blain mikkonen midwest nest magazineAs co-owners and designers at Grain Designs in Fargo, N.D., Koenig and Mikkonen are a dynamic duo that have helped pave the way for the area’s reclaimed wood emergence. Between the two, they hold a Bachelors in Environmental Design, Masters in Architecture from NDSU and a combined ten years in furniture design and manufacturing. Grain Designs has become well-known for their unique approach to custom furniture, specializing in dining tables, sliding doors, corporate office furniture and wall features. Each piece of reclaimed, wood furniture is thoughtfully designed and well-crafted with the user’s specific needs in mind. Koenig and Mikkonen will show readers how they create pieces that are not only functional but meaningful. Through our pages, the guys hope to bring a new perspective to the process of decorating homes, choosing furniture, and making decor selections. Koenig and Mikkonen will educate readers on why design matters, not only in home goods but also in spatial planning and architecture. Koenig and Mikkonen work out of their South Fargo studio and can be found at