- Design Core
- Detroit City of Design
- Month of Design
- For Designers
- For Businesses and Community
Design Core Detroit champions design-driven businesses and their role in strengthening Detroit’s economy. It offers services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses, increases market demand for design services and tells Detroit’s design story locally and globally. Design Core is the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation and is a partnership of the College for Creative Studies and Business Leaders for Michigan. Gardner-White Furniture has been in business since 1912, and as the world of retail drastically changed, we have remained family-owned and operated, and dedicated to being headquartered in Michigan.
For the last century, our company has been guided by one principle – to improve lives through furniture – whether you are a customer or member of our community. This guiding principle has allowed us to stay true to our company’s values while being responsive to this evolving industry and staying dedicated to those we serve.
Design Core is excited to partner with Gardner-White to bring a furniture activation to the Detroit Month of Design. Gardner-White has selected three designers to create temporary furniture pieces that will be publicly displayed in September. The installations will be on view at two Detroit locations and one Gardner-White store. Pieces will be on display from Sept. 1st – 30th.
Participating designers include:
Laura Foxman of We are all Collage (WAAC) will present a piece of furniture in collaboration with local fabricators. WAAC collaborates across design disciplines to realize a wide range of projects from site-specific furniture to architecture and design research. On view at the Congregation Detroit, 9321 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48206
Elizabeth Salonen of Mottoform will present a table, planter and rug that bring attention to the environmental impact and influence that product designers have through their design decisions and material choices. This installation would combine perceived high-end and low-end materials to create an upscale version of a sustainable look. On view at the Gardner White Canton Store, 41661 Ford Rd. Canton, 48187
Urban Alterscape will debut ‘Slung” which merges the classicism of the Barcelona chair with the vibrant energy of Detroit’s resurgence. The ergonomic form follows the timeless proportions of the van der Rohe design, and the use of nylon straps, tactile fasteners and metal to create a comfortable and accessible lounge chair. On view at Vanguard Community Development Corporation, 2795 East Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48211