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For This Shive-Hattery Principal, Curiosity Always Yields Innovation

Flexible, morale-boosting interiors distinguish the work of Michael Davis.

Michael Davis

From childhood model-building and electronics tinkering to his first design job planning spaces for a furniture company, Michael Davis brings the full range of his lived experiences to his role as a principal in Chicago for Shive-Hattery. Like Davis, the firm’s 14 offices are known for balancing technical and aesthetic problem-solving. But Davis doesn’t credit his career trajectory to fitting in. “It’s an opportunity to stand out,” says the Ball State University alum.

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Go Figure fixture

“The ability to reconfigure it provides customization without it actually being custom.”

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Cartography resilient flooring

“It has a great accent color that brings vibrancy to a room.”

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D’Urso lounge

“The lines nod to the past, but with a twist.”

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Slant upholstery

“It has a simple pattern that plays well with other materials.”

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SW_1 table

“The relaxed scale is perfect in breakout areas.”

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Shapes side table

“I love the company’s story: reclaimed material that’s reused in a number of furnishings.”

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Magis Steelwood stool

“This is a classic style, but elevated.”

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Away From The Desk seating

“This is a statement piece that can serve as meeting, social, and work space.”

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