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Darley Village

Darley Village

Darley Village

2245 Darley Drive
Muskegon, MI 49444

Returning customer Denis Johnson, of Johnson Newhof  & Associates, reached out to r.o.i. Design for support with the final phase of design of their multifamily project, Darley Village, a full-service senior living community in Muskegon, adjacent to Chestnut Hills Retirement Community.  

Denis was looking for a fresh eye on finishes and assistance procuring common area furnishings.  

The call came in March 2020, at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, so we carefully engaged to review finishes and furniture. We ended up with a neutral palette that is warm and respectful of being close to Lake Michigan. We spiced it up with flooring options that create more of a high-end hospitality look without the cost.

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Midwest Miniatures Museum

Midwest Miniatures Museum

Midwest Miniatures Museum

20 S 5th St.
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Formerly located at Hickory Corners on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum, the Museum had been looking for a new location that was much more accessible and fitting in aesthetic to display their miniatures collections. After an extensive search, they were finally able to acquire the historic Nathaniel and Esther Robbins House in downtown Grand Haven.

We designed new display cases and fixtures for the exhibits in a style imitating the interior trim of the home. In addition to supporting the curation of the exhibit, we also managed the execution. We engaged Bluewater Studio to create the exhibit fixtures, and their attention to detail and care for the artifacts made the project a success. We also added new gallery lighting to the historic home and worked with contractors on interior upgrades as needed.

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View Point Studio Living

View Point Studio Living

View Point Studio Living

4282 Pierce Street
Allendale, MI 49401

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.

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.

 

Living Stones Academy

Living Stones Academy

Living Stones Academy

1415 Lyon St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Living Stones Academy is a charter school in South East Grand Rapids with a vision to create an education that is radically inclusive and absolutely accessible. They serve approximately 100 families of which 56% receive tuition assistance, 52% are minorities, and 15% are English language learners.

r.o.i. Design began donating design time in 2016, helping them imagine their free lunch kitchen, their multi-purpose room, and teacher’s lounge.

For more information about Living Stones Academy, go to livingstonesgr.org.

Campus View Apartments – Entries & Corridors

Campus View Apartments – Entries & Corridors

Campus View Apartments – Entries & Corridors
Allendale, MI

r.o.i. Design was asked by Campus View to design common area interiors of the four oldest apartment buildings at their Allendale site, just yards from Grand Valley State University. Celebrating the 50-year-old buildings, the design included mid-century modern use of patterns, colors, and light fixtures. The apartment hallways leave little doubt where the entries are with a bold accent of color at each door.

In addition to the corridors, r.o.i. Design designed building signage for the site that blends with the architecture but again, has a bold retro look.