Rejuvenation, founded in Portland in 1977 has been a go-to for hardware, home decor and home improvement findings that are both aesthetically appealing and of lasting quality. While visiting the store over the years, it's a walk-through that inspires—with their line of brand new, antique inspired (or in some cases replicated) pieces that are made to—well, replicate the intricate details and aesthetic of a by-gone era while having that "My shit's brand new!" feeling. All this alongside some genuine antique items, which leaves your options open. The recent takeover by Williams-Sonoma could have been a not-so-great change for the local store (that also has brick and mortars in Seattle, Los Angeles and Berkeley), but oo the contrary: Three years after the somewhat down-low buyout in 2011, the Sunday Emporium (a collaboration with Portland Flea) was born, and now an even larger (because it reaches customers on a national level) collaboration is about to come forth. This new venture is pretty exciting for the brands that are involved, and shows that Rejuvenation is serious about its roots.
There are three Portland based artisans that are involved in this first installment: Caravan Pacific, Pigeon Toe and Cedar & Moss. Expect to see lamps, hard wired lighting, tree toppers, ornaments and lanterns for the Fall/Holiday edition of collaborations.
The man behind all this, Alex Bellos added some insight:
Mercury: How did this idea arise?
Alex Bellos: Ever since moving back to Portland, I’ve been amazingly impressed with the artisan and maker community here. After spending time in New York – where small artisans really only have space to make stuff on their coffee table – it’s been eye opening to return to a place where someone with an idea and a plan can rent a warehouse, start a business, and build product of scale quickly and with relative ease. Rejuvenation’s heritage and DNA is in celebrating craftsmanship and the making of goods here in Portland – we employ over 100 craftspeople at our factory in Northwest Portland – so to me it seemed like a perfect fit to use the power of our brand platform to support the local artisan and maker community.
How did you choose who to work with?
We wanted to start with people who were driving innovation in our core categories: lighting and functional goods for the home. We have such a heritage of quality and craftsmanship, and we were excited to find such a large and vibrant community of makers who were using the same materials we’ve been using for years – solid brass, hand cast ceramics, etc. – in new and innovative ways. Michelle Steinback from Cedar & Moss has made such a huge mark in such a short time reinterpreting and paring down the forms of the past to create new, functional and incredibly beautiful lighting forms. Shannon Guirl from Caravan Pacific has garnered national recognition for the quality of her mixed materials lighting. And Lisa Jones from Pigeon Toe has built this amazing business across multiple categories by pushing the boundaries of what ceramics and woven forms can do. We’re so excited to partner with all three!
Will there be more collaborations in the future?
Yes, definitely; we already have a number in the works that will continue to focus on artisans, makers, and designers in the Portland area. We’re going to expand into additional categories as well – look for amazing hook racks, hardware, and more extraordinary lighting to launch over the next year!
What's great for these local brands is that they get nation-wide exposure through not only the stores, but also the catalog and website starting October 14th, and get to show off their stellar skills co-designing with a well known high end and reputable brand(s).
Having launched the monthly Sunday Emporium market to feature gobs of Portland makers (next one: Sept 28), I'd say Rejuvenation has already had a good year for giving a hand up to smaller local businesses. That's not all, though:
A little more info:
The Caravan Pacific collaboration will feature three Mid-Century-style portable lamps manufactured locally in Portland. Each lamp, inspired by the sleek craftsmanship of the Mid-Century era, is updated with modern and sustainable materials, such as locally-sourced wood and hand-glazed, poured earthenware. This collection will start at $199.
Cedar & Moss’ American-made, hardwired lighting collaboration with Rejuvenation will add an elegant, minimalist touch to a home’s look for the holidays and beyond, with modern globe pendant lamps, sconces, and table lamps available in multiple finishes and sizes. Cedar & Moss’ signature collection will start at $169.
Just in time for the holidays, Pigeon Toe’s exclusive ceramic collection will include festive décor for the home and gift giving, such as ornaments, bowls, lanterns and tree toppers. Prices for these heirloom-inspired holiday items will range from $15 to $139.
(Ack, they said the H-word!)
Furturtle has a pretty steady gig doing posters for the annual Pickathon fest, and you can see why, with their complementary aesthetic.
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Well, ain't this a cutie. Katy Ellis O'Brien created this for the upcoming Portland Zine Symposium.
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Barry Blankenship made this kick-buck poster for Ian Karmel's headlining show this weekend. Ain't it sweet?
