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Architecture firm moves and launches interior design division

December 11, 2014
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Architecture firm moves and launches interior design division
Visbeen Architects offers interior design services via its Vision Interiors division. Courtesy Visbeen

An architecture firm is preparing to move into an urban live-work building after it recently launched an interior design division.

For the last 20 years, Wayne Visbeen has served as a bridge from architecture to interior design.

With more than 1,000 homes nationwide under his belt, Visbeen, principal of Visbeen Architects in Grand Rapids, has been doing both architectural work and interior design for his firm.

Vision Interiors

He said that this fall the firm launched an interior design division, Vision Interiors, to better serve clients.

To help lead the new division, the firm brought in Julie Holmes and merged with her company, Julie Homes Interior.

“It’s just that I’ve been doing so much of our interior design for years and years, but having in-house interior design . . . helps keep me in better touch with our clients,” Visbeen said. “The important part is that Visbeen Architects can keep in better touch with our clients throughout the entire process, so we could have a more successful completed project.”

Live-work firm

Visbeen Architects is also planning to expand in a new space.

Next summer, the firm plans to move out of its 2,700-square-foot space in Grand Rapids, at 4139 Embassy Dr. SE, into the under-construction live-work building at the Croswell Mews development in East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village, at 662 Croswell Ave. SE.

The development by Mosaic Properties should be completed next spring.

The three-story building is 6,000 square feet and will serve three uses: the first floor of the building will serve as the Vision Interiors studio and house interior design staff; the building’s second floor will be the architectural wing; and the third floor will be a living space for Visbeen.

Visbeen also said that when his firm moves into the space, he expects to hire more staff.

“This is a building, a literal manifestation actually, of how architectural design work is being done today: vertical integration,” Visbeen said. “The building that we are creating with Mosaic and for Visbeen and Vision Interiors is designed specifically to reflect our lifestyle and work style. We will now have a studio that can host and attend to clients' needs in myriad ways, to say nothing of its functionality as an urban residence.”

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