Damian On Design

Damian Farrell, AIA. LEED AP Principal/ Manager

Saturdays at 11:10 AM on
The Lucy Ann Lance Show

1290 WLBY and live streamed at www.1290WLBY.com

The aesthetics and function of design impact every aspect of our lives.  From the homes we live in, the buildings we work in, the products we use, and the clothes we wear, design plays a vital role.  Renowned designer and architect Damian Farrell helps us to understand the importance of design and shows us how better design can have a positive effect on our lives.

 

 

Interviews:

Neal Boudette and Damian Farrell

 


February 1, 2014: Damian On Design: North American International Auto Show - Neal Boudette, Detroit Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group
–  From the Car of the Year to the Camel Award (least attractive), here’s a look at this year’s Auto Show.  You’ll also hear about an Ann Arbor designer’s role in the making of the Ford F-150.
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Emillie Evans

 

 

 

 

January 25, 2014:  Damian On Design: Defining Detroit – Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group; Emilie Evans, Preservation Specialist, Michigan Historic Preservation Network – Work is underway in Detroit to determine which buildings should be preserved and which need to be demolished to help define its future.  Founded in 1981, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network is the largest membership organization in the state dedicated to recognizing and preserving Michigan’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.
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Damian Farrell and Randy CaseJanuary 18, 2014:  Damian On Design: MAF’s Program for Educators -  Randy Case, Past President of the Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF); Damian Farrell, Damian Farrell Design Group – Learn about the Michigan Architectural Foundation and its ground-breaking work with children’s programs. Their K-5 program, “Architecture: It’s Elementary” is available for viewing and download for educators at www.michiganarchitecturalfoundation.org. You’ll find a series of lesson plans (52-to-date) that include environmental awareness, green design, and more.
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Susan Pollay and Damian Farrell

 

August 31, 2013: Damian On Design:  Susan Pollay, Executive Director, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority; Damian Farrell, Damian Farrell Design Group - The role of the DDA in getting downtown Ann Arbor “development ready.”
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Vince Carducci and Damian FarrellAugust 24, 2013:  Damian on DesignCollege for Creative Studies – Vince Carducci, Dean, CCS Undergraduate Studies; Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group - For more than a century, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) has distinguished itself as one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the world. The current College traces its heritage back to 1906 when a group of local civic leaders, inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement, formed the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts.   Its graduates are car designers, artists, photographers, and animation producers, just to name a few.  Today the CCS is one of the driving forces in the movement to recreate Detroit and its future.
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Michael Flynn and Damian FarrellMichael Flynn with the Cooperative PhonographAugust 17, 2013:  Damian on Design: The Cooperative Phonograph & Other Scientific Designs  – Michael Flynn, Artist & Inventor; Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group - Michael Flynn describes his work as sculpting physically active experiences around spectacles from the world of science. He says his creative challenge is transforming esoteric phenomena into intuitively accessible experiences that activate natural human curiosity. His designs feature shared-control interfaces to force users to cooperate. (It takes two people to make the Cooperative Phonograph work.) Flynn says interpersonal interactions flow when users explore and play together and that transforming public spaces with a comfortable feeling of community is the highest purpose of public art.
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August 10, 2013:  Damian on Design:  Downsizing – Damian Farrell, Damian Farrell Design Group - If you’re downsizing, how do you capture all the functions of living, eating cooking, gathering, watching TV/movies, reading, working, relaxing, keeping important sentimental/useful things when you’re faced with a very pared down list?
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Will Wittig and Damian Farrell

 

June 29, 2013:  Damian On Design – Michigan As A State of Design:  A Blueprint for Detroit’s New Reality – Will Wittig, Dean of Architecture, University of Detroit Mercy; Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design GroupLocated in the heart of Detroit, UD Mercy and its students are committed to the success of the city.  University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), part of the School of Architecture, was instrumental in crafting the Detroit Future City strategic framework plan.  The plan is expected to be transformational in the evolution of Detroit in terms of the impact it will have on future land use, prosperity, and quality of life for Detroit’s residents.
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May 25, 2013:  Damian On Design: Trends in Kitchens & Baths – Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design GroupStainless steel is here to stay, although we’re noticing a resurgence in white and black kitchen appliances.  But while colors and fashion come and go, Damian says you should really be asking how does this house live, and then designing it for how you live.
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John Gallagher

