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FEATURED IN : Detroit News

FEATURED IN : Detroit News

New York designer Michele Varian is drawn to natural materials, so she says that unlike other lighting designers, all the metal components are solid (not plated or finished) brass, copper or steel. The sculptural Mala "bead" pendants were inspired by Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi and modern primitive design elements, created with simple geometric shapes and solid spun metal shades. The unfinished metal will gently patina with time. Michele Varian 

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Design Talk by MV no. 016 - When the Concept of Supply and Demand Fails: Exploring Commercial Rent Increases Amidst a Struggling Brick and Mortar Sector Pt. 01

Design Talk by MV no. 016 - When the Concept of Supply and Demand Fails: Exploring Commercial Rent Increases Amidst a Struggling Brick and Mortar Sector Pt. 01
To kick 2018 off strong, I really GOTTA KNOW why retail rents are increasing so gravely at the same time that retail, as we know it, is becoming less profitable. What gives? In the first of a three-part Design Talk, I’ll address the paradox, how it’s in total defiance of traditional supply and demand economics, and nail down a few of the reasons I see supporting the screwy trajectory.

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Design Talk by MV no. 11 - How Knowing and Loving my Neighbors-in-Commerce Set Me Up for Survival as a Brick and Mortar Retailer

Design Talk by MV no. 11 - How Knowing and Loving my Neighbors-in-Commerce Set Me Up for Survival as a Brick and Mortar Retailer
From “bench nights” to stoop sales to space shares, the evolution of cooperation and partnership with neighbors has ultimately set a precedent for what I believe to be the solution to keeping independent and creator-run businesses at the top.

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Design Talk by MV no. 9 - A Brief (But in Depth!) History of How Recession Era E-Commerce Bloated the Retail Paradigm

Design Talk by MV no. 9 - A Brief (But in Depth!) History of How Recession Era E-Commerce Bloated the Retail Paradigm

Today’s Design Talk is about the twists and turns of buyer-vendor relationships in the era of the e-comm bubble. Why were there so many “discount” product websites that failed, when before they were being touted as the next, most successful thing since sliced bread? What went wrong? Find out in this week’s brief micro-history.

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