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The Shop Downstairs: Beam & Anchor in Portland, OR

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 05, 2012 01:04 AM
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by Alexa last modified Oct 04, 2012

The Beam & Anchor collective shop is serious about local goods: they source their products from upstairs. A few weeks ago, we posted on the Beam & Anchor Studio , a collective of nine artists and counting located in a converted warehouse in North Portland. Co-founders Robert and Jocelyn Rahm opened the studio in response to the creative renaissance taking place in Portland; as Jocelyn says, "we wanted to figure out a way to catalyze that and support that artist movement." To convert the street-level floor into a shop, Rahms worked with Currie Pearson of Spartan and partner Patrick Newell to curate the 2,500-square-feet space. The Beam & Anchor shop stocks everything from Wood & Faulk canvas bags made by Matt Pierce to rose and peppermint soap from Maak Soap Lab . But choosing local is not the only deciding factor for featuring products, as Jocelyn says, "we're looking for an interesting narrative," like their barber scissors hand forged by a single family in India for generations to grass baskets made by a collective of Tanzanian women. "There's a family of things in here," says Jocelyn: "it's not just about people, but how people relate to things and one another." Photography by Michael A. Muller for Remodelista. Above: Beam & Anchor is located at 2710 N. Interstate Avenue in Portland, Oregon; an online shop is on the way. Above: A 1920s canoe hangs over the shop's counter; a piece that Robert and Jocelyn had held on to for years waiting for the right use. Above: Robert Rahm, the creative visionary behind the shop, spent nine months redesigning the interior by building out shelves and countertops. Above: A pair of handwoven baskets from Tanzania sits on blue antique file drawers. Above: Robert sources materials from a local rebuilding center; here, an entire wall is built out in reused wooden laths. Above: A second wall is half hidden in randomly painted laths and an antique flag. Above: The ends of a white dream catcher by Brooklyn-based Electric Love; contact Beam & Anchor for pricing and availability. Above: Fabric scissors (left) and barber scissors (right) made in India; contact Beam & Anchor for pricing and availability. Above: Robert and Jocelyn worked closely with Portland-based branding team Official Manufacturing Company to collaborate on signage for the building. N.B.: For more haunts in Portland, Oregon, see our City Guide .






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