Friday, October 23, 2015

Culture Lab Design Pop-Up Pairs Renowned International Designers with Detroit Artisans

hanging tire planters
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Recyled Hanging Tire Planters designed by Kelly Behun and made by Cass Community Social Servies. Photo by Marvin Shaouni. / Ceramic Disks designed by David Stark and fabricated by Victoria Ashley Shaheen. Photo by Susan Montagna.

You know by now that I normally keep local coverage to my dual hometowns of Boston and Tel Aviv, but when a city with as blighted a reputation as Detroit is doing something amazing design-wise, it deserves some recognition! Enter a soon-to-be-released line of products by Culture Lab Detroit, an organization fostering conversation and collaboration between Detroit and the international design community.

Named Culture Lab Design, the product line has a "green space" theme that includes planters, vases, lighting and even a set of gardening overalls produced by internationally renowned designers in collaboration with Detroit artists, businesses and manufacturers.

The design teams participating in the project are David Stark with Victoria Ashley Shaheen, Kelly Behun with Cass Community Social Services, Estudio Campana with Todd Erikson, Sebastian Errazuriz with Samuel Arambula at TechShop, and Paola Navone with Andrew Ward at Line Studio and makers at Detroit Denim and Detroit Sewn.

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Rock Light designed by Sebastian Errazuriz and fabricated by Samuel Arambula at TechShop. Photo courtesy of Sebastian Errazuriz Studio.
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Detroit Cast Aluminum Vase designed by Estudio Campana and fabricated by Todd Erickson. Photo by Fernando Lazlo.

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Mario Overalls by Paola Navone in collaboration with Detroit Denim Company.

The Culture Lab Design collection will be featured exclusively at a pop-up shop inside Detroit design store Nora from October 30 to November 15, with pieces ranging  in price from $65 to $2,000.


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