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september featured artist: caroline ford

Caroline Ford art showcase at Port of Raleigh, downtown Raleigh, North Carolina

 

Twelve Weeks Leave
by Caroline Ford 

"Weekend" - when the three of us are back together."

This month's featured artist, Caroline Ford, shares her project about becoming a mother. Twelve Weeks Leave is a beautiful visual timeline and expression of the joys and challenges that most mothers out there - and their partners - will instantly relate to. As a fellow mama, I am so honored to have Caroline's original pieces in the shop. Please join us for an artist reception on First Friday from 6pm to 9pm. 

Ford's original pieces will be on view and available for purchase through September 30.

 

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thirst4architecture event with north carolina modernist houses

Thirst4Architecture at Port of Raleigh


We're hosting the August T4A event for the second year in a row. If you're local, please join us! 

Thirst4Architecture is a monthly informal event for modernist homeowners, architects, artists, designers, realtors, engineers, contractors, property investors, building managers, materials and furniture dealers – or anyone with a huge crush on great architecture. 

Presented by North Carolina Modernist Houses. Free to attend and open to the public.

Thursday August 17
6 - 8pm
416 S. McDowell St
Downtown Raleigh

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august featured artist

Body Shapes by Jordan Grace Owens

First Friday Reception August 4th, 6-9 pm

We are thrilled to welcome Durham-based artist Jordan Grace Owens to the shop for her second solo show in Raleigh. We love her playful minimalist style and the texture created by her medium of choice, ink on paper.

In this collection of drawings, Jordan explores bodies and shapes, both figurative and abstract. Linear figures bend into shapes, echoing blobby abstractions of body parts. 

A compilation of ink and gouache drawings made over the course of a year, Body Shapes is also an exploration of textures, materials, and organic lines. The artist expresses a graphic sensibility while embracing the organic marks of her human hand.

Jordan lives in Durham where she works as an artist and illustrator. She is best known for her minimalist portraits and movable paper dolls. Her illustrations have appeared nationally in newspapers, magazines, television, and books. You can find more of her work at www.jordangrace.com.

Jordan's work will be up and available for purchase through the end of the August. 

 

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art + function = <3

A step ladder that you'll actually love to use and want to keep out. Modern Lucano Step Ladder by Hasegawa in colorful lightweight aluminum. Japanese design that stands upright comes in 1, 2, 3 steps for kitchen, library, wardrobe closet, and office. Available at Port of Raleigh.

A step ladder that you'll actually love to use and want to keep out. Modern Lucano Step Ladder by Hasegawa in colorful lightweight aluminum. Japanese design that stands upright comes in 1, 2, 3 steps for kitchen, library, wardrobe closet, and office. Available at Port of Raleigh.

A step ladder that you'll actually love to use and want to keep out. Modern Lucano Step Ladder by Hasegawa in colorful lightweight aluminum. Japanese design that stands upright comes in 1, 2, 3 steps for kitchen, library, wardrobe closet, and office. Available at Port of Raleigh.

A step ladder that you'll actually love to use and want to keep out. Modern Lucano Step Ladder by Hasegawa in colorful lightweight aluminum. Japanese design that stands upright comes in 1, 2, 3 steps for kitchen, library, wardrobe closet, and office. Available at Port of Raleigh.

 

An often overlooked item in many homes is the step ladder. While there are plenty of options on the market for purely functional purposes (the kind that tend to be stored away and out of sight), we like to think “why not make it artful and so good looking that you’ll want to keep it out in your living spaces, leading to more use and overall enjoyment?”. That’s why we love the Lucano Step Ladders by Hasegawa.


Designed in Japan, the Lucano Step Ladders pack quite the punch: simple design, quality materials, solid construction with fluid movement and secure and easy everyday use. They are made of lightweight aluminum and come a variety of colors, perfect for complementing any existing kitchen, library, wardrobe closet, or office style and decor. A fun (and very convenient) design element is that they can stand upright on their own, no need to rest or lay them against a wall. You can literally display your ladder in the center of a room as a piece of art … in fact, we highly encourage that!


We’re not the only ones who love the Lucano Step Ladders; this sleek and practical contemporary design has won awards from German Good Design, Japanese Good Design, and Red Dot Awards.


It brings us so much joy to share them with you in our downtown Raleigh store and here in our webshop. Are you ready to love your step ladder and reach those high shelves in style?

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summer selects

 

Summertime and the livin' is easy ... and good looking. We've rounded up our favorite designs for you and your home to enjoy all season and beyond. Check out the full Summer Selects collection here.

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june's featured artist

Grey Goods Studio Pop Up at Port of Raleigh 

 

We are very excited to welcome June's featured artist Brooke Heauts of Grey Goods Studio for a month-long POP UP (and their first show in Raleigh!).

Come view handprinted and designed works on cloth and paper + shop the range of thoughtfully-made home furnishings. Heuts textile designs are a fresh take on contemporary abstract patterns and we can't get enough of her color palettes ... all perfect for adding a graphic and color pop to any space.

Learn more about Grey Goods Studio and get to know the artist below. 

Shop the POP UP. 


