The Conduit for our current show Floor Plan focused on three different groups in Kansas City that use creative design techniques as a business model for interior spaces and objects.
Jessica Rogers of Cartwheel provided a creatively designed bus for transportation to and from sites.
And Jeffrey Isom, a local artist and designer, helped lead the tour to each location, and gave backgrounds while on the way on Cartwheel!
First stop was Utilitarian Workshop. This design duo helped construct the vision of the interior of Port Fonda, where we ended our tour. ”Utilitarian Workshop is a collaborative design studio and retail co-op in which handmade goods are the core of who we are. Our goal as designers is to transcend the traditional views regarding materials and their function, and in turn, create a fresh dialogue within an ever changing modern environment.”
Next was the Jarboe Initiative. Nick Ward-Bopp showed us around his house, where he established a contract with the owner to rehab the torn down building, free of rent for about a year. This project helped to fix up a house that would otherwise be left run down to help benefit the community on the West Side.
The third stop was at 3 Axis. This group was less DIY and enabled technological printing methods and tools to construct objects for more commercial purposes. They showed us how they fabricated these objects out of styrofoam and fiberglass and they built sets for museum displays.
The tour ended for drinks at Port Fonda, where we met up again with Utilitarian Workshop and they went into detail how they collaborated to build the vision for the interior.
Thanks to everyone who came out and Jeffrey Isom and Jessica Rogers for being great guides! If you haven’t checked out Floor Plan yet, it is still up! Come by every Saturday 10-5pm for regular hours and we open up by appointment.