Blog - Stuff we like

It’s good to be home.

Shelter • July 30, 2014

We designed the studio to enhance the team approach we use on our projects…With a swivel of a chair, everyone on the team can face each other for a quick design discussion.

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Shelter • April 8, 2014

When you partner with an architect or interior designer to build or modify your home (or workplace) you have the opportunity to craft an environment that addresses the things that are most important to you.


Shelter • April 2, 2014

We’re especially excited about the outdoor space, a giant covered breezeway/warehouse that the owner plans to develop into an awesome public green space…

Lake Superior Design Retreat 2014

Shelter • March 16, 2014

Despite the white-knuckle drive that arriving attendees had to endure, brought on by the season’s biggest snowstorm, LSDR 2014 didn’t disappoint.

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Shelter • February 18, 2014

Humans are really amazing at finding inventive work-arounds to situations and objects that get in their way or are not tailored to their needs.

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Shelter • February 11, 2014

There are usually a multitude of factors that a client brings to the designer for consideration. We use these factors to define the question so that it encompasses the entire aspect of the product/space/object to be designed.

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Shelter • December 9, 2013

Designers are becoming influencers of corporate structure as well as products. Approaching problems from a designer’s point of view typically places the users and the overall experience as the guiding force in the creation of innovative solutions.

past Shelter Holiday Cards

Shelter • November 29, 2013

Like most folks who work in creative fields we love to dabble in the graphic arts. While we are the first to admire those who devote their design skills exclusively to graphic design we still enjoy seeing what we can come up with on our own.

The Poetry of Great Design

Shelter • November 21, 2013

There’s a parallel between design and poetry. Design is the tangible manifestation of an idea and, like poetry, is most beautiful and successful when the idea is expressed in the simplest, most distilled manner.

Our most referenced residential project

Shelter • October 11, 2013

Birds in the walls, poor insulation, and stairs that didn’t meet code were only the tip of the iceberg when confronting the problems that troubled this home.