As we watched the leaves change at the end of October, we also followed the adventurous journey of a tracking number for one of our last inventory shipments of the year. Around that time, we as a team couldn’t help but to pause and reflect on our next steps. With our current permanent space on hold, sharing access to our ever-growing collection of goods and love for creating memorable experiences had taken precedence above all else. Both alluding to the interplay of mediums in our collection and the place in time between a full, permanent space and where we currently stood we named our Pylon event series Inter-Medial. Holding that idea close with a launch goal date of two weeks, Pylon Inter Medial .1 came to life. An immersive retail event presenting a collection of exceptional designers and artists.
The mood within this two-day pop up would explore the intricate combinations of textiles, fabric and color. It was held in the historic International District Chinatown neighborhood and on the same block as our café project, Gift Shop (674 South King Street). Our continuous conversations with our building manager led to an amazing open space next door that formerly showcased the yearly ‘King Street Maker’s Market’ and held the workshop space/showroom of Plank & Grain. 666 South King Street would be our home for a few weeks, and we couldn’t feel any luckier.
We opened the doors at 2PM on Saturday November 13th. Half an hour before that, we were love tapping each artful piece into a tidy row and gathered into a pre-shift run-of-show circle with our weekend colleagues. Throughout the two days, there was food and drink to accompany the collections featuring Chef Jonnah Ayala of Musang Seattle serving classic elevated ‘take-out’ and Chef Sun Hong of By Tae making hot bowls of Korean rice porridge the next day. We offered a delectable and interesting list of wines and sake by the glass, a something for everyone kind of menu. There was tea service with selections from our neighbors at New Century Tea Gallery and vinyls spun all day by our friends of Apt E.
In between the moments of connecting with familiar and new faces, we were also able to celebrate the beginning of this passion project. Inter Medial 1 gave us the opportunity to share, guide and promote individualism, technique and artistry from around the world. What more could we ask for?