Society Confidential: Detroit artisans at Nora Detroit

Susan Whitall and Chuck Bennett

Artisans team up with designers at Nora Detroit

You’ll have to hurry to catch it, because Culture Lab Detroit’s limited run pop-up shop, The Culture Lab Design Collection, will only be offered at Nora Detroit, the gift shop co-owned by Toby Barlow, from Oct. 30-Nov. 15.

Culture Lab Detroit founder Jane Schulak paired local artisans with well-known designers to create a limited collection of home products keyed to a theme of “green space.” The items will cost between $65 and $2,000, and include vases, planters, lighting and gardening overalls. The “store within a store” was designed by David Stark, using gold accents and actual straw bales from Detroit farms.

The teams: Stark with Victoria Ashley Shaheen, Kelly Behun with Cass Community Social Services, Estudio Campana with Todd Erikson, Sebastian Errazuriz with Samuel Arambula at TechShop, and Paola Navone with Andrew Ward at Line Studio and makers at Detroit Denim and Detroit Sewn. Nora Detroit is at 4240 Cass, in Detroit.

Celebs at McCartney

Yes, Gov. Rick Snyder was rocking out, nerd-style, at the Paul McCartney concert Wednesday at The Joe. But people, that was not Jack Nicholson wearing sunglasses and waving to the audience from his seat. That was “Fake Jack Nicholson,” a Metro Detroit guy who looks like Jack circa early ’80s, and likes to be seen at rock shows.

It’s the real thing

Actor Miguel Nunez, who appeared in the 2002 sports romcom “Juwanna Mann,” stopped by the Horatio Williams Foundation downtown recently to watch the check presentation when the Coca-Cola Foundation presented the organization with $50,000. Nunez and Horatio Williams, the foundation’s founder, met last month when the actor was starring in the stage play “I Need a Man” at The Detroit Opera House.

“They were doing rehearsals for the show in our facility, and when he found out what we do here, he said he wanted to offer his support whenever he could,” Horatio explained. The money will benefit the Detroit organization’s Young Women’s Empowerment Program, which focuses on helping women develop entrepreneurial skills.

Where the boys are

Even though it was supposed to be a “girls night out,” the recent “Key to the Cure Kick-Off Party” at Saks Fifth Avenue turned out to be chock full of men. Several hundred women (and about 50 brazen men) took over the first floor of the store at the Somerset Collection in Troy for the event benefiting the Josephine Ford Cancer Institute. There were food stations, specialty drinks, music, beauty demonstrations (including lessons from renowned Dior makeup artist Jeffrey Sanchez) and lots of fashion. With all that, one of the biggest highlights of the evening for many of the women was the opportunity to have their photo taken with two shirtless, chiseled male models, Veon Selman and Jeremy Mollner, from the Renee Godin Agency. To date, Saks Fifth Avenue has donated more than $36 million to cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States.