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A Shared Space for Oregon Artists

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.


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Remodelista is a one-stop sourcebook for the considered home, guiding readers through the design and renovation process. Founded by four friends with a shared design DNA and appreciation for intelligent design, Remodelista counts architects, design professionals, and style-conscious consumers among its daily audience. The Remodelista aesthetic favors classic and livable over trendy and transient, well-edited interiors over cluttered environments, and thoughtfully designed products over mass-market, disposable goods.


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8:21PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013


9:41AM PST on Feb 16, 2013

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

10:45PM PST on Jan 16, 2013


9:35AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Cool! Good luck people.

5:44PM PST on Jan 8, 2013


7:58AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

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

6:33PM PST on Jan 6, 2013


5:33PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

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

10:57AM PST on Jan 6, 2013


9:11PM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Good space use.

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