The fifth-annual Detroit Design Festival, presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center kicks off the annual celebration of creativity and design taking place on Sept. 22 to 26, 2015. The citywide event brings together designers and enthusiasts alike to celebrate Detroit’s role as a design capital showcasing widespread local talent.
“We’re committed to becoming the go-to festival for independent designers in North America,” said Ellie Schneider, Associate Director at DC3. “The Detroit Design Festival showcases the creativity, design and innovation our region has to offer. We’re committed to ensuring that the spotlight stays on our strong creative industry here in Detroit by providing a stage for designers to display their hard work.”
After a successful first year, the festival will once again feature the Design Village, a pop-up marketplace of independent designers. Additionally, the festival will also feature public design installations in partnership with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. The dozens of installations, shows, previews, performances and workshops will take place at venues along Detroit’s Creative Corridor, between Eastern Market and Dequindre Cut.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS //
INDUSTRY DAYS // TUESDAY 9.22 – WEDNESDAY 9.23
Industry Days Various locations at Wayne State University, DIA and CCS Lectures, panels and industry events for Detroit’s design professionals
EASTERN MARKET AFTER DARK // THURSDAY 9.24
Eastern Market After Dark at Various Locations in the Eastern Market, America’s largest historic public market transforms into a late night design district featuring 30+ studios, shops, design happenings and more
DDF DESIGN VILLAGE + INDEPENDENT HAPPENINGS // FRIDAY 9.25 – SATURDAY 9.26
DDF Design Village at The Display Group, 1700 W. Fort St., Detroit’s pop-up marketplace for independent design, Detroit Made Workshops at Various Locations, In-studio workshops and demonstrations with Detroit’s makers and craftsmen, Independent Happenings at Various Locations, Community-planned events and activities featuring the latest in local design
#PLAY ON DEQUINDRE CUT // SATURDAY 9.26
#PLAY on Detroit’s Dequindre Cut presented by the winners of the DDF Public Design Installation Competition featuring interactive installations from:
Swing Dequindre by Laavu Studio
The Dequindre cut is one of our favorite green spaces in Detroit. Although functioning as a thoroughfare, imagine if the Dequindre cut was somewhere people did not just pass through, but actually paused for a moment- and enjoyed the song birds and the natural landscape that exists, so close to the city but isolated because it is below street level- creating a unique experience for city dwellers and visitors. A swing is a simple way to engage many different types of people- anyone can get on a swing! The L’Arramee swing was inspired by the solitude, the natural environment, and our longing to sit and enjoy one of most beautiful green-spaces in Detroit, the Dequindre Cut. The sail captures wind, and creates a peaceful ‘whoosh’ sound, when activated.
Lazermaze by George King Architects: London
The Lazermaze is an architectural installation formed from three miles of wool dyed with UV ink. The playful structure invites visitors to get lost within a unique surreal space as they journey towards the centre. The complex geometry of the form combined with the ethereal, semi-transparent nature of the walls adds to the challenge of this spatial puzzle.
Creative Mornings/Detroit presents Veronika Scott on Empathy in Design
September 25, 2015
8:30a – 10a
1400 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48226
CreativeMornings is a world-wide, monthly breakfast lecture series that brings together the creative communities of over 115 cities across the globe. Our speaker will be Veronika Scott of The Empowerment Plan, who will be sharing with us her perspective about empathy in design. This event is free and will feature fresh coffee from Batch Brewing Co. and pastries from Le Petit Zinc and Dine Drink Detroit. For more details please visit creativemornings.com/cities/det.
Lafayette Park Walking Tour [11am + 2pm]
September 26, 2015
11a – 1p
1300 E. Lafayette
Detroit, MI 48207
Lafayette Park is an outstanding example of Modernist architecture and one of America’s most successful post-World War II urban redevelopment projects. This amazing tour is educational and awe-inspiring. In celebration of Michigan modernism, attendees will get an insiders view of the neighborhood and learn more about architects Gunnar Birkerts, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig Hilberseimer and Alfred Caldwell. // Tickets
Metabolism by Cristin Richard
September 25, 2015
6p – 10p
5001 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48208
Metabolism is an experiential exhibition created by Detroit artist, Cristin Richard. With fashion and material usage as the dominant narrative, the work examines themes of the body, identity and the human condition. Staging this showcase within one of Detroit’s architectural gems, the exhibit features sculpture, performance, video and sound.
Artists + Architecture Dining Tour from Spread Art
September 25, 2015
6p – 8p
1465 Vinewood St
Detroit, MI 48216
A progressive dinner style tour of Detroit homes and gardens; highlighting those renovated by artists in innovative ways to support sustainable creative lives, from off-grid living to site-specific presenting. Facebook Event
Detroit Design Festival Closing Party
September 26, 2015, 7p – 10p
The Display Group, 1700 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI 48216
Following five full days of events and activities, join us as we celebrate another successful year of design in the city at the Detroit Design Festival Closing Party. Mix and mingle over appetizers, beer and wine, and browse the DDF Design Village, featuring more than 25 local, national, and international designers showcasing and selling their wares. Enjoy an exclusive announcement of the Metro Museum of Design Detroit (MM-O-DD). With special guest DJ Mike Medow.
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