Gardner White Announces Detroit Month of Design Competition Winners

Design Core’s Detroit Month of Design is a citywide celebration of creativity that gathers designers and the greater community to recognize Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital. Running from September 1st through the 30th, partners across Detroit come together to show off their latest works and ideas. 

This year, Design Core has partnered with Gardner White for an all new furniture design competition. Gardner White has selected three winners who will be bringing their furniture design concepts to life and displaying them publicly at various locations around Metro Detroit. 

Detroit Month of Design Competition Winners

Erika Baker, owner of Urban Alterscape, will be setting up her entry titled Slung at Vanguard Community Development Corporation. Urban Alterscape is a collaboration aimed to restore and transform urban environments while raising expectations for design, workmanship, and lifestyle in the city of Detroit and beyond. Baker’s approach to the built environment is fundamentally defined by her foundational experience in psychology and social work, where design is intended to both respond to and elevate the human experience. 

Laura Foxman will be working with local fabricators on her piece which is part of the WE ARE ALL COLLAGE practice, and will be displaying it at The Congregation Detroit. WE ARE ALL COLLAGE (WAAC) is an innovative interdisciplinary architecture and design practice based in Detroit, MI and Oregon of which Foxman is an architect, artist, and design researcher. WAAC explores places, meaning, and the encyclopedic collage of contemporary experience through architecture, design and information culture.  

Elizabeth Salonen from MottoForm will be displaying her entry at the Gardner White Canton Store. MottoForm is Salonen’s independent design studio where she works in product design, custom artwork, interiors, textile design, print & pattern, homewares, furniture and collectible design. Salonen is interested in the wellbeing of the planet, using non-toxic and sustainable materials, and re- materializing waste or discarded products into new.