It’s time to soak up the sun, celebrate Street Seats, and gear up for an exciting summer event lineup!
We are ready to take our appreciation for ever-present design out to bask in the sunlight. We cannot wait to further brighten your days and celebrate with our busiest season yet, celebrating vibrant cities, design strategies, and – you guessed it – chocolate. We will continue to bring you outstanding monthly Street Seats programs throughout the city, and will launch into what we are lovingly calling the Summer of Street Seats.
See what our schedule has to offer below!
Street Seats Semi-Finalist Announcement & Model Gallery • 6/7
Celebrate international, impactful design with a preview of Street Seats! Designers from around the world are reimagining the public bench for a chance to be one of 15 Semi-Finalists to fabricate and install their one-of-a-kind designs at the World Trade Center Portland this summer. Enjoy this unique opportunity to see the scope of design talent participating in the competition, complete with refreshments and your fellow design enthusiasts.
Join us Thursday, June 7th, 6:00-9:00pm @ World Trade Center Portland – Reserve your ticket here!
Design Museum Mornings: The Style of Speed • 6/29
How do you design under a deadline for one of the fastest companies in the world? When the $8 billion auto racing league Formula One (F1) wanted a swift and highly effective redesign of their logo, they sought out Wieden + Kennedy. One of the largest independently owned advertising agencies in the world, Wieden + Kennedy is also a local Portland institution. Hear Richard Turley, former MTV Creative Director and current Executive Creative Director of Content and Editorial Design at W + K, share his wisdom on how to work fast and design smart.
Join us Friday, June 29th at 8:30-10am @ Wieden + Kennedy – RSVP here.
Design Museum Mornings: Chocolate with a Conscience • 7/13
Can one chocolate bar help end child slavery? Tony’s Chocolonely is the loneliest chocolate bar in the world. Why? They’re the only chocolate company that can trace each and every cocoa bean they use, allowing them to definitively prove that they’re the only 100% child labor free chocolate bar on the market! See how the design of their organization, brand, and even chocolate bar is changing the world, and taste the difference for yourself!
Join us Friday, July 13th from 8:30-10am @ Airbnb – Space is limited, sign up today!
Street Seats Grand Opening • 8/4
Spend your Saturday with Design Museum Portland! Creatives from 24 countries and 22 states have spent the past six months reimagining a sustainable, unique, and aesthetically-pleasing public bench. Join us for a guided walking tour of our 15 Semi-Finalist benches, covering design processes, sustainable materials, and more. Then, you’ll enjoy food, fun, and sun as we announce our top three prize winning benches!
Join us August 4th from 1-4 pm @ World Trade Center Portland!