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Volume 3 Issue 3
Students: Please join us in the ASID MI office at the Michigan Design Center ( Suite, 102-E) immediately following the Student Career Day event for a meet and greet and private portfolio and resume review with professional ASID Designers.

Friday, April 10 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Student Career Day

Michigan Design Center 1700 Stutz Drive, Troy, MI 48084


Visit the ASID Michigan Chapter Office Suite, 102-E


Discover the many different career paths and opportunities available to you at the13th Annual Student Career Day. Our keynote panel is comprised of professionals from all aspects of the industry including residential, commercial, and retail design firms who will provide insight on various careers available, how to choose which one is best for you, and how to get hired in that industry. Learn about industry trends and new products during showroom presentations and interact with some of the area's top designers and architects at the lunchtime roundtable discussions.


Our 2nd Annual Job Fair puts you in front of businesses looking to hire recent graduates. Students are invited to bring resumes and application forms if interested in internships. One-on-one portfolio reviews by a professional will be available if you indicate interest on your reservation.

The registration fee is $20 and includes the keynote, showroom presentations, job fair, roundtable discussions, continental breakfast and lunch.


Thursday, April 30th | 5:30 PM

A Day at the Races 

Interior Environments, 48700 Grand River Ave., Novi, MI 48374) 


Join us for an evening of fun, food and a few games while we celebrate the upcoming horse races!  


Please dress in Derby Day attire, as there will be a prize for best dressed!


A portion of all ticket sales will go to benefit Camp  Casey, a local charity that brings horses to children with disabilities for a chance to take a ride. A representative from the charity will be present at the event for any questions.  


Tickets are available beforehand for your convenience at or my calling the ASID Office 248-649-6770

$15 for ASID Members

$20 for Non-Members

Students gain entry for FREE with a valid college ID from their school, thanks to Marcus Perry representing Blakely Products for sponsoring our students!

A Note From Your Membership Director
Christina Bliss, ASID

Frida Frenzy
The exhibit, 'Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit' is currently on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts and will be until July 12th of this year.  What a wonderful opportunity to view and learn about the work of two amazing artists and the time they lived in Detroit, while Rivera worked on his most famous commission, "Detroit Industry".  Though one may not agree with their artistic styles or political views -- so richly displayed in their paintings.  The vivid and colorful strokes of their work will do nothing, if not inspire a viewer.  Over 60 works are on display, predominately that of Rivera's; many working drawings to reveal insight to his process of painting the mural.  Though only 23 are of Kahlo's work, she clearly steals the show.  The city geared up for weeks to prepare for the opening -- social media was ablaze in anticipation: there is a pop-up store named for her, and even special menu offerings at several local restaurants.  One cannot deny her magnetism, it is still strong after more than 80 years.  I encourage everyone to indulge -- see the exhibit, taste the flavor of Mexico, or better yet both!
See below and visit for more info!

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - Sunday, July 12, 2015

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were an explosive couple. He carried a pistol. She carried a flask. He romanticized Detroit. She rejected it. But what they shared was a belief in communism, a thirst for tequila and a passion for each other. Discover how they left their mark on Detroit. And how Detroit left its mark on their art. Exclusively on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit brings together nearly 70 works of art that depict the evolution of these two extraordinary artists' careers, including eight of Rivera's epic preparatory drawings for the Detroit Industry murals and 23 pieces by Kahlo, whose work has never before been shown at the DIA. Photography is not permitted in the special exhibition galleries. 

For a complete listing of programs related to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, please visit

A Note From Your President Elect
Jeff Kolp, Allied ASID

Spring is in the air, or at least it's trying to be, which means that our 2015 Spring Fling is just around the corner! It will be held on Thursday, April 30th and I look forward to seeing all of you there. Stay tuned for all of the event details.


I would like to thank Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery for hosting a Designer Night and allowing us to hold our March board meeting in their offices. Ferguson's Designer Night was a blast and it was great to see familiar faces and make new friends. I was personally impressed with the eclectic mix of unique lighting and plumbing fixtures. The staff was extremely friendly and I look forward to more events at their showroom and to working with them in the future!  

General Motors Auditorium A. Alfred Taubman Center.
460 Baltimore, Detroit, 48202
Thursday, April 9th
5:30PM - 8PM


This month focuses on fashion accessories design, and we're presenting jewelry, handbags, and other fine goods from exceptional designers in the area.  Come join us for the usual drinks, atmosphere, and a stirring conversation on fashion accessories and design.

RSVP on Eventbrite


This month's event will feature demonstrations by three Detroit designers selected by DG3.  Come out and watch them craft their accessories right in front of you!
Barbara Boz is a jewelry re-imaginist and designer who intertwines outstanding 19th and 20th century antique jewelry with quirky vintage finds, centuries-old trade beads, and eco-friendly reclaimed chain.
Julie Lindsay possesses the bold and brazen talent necessary to create unique handbags that catch the attention of women everywhere, using unique shapes constructed from the finest Italian leathers available.
In 2011, Shinola was conceived with the belief that products should be built to last and built in America. As makers of modern, handcrafted watches, bicycles, leather goods, journals, and pet accessories, Shinola is proud to be based in Detroit.

