October 30 - November 15, 2015
4240 Cass Ave #109

New to Culture Lab Detroit in 2015, and another outgrowth from past years’ dialogues, was the launch of Culture Lab Design - an exclusive line of products, loosely related to the theme of "green space," created by internationally renowned designers in collaboration with Detroit artists, businesses, organizations and manufacturers.

David Stark with Victoria Ashley Shaheen
Kelly Behun with Cass Community Social Services
Estudio Campana with Todd Erickson at College for Creative Studies Foundry
Sebastian Errazuriz with Samuel Arambula at TechShop
Paola Navone with with Detroit Sewn and Andrew Ward at Line Studio.

The new products were launched with a two-week pop-up shop designed by David Stark at Nora and sold online.  All proceeds from Culture Lab Design went to collaborating Detroit artists, businesses, organizations and manufacturers.

Featuring designs by

Celebrity event designer and lifestyle expert David Stark in collaboration with Detroit ceramicist Victoria Ashley Shaheen create glazed, ceramic flower rests in various dimensions, paired with elegant, glass cylinders in a range of sizes. The pierced array of holes create flexibility for creatively arranged floral displays that can be at once spare and lyrical or lush and full, depending on desire. The rests put a structure that florists have historically hidden out front as an elegant, chic feature, and the vase/rest combinations can stand alone as individual units or can be combined as a group to create multileveled displays.

David Stark is a renowned New York-based event producer, designer, and author, as well as President and Creative Director of David Stark Design and Production, a full-service event design and planning firm. Starting out as a painter, before moving into floral design, David Stark has since been a leader and innovator in the event industry for over 19 years.

David Stark Design and Production is celebrated for the inventive, imaginative programs it creates for a wide range of high-wattage celebrity clients and programs such as Beyoncé Knowles, Brad Pitt, Martha Stewart, Mariska Hargitay, Glenn Close, Jon Stewart, and SNL’s 40th Anniversary, major corporations such as Target, TBS and Condé Nast, as well as high-visibility programs and fund-raising galas for the nation’s most elite not-for-profit organizations including The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, God’s Love We Deliver and The Metropolitan Opera.

Stark, a five-time author, released his latest book, David Stark: The Art of the Party (Monacelli Press), in May 2013. His product collaborations and creations have included several collections for West Elm, a "store ambush" of Haus Interior in NYC for his WOOD SHOP collection and Paper Tales, a limited edition collection of paper art pieces produced exclusively for Bergdorf Goodman.

Discarded tires are repurposed using traditional macrame knotting techniques. These designs are made from the sidewalls of tires and incorporate automotive valve springs and transmission crowns. Made in collaboration with Cass Community Social Services.

Kelly Behun grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Economics. After graduating she moved to New York City and worked for the US distributor of the UK music label Factory Records, and as a buyer and stylist in the fashion industry. She joined Ian Schrager Hotels’ in-house Design Studio in 1994, where she worked with Andree Putman and trained under internationally renowned designer Philippe Starck. While there she was an integral member of the design team that worked on the Delano in Miami, Mondrian in Los Angeles, and Royalton, Paramount, Morgans and Hudson hotels in New York City. She was the lead in-house designer on the Delano’s Beach Village, Blue Door Restaurant, and Blue Door Brasserie. In 2000, she started her own company, behun ziff design (with partner Natasha Ziff) focusing on residential design projects. In 2010 she started k e l l y b e h u n |STUDIO which is known for its comprehensive and highly bespoke approach to interior design projects and its line of furniture and home accessories. In 2012, her limited edition line of furniture was exhibited in a solo show entitled "AFTER" at the R20th Gallery in Tribeca. The work exhibited featured collaborations with the collage artists Lola Dupre and Gordon Magnin, fiber & macrame artist Sally England, mosaic artist Rhonda Heisler, wood carver Robert Brou, and mixed-media/performance artist Alex P White, who created unique side tables by hand pouring layers of black and white resin. Other pieces were directly inspired by the work of Lynda Benglis, Roberto Burle Marx and Bridget Riley.

