From furniture to wall paintings to interior decorations, it's fair to say Oregon's design scene has never been hotter. But with so many small-scale makers, laying eyes on the best of the best can be a challenge for buyers. That's what Sara Bauer is trying to change. Founder of Northwest Portland design studio Immaculate Space, Bauer is curating Portland’s first Open Haus Market, a marketplace that brings together local artisans, designers, and design lovers.
“It’s a lot of seasoned pros mixed in with budding designers,” says Bauer.
The one-day marketplace, taking place on Sunday, September 16, at event space Castaway, will feature the likes of glass sculptor Andy Paiko and vintage Moroccan rug seller Kat + Maouche juxtaposed alongside relative newcomers on the scene, like lighting design studio Current Collection, Fernweh Woodworking (the Bend-based company, which we covered in our April 2018 issue, took home two awards at the 2017 Oregon Design Excellence Awards), and Gracie Ellison, a painter of aloof, unsmiling women. Ellison, who says she has always been drawn to depicting “stern faces of women,” has participated in only one show previously.
“When selecting what to bring to Open Haus, I chose paintings with a bit more drama,” says Ellison. “I looked at what the other vendors were bringing and thought I could get away with some bolder paintings.”
Other vendors include minimalist designer Tom Bonamici, modern rug designer Vicki Simon, Harkavy Furniture by siblings Wesley and Dylan Harkavy, and paper engineer Dave Davenport, who is allegedly creating his entire booth out of paper.
“Ultimately, it’s going to be a party,” says Bauer. “I really hope that anyone who comes to the show walks away feeling inspired.”
Noon–7 p.m. Sun, Sept 16, Castaway, 1900 NW 18th Avenue, FREE