 

May 18, 2013:  Damian On Design: Remaking Detroit – John Gallagher, Author, Revolution Detroit:  Strategies for Urban Reinvention / Reporter, Detroit Free Press; Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group – What is the future of Detroit?  John Gallagher examines how visionaries here and in other dying communities are working to reinvent post-industrial cities.
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Anna Schnitzer John Kotarski and Damian Farrell

 

 

May 6, 2013:  Damian On Design: Art Inside Out – John Kotarski, Ann Arbor Public Art Commission; Anna Schnitzer, Disabilities Librarian, Taubman Health Sciences Library; Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group Ann Arbor is one of thirteen communities participating in the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside|Out Art Program, where high quality reproductions from the DIA’s own collection now grace our outdoor landscape.  You can take a free docent tour of this unusual artwork around town.  Learn more about the tours, here.
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Tim Casai and Damian Farrell

 

 

 

April 6, 2013:  Damian On Design: A State of Design – The Designers Behind Skyline H.S. & Crisler Center – Tim Casai, TMP Architecture; Damian Farrell, Damian Farrell Design Group - We get a behind the scenes look into the making of Ann Arbor’s newest high school and the remaking of the University of Michigan’s iconic basketball arena.
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Carl RoehlingDamian Farrell 2March 30, 2013:  Damian On Design: A State of Design – Michigan’s Oldest Architecture Firm – Carl Roehling, President/CEO, SmithGroupJJR; Damian Farrell, Damian Farrell Design Group - Originally founded in 1853, SmithGroupJJR is the oldest continually operating architecture and engineering firm in the U.S.  From the Detroit Opera House to Detroit Metro’s McNamara Terminal and the UM’s Rackham School of Graduate Studies, this firm has had an enormous impact on Michigan’s landscape.
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Gene Hopkins and Damian Farrell

 

March 16, 2013:  Damian On Design -  Michigan Shapemakers Series: Early Ann Arbor Architects – Gene Hopkins, Hopkins Burns Design Studio ; Damian Farrell, Damian Farrell Design Group – Ann Arbor is home to some of the finest examples in mid-century modern architecture.  We talk about some of these early structures and architects with Damian and Gene Hopkins, whose firm is known for its historic preservation projects such as the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
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Dennis KingDamian Farrell 2February 23, 2013:  Michigan Shapemakers Series: Dennis King,  COO, Harley Ellis Devereaux; Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group Hear the stories behind the interesting and mysterious Scripps Mansion in Detroit, the 88,000 square foot Meadowbrook Hall, and the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, all of which at one time competed with each other for art, style, and finesse.  Dennis and Damian also weigh in on downtown design, as Ann Arbor tries to come to terms with its own design guidelines.  See the video of our conversation here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNGt8sGR5tc
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Quesadas and DamianFebruary 16, 2013:  Damian On Design -  Michigan Shapemakers Series: Photographer Balthazar Korab –   Gary & Jeanette Quesada; Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group Gary and Jeanette Quesada share with us their memories of working with famed photographer Balthazar Korab, who specialized in architectural, art, and landscape photography.  The Hungarian born Detroiter was also an architect in his own right, who was awarded fourth place in the international design competition for the Sydney Opera House.  See the video of our conversation here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv0Q2GiT3Fo
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February 9, 2013:  Damian On Design -  Michigan Shapemakers SeriesDamian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group – Over the next several weeks we will explore the designers who have made their mark on Michigan.  Today Damian starts with a look at the many local architects who have left their imprint on Cranbrook House and Gardens in Bloomfield Hills.  Watch the video of our conversation here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R22FcoiWHHc
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February 2, 2013:  Damian On DesignThe Designs of Chris Bangle: Neal Boudette, Detroit Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal; Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group – We take a look at one of the most controversial – and innovative – car designers.  Maligned for the “Bangle Butt”, revered for ultimately being far ahead of the curve.
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January 26, 2013:  Damian On DesignBest of Show at the Car Show: Neal Boudette, Detroit Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal; Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell -Design Group The North American International Car Show introduces 50 new vehicles this year.  Designer Damian and Auto Reporter Neal take a look at the cream of the crop and also give out the “Camel Award” for the worst in design.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YOmuhI1t9U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqVf8i52PEw

