Artprize

October 17, 2018

First Prize at Custer ArtPrize Competition!

Thanks to Custer for inviting MMA to participate in their annual ArtPrize party design competition. MMA collaborated with LongRoad Distillery and were inspired by their MichiGin drink recipe, creating this table as a serving space. Way to go MMA design team!

Custer and Steelcase distributed table bases to our West Michigan architecture and design partners and asked them to unleash their creativity by designing and building a customized, one-of-a-kind Bassline table top. The firms showcased their imagination and ingenuity by presenting their tables and vying for votes at last week’s annual Custer ArtPrize party.

Six firms from Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, and Portage participated in the competition—and with that many incredible designs, the decision was a difficult one for our guests! But with all the ballots cast and counted, the winner of the 2018 Bassline Competition is Mathison | Mathison Architects.

Mathison | Mathison Architects created a Bassline table that functioned as a tree stand and featured shelving around its exterior, which they used for bar accessories. The innovative, industrial design won over voters! Their design statement reads…

April 18, 2016

Design in West Michigan Translates to Architecture

An excerpt from a monthly MMA Talk…

Design happens in West Michigan. There is a rich history of industrial design and that is translating now to design in IT and tech spaces. The West Side is becoming a tech corridor where creative startups are consolidating. Our building alone is full of creative companies. We’re meeting people and talking about how we can partner and create connections with those in the design community outside of architecture.

The maker culture exemplified by GR Makers and The Geek Group brings an innovative thought process, shared work space and equipment and creates different types of design. Major events inspired by creatives like Design Week and ArtPrize bring design to the community.

Industrial design is inspirational to us. We interact with sleek, designed equipment every day with our smart phones but that hasn’t translated to our spaces yet, our homes. We are starting to see trends toward higher performing houses, houses that better our environments. Industrial design is pushing…