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In this week's Sold Out, I got to profile Liam Drain, one of my... er, favorite ceramicists. (Why does it feel so much weirder to have a favorite ceramicist than it does a favorite painter or photographer? Oh god, is it an art vs craft thing? It is, isn't it.) I've actually known Drain for years, and we met long before he got into his current medium (back then he was more of a photographer). He's hilarious, and one of those people who always has a game-changing record or book recommendation, and it makes a certain lovely kind of sense that he's infusing vases and cups with meditations on "enclosure of common land, and the human misery that ensues from the invention of private property." It can be hard to do justice to someone's tone in print, so I let him do all the talking here. Hopefully it'll pique your interest enough to check out what he does, on Instagram (@liamadrain), Twitter (@DeathPots) or by checking out what he's currently got selling at Lowell.
These neat-o poster by Mercury favorite Martin Ontiveros is our Poster of the Week! What do you think that creature is called? Tragonprey? Trollstrich Harpy? Thor, Master of the Puppy Pat?
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This King Buzzo poster by John Howard is pretty sweet, no? It shall henceforth be crowned Poster of the Week.
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This lovely poster is by Allyson Haller (nope, not Allison Hallet; must be a doppleganger). This Portland gal does beautiful work (check out this and this and this). I might've picked this illustration instead for Banana Stand Media's secret series of shows at Double Dragon, but that's just me.
It's my favorite poster weekend of the year... Sasquatch! time! Every year, they have a gallery of music posters for the festival's lineup. Every year, the posters are amazeballs. Here's my favorites for this year. Peep the whole gallery over here.
A couple more after the jump.
Thanks to Portland being a melting pot of creative activity, we get to see some fun collaborations come to life when those creative minds team up. For example, this cool collab between local designers Pigeon Toe Ceramics and JUJU Papers. The new ceramic collection combines the elegant simplicity of Pigeon Toe's minimalist porcelain forms, with the feminine personality of JUJU's signature wallpaper style. You can grab your favorite pieces from the collection on the Pigeon Toe website.
Well, it's a fact. The St. Johns Bizarre will win Poster of the Week every year, the way they roll. This year's edition is by Big Friend, and it's lovely as get-out.
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I'm a fan of Brenna Sheridan's work at Last Broadcast Design. Like this pretty li'l number.
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Portland Supply Co. is a couple things: A blog that peeps into the closets, stores, and studios of the city's design creatives, and an online store that features some of the designs in question along with well-priced vintage finds. Lately it's been expanding, fleshing out an accessories-heavy offering with small home goods. A couple recent favorites:
(And for added inspo, don't miss the archive of their closet visits, which doubles as a tour through Portland's cool kids' houses.)
I'm a sucker for an alien getting punched in its slurmhole. And even more of a sucker for possibly winning a pinball machine at the Portland Pinbrawl. Here are details about the amazing-sounding pinball tournament at Ground Kontrol on Sunday.
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Gotta love a week that starts with a brand new lookbook and a brand new intriguing little shop: Amanda Leigh Smith shot models Jessica Ilalaole and Amanda Woodruff with the clothing, rugs, and home goods of new NE Alberta boutique Zig Zag Wanderer styled by Tashina Hill. Not too shabby for a debut.
This beauty by Heather McLaughlin is this week's winner. She will be selling copies at the show at Slabtown.
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Designed by DJ Aurora, this smart flyer for tomorrow's podcast panel is a beaut.
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This rockin' poster is by DJ Ronin Roc (AKA Kevin Wright) for his upcoming J Dilla tribute night.
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Check out this poster by Tiny Little Hammers. Pretty sweet, eh? If you have a flyer or poster you find particularly purdy and would like to recommend it for next week, blast me an email (no email blasts though!).
How could this not be Poster of the Week? Wolves! Ladies! Flame throwers! Oh yes. It's by Lisa from the band Bitch School.
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It's January, that time of year in Oregon when it almost always feels like the sun is setting, because it's hidden under dark, gloomy grayness. It's the time of year when I bust out my grandma's old hanging lamp and pick either the orange or green panels to add some interesting light to my home. Well, I will be putting that old lamp away now, because I recently discovered a brilliant and unique way to light my space that has the added bonus of true Northwest design. I'm talking about vintage suitcases that are also lights, and are also badass decor.
Mich Conklin, owner and designer at Uppercase Studios was inspired when her daughter, co-owner of the Lost & Found, asked her to come up with some artwork for the new bar. They were going for an eclectic Northwest/woodsy/travel aesthetic, so Mich designed some lights that are permanent fixtures there, and she totally nailed it.
The suitcase lamps are currently on display and for sale at The Lost & Found bar, located at 5426 N. Gay. They have delicious and unique drinks like The Draper and The Ron Burgundy, both tasty whiskey drinks that'll warm you up, plus have pinball and nice bartenders. You can also visit the Uppercase website for more lamps and other projects.
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