Each year the global design community convenes in our very own city of Portland, Oregon. Designers across all disciplines celebrate their industry by attending various events, open houses and workshops, seeking and sharing inspiration. The CDS design team was lucky enough to find time in our busy schedules to partake in this year’s festivities.

Our first stop was Snøhetta’s People Process Projects exhibit hosted in the Center for Architecture. Snøhetta, an internationally known architecture, landscape, and interior design firm is currently working on two particular projects that are close to our hearts, The James Beard Public Market and Willamette Falls Legacy Project.

CDS designer Grace Bennett studied a number of Snøhetta’s projects during her undergraduate career at University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Not only did she have an understanding of Snøhetta’s voice, she seemed to have an insight on their color palette as well!
Nathan West, Design Week
Prompted by Snøhetta to share ideas, CDS designer Nathan West imparted a little inspiration of his own for the new Public Market.

Next we hit Studio 534, located in southeast Portland, for BBQ, refreshments, and a studio tour. Montucky Cold Snacks were not in short supply! The studio is home to Merkled Studio, VINCAdesign, Spacecraft, and New Refined Basics. Furniture making, woodworking, 3D designing, and jewelry crafting are among the numerous talents these artists possess.

Coat Hangers by Merkled Studio
Thanks to Merkled Studio for our new coat hangers!

Scott Minton, Design Week

We closed out our day at Manifesto, one of Portland’s leading branding agencies. Visionaries and creatives were not in short supply. Manifesto’s new office, a beautifully renovated old boiler room, was abuzz with great people, good food, a ping-pong table, and a whiteboard where Scott Minton, our Creative Director, left his mark.

A big thanks to Design Week Portland and our gracious hosts for sharing your space and inspiration with the CDS Team. See you next year!

Written by Shawnee Fisher, CDS Creative Coordinator

While you are here check out some of the work of our amazing design team in our blog about the remodel of Whole Foods Bridgeport: Environmental Design & Grocery Decor – Bridgeport

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