Throughout Rebecca and Brian’s years of travel, they have collected a bevy of exquisite tribal textiles. I had become determined to find a way to show them off. When I was given the go-ahead to design furniture for Kush using these rugs and textiles, I leapt at the chance.
First, I needed bones. I had an idea of the style I was looking for – antique but not too precious, a bit of ornate detail, and most importantly something unique. I found these old beauties, known as "drinking chairs," on Craig’s List and headed to Sherwood to grab them.
(**Side note - if you leave your wallet in the middle of the sidewalk in Sherwood, Oregon, incredibly kind people find it and take it the Sherwood Police Station. Then the Sherwood police have a PDX policeman show up at your front door to tell you it’s at said station and all of your neighbors go bonkers texting you that there is a policeman at your door.)
Once I had the bones, I chose two handwoven Turkish tent fabrics from the 1920-40s, made and used by nomads. A graceful, warm grey piece with burgundy stripes and ribbon detail was sturdy enough for the front and seating. The second was a delicate and intricate piece with fluorescent red against variegated garnet, deep blood red and mahogany. It was perfect showcased on the backs and tucked into the bases. I chose to have the chairs painted black.
Next were the details. I wanted each chair to be a completely one-of-a-kind piece while still being a set. We placed the red seams of the grey textile a bit off kilter on each. Then placed the ribbons and tufted bits in different places and made each back unique. Black nails were spaced out to accent the black wood and make the fabrics pop. The very talented team at Revive paid such amazing attention to my every whim. They held my hand and dealt with me showing up A LOT, brimming with excitement. They brought my vision to life.
I’m very proud to introduce the The Gins – Drinking Chairs. They’re one-of-a-kind pieces for you and yours to hold court. With a cocktail, of course.
See you soon!
Runners can be difficult to source because every space requires a radically different size. Instead of stocking runners, we make them per our client's specifications. We start with a digital rendering and select poms to ensure colors match expectations.
Interior designer Pangaea chose a brilliant green and black palette for this long runner that our team designed and made in Thailand. Beautiful work Pangaea and team Kush!
We were honored to rug up this stunning home, designed by Hacker Architects with interiors by Hether Dunn.
It was 100% worth the drive down to Bend to see our rugs installed. Our little Kush Van has had some serious adventures in her day (like that one time we drove all the way to LA for the Dwell show)!
Each room looked like an extension of the nature beyond its walls, with the rugs selected to beautifully complement, soften, and enrich the space.
And, ummm, what's happening with these shoes?!?
Perfect, from start to finish. It's no wonder the home has its own Instagram handle, which you should definitely check out.
Discover our new transitional rug collection Danube. Hand knotted in India, Daube is available in standard and custom sizes.
NeoCon is renowned for showcasing the cream of the crop in commercial design, and the show’s 51st year was no different. Refreshed Mid-Century and booth offices are just the tip of the iceberg - check out Kush’s recap of NeoCon 2019!
A vast range of colors made an appearance, but there’s a very clear trend in accent colors - royal blue and gold, emerald or teal, and the ubiquitous clay-coral.
BAUHAS OR MID-CENTURY MODERN? BOTH, PLEASE.
Mid-Century design is as prevalent as ever, but there is a newfound focus on the early 20th century design movement Bauhaus.
OPEN WORKSPACE? NO, THANKS.
With open-concept workspaces still going strong, the introverts among us need a place to go to get some work done in peace and style. Pod offices and privacy seating create the perfect spot to focus or have a quick chat, along with curtain partitions and sound absorbing panels.
EVERYONE GETS AN OTTOMAN!
Ottomans are big big big - in all shapes and sizes. Mostly on wheels, many with storage, mobile ottomans are a great way to provide versatile accent seating.
THE CONTINUED RISE OF "RESIMERCIA" DESIGN
Boucle, plaid, metallic, and fuzzy textiles were all over. Most vendors presented a strong resimercial vibe - a living room feel in the workplace - to mix it up and throw in some unusual texture.
When the design team at Hacker Architects approached us to produce rugs for the 9North building in Portland's Pearl District they had some clear ideas about what would work. They loved our Soho design for the way it mimicked the wood ceilings in the new construction, and they knew they needed some texture to compete with the volume of the space. Our Thai tufted production provided just the right level of precision and durability for this project. We were able to make rounds, rectangles, and a super long inset for the elevator lobby.
An absolutely stunning installation!
For those familiar with Kush Rugs and our outreach, you might be a little bemused to find out that my partner Rebecca and I are introverts. Despite our natural tendency to be demure, we are often the focal point of Kush’s visuals. Why?
In the infancy of our business, we made a conscious decision to connect with clients by putting ourselves front and center in our media. At first, it made us very uncomfortable, but we learned to love it. We wanted clients to walk through the door and feel like they knew us and our personal style a bit. We became known for creative photo shoots that were high end, but also had a sense of humor. It’s been a successful strategy for us and has been a mark of differentiation between Kush and brands that focus on sterile product shots. Our visual point of view, which often includes us and sometimes our staff and shop dog, attracts the kind of clients that we want to serve.
Business and life, is an opportunity to stretch beyond one’s natural limitations in pursuit of a larger goal.
(The rugs pictured are from our Atlas Collection.)
Our Jigsaw rug anchoring a Cosmopolitan Condo in Portland's Pearl District. Photography by Ruum Media and Blake Ellis.
Team Kush is looking forward to hosting designers, architects, and our friends in the trade community for a relaxing happy hour. Wine provided by Corridor 5 and Craft Chocolate made by Portland's Ranger Chocolate.
Thanks to the fabulous panel for lending their insight and expertise at our event for Design Week Portland. Rebecca Lurie, the co-owner of Kush was honored to mediate a talented panel consisting of Kali Lewis at Rapt Studios, Eliza Balen of GBD, Stephaie Willemsen of Geremia Design, and Courtney Laird of Sera Architects.
Thank you for making Big Canvas: The Art of Commercial Design a fun and educational program. We hope to see you at Design Week Portland next year!