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10 Detroit Businesses Win 2019 Commerce Design Detroit Awards

Congratulations to the ten Detroit businesses that won the Commerce Design Detroit Awards!

Design Core Detroit and American Institute of Architects Detroit Chapter (AIA Detroit) announced the winners and selected the businesses from a group of 20 finalists.

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!

Stay tuned for September because it’s the official Month of Design in Detroit! Each year in the month of September, Design Core Detroit celebrates Detroit for being a UNESCO City of Design.

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

1701 Bespoke

Owner: Max Schmidt | Designer: Patrick Thompson Design

1701 Bespoke Detroit
1701 Bespoke | Photo by 3 Lyons Creative Courtesy of Design Core Detroit
1701 Bespoke Detroit
1701 Bespoke | Photo by 3 Lyons Creative Courtesy of Design Core Detroit

Central Kitchen + Bar

Owner: Dennis W. Archer, Jr. | Designer: Ron and Roman, Inc.

Central Kitchen + Bar Detroit
Central Kitchen + Bar | Photo by 3 Lyons Creative courtesy of Design Core Detroit
Central Kitchen + Bar Detroit
Central Kitchen + Bar | Photo by 3 Lyons Creative courtesy of Design Core Detroit

Detroit Denim Company

Owner: Eric Yelsma and Breena Lane

Designer: Ware Mfg | Contributing Designers: Who’s That and Logan Merry

Detroit Denim Company
Detroit Denim Company | Photo by 3 Lyons Creative courtesy of Design Core Detroit
Detroit Denim Company
Detroit Denim Company | Photo by 3 Lyons Creative courtesy of Design Core Detroit

Détroit Is The New Black

Owner: Roslyn Karamoko | Designer: Gensler

Contributing Designers: Rockford Construction and The Donut Shop

Détroit Is The New Black
Détroit is The New Black | Photo credit: 3 Lyons Creative courtesy of Design Core Detroit
Détroit Is The New Black
Détroit Is The New Black | Photo credit: 3 Lyons Creative courtesy of Design Core Detroit

FLOYD

Owner: Kyle Hoff, Alex O’Dell

Designer: M1DTW | Contributing Designers: Et al Collaborative

FLOYD Detroit
FLOYD | Photo courtesy of FLOYD
FLOYD Detroit
FLOYD | Photo courtesy of FLOYD

Kiesling

Owner: Carlo Liburdi and Ashley Davidson

Designer: Citizen Brand & Story Lab

Contributing Designers: StudioBD, PLLC

Kiesling Detroit
Kiesling | Photo by 3 Lyons Creative courtesy of Design Core Detroit
Kiesling Detroit
Kiesling | Photo courtesy of Kiesling

Maru Sushi + Grill

Owner: Robert Song

Designer: ROSSETTI

Contributing Designers: BrenMar Mod Interiors, SES, and Great Lakes Hotel Supply Co.

Maru Sushi + Grill
Maru Sushi + Grill | Photo by 3 Lyons Creative courtesy of Design Core Detroit
Maru Sushi + Grill Detroit
Maru Sushi + Grill | Photo by 3 Lyons Creative courtesy of Design Core Detroit

Meta Physica Wellness Center

Owner: Anahi Hollis and Jenaveve Biernat

Designer: Anahi Hollis Design

Contributing Designers: Christian Hurttienne Architects, and Brian T. Cecil

Meta Physica Wellness Center
Meta Physica Wellness Center | Photo by 3 Lyons Creative courtesy of Design Core Detroit
Meta Physica Wellness Center Detroit
Meta Physica Wellness Center | Photo by 3 Lyons Creative courtesy of Design Core Detroit

Ochre Bakery

Owner: Jessica Hicks and Daisuke Hughes

Designer: Et all Collaborative

Contributing Designers: Hamtramck Ceramck, Sam Seurynck, Michael Burdick, and Steve Hicks

Ochre Bakery
Ochre Bakery | Photo by 3 Lyons Creative courtesy of Design Core Detroit
Ochre Bakery
Ochre Bakery | Courtesy of Ochre Bakery

Wasserman Projects

Owner: Gary L. Wasserman

Architect: Steven C. Firm

Contributing Designers: Elliott Earls, Jody Roberts, Aaron Blendowski & Richard Ganis, John Charnota, and Unsold Studio

Wasserman Projects
Wasserman Projects | Photo by 3 Lyons Creative courtesy of Design Core Detroit
Wasserman Projects
Wasserman Projects | Photo courtesy of Wasserman Projects

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.”

2019 Commerce Design Detroit Awards
Photo courtesy of Design Core Detroit

COMMERCE DESIGN DETROIT AWARD FINALISTS

  • Avalon
  • Bird & Bee
  • Central Kitchen
  • Dendrophile
  • Iconic Tattoo
  • Little High Flyers
  • Norma G
  • Sister Pie
  • Stella Coffee
  • Wasserman Projects
  • Vertical Detroit
  • Will Leather Goods(closed)

JURY MEMBERS

  • 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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