21+ welcome
A Note From Your Communications Director
Brittany Walsh, Allied ASID
Hello everyone!
I am usually so busy putting this newsletter together that I can't fit my own article in- but this month was an exception.
I have volunteered to head and reform the Directory Committee. ASID MI will be producing a physical directory once again as requested by many members. Details are still being worked out but you could be a part of the decision making process and have a lasting impression on your chapter with your service.
Please contact me if you would like to be involved in getting this directory made. Involvement will include mostly email correspondence and occasional in person meetings if necessary. We will discuss design and layout while working with a third party to arrange the printing and binding, etc. Please email me if you are interested or forward this notice to someone you may think would be interested:

To update your information the the director- see instructions below: 

If you've forgotten your username or password, please contact ASID directly @ 202-546-3480 or by contacting our ASID MI Administrator Debbie during her normal working hours (Wednesday and Friday Afternoons and Evenings) @ 248-649-6770

Member Spotlight: Michael Alessio, Industry Partner ASID
Below are some fascinating thoughts from one of our distinguished members. We bring you a member nominated each month by their peers. To nominate the next member, please email the Communications Director, Brittany Walsh


1.) Why did you choose your profession?

I have had a passion for construction and woodworking since I was 4 years old and could swing a hammer. My family says that I was born to do this. At age 14 I wanted to have my own business building furniture. It wasn't until I was in my 30's that I was able to do it.


2.) How long have you been working in the field?


I have been in business for 18 years. My first project was in Birmingham on Henrietta Street. I re-sided a house, did custom trim work and put a wooden sunburst design on the face of the garage. I completed the project for a relative. At first I started doing exterior work as an income, but my passion is interior projects: custom, unique and challenging projects.


3.) How long have you been an ASID member?


It's going on two years.


4.) What is your favorite part of ASID membership?


I really like the designers and other professionals I meet. There are many unique opportunities and projects I have helped create- I look forward to working on many more in the future.


5.) What is the most satisfying part of your job?


The gratification of seeing the work I created and completed for homeowners who truly enjoy and appreciate the result. It's exciting to see how happy the client is when their ideas become reality.


6.) What is the most challenging part of your job?


I like a challenge. Each project is unique and fun. When a designer has a concept, no matter how difficult, or a timeline that is tight, I find it gratifying to make the vision come to life.


7.) What project type is your favorite?


I like wine cellars, kitchens and cabinetry. I like to cook and collect wine myself, but my biggest joy is working with wood. That has been my passion since I was a kid.

8.) What designer do you admire most and why?


I appreciate the work of all designers and like helping them create a great finished project. Last year I attended the Mario Buatta lecture and it was interesting to see his vision and body of work.


9.) What is your favorite trade magazine?


I like Detroit Home. It's inspiring to see the work of others locally. In the past, we won Best Wine Cellar in Detroit Home's Design Awards.


10. )What advice do you have for design students entering the profession?


I cannot stress enough how important it is have the skills to develop the full set of drawings and elevations needed to design and build out a job efficiently. Without that, there can be long delays throughout the construction process, and worse yet, your vision won't come out the way you intended. Without correct drawings, you can lose time and money and test the client relationship.
A Few Images from the Detroit Home Awards
If you have any images feel free to share them with Brittany our Communications Director ( and we will post them on our Facebook page!
Job Posting: Howell, MI
State Street Studios (Kelly Hansen, Allied ASID)

We are looking to hire a full time & part time designer.  The pay is hourly plus commission.  We do both residential and commercial design primarily in the Milford, Brighton, Howell and Ann Arbor area, but we do work all over Southeast Michigan.  Expenses are paid.


Our company is 11 years old and has a great reputation for integrity, design and professional designers in a friendly non-intimidating atmosphere.  We have a 1600 sq ft showroom in Downtown Howell.


We prefer degreed designers or design assistants with at least 2 years working experiences.  Internships are available for designers with less than 2 years experience


Please send resumes to this email address ( ) with the subject line: ASID MI Newsletter Job Posting


Please visit our website, Facebook, and Houzz page to find out more about us.

State Street Studios on Facebook

State Street Studios on the Web
State Street Studios on Houzz
Here's to the bright new future of ASID Michigan.


Your 2015 Board of Directors

President Cynthia Hensie, ASID
President Elect Jeff Kolp, Allied ASID
Member at Large Tina Rossi, Allied ASID
Membership Director Christina Bliss, ASID
Financial Director Rebecca L. Luckhardt, ASID Industry Partner
Professional Development Director Cynthia A. Hahn, Allied ASID
Communications Director Brittany Walsh, Allied ASID
Emerging Professional Director Korinne Ishmel, Allied ASID
Student Representative to the Board Eitan Mendelson, Student ASID

Quote of the Month
Brought to you by: Brittany Walsh

"Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated."
- Paul Rand



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