Photos by Akos Major.
Michele has over 25 years of Design Experience. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1990 from The University of Notre Dame in Graphic Design and Business, Michele Frigon moved to Dallas Texas, where worked in Specialty Marketing for Innovations Marketing and started taking Interior Design Classes at The Art Institute of Dallas. She moved to Anchorage Alaska in 1991 where she obtained a job as an Interior Decorator at Design Craft Ltd. The experience solidified her interest in Interior Design and she moved to Chicago Illinois in 1993 where she continued her studies and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1996 from Harrington Institute of Interior Design. During her matriculation she was hired by Sara Olesker Ltd, a model home design firm from 1994-1996 where she had an internship until she graduated from Harrington. Michele was recongized and awarded the Yale Burge Design Award during her time at Harrington.
Upon her completion of studies in 1996 she accepted a job with a Commercial Design Firm by the name Lieber Cooper Associates. She remained at Lieber Cooper for almost 3 years and then moved to Partners by Design in 1998 where she established her career as a Senior Designer and Design Manager of the firm for over 7 years. Some of her recognitions included the nationlaly acclaimed Solutia Award for her project of ARC, which was featured in Interior Design Magazine and also an article in Contract Design Magazine of "Designers to Watch" in 2000. She finally wrapped up her career at Garnett Architects LLC in a consultant position in Interior Design in 2007 while continuing to do some residential freelance projects.
Since this time, Michele moved to Glencoe, Illinois with her husband Jay Spatzek (who is passionite about design and has extensive knowledge of the field) and has been busy raising 3 children who were born all within 4 years. She took a sabatical while raising her children, while still dabbling in design with friends and family in the residential field. She established Michele Frigon Design in 2014. In additional she co founded a non for profit organization called Designer Collaborative to create support & a community for independent designers on the North Shore of Chicago. Watch for Michele as she turns a new page in her design history!!
MICHELE FRIGON DESIGN creates Relaxed, Refined & Attainable Design through the blend of both Classic & Modern Interior Elements as well as accents of Coastal & Graphic Influences.
The Classic Design comes from the influence of Michele's parents who were avid collectors of English Antiques and American Impressionistic Art. The Modern Design which come from the background in Coporate Interiors. The Coastal Design influences are a reflection of the long Summer that were spent in the Hamptons in Long Island, New York and finally the Graphic Design influences from her college education & early years in design.