There’s nothing better to liven up a mixer than with stellar design and a little drinking. Design Core Detroit made both of those happen at the Fisher Building in September with their Drinks x Design event. The spectacle spanned a large spectrum of design such as outdoor art installations, galleries, exhibits, and artsy store fronts nestled in offices along the narrow corridors of the Fisher.
For those coming off the street, a few large art installations were in full display featuring a trailer decked-out with a collage of colors, foil, and makeshift chairs.
Attendees were also able to make their mark by hanging personalized name tags on the rafters of a reclaimed-wood apparatus. The Drinks x Design street-team was full of smiles and conversation, making the whole experience very friendly.
Inside, event-goers had the option of three floors to indulge in some libations and exhibitions. Attendees were quick to mention the temperature change between the lobby and the fourth floor. With a live jazz band and tons of people lining up for the pop-up bars in various offices, it was no surprise why the fourth floor was the hottest of the three.
Photo: Howrani Studios
The true gem of the event was the unknown. The rented spaces had signs denoting brands and owners, but the real fun came from discovering what was being displayed. One vendor seemed especially popular with a line stretching down the hall. They were offering a choice of mixed champagne drinks that featured grapefruit juice, lemonade or a splash of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur.
These spirits were coupled with artistic offerings like tongue-in-cheek greeting cards, digital art and quality photography for sale. Other mysterious rooms contained full exhibits with projectors for avant-garde visuals, store-fronts for urban apparel and a booth for sustainable alternatives to traditional furniture.
Floors 18 and 19 had more to offer, but the sheer volume of people trying to make their way up the main elevator made that task very difficult. Despite this, many did and were witness to a typical exhibition of art. Large mobiles and 3D installations were peppered about with their creators present. They told stories about what inspired them to bring their works of art to life.
Overall, the Drinks x Design: Design Crawl was successful spectacle of how design is used beyond the expected and an obvious highlight of the Month of Design. Detroit never stops and everyone that attended, including our Rebuilders, got to witness that yet again.
For more events like this, be sure to check out the full Design Core “Month of Design” schedule.