NIGHTSTAND Christian DeBenedetti’s microbrew guidebook, The Great American Ale Trail (Running Press/Perseus, $20), is perfect for those crisis moments when you’re in Ouray, Colorado, and don’t know where to drink.
EXPORT “We realized a six-pack is the exact size we need to carry on our bikes,” recalls Dan Powell of Portland Design Works. This summer, PDW’s Takeout Basket grabbed notice from Wired and Gizmodo, and brisk sales at its $120 retail price. Says Powell, “Shops just display them with beer, and people buy them.” ridepdw.com
PLAYTHING The idea behind 29-year-old Selja Ojanne’s “Games You Live With” collection: “Games should be visible and accessible in the home.” A recent student exhibit* showcased her homespun/swank croquet set and other gear—sadly, for now, all one of a kind. Downtown shop Woonwinkel will display the work through September. *For MFA candidates in the applied craft and design program jointly run by Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art & Craft.
WEARTHIS Dawn Sharp’s fall collection nods to the Shakers, the sect known for beautiful craft work and militant celibacy. “I wanted to express my feminine design aesthetic through details,” Sharp says. Militant celibacy: so hot right now. dawnsharpdress.com
WORKSHOP Cocanú chocolates tell stories. Romulus Remus V combines 73 percent cacao with coffee because “cacao and coffee are brothers.” Picasso evokes spicy hot chocolate. In Moonwalk, trashy Pop Rocks crash a high-end chocolate party. “I respect craft, but chocolate should make you happy,” owner-maker Sebastián Cisneros says. cocanu.com
VIDS OF THEMINUTE How many local bands would make videos with noted avant-garde directors, portraying futurist landscapes inspired by radical 1960s Italian architects? After watching YACHT’s “Utopia” and “Dystopia,” directed by Dutch filmmaker Rene Daalder, we know the answer: one. teamyacht.com