I’m always looking for interesting stores to source from that offer timeless design, so along came Canoe to give me a little help when I was searching for the perfect items for my latest project.What I love about Canoe is their modern approach to their products yet everything is functional, simple and you can find something for everyone- a great thing when shopping for the discerning client.
Canoe opened in 2005 by owners Craig Olson and Sean Igo, both have backgrounds in retail working for the likes of Restoration Hardware, SFMOMA’s Museum Store and DWR. Their inspiration came from shops in Northern Europe and Japan where quality design is functional yet lasts a lifetime. Their approach when selecting pieces for their shop is one that good design is something that can be experienced and enjoyed every day:
“We’ve always emphasized product information as part of the store experience—not just putting products on the shelves with a price tag, but offering up information such as who the designer is, where they come from, and what the inspiration was behind the product. That approach continues to serve us well, as some of our newer customers appreciate good design but don’t have a formal design background or work in a design field.”
They have also opened Spruce Apothecary which combines the best contemporary brands like Malin+Goetz and REN (one of my favorites) with classic European apothecary such as Santa Maria Novella. Their also working on collaborations with Portland perfumer Imaginary Authors on a series of fragrances and a sea salt soap with Jacobsen Sea Salt, whose salt comes from seawater on the Oregon coast.
Next time your in Portland, stop by Canoe at 1136 SW Alder Street.
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