Culture Lab Detroit 2016: Walls

An actionable discourse on the tactile and metaphoric walls within the Motor City

A quick conversation with a Detroiter—one of those born and raised, or transplanted for school who stuck around after, and even the ones who sought out inexpensive real estate and a fresh start later in life—reveals (regardless of how bold or subtle) an authentic passion for the city’s past, present and future. For those of us in the Motor City for this year’s Culture Lab …

Gary Simmons’ Music Fly-Poster Installation for Culture Lab Detroit

Kicking off the design forum with a large-scale public art exhibition

There’s no denying Detroit’s rich musical history and its global impact on both singers and songwriters. This was one element touched upon when we last attended Culture Lab Detroita multi-day, multi-venue forum on actionable design and creativity in the Motor City. To commence this year’s iteration, artist Gary Simmons has pasted his fly-poster art exhibition, for the first time ever, in a large public space …

Driftwood Hooks

Designer Kiel Mead gives a colorful new life to wood that has washed ashore

Plucked from the Great Lakes beaches of New York state, each of Kiel Mead‘s wall-mounted driftwood hooks marks a unique expression of his dedication to craft. Mead personally selects, bleaches and stains the hooks individually, telling Cool Hunting that because the approach is so extensive, every piece is like a little labor of love and, consequently, an unforgettable form. “There are several steps to the …