, October 7, 2018. Tickets to the event may be purchased here.
Y'all-- let me tell you what an amazing experience it was. First of all, the mansion itself is just impressive. Then we have the rooms designed by a talented roster of heavy-hitters. The interior was breathtaking. As in-- my actual breath was taken away irl.
This home is just beautiful and must be seen in person to be appreciated fully. To check it out for yourself, please see the information below or visit the Junior League website here.
2018 Junior League of Detroit Designers’ Show House
The Charles T Fisher Mansion – Boston Edison
670 West Boston Blvd, Detroit MI 48202
Sun 9/16 Noon
Thurs 9/20-Sun 9/23
Thurs 9/27-Sun 9/30
Thurs 10/4- Sun 10/7
All images & text ©Nicole Wrona