by Paloma Ianes
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Local design studio one of 20 finalists in the running for $25,000
Cincinnati-based design company Such + Such has been selected as one of 20 finalists for popular home furnishing retailer West Elm’s
national “We Love Local Small Businesses Grant” contest. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and mentorship from West Elm while three runners-up will have their products featured in West Elm stores during the upcoming
that we were chosen to move forward in
this competition has blown us away,” said Alex Aeschbury, co-founder of Such +
Such, in a press release. “We couldn't have gotten here without the support of Cincinnati, and it’s
fitting that Cincinnati will help take our brand to the next level.” Such +
Such’s founders Aeschbury and Zach Darmanian-Harris, former students at University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, have provided design and fabrication services for a
variety of clients nationwide, as well as some of Cincinnati’s local favorites Neon’s Unplugged, Sloane Boutique and the Cincinnati Art Museum.
the contest, Such + Such in August launched a product line featuring hand-crafted furniture and home decor pieces including coffee tables, stools and
wall clocks. All of the pieces from this inaugural line are sustainably made
from naturally felled ash wood locally sourced from the Ohio Valley.
Such + Such joins 19 other small companies from around the U.S.
whose creations include pottery,
hand-dyed textiles, organic soap and skincare and handmade novelty goods. These finalists will be judged based on online votes, originality,
design, story, commitment to local production and depth of product assortment.
Public voting is open through Oct 14, and can be done here.
The winners will be announced Nov 19.
There will be a
voting party hosted by PB&J, a local PR and design firm that merged with Such +
Such in 2013. The party will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight at the
PB&J offices at 1417 Main St. 1A in Over-the-Rhine. Rhinegeist Brewery will
be providing refreshments.
by Hannah McCartney
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National charity to host design contest to feed the hungry
There's been some brilliant art made from some pretty bizarre mediums — hair, push pins, bullets, garbage, chewing gum. Look around downtown Cincinnati beginning next Tuesday and you'll find another unlikely art form — statues made specifically from canned goods and other non-perishable food. Expect to see five jumbo structures scattered around different locations downtown, including a giant Pac-Man and a huge bridge-like arch. Why the canned constructions? It's part of a competition called "Canstruction," an exhibit that's part of a national effort to combine the "spirit of a design contest with a way to feed the hungry." Canstruction is a national charity, and it holds the competition in more than 100 cities across the U.S. The event touts itself as a unique, engaging way to bring attention to the issue of hunger in Greater Cincinnati; the works become a free, giant art exhibit open to the public. This year marks the 15th annual food sculpture competition, and once the judging is complete, the structure's materials — all cans and non-perishable food — will benefit the Freestore Foodbank. Don't expect the works to be rinky-dink, either; the competitions is headed up by bigwigs in Cincinnati's professional architecture, engineering and design community. The sculptures are estimated to require a whopping 40,000 canned goods to complete and teams have a strict five-hour limit to build their structures. The "canstruction" race begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Once the statues are up, they'll be on display until March 18. Visit the Cincinnati Canstruction website to find out where downtown you can spot the sculptures.