First Friday Reception
Friday June 2, 6pm-9pm 

 


Pop Up + Process

Saturday June 17, 1pm - 4pm

Meet the artist, enjoy light beverages, and admire handprinted + designed works on cloth and paper by Grey Goods Studio. Grey Goods Studio founder and designer, Brooke Heuts, will share her inspiration and process during a 30 minute sit-down talk in-store at Port of Raleigh at 1:30pm 

Thoughtfully made throw pillows and napkins made using Heuts unique contemporary designs will be available for purchase.

  

About The Artist

Grey Goods Studio, a textile & surface design studio based out of Durham, NC, was launched in early 2017 by fiber artist, Brooke Heuts and her partner, Braedyn Mallard. They both share a love of art + design and making the world a better (and hopefully more beautiful) place. The term Grey Goods refers to fabric in its “loomstate,” or fabric before it has been dyed, marked or finished. The hand designed textiles Brooke creates are inspired by the power and beauty of the first mark on an unmarked surface and preserving this mark-making is a key part of her artistic process. Brooke begins with experimentation and mark-making using various techniques including screen-printing, dyeing, painting and collage. Through a process of layering, adding and subtracting - she creates repetitions and patterns to preserve these marks.

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take anywhere tote

Waxed Canvas Tote Bags perfect for farmer's markets and everyday hauls

From farmer's markets to picnics - and everyday hauls in between - we're loving our new Waxed Canvas Totes by WAAM Industries. Made in USA, they are lightweight, sturdy, and comfortable to carry. Not to mention their simple design and color that makes them timeless ... perfect for years of use and enjoyment. 

Enjoy this picnic-perfect moment with our Linen Resin Serving Trays by Fog Linen, Compostable Paper Bowls by Wasara, and made-in-Mexico handwoven Cotton Blanket by Minna Goods.

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may's featured artist

 

 

Fashion Designer, Quinan Dalton


A collection of illustrations representing looks from Dalton's current collection shown at Charleston Fashion Week and Art2Wear at NCSU.

Join us for a First Friday artist reception on Friday May 5, 6pm-9pm. Meet the designer and see select garments from her collection up-close.

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simple spring >> summer cocktails

Graphic designer, mom of two, and cocktail aficionado Sarah Faucette shares three simple drink recipes to enjoy in our Yield Design copper cups

 

A twist on a classic moscow mule which substitutes the lime juice for grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice with ginger ale is shockingly delicious!

Grapefruit Moscow Mule

 

  • 1.5 oz Vodka (or gin, if you prefer)
  • 3 oz Ginger ale
  • 1 oz Grapefruit juice
  • Grapefruit slice to garnish

 

Combine Vodka, Ginger ale, and Grapefruit juice over ice. Add the grapefruit juice last because it is acidic. Stir, garnish with grapefruit slice, and serve.

 

 

This is a fresh and savory take on a classic gin and tonic. Bitter lemon is essentially lemon infused tonic water that can be consumed alone or as a mixer.

Gin + Bitter Lemon with Basil

 

  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • 3-4 oz Bitter lemon (or to taste)
  • 1 or 2 Basil leaves

 

Fill cup with ice, top with gin and bitter lemon. Clap the basil leaves between your hands to release the fragrance, float on top of drink. Stir gently and serve.

This is a fresh and savory take on a classic gin and tonic. Bitter lemon is essentially lemon infused tonic water that can be consumed alone or as a mixer. I used Fever Tree brand, and highly recommend it. The lemon and basil go so well together, which makes for a bright, simple drink.

 

 

This copper cup is a modern way to present to this classic beverage. A traditional silver julep cup is very similar in shape and size, so the copper cup works perfectly as a substitute.

Mint Julep

 

  • 1.5 oz bourbon 
  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • 6-8 mint leaves, plus a stem for garnish
  • Crushed ice

 

Combine mint leaves and simple syrup in the bottom of the cup. Gently muddle the leaves and simple to release the oils of the mint. Fill glass to rim with crushed ice (you can use a blender to make some). Gently pour bourbon over ice. Stir very gently, then add extra crushed ice to fill the cup to the rim. Garnish with the prettiest top of the mint stem you have. When made correctly, there should be a layer of frost covering the cup. 

Legend has it this frosty drink was invented by enterprising Southerners to cope with the heat and humidity in the warmer months in the South. Historically, it was prescribed medicinally. Sitting outside to sip this classic concoction is a pleasurable way to cool off during cocktail hour. 

 

Cheers!

Copper Cup, $21

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from easter brunch to mother's day

Modern tabletop brunch

Modern tabletop brunch

Modern tabletop brunch

Modern tabletop brunch

From Easter Brunch to Mother's Day and beyond ... modern tabletop goods that make every day a special day. This mix of American, Japanese, and Danish design combines different materials (metal, wood, porcelain, glass) to form a harmonious and intirguing presentation. Bon appetite! Delicious pastries from Boulted Bread.

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White Wire Bowl

Gather Vase

Globe Bud Vase

General Tray

Natural Porcelain Mug

Grey Gloss Porcelain Mug

Glass French Press

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