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November 7, 2022

Am I heading down a jet-lag fueled JHID retrospective? Maybe so! ♥️.This is one we did well over a decade ago, an office in an iconic downtown Portland building: ‘The Bishops House’. Originally attached to a historic cathedral which was later torn down and is now a parking lot (why, people, WHY??) the building is a skinny little three-story gem. .When we came on board, the space had been divided down the middle long ways, had low acoustic ceilings, lots of yellow plastic laminate and nylon carpeting - not cute!.Our clients were going to all work together in the front room, but in two teams who wanted a ‘sense of separation’ from each other. .I was just getting to know at the time (now one of my besties) and together we designed this playful translucent ‘wall’ to separate the space..The front room is defined by a wall of cabinetry with openings that mirror the gothic architecture of the building. Two custom sofas in the lobby are wrapped in walnut. The ceilings have coffering with bold patterns that echo the sofas. Two private offices are glassed-in. I always thought this would have been a great set for a French detective thriller. Very ‘film noire’..It makes me pretty happy to look back at old work and think I still like it. That’s one of the perks of listening to the building rather than worrying too much about what’s ‘on trend’. Of course we’re all inevitably influenced by that, but if it’s not your North Star you wind up with interiors that still feel good as time goes by..📷
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