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December 8, 2013:  Architect Approved Christmas Toys from Damian On Design – Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group – From safety to sustainability, we take a look at the design of toys that you may want to consider for your little ones this year.
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December, 1, 2012:  Damian On Design: The Nightmare on Second StreetDamian Farrell, Architect/Owner, Damian Farrell Design Group – Sometimes it’s the mistakes we make that help us grow into the experts we become.  After arriving in Ann Arbor from South Africa, architect Damian Farrell bought a house to renovate.  What he got was a great learning experience.
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November 17, 2012:  Damian On Design: Architects’ Own Homes – Gene Hopkins, HopkinsBurns Design Studio; Damian Farrell, Architect/Owner, Damian Farrell Design Group -
Learn what architects do when it comes time to create their own abodes.
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October 27, 2012:  Damian On Design: The Allmendinger Park Mural – John Kotarski, Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, Mary Thiefels, Artist/Illustrator, Tree Town Murals; Damian Farrell, Architect/Owner, Damian Farrell Design Group - Scores of neighborhood residents contributed to a new mosaic designed by local artist Mary Thiefels.  Called “Nourishing Healthy Seeds”, the mural will be dedicated Sunday, October 28 from 2-4 PM at Ann Arbor’s Allmendinger Park.  It is the first in a series of murals to be commissioned by the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission.

 

 

