This tripped-out poster by David Welker is for the annual, fantastic, 10-years-running Art of Musical Maintenance gig poster show at the Goodfoot. It opens Thursday, December 5.
Always accepting of poster recommendations. Yep.
Check out this fantastic poster for Typhoon by Tiny Little Hammers. That's a mean-ass flyer.
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Here's a treasure by one of my favorite Portland poster artists, Chris Bigalke of Showdeer Presents. Per the youszh, it looks fantastic.
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Orion Landau made this killer poster. I like how the eyes follow you around the room.
Send me your poster recommendations, why dontcha?
This black-metal beauty is by Hai Fleisch for her upcoming burlesque show at the Star Theater. She says, "I hand painted the details of this poster using guache to convey the obsessive love of a true metal fan, adorning the back of his leather jacket or the door of his van." We like!
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This series of posters by Lia Miternique of Avive Design Studio for the Portland Opera are sweet. Salome starts on November 1. She also did the following posters for upcoming Portland Opera shows.
Bonus posters: Hit the jump for some great flyers I missed out on last week.
Any local lover of home goods knows, or should know, the delight that is Alder & Co., with their selection of treasures plucked from around the world. As if you need an excuse to visit, the shop is hosting a party for TRUCK furniture maker/author Tokuhiko Kise on Friday, Oct 25 (6-8 pm). All three TRUCK books will be for sale and available for signing, plus complimentary wine and bouquets specially arranged for the occasion.
On Sunday, Domestic, an interior design showcase featuring American made products (previously mentioned here and here), will be hosting a pop-up shop carrying housewares that have been featured in the installations. The event is being put on by Made & State, an online publication that spotlights domestically made design products, so I spoke with founder Jasmine Vaughan about the event, her publication and the importance of American made design.
Vaughan is an interior designer herself who spent a year in Italy for grad school. While there she noticed "they kept pounding into our heads (the virtues of) made in Italy design," and it occurred to her that part of the reason Italian design is so highly regarded around is because the Italians know how to talk it up so well. She came to the conclusion that American made design could benefit from the same kind of efforts to promote it, so after returning to the US, she launched M&S. Since then she has noticed a shift in peoples' buying habits as "consumers care more and more about where things are made
When discussing American made design products, Vaughan feels that "the conversation (about) being proud of our design talent is more important than the economic conversation," as she points out that if beautifully designed, high quality products are made in the US, the economic benefits of having more domestic manufacturing will follow. Still, she points out that consumers of American made design products "care not only about the aesthetic but about the quality (and) the story of the person who made it," as well as the economics.
When choosing the designers to participate in Domestic, Vaughan says she "tried to pick those who haven't had a place to showcase their design," adding that "the only place I know in town (showcasing local interior design) is Street of Dreams," which focuses primarily on classic style rather than quirky, unconventional design. For this show she wanted viewers to be "surprised that there are these high quality, really sexy, cool products" being made in America. Vaughan adds that the designers she approached for the showcase are all "people I've admired from afar," and, miraculously, all of them agreed to participate.
The pop-up shop will run from 11am-8pm on Sunday. Get more details and purchase tickets here.
Mama Bird Recording Company has a stable of great posters, including this little filly for the Vikesh Kapoor show on Sunday. I tip my hat to thee.
A penny for next week's poster recommendation. Handling and shipping not included.
Design Week Portland starts today, and Made & State is teaming up with seven local designers and shopkeepers to create a celebration of American interior design at the The Janey apartments. Kicking off with a launch party on Wednesday, Oct. 9. they will be transforming the building's patio, along with three units into environments that reflect each firm's aesthetic. Then on Saturday, Portlandia stylist Amanda Needham will be curating a fashion trunk-show set in the Domestic apartments featuring all American-made brands. AND on Sunday there will be a pop-up shop stocked with the housewares featured in the showcase. Participating brands include Beam & Anchor, Bright Designlab, Fieldwork Design, Fig Studio, Jennifer Fowler Interiors and JHL Design. Get full event details here.
Natalia Grozina just launched House of Impress, an online shop for home decor that's curated by partnering with Portland interior designers and antiques dealers... and it is pretty amazing. If you nerd out on things like blue and white China and 20th century Italian side tables (who doesn't?), you're not going to want to miss this one:
Nice one, Nate Preston, nice one. There's a lot of great posters coming up on the horizon this fall. Would you like to submit one that you like? Do so, chief!
From where I sit, there seems to be a growing population of young creative types embracing the medium of ceramics—not to call it a trend, but we seem to be developing something of a cult scene for it. Lisa Jones was one of the first ceramicists within the indie style scene (I first met her when she was involved at Souchi) to make a serious go of it with her Pigeon Toe collection, for which she recently announce the Fall/Winter 2013 collection (shades of the seasonal apparel world—especially appropriate given that she's moved into accessories as well). She's also got a lovely video that pleasantly summarizes how Pigeon Toe pieces come to fruition:
See it all here.
Love this flyer for the upcoming car and motorcycle show at everyone's favorite castle-shaped drinking hole, Club 21. It's by designer Julio Angel Rivera. Nice, nice.
Much has been made lately of Pacific Northwest College of Art's (PNCA) expansion, which will make the North Park Blocks something of a hub for what can finally be considered the makings of a real campus. Located in the former (but still owned by the Powell family) Powell's Technical Books building on NW Park and Couch, Arthouse has been given a thorough—and thoroughly environmentally conscious—makeover.
It's the first residence hall for the school, and will be the compulsory home of all incoming freshmen and transfer students (not counting the ones who already live in the metro area). And it's nice. The first thing that stuck out to me is the rejection of typically shared-in-the-hallway dorm amenities. Not only does each unit have its own full bathroom (a three-bedroom unit we toured had two full bathrooms), they all have their own kitchens and their own washer and dryer.
