7 Can’t-Miss Events and Exhibits from Detroit’s Month of Design

This September, the Motor City is celebrating its arts, culture, and design—past, present, and future—with a diverse array of happenings.

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Detroit’s Historic Avenue of Fashion—which includes Livernois Avenue—got its name for being a regional shopping destination. On September 29th, the neighborhood—also known for its African American heritage—will host musical performances, open studios, and fashion vignettes. eventbrite.com Courtesy Design Core Detroit

Metropolis included Detroit on its 2018 Design Cities list with good reason—in 2015, Detroit was the first American city to be named a UNESCO City of Design. The burg has no shortage of major design players, from major institutions like the Ford Motor Company and Cranbrook Academy of Art, to newer start-ups, like civic-minded real estate developer The Platform and flat-pack furniture company Floyd.

The September festival is organized by Design Core Detroit, a initiative formed in 2010 by Detroit’s College for Creative Studies (CCS) and Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM). The Core, which promotes the Detroit region’s design-driven businesses, describes Detroit Design Month as a “citywide celebration of creativity that gathers designers and the greater community to celebrate Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital.”

Our selection is below, but you can find a full listing of Detroit Design Month happenings here.

You may also enjoy “Metropolis Magazine’s 10 ‘Buzzing’ Design Cities of 2018.”

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