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Shop It: Blanc

Seattle’s leading design minds pop up—in white.

By Laura Cassidy November 15, 2011

Where: Sole Repair Shop at 1001 E Pike St (Friday night) and Caffe Vita Bean Room at 1005 E Pike St (Saturday)

What: Blanc, an all-white winter popup shop presented in collaboration by Join Design Seattle and Brite Collective. The two-day, two-location affair culls over 27 leading design minds (most, but not all of them local) and presents their curated selection of limited-edition white, blank, or "otherwise achromous in color or spirit" decor, home and lifestyle implements, and accessories.

The aesthetic is minimal, modern, and unerringly cool; artists and collectives like Iacoli & McAllister, Grain, Ladies and Gentlemen Studio, Meet Me Here, Free Time, Ashley Helvey, and Aleksandra Pollner, represent not just the leading edge in local innovation, but that zeitgeisty voice that says something like the world is small, the universe is vast, it’s time to get ancient, it’s time to be the future. Textures are wooly and steely, materials are meaningful and resourceful, less is most often more.


DJs, live bands, pizza, white cocktails, and you—dressed in the color of the weekend (yes, you’re encouraged to shop in white)—round out this holiday shopping jumpstart.

When: Friday, November 18 from 8 to midnight (at Sole Repair) and Saturday, November 19 from 11 to 5 (at Caffe Vita)

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