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VERSA Design Takes Center Stage with Two Projects - Won 2 Detroit Design Awards

Excitement is in the air as Versa Design proudly announces that not just one, but two of their projects have been selected as finalists for the highly esteemed Detroit Design Awards. At the prestigious event all eyes were on Versa as they eagerly received the announcement of the winners on June 5th, 2023. The slected projects are Oak and Reel and The Upright, both of which exemplify Versa's commitment to innovative and captivating design solutions.

Oak and Reel: A Culinary Marvel

1. Oak and Reel, a project brought to life by the VERSA team, has taken the culinary scene in Detroit by storm. This exceptional restaurant not only offers an extraordinary dining experience but also showcases Versa's keen eye for integrating design elements seamlessly into the fabric of this historic building.

Upon stepping into Oak and Reel, guests are greeted by a stylish ambiance that effortlessly blends contemporary design with historic charm. The use of warm oak accents, sleek modern furniture, and carefully curated lighting creates an inviting atmosphere that sets the stage for an unforgettable gastronomic journey.

From the captivating wall installations to the meticulously chosen color palette, Versa has left no stone unturned in crafting a space that not only complements the culinary artistry but elevates it to new heights.

Our proud desgin team from left to right - Rebecca Zimmerman, Jen Childs, Nick Kothari.

The Upright: Unveiling Detroit's Underground Gem

2. Versa's expertise in revitalizing urban spaces takes center stage with their exceptional project, The Upright, an underground cocktail bar that adds a touch of sophistication and intrigue to Detroit's nightlife. This hidden gem has quickly become a go to spot for those in the know. The space has been transformed into a haven of style and allure.

The Upright combines elements of mystery, artistry, and innovative design to create an extraordinary cocktail bar experience. Versa's creative use of materials, atmospheric lighting, and carefully curated décor bring the space to life, immersing visitors in an underground oasis of charm and sophistication.

With its unique layout and intimate ambiance, The Upright offers an escape from the ordinary, inviting patrons to unwind and indulge in expertly crafted cocktails. Versa's meticulous attention to detail, from the bar's sleek design to the carefully selected seating arrangements, ensures a harmonious blend of aesthetics and functionality, providing an unforgettable experience for discerning cocktail enthusiasts.


At the 2023 Detroit Design Awards on June 5th, Versa Design, a trailblazer in the realm of architecture and design won 2 out of three award in the Hospitaity Design category. Their selection as 2nd and third place for both Oak and Reel and The Upright is a testament to their creative prowess and unwavering commitment to excellence.

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