One of Schanck’s portraits of the locals and students, members of his community-based practice, posing with the handmade ALUfoil furniture pieces that take, on average, more than a year and 1000 man-hours to produce

Designed by Detroit

Christopher Schanck’s ironic pursuits

May 2015
Installed in a rundown corner shop in Detroit, Christopher Schanck’s studio thrives with community activity. This is where his furniture pieces are made, slowly and steadily, by the unskilled hands of his neighbours. The designer does not play by any of the existing rules of design, as rather than wanting his furniture to be pretty and smart, he would rather it have an impact akin to being kicked in the gut. With the art world currently in praise of him, the signs are that he has succeeded.