culture

We’re Just Browsing

It’s All In The Showroom. You don’t have to be looking for furniture to enjoy looking at furniture. We all love browsing and dreaming of recreating our living space! If you haven’t been to Hip’s beautiful sh...

Apr 03, 2019 - culture

Is the Midcentury Conversation Pit Ready for a Revival?

Midcentury design has established itself as the quintessential essence of modern interiors. But Eames chairs and Nelson benches aren’t the only icons being revived in living spaces. A fascination with midcentury design...

Mar 16, 2018 - culture / inspiration / Interesting

Blending Modern Design With the Ancient Art of Feng Shui

Think that designing your living space using an ancient Chinese custom is a little too mystifying for you? You might want to reevaluate your space after learning more about the principles of Feng Shui. It’s been said t...

Feb 01, 2018 - culture / furniture / inspiration / Interesting

Happy Holidays and Thank You. Love, Hip

As 2017 nears its final adieu, we want to give thanks for another beautiful year in Portland. We plainly could not have had 2017 without you and we hope you all know that you are much more than “just” clients to us. ...

Dec 22, 2017 - culture / Interesting

A Change in Office Lifestyle Deserves a Change in Workspace Design

If you haven’t noticed already, we put a lot of emphasis on your living space. And why shouldn’t we? Your home should provide you with inspiration and comfort at any moments notice. But what about your workspace? Whi...

Dec 01, 2017 - culture / furniture / inspiration / Interesting

Northwest Design and Wood Textures: A Love Affair

As people of the Pacific Northwest, we’re proud of our heritage. But as fans of modern design, some of us hit a roadblock when it comes to merging the two into our interior design. An Eames Chair surrounded by axes, sa...

Nov 21, 2017 - culture / furniture / inspiration / Interesting

Elegance In The Pacific Northwest: The Modern Design of Pietro Belluschi

“We never could design a building as beautiful as the trees” A few months back we wrote a piece covering the work of John Yeon. In the tradition of celebrating these local architects and designers who helped shape th...

Nov 06, 2017 - culture / inspiration / Interesting

What Your Record Collection Can Do For Your Living Space.

The well-balanced living space is forward thinking and yet has a touch of the past. One way to achieve this is through the iconic record turntable. This music device has survived through the compact disc and the digital ...

Sep 26, 2017 - culture / furniture / inspiration / Interesting

Life Moves Pretty Fast: A Look Inside the Ben Rose House

Which classic 80’s film features a high school slacker, a ’Twist & Shout’ parade sequence, and a Ferrari crashing through a mid-century modern home? Anyone?… Anyone?… That’s right! The John Hughes classic...

Aug 29, 2017 - culture / inspiration / Interesting

An Inside Look At Staples House

Nestled deep in the heart of the west hills, there will soon be a housewarming party. The main attraction, aside from the newly-built house itself, is the framed schematics, drawings, and renderings adorning the walls. I...

May 19, 2017 - culture / customer stories / furniture / Interesting

Furniture Questions: Where should I Splurge and where can I Save?

Let’s start by asking a better question: why was furniture invented in the first place? Often we get so wrapped up in the look of our furniture, or overall design, that we forget about the basic purpose. Furniture is ...

Jan 27, 2017 - culture / furniture / Interesting

Design Advice: What to do before you go Furniture Shopping

Furniture shopping can be a confusing, mystifying, misadventure for far too many shoppers; but it doesn’t have to be. With the right preparation and understanding of the market, your next trip can be pain free (or at l...

Jan 21, 2017 - culture / furniture / Interesting

Design Advice: The 80/20 Balance

Unless you have recently sold everything you own, moved to a new place, and shopped for furniture at only one shop, it’s safe to say that your home, along with every other home in the western world, is made up of a...

Jan 13, 2017 - culture / furniture / Interesting

Design Advice: Blending Leather vs. Fabric

One of the most common design questions I get asked is a selection of the following: “Can I mix Leather with Leather?” “Can I mix Fabric with Fabric?” “Can I mix Leather with Fabric?” First off, the answer is...

Dec 29, 2016 - culture / furniture / Interesting / news

Ex Machina’s Sleek Modern Set Design

If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the 2015 indie film Ex Machina, then aside from the outstanding cinematography, special effects, and award-winning screenplay, you should view it for the immaculate set design....

