Designer Notebook: Summer 2021

State park art, Michigan artist textiles, virtual assistance for design, and fish-inspired tiles.
Photo by Scott Leader

FISH-INSPIRED: Walker Zanger’s scallop, or fish-scale-shaped tile trend, is one that’s both current and nostalgic. The curved edges create a softened touch and textured surface that can be refrained or emboldened, depending on material and color selections. Available at Virginia Tile Co., Michigan Design Center, Troy; and Virginia Tile Co., Farmington Hills and Sterling Heights.,,

STATE PARK BOOST: Dearborn-based artist Carolyn Whittico is publishing a series of art prints featuring different state parks and natural places around Michigan. Part of the proceeds from her sales will be used to support Michigan state parks.

NEW TEXTILES: Milford-based watercolor artist Kelly Ventura is expanding her offerings from home décor and wallcoverings to include a textile collection, available in mid-June. She pays homage to the movements, patterns, and observations found in nature in her gestural style.

SCREEN TIME: Matt Mosher, the landscape architect who runs Mosher Design Co. in Royal Oak, just launched Dzinly, which virtually assists with seeing how exterior elements of your home will look. You can experiment with color palettes, lighting, building materials, and upgrades such as adding a portico, porch, or pergola.,

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