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Some of the most innovative work done in Southeast Michigan comes from a large, renowned field of top-notch designers, including cool furniture makers in Royal Oak, cutting edge fashion labels in Detroit, and a much-sought-after tile-works in Ann Arbor.  And don't forget the gleaming cars that come from the creative minds all over metro Detroit.

Design Features

Local high school art on display at Mahindra HQ in Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills-based Mahindra champions the art of local high school students, seeks to grow program

For design inspiration for the north half of Mahindra Automotive’s North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Advanced Concepts Manager Paul Lowis turned to the talented high school students of Oakland County.

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Can Metro Detroit's treasure trove of mid-century modern architecture be preserved?

Metromode's Patrick Dunn tells us about the remarkable history – and sometimes disheartening present condition – of mid-century modern architecture in Metro Detroit.

Bob Gibbs presents a rendering of Troy's decidedly urbanist Master Plan.

How Metro Detroit's car-oriented suburbs are implementing a 'new American dream'

Things have changed over the past decade, with both residents and businesses shifting their attention back towards compact, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods like Ferndale, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and Midtown and Downtown Detroit, and Metro Detroit's car-oriented are adjusting accordingly. 

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Look to the suburbs to understand the eclecticism of Albert Kahn's architecture

Architect Albert Kahn designed hundreds of commissions in Detroit, but some of his most interesting work lies beyond the city's borders.

South Pacific Steel Installation

ZeroBase brings renewable energy to areas in need all over the world

Ferndale-based ZeroBase Energy was established in 2009 with the vision of making cleaner sources of energy more accessible to those most in need. 
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Design Videos

Featured Video: Epiphany Studios

Move over Chihuly, Epiphany Studios is out to eat your lunch. Okay, not really, but this Pontiac-based glass studio produces some incredible work, employing techniques developed and mastered by Italian glass blowers over hundreds of years.

Sunberg Ferar video

Featured Video: Sundberg-Ferar

Sundberg-Ferar was established in 1934 and is the second oldest industrial product design company in the United States. The Walled Lake company is an industry leader with a product roster that includes home appliances, automotive products, industrial electronic products, mass transit vehicles, vending machines, aircraft interiors, medical tools, and concept models for the NASA space station. Take a look inside Sundberg-Ferar with this Oakland County Prosper video by Matthew Stanton. 

The Robot Garage

Featured Video: The Robot Garage

At The Robot Garage, LEGO toys and robotics adventures are more than just childhood pastimes. Located in a converted warehouse in Birmingham's Rail District, this imagination laboratory hosts building classes, birthday parties, weekend competitions and one of the coolest retail shops in all of Oakland County. Whether you're a creative kid or just a child at heart, there's plenty to discover.

Blossoms

Featured Video: Beauty Blossoms In Metro Detroit

Norm Silk and Dale Morgan are all about aesthetics -- whether it's the explosion of flowers that fill their Birmingham boutique or the restoration of the only home in Detroit to be designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Ronin

Featured Video: Ronin

The Ronin were masterless samurai forced to carve out a path of their own. So too does this Royal Oak eatery, combining contemporary bistro sensibilties with a uniquely woodsy ambiance.
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