Kelly's design work has been published in numerous magazines including Elle Decor, New York Magazine (cover story of annual design issue), House Beautiful, House and Garden, Design Hunting, Vogue, Elle, W, Details, Marie Claire Maison, German Architectural Digest, and Italian Elle Décor. Her design is also featured on the cover of the book “Bathrooms” and “The Bathroom Design File,” published by Ryland, Peters & Small. Her collaboration with Vladimir Kagan is featured in “The Complete Kagan” published by Pointed Leaf Press. She has appeared on “The Martha Stewart Show” and was the 2012 recipient of the Stars on the Rise award from the Decoration and Design Building's annual Stars of Design Awards. In 2014 she was named to Elle Décor Magazine’s A-List of Interior Designers. Ms. Behun lives in New York City with her husband and two sons, ages 15 and 12.

The Detroit Vase is made using traditional cotton dolls handcrafted by an NGO located in the town of Esperança ("Hope" in Portuguese) in the northeast of Brazil. We then added the chemical process of electrodeposition to coat them in metal. We wanted to introduce this universe to Detroit. The word hope is related to the renaissance of Detroit while the human figures to the factory workers that built the city. Made in collaboration with Todd Erickson at College for Creative Studies Foundry.

Founded in 1983 in Sao Paulo by brothers Fernando (born 1961) and Humberto (born 1953) Campana, Estudio Campana became famous for its furniture design and the creation of intriguing objects such as the Vermelha and Favela chairs and has grown to include Interior Design, Architecture, Landscaping, Scenography, Fashion, Artistic Partnerships and more. The Campanas work incorporates the idea of transformation, reinvention and the integration of craftsmanship in mass production. Giving preciousness to common materials carries not only the creativity in their design but also their very Brazilian characteristics – the colors, the mixtures, the creative chaos, the triumph of simple solutions. Companies such as Alessi, Artecnica, Bernardaud, Baccarat, Corsi Design, Consentino, Edra, Grendene, H Stern, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Nodus, Magis, Moleskine, Skitsch, Trousseau, Venini and others produce the ideas materialized by the team at the studio, which also signs its own line of limited numbered editions and unique pieces often crafted in partnership with artisan communities and NGOs. These special editions are represented by international galleries including Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Firma Casa, Friedman Benda and Galleria O.

Campana pieces are included in the permanent collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the MoMa in New York, the Musée Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo and also the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein. The brothers were honored with the Designer of the Year award in 2008 by Design Miami and the Designers of the Year Maison & Objet award in 2012. That same year they were selected for the Comité Colbert Prize in Paris, honored at Beijing Design Week, received the Order of Cultural Merit in Brasilia and were awarded the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture in France. In 2013 they were listed among the top 100 most influential Brazilian personalities by Forbes magazine, and in 2014 Wallpaper* ranked them among the top 100 major players in design.

Culture Lab Detroit and Sebastian Errazuriz Studio have partnered together with the goal of sparking a sense of regeneration in Detroit. The result of this collaboration is the Rock Lamp, a photo luminescent lamp made from the unusable and unwanted debris that has been left in Detroit. The lamp is not powered by electricity but with high grade phosphorescent material. Made in collaboration with Samuel Arambula at TechShop.

Chilean born, New York based artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz was raised in London, obtained a design degree in Santiago and a Master’s in Fine Arts from New York University. Artist, Designer and Activist Sebastian Errazuriz has received international acclaim for his original and provocative works on a variety of areas and disciplines. Tackling everything from political artworks to giant public art projects, experimental furniture to product design and women’s shoes to motorcycles. His work is always surprising and compelling, inviting the viewer to look again at realities that were often hidden in front of their own eyes. A prodigious and obsessive workaholic, Sebastian became, at the age of 28, the second living South American artist to have work auctioned at Sotheby’s Important Twentieth Century Design year of sale. In 2007 Errazuriz was selected one of the top emerging international designers by I.D. Magazine. In 2010 he received the title of Chilean Designer of the Year. In 2011 he was selected for the Compasso d’ Oro and at the end of that year his work was the talk of Design Miami Basel.

