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Custom Décor at View Point

Custom Décor at View Point

For r.o.i. Design, the View Point project allowed us to use all our skills and resources. In addition to planning and interior design, we took on the challenge of adding the finishing touches to a warehouse-loft-look by designing, procuring and installing décor. We used numerous reclaimed items, along with new items to complete the look.

We shopped Pitsch Wrecking and came away with some old windows, bikes, and a few feet of chain-link fencing. We stripped the bikes and painted them in their entirety, and then hung them from the ceiling. We disassembled some of the bikes and just mounted their painted wheels on the wall. We cleaned up the windows, made them shatterproof, and arranged them in the lounge area.

We wanted to use some old warehouse doors but couldn’t find any. So, we built them in our shop and faux painted them to create the look we wanted, then installed them in key areas.

We found an artist who had some great “old sign” graphics and asked them to change the verbiage and design to accommodate some Grand Valley State University words and icons.

And with the addition of a few IKEA mirrors and some faux painting by Michael Pfleghaar, the warehouse-loft-look took shape.

Campus View Develops Studio Apartment Concept

Campus View Develops Studio Apartment Concept

Campus View, a major player in student housing in Allendale, MI, wanted to create a different housing option for the student who wants a private personal space but still needs to be connected to a community. They own the building formerly housing “Brian’s Books” near Pierce Road and 48th Street just south of the Grand Valley State University Campus. They decided to turn this 20-year-old retail space into View Point, with 24 small studio apartments, an open lounge area, a common kitchen, an exercise room, and a laundry room.

They called in TJA Architects and r.o.i. Design to help them conceive and execute a plan to create View Point. We developed a hipster design criterion, while still providing top-notch amenities.

Keeping the basic architecture of the building, we had to conceive an exterior finish that would separate it from its former retail storefront look. One of the main front gables was minimized and the face of the building was sided in three different colors of metal panel to create random vertical stripes. We highlighted the entrances with a dramatic asymmetrical face of dark siding contrasted with warm wood planking around the entry doors.

These design criteria resulted in some fun details in the interior common areas:

  • Oversized, 24-inch tall apartment numbers stenciled on the walls
  • Funky wicker woven corridor light fixtures
  • Planked and octagonal modular carpet patterns in random patterns
  • Custom canvas art using iconic Grand Valley State University names and places
  • Found and repurposed items for decor

View Point offers its residents a well-appointed one-room apartment with a full bathroom. Each unit includes a small kitchenette area with solid surface countertops, study area, sitting area with a wall-mounted TV, and a bed with trundle storage. Just outside each unit is a lounge area with seating, a huge TV, and a spacious common kitchen with an 18-foot island and personal storage for each resident.

For more about View Point, please visit campusviewhousing.com.

Mill Steel Moves Corporate Office

Mill Steel Moves Corporate Office

Mill Steel Moves Corporate Office

Congratulations to Mill Steel Company on the opening of their new headquarters on Lucerne Drive in Grand Rapids. 

This 30-year-old brick building exterior was modernized with new paint and metal siding, roof dormers, canopies and railings, decorative light fixtures and new signage. r.o.i. Design could be seen with large finish samples walking around in the snow and rain last year, working with Mill Steel imagining all of the finish changes.

This project began with r.o.i Design managing a programming step, interviewing a variety of people from Mill Steel and creating bubble plans for Dixon Architecture to use in creating the floor plan. The plan included private offices and meeting rooms, but proportionately much more open office, collaborative and shared spaces. There are a café and a breakroom, as well as a patio and fire pit. Staff have plenty of breakout areas for private conversations or just to get away.    

Mill Steel wanted the space to be engaging and represent their personalities; they liked clean lines and assured us they weren’t afraid of color. The interior was completely demolished and remodeled – most new walls have glass doors and windows that open up all the rooms to the natural light. r.o.i. Design worked closely with contractors on the lighting and ceiling plans to make sure the space was well lit and energized. The color scheme included their brand blue color but overall was kept neutral, light and bright.

Some of our favorite interior design features include:

  • Ametal paneled wall in the lobby
  • A “Live Wall” in the breakroom
  • Pivot doors from the breakroom to the training room
  • A custom twenty-one-foot boardroom table
  • Painted wall graphics
  • Floors with interesting carpet and luxury vinyl tile patterns throughout the office.

Thank you to Dixon Architecture and Dykhouse Construction for partnering with us on this great project.

Mill Steel is one of the largest steel service centers in the nation.  They specialize in flat-rolled carbon steel for various markets including automotive, appliance, construction, HVAC, and agriculture. Their 32,000 sq. ft. facility is a two-story building with walkouts on both levels and conveniently located to highways.

For more information on Mill Steel, visit their website.

Custom Furniture: A Feasible Delight

Custom Furniture: A Feasible Delight

Custom Furniture: A Feasible Delight

Can’t find the perfect board room table? Need a storage cabinet that looks like a piece of furniture versus a laminate box? Want a custom-sized sofa? Need to incorporate graphics into custom pieces? We can help.

r.o.i. Design grew out of the furniture industry and we continue to design custom furniture as part of our interior design services.

Ryan Bright, Creative Executive, has a degree in furniture design and met r.o.i. Design when he was a design intern for Widdicomb Furniture in 1999. Since joining r.o.i. Design he has designed many custom pieces for our customers.

Mary Witte, Owner and Creative Lead, owned a custom millwork company, Designers Workshop, which was purchased by Widdicomb Furniture. There she continued to design custom millwork and furniture and was acknowledged by the industry with an award from American Home for her designs.

Ronda Geyer, Procurement and Product Manager, coordinates our furniture vendors to make sure custom pieces are delivered and installed as designed.

We have maintained relationships with custom furniture makers and finishers that we met through our experience as furniture makers and still use today to fabricate custom pieces.

Some of our recent designs include:

From concept to installation, r.o.i. Design delivers custom furnishings fulfilling our promise to provide Budget, Brand, and Beauty.

Turn Key Services for Facilities Managers

Turn Key Services for Facilities Managers

Let Us Help You Make the Office Spaces You Maintain the Best They Can Be.

What can r.o.i. Design provide for facility managers? Turn Key Services:

Everything we do is about design, but not necessarily with design fees. We imagine the solution, provide and install the solution for:

Window Coverings

We distribute solar shades from Spring Window Fashions

Waiting Room Furniture & Break Room Furnishings

We distribute several manufacturers that provide upholstered furniture, casegoods, restaurant tables and chairs.

Wall Art and Décor

Competitive prices on framing. Creative alternative décor ideas and in-house art installation.

Potted Silk Foilage

Floor or counter installations.

Interior Signage

Graphic design through installation.

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For more information, please contact Ronda Geyer or Mary Witte at r.o.i. Design.