Local design fiends will
recall Mezzanine from its Main Street Ann Arbor location —
an expansive showroom full of artful furniture and decor by
mostly European designers (especially of the Northern and
Scandinavian ilk, with a few American lines thrown in for
good measure). Owner Joe Posch has recently relocated and
set up fresh digs in Detroit's Comerica Park neighborhood.
It's a hip, well-lit second floor space on the corner of
Broadway and Grand River that will eventually house three
separate shopping areas. The front room of the shop contains
decorative accessories, furniture and lighting. By the
Fourth of July, the second area will be stocked with books,
design and culture magazines, an eclectic mix of music plus
office accessories and stationery. The store's third and
final room will open around Labor Day, showcasing a range of
household items — tabletop and kitchen accessories,
dinnerware and barware.
"I like clean lines, but
not stuff that's overly minimalist," says Posch of
Mezzanine's distinctive aesthetic. "I tend to be drawn to
things that involve natural materials. Not necessarily 'warm
modern,' but definitely 'down-to-earth modern.'" What
exactly does that entail? On a recent visit to the new
space, Posch showed off a few of his favorite thing
steel chain necklace. $600.
Anodized aluminum earrings. $135. More like wearable art
than mere adornment, these ultra sleek pieces were created
by Berlin designer Carl Dau, whose materials of choice most
often include stainless steel, silver and titanium.
cocktail stirrers. $24. These
eye-catching cobalt stirrers can be used alone or twirled
together, "boy scout style," to blend drinks. "You rub them
together like you're trying to start a fire," explains Posch.
By Alessi of Italy.
Set of two tea
infusers. $197. Looking more like
a desktop sculpture than kitchen implement, these tea
infusers are a Bauhaus design of the late '20s. By Otto
Rittweger and Josef Knaus.
$80. A clever, stylish way to keep your
wine cool, sans fridge. Just soak the terra cotta holder in
water then place it over the bottle. The evaporating
moisture will help it stay chilled. By Makkum.
Starts at $3,700. One of Posch's
personal favorites, this versatile piece comes with a
movable armrest and can be easily transformed into a guest
bed. Available in a range of fabrics and colors. By
Netherlands designer Martin Visser.
$5,420. "I love this whole line," says Posch. "This piece is
solid European oak. It's architectural but rustic at the
same time. It has an incredible aesthetic." By German
designers Philip Mainzer and Florian Asche.
$28. Transform anything that holds water —
wine glasses, jars, bottles — into an instant single-stem
vase. By Ron Gilad.
Tree Wall coat rack.
Large, $443 or small, $357. White
lacquered coat hangers offer a whimsical way to hang your
hat or umbrella, trench and anorak. By Swedish designer
Smoke Dining Chair.
$1,678. "The pieces in this line are actually set on fire.
After the flames are extinguished, the object is sealed with
an epoxy. Every single one is different. What I like about
this design is that it's a classic form but it's been
mutated in such a way that it becomes really contemporary."
By Netherlands designer Maarten Baas.
Mezzanine is on the second
floor at 206 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit. Call 313-887-0900