portland design week: events to know!
April 13, 2017 / GRAY Editors
For nine days in April, design will overtake the Rose City. GRAY is proud to be a media sponsor for Design Week Portland 2017, celebrating Oregon’s creative communities of designers and makers. We’ve put together our top picks of not-to-miss events happening April 21 through the 29. Check descriptions on DWP’s website for up-to-date information on event timing, location, and admission (most are free or low cost).
APRIL 21: Main Stage
DWP kicks off with a two-day Main Stage series of events featuring 24 electrifying visionaries from diverse industry disciplines. DWP Headquarters (located in the Redd Building) will host an interactive exhibition from Untitled Studio, the winner of last year’s LoopPDX competition, which helps visitors envision its design for Portland’s proposed 6-mile Green Loop pedestrian/bike greenway. DWP HQ
And you won't want to miss the DWP OPENING PARTY at The REDD Building on Saturday, April 22! Tickets are $15, or free with Main Stage tickets.
APRIL 24: GRAY's Design Minds panel, "Design Activism"
How can design be brought out of the abstract, and into the forefront of our cities' and community’s priorities? GRAY magazine senior editor Rachel Gallaher will moderate a panel of four maverick Pacific Northwesterners—from a “guerrilla” Portland developer who’s turning his industry on its head and creating a new model for affordable housing, to a Vancouverite working to put design at the forefront of the city’s momentum—discussing their inspiring ideas and innovative approaches to taking action and making a difference on the local and global scale.
5:30 – 8:00pm, Hotel Lucia, 400 SW Broadway
APRIL 25: The Modern Craft of Fiber Art: A Salon Showcase of Fiber Artists
See fiber artisans in their element—weaving, natural dying, and rope-making experimental art at “The Modern Craft of Fiber Art” salon-style showcase. Enjoy previews and giveaways of work by artists based everywhere from Portland to Los Angeles to Colorado, all displayed amidst the alluring backdrop of Moroccan rugs sourced by Kat + Maouche for its Chinatown showroom.
4:00 – 7:00pm, Kat + Maouche, 33 NW 4th
APRIL 28: "Periphery," The League of Women Designers
A curated design show and panel discussion with local design experts and members of LWD. You're in for an inspiring evening of conversation and exhibitions exploring the all-important, yet often ignored, work that exists in the periphery. See what happens when designers stop pushing aside their personal practices and allow themselves to dream big.
7:00 – 8:30pm, Olympic Mills Building - South Lobby, 107 SE Washington St.
APRIL 23: Laptops & Smalltalk Sustainable Fashion Forum
The first-ever Sustainable Fashion Forum from independent designer platform Laptops & Smalltalk brings together local designers and industry leaders to discuss the opportunities and obstacles facing ethically-made fashion lines. The forum will feature a panel, moderated by Kerri Ulloa of Eileen Fisher's Green Eileen, followed by Modified Portland environmental consultant Kelly Raynor who will speak about sustainability in fashion. The forum caps off with a live fashion show featuring looks from some of Portland's top designers.
3:00 – 6:00pm, The Good Mod, 1313 W Burnside, 4th Floor
APRIL 25: Coroflot's “An Office on Wheels: Rolling out an Alternative Build,” talk and tour with designer LOS OSOS
Dreamers, builders, and entrepreneurs alike can come tour Coroflot's Mobile Work Unit, the 280-square-foot office on wheels, and meet the team who worked on the project. The first MWU prototype for LOS OSOS studio, Coroflot’s mobile office currently houses five work stations—and this is just the beginning, according to project designer Laurence Sarrazin. Join Sarrazin for a behind-the-scenes tour and a closer look at the process of creating an office on wheels.
6:00 – 7:00pm, Hand-Eye Supply, 427 NW Broadway
APRIL 26: Biophilia Rising: How and Why Design is Bringing the Outdoors In
With increasing evidence equating exposure to the natural world to improvements in personal health and well-being, "Biophilia Rising…" explores the movement embraced by designers, healthcare professionals, and environmentalists alike. TerraMai PDX will present an esteemed panel including Carissa Mylin, Alex Shapleigh, Dina Radzwillowicz, and Travis Bell, discussing the latest trends in biophilic design across the Pacific Northwest.
6:00 – 8:00pm, TerraMai PDX, 345 SE Yamhill St.
April 29: Closing Party
Food trucks, murals, and a virtual reality experience! Let's celebrate an amazing week of design!
7:00 – 11:00pm, William Kaven Architecture, 4018 N. Williams Ave.
April 25, 4-7pm
April 26, 4-7pm
April 27, 4-7pm
April 28, 4-7pm
April 26, 4-7pm
April 27, 4-7pm
- Beam & Anchor
- Forge Graphic Works
- GHOST WORKS
- Merkled Studio / SPACECRAFT / New Refined Basics / VINCAdesign
April 28, 4-7pm