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Urban touch is a venture that focuses on locally produced, sourced, and inspired wooden furniture and functional wooden pieces using reclaimed trees from deserted urban environments.  The pilot program will open in Detroit, Michigan.

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Urban touch is a venture that focuses on locally produced, sourced, and inspired wooden furniture and functional wooden pieces using reclaimed trees from deserted urban environments. The pilot program will open in Detroit, Michigan. Urban touch wil

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Robert commented on Urban Touch

Right - the imperfections and "battle scars" that some of these wooden pieces might have are the points that will be highlighted in the furniture and artwork. The point is to express the transformation from damaged and forgotten into vibrant, active, and productive. Thanks for the suggestion I think its a great one.

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Robert commented on Urban Touch

Exactly - the furniture or artwork would be a physical story, a message from the dark days of Detroit looking forward into what can and will be.

I LOVE the idea of using other building materials, but I think beyond wooden pieces, it might take away from the easily understood vision of abandoned stumps becoming furniture and art. Those other materials would be perfect for the idea Reclaimed in Detroit!

Trash-to-treasures! I am a fan and I think that is a great idea as well.

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Robert commented on Urban Touch

Thanks Szilvia! That is actually exactly what I had in mind, but as I am a newbie to adding concepts, I apparently typed way too much in the first section and had to cut a lot out.

I envisioned Urban Touch being a for-profit entity that supports a community workshop and possibly even a community showcase or exhibition. The workshop would be a place where the community can come in and work on whatever they choose, as long as the raw materials are found in deserted areas in Detroit. Just as you said, this area would be the physical location for the connection of workers and citizens, making the business much more personal. Citizens would have the option of either taking their finished pieces back to their homes, or leaving them in the community showcase as inspiration for others.

Those were my other two ideas that could start up a larger community involvement on many levels. That is just the beginning though - this general idea could take off in a lot of different directions once the concept is understood by the local population.

So yea, love the idea!