Michigan’s design legacy ranges from natives like Alden Dow and Ralph Rapson to European artists seeking refuge during World War II like Louis Redstone or Ruth Adler Schnee to imaginative minds seeking challenge and creative freedom like Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen and Minoru Yamasaki to those like Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe who simply passed through leaving their imprint on an unexpected place. To learn more about Michigan’s modern architects, designers, and firms, use the search tool to the right, where you can target your search by a specific person or type of design.
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Michigan Modern in Print
“The book demonstrates how Michigan’s industries, educational institutions, and businesses employed the most innovative architects and designers of the day, who in turn lured the best and brightest to come and work with them. In this way, Modernism and Michigan were inextricably tied.” — Architectural Record
The Great Lakes State has always been known for its contributions to twentieth-century manufacturing, but it’s only beginning to receive wide attention for its contributions to Modern design and architecture.