var script = document.createElement('script'); Gilbert says her 57-year-old husband, now home, "is improving every day" though he still isn't back at work. Connection is important these days as Gilbert and her family move forward from Dan's stroke, which hospitalized him for several days before he went to an in-patient rehab facility this summer in Chicago. Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community. After playing an exhibition game in Detroit on Friday night, the Cavs delayed their trip to Boston so they could spend time Saturday with the 57-year-old Gilbert. Updated Jan 19, 2019; Posted Oct 27, 2016 . She’s the chair of the board of governors for the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. “Designing for a purpose is really why we get out of bed in the morning and why we love what we do,” she said. All parts of this site Copyright © 2020 Detroit Metro Times. Dan Gilbert, Detroit's mega-whale, loves Aspen so much that he owns a considerable chunk of land just outside of it. Dan Gilbert announces $15 million gift to Michigan State. After playing an exhibition game in Detroit on Friday night, the Cavs delayed their trip to Boston so they could spend time Saturday with the 57-year-old Gilbert. And Gilbert knows about the power of creativity. Her husband's health crisis forced her to step back from her role at  Pophouse (previously known as dPop). if(document.getElementById('commitchange-script')) return; “Jennifer knows that purposeful design goes beyond selecting the right furniture and finishes. The same year, Gilbert also started Amber Engine, a Detroit-based home furnishings services and solutions technology company. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free. Copyright 2019 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. She graduated in 1990. The founder of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been a … “We have a shared vision of embracing new technology and entrepreneurship while staying true to Cranbrook’s roots, which is experimental design, craft and making with the hand,” said Ewing in an email. That exposure is important, she says. “I think that’s just going to keep continuing,” she said. That time Mark Hollis rode a Sea-Doo over to Dan Gilbert's house to ask for a few million. The couple founded the Gilbert Family Foundation, a nonprofit that has donated millions to funding research and finding a cure for NF1. She founded a startup called Doodle Home, a business-to-business software platform that specialized  in home and interior design. Gilbert and his wife, Jennifer, spoke with many of the players. Speaking to The Detroit News in a rare interview last week, Gilbert, 51, reflected on her husband's recovery, her evolving design firm and why Detroit is so attractive to what she calls "creatives." A thin red string wraps its way around Jennifer Gilbert's wrist, a custom from Kabbalah, a type of Jewish mysticism, worn to ward off misfortune. We all know that Dan Gilbert is Detroit's most prominent player, but did you know exactly how big? (function() { Gilbert said it makes sense why so many creative people are drawn to the city. "The rest is history.". But when her youngest was in preschool, she "started to dip my toe back into it.". Tags: Dan Gilbert, Quicken Loans, Rock Ventures, Bedrock Detroit, Image, Video. The first was when her son, Nick, had brain surgery. When the firm launched in 2013, Gilbert had been working with the Quicken Loans' facilities department, which shaped the look of the company's downtown offices. Afterward, they decided to create a design studio to work with other clients who liked the aesthetic of Quicken's offices. “We’re just more purposeful and intentional in the projects that we do. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. She said as a mom of five, she's always had to multitask, but after her husband's stroke she's multi-tasking in a different way. Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential. I think Detroit is just a natural place" to attract creative people. var first = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; Seeing her husband's firms and how they operated, Gilbert realized how "antiquated" interior design was. In 2015, Doodle Home was acquired by Dering Hall, an online portal giving designers, architects and consumers access to high-end home furnishings and services. Design has always played a critical role in Gilbert's life. “With the mission of positively impacting people through design, Jennifer encourages the design team to develop and implement strong design narratives that drive the execution of every aspect of a project.”. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. I wouldn't be surprised if JimmyR would be first in line to criticize Gilbert for purchasing a couple blocks in the ghetto and turning into Fortress Gilbert. She says the summer was "definitely challenging," but it was nice to have her children home, especially the three who were away at college, so they could be there to support their dad. CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers visited team owner Dan Gilbert, who is recovering at home after suffering a stroke in May. But it’s at Pophouse that Gilbert has really helped play a role in reshaping workplace design. We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. script.setAttribute('data-npo-id', npo); Gilbert has owned Cleveland's franchise since 2005. Image copyright 2018 Getty Images. Six years later, the firm has completed 2,311 projects for the Rock Family of companies, which includes Quicken Loans and Bedrock. "My friend down the street and I use to spend hours creating these insane fantasy houses," she said. DETROIT -- The Cleveland Cavaliers bypassed a full practice Saturday afternoon, choosing instead to visit owner Dan Gilbert at his home about 20 miles outside Detroit, sources tell But as a student at Michigan State University, it was actually architectural engineering she planned to pursue. He's encouraged. She wanted to transfer from MSU to the University of Michigan, but she took one interior design class in East Lansing and she was hooked. "They were able to come home … "He’s aware of everything that’s going on. After marrying and having children, she stepped back from her career for more than a decade and a half. Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. "But every day he's working hard, and every day we're seeing improvements. "As you go through life, you re-prioritize with what's happened," she said. Given her Cranbrook role, Gilbert says she tries to make sure her own firm’s designers and creative leaders are being to exposed to new art, exhibits and lectures. "We're all attracted to a blank canvas, about taking something, and evolving it and solving problems. Now, as it branches out into hospitality and retail design, Gilbert says it's about creating “thoughtfully assembled places.” That’s a slogan on Pophouse’s website. She’s also brought the work of artists from around the country into her husband’s properties, from the 17-foot sculptures at Campus Martius Park by the Brooklyn artist KAWS to a custom-made paper sculpture inside the former Detroit News building by Detroit artist Leon Dickey. Even though her husband isn't back at work, "he’s definitely involved," she said. Built in 1998, the house … Gilbert suffered a stroke on May 26 after being taken to a hospital by a family friend following stroke-like experiencing symptoms.