Owner Ken Fil and his clan of experts at Van Winkle Mattress Company work tirelessly to help their clients to get a good night's sleep. They carry mattresses from brands such as Corsicana, Sealy Posturepedic, and Sealy Embody, as well as futon mattresses from Wolf Corporation. Their large selection includes styles that run the gamut from firm to plush and memory foam to latex. In addition to standard sizes ranging from twin to king, Van Winkle takes orders for custom sizes and mattresses equipped with hyperspeed capabilities for optimum space exploration. Staffers also stock the showroom with home essentials including beds, headboards, futons, frames, and other accessories in addition to furnishings from brands such as Leggett & Platt and World Imports.
To become a finished Motawi Tileworks tile, slabs of raw clay must run the gauntlet of an elaborate production line, where they'll be crushed under a 60-ton press, dipped or drizzled in colorful glaze, and fired in a kiln at 2,000 degrees. Though the handmade process lends itself to variations in colors, it creates uniformly durable tiles built to withstand the heat of a fireplace, the splashing of a kitchen sink, or the futility of existence atop a shelf.
The company's artisans have handmade their tiles in Ann Arbor for two decades. They draw on this experience while creating three types of tiles: flat field, polychrome, and molded. Each catches eyes on its own, or transforms into an artful mosaic when mixed and matched. During the design process, the craftsmen draw inspiration from a huge range of American influences, from Native American artists to Frank Lloyd Wright.