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

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Founded in 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC) in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue that helps expand the definition and exploration of craft. Through dynamic exhibitions and provocative public programming, supported by the Museum’s collection and archives, the Museum advances the conversation on the role of craft and design in contemporary culture while at the same time honoring the history of the studio craft movement.

The Exhibition Galleries, 4500 square feet on two floors, at any time feature multiple exhibitions that look to the present, future and past of craft through the focused viewpoint of today. Along with featuring some of the leading contemporary national and international artists, exhibitions frequently draw from the rich archives of the MoCC collection, a public legacy of over 1000 objects that documents the active role of both the Museum and the Pacific Northwest in the evolution of craft over the last seven decades.

In addition to the exhibitions on view, the MoCC experience is complemented by The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft—one of the primary destinations in the Pacific Northwest for purchasing exceptional contemporary crafts. The Gallery represents craft artists from across the nation working in ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber and mixed media. Gallery artists routinely visit the Museum for public gallery talks and hands on demonstrations.


ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design

Created by Jennifer Jako and Christopher Bleiler of fix studio

October 31, 2014 – January 31, 2015 Curated by: Nicole Nathan

ShowPDX Innovative + Functional Furniture Design is a biennial exhibit presented by fix studio. Show2014 displays 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.

In 2001, small group exhibits by local designers and fabricators inspired the birth of a regular venue for furniture design in Portland. Created by designers Jennifer Jako and Christopher Bleiler of fix studio, Show2002 was the first of its kind in Portland. The exhibit was a curated show of furniture design, featuring local designers, fabricators, and makers. Through the spirit and support of the ShowPDX curatorial group, Show2014 continues to fuel collaboration, inspire students, create dialog amongst colleagues, promote business and inspire events by other independent designers and regional designers at locations across the country.

In October, Show2014 opens to the public. ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design at Museum of Contemporary Craft is the first retrospective of this landmark juried invitational. The exhibition will bring together ten-years of ShowPDX, showcasing the evolution of furniture design in Portland.

I loved the space at the Museum of Contemporary Craft and especially the ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design.  It was easy to navigate without a hipster nose up in your business.  I really enjoyed Portland’s ode to nature and the using of natural fibres and materials.  This makes so much sense and I feel drawn to waning to create by observing a tree stump made of manmade materials, an interesting coffee table to house art books, a woven stool, a bark desk nook and a fantastic purposeful desk.

The works were contemplative, interesting and rich with ideas that perhaps you can emulate into your home and workspace.  It’s always since to see what designers are bringing to the table.  Perhaps we may not be able to afford it (just yet) but we sure can ponder its relevance in our lives.

Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with

Pacific Northwest College of Art

724 NW Davis Street

Portland, Oregon 97209

Tel: 503.223.2654

Fax: 503.223.0190



The Mark Spencer Hotel: Downtown Portland’s Hotel to the Arts

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The Mark Spencer Hotel is the perfect choice for your visit to Portland, Oregon. Each room is unique, personally accessorized to create a comfortable homelike atmosphere with the added benefit of our hotel services. A wide variety of spacious studios and one-bedroom suites await your selection – impeccably serviced and complemented with kitchen furnishings and ample closet spaces. The hotel is completely non-smoking and features select pet friendly rooms.

Hotel guests enjoy daily complimentary continental breakfast with selection of espresso coffees, copy of The New York Times, Wi-Fi, afternoon tea and cookies, and evening wine reception. Additional amenities include room service, individualized voice mail, 24 hour fitness center, an on-site laundry facility and dry-cleaning services, hair dryers, iron and ironing board. On-site parking available for the lowest fees in town including discounts for hybrids.  Check in time is 4pm and check out time is 12 noon.

Our convenient city center location allows you to enjoy Portland’s vibrant downtown and we can set the stage for your cultural enjoyment. Our knowledgeable concierge team will guide you to fine arts packages, opera, theatre, museum and dining reservations. Situated where Portland’s fashionable West End meets The Pearl District, Mark Spencer hotel guests are just steps from unique boutiques, diverse restaurants, famous food carts, galleries, teashops, cultural attractions, parks, and tax-free shopping. No trip to Portland is complete until you have visited the world’s largest new and used bookstore – Powell’s Books – only one short block from the Hotel or VooDoo Doughnuts featuring unique flavors and shapes including the renowned maple bacon breakfast doughnut.

After your day of exploration is complete, retreat to the respite of the hotel with a relaxing cup of afternoon tea in our classic Euro-style library, or enjoy an evening glass of local wine and a slice of cheese in our Atrium lobby. Rest assured, our gracious hospitality will bring you back time and time again.


