Design Week Portland

The life and creation of trees, with Bonsai Mirai.

From April 5 through April 15, Aesop West End is transformed into a verdant oasis, honoring the ancient art of bonsai.

Portland Design Week Hero

Discussion with Ryan Neil, founder of Bonsai Mirai

Tuesday, April 9, 4pm – 7pm, talk beginning at 5:30pm

Aesop West End
1300 West Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97209

It is a pleasure to partner once again with Design Week Portland, a city-wide series of programs dedicated to exploring design across disciplines. Joining this year’s celebrations, Aesop West End will transform into a verdant oasis to honor the art of bonsai—a method of cultivating small trees to mimic the shape and scale of their full-size counterparts.

Bonsai Mirai founder Ryan Neil, will discuss the life and creation of Bonsai. Neil spent years observing, listening to, and witnessing this nuanced art before devoting himself to his patient practice. Bonsai Mirai is an unmapped nursery-cum-workshop at the end of a long country road in St. Helens, Oregon, which fades out of civilization and into the forest. Housing trees of up to two thousand years old, Mirai stands as a testimony to the art’s never-ending process.

To honor this ancient art, Aesop West End is proud to host a selection of Bonsai curated by Ryan Neil in-store from April 5 through April 15.