One of the country’s most sought after event producers, David Stark, has partnered with Pewabic to create a one-of-a-kind dinnerware plate for Culture Lab Detroit. David is joining us as a guest blogger for this week’s post to share news of his partnership with Culture Lab Detroit and experience working with Pewabic. Enjoy!

I am very excited to be coming to Detroit this week for an action packed tour of this fabulous city thanks to Culture Lab Detroit. As a catalyst for conversations and collaborations between Detroit’s artists, designers, technologists and the larger design world, Culture Lab Detroit is hosting a lecture on Thursday, April 18th, at the College for Creative Studies, and I will be speaking along with a panel of design and business leaders. The event is free and all are welcome. I hope you’ll come!

As part of its mission, Culture Lab Detroit is not only talking the talk, but walking the walk: It has sponsored a design collaboration between myself and Pewabic, resulting in a super chic dinner plate that has been conceived to perfectly complement the table décor for an event we are creating on Friday, April 19th. When Jane Schulak, the organization’s Founder and Creative Director, asked me to identify a Detroit business to collaborate with, I immediately thought of Pewabic. A company with such rich and historic design accomplishments, it would be such an honor to action the philosophies of Culture Lab with such an icon.

In addition to sharing an image of the Pewabic/David Stark plate, which will be available for purchase from June 7-Dec 31, 2013 at the Pewabic Museum Store, I thought it would be fun to share some of our specimens of table décor that we were designing the plate to compliment. I think you’ll agree the plates will be the perfect cherry on the sundae for our table.

Of course, now I have the Pewabic bug! I am dying to make a full collection… in lots of colors… but in the short run, I would settle with making ceramic spoons and goblets! A big thank you to the amazingly talented folks at Pewabic for all of their artistry and to Culture Lab Detroit for making this collaboration and design dialogue possible. Every city needs a Culture Lab. Watch for amazing things to happen with this organization! I know I will.


D. (David Stark)

Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 18 at 6:00PM
A. Alfred Taubman Center For Design Education
College For Creative Studies
485 West Miluakee, 11th Floor, Detroit, MI