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!
Thank you to RH Construction for selecting a gorgeous Kush rug for their seating space. RH's new Portland office is beautiful.
We are excited to announce our next event-- Big Canvas: The Art of Commercial Design, a Design Week Portland event at our beautiful Pearl District gallery on April 9th, from 6-8:00 PM.
Panelists will include creatives from GBD, SERA, Geremia Design, and Rapt Studios, and represent an impressive collective resume including projects such as Autocamp (Custom Airstream Suites throughout California), Vans Headquarters, Modera buildings, and Hyatt Hotels.
We look forward to hosting you!
Drinks and nibbles will be provided.
Contact us for complimentary tickets.
Owner Rebecca wearing one of our new Jigsaw Brooks rugs. The rug hanging in the background is Stone Wash Silk in Denim. A cozy pic for a rainy Portland winter day.
Both designs may be specified in custom colors and sizes.
A gorgeous custom size rug from our Tonal Collection. Interior design by Martie Kilmer of Space Design.
Kush gracing the lobby of the Howard S. Wright building in beautiful Portland Oregon. The owners choose a hand made rug woven with wool for durability and clean-ability. The textured rug is from our modern collection.