Archives - 2018 Detroit Month of Design (Event Highlights)
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To celebrate Detroit’s designation as the first UNESCO City of Design, the Detroit Design Festival, organized by Design Core Detroit, will transition from a weeklong series of events to recognizing September as “Detroit Month of Design.” From September 1-30, 2018, more than 300 participants will present 41 events and special projects throughout the city in celebration of Detroit design. 

Amani Olu
August 01, 2018

September 23-30, 2018, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Presented by Sukkah x Detroit

Five to seven sukkahs, selected through Detroit’s largest international design competition in recent history, will be displayed in Detroit's historic Capitol Park, accompanied by complementary programs and events.

Youth Day

Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Youth Day
Presented by Design Core Detroit & Michigan Science Center
5020 John R Street

Join Detroit's next generation of design stars for an afternoon of creativity and exploration. Enjoy the Michigan Science Center with design focused workshops geared towards kids ages 2-16.

Eastern Market After Dark

Thursday, September 20, 7 - 11 p.m.
Eastern Market After Dark
Presented by Design Core Detroit

Celebrate Detroit design as one of the nation’s oldest public markets transforms into a creative district by night. More than 30 studios and galleries will open late throughout the district. Sheds 2, 3, 4, and 5 will be open with interactive experiences, brand activations, designer spotlights, installations, and parties.

Focus: On Detroit Photography Festival

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 12 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Presented by Focus: HOPE
Cool Cities Park
14150 Woodrow Wilson Street

The inaugural Focus: On Detroit Photography Festival celebrates the people and places of the great city of Detroit, with photographic works by a range of established and emerging photographers including Josh Carroll, Brian Day, New D Media Arts, Shawn Lee, Jenny Risher, Darkroom Detroit, and Capturing Belief. The festival highlight features large-scale nighttime projections of photographs, videos, and light sculptures on the historic Bell Building curated to riveting music. Additional festival elements include photo-related workshops and artist talks, hands-on activities for all ages, music, food trucks and a beer garden.

Gold Ink + Red Wine at POST

Friday September 21, 7 - 10 p.m.
Gold Ink + Red Wine at POST 
Presented by POST

POST is opening its shop and studios for an evening of tours, demos, and drop-in workshops. Visit the design and production studios of Mutual Adoration, Hooray Forever, Scarlet Crane, and TAIT Design Co. Meet the artists, designers, and special guests.

Light Up Livernois

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 5 - 10 p.m.
Light Up Livernois
Design Core Detroit and Explore Livernois

Light up Livernois returns for its fifth edition, as part of the annual Detroit Month of Design to celebrate design and creativity on the Historic Avenue of Fashion. Makers, artists and designers from Detroit are collaborating with local small businesses to shop, dine and experience design through open studios, fashion vignettes, musical performances, and small business highlights.


Saturday, September 22, 6 - 8 p.m.
Presented by Simone DeSousa EDITION

A site-specific installation by Campo Studio (Fernando Bales & Elise DeChard). The project aims to blur the lines between object, architecture, and the field in between. The intervention will comprise a series of mobile furniture armatures, each with a standalone presence and use, that together assemble into a cohesive architectural space spanning the gallery and courtyard.

SHAPE: Defining Furniture In Michigan’s Design Legacy

Friday, September 7, 2018, 7 - 9 p.m.
SHAPE: Defining Furniture In Michigan’s Design Legacy
Presented by NEXT:SPACE + TOM GIBBS STUDIO in partnership with DetroitIsIt and Shinola
Shinola Canfield Flagship Store (441 W. Canfield Street)

Discover important design practices from iconic designers such as Charles & Ray Eames and Florence Knoll, carried on by today’s designers including Alex Drew and NO ONE, Nina Cho, Colin Tury, Hunt & Noyer and more.

Toyota Lecture Series featuring Kat Holmes

Wednesday, September 19, 6 - 8 p.m. 
Kat Holmes on How Inclusion Shapes Design

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Inclusive Design Workshop and Book Signing with Kat Holmes

Inclusive design is rapidly gaining relevance, but what does it really mean, and how can it be identified or measured? Kat Holmes, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” is founder of, a firm dedicated to inclusive design resources and education.

Detroit Month of Design

Press release featuring event highlights.