ReMade: Culinary Opens November 2

It’s time once again for the annual ReMade project from WWU Industrial Design! Join us this Friday, November 2 from 6-9 pm for the opening reception and get first dibs on these great designs.

The ReMade project challenges students to design with sustainability in mind, encouraging the reuse, recycling, or repurposing of material.This year the junior studio is presenting 12 modern design solutions for use primarily while dining or preparing food. A limited number of each product will be available for sale at Ideal from 11/2 through 11/16 while supplies last.

In a mere matter of weeks, each student designed their piece, sourced all the materials, produced a limited edition of 20, and created all packaging/branding for their product. We provide a bit of guidance to the students throughout the process, sharing our thoughts from a design shop perspective as well as hosting the sale.

This is our eleventh year collaborating with WWU Industrial Design and each year the students’ ingenuity and resourcefulness impress us in new ways. We hope to see you Friday, November 2 from 6-9 pm to meet these up-and-coming designers and purchase their products.

“bob” – succulent planter by Tommy Oleson made using wood from recycled WWU dorm beds and office chair casters

“tactile” – phone/tablet stand by Ezquiel Guzman made using granite and marble tiles from ReStore

“bella” – salt shaker by Henry Dahlgren made using recycled Honeymoon Mead bottles with reformed/recycled plastic lid

“33-1/3” – fruit bowl made from discarded vinyl records by Autumn Dirksen

 

“steep” – cold brew coffee pitcher by Max Lucy made using broken ceramics from local studios

“ketch” – shopping tote made using discarded sails from Skookum Sail Repair by Ryan Rothaus – SOLD OUT

“sip” – glass mug and sleeve for hot beverages by Ben Lorimore made using discarded liquor bottles from local bars and recycled felt and cork

“fray” – potholder/trivet by Gian Umemoto made using fabric remnants from Ragfinery – SOLD OUT

“whip!” – whisk by Dan Hager made using recycled bike spokes from Transition Bikes and Richlite remnants – SOLD OUT

“flora” – centerpiece/votive holder by Taylor Brown made using stainless steel offcuts from DeLaval Manufacturing

“ply” – wooden bowl by Ryan Moorleghen made using wood from discarded WWU dorm beds – SOLD OUT

“patch” – apron by Jared Pabon made using offcuts from Oyster Creek Canvas and Northwest Tarp and Canvas – SOLD OUT

Loll Designs September Sale – 15% off and Free Shipping!

End of summer got you down? Have no fear – Loll Designs is here! And through September 30 enjoy 15% off and free shipping* in the continental US.

With Loll, we are convinced that our soggy Pacific Northwest weather has met its match. Loll products require no maintenance. Meaning, you can leave your furniture outdoors without having to fuss with ill-fitting covers; you can save your back (and your shins!) without having to schlep your outdoor furniture into storage; and you can enjoy your furniture year round for it will not blow around, rot, fade or fall apart at the joinery. Made from heavy-duty recycled #2 plastic, Loll Designs furniture is responsibly manufactured in Duluth, Minnesota – in the good old US of A.

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Help us Celebrate 10 Years this Sunday, July 29!

Celebrating 10 Ideal Years!

 

We can’t believe it’s been a decade. Join us on Sunday, July 29 to celebrate!

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Less Clicking, More Connecting

Unintentional matching has been a hazard for 10 years, now! Great minds think alike, right?

We love people. We prefer conversing and doing business in person. With age comes wisdom… that is why after 10 years at Ideal, we have decided to return to our roots by embracing the experience. We are bidding goodbye to our e-commerce site, and look forward to connecting with you in a more authentic way – face to face.

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Downtown Art Walk is this Friday, December 1!

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Our festive holiday window, featuring Marimekko, Flensted Mobiles, MoMA ornaments, and more.

Join us during Art Walk this Friday, December 1, 6-9 for our Holiday Open House. Enjoy the shop this festive evening with complimentary Dutch cookies and a free gift with every purchaseACME Farms & Kitchen will also be helping us celebrate Art Walk. Stop by to check out a preview of their tasty seasonal boxes and pick up a coupon for these special holiday offerings.

We have dozens and dozens of new designs in stock for the holidays! If you can´t make it in, every day we´re adding more to our website. Updates include stocking stuffer and holiday categories. Check back frequently as new shipments arrive daily.

We’ll be sending out short lists of our favorite gift ideas starting next week…as usual, we’ve got everyone on your list covered with gifts of good design. In the meantime call 360-752-5522 or email us with any questions.

Many Thanks

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We will be closed this Thursday to celebrate the holiday with our families and wish you a festive day filled with laughter and delicious food. After a good night’s sleep, should you decide to venture downtown on Friday, we will be back in the shop ready to help you at 10 a.m.

Shop Small Saturday – November 25

Please join us on Saturday, November 25 for Shop Small Saturday, when many of your favorite locally-owned businesses will be offering treats and festivity throughout the day. We’ll have delicious Dutch cookies as a treat and will be offering a free gift with any purchase over $50 while supplies last. Thank you for shopping locally and supporting Bellingham’s small businesses!

