I Hope You Didn't Miss Design Week Portland!

Design week Portland 2018.

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If you live in Portland, Oregon and you are in the design industry you probably just had a crazy busy week!!

I definitely did.  So much so that this blog is about a week behind schedule!  This was my first year fully emerging myself in design week and it was wonderful and exhausting.

If you don’t know what design week is, well, I am so sorry you haven’t experienced it in your own city because it is awesome.  It is a week-long series of panels, discussions, open houses and other crazy events centered around all aspects of design.  From graphic design to interiors, fashion, architecture, art, city planning and more.  I am extremely grateful to be a part of a city that celebrates design to such an extent. 

If you know anything about me, you know I am an interior, architecture and product photographer so Design Week was definitely my jam and I jam packed my week with inspiring events, drank too much complimentary wine and ate many delicious appetizers and dinners.

My first event was, of course, the opening party.  They had light therapy art installations, food trucks, a bar, people drawing portraits, a virtual reality booth, and more.  It was a great kick off to the week ahead.

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Monday, I attended a very inspiring panel of 2 women entrepreneurs at Spartan Shop!  Much of what they said really hit home.  The theme was defining success and how that looks different for each of us.  It was a great introduction into design week as being more than just a visual experience.

Tuesday, I hit up a couple of really cool open houses and attended an event at Salvage Works where they discussed "Storytelling in Modern Heritage Design".  There was a wonderful homemade meal served with plenty of wine and beer.  After a very inspiring discussion we toured the shop and got a behind the scenes look at how things are done there.  It was well worth the mere $15 paid for the event!

The rest of the week was filled with open houses and networking!  My husband and I toured 2 remodeled homes, some architecture and design firms, an art opening, and a look into Zenvans.

 Daniel House Studios hosted an open house at a recently renovated 100 year old Craftsman home in SW Portland.  It was gorgeous!  I can't get enough of this grout-less backspash!!

Daniel House Studios hosted an open house at a recently renovated 100 year old Craftsman home in SW Portland.  It was gorgeous!  I can't get enough of this grout-less backspash!!

 This home was the "Mid-Century Stunner" in NE Portland, renovated by Arciform.  It was very unique with great views of the city.

This home was the "Mid-Century Stunner" in NE Portland, renovated by Arciform.  It was very unique with great views of the city.

(Disclaimer: I only brought my 50mm lens with me because it is more practical.  Many times I'd wished I had my wide angle with me to really capture these spaces as a whole.)

 This very cool art opening was held at Jessica Helgerson Interior Design.  It was a giant installation of pressed flowers strung with fishing line and hung in a large, swirling pattern.  It was stunning!

This very cool art opening was held at Jessica Helgerson Interior Design.  It was a giant installation of pressed flowers strung with fishing line and hung in a large, swirling pattern.  It was stunning!

Saturday, I did the AIA tour of 7 homes and, I am sorry to say, we were not allowed to photograph most of them since these homes were occupied by some very lucky individuals.   They were stunning!!  If you have a chance to do a home tour in the future, it is well worth it.

 This was one of the beautifully staged Condos on the AIA tour.  Carbon 12 Condominiums are brand new in NE Portland and this is the largest timber framed building in the United States!  There is an elevator entrance right into each home, amazing floor to ceiling windows, and much more!

This was one of the beautifully staged Condos on the AIA tour.  Carbon 12 Condominiums are brand new in NE Portland and this is the largest timber framed building in the United States!

There is an elevator entrance right into each home, amazing floor to ceiling windows, and much more!

 This Eames Lounge is looking pretty magnificent in all this natural lighting!

This Eames Lounge is looking pretty magnificent in all this natural lighting!

I felt so inspired and rejuvenated after fully immersing myself in amazing design for a solid week.  If you haven't participated in this event in the past, I urge you to prepare for next April when it fortuitously returns!