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NEXT:SPACE presents bespoke and limited edition design objects conceived and crafted by independent designers and artists connected to Detroit. Nurturing a new generation of forward-thinking designers, our exhibitions and programs shape new and exciting territory for the city’s iconic design legacy.
Two solo shows open our Fall 2021 exhibition season, each pushing us to re-consider our attitudes towards materials and function; and what value objects bring into our spaces.
‘Morphogenesis’ is the first solo show for Detroit/Chicago-based designer Cody Norman. Norman transforms recycled plastic to look and feel organic and almost natural through the use of robotic 3D printing and a handheld plastic extrusion gun. The exhibition features a series of objects that appear otherworldly, branching structures that seem to embody new species of plastic organisms each with their own unique function.
‘Thread’ is a new collection by Windsor/Detroit-based artist and product designer Elizabeth Salonen, founder and principal of Mottoform. Throughout the past year, Salonen created abstract embroideries as a form of meditation and way to help with anxiety and depression. From these prototypes she created a limited edition series of embroidered patterns on canvas – each distinct pattern creates a minimalist composition meant to imbue harmony and calm into the space it inhabits. The thread is a connection, a tactile link reminding us to slow down and live in the moment, which is very healing. The exhibition features the limited edition works alongside a large collection of unique prototypes.