Downtown Art Walk – December 1

We’ll be open late for Art Walk on Friday, December 1 with an open house celebrating our 10th holiday season. The shop is all decked out and we have gifts ready to wrap for everyone on your list. Head downtown to enjoy the holiday atmosphere, grab a bite to eat and be sure to stop by Ideal where we’ll be offering a free gift with purchase throughout the evening. Our friends from Acme Farms + Kitchen will have samples of their delicious holiday offerings, as well as coupons toward these special boxes.

Happy Thanksgiving to you. We are grateful each day for your support of our locally-owned-and-operated shop!

Your Ideal Staff
(Lisa, Kathleen, Taylor, Annie, and Julia)

ReMade: Nature Opens Friday, November 3

It’s time once again for the annual ReMade project! Join us Friday, November 3 from 6-9 pm for the opening reception and get first dibs on these great designs made locally by the Junior class of WWU Industrial Design.

 ReMade challenges students to design with sustainability in mind, encouraging the reuse, recycling, or repurposing of material. This year the junior studio is presenting 12 design solutions that primarily, if not entirely, utilize materials founr in nature. As usual, a small production run of each product will be available for purchase at Ideal from November 3rd through November 17th, while supplies last.

In a mere matter of weeks, each student designed their piece, sourced all the materials, produced a limited edition of 20, and created all packaging/branding for their product. We provide a bit of guidance to the students throughout the process, sharing our thoughts from a design shop perspective as well as hosting the sale. Students receive a large percentage of ReMade sales as incentive to design and make superior work.

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Valentine Gifts and Pop-Up Shop with Acme Farms + Kitchen!

We are collaborating with our friends at Acme Farms + Kitchen and Triple Wren Farms to offer a pop up shop with delightful gifts for you and yours! Saturday, Feb 11 – Tuesday, Feb 14, we will have a selection of sweet treats from Acme Farms + Kitchen for sale along with other well-designed treats for your Valentine.

Best of all, you can pre-order ready-made dinner for two from Acme or a beautiful bouquet from Triple Wren ready to gift in a Bauer Pottery vase. Simply place your order by Sunday night (2/12), then pick up your dinner and flowers Tuesday at Ideal. Place your order for dinner or flowers on Acme’s website.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We will be closed this Thursday to celebrate the holiday with our families and wish you a festive day filled with laughter and delicious food. After a good night’s sleep, should you decide to venture downtown on Friday, we will be back in the shop ready to help you at 10 a.m.

Shop Small Saturday and Raffle – November 26
Please join us on Saturday, November 26 for Shop Small Saturday, when many of your favorite locally-owned businesses will be offering treats and festivity throughout the day. We will be raffling off nine gifts in celebration of our ninth holiday season. Stop by to enter for your chance to win! We are also participating in Sustainable Connection’s Shop Small Saturday Passport. Pick up a passport, get it stamped by us and many other local businesses to be eligible for several prize packages.

We Love Our Neighborhood
As we enter this holiday season, the importance of community is foremost on our minds. We are grateful to live and work in downtown Bellingham and we value interacting with and relying on neighbors of all sorts. Supporting the businesses we love ensures they will remain downtown, making this area the energetic mix it is. In that spirit, we encourage you to support some of our favorite downtown spots this season. There are so many great choices we decided to limit this selection to those which are within only 2 blocks of us on Cornwall Avenue and Holly Street. Look at how many there are! Show them some love this holiday.

  • Greenhouse – we are lucky to be neighbors and frequently rely on their expertise. A wonderful selection of housewares, furniture and more.
  • Backcountry Essentials – a great spot for new and consigned outdoor clothing and gear. Their knowledgeable staff is very helpful.
  • Kids Northwest – a longtime downtown store filled with quality kid clothing, shoes, and toys.
  • Modsock – socks in an amazing array of fun patterns and themes.
  • A New Leaf – so nice to pick up a fresh bouquet on the way home.
  • Dakota Art – an excellent selection of art supplies along with expert staffers who know what works best.
  • Spruce – lovely party supplies, stationery and wonderfully festive things.
  • Bureau of Historical Investigation – handmade goods made by local artists.
  • Cafe Akroteri – we love the happy hour special. Gyro and beer for $10! Prosser in the bar always treats us well.
  • Horseshoe Cafe – tasty food available at all hours, much of it locally-sourced. Yes, you can eat downtown after midnight!

There are so many others we could list beyond a two-block radius. Come downtown, wander and have fun!

Happy Thanksgiving to you. Fill it with peace and kindness.

Your Ideal Staff
(Lisa, Kathleen, Tyler, and Julia)

ReMade: Kitchen Opens Friday, November 4

It’s time once again for the annual ReMade project from WWU Industrial Design! Join us Friday, November 4 from 6-9 pm for the opening reception and get first dibs on these great designs for your kitchen.  ReMade is a project the junior class of ID students embarks on every year, with the goal of taking materials that would have ended up in a landfill and turning them into functional and well-designed consumer products. In a mere matter of weeks, each student designed their piece, sourced all the materials, produced a limited edition of 20, and created all packaging/branding for their product. We provide a bit of guidance to the students throughout the process, sharing our thoughts from a design shop perspective as well as hosting the sale. Products will be for sale until November 18, while supplies last. Students receive a large portion of ReMade sales as incentive to design and make superior work.

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