One of the most interesting and eclectic shows to kick off Design Week on Tuesday was the ShowPDX furniture exhibit, a showcase of more than 60 unique and unconventional pieces by regional designers. First mentioned on MOD here, the exhibit is a biennial event that was launched in 2002 to create a platform for an often overlooked industry to gain some recognition. If you didn't make it yet, don't worry, the show will be running through the 27th, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12-2pm and 4-6pm, and Saturdays at 10am-2pm, at their show room at 1233 NW 12th.
Some of the pieces I found the most interesting were made from repurposed items, like the Cooperage, a wine barrel-turned-table by Chris Bleiler at Fix Studio, and the Vintage Drum Tables, a totally rad series of, well, tables made from vintage drums, by Randy Rooker at Artisanworks. Some of my other favorites include the raw and minimalist Elm Nightstand, which is basically a polished tree-stump with a metal drawer on the side, by Thane Stumbaugh at Thane Woodworking, and the Suzan, a stool that comes in four variations made of hemp woven over a wooden frame to create a cat's cradle appearance by Dan Nicholson, Jesse Graham, Zoe Blatter and Tim Pleager.
If you catch the exhibit tonight or on Thursday the 25th at 5 pm, you can participate in a Q&A with some of the featured designers. A complete list of those participating will be posted on the ShowPDX Facebook page once all the detailed are ironed out.
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