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September 29, 2012:  Damian On Design:  The Art of Sound in Your Home – Noah Kaplan, Leon Speakers;  Damian Farrell, Architect/Owner, Damian Farrell Design GroupDesigning and crafting elegant and artistic speakers and sound systems, Leon Speakers’ work can be found worldwide but is manufactured right here in Ann Arbor. By concealing the sources of the sound and music, their products become a work of art.
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September 22, 2012:  Damian On Design:  A Westside Ann Arbor Home Remodel – John Kotarski, Homeowner; Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell -Design Group - When John Kotarski and his wife decided they needed to renovate their home on Saunders Crescent, they did it with what John calls “purposeful optimism.”  The 500 square foot addition to their ranch style abode includes a revolutionary design these homeowners say has greatly impacted how they live.  Note:  Tour this home during the Remodelers Home Tour, September 28-30, 2012.  Click here for details.
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September 1, 2012:  Damian On Design: Aging in Place – Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design GroupThis isn’t just for the elderly anymore. Damian talks about universal design for your home and why it makes sense for all ages.
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August 25, 2012:  Damian On Design: Not So Big House -  Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group - There’s a movement toward smarter design when it comes to your home.  Damian says the hallmark of a “not so big house” is wiser use of space that better fits your lifestyle, and not necessarily a smaller profile home.  Note:  Damian reference’s “Not So Big” guru Sarah Susanka’s work.  Check out her website with photos here.
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August 18, 2012:  Damian On Design: Ann Arbor’s ZORO -  Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design GroupNo, it’s not a new super hero for the city, but rather the new Zoning Ordinance Reorganization.  It’s a draft Unified Design Code that has now been published for Ann Arbor.  The ZORO Project has been underway for several years.  Damian explains some of the major developments and changes from the old ordinance and how they will impact building in Ann Arbor.
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August 11, 2012:  Damian On Design: Smart Spaces -  Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group -  Damian describes the way your business team (or family!) can become more productive, efficient, and creative, just by how you use your space.
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August 4, 2012:  Damian On Design: The Design Genius of Disney -  Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design GroupClever tricks to capture the mind and the use of all of our senses are the hallmarks of what makes Walt Disney World a feast of design and creativity.
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July 28, 2012:  Damian On Design: The Creative Process of Design in the Auto Industry: Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group; Steven Brown, Conceptual Imagineering Design & Illustration– Talented artist Steven Brown takes us inside the design studios of the major auto companies and explains how concept vehicles become reality.
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July 14, 2012:  Damian On Design – Car Design from Concept to Creation: Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell -Design Group; Steven Brown, Conceptual & Imagineering  Car Design & Illustration We encountered artist and designer Steven Brown creating a beautiful drawing of one of the 1941 Cadillacs in the parking lot of Suburban Cadillac Chevrolet.  He spent a decade designing cars for General Motors and continues to consult as a designer today.
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June 23, 2012:  Damian On Design – Green Walls: Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell -Design Group A garden that graces your home?  Think vertical, not horizontal, when it comes to greening up your outdoor environment.  Damian shows us how you can dramatically change your landscape with technology developed by a company called, LiveWall.   Picture from the LiveWall website.
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June 9, 2012:  Damian On DesignMichigan Architectural Foundation: Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell -Design Group
Classes and camps for kids, and tours for families of Michigan’s architectural wonders, plus grants and more are all part of the offerings of the Michigan Architectural Foundation. A board member, Damian shares with us a beautiful coffee table book depicting many of our state’s great homes and structures.  Note:  To order a copy of Great Architecture of Michigan (which Damian talks about in our interview), click here.
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June 2, 2012:  Damian On Design – Bringing the Outdoors Inside: Bob Clark, Owner of Four Seasons Sunrooms of Ann Arbor; Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group
If you’re thinking of adding a sunroom onto your house, design can make all the difference with how happy you are with the finished project.  Learn the differences between a screened porch or a three seasons room versus one that you’ll be able to use all year round.  Bob Clark also explains what you need to know about glass, form and structure, and the materials available that can make that addition seamless with your house.
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May 26, 2012:  Damian On Design: Outdoor Design for Your Home:  Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell -Design Group This week we get tips on how to use design to create outdoor living as an extension to your home.
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May 19, 2012:  Damian On Design: Design Innovations:  Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group; Wendy Rampson, City of Ann Arbor Planning Manager
Five years ago  Ann Arbor launched a community conversation about the type of design it wanted to see for its downtown.  That has now resulted in a set of design guidelines and a Design Review Board comprised of experts in the field who help guide the process.  We take a look at three distinct projects underway in downtown Ann Arbor.
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May 12, 2012:  Damian On Design: Design Innovations:  Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group Refrigerators that are finally flush with your cabinets, electrical outlets made for USB plug-ins, and Jacuzzi-like showerheads with air injection in the water stream are just a few of the new design changes you may want to incorporate into your own home.
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May 5, 2012: Damian On Design:   Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design GroupBuilding  A Home:  We continue to learn about the process one goes through when contracting with an architect and builder to build a home.  Today Damian  shows us more of the details of a home he is creating with Lucy Ann in mind.  This marks the fourth episode in our Home Building series, which showcases the creative process of design.
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April 21, 2012:  Damian On Design: Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group- Building Your Own Home: The DetailsThis next phase of putting together the design for our new home includes the finer details of windows, furniture groupings, fireplaces, and even a start to looking at how the outdoors plays into our design.
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April 14, 2012: Damian On Design: Damian On Design: Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group – The Initial Reveal: Part three in our series of desiging a new home from concept to construction.
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April 7, 2012:  Damian On Design: Damian On Design: Dina Kutinsky, Development & Event Specialist, UM Medical Development; Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group; Laurie Prager, Interior Designer – The Healing Power of Art & Design:  The new Mott Children‘s & Von Voightlander Women’s Hospital at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor features a permanent collection of beautiful artwork that speaks to the power of design in a healing environment.  One of the most notable and unusual installations is butterflies made out of recycled ice tea cans leftover from the workers who built the new hospital.  We talk with renowned artist, Paul Villinski, about his beautiful work that greets you in the lobby at Mott Children’s Hospital and sets the tone for this unique environment.
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March 24, 2012:  Damian On Design: Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group – Designing Your Home: Learn how to put together your dream home while keeping within your budget and other constraints. Damian shows us why it’s important to know how the client lives and what he or she envisions life to be like in their new home, as he creates plans for Lucy Ann’s dream home.
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March 17, 2012:  Damian On Design: Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design GroupGarden Design: As a founding committee member on the former Flower & Garden Show (back when it was at Yost Ice Arena and served as a fundraiser for Matthai Botanical Gardens), Damian is passionate about gardening. His mom was a fabulous gardener, as well. He talks about the role design plays in a garden.
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March 10, 2012:  Damian On Design: Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group; Kathleen Somervell, Architectural & Design Representative, Virginia Tile – Tile: New innovations in the manufacture of the centuries old tile business have given designers a much broader palette from which to work. The result is a beautiful array of product lines.
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March 3, 2012: Damian On Design: Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group – Trending No More: From two-story entryways to glamorous master baths, these home design trends are fading fast in remodels and new home builds. Damian gives his perspective on what’s trending.
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February 25, 2012:  Damian On Design: Damian Farrell, Architect, Damian Farrell Design Group; Dr. Alan Hedge, Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University  – Office Ergonomics:  We’ve been talking a lot about the ergonomics of our office space over the last few weeks, and in this interview Dr. Hedge explains the science and statistics behind these design elements and how they save costs, improve productivity, and cut employee absenteeism and turnover.
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February 18, 2012:  Damian On Design: Damian Farrell, Damian Farrell Design Group – City of Ann Arbor’s Design: What do you see when you enter the city of Ann Arbor? Ann Arbor’s main entry points are lacking in character, according to design expert Damian Farrell. He walks us through the major thoroughfares into town with a critical eye. In addition, we discuss the impact Ann Arbor’s planning and zoning regulations have on downtown development. Click to listen:

