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Design Week Portland 2018 Opening Party 

Every year, Design Week Portland hosts a week-long, city-wide event that celebrates the vibrant design scene of Portland, with open houses, lectures, panels, educational events, and endless networking. To kick off the annual festival DWP throws an opening party where 2,000 people come together to celebrate the city's diverse design community. 


For 2018, DWP invited Plastic Sunshine to take the lead on the sold-out opening party. We were honored and excited to be given the opportunity to curate and design the evening's experience.

The location was a 10k sqft empty warehouse in SE Portland known as the Custom Blocks.  Based on the science that color affects your mood, we developed the theme around the idea of Color Therapy, designing multiple opportunities to be immersed in a color and not just see, but feel the effects.


One of the things we love about the Portland design community is how close-knit and interconnected we are.

To celebrate this, we created opportunities for collaborations with other agencies, including  Factory North, OMFGCO, Jolby and Friends, and Holst Architecture, and they did not disappoint!  

While Plastic Sunshine concepted and designed the experience, we partnered with fabricators, DWP partners and volunteers to produce the elements, oversee the fabrication and installation, all the way through to strike.  It was a very hands-on experience and watching the smiles as everyone interacted with the color moments was super rewarding!



Special thanks to all our collaborative partners:
Design Week Portland
Gearhead Grip
PVS Graphics
Jolby & Friends
Holst Architecture
Factory North 
ACME Scenic