Celebrate international, impactful design as you take in the summer sun, enjoy great local eats, and take a tour of the Street Seats exhibition!
The Street Seats Grand Opening is the culmination of ideation, creative problem-solving, and teamwork from designers around the globe.
Street Seats is an outdoor public exhibition that celebrates local and international design, urban innovation, and sustainability. Designers from 6 continents, 24 countries, and 22 U.S. states responded to an open call for entries to Reimagine the Public Bench. These fifteen chosen Street Seats are environmental and unique, embracing and enhancing the vibrancy of downtown Portland. Each bench was imagined, designed, and built by creatives from around the world.
Join us for the Grand Opening, August 9th from 5-7pm as we launch this 6-month outdoor design exhibition and announce the top 3 Finalists, each receiving cash prizes. Register below for walking tours of the one-of-a-kind Street Seats, local food favorites, and a sun-filled afternoon!
Design Museum Members are invited to attend the Members-Only Reception the evening of Thursday, August 2nd for an exclusive preview event.
About Street Seats
Street Seats is an international design challenge which will culminate in an outdoor design exhibition and walking tour around the World Trade Center Portland plaza in Downtown Portland, Oregon. Entrants participated by designing sustainable outdoor sidewalk furniture with a focus on reuse, using environmentally-friendly materials and innovative construction methods. Design teams recorded and submitted their process along with their final designs to, in the end, create the public design exhibition.
Street Seats provides an opportunity to improve the visibility and livability of an urban area while being socially and environmentally conscious. Individuals and groups from around the world design an iconic bench, or ‘street seat,’ for the World Trade Center Portland plaza. The area is a lively destination for residents and visitors alike, with access to Portland’s major financial, government, and business institutions, as well as the Tom McCall Waterfront Park and a burgeoning tourism district.
We are proud to partner with the artGuideBook app for a self-guided family friendly tour. Simply download the app (through Apple or Google Play) and search Street Seats to see an interactive map of all the benches!