City of Design

The Essential Guide to Design Week Portland 2018

The city’s annual celebration of deep thoughts and sharp looks is back. Here’s your ultimate preview.

03/27/2018 Edited by Marty Patail

Design Week 2018: PDX Revamp

How One Portland Company Is Reviving the Airport’s Discarded Benches

Behold these beautifully revamped seats at Design Week.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Design Week 2018: Hands On

How Working with Your Hands Can Heal the Mind

Mexican American artist Vania Vananina talks tactile creativity.

03/27/2018 By Catherine Johnson

Design Week 2018: Editor's Picks

Portland Monthly's Top Picks for Design Week 2018

Here are nine of the events we're most excited to check out.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Design Week 2018: Flora Exotica

How Plants Can Change Your Life

A Design Week event showcases unusual plants and hand-cast stone pots.

03/27/2018 By Catherine Johnson

Design Week 2018: Gaming in Color

Hair Nah Creator Momo Pixel Wants Designers to Use More Color

"Especially in Portland, there’s this concrete, off-white, 'add wood' feel."

03/27/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Design Week 2018: Type Hero

A Lettering Artist Breaks Down Her Intricate Craft

Jessica Hische talks dollhouses and Wes Anderson.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Design Week 2018: Dave Otte

What Is Architecture's Social Responsibility?

Dave Otte of Holst Architecture talks housing insecurity and design.

03/27/2018 By Anya Rehon

Design Week 2018: Tsilli Pines

Why Design Week 2018 Will Be the Best Design Week Ever

Director Tsilli Pines breaks it down.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Design

This Bend Woodworking Studio Makes Beautifully Curvy Furniture

Fernweh’s Justin Nelson followed his heart, and it led him to hardwood.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Q&A

Can a Website Help Fight Portland's Housing Crisis?

Once homeless, Tyrone Poole now runs a start-up that connects would-be renters with real choices.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Instafic

A Portlander Writes Instagram Flash Fiction with a Real Estate Twist

Sharlyn Anderson imagines the lives and loves contained within Oregon homes.

03/27/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Editor's Note

From the Editor: A Radical Plan to Transform the Rose Quarter

With the Albina Vision Trust, Portland native Rukaiyah Adams sets out to transform the problem-plagued neighborhood.

03/27/2018 By Zach Dundas

Events

TEDxPortland Will Feature Bionic Limbs, Psychedelic Beards, and Radical Audience Participation

Presenters include journalist Ann Curry, police chief Danielle Outlaw, the Oregon Symphony, and, potentially, you.

03/16/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Body Talk

Has This Portlander Designed a Better Menstrual Cup?

When Voxapod founder Amanda Wilson couldn't find a cup that worked for her, she decided to produce her own. A Kickstarter campaign is live now.

03/16/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Urban Futures

Will Robot Cars Rule Portland's Streets?

National thinkers gathered here to ponder what autonomous vehicles will do to our cities. Who's driving this thing?

03/13/2018 By Randy Gragg

Urbanism

How Radically Will Growth and Change Transform Portland?

A three-part series of live events features the heavy hitters shaping our future cityscape. Think: an upsized soccer stadium, a rebooted airport, and plenty of traffic to manage.

03/12/2018 By Catherine Johnson

Design

Meet Portland's Master Bladesmiths

Our city is a capital of cutlery. These knife makers are a slice above.

02/27/2018 By Mike Allen

Trophy Case

This Stuff Will Get Your Home Lookin' Good

From macramé to elegant lamps, here's how to zhoosh up your house.

02/27/2018 By Eden Dawn

Business

Old Town Gets a Posh UK Hotel Brand

Will the Portland neighborhood's rough edges deter Hoxton’s globe-trotting clientele?

02/27/2018 By Eleanor Van Buren