Contributors: September 2010


Justin Maconochie

A Ferndale-based photographer and frequent Hour Detroit contributor, Maconochie photographed a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Detroit this month (page 60). It was “intimidating trying to capture the vision of such a legend,” he says of photographing the restored residence. “It’s not something you want to inject your vision into.” Maconochie’s favorite space to shoot was the interior of the music room, because he felt as if he were in a Stanley Kubrick movie. “It was like being in 2001: A Space Odyssey,” he says, “and I think the photograph captured that.”



Lara Takenaga

A senior at Northwestern University, Takenaga thought an editorial internship at Hour Detroit would be the perfect reason to return to her native Royal Oak. After spending the last two summers in a small French town and Chicago, Takenaga, who studies journalism, French, and psychology, wanted to write about and discover more of Detroit. Through her internship, she has had the opportunity to do just that. As she says, “How else do you get to report on Clarkston’s Macmobile?” (page 23).


Lara Zade

After spending a semester in Granada, Spain, in the shadow of the red walls of the Alhambra Palace, Zade knew she wanted to spend her summer back home in metro Detroit. No, but seriously, all good things come to an end (and have a beginning, too). A University of Michigan senior majoring in anthropology and Spanish, Zade became interested in journalism after working at the college paper. She jumped at the opportunity to work for Hour Detroit to gain practical journalism experience, while learning more about her hometown. “My internship allows me to see how a professional publication is produced,” Zade says. So far, she has no plans to book a return flight to Granada.



Taryn Bickley

“When you think of fall, you tend to envision dark, rich colors, traditional prints, and luxury derived from such elegant materials as cashmere and tweed,” says Bickley, a frequent Hour Detroit contributor. The same words could be used to describe the setting for this month’s fashion shoot (page 48). Cranbrook House, with its dark wood paneling, antique furnishings, and many nooks, provided a manor-style setting that fit the conservative glamour of the featured ensembles. (A fall-fashion tip: This season is about finishing touches — a whimsical hat, a bold tie, or elaborate jewelry, Bickley says.) The Chicago- and Detroit-based stylist/blogger ( has been published in Luxe, Elle Décor, and Chicago magazines.