For the designers at Portland, OR based, Revolution Design House, the philosophy is simple, “Love what you own.”
I first became aware of Revolution Design House at the 2014 Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Their Belmont Lounge Chair played a feature role in the stunning small garden display by POT Inc. The tropical sea blue vertical stripe of the chair dictated the color scheme from the container choices to the plant palette. The affect, a calming yet visually intriguing space for rest and contemplation.
The Belmont Chair is made to last with genuine materials, including outdoor rated cushion, Sapele wood and aluminum. It was inspired by two American classics, the aluminum lawn chair and the Adirondack.
The products created by Revolution Design House are all made locally with careful consideration paid to the materials used. “The result is a collection of objects that are as unique as they are timeless, as simple as they are surprising.” All their work reflects a close connection to nature and the outdoors, either through the materials used or their purpose.
Take for example, the work of designer Zoe Umholtz who, “finds her inspirations in nature and life. It’s all around her, as she creates well made objects that display her appreciation to organic materials, muted earth-tones and the simple functions they provide. This aesthetic is evident with, the Bloomer Slim – self watering wall garden.
Each porcelain Bloomer comes with a simple, innovative self-watering reservoir, just add water through the adjustable watering tube and your plant pulls water as needed through the in-bedded wick. The laser cut, powder-coated steel brackets for wall-mounting come in three color choices.
The Arc Bird Feeder, designed by Zoe Blatter is another example of how an appreciation for nature and it’s materials permeates the designs at Revolution Design House.
The body is made from a single piece of bent walnut plywood with translucent acrylic face panels that allow the user to easily determine the level of seed inside. The lid slides up the stainless steel aircraft cable for effortless refilling, yet is tightly held in place when the feeder hung.
Joe Gibson, Director of Product and Designer Development says it best, “A person’s appreciation to the ‘hand-made’ is what inspires me. What’s powerful is the pride an owner has when telling a friend the story of their hand-made object. Imagine if we could somehow offer that magical emotion to everybody – for everything they owned.”
Be sure to visit their website to find more functional and beautiful pieces that perfectly occupy that space where Craftsmanship, Nature, Science, Lifestyle and Design intersect.