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Monday, September 15, 2014

Rejuvenation's Alex Bellos on the Fall/Holiday Collection Featuring Portland Based Artisans

Posted by Katie Guinn on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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.

Cedar & Moss For Rejuvenation
  • Rejuvenation
  • Cedar & Moss For Rejuvenation

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!

Pigeon Toe For Rejuvenation
  • Rejuvenation
  • Pigeon Toe For Rejuvenation

Caravan Pacific For Rejuvenation
  • Rejuvenation
  • Caravan Pacific For Rejuvenation

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).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rejuvenation x Caravan Pacific, Cedar & Moss and Pigeon Toe

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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:

Next month, on Oct 14, they're launching a trio of collaborative lines with Caravan Pacific, Cedar & Moss, and Pigeon Toe Ceramics, all of which will be US-manufactured:

  • Rejuvenation

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!)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 2:29 PM


Furturtle has a pretty steady gig doing posters for the annual Pickathon fest, and you can see why, with their complementary aesthetic.

Have a recommendation for next week? Email me!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 3:59 PM


Well, ain't this a cutie. Katy Ellis O'Brien created this for the upcoming Portland Zine Symposium.

Have a flyer or whatnot you want to recommend for next week? Do it!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 12:27 PM


Barry Blankenship made this kick-buck poster for Ian Karmel's headlining show this weekend. Ain't it sweet?

Wanna recommend something for next week, hit me up!

Liam Drain/Potter's Field

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:59 AM

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.

  • Liam Drain

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM


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?

Send me your recommendations for next week's pick!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 3:44 PM


This King Buzzo poster by John Howard is pretty sweet, no? It shall henceforth be crowned Poster of the Week.

I'd love to see your recommendations for next week's pick. Send 'em my way.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 3:59 PM


This poster's brought to you by Matt Demarest of Plushpop. Go check out his other stuff—there are some nice ones. And if you have a sec, send me some recommendations for next week.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 4:55 PM


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.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Poster(s) of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 2:44 PM

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.

  • Ellis Latham-Brown

  • Nat Damm

  • Christopher Martin, AKA Boss Not Boss

A couple more after the jump.

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Pigeon Toe x JUJU Papers Ceramic Collection

Posted by Jessica Caldwell on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 9:59 AM

  • Pigeon Toe

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.

  • Pigeon Toe

  • Pigeon Toe

  • Pigeon Toe

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, May 7, 2014 at 2:29 PM


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.

Email me with suggestions for next week.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 3:59 PM


I'm a fan of Brenna Sheridan's work at Last Broadcast Design. Like this pretty li'l number.

Have a poster to recommend for next week? Please do!


Monday, April 28, 2014

Portland Supply Co. for the Home

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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:

Kayla Mattes Static Fringe Wall Hanging
  • Portland Supply Co.
  • Kayla Mattes Static Fringe Wall Hanging

Rope Coasters
  • Portland Supply Co.
  • Rope Coasters

Ceramic Bowls
  • Portland Supply Co.
  • Ceramic Bowls

(And for added inspo, don't miss the archive of their closet visits, which doubles as a tour through Portland's cool kids' houses.)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM


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.

Have a recommendation for next week's Poster of the Week. You can bet your sweet bippy I want to hear all about it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 3:59 PM


This poster by Jeff Francoeur is hog-wild awesome! Send me your recommendations for next week.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 2:29 PM


This pretty little thing by Jamila Clarke wins Poster of the Week. Wanna make a recommendation for next week? Have at it.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Zig Zag Wanderer

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 1:14 PM

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.

  • Amanda Leigh Smith

  • Amanda Leigh Smith

  • Amanda Leigh Smith

  • Amanda Leigh Smith

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:59 PM


This beauty by Heather McLaughlin is this week's winner. She will be selling copies at the show at Slabtown.

Do you have a recommendation for next week? Chuck it my way.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 3:59 PM


Designed by DJ Aurora, this smart flyer for tomorrow's podcast panel is a beaut.

Per the youzj, feel free to send me poster recommendations for next week.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM


This rockin' poster is by DJ Ronin Roc (AKA Kevin Wright) for his upcoming J Dilla tribute night.

Send me recommendations for next week's poster!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 4:14 PM


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!).

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 3:44 PM


How could this not be Poster of the Week? Wolves! Ladies! Flame throwers! Oh yes. It's by Lisa from the band Bitch School.

What poster should I pick for next week? Email me recommendations.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Designer Highlight: Uppercase Studios

Posted by Katie Guinn on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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.

Lost & Found permanent decor
  • Mich Conklin
  • Lost & Found permanent decor

Not surprisingly, it became popular, and Mich decided to make more, and again, nailed it. The silhouettes are cut out of the suitcase and the colored parts that you see are pieces of thick glass that, when lit from within, give off a really nice glow. Some of them are even re-covered in faux fur.
  • Mich Conklin

  • Mich Conklin

  • Mich Conklin

When she was younger, Mich went on a yearlong trip with her husband that started in central Oregon and took them all over the country. While on that trip she was able to explore different landscapes and museums. The trip enriched her as an artist, and when they returned she enrolled at PSU and got a BA in Art Practices and a minor in Art History. She says, "The beauty of studying Art Practices is that it crossed over to all forms of art making. It allowed me to enmesh different art forms and mediums in a way that seems more like life itself. Art History gave me perspective and appreciation for what art has been and done for people through time and place."

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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