I still can't get over that.
Designed by LEVER Architecture (who are also responsible for Union Way), the building is led by a need for efficiency—in use of space, in the simplicity and longevity of materials used—as well as an eye toward what burgeoning young artists need: natural light and connectedness to the community. Thus every corridor has full length windows that splash light all over the white (and not accidentally gallery-like) hallways and offer sumptuous views of the park and surrounding buildings. Even the smaller studios feature huge windows that give the spaces more breathing room.
Back to the regular Wednesday sched for Poster of the Week. Woo hoo. Let's kick this day off with a bang with this lovely poster by John Harper of One Seven Design Studio.
Email me if you have a suggestion for next week's flyer.
Woven goods from the Amazon rainforest are headed for the Pearl District, and if you guessed they're fair trade? You are right.
We're building a triple bottom line company, so we do everything we can to stand by the principles of people, planet and profit. The women artisans of Asociacion de Artesanos Manos Amazonicas set their own prices for their goods, which they base off the fair market rates for goods and labor in their area, as well as the amount of effort each unique piece takes. Some of the seeds are difficult to drill holes in, and only grow seasonally, and it takes quite a bit of skill to get the dyes just right. The women quote their prices to Nayariva in their local currency (Peruvian Nuevo Sol) and Nayariva pays them in their currency, accepting as a liability the potential currency fluctuations against the U.S. Dollar. The women receive 100% of the revenue for their products, and are not subjected to any fees, taxes, or shipping costs. Dolly Beaver of Angels of the Amazon facilitates the transaction to ensure that nothing gets lost in transaction, and the cash is hand delivered to the women personally.
There is plenty more information over on Nayariva's about page, but aside from the ethical virtues involved, Vintalier's Ellen Hsu—whose shop is distinguished by its particularly well-curated selection of vintage and pre-loved clothing—was also drawn to the line for being "standout stylish." She's hosting a trunk show of the new arrivals for September First Thursday (Sept 5) from 3-9 pm with Sokol Blosser wines, "gourmet nibbles," and 20-50% off merchandise as part of their extended Labor Day sale.
Lagerfest is a fest I can get behind, especially with such kick-ass artwork from Tallboy. Party on, Squatch. Party on.
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I'm feeling the hot-pink lure of cheetah print this week. Without even realizing that these two posters shared a background I was debating between this Dan DeCarlo-esque beaut from heyLOW Entertainment and the following Frankenposter by Robert Medina. So I will furrow my brows no longer and give you both in all their big-cat glory. (I'm always taking recommendations for next week's Poster of the Week.)
Last August Table of Contents began talking with Minneapolis-based design and art studio ROLU about working together on a project to develop an edition of bookends inspired by Issey Miyake. In response ROLU developed Clothing For Books (After Sculpture), an edition of five solid walnut bookends. The simple yet sophisticated form, at a scale much larger than a standard bookend, allows for a lot of variation and play in the way that each piece can be positioned or "worn." TOC is releasing these bookends tomorrow with a reception at their store from 6-9 pm. This collaboration sounds very interesting and is a must-attend event for anyone that's into modern home furnishings. Also available for viewing are TOC's new fall arrivals from the likes of Comme Des Garcons and Jan-Jan Van Essche.
Umm, duh. Every time there's a performance of the Black Lodge Burlesque, this Zack Soto poster will be crowned Poster of the Week. It is glaringly obvious why. (Psst! Because it's awesome, that's why.)
The lines are open for next week's flyer.
On Tuesday I was able to tour the nine different homes that make up this year's Street of Dreams. I have been going to Street of Dreams for the past few years, but this experience was different in that:
A) The homes weren't quite finished yet, to varying degrees. Some were just handling the finishing touches. Others I had to treat as obstacle courses as I literally dodged painters and carpenters with their tools littered on every surface.
B) For some of the homes the builders were able to give me guided tours, pointing out highlights and explaining back stories and concepts, which was super cool.
As usual, all of the homes were huge, the smallest being 4,100 square feet and the largest being just under 6,300 square feet, and they all boasted state of the art everything, with a focus on sustainable building practices and products. They also all had huge envy-inducing master bathrooms and walk-in closets that are the size of my entire bedroom. The similarities stop there, however, as each home is built and furnished in a specifically different theme. I should add that this year's homes, while obviously out of my and most people's price range, seemed more accessible and realistic. Some years the homes have seemed a little extravagant and even a little superfluous and wasteful (seriously, who needs eight bathrooms in one house?). This year, however, I think a person of any income level could tour these houses and find inspiration that they can take away and apply to their own home.
Here's a short rundown of each home with photos of my favorite aspects from each:
Clearhaven by Pahlisch Homes
This house is what the builders call "A taste of Nantucket in the Northwest" and offers classic architecture with a primarily white interior. This house had great balconies for taking in the expansive view, but the best feature by far was the water slide.
So not to go Shoshanna from Girls on you, but didn’t you guys diieee when Mr. Big got Carrie her dream closet instead of a diamond in the first Sex and the City film? I know I did. So just in case you’re in the market for a brand new closet that could rival Ms. Bradshaw’s, you simply cannot miss the California Closets grand opening soiree hosted by our friends over at Portland Monthly. Houzz, a top online site for remodeling and home trends will be doing a special presentation on the latest and greatest in all things home-y. Wine and charcuterie from Olympic Provisions will be on hand as well as and the one and only Salt & Straw. Here’s your chance to scope the creme de la creme of closets! July 29th at 1235 W. Burnside St., it’s going down. Mark your cals and register here—space is limited.
This stylish humdinger is by Thomas Bradley. Those little He-Man faces make me happy.
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