About the Donut Shop


The Donut Shop is a design and build studio in the heart of the Motor City specializing in custom, one-off pieces of furniture and interior/exterior design features. All Donut Shop products are handmade, in-house, by the three friends, co-owners, and makers: David Eppig, Ian Klipa, and Jake Saphier. The Donut Shop makes things by hand because we believe that people should know where their possessions come from. Objects should be artifacts of their time and place, made with real materials and by hands of real people. We strive to make enriching objects that instill joy and promote a sense of connection to and pride over your belongings. We are inspired by other designers and makers in our community and the creative community at large; building on the tradition of craftsmanship, design, and manufacturing in Detroit. 

We have experience working on an expansive range of projects such as custom furniture, architectural features, sculptural pieces, interior design, home goods, and small production runs. As both designers and makers, we offer the whole process, from ideation to finished deliverable. This ensures that each project is catered to your specific needs. We aim to make the custom design process enjoyable and to demystify the process. So, whether you have detailed specifications, or a vague idea of what you want, the Donut Shop has the ability to guide you from initial sketches to a finished piece. 

While versed in a variety of materials and processes, we focus primarily on metal fabrication and woodworking. Uniquely, both shops are housed under one roof which allows for a more seamless interfacing between the mediums. Additionally, this enables the Donut Shop to efficiently integrate both materials into projects without the long turnaround times caused by outsourcing to other fabricators. Ian and Jake do the metal working. Both have worked in a variety of shops and bring their own sensibilities to the design and build process.  David’s expertise is in woodworking. He heads the majority of wood projects and has worked in a custom furniture studio as well run an independent wood shop. For the few processes we can't complete in house, we outsource to the rich network of industries and manufacturers located in the Detroit Metro area.  We are honored to work in Detroit, and continue its legacy of manufacturing and design. 

Thanks for taking the time to read about our shop and what we do. We hope to work on a project with you soon.


- Ian, Jake, and Dave