Category Archives: Portland & Oregon

Skylab

While roaming around Portland, there are a few places that I’ve been inside of that immediately took my breath away. I never really connected the dots until recently but they all seemed to have a few things in common: a very sleek, modern core containing a lot of glass merged with slightly rustic wood grain details.

When I first stepped inside North a few months ago, it was easily one of the coolest spaces I’d ever been in so I asked who’d designed the interior. Turns out that the honor goes to Portland’s Skylab Architecture. Here are some of my favorite projects of theirs:

Departure


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Departure Restaurant & Lounge, Portland, Oregon

North


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North Ad Agency, Portland, Oregon

Sugar Laboratories


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Sugar Laboratories Salon & Spa, Portland, Oregon

Flavor Paper


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Flavor Paper Wallpapers, Brooklyn, New York

East


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East Chinatown Lounge, Portland, Oregon

Doug Fir


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Doug Fir Lounge Restaurant & Bar, Portland, Oregon


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The Week in Pictures: 6.11.10

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Weekend Date at Saint Cupcake


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This weekend, I met my friend girl Joey for coffee and after awhile, we realized that the holy grail of sweet treats, Saint Cupcake was just a few doors down. One is never enough. Ever. They also do vegan versions of a few varieties if you’re interested!

Office Overhaul Continued


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I’m still not quite done with my office – I just ordered a zinc colored Eames Aeron chair (worth every penny when you sit all day) and still need to find a suitable rug. But! I stole the desk we had in the white room and now I have three times the space to work! So unbelievably nice. I especially like the storage inside of the ‘legs.’

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Goggles!


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The guys at Smith Optics kindly sent me samples of the goggles I designed, along with one of the helmets. I’m spreading the love and sending two of my best friends a pair so they can get some use – though I’m keeping the super cute, thin strapped girl’s ones for myself!

Rush Hour


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The road home from Nike any time near 5 PM is a long one.

Cozy Breakfast


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On Sunday, Auntie Nubs joined Joey and I for a delightful vegan breakfast at Paradox. Of course, she always packs along her camera and snaps away, for better or worse. Let’s just say that she’s got a pile of doozies that shall remain locked in the secret family photo album forever. I hope.

Cool Cover


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When I was freelancing this week, I discovered this super awesome cover on one of the agency’s shelves and had to share. So good!


Enjoy your weekend (and stay out of trouble!)

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The Week in Pictures: 6.5.10

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View from the floor: Sunshine.


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It’s about time. Often, I buy beverages solely based on their packaging. Surely I’m not alone in this?

Weekend Stop at Stumptown.


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I know that everyone likes Stumptown coffee, but I think their hot chocolate is the best.

Spotted: Gremlin!


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I have a total soft spot for Gremlins – they’re little, awkward and the gas tank in the back cracks me up. There’s this middle-aged hispanic woman in my neighborhood that burns out of the Plaid Pantry parking lot sometimes in the most amazing Gremlin of all-time: sparkly green paint job, monsterous racing slick tires and massive flames painted along the sides. I totally wish she’d take me for a spin sometime.

Project status: Complete.


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I spent pretty much every waking hour this week working on a book for Downtown Portland with the North team, complete with custom embossed covers – I’m super happy with how it turned out.

Cutest sign ever.


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I am in love with the logo for Breken Kitchen, a cafe in N.W. The walls inside are perfectly matched to that same green – I love it when businesses go the extra mile with those little details.

You can’t be serious.


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When I was sitting at Stumptown this weekend, this bike rider’s getup totally caught my eye. Skin tight? Check? Hearts? Check. Outfit matches your wife’s? Check. Golden.

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Hand-painted advertising.

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Someone’s a barfly.


When we go to the coffee shop in the morning and walk Rocky, we always pass a trashy restaurant / bar on the corner. The side door is usually open and Rocky for some reason loves to try and wander in. I don’t blame him – the dart boards, collection of 3 foot tall trophies and Ozzy blaring are all pretty hard to resist. Nice sign, too:

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Until next week,

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The Week in Pictures: 5.15.10

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Better late than never, methinks. I’ve been working on a campaign this week and I am pretty much running behind on everything in life. Also, note that I am planning on switching servers and upgrading the blog over the weekend so my site may be down very temporarily. Now, onto The Week in Pictures!

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Cutting through the nastiest strip of Portland is 82nd (a.k.a. The Avenue of Roses). Run down motels line the street and their signs are all pretty amazing. One of my favorites is the Del Rancho. A perfect slice of Americana!

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One of Joey’s newest paintings, a portrait of Morrissey has taken up residence in the white room. My dad stopped by yesterday and kept saying “Who is that again? What did he do? What’s his name?” Hahaha.

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The living room at Wolfgang Manor makes me think of a ski lodge that hosts meetings for the Black Arts. Let’s just say that Motley Crue would feel at home here. My brother just built this coffee table and of course, it’s black which matches the black floors and nearly black walls…and the black bear in the corner.

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Sometimes, pit stops at IKEA for pillows, cutting boards, steel table tops and other domestic necessities is absolutely necessary.

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I’m still enamored with the Oyster Bar. I love how every time I walk in, it feels like I’m in the bottom of a 100 year old ship.

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This is way too funny. Remember how I showed you the Mystery Machine that’s parked in my neighborhood a few weeks back? Well, I took a closer look and realized that there’s a sticker on the back which reads, “Don’t Laugh. Your daughter may be inside.” I decided not to peek in the windows….

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I noticed this sign at least a month after I finished the design for Semiospectacle but love the similar style. Eat a vegan breakfast here – it’s goooood.


Okay, back to work for me! Enjoy your weekend!

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The Week in Pictures: 4.30.10

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This last week has been so good! One of my best friends in the entire universe, Star was in town over the weekend for Stumptown Comics Fest and we did our best to make up for lost time. We try to get together at least once a year and have zig-zagged the U.S. between New York, LA and Portland to make it happen.

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When we’re together, the running joke is that we turn into a two-headed monster known as Stubby. Our mutual friend Kaebel of Sequential Art took us on a mini tour of Portland and we discovered a photo booth at Backspace.

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Last Friday when I was staying at the Jupiter, Star stopped by and we proceeded to have a late night dinner (1 AM, holla!) at the Doug Fir. It was her first time there and is still one of my favorite places to take visitors.

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Some seemingly innocent snapshots of Rocky came out more like modeling head shots. Time to put that boy to work! Dog food and designer sweaters aren’t cheap!

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I was pretty excited to go to Portland’s outpost of the Beauty Bar with my friend Pam this week. I’ve been to some of the others that are scattered across the U.S. but this one was the best by far. The paint colors, decor and cute drinks merged perfectly. So cute!

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I’m not much of a comics buff myself but a lot of my friends are so I try to make it to Stumptown every year to support them. I ended up spending a few hours on Saturday snuggled up next to Star and John C. Worsley. Notice how we all had grumpy faces at first and had to put on a little show for the camera. Really, we only play friends on the interwebz!

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My favorite discovery at Stumptown was a comic about homeless dinosaurs. The dinosaurs themselves put on a pretty convincing act, holding signs that read “THE END IS NEAR. I WAS RIGHT 65 MILLION YEARS AGO, TOO” and “LOST MY JOB. IT TAKES 7 GALLONS OF BOOZE TO GET ME DRUNK. PLEASE HELP.” I was sold.

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Until next week,
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