Design Detroit sat down with Kim Dent, Kim Dent Design, to talk trends in environment design.
If I was asked about “what are the trends?” I would respond that I don’t do trends. My clients are not “trends”. They are a Rubik’s Cube of old and new. Of simple and complex. Of modern and vintage. Of busy and relaxed. Finding the beauty and balance in that challenge is the joy of my business.
Because I do both residential and commercial interior design, I’ve come to appreciate how the two overlap. An environment needs to be functional, but also inspiring and comfortable. Bringing personality and soulfulness into an otherwise heartless environment is my benchmark for creating a successful project.
Kim has an extensive knowledge of folk art and cottage design and frequently turns to Tim Hill Gallery in Birmingham as a resource for that area of her design work as seen in our cover shot.
A highlight in this modern Birmingham office suite is a painting Kim commissioned from Michigan native Adam Ludwig.
Known as as a pioneer in bringing modern furnishings to the Detroit area, Andrew Herman hired Kim to redesign his Birmingham showroom that features multiple seating areas and industrial skylights
Kim’s unconventional design for Fitness Driven in Franklin, MI allows clients to feel like they are working with personal trainers in their own homes. She also created a photo shoot with Michigan photographer Tom Drew that features owner Lisa MacDonald. Those photos are mounted throughout the studio space.
Kim Dent owns Kim Dent Design in Birmingham