When I travel my goal is to feel comfortable, taken care of and swaddled in luxury with absolutely no effort on my part.  I feel I achieved all of those goals and more when I stayed at The Mark Spencer Hotel in Portland, Oregon a few weeks ago.

The Mark Spencer Hotel is located in the Pearl District in Portland’s city centre.  It was a perfect fit to be able to walk to Portland’s hot spots but also offering me a quiet respite when on holiday.

The Mark Spencer is a boutique, vibrant, locally owned, Arts hotel featuring 102 guest rooms and suites at exceptional value.   I much rather patronize a hotel like The Mark Spencer hotel when I travel mainly for their attention to detail, their local flavour and modern aesthetic.  Sometimes it’s not about getting points and travel rewards.  I want an impeccable experience upfront.

Right from the start – my trip from Portland’s airport into the city was roughly 49 minutes.  The Mark Spencer was a hop skip and a jump away from where the Max stop dropped me off.  Which was perfect if you are carrying a bag or two and want to be instantly entranced by what Portland will be offering you in the days ahead.

Did you know you could bid your own price to stay at The Mark Spencer Hotel?

Indeed you can!  Talk about an interactive experience.  If you know your travel dates and you are ready to get the best deal possible, submit your offer through The Mark Spencer Hotel’s safe and secure Bid Your Own Price website.  They guarantee a fast turnaround response to your bid and you may save even more!

I took advantage of this offer and I saved a lot of money and stayed within my travel budget.

My successful bid guaranteed me a King Guestroom with a Kitchen.  The Standard room with King sized bed room came with premium luxury linens, a large closet, full private bath and fully equipped kitchenette with refrigerator, cook top and sink.   I felt like I was in my own private Portland apartment for the 4 days I stayed at The Mark Spencer hotel.  It was a tremendous experience!

There were a few days I had leftovers from a restaurant that I warmed up in my microwave whilst using the cutlery provided in my kitchen cabinets and drawers.  The kitchen room option again is a great way to save money whilst travelling.

I appreciated being able to take nice hot showers in my gorgeous bathroom after a long day.  The water pressure was fantastic and I felt soothed and pampered after every jaunt.  The bathroom was also very clean and the towels were decadent upon use.  I felt like I was having a spa experience when I got ready for my day every morning.

The Standard room with King sized bed room also came with a Flat screen TV, AM/FM clock radio, hair dryer,  iron and ironing board.  I looked forward to every morning having the TV on to check the weather and then come back to my hotel room after a long day and watch a film before falling asleep in my heavenly bed.  The decadence was overflowing.

I particularly appreciated the complimentary Breakfast, Wi-Fi and Evening Wine Tasting Reception.

Imagine when you are on holiday and don’t want to think about breakfast.  Being able to stroll down to the main lobby where there is a pretty breakfast nook and seating set up for you to enjoy eggs, toast, bagels, hot tea, coffee or other specialty drinks, fruit etc. at your leisure.  If you miss breakfast the hot drinks flow all day long.  I noted the fact that The Mark Spencer stocked Stash Tea and some lovely cappuccinos.  There were some mornings I packed a tea up in a travel cup and I was on my way.  These moments made my vacation days even more special whilst staying at The Mark Spencer hotel.

Having the NY Times dropped off at my door every morning was a treat.  To be able to linger in bed with my tea and have the morning news on or music playing before I started my day was truly luxurious.  The Wi-Fi in my room was fast and never without an interruption.

There were a few times I was back at the hotel in the afternoon and indulged in some tea and cookies.  Again perfect relaxing and indulging moments that broke up my day courtesy of The Mark Spencer Hotel.  These moments helped especially when I was rushing around and needed a breather – coming back to The Mark Spencer for a tea break did my mind and body good.  The Mark Spencer Hotel being local and in the Pearl District helped in me being able to return back to the hotel mid day as well.  The location was indeed everything!

I also enjoyed the evening locally sourced wine tasting and cheese reception.   Again, a perfect grounding experience when I felt like my mind was racing and I had a packed day still in front of me.  I loved having a glass of yummy and robust wine on the house and some cheese and crackers to keep me feeling free from any worry.  These small details really made The Mark Spencer Hotel stand out.  Think world-class hotel, interested and compassionate staff, superior rooms and a level of customer service that is 5 stars – you are guaranteed these details when you stay at The Mark Spencer Hotel.

All of my travel needs were taken care during my Mark Spencer Hotel stay.  If you are travelling alone on vacation or for business The Mark Spencer Hotel will ensure the luxury, comfort and relaxation elements are perfectly curated for your needs.  Your job?  You just need to show up!

Mark Spencer Hotel

409 SW 11th Ave

Portland, OR, 97205, USA