Designers Revealed for Designer Show House at 30th Western Design Conference

September Jackson Hole event features full-size interiors to explore on showroom floor

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L to R: The 2021 Designer Show House featured Western-inspired Americana by Emily Janak Interiors and Fighting Bear Antiques; handcrafted firewood storage racks by Vankind will be part of the 2022 Show House porch design.

Jackson, Wyoming – August 9, 2022 – The 30th annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale reveals six designers who will put their unique touch into the life-size Jackson Hole “home” interiors that will be featured in the middle of the 28,000-square-foot showroom for guests to explore at the Jackson Hole, Wyoming, event, September 8-11, 2022. Introduced to the WDC Exhibit + Sale in 2015, the Designer Show House has become a stylish staple, drawing designers from the West and beyond to curate spaces within the house.  Attendees view and are inspired by up-to-the-minute design that conveys uniquely Western themes and materials while giving pride of place to the finely handcrafted pieces that pack the WDC Exhibit + Sale showroom floor.

The floor plan of the Designer Show House (DSH) includes five professionally designed rooms for guests to tour, beginning with the porch of the show house. Outer, a luxury outdoor furniture company that emphasizes innovation and sustainability, perfect for the western climate will partner with John Gute of Vankind, in Wilson, Wyoming. He creates everything from cabinetry for adventure-bound Sprinter vans to one-of-a-kind large-scale steel wine storage units. For the DSH porch Gute will feature some Jackson Hole essentials: his rustic contemporary firewood storage racks, made of salvaged timber and aluminum, and his handmade ski racks. Gute began creating with his hands as a child in Juneau, Alaska where his engineer father had a garage full of tools. After college, he pursued pro-skiing in winter and commercial fishing in Southeast Alaskan waters in summer. His time spent around boats and aircraft of all types ignited ideas that he now incorporates into artfully crafted functional pieces for home and travel. 

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Artist Claire Brewster’s “Easy Does It” and “Morning Glory” by Douglas Schneider are just a few pieces to be showcased in the DSH hallway by Diehl Gallery.

Entering the show house, guests will walk the hallway designed by the renowned Diehl Gallery of Jackson, Wyoming. The gallery will present a selection of works from the U.S., the UK, and Canada by artists Claire Brewster, Sarah Hillock, Kate Hunt, Anastasia Kimmett, KOLLABS, Ray Phillips and Douglas Schneider. The artwork mediums on display range from hand-cut antique maps to newspaper, and from oil on canvas to mixed media and resin on panel, with each showcased artist pushing the bounds of contemporary Western and animal art.

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Rendering by Amy Archambault Studio of the Rendezvous Design space for the Designer Show House. Left, Rendezvous principal Patricia Kennedy.

Off the hallway, DSH guests can discover the “Dream” suite by Rendezvous Design principal Patricia Kennedy, based in Jackson. Embodying wellness and a mountain lifestyle, the space presents a style Kennedy calls ‘Modern-Vintage-Western,’ a combination of sustainable materials, custom and biophilic furnishings, and artistry created in collaboration with Audrey Hall, Miles Glynn, Far Away Lovely, and Antler Design Concepts. Kennedy plans to surprise visitors to the suite with a gift-line launch showcasing her own hand-illustrated textiles, steeped in historical storytelling through classic Jackson Hole vintage vignettes. Her made-in-Wyoming gifts exude the charm, history, and spirit of the West and complement Rendezvous Design’s luxury interiors.

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Sneak peek of Juniper Interiors’ inspiration for their space at the September Designer Show House.

Juniper Interiors of Pocatello and Idaho Falls, Idaho, will be creating a cozy den for lounging by the fire after a day spent skiing or hiking in the outdoors. The den space in the Designer Show House will be clean and modern but also warm and inviting, with layers of rich textures – wood and leather, velvet and wool. Juniper Interiors designers Jacie Coleman and Erika Hachey work throughout the Mountain West, including Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, working with their clients to create beautiful, practical and thoughtful homes.

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A scene from Harker Design’s 2021 Designer Show House great room at the Western Design Conference.

Finally, returning to the Designer Show House is Harker Design of Jackson Hole, Idaho Falls, and Salt Lake City, with a great room reflecting the firm’s rustic, contemporary and Western interior spaces. Harker Design will also create a new-to-the-event lounge space in the Western Design Conference showroom for guests to relax and enjoy Friday -Sunday. Included in the Lounge space is a set of Old Hickory Furniture chairs doubling as seating and silent auction items for attendees to bid on and purchase.

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WDC attendees will have the opportunity to bid on the best-selling Highlands Rockers, originally known as the No.7 Rocker, first introduced by Old Hickory Furniture Company in 1908.

Tickets for the 30th annual WDC can be purchased in advance at westerndesignconference.com or at the door at the Snow King Events Center, 100 E Snow King Ave, Jackson, Wyoming. An Exhibit + Sale day pass is $30 and good for one entire day of entry, including a free Happy Hour. Opening Preview Party + Fashion Show tickets for the Thursday evening event which includes a live auction, runway fashion show, open bars and hors d’oeuvres, are $75/person; VIP reserved seating at the Opening Preview Party + Fashion Show is $150/person.

About the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale:
Celebrating 30 years in 2022, the annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale is a four-day, multimillion-dollar event that brings together craftspeople, collectors, interior designers, architects, and fashion designers with a love of the West. The Western Design Conference was founded 30 years ago in Cody, Wyoming, to promote contemporary artists working in historical American craft methods. The Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale moved to Jackson Hole in 2007, where Executive Director Allison Merritt continues the strong commitment to Western arts in Wyoming while expanding the reach of the show. Additional information, including schedules and tickets, is available at 
westerndesignconference.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

Media Contacts: Allison Merritt, allison@westerndesignconference.com, 307.690.9719; Amy Stark, Word PR + Marketing, amy@wordprmarketing.com.

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