CLEVELAND, Ohio – Jason Radcliffe of 44 Steel founded F*SHO in 2009 to highlight the craft of furniture design. At the annual, free one-day exhibit, local up-and-coming makers show off their contemporary work, from sleek and modern to rustic-inspired to industrial. Radcliffe also has a knack for bringing the event to unconventional spaces.
F*SHO feels more like a party – after all, furniture this stylish is an art itself. A DJ spins while art and home enthusiasts bustle through the showcase and meet the makers. This year, SOHO Chicken & Whiskey will offer bites and Noble Beast Brewing Co. will serve up beer.
“People are really into buying local and making their homes something that’s truly unique, and we are starting to see that reflected in the purchases that are made at F*SHO,” Radcliffe says. “It’s become an event that people look for every year, and we’ve seen the crowd grow each year.”
More than 30 designers will set up their work at year’s event, which takes place 5-10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, at HGR Industrial Surplus, 20001 Euclid Ave. HGR buys and sells new and used industrial materials and equipment and has been a resource for both manufacturers and hobbyists throughout the region. F*SHO attendees can get an inside look at HGR as they host tours throughout the event.
HGR and F*SHO will collaborate again Sept. 22-24 at IngenuityFest, the annual Cleveland celebration of art and technology. During the “live build,” a metalworker and woodworker will collaborate to create new work with proceeds from items benefiting Hurricane Harvey relief.
“A lot of the makers in the show regularly use HGR to purchase materials for the pieces they make, so it’s close to the heart of the show,” Radcliffe says. “Not to mention HGR used a lot of designers and makers from the show for their needs as well. They recently redid their office space and had a local person, Jason Wein, founder of Cleveland Art, make all of their office furniture. One of the makers in the show, Rust, Dust & Other Four Letters Words, did some of the art.”
A competitor from the reality TV furniture building show Radcliffe appeared on, “Framework,” will also be at the show. California-based Jory Brigham, the show’s champion, will debut a piece he co-designed with Radcliffe. Later this year, the duo will meet again to host metal and woodworking workshops in California.
But the majority of the makers will come from right here in Northeast Ohio. Participants include familiar names like Rust Belt Welding, Freddy Hill Designs, Soulcraft Woodshop, Lane 17 Design Co., Rustbelt Reclamation and more.
“F*SHO is a great chance to bring the furniture community together and promote the many talented local makers,” Radcliffe says.