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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.


Treger Strasberg

The Humble Mission of Humble Design

Pontiac-based Humble Design assists families in transition out of homelessness by turning their houses into homes with donated furniture and household goods as well as personalized design services. 

Stanisz, Rigato, and Van Til

The Forthcoming Mabel Gray Signals a New Cool for Hazel Park and Michigan's Top Chef

Hazel Park is "under construction," says Chef James Rigato. And, thanks in no small part to his forthcoming second restaurant Mabel Gray, it stands to be the next cool metro Detroit neighborhood to open an independent business. 

Ashley and Andy Harrison, Utley Brothers Printing

Utley Brothers Printing comes full circle after 70 years

Troy-based Utley Brothers Printing is celebrating 70 years in business this year, and with the introduction of their letterpress studio the Atlantic Press five years ago, the company is paying homage to its early origins as much as it is keeping up with current design trends. 


In Pontiac, historic neighborhoods are key to city's revival

Pontiac's historic neighborhoods are not only testaments to the city's former economic and industrial might, but also to its potential for future redevelopment.

Salvaging parts of South Lyon's historic mill

Saving the Leonard Mill, a 19th century agricultural relic in Oakland County

Parts from a doomed historic mill in South Lyon will be used to restore a similar mill in the Village of Leonard, creating a historic destination on the Polly Ann Trail.
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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.

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.

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. 

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.


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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