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Eric Trine

We've got a file on Portland-based artist and designer Eric Trine.

Dossier By John Dugan, September 4, 2013

All design and studio photos courtesy of Eric Trine.

In each edition of Dossier, Nothing Major pulls classified profiles from our ultra secret files. This week, it's Portland's Eric Trine.

Portland-based object maker Eric Trine is a name on many lips in our new design-savvy era. He invests a sense of play and discovery in objects that are both modern and utilitarian. His chairs, plant stands, and tables are a great new take on the forms of midcentury modern basics which pay tribute to the optimistic design ethos of that era. His printmaking is great and he's also designed a "canvas cabin." We wrangled a Dossier out of Trine on his favorite things, but we're hoping this isn't the last we hear from the occasional writer on Nothing Major.


Name: Eric Trine

DOB: February 8, 1983

Current City: Portland, OR

Current occupation: Freelance Artist/Designer

Career defining moment: Participating in New York Design Week 2013, and selling all the pieces in that show.

Last design item you bought: A baby rattle, haha. My wife and I are having a baby, and I saw this amazing rattle at Kiosk in Soho. It's more like a folkcraft design object - handmade from willow reeds and the rattle part is made of juniper seeds. 

Most beloved item of clothing (past or present): Red Wings Chukka's Heritage. I wear them everyday—triple threat of comfort, support, and protection while working in a wood shop/metal shop all day.
 Most treasured design object: Russel Wright folding outdoor chairs. I picked up a set of four for $15 each at a flea market. I didn't even know what they were, I just liked them. Someone commented on my blog that they were by Russel Wright, so I started researching him. I think that was my intro to modern design. Russel Wright is one of my all-time favorite designers, and not so much for his designs, but more of his motivation behind his work.

Worst trend you regret embracing: I remember high school being an experimental time for me in regards to clothing - I guess it was for all of us. I tried really weird genre mixing combinations. Worst combination = super baggy jnco style jeans with leopard skin creepers. What was I thinking?

Trine's Camp Cabin

Favorite room in the house: The dining room. We have this amazing wall of windows in our dining room. Amazing morning light.

Favorite museum or gallery: Estate sales

Drink of choice: I've been on this weird kick with cheap mexican beer lately, so I'll have to say a Tecate tall boy.

Artist/designer you collect: I've been collecting Mexican Otomi style embroidered pieces lately—it's something I'm always on the look-out for. I've also been collecting vintage Reyn Spooner aloha shirts—I think that counts as a designer, right?

Artist/designer you'd like to collect: Alma Allen (pictured above)

Favorite album cover: I'm gonna go with the first thing that popped in my head and say Chicago: Greatest Hits (also known as Chicago IX—Ed). The one where they're all on the scaffold painting the Chicago logo. I remember putting that album on all the time as a kid. Random. 

The best video ever was directed by: Robert Zemeckis - Back to the Future

Secret obsession: I love the movie A Knight's Tale. It's my go-to veg-out movie. 

Eric Trine promises his online shop will be up soon. In the meantime, find his furniture at Beam & Anchor in Portland, OR.