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 Restaurant & Lounge, Portland, Oregon
North Ad Agency, Portland, Oregon
Sugar Laboratories Salon & Spa, Portland, Oregon
Flavor Paper Wallpapers, Brooklyn, New York
East Chinatown Lounge, Portland, Oregon
Doug Fir Lounge Restaurant & Bar, Portland, Oregon
Weekend Date at Saint Cupcake
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
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.’
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!
The road home from Nike any time near 5 PM is a long one.
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.
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!)
View from the floor: Sunshine.
It’s about time. Often, I buy beverages solely based on their packaging. Surely I’m not alone in this?
Weekend Stop at Stumptown.
I know that everyone likes Stumptown coffee, but I think their hot chocolate is the best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Until next week,
Just a quick note that I am NORTHbound for the week and I won’t have a chance to blog until after Thursday. Yes, that really is what their offices look like. AMAZING.
Okay, time for a little shameless self promotion. I just put this poster together for Joey’s art show. Please join us this Thursday night at Branch Whiskey Bar for drinks and rock portraits!
2926 N.E. Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211
Opens: Thursday, May 27, 5 – 10 pm