Nov 30, 2016 - culture / furniture / Interesting

Holiday-worthy Dining Furniture by Calligaris

The holiday season has finally arrived and when you’re not sipping cocoa around a roaring fireplace or scrolling through the ‘Holiday’ category on Netflix, you’re more than likely gathered around a table spending...

Nov 24, 2016 - culture / furniture / Interesting

Four Classic Films With Fantastic Mid-century Modern Set Design

Mid-century modern design has continued to maintain a prominent role in our culture ever since it’s hey-day in the 50’s and 60’s. Clean aesthetic and functional finesse have become an instantly recognizable style. ...

Nov 15, 2016 - culture / Interesting

5 Pieces of Modern Furniture that Every Design Enthusiast Covets

“Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design” – Charles Eames Modernist furniture design has been around for over a century. Why is it that a chair designed in the 1920’s can fit so well with the...

Sep 27, 2016 - culture / furniture / Interesting

The Ghost Family by Kartell

Rich colors and vibrant textures are everywhere you look in our showroom…well almost everywhere. You may have to do a double take when you see the sleek, translucent pieces of the Ghost Family by Kartell. Designed by P...

Aug 22, 2016 - culture / furniture / Interesting

The Loft Series by Gus Modern

We’ve been asked a lot of questions in our showroom but one that we hear frequently is ‘what pieces do you suggest for my smaller space?’ This is when we like to share the Loft series by Gus Modern. The Loft se...

Jul 13, 2016 - culture / furniture / Interesting / news

Choosing the Perfect Lamp for Your Space

Lamps are often cast a supporting role when piecing together a living space. Bed’s, sofas, and tables may be the center of attention but without proper lighting we’d be banging our shins into coffee tables an...

Jun 30, 2016 - culture / furniture / Interesting

Versatility and the Jane Bi-Sectional

Picture the diverse variety of roles your living space takes on. It’s a place for naps and relaxation, as well as a place to pop open champagne bottles and celebrate. From entertaining guests, to cozying up with yo...

Mar 21, 2016 - culture / furniture / Interesting

Cleaning for Spring: Reasons for now, not later

It’s been a long, rewarding winter and finally we’re beginning to awkwardly flirt with that big orange thing in the sky which shows up every now and then. It’s here — Spring, primavera, rebirth! With all the ...

Mar 09, 2016 - culture / furniture / Interesting / news

Reaching Performance Status with the Re-vive Recliner

Performance is a unique word. Not only is it defined as a presentation or an accomplishment but it can be tacked on to anything which fulfills and surpasses its intended goal. Something is deemed as reaching “performan...

Feb 10, 2016 - culture / Interesting / news

Friends, Family, and the Ebb and Flow of Thanksgiving

The last stubborn leaves of autumn cling to their branches as we transition into winter. Whether you’re ready or not, the Holiday season will soon be in full swing, and as the song goes, “there’s no place like home...

Nov 08, 2015 - culture / furniture / Interesting

BDI: Media Furnishings for the Home Theater

No modern home is complete without a home theater system. There’s nothing like watching your favorite films with the audio and visual prowess of the cinema, in the comfort of your own home. Countless hours are spent in...

Nov 03, 2015 - culture / furniture / Interesting

Creating A Reading Nook That Inspires

Setting and scene are important literary elements as they provide the main backdrop as well as set the mood for a novel. What’s equally important is the setting and scene of where you do your reading. Reading on crowde...

Oct 09, 2015 - culture / furniture / Interesting

Della Robbia: Designovation

When it comes to passion for details and purity of style, American contemporary furniture manufacturer, Della Robbia sets new standards. Della Robbia has been creating “quintessential contemporary environments” in li...

Oct 09, 2015 - culture / furniture / Interesting

Clei: Creating a Room Within a Room

Space-saving design is becoming an accustomed feature in the modern, intelligent home, and the Italian company Clei furnishings, is a cut above the rest when it comes to creativity and design. Clei creates versatile, mul...

Sep 19, 2015 - CLEI / culture / Interesting

Cozy Up: Portland’s Ideal Fall Living Space

If you’re a Portlander then you’re aware that this hot, sunny summer was merely a vacation. As fall approaches Portland is about to return to the “real world” of clouds and rain. Some of us can’t wait to once a...

Sep 17, 2015 - culture / Interesting