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February 11, 2012:  Damian On Design: Erica Kotevski, Human Scale; Damian Farrell, Damian Farrell Design GroupHow can you make office productivity, efficiency, and comfort increase?  The answer just may be in the design of your work stations.  This week we delve in deeper to the Human Scale product line.
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February 4, 2012:  Damian On Design: Damian Farrell, Damian Farrell Design Group:  The Art of Workplace Ergonomics -  The properly designed workspace will increase productivity and worker comfort, as well as reduce soft tissue injury, relieve back pain, reduce time off, and lower Worker’s Comp for companies.  Damian shows us a new way to look at your office space through the revolutionary Human Scale  product line.
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January 28, 2012:  Damian On Design: Damian Farrell, Damian Farrell Design Group
– Where does creativity come from? How do designers approach their work? Damian reveals what works for him and how he masters his craft.
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January 21, 2012:  Damian On Design – Neal Boudette, Wall Street Journal Detroit Bureau Chief:  Winners and Losers from the North American International Auto Show – The Wall Street Journal Detroit Bureau Chief says Detroit auto companies shine in this year’s auto show.  Also, Damian hands out his Camel Award for Worst Design from the show.
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January 14, 2012:  Damian On Design:  Larry Erickson, Automobile Designer; Damian Farrell, Architect
– After working at General Motors, Ford Motor, and Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, designer Larry Erickson has now teamed up with a 28 year-old entrpreneur to work on an ultra-secret concept car.  Each week Damian Farrell from Damian Farrell Design Group talks about design issues in our every day lives, from our homes to our clothes and even product packaging.
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January 7, 2011:  Larry Crane, Automotive Art Director/Writer – He once served as Automobile Magazine’s Art Director for the late David E. Davis.  Larry Crane now writes for several publications on the West Coast.  We talk with him about the art of the automobile.
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December 31, 2011:  Top Design Resolutions for 2012
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December 17, 2011:  Fireplaces - Next time you cozy up to a beautifully designed fireplace, give thanks to Count Rumford.  Damian delights in telling us the very interesting history of fireplaces.
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December 10, 2011:  Better-designed and Sustainable Toys - Damian shows us how having an eye for design can help you choose the right toy for your child.
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December 3, 2011:  Damian On Design – In this inaugural segment you’ll get to know Ann Arbor’s renowned architect and how he approaches design in his work.
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About Damian Farrell:
A graduate of the University of Natal, Durban in South Africa, Damian began his career in Natal before relocating to Ann Arbor in 1987, where he established the Damian Farrell Design Group after a six year internship. After selling his firm and an interim period of working in both a large and mid-sized architecture firm, Damian restarted Damian Farrell Design Group, PLLC. in July, 2008.

Damian is acclaimed for his creative design, unwavering focus on the environment, creating healthy places to live, work, shop and play, and for his ability to listen and interpret solutions for each challenge. With his guidance over a wide variety of project types, Damian’s projects have earned national recognition and have been featured in Architectural Digest and numerous regional publications.

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Damian Farrell Design Group Website:
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