F*Sho celebrates Cle furniture makers for seventh straight year

Jason Radcliffe – steel furniture designer, owner of 44 Steel in Avon, reality show finalist on SpikeTV’s Framework, and a cheerleader for the Cleveland maker movement – will once again bring the F*Sho to Cleveland on Friday, Sept. 18th from 5-8 p.m.

The F*Sho is a contemporary furniture show featuring work by local designers, furniture makers and Cleveland Institute of Art students. Radcliffe has been staging the show for seven years now, primarily to highlight the style and talents of local builders. “Time flies,” he says. “I feel like we just started this a couple of years ago.”
Radcliffe says there’s no doubt these makers are Clevelanders. “The best thing about this show is we are hands-down Cleveland builders and you can see that in everything we do,” he explains. “We all use local materials, reclaimed wood or fallen trees from here, all local steel. If you look at how we do steel in this city – it’s undeniably us.”
This year’s show features 27 furniture makers – six of whom are new to the show. One home builder, David Krebs of Modern Smart Homes, will also showcase his work. “I’m excited at the idea of a home building company that designs, builds and has furniture,” says Radcliffe.
Other designers and makers include 2nd Shift Design, Sawhorse Woodworks, blacksmith and metal fabricator Stephen Yusko, and Framework co-finalist Freddy Hill.
The F*Show is never in the same space twice. “We move it every year to an obscure location,” he says. “We try to show some buildings and spaces that are not normally on the radar.” This year’s show is in 20,000-square feet of space on the fifth floor of the 44 Building, 3615 Superior Ave. E., in Tyler Village – a new hotspot for furniture builders. “One of the cool things about Tyler Village is there are soon to be five makers in space there,” says Radcliffe.
Radcliffe and Hill hosted the first F*Sho in Los Angeles last March, after Framework was over. “L.A. went unbelievably well, he says. “We had almost double the response we had from the first Cleveland F*Sho. We’re working on doing another one out there in the spring.”
The F*Sho is free and open to the public. Everything the artists show is also for sale. Food and drinks will be served and a D.J. will spin tunes. “The fifth floor is all windows, all the way around,” says Radcliffe. “You can see the lake, downtown, and south. When the sun goes down the space lights up. We’re really happy about this space, these designers.”

Read more articles by Karin Connelly Rice.

Karin Connelly Rice enjoys telling people's stories, whether it's a promising startup or a life's passion. Over the past 20 years she has reported on the local business community for publications such as Inside Business and Cleveland Magazine. She was editor of the Rocky River/Lakewood edition of In the Neighborhood and was a reporter and photographer for the Amherst News-Times. At Fresh Water she enjoys telling the stories of Clevelanders who are shaping and embracing the business and research climate in Cleveland.
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