a 6 month retail experiment at

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.....

"Nobody thought much about the front porch when most Americans had them and used them. The great American front porch was just there, open and sociable, an unassigned part of the house that belonged to everyone and no one, a place for family and friends to pass the time."

- Kahn, Preserving Porches

When Brooks Hudson Thomas of SPECIFIC asked me to come down to San Diego to talk about his latest project with Blaire Dessent of The Vitrine, I jumped at the opportunity. August 4, Thursday evening, will be the opening of PRODUCT PORCH in San Diego, and I could not be more thrilled to be there talking about their take on design, interiors, art, and craft. I have to admit, I've spent many afternoons in Brooks' LA store, in utter amazement of the work he has shown, and the environment he has created. SPECIFIC has been a constant source of inspiration for me, and I am happy to see the store continue to transform other cities. - David John

"Specific Merchandise
and Vitrine are excited to announce a new pop-up project:
PRODUCT PORCH, a six-month retail-experiment at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Invited by chief curator, Kathryn Kanjo, Brooks Hudson Thomas and Blaire Dessent are taking over the MCASD museum shop in the Downtown MCASD location at 1001 Kettner Blvd. throughout the run of the exhibition Phenomenal, which will be on view through January 22, 2012.

Among the artists and designers to be included in the shop are Jason Meadows, Brendan Ravenhill, Fern, Dino Sanchez, Sarah Crowner, Smockshop, Design Bitches, Tanya Aguiñiga, todosomething, , Soledad Proaño¿Adonde?, WELCOME, Workstead, Kimmel Kids, Objeti, SCOUT REGALIA, Makelike, and more....

"PRODUCT PORCH will serve as a laboratory for what a museum-shop could be and will feature new design objects, furniture and accessories made by emerging and established artists and designers, and will serve as a destination for new design and creative retail in San Diego. Continually rotating merchandise along with a series of interactive programs inspired by the exhibition will offer a reason for people to continue to return to the Museum.

Please join us at MCASD’s TNT (Thursday Night Thing) on August 4 from 7-10 PM opening celebration for the PRODUCT PORCH. Titled “TNT: Emerge,” the evening focuses on emerging design, music, and taste. Brooks + Blaire will be joined by David John of You Have Been Here Sometime , the acclaimed art and interiors blog, for an informal discussion about the PRODUCT PORCH and their respective projects. In addition to the debut of Product Porch, this will also be the first opportunity for many people to view the work of artists Larry Bell, Mary Corse, and James Turrell, whose work is being installed on a staggered schedule leading up to the official grand opening of Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface on September 25. Guests can also enjoy cocktails, art-making activities, artist talks, and live music....

See you there!