Editors note: Isabelle Weiss is a friend and collaborator whose bio is bonkers and she’s not even thirty. Below, said bio. Below that, her songs for the studio and beyond.
Isabelle Weiss. Founder and curator of NEXT:SPACE—a retail platform for independent designers to develop, exhibit, and sell studio furniture, lighting, and textiles. She is obsessed with chairs and lamps and things made well to make a statement. A native Detroiter, Isabelle fell in love with the city’s history of art and architecture. She stuck around the city after studying art history and working as an art appraiser to see how she could help foster the next generation of great design. After noting the lack of a platform for contemporary furniture designers in the city, Isabelle founded NEXT:SPACE, producing pop up furniture exhibitions while also wearing the hats of public art tour guide —explaining the Detroit People Mover to crowds of perplexed German tourists; concierge—steering a bellman’s cart takes more finesse than one would think; art consultant—commissioning collections of local art for new downtown developments is the best crash course in understanding construction; and even piano teacher, before finally opening the first NEXT:SPACE showroom in the Fisher Building. Presenting monthly capsule collections of studio design, Isabelle works with a long list of talented artists and designers all based in the Detroit area and each producing forward thinking, handcrafted bespoke design for spaces we live in, work in, and love. Isabelle’s love of design looks backward as much as it looks forward, appreciating the rich legacy of furniture design in Michigan AKA the birthplace of American Modernism, she is the co-producer of the Michigan Design Icons series, presenting monthly design talks with mid-century furniture expert Tom Gibbs of TOM GIBBS STUDIO. With the goal of building a unique destination dedicated to the past, present, and future of furniture design, Isabelle will be opening the new NEXT:SPACE showroom beside TOM GIBBS STUDIO on Hilton Road in Ferndale this summer. Isabelle is also a contributor to DII, examining topics in art, design and culture.
Though the showroom is currently on hiatus for a facelift, NEXT:SPACE will be presenting a new collection from artist and designer Chad Wentzel TODAY, JUNE 1 | 6:30-8:30P at The Scott at Brush Park. Discover covetable, collectible woodblock prints designed and crafted in the artist’s Eastern Market studio and Signal-Return. Stay tuned for future NEXT:SPACE openings and events and explore studio design at nextspacedetroit.com
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Sunday Morning by The Velvet Underground and Nico
Sure Thing by St. Germain feat. John Lee Hooker
Hello Operator by The White Stripes
These Arms of Mine by Otis Redding
Sexy Boy by Air
Moanin by Charles Mingus
Our Day Will Come by Amy Winehouse
*”Ok so it is seven songs but one is a nine minute long jazz sesh, so I am pretty sure that counts as three.” 🙂 —Weiss