Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blanc Rocks Seattle!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Seattle for making the Blanc pop up a success!

We had a great time this week and were so inspired by people's enthusiasm about design! With this and the Object opening a week earlier, we're feeling some serious momentum for Design in the Northwest. So exciting!

Here's a little summary of the weekend:

It all started Friday with a preview party at Sole Repair:

Look at all these beautiful people!

Saturday, we braved the wintery elements opening the big garage door at Caffe Vita's Bean Room for the Blanc pop up. Using bags of coffee beans, discarded pallettes and crates Jean led the crew of willing volunteers in merchandising a beautiful display of Blanc and non-Blanc design items.

The crowd was consistent and diverse from JOIN followers to coffee-sipping walk-ins. By the successful end of the first day, we knew there was no other option than to extend the hours three more hours on Saturday and open up again on Sunday!

By the end of the weekend it was resounding clear: Seattle is ready to embrace design more than ever! We say this is the turning point!! High fives all around!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

JOIN PRESENTS BLANC...A Winter Design Pop-up Shop!

JOIN and Brite Collective are teaming up to ring in the holiday season with a one-of-kind market of great design. Come experience two festive days of design awesomeness from the Northwest and beyond:

Opening party: Nov 18th 8pm-Midnight, Sole Repair, 1001 East Pike Street

The celebration starts with drinks, live music, and a special curated selection of "BLANC" items.

Pop-up Shop: Nov 19th 11am-5pm, Caffe Vita Bean Room, 1005 East Pike Street

Come back and meet us for a day of design shopping, activities, and tasty hot beverages. Special limited edition BLANC-themed items will be available along with a selection of well-made goods from some of the nation's most talented emerging designers. Come sip on hot Caffe Vita drinks and knock down that holiday gift list.

Featuring original work by:

&c. jewelry, plainMADE, Grain

Fort Standard, Chadhaus, Iacoli & Mcallister

Kiel Mead, Freetime Industries, Meet Me Here

R&L goods, Studio Gorm, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

Blk Pine Workshop, Piano Nobile, Alisha Louise


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Big thanks to Caffe Vita for sponsoring the event!

JOIN at NYIGF Aug 13-18th

Join is excited to combine forces with the American Design Club and “A+: The Young Designers’ Platform” to assemble a new section at the August NYIGF ( dedicated to emerging design. Eight northwest studios will show their latest and greatest goods at this third appearance at the Gift Fair for JOIN.

The exhibition will include canvas, wool, and nylon bags from Blk Pine Workshop; a printed almanac from Free Time Industries; silicone jewelry from fruitsuper design, textile wrapped mirrors, shower curtains, jewelry, and greeting cards from Grain; bottle openers, paper weights, lighting, and jewelry from Iacoli & McAllister; serving utensils, cake servers, salt and pepper shakers, and piggy banks from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio; silk screened scarves, knitted wraps, and blankets from plainMADE; and printed linen scarves, recycled leather billfolds, card cases, and printed notebooks from R&L Goods.

New prints from R&L goods.

Hex Opener by Iacoli & McAllister

Hung by Grain

Canoe Canvas Pack by Blk Pine Workshop.

Bows Scarf by PlainMADE

2012 Naturalist Almanac by Free Time Industries

SBiR Rings by fruitsuper design

Ladies & Gentlemen Studio.

The New York International Gift Fair is located at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th Street in New York, and will be open 9:00 am - 6:00 pm August 14 - August 17, 2011 and Noon - 6:00 pm August 18, 2011. More info on NYIGF: Visit