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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Design Marketplace feature local artisans, designers

By day, Andy Kem is a sculptor for General Motors. By night, the College for Creative Studies graduate designs modern-looking furniture and home accents. Kem, whose kem3d studio is in Detroit, describes his aesthetic as modern, but not mid-century. He makes clocks, furniture and lamps (pictured is one of his clocks). “My work is often an investigation of and influenced by materials and process,” says Kem. Kem is one of several local designers who will sell their works today at the Detroit Design Festival’s Design Marketplace, a fun pop-up marketplace that runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, 485 Milwaukee. The marketplace also will include Leadhead Glass, which makes terrariums from reclaimed glass and wood, and Smithshop. Go to detroitdesignfestival.com.

American Sewing Expo opens today

Sewing enthusiasts from all over southeast Michigan will be bobbing into Novi’s Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, this weekend for the 22nd Annual American Sewing Expo. There will be classes, demonstrations, hands-on projects, fashion shows and more. One fun sewing competition will pit 12 finalists against one another to design and sew on outfit during the expo, like something out of “Project Runway.” The show runs from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14. Go to AmericanSewing.com.

Snap a #sofaselfie, win $5K Art Van shopping spree

Art Van Furniture’s new fall catalog hits stores Thursday and if you post a picture of your favorite page from the 61-page catalog, it could win you $5,000. From Thursday through Oct. 12, go to artvan.com to fill out a form to enter the retailer’s “Pick your page and win” contest. Art Van also is asking people to snap a selfie of themselves on one of their sofas with #sofaselfie on social media for a chance to win a $5,000 to shopping spree. Ten $500 gift cards also will be awarded.

Visible Green Home Tour showcases ultimate ‘green’ house project in Ann Arbor

Imagine building an environmentally friendly, sustainable home. Now imagine building the greenest home possible — one that generates all the energy it consumes and captures and treats all of its water. That’s the intent of a residential project in Ann Arbor called Burh Becc at Beacon Springs. Now under construction, the project aims to meet the highest standards of green building set out by the Living Future Institute and is on track to be only the second home in the world to do so. To document the building process, the Visible Green Home Tour kicks off this weekend, the first in a series of tours this fall at Burh Becc (which means “dwelling by a creek” in Old English) to showcase and explain the building process. On Saturday and Sunday, owners Tom and Marti Burbeck, along with architect Michael Klement of Architectural Resources, will explain the Living Building Challenge, their goals and vision for what they call “a sustainable future.” Tours begin at 9 a.m. and last one hour; preregistration is required. The next tours will be held Oct. 24-25 and then Nov. 21-22. To learn more, go to visiblegreenhome.com.

Gorman’s hosts warehouse sale Saturday and Sunday

It’s a fall tradition: Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design fall warehouse sale. Running from 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at its Farmington Hills warehouse, 23231 Industrial Drive, some of the best brands in furniture — Bernhardt, Century, Stickley, Henredon, Hooker, Lexington, Natuzzi Editions, Serta and Stanley — will be marked down, some as much as 70 percent. And a first this year: truckloads of oriental and area rugs will be priced up to 70 percent off. Pictured is a Hooker Marquette Queen Bed, regularly $1,317, marked down to $388.

Kirkland’s opens fifth Metro Detroit location

Kirkland’s, a national home goods retailer, will open its fifth Metro Detroit location this weekend with a grand opening celebration at its new Allen Park store on Saturday. The new store is at 3380 Fairlane and the first 50 customers will receive a $10 gift card. “Expanding to the Fairlane Green shopping center is a great opportunity for Kirkland’s,” said Michelle Graul, executive vice president of stores and merchandising. Kirkland’s now has six stores in Michigan, including locations in Lansing, Shelby Township, Rochester Hills, and Novi.