Art & Design

These 5 Local BIPOC Artists Are Bringing Awareness to the BLM Movement

Where words tend to fall short, design brings alarming truths.

09/23/2020 By Sam Pape

Wine Shrine

Transforming a Dour Portland Basement Into a Luxe Personal Wine Cellar

From beige carpets to baller status, this wine cellar upgrade is the perfect place for pandemic pinot noirs.

09/23/2020 By Marty Patail

Hot Tub Time Machine

This Major Portland Renovation Project Brings Back the Ceramic Tub

“Whereas cast-iron tubs will get cold pretty fast, these earthenware tubs hold heat for hours.”

09/23/2020 By Marty Patail

Retro Remix

How This Bethany Mansion Got a Vital Injection of Vintage Cool

A downstairs game room, a reverse conversation pit, mustard-colored sofas. We're here for all of it.

09/05/2020 By Marty Patail Photography by Dina Avila

Development

How an Elite Group Shapes Portland’s Building Boom, Behind the Scenes

The city's changing skyline is shaped in part by a city process called Design Review.

10/16/2019 By Zach Dundas Illustrations by Matthew Billington

Design

How This Icelandic Designer Is Bringing World History to a New Portland Hotel

Designer Halfdan Pedersen travelled the world to fill the new Portland expansion of Reyjavik-based KEX.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail

Editor's Note

Okay, What Exactly Is Design?

We have a running joke at the magazine: If it’s pretty to look at, it most likely counts as design.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail

Fashion Event

Sneaker Week 2019 Is Here!

Returning for the third year the programming includes a forum for African-American footwear designers, the Blazers playing 3 on 3 in Chinatown, and so many sneaker lovers.

08/09/2019 By Conner Reed

Design

These Tiny Home-Inspired “Sleeping Pods” Provide Shelter for Portland’s Homeless Women

The Kenton Women’s Village relocated in April with brand-new units designed by local architects.

08/09/2019 By Conner Reed

Summer Beer: Design

Can You Judge a Beer By Its Label?

Portland Monthly's deputy art director says yes, you can.

06/25/2019 By Brian Breneman

Lube News

This Portland Company Wants to Make Sex Look Like More Fun

Out with the bondage vibes—unless that's your thing, which is totally cool.

06/25/2019 By Eden Dawn

Arts & Crafts

Just Look at These Awesome, Metalhead Teapots

The Oregon College of Art and Craft will stop handing out degrees in May, but its amazing craft works live on.

02/22/2019 By Wriik Maui

Cars

Oregonians Can Now Get Sexy Gray Whales on Their License Plates

Bonus: Funds raised from the new plates will support Oregon State’s Marine Mammal Institute.

01/31/2019 By Ryan Ashby

Events

Disrupt Wants to Show Portland It's Not Your Average Design Conference

WeMake's fourth annual event features Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza, Broccoli's Anja Charbonneau, and illustrator Loveis Wise.

10/09/2018 By Eden Dawn

Editor's Note

Why One Portland Monthly Editor Left Old-School Web Design Behind

And now prefers to write about design in all its many forms.

09/18/2018 By Marty Patail

Pedal Power

A Portlander Sets Out to Remake the Mountain Bike

Can Viral Bikes design away many of cycling's maintenance woes?

09/18/2018 By Sydney Dauphinais

Letter Man

How One Portland Designer Creates Entrancing Typography

Recently transplanted from Cape Town, Jordan Metcalf rewrites the alphabet.

09/18/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Hot Wheels

Portland's One Moto Show Celebrates the Motorcycle in All Its Glorious Forms

The annual show, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, features more than 180 bikes from around the world.

09/18/2018 By Sam Pape

Design

Can This Portland Company Revolutionize the Mountain Bike?

Viral Bikes founder Steve Domahidy breaks down his innovative design.

07/11/2018 By Sydney Dauphinais

Design

Vero Watch Company Releases New Series in Collaboration with Wildwood

This Friday, party down and behold the brand's newest timepiece.

06/21/2018 By Talullah Plummer-Blanco