On Now: Detroit Design City

By alexandra


Once known for its booming auto industry, Detroit is now home to a growing design community that supports the local economy and is helping to revitalize the area. The fourth annual celebration, which runs through September 28th, is the brainchild of The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), which connects Detroit’s creative talent to global markets, advocates for policies and programs that support the local design and manufacturing of consumer products, and promotes Detroit’s design and creative talent. The work of hundreds of designers and creative practitioners from the region will be on display for visitors.


What’s so cool and unique about the festival is that it is completely user generated. Designers submit proposals for various design happenings during an open call and the community rallies around their efforts, offering up venues, volunteers, promotional support and resources.

Highlights include the “DDF Design Crawl,” which offers a tour of downtown Detroit’s design hotspots, as well as interactive installations like the “L’arramee’ Sail Swing” by architectural firm Laavu. Placed in an underused public space, the swing incorporates a sail that is visually stunning and produces a ‘whoosh’ sound that calms the user. These are just a few of the numerous local design experiences on offer. For a complete schedule of events, exhibits, and discussions visit www.detroitdesignfestival.com

The "Safety Shamans" group makes their grand entrance into DDF's opening night bash. Photo Credit: Detroit Design Festival

The “Safety Shamans” group makes their grand entrance into DDF’s opening night bash. Photo Credit: Detroit Design Festival

A display from Shinola, once a well-known shoe polish brand, now a purveyor of hand-crafted bicycles, watches and more. Photo Credit: Detroit Design Festival





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