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Detroit Center for Design + Technology
4219 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201
DATUM:DETROIT | DCDT CORRIDOR GALLERY
February 15, 2018 — April 25, 2018
Datum: Detroit is a documentation project produced by NEXT:SPACE, recording work from Detroit-based furniture designers through photography and film. The title Datum: Detroit is derived from the definition of ‘datum’ as a ‘fixed starting point of a scale or operation’ and the project examines the unique range of design approaches and aesthetics born from designers living and working in the same area: Detroit. Taking into account Michigan’s legacy of important furniture design, Datum: Detroit seeks to define the next generation of local designers and reinforce the role of Detroit as a center for innovative design – in Michigan and beyond.
NEXT:SPACE partners with LTU’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology to present the first Datum: Detroit series, presenting portraits of work from eight local furniture designers. Captured through the lens of Detroit photographer Heather Saunders, each portrait is a glimpse into a unique perspective shaping contemporary design in Detroit. The simple, yet compelling portraits introduce the viewer to a diverse range of designers — inviting further exploration of the new age of local design.
Meet: Ayako Aratani + Evan Fay; Elizabeth Born + Mario Isenmann; Nina Cho; Brian DuBois; Kyle Huntoon; Alex Rosenhaus + Drew Arrison; Paula Schubatis and Colin Tury.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER:
Heather Saunders has been a professional fine art, event + commercial photographer for 20 years. Her work has been featured in/on HOUR Detroit Magazine, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Detroit News, Metro Times, The Food Network, My Modern Met, This is Colossal, The Washington Post, Vogue Portugal, Huffington Post amongst others. Saunders was also a collaborator and the official photographer for the 2015 Flower House installation. Her self published Flower House Detroit book, documented the project with photos and words on her experience. Her work has been exhibited locally, recently receiving an Honorable Mention award in the 2016 Scarab Club photography exhibition for a piece from an architectural + auto photo series she is currently working on. heathersaunders.photo
NEXT:SPACE is a Detroit-based curator of locally designed and crafted furniture, objects and interior elements. Emphasizing Michigan’s important design legacy, NEXT:SPACE supports the new generation of innovative designers. The company was founded in 2014 by curator Isabelle Weiss to help local designers develop, exhibit, and sell their work. In 2017, the NEXT:SPACE showroom opened in the Fisher Building as a platform for retail collections and custom furniture design services.