“Perception”, a 50-building mural by eL Seed in a Coptic Christian district of Cairo. eL Seed’s work is on view at Matter through 12/15.


Hello, Tacoma,

In May 2016, Moss + Mineral relocated to 821 Pacific Ave. and is now sharing an airy, 1,800′ space with artisan furniture makers rePly and birdloft! Matter: Tacoma made modern ( is our combined showroom featuring contemporary and mid-century modern furnishings to make your home or workspace sing. Matter also mounts rotating contemporary art exhibits by artists from the Northwest and beyond (check out our current show by French-Tunisian graffiti artist, eL Seed!). We’re open Saturdays, noon-6, and by appointment. Questions? Give a shout at 253.961.5220 or email


An eL Seed mural in Paris quotes Balzac: “Paris is in truth an ocean: you can plumb it but you’ll never know its depths.”

Now showing: Art Without Borders, Part I – eL Seed. This photographic exhibit focuses on the astounding work of international street artist and TED Fellow, eL Seed. The French-Tunisian artist blends Arabic calligraphy with Western graffiti in a dynamic form he calls “calligraffiti”. His messages of peace can be seen around the globe: Paris, Dubai, Berlin, Chicago. A portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit Doctors Without Borders.


“Awake” bronze sculpture by Peregrine O’Gormley

Also showing: long-awaited birds, animals and invertebrates in bronze and stone by Skagit Valley sculptor, Peregrine O’Gormley.

Coming soon: graffiti photographs by Parisian artist, Jean Faucheur. A seminal figure in the French wave of street artists in the 1980s, Faucheur also tagged in NYC with Keith Haring, and operates an art center in Paris today. Through December 15, 2016 at Matter, 821 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. Please email questions about these shows to

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Matter showcases the work of three local makers:
• rePly Furniture – Re-envisioning the modernist aesthetic, Steve Lawler hand-builds furniture from reclaimed wood impeccably formed and laminated for an element of pure surprise. (253.389.3807)
• Moss + Mineral – Artist and freelance curator Lisa Kinoshita expands her love of mid-century modern design to period objects and unusual botanicals that transform the rooms we live in. (253.961.5220)
• birdloft furniture – Adrienne Wicks and Jeff Libby specialize in artisanal live-edge and sustainable wood and steel furniture design. Meticulous craft by two architect-craftspeople. (253.677.8664)


Curvaceous laminated stool by Steve Lawler | rePly Furniture


Kimono bench by A. Arp | Moss + Mineral

Nimbus Table by birdloft | Adrienne Wicks + Jeff Libby

  1. Lisa Hudson

    Lisa, I wish I could be on that coast for your event! We need to touch base, my website is up and I would like to talk about a collaboration! Be in touch soon…..Good luck with the opening!


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