Museum of Contemporary Craft Presents ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design

Release date: 06/27/14

The Nadine Lounger, Phloem. photo: Lisa Warninger

June 27, 2014

Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5528

Becca Biggs, Director of Communications
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5511

Museum of Contemporary Craft Presents ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design

Portland, OR – June 27, 2014 – Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design, featuring the award-winning designs from the long-running regional furniture juried show. Opening October 31, 2014 and running through February 1, 2015 the exhibition offers a comprehensive view of the state of millennial furniture design in Portland, and celebrates the makers as well as the sense of community that ShowPDX has fostered over the years.

Organized by Acting Director Nicole Nathan with Jennifer Jako and Chris Bleiler from fix studio, the exhibition will include work by Esque, Ghilarducci Studio, David Laubenthal, Kari Merkl, Phloem Studio, and many more.

ShowPDX is a juried furniture show conceived by Jennifer Jako and Chris Bleiler of fix studio. When it launched in 2002, it was conceived as an annual, but later became a biannual exhibition which drew best-in-class furniture designs year after year. This year, ShowPDX will be scheduled during Design Week Portland in October. Show2014 will display over 60 examples of unusual and stimulating furniture design while providing designers/fabricators/makers with a place and resource for peer and public recognition, support and dialogue.

“We’re honored to be able to showcase highlights from a decade’s-worth of Portland’s most innovative furniture design in a setting that honors the craft of furniture making,” says Acting Director Nicole Nathan.

ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design is one of a long list of design exhibitions Museum of Contemporary Craft has presented over the years, from socially-engaged design of Design with the Other 90% and Studio H to the conceptual engagement with design of Manuf®actured and most recently, the furniture and fine woodworking tool design of Quality is Contagious.

In addition to presenting design-related exhibitions, the Museum’s collection contains works that have been recognized as paragons of design, including works by Jack Lenor Larsen, Marcel Wanders, and William Stromberg’s hand-carved wood utensils which were included in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) exhibition, Good Design. The MoMA press release for the 1950 Good Design show said that the exhibition’s jurors were looking for, “Design intended for present-day life, in regard to usefulness, to production methods and materials and to the progressive taste of the day.”

The Museum of Modern Art’s criteria for Good Design is echoed in the standards ShowPDX shares with its jurors, “Furniture design must be innovative, functional, and have an aesthetic draw.” ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design showcases some of the best of Portland’s own Good Design.

Exhibition | ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design
October 31, 2014 through February 1, 2015

Members Preview
October 30, 2014, 6-8pm

Curatorial Walkthrough
November 13, 2014, 11am

Image: The Nadine Lounger, Phloem, 2010. photo: Lisa Warninger.

Committed to the advancement of craft since 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art is one of Oregon’s oldest cultural institutions. Centrally located in Portland’s Pearl District, the Museum is nationally acclaimed for its curatorial program and is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue, expanding the definition of craft and the way audiences experience it.

As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. In the last seven years, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA is now embarking on its boldest venture yet by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College’s vision of a new campus home on Portland’s North Park Blocks. Focusing on the transformative power of creativity, the capital campaign, Creativity Works Here, was launched in June 2012 with a lead gift from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of $5 million. PNCA’s new home will be a bustling hub for creativity and entrepreneurship, reflecting the influential role of art and design in our 21st century economy – both in Portland and beyond. For more information, visit