At Nook Real Estate, we’re passionate about real estate - and especially about architecture and design. Our proprietary Search With Style® search solution and app reflect this, letting house hunters look for their next home - for the first time and with unbeatable accuracy - by more than 20 architectural styles.
So, when it came time to create new illustrated icons to represent each of the architectural styles within Nook’s Search With Style, we decided to chase a dream and reach out to renowned illustrator Michael Nÿkamp to see if he’d take on the design challenge. You likely already know Michael’s work - from his noteworthy Mid-Century architectural drawings to his work for Herman Miller, Steelcase and many more - but we thought that, while he’s at work designing the new Search With Style® icons for Nook, we’d give you a little more background on this tremendous talent.
Born and raised in a small hamlet in Southern Ontario Canada, Michael is one of seven children, who spent his days exploring the wide open spaces of his family farm. When he wasn’t out and about in nature, he could be found drawing and creating - an interest he pursued throughout his elementary and high school years, eventually attending Sheridan College of Art and Design to study Illustration, and New Media Design. After college, Michael worked in Toronto for several years, got married, and left his homeland for West Michigan. He worked at several design firms in Grand Rapids before forming his own firm, mkn design. Here, he combines his experience in direction, design, and illustration to work with companies of all shapes and sizes including, Herman Miller, SHURE, Steelcase, SpartanNash, Hospice of Michigan, and more.
Until we can share Michael’s Search With Style® architectural icons for Nook, we’d love for you to discover - or rediscover - some of his work below!