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Phoenix, AZ, United States, 2007/03/02 - NM Interiors Group Principal, Norma Escandon Michaels, ASID, recently announced that the interior architectural design package her firm developed for recently opened Wickenburg Country Club Clubhouse has been installed.
NM Interiors Group was selected to provide interior architecture and design services—including space-plans, selection of finishes, furnishings, and millwork, seating and lighting plans, for this project by Country Club Estates developer Richard Ringwood. The Wickenburg Country Club Clubhouse is located in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Michaels’ firm, NM Interiors Group, LLC (nminteriors.biz), specializes in commercial interior design projects, including hospitality and office design, space planning, tenant improvements, and retail design.
Recent NM Interiors Group projects include design and interior specifications for federal and municipal buildings and multiple business offices, including the Phoenix Institute of Cardiology, two landscaping companies, and Globe Net Properties, LLC. “Much of my work comes by referral,” says Michaels. “For example, after I completed work for Millennium Landscape’s new offices, the owners kindly referred me to another landscaping company, Azteca Landscape and Design. I am completing the design of their new office space now.”
Michaels is also been deeply involved in the development of a new interior image—including furniture design—for upscale, boutique-style retail businesses in the Phoenix area.
Michaels’ hand-rendering skills are also in demand. She recently completed a 10-image series of hand-rendered commercial interiors for Arruth Associates’ (Houston, Texas) Main Street Plaza development in downtown Scottsdale. Although many designers create computer-assisted renderings, few can actually hand-render as professionally as they design. “I think that Arruth Associates appreciated the unique warmth and personality that hand-rendered images convey, compared to cold, impersonal, computer-generated images,” says Michaels.
Michaels started her design firm in 2003 with few assets aside from moxie, determination and experience earned in the course of a 20-year design career. A native Arizonan and Hispanic, Michaels is one of many Hispanic women whose drive is changing the face of business in Arizona. On the other hand, as an Hispanic and entrepreneur, Michaels is rarity in the field of Southwestern commercial interior design.
Michaels has won the Edward Fields Wool Rug Design Competition, for a pattern now included in the Edward Fields rug collection and received the ASID Arizona North Chapter Merit Award for Office Design over 10,000 square feet.
She previously worked as the lead designer at KMS Building Group and as a senior interior designer for Best Western International.
As an interior designer, Michaels sees a certain irony in the fact that her family couldn’t afford a home of its own until she was 18. Michaels attributes some of her drive to the poverty that haunted her early years. Today, Michaels resides in an extensively renovated Pueblo-style home in the Phoenix Historic District. The house has been featured in Latino Perspectives magazine and the Phoenician Times.