Visits and Discoveries

Portland, OR: Oregon College of Art and Craft

Visit: We visited with Denise Mullen, College President and former Corcoran colleague.

We were not able to visit the library, but did talk with the librarian. They have not offered design programs for very long, so there is not a lot of history, but OCAC has begun a...

Portland, OR: Pacific Northwest College of Art

Visit: We met with Library Director Dan McClure.

PNCA is over 100 years old. Used to be a museum school. The Portland Art Museum library had archival holdings documenting the old museum school.

PNCA archival holdings are principally institutional – some...

Portland, OR: Andrea Aranow Textile Collection

Visit: We met with Caleb Sayan, son of Andrea Aranow.

Caleb’s mother worked in New York as a “design inspiration” consultant. She collected textiles from around the world and provided services to the fashion and interiors industry. Once a piece of textile was acquired...

Portland, OR: Monograph Bookwerks

Discoveries: This small bookstore was started by two artists who wanted to create a space to present a curated collection of books for sale. In addition to books, they also carry limited numbers of well designed objects, including ceramics, pottery - even office supplies....

Portland, OR: Renovo Bicycles

Visit: Johan is an ardent admirer of bicycle design, and a collector, as well. When we visited a Portland bicycle store to review, then aquire, a folding Brompton (which fit nicely in the Airstream) we learned about a local Portland firm that made wooden bikes, just half a mile away. 

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Seattle, WA: Peter Miller Books

Visit: Met with Peter Miller,

Peter operates one of the best Architecture and Design bookstores in the country, and sells design objects, as well.  Peter is a wealth of information and is generous with his time and attention. We highly recommend a visit. Their website posts i...

Seattle, WA: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects

Visit:  During our visit to Peter Miller's bookstore we discovered that this architecture firm was located in the same building. Their website shows that they have designed some wonderful residences, as well as a myriad of commercial and public spaces. We visited because we...

Seattle, WA: Henry Art Gallery

Visit: We met with Rachael Faust and Jayme Yeu, as well as Judy Sourakli (collection curator).

Their Study Center makes it possible for students and researchers to examine the materials and physically interact with them. They have users from Art, English, Sciences,...

Seattle: WA: Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Visit: At the suggestion of Peter Miller we attended the opening reception of an exhibition at the offices of Suyama Peterson Deguchi, where we met with George Suyama.

Discoveries: The firm operates an architectural practice, but also designates some...

Seattle, WA: Paper Hammer

Discoveries: We were encouraged to look up Ed Marquand, who operates both Paper Hammer and Marquand Books. He was generous with his time and information about the Design scene in Seattle. Paper Hammer specializes in letterpress items, as...

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