‘Nice’ is not a four-letter word.

At IDa, we’re all about good design and good relationships. We believe that good relationships make good design even better, so our process is inclusive and collaborative — with our clients, and one another. Our best clients bring us in early and keep us late, seeing the project through from user research to launch. For us, the design process is an enjoyable journey. Our clients agree.

Left to right: Austin Blough, Zach Raven, Jennifer Wammack, Kori Podjan, Cara Danis, Mitch Bakker.
Left to right: Austin Blough, Zach Raven, Jennifer Wammack, Kori Podjan, Cara Danis, Mitch Bakker.

Our Team

Mitch Bakker

“Grace, our youngest child, has really changed our lives in a significant way. Bringing a little girl from China into a family of four boys has changed our lives for the better.”

“I like to sketch, read, and journal, both to articulate ideas and just as a creative outlet. As our children leave the nest, I plan to get back into writing and painting even more.”

“I like to sketch, read, and journal, both to articulate ideas and just as a creative outlet. As our children leave the nest, I plan to get back into writing and painting even more.”

Mitch Bakker

A good design often needs to do more than one thing. So does a good designer. IDa Design principal Mitch Bakker has done many things throughout his career, all of which add to the culture of the firm. He founded IDa Design after spending years sitting “on the other side of the design desk,” as head of product design for leading furniture manufacturers. Mitch understands the importance of putting the client goals on par with the designer’s vision and pushes our team toward results that realize both. A highly respected designer in his own right, Mitch remains very hands-on in the design process. Outside the studio, trips to Zambia and Haiti have strengthened his faith, deepened his passion, and inspired an ongoing commitment to action in the area of social justice. Mitch holds board positions with various design and humanitarian organizations, including Poetice International.

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Jennifer Wammack

“I just love this tile, the way the color is beautifully embedded into it like a fresco. I picked it up in Brussels. To me, it represents craft, design, commercial work, materials, and color.”

“I'm a hand-weaver, but I'm not weaving much these days. But what I have been doing around textile arts is embroidery. I really get a thrill out of the blending of beauty and utility.”

Jennifer Wammack

The impact of materials goes deeper than the surface of a designed object. Likewise, the impact made at IDa by Jennifer Wammack goes well beyond her extensive background in textiles. Behind the scenes, Jennifer works closely with Mitch to shape the firm’s strategic direction. On the product side, she’s a tireless advocate for improving the user experience and the life cycle of our designs. Before joining IDa, Jennifer served as director of design for Guilford of Maine, the textile manufacturer formerly owned by sustainability pioneer Interface. That experience ignited her passion for sustainability, inspiring her to earn a Masters of Management in Sustainable Business. Jennifer is also our link to the local community, currently serving as president of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.

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Zach Raven

“I design and make wrist watches using the same rapid prototyping techniques we use in the studio. I'm working with a charity on a special edition watch, sales of which will help fund their work building wells in Africa.”

“I really enjoy reading, and I spend a lot of time with design books, blogs, and magazines, just seeing what's out there, what's current. I think it helps me stay up on trends.”

Zach Raven

Is there a better possible beginning to a story about an industrial designer than being born the son of a millworker? Not likely. He attended Kendall College of Art & Design and never looked back. His past product design work ranges from floor sweepers for Bissell to a bouncy seat for Sassy, not to mention several award-winning commercial furniture products. Zach worked with an ex-NFL player to develop a concussion-reducing helmet and he still burns the midnight oil making his signature rvndsgn watches. Of his role at IDa, he says, “I’m kind of doing my dream job.” His IDa colleagues might think of Zach as a younger brother, but their respect for his talent and his natural curiosity is immense.

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Cara Danis

“In 2010, I co-founded a community garden in our neighborhood. We adopted a lot where a house had burned down, and everyone who volunteers receives a share of the harvest.”

“Travel and an appreciation of different cultures are values that my husband and I have worked to instill in our family.”

Cara Danis

At what point in her career did Cara Danis realize that designers needed to be well organized? “Like, day one,” she says without hesitation. Her education and work experiences have helped hone both her design and organizational skillsets over the years. Cara studied industrial design at Western Michigan University and Denmark’s International Study Program, which sparked her love of Scandinavian furniture design. Her professional career began in the RV industry, where she coordinated teams of designers, engineers, model makers, and suppliers. Since joining IDa, she has seamlessly integrated herself into our collaborative culture, contributing to ideation, design, model making, and project management efforts. She also assumes full responsibility for getting the rest of the studio addicted to wasabi peas.

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Awards

  • NeoCon Silver Award
    Approach
    Casegoods
    2016
  • Interior Design HiP Honoree
    Saranac
    Workplace: Furniture, Table
    2016
  • Interior Design HiP Honoree
    Trillia
    Workplace: Seating, Stool
    2016
  • #MetropolisLikes
    Trillia
    2016
  • Interiors & Sources Reader's Choice Award
    Credentials
    Best Desk System
    2014
  • Good Design Furniture Award
    Further
    2013
  • NeoCon Gold Award
    Further (Create)
    Furniture Systems
    2013
  • Interior Design Best of the Year Honoree
    Harvest Table
    Furniture: Contract/Tables
    2012
  • NeoCon Gold Award
    Silea Open Office
    Casegoods
    2012
  • NeoCon Silver Award
    Silea Open Office
    Furniture Systems
    2012
  • NeoCon Silver Award
    Gather Collection
    Education Solutions
    2011
  • NeoCon Silver Award
    Gather Collection
    Seating: Sofas & Lounge
    2011
  • NeoCon Editor's Choice Award
    Gather Collection (Mind-Share, Rise)
    Seating: Benches
    2011
  • Buildings Magazine Grand Prize
    Furniture Systems and
    Accessories: Gather
    2011
  • Good Design Furniture Award
    Stride Benching & Sit-to-Stand
    2010
  • Good Green Design Furniture Award
    Stride Workplace
    2010
  • NeoCon Gold Award
    Stride Benching Furniture
    Systems Enchancements
    2010
  • NeoCon Silver Award
    Stride, Work Surfaces:
    Height Adjustable
    2010
  • Good Design Furniture Award
    Stride Workplace
    2009
  • NeoCon Silver Award
    Stride
    Furniture Systems
    2009
  • NeoCon Silver Award
    Silea
    Casegoods: Desks & Credenzas
    2009
  • Building Magazine Best of Show
    Workplace Aesthetics:
    Olla Chair family
    2008
  • NeoCon Gold Award
    Converge
    Tables: Conference
    2007
  • NeoCon Best of Show Runner up
    Converge
    Conference Grouping
    2007
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