Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America

 Image description: Book cover for Michigan Modern by Amy Arnold. The cover includes an image of a vintage convertible in the foreground and a lobby area with seating in the background.

Author: Amy Arnold and Brian D. Conway

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

List price: $50

SummaryMichigan Modern: Design That Shaped America is an impressive collection of important essays touching on all aspects of Michigan’s architecture and design heritage. 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. Brian D. Conway, Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Officer, and Amy L. Arnold, project manager for Michigan Modern, have curated nearly thirty essays and interviews from a number of prominent architects, academics, architectural historians, journalists, and designers, including historian Alan Hess, designers Mira Nakashima, Ruth Adler Schnee, and Todd Oldham, and architect Gunnar Birkerts, describing Michigan’s contributions to Modern design in architecture, automobiles, furniture and education.