WITH A POP UP SHOWROOM IN BELLTOWN, ID PROJECT LAUNCHES A NEW PROGRAM TO CONNECT LOCAL FURNITURE MAKERS TO THE COMMERICAL ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN MARKET
With help from Storefronts Seattle, ID PROJECT’s showroom will open its doors on June 27, for a 3 month stay at 1919 Third Avenue in downtown Seattle. The storefront will feature exhibits from members of the newly founded ID LAB, a collective of small local companies who design and produce their own furniture, furnishings and products.
Exhibitors include: Ample, Chadhaus, Iacoli & McAllister, Parts of Portland, Revolution Design House, and Urbancase. The space will also house a well-rounded collection of furniture, furnishings and architectural products from ID PROJECT’s other industry leading manufacturers: VITRA, MOROSO, ARKTURA and SUBMATERIAL.
An Opening Reception will kick off the residency at 5:30 pm on Thursday, June 27 and will feature an opportunity to meet the designers. The showroom will conclude with a week long sample sale, starting Saturday, September 21, where many of the items on display will be available for purchase. Other events, activities and special product features will occur throughout the three month timeline. For more information go to http://www.idprojectnw.com/#!storefront.
ID LAB was created to support local product designers by putting them in contact with the larger markets of commercial Architecture & Design. The program is the brainchild of Dawn Fischer, who worked as a commercial designer for 17 years before starting local rep group, ID PROJECT. Fischer notes the idea stemmed from her own experiences as a practicing designer, “I started to notice more and more clients asking for locally produced items for their offices and public facilities. Yet in a region that prides itself on supporting local business, there seemed to be a disconnect between the commercial practice and the numerous passionate, talented product designers who make their living in the Northwest. My goal is to help bridge that gap and inspire a greater level of collaboration.” ID LAB currently includes 6 companies based in Seattle and Portland.
Storefronts Seattle is a program developed by Shunpike to bring artistic activity to vacant retail spaces in several Seattle neighborhoods and downtowns of other area cities.