Sebastian Errazuriz’s work has been exhibited alongside the most celebrated architects and designers in over forty international exhibitions. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Copper Hewitt, National Museum of Design in New York, The Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art, The Vitra Museum in Weil AM Rheim in Germany, The Museum of Art and Design in New York, The Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago. “Look Again” was his first solo museum solo exhibition in 2014 at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Sebastian’s work has been featured in multiple magazine covers and portrayed in thousands press articles by the specialized art and design media. He has also received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, Art+Auction. In addition, his work has been featured in mainstream TV in BBC, CNN, ABC, and NY1. Multiple books and catalogues feature his projects and his first monograph The Journey of Sebastian Errazuriz was published and distributed internationally by Gestalten in 2012.

The Mario Overall is dedicated to the timeless passion of gardening and to the joy of having your your hands in the earth. Happily and comfortably wear over the clothes. Setting is not important, whether you wear them in the countryside or a small urban garden. The joy of working the land with your pockets full of seeds and gardening tools has no age and no place. Made in collaboration with Detroit Sewn.
An urban garden peeping out of concrete. Plants climbing from the planters on terraces and balconies or breaking into a garden with an unexpected presence. The April Cement Planters embody the poetry of simple things and the beauty of the rough, imperfect and handmade. Together they tell a little story about the world. Made in collaboration with Andrew Ward at Line Studio.

Straightforward, a dreamer and eclectic: PAOLA NAVONE'S mind and soul are a combination of flavours and colours of the south of the world - known, loved and lived - together with the taste and forms of the West, rich in traditions, open and continuously in movement. All of this produces her untiring curiosity in her search for matters and materials, forms and structures. In her search for the present, the past and the future.
PAOLA NAVONE is an ARCHITECT who graduated at the Polytechnic of Turin a DESIGNER with: the objects of Mondo and Driade; the sofas for Poliform; the beds for Orizzonti; the first collection of Armani Home; and the Arcade vases and the lamps for Oltrefrontiera; the Casamilano armchairs; the collection for Roche Bobois; the Egizia table collection, the Punto Rosso- Punto Oro and Evergreen collections for Baxter; the ceramics for Terre Blu. The bathroom collection for Falper and Viva. The rotational moulding for Slide. The collection Gingerbread and Nuova Falegnameria for Lando. The Sofas collection for Linteloo. The metal outdoor collection for Emu. The textile bed collection for Redaelli. The objects for Habitat. The kitchen Menu for Bontempi and the collection of tap for Mamoli. The collection I Fondamentali for Natuzzi. The collection Eu/phoria for Eumenes. Lelit for Poltrona Frau. A new beds collection for Letti&Co. Blue collection of rugs for Kasthall. The new outdoor collection for Triconfort. The collection Out of India for Anthropologie The collection of furniture, tableware and sofas for Crate and Barrel. an ART DIRECTOR for Gervasoni and Kieffer by Rubelli an INTERIOR DECORATOR of her homes throughout the world, of restaurants in Athens and Mykonos, of the Piazza Sempione showrooms to be found in Milan, Düsseldorf, Rome, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tokyo and the United States. The restaurant “Pane e Acqua” in Milano. The Art Trading office in Moscow. The new Dodo shops for Pomellato in Florence, Bergamo, Lecce, Bologna, Dusseldorf, the United States and the opening in London, Milano and Paris. The new hotels Point Yamu – Phuket and Metropolitan by Como at Miami beach for Como Hotels and Resort. an INDUSTRIAL PLANNER of surfaces - in primis and right from the beginning - for Abet Laminati. a CREATOR OF programs in the form of exhibitions and parties all over the world.
PAOLA NAVONE is someone who doesn't want to design systematically, in order to be always just a little bit more curious than the others (in the words of the motivation of the International Design Award won in Osaka in 1983, first of all)
who wants to be a citizen of the world in order to look and discover
who is a little bit of an anthropologist
who doesn't want to throw away the past but make it relive
who wants to cultivate the East and its spontaneous manual skills (as she has learned to understand after working for years together with craftsmen in the Philippines).