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Made in Michigan

Embracing local craftsmen and artisans was a key part of MCCI’s new headquarters design and construction strategy. So we worked to outfit our office with a number of features that reflect our passion for Michigan.

conference roomWe hired Detroit architects Joel Schmidt and Elizabeth Skrisson from D MET design – a husband and wife duo – who custom-created our entire space to be a functional, elegant representation of MCCI’s day-to-day needs. Thoughtful details, like reconstructed materials from Reclaim Detroit, allow us to pay homage to the history of the city of Detroit, the SE Michigan Region, and the State of Michigan.

Our conference room table – which seats around 20 people – was designed by Detroit-based Ali Sandifer Studio and was constructed using walnut lumber from sustainable forestry. Another table designed for a community space – our gathering table in the kitchen area – was custom-created by Detroit’s Alan Kaniarz of A.K. Services.

kitchen tableOur bright, optimistic office is bathed in various shades of white. That’s given us the opportunity to feature one of the region’s most fascinating artists. Anya Sirota, a University of Michigan design and architecture entrepreneur, created two new-tech art pieces for our office, based on electroform(alism), which “explores hybrid ways of making – reviving Nineteenth Century metal plating techniques and adjusting them to contemporary design and fabrication methods.”

Check back often, as we share Q&As from you and others in the coming weeks about how these and other talented individuals and organizations were inspired by our new space.


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