Davis & Davis Interior Design Transforms Dull Print Shop Into Signature Building, Stamped as Steel Distributor’s New HQ

Lee Steel Corporation’s new Novi headquarters is Davis & Davis Interior Design’s latest project, and the feature story in the latest issue of the statewide construction publication. Tasked with transforming a former print shop into a functional showplace for the flat-rolled carbon steel distributor, Davis & Davis Interior Design proved everything is material.

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Lee Steel's new headquarters, featuring unique interior design by Davis & Davis Interior Design.

We believe that design is not arbitrary. The stainless steel elements—particularly the procession of stainless steel columns and cantilevered beams in the main entrance—help convey Lee Steel’s precision engineering using metal.

Detroit, Michigan (PRWEB) June 05, 2012

CAM Magazine calls it a “material nirvana.”

Lee Steel Corporation’s new Novi headquarters is Davis & Davis Interior Design’ s latest project, and the feature story in the latest issue of the statewide construction publication. Tasked with transforming a former print shop into a functional showplace for the flat-rolled carbon steel distributor, Davis & Davis Interior Design proved everything is material.

Wrapped in the luster of stainless steel and punctuated with lime green, and custom linen accents, the 10,000 square foot building breathes corporate identity. The materials are the very same Lee Steel employs to distribute products for the automotive, appliance, furniture, construction and defense industries, among others. Steel is the star, prominently featured in the angled lobby walls, columns, doors and trim.

“It’s exactly what we envisioned,” said Zachary Taylor, president of Lee Steel, which has plants in Grand Rapids and Detroit. “We asked for a contemporary corporate interior with an uncommon level of quality; an office without a trace of wood; and a signature building unmistakably stamped as the corporate offices of a flat-roll carbon steel distributor.”

Plymouth-based D.J. Maltese led the construction effort, carefully selecting a team of trade contractors known for impeccable craftsmanship. The design is perfectly harmonious with the philosophy at Davis & Davis Interior Design, said Michelle Davis, principal and design director.

“We believe that design is not arbitrary, but linked to a designer’s ability to interpret or translate the client’s identity into physical space,” Davis said. “The stainless steel elements—particularly the procession of stainless steel columns and cantilevered beams in the main entrance—help convey Lee Steel’s precision engineering using metal.”

Davis & Davis Interior Design was hired in summer 2010 and produced a series of 3D photorealistic renderings to help the client best visualize their concepts. The project was completed in August 2011. The CAM Magazine feature can be found here: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/d5bace6b#/d5bace6b/1

About Davis & Davis Interior Design
Located in Farmington Hills, Mich., Davis & Davis Interior Design specializes in creating functional and dynamic interior environments. For more than 20 years, the company has built a reputation on visionary design, and functional efficiency in planning, documentation and customer success, while providing fresh and innovative thinking. Davis & Davis specializes in interior renovation and new construction, space planning and field verification, lobby renovation design and renderings, visualization and design development, ceiling and lighting design, furniture selection, and layout and procurement, among other services.