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At first glance the name "Detroit Artisans" seems like a misnomer. The shop recently opened in the old Canine to Five space on Hilton in Ferndale, turning the massive warehouse-like building into a container for vintage and antique goods — everything from old medical books to 1950s letterman jackets to traffic lights to mod furniture to tobacco pipes to wire birdcages. You could spend hours closely inspecting the thousands of items that are set up in aesthetically designed displays throughout the store.
While perusing these unique items, though, you begin to wonder who the "Detroit artisans" are. Isn't this an antique store? Yes, it is. Well, kind of.
Detroit Artisans is also a "co-design/work space" that focuses on interior design and visual display. Remember when we mentioned those aesthetically designed displays? Well, that's what we're talking about here. That's what this shop is all about.
Owners allow co-signers to bring in their antique, vintage, and rare goods and set them up into visually appealing presentations. They'll stock a mid-century modern China cabinet with stacks of teacups, pots, and other accoutrements, every last piece of which is for sale. An antique vanity is outfitted with a porcelain pitcher and water basin and matching containers for powder and perfume. A farmhouse table is set with candle sconces, dishes, and a crystal decanter and glasses set. You get the idea.
The shop also carries artwork (original and otherwise), vintage jewelry, chandeliers, records, instruments, signs, moose antlers, pay phones, motorcycle helmets, and other oddities.