Congratulations to the ten Detroit businesses that won the Commerce Design Detroit Awards!
The Commerce Design Detroit Awards honors local, small businesses that have opened or renovated their business in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck.
It wasn’t until last year’s Detroit Month of Design that I discovered Design Core Detroit honors local artists, businesses, and organizations with awards. Isn’t it fantastic?! Detroit truly is a city of art!
There are many artsy events, enriching workshops, and city celebrations held throughout September for the Month of Design. It’s also one of my favorite Detroit city events!
2019 COMMERCE DESIGN DETROIT AWARDS WINNERS
Owner: Max Schmidt | Designer: Patrick Thompson Design
Central Kitchen + Bar
Owner: Dennis W. Archer, Jr. | Designer: Ron and Roman, Inc.
Detroit Denim Company
Owner: Eric Yelsma and Breena Lane
Designer: Ware Mfg | Contributing Designers: Who’s That and Logan Merry
Détroit Is The New Black
Owner: Roslyn Karamoko | Designer: Gensler
Contributing Designers: Rockford Construction and The Donut Shop
Owner: Kyle Hoff, Alex O’Dell
Designer: M1DTW | Contributing Designers: Et al Collaborative
Owner: Carlo Liburdi and Ashley Davidson
Designer: Citizen Brand & Story Lab
Contributing Designers: StudioBD, PLLC
Maru Sushi + Grill
Owner: Robert Song
Contributing Designers: BrenMar Mod Interiors, SES, and Great Lakes Hotel Supply Co.
Meta Physica Wellness Center
Owner: Anahi Hollis and Jenaveve Biernat
Designer: Anahi Hollis Design
Contributing Designers: Christian Hurttienne Architects, and Brian T. Cecil
Owner: Jessica Hicks and Daisuke Hughes
Designer: Et all Collaborative
Contributing Designers: Hamtramck Ceramck, Sam Seurynck, Michael Burdick, and Steve Hicks
Owner: Gary L. Wasserman
Architect: Steven C. Firm
Contributing Designers: Elliott Earls, Jody Roberts, Aaron Blendowski & Richard Ganis, John Charnota, and Unsold Studio
COMMERCIAL DESIGN’S POSITIVE IMPACT ON URBAN COMMUNITIES
I connected with Ms. Olga Stella, Executive Director of Design Core Detroit, and asked her how does commercial design have a positive impact on urban communities.
“Small business in Detroit is highly competitive. Well-designed spaces can create great customer experiences and lift up community identity.” Ms. Stella said.
“This award program positions businesses that have invested in design as successful role models working to improve Detroit’s commercial corridors. It aims to create a culture that values beautiful, accessibly designed spaces regardless of project size or budget.”
COMMERCE DESIGN DETROIT AWARD FINALISTS
- Bird & Bee
- Central Kitchen
- Iconic Tattoo
- Little High Flyers
- Norma G
- Sister Pie
- Stella Coffee
- Wasserman Projects
- Vertical Detroit
- Will Leather Goods(closed)
- Eric Thomas, Brand Specialist and Senior Partner at Saga Marketing
- Penelope de la Madrid, Interior designer, ABAKA Interiors, Puebla UNESCO Design City
- Pierre Roberson, Architect and Michigan Design Practice Lead, AECOM
- Rochelle Riley, Director of Arts and Culture, City of Detroit
- Sandra Olave, Interior Design Chair, College for Creative Studies
WHAT ARE THE COMMERCE DESIGN DETROIT AWARDS?
According to Design Core Detroit, the Commerce Design Detroit Awards is a Detroit City of Design project and a strategy within the UNESCO City of Design Action Plan to help grow the market for local design professionals and preserve the unique identity of Detroit culture.
Commerce Design Detroit Awards was launched in 2018 and it is a program based on a model introduced in 1995 in Montreal—one of Detroit’s sister cities in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
It is now licensed in more than a dozen cities around the world! Design Core Detroit partnered with AIA Detroit to manage the program, with support from Bank of America and The Platform.
For more information about Design Core Detroit and the Commerce Design Detroit Awards, please visit Design Core Detroit’s official website here.
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