Designer Spotlight – Michael Bish – Columbus

Michael has been enjoying the variety of projects he has worked on since entering the Interior Products Industry in 1992. He worked in residential design in college and commercial/healthcare design upon graduation. Missing the variety of projects in residential design, Michael started working with kitchen and bath design in 1999. A member of the MBS team since 2002, he has enjoyed working with the homeowners and contractors on their projects.

Michael has been able to create the space of their dreams, while working in the parameters of their budgets. He strives to give them the most efficient, most effective layout possible that suits the way they use their space. Michael loves the creativity involved and that no two projects or clients are the same.

Just as home design is a portrait of the tastes and preferential styles of the homeowner, each professionally designer project reflects the inspirations and talents of its creator.

Each designer brings to the table ideas inspired by his or her experiences and training. Tried and true industry standards help lay the groundwork, while a designer brings in fresh, new ideas and combines them with the homeowners’ needs and budget to create a unique, exciting design.

As part of our Designer Spotlights, we asked Michael a few questions about his favorite things and what inspires him.

What’s your favorite restaurant?

I really enjoy Longhorn Steakhouse.

What’s your favorite food?

A good, hearty steak!

Yum! We can see why you like Longhorn Steakhouse! So tell us, what’s the perfect side to a hearty steak?

Nothing better than a sweet potato and a sweet tea to finish it.

If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would they be?

1. An organic chef

2. A Bible

3. A knife

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Disney. We tend to enjoy walking through the parks, going on some of the rides. We like to go to several of the parks, of which MGM Studios and the Magic Kingdom are our two favorites.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Italy. I had to study architectural history as well as art history for my major in college. I would love to take a tour of Italy and experience the ruins and history of art and architecture as much as possible.

What inspires your designs?

I really focus on what the customer is looking for and what their needs are. I put in as much of what they are looking for, and put in a bit of my personal taste into it when I am able.

What’s your design style?

I tend to lean more toward Transitional style, between Modern and Traditional.

What do you like about Transitional style?

I like the fact that so much can come from it. You can blend both Traditional and Contemporary influences together to give a very comfortable feel, whether it be formal or informal.

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

Spend time with the family.

What are some of the things you and your family like to do?

We enjoy going on family vacations, amusement parks and in the winter time we like to go to indoor water parks. We do a lot with our Foundation, my daughters really love going to the Hematology/Oncology floor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and spend time with the kids who are on treatment.

The Sam Bish Foundation was started in memory of our son, Sam, who at the age of 9 lost his battle to Osteosarcoma Bone Cancer.  He bravely fought for 375 days, and passed away on August 20, 2010.  Sam went through not only about a year of chemo, but also a leg amputation and 3 lung surgeries.  My wife, Cindy and I started the Foundation to “Provide Hope, Support and Smiles to families faced with a Pediatric Cancer diagnosis.”  We provide financial help, such as Rent/Mortgage payment, Car Payments, Car/Home Repair, Gift Cards, Meals, Care Packages as well as emotional support to those whose children are fighting for their lives.  We also contribute financially to funding Pediatric Cancer Research and creating Awareness.

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