A Shared Space for Oregon Artists

Take a neglected 7,000-square-foot industrial building in North Portland, introduce nine creatives looking to elevate craft in the modern era and it would probably result in something like Beam & Anchor.

Last Winter, co-founding couple Robert and Jocelyn Rahm, partnering with Austin-transplant Currie Person resolved to do just that. Today Beam & Anchor is a group of nine (and growing), with members hailing from locations such as Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming, California, Texas, Arizona and Michigan. What draws them to Portland? The constant hum of artists much like themselves, all drawn to the nostalgia of honest and traditional design.

The converted building features an upstairs shared studio space used for woodworking, apothecary chemistry, upholstering, designing, and painting. Directly below is a retail shop full of custom furniture, art, ceramics, jewelry and home goods—a revolving inventory directly from the artists.

Photography by Michael A. Muller for Remodelista.

Above: Reclaimed materials and found objects are used as wall art in the shop kitchen/meeting area.

Above: A table made from sawhorses and an Aalto-inspired wood stool serve as an instant office space.

Above: Lab glass, amber apothecary bottles and bottles of essential oils for soap making and more.

Above: A room dedicated to woodworking, reclaiming, renovating, and designing.

Above: Woodworking and designing on a handmade drafting table.

N.B.: Traveling to Portland? See more shops in Remodelista‘s Portland, Oregon City Guide.

 

25 comments

Wendy C.
Wendy C4 years ago

Interesting.

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Chrissie H.
Chrissie H4 years ago

Very innovative and creative.Good luck to them all,may they go from strength to strength.

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Rose NoFWDSPLZ
Rose Becke4 years ago

Stunning

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Alicia N.
Alicia N4 years ago

Cool! Good luck people.

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Thorn Briar
Past Member 4 years ago

Neat

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Dawn Macdonald
Dawn Macdonald4 years ago

What a wonderful idea! I'd love to visit the shop.

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Lauren Weinstock
Lauren Weinstock4 years ago

Cool!

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Lin M
Lin M4 years ago

Was that on the wall an old door? I'd rather have a photo art there. Guess I'm old....

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aj E.
aj E4 years ago

nice.

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Marie W.
Marie W4 years ago

Good space use.

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