Townhouse was born out of happenstance. An empty storefront, a void of high designed/low cost furniture, and two parties (myself and Townhouse partner Andrea Hnath) bringing together respective skill sets to test a market. Housed in East Liberty from May 2013 through December 2013, Townhouse was a collaborative pop-up project that strove to fill a gap in the PGH design community while anchoring a block in the highly transitioning East Liberty neighborhood.
In order to achieve our goal, we partnered with area businesses Weisshouse and The Shop in East Liberty to help us bring in national brands like Gus, Blu Dot and others while working extensively with local designers (furniture, clothing/fashion, print) and artists. The store offered a eclectic array of modern and vintage pieces (all priced under $400) in addition to serving as an outlet for local designers/producers to test the market with showcases and trunk shows. The result was a responsive space highlighting and fostering good design/branding in a place that would have otherwise continued to be a home for abandoned tires.