The Top Happenings in the Design World, June 5–12

NeoCon takes over Chicago, Paris arrives in Portland, and ceramic creations that explore themes of belonging for the queer community.
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Orgone Stretch Lounge (orange) by Marc Newson 1993 at Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Courtesy Design Miami/Basel.

The Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

Ilse Crawford of Studioilse, and Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams, deliver keynote lectures at the 51st edition of the annual commercial interiors fair, which hosts some 300 exhibitors. Among the many presentations and seminars, new this year are offsite designer-led tours, including a look at TAO Chicago conducted by the Rockwell Group and a walk-through of the Hotel Essex guided by the Chicago-based Gettys Group. (June 10–12; times and prices vary)


Vashon Center for the Arts, 19600 Vashon Highway SW, Seattle

Inspired by the community-like nature of tree ecosystems, more than 20 artists represented by Seattle contemporary art gallery Studio E present varied works around the theme of “tree-ness.” Expect abstract expressionism, conceptual video work, and more—all taking the notion of interconnected tree ecosystems as they relate to the studio’s equally interconnected community.  (June 7- June 29; times vary)


Design Miami/Basel
Various Locations, Basel, Switzerland

Under the theme “Elements: Earth,” the 14th edition of the fair—and the first led by curatorial director Aric Chen, who’ll also oversee this year’s Miami Beach edition—is packed with highlights from 43 participating international galleries. Among them are Genetic Metropolis, a solo show that traces a 10-year collaboration between Italian architect Anrea Branzi and the New York design gallery Friedman Benda; a selection of vintage and contemporary furniture from Milan’s Nilufar Gallery; and a whopping 13 Curious (immersive environments designed by select creatives), the most in the fair’s history, including spaces by Lindsey Adelman, Armel Soyer, Caroline Van Hoek, and Mathieu Lehanneur. Don’t miss SIDE Gallery’s solo show: a spirited presentation of several pieces by celebrated Mexican architect Luis Barragan. (June 11–16; times and prices vary)


Well Travelled Walking Tour: Gastown
Herschel Supply Co., 347 Water St., Vancouver

Canadian apparel and accessories brand Herschel Supply Co. has teamed up with Vancouver Tour Guys to host a guided trek around the city’s historic Gastown neighborhood, including insider highlights of the area’s art and architectural history. (Saturdays in summer, 2 p.m.; free)


Paris 1900: City of Entertainment
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland

Experience life in Paris during the Belle Époque as the city prepared to host the International Exposition of 1900. The exhibit re-creates the poignant time period’s look and feel through more than 200 paintings, textiles, posters, sculpture, and photographs, which are presented in a series of six vignettes. (June 8September 8; times and prices vary)


Queer Clay
Pottery Northwest, 226 1st Ave. N, Seattle

Curator Devin Ball brings together a mix of queer ceramicists, sculptors, and other artists to address what post-adolescence homemaking means for the queer community. Often, Ball writes, “it means foraging a family from scratch.” The artists worked with clay to create pieces by that aim to explore themes of home and belonging. (June 7-28; times and prices vary)

The Design Datebook is GRAY’s weekly list of must-attend design and cultural events in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver. For additional events, visit our calendar.


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