Perhaps Canoe is not worth mentioning to a long-time Portlander, but for all of you other readers that find the joy in discovering obscure boutiques in this quaint city you might want to indulge in these little findings! In addition the darling entities pictured, I am also intrigued by the idea of sporting an analog watch again and this Max Bill one might be the perfect face.
The Tanner Goods flagship store is up and ready for your business. If you aren't in the market for handmade leather wallets, tethers, or belts (which are assembled with their hardware right in the store) then its worth just taking a gander at the space. Just like Tanner's products, almost every fixture, shelving unit, not to mention the dressing room-tent, was all hand crafted in Oregon. The shop mostly caters to menswear including other brands such as, Tellason, Pendleton, and Danner. Craft enthusiasts can also purchase leather by the lb for those who do their own leather-working. If anything, its worth popping in to listen to some vinyl and chatting it up with us friendly Tanner folk.
[13th & W Burnside Portland, OR]
*Light fixtures by Casey of K.I.D. Collective
I celebrated my birthday a couple of times last week. I enjoyed homemade pasta courtesy of Dave and Marika on my actual birthday. We proceeded to have a few too many gin and tonics (thanks bartender Dave) and spoke on the usual topics: work, making things, food, etc, while accepting an invitation to dance from our seats to Fleetwood Mac-Rumors. (Sorry Dave). Carly has started leather-working and we were enamored by her handmade tote! You can see and purchase some of her darling things on her etsy shop!
The rest of the week was spent outdoors mostly. It ended nicely with drinks and cake with friends. I failed to document any of this. Instead you can see what the view is like from my bedroom window, onto our patio. Also, please get excited about my new plant babies. I finally got an air plant! The last one is called Kitten Paws. If you've never seen or touched one you're missing out. I actually squealed a little bit when I pet this little one. Cat plants, c'mon!
**note: Gloria refers to a shared pet name between Zey and I, which derives from the film The Birdcage.
I'm still on the whole I can furnish my home now kick. I have been so transient for so long that the thought of staying in one place and actually being able to adorn it the way I'd like seems so foreign. Well, here are some nice things I'd like to bring home.
[From Left to Right]
1.Glass Storage Bowl by Fish Eddy.
2. Vibrant Afternoon Hammock via Anthropologie
3. Glacier National Park Blanket by Pendleton
4. Barrel Chair by Axel Bjurstom
5. Vintage Seltzer Bottles via Brooklynretro
6. Invisible Book Shelf [designed by Pratt graduate, Marion Lior] via MoMA Design Store
The past 6 months have been a bit hectic and being the panic stricken person I am, I have constantly been 5 seconds away from booking a one way back to NYC. Every time I've had the opportunity to purchase a book, a record, new bed linens, a coffee mug..etc, I would consider how much it weighed and whether or not it was worth shipping back to the east coast. Too pragmatic for my own good, I suppose. Since I have had few good changes drop into my lap these past couple of weeks I felt it was imperative to embrace my living situation. My antique and plant purchase squandering has only just begun! (And, boy do I live in the perfect place for consuming such things).
Everything I day dreamed about the past couple of years: House, backyard, garden, possibility of getting a dog, studio, an awesome job, being surrounded by dear friends..has all been granted (after much patience and hard work). I know this is a sappy post but I think its important to stand back and appreciate things when they're swell.
[Tom Mclellen via HUH]
Oh, I rather like these photos of deconstructed mechanical entities. Especially since the ones
the artist has chosen are all items that seem to be obsolete. Aside from the lawn mower, you essentially
have all of these devices in the palm of your hand..and i suppose one could text a landscaping company.
So yeah, maybe all of these are accessible in your smart phone.
Perhaps my photos are getting a little less interesting. Maybe its because the highlight of my day was laughing at cats chasing butterflies. However, if I was still working my 9 to 5 in midtown, I'm pretty sure I'd be eating a bag of sunchips (considered lunch) and letting out a long envious grunt over the thought of gardening with the company of cats and a swell friend.
Not pictured is taco tuesday with the ladies in a more enchanting garden, sipping on mint juleps. Oh summer, you're near!
A weekend in Seattle! It seems that I forgot to document a lot of the other things that were crammed into this two day adventure..like spending a considerable amount of time in the Public Library where I was briefed on Ramus' and Koolhaas' work, followed by reading the April issue of Metropolis. We also saw a lot of Starbucks establishments. So strange.
The SAM is actually quite impressive. I found a Helen Frankenthaler I had never seen, was elated to finally see an unconventional coffin from Ghana [the wooden mercedes above], and was blown away by the Nick Cave exhibit. The sculpture park was nice, but it made me long for a nice spring day at Storm King. In addition I also fulfilled my annual attendance to a single sporting event. [which I thoroughly enjoyed]. Maybe I just like sports now?