Monthly Archives: October 2010

Form Function Fashion Show

Attended Form Function Fashion Show last night at the Center for Architecture.  The show featured lines by five talented local designers:  Emily Ryan, Liza Rietz, Emily Baker of Sword & Fern jewelry, Dawn Sharp, and Adam Arnold.

I was really struck by her Emily Ryan‘s work partly because of a personal connection to her and because hers was the first line shown.  Adam Arnold, as always, has perfection of seams and lines and his execution with wool is outstanding.  I enjoyed seeing the nature-based jewelry line, Sword and Fern, for the first time.  It feels very grounded in the Northwest.  It was also my first encounter with the work of Liza Rietz and Dawn Sharp. I loved a beautifully tailored jacket that Dawn Sharp designed and the way that Liza’s pieces related to one another.

It was nice to see the architecture and fashion design community come together for the final event of the Architecture + Design Festival.

It was also lovely to see my former design assistant, Lisa Kuhnhausen, who was one of the show’s co-creators.  Talented, resourceful, with a sublime sense of style, her mark was well noted at the show.

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Portland is so charming

Great Smithsonian article about Portland’s many charms by local author Katherine Dunn.  Click here to read the article.

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Fifth House Interiors

Joan Hiller Depper

SBaird Design is thrilled to announce the opening of Fifth House Interiors – the new design venture by a dear friend, the multi-talented Joan Hiller Depper.  Joan is intelligent, intuitive, and kind, with a wicked sense of humor and the ability to morph from large format canvas painting to rock star publicity to organization that makes my head spin.

I’ve had the pleasure to work with her in every capacity in which she is talented and can attest to her abilities and skill.  She works with quiet, efficient ease and is able to throw my design work curve balls with solutions that at times I could not see.

Contact her for a consultation to recreate space using furniture and accessories that you already own, opening up possibilities for rooms that you could not have known would exist.

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Week 8 Progress at Alameda

The progress at our Alameda remodel is remarkable.  What a difference paint, cabinets, and reclaimed oak floors have made!

This project is SBaird Design’s first collaboration with Edmiston Design Build.  The attention to detail from Heather Scannell has been much appreciated.  Thank you to Shane for accepting our drawings that had previously been completed and updating them when needed and to Blair Edmiston for his patience and diligence during our weekly 3 hour design development meetings  prior to construction.  Jeremy, Edmiston’s on-site carpenter, has been so gracious and respectful of our client’s needs during construction.

This is also our first time working with Creative Creations Cabinetry.  SBaird Design is impressed with John’s craftsmanship, precision, and perfectionism.

kitchen paint & cabinets

master bath:  WC, vanity, shower, closet

hall bath paint, new cabinets

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Progress at Alameda – Week 7

With the drywall up and walls primed, the kitchen remodel & master bath addition at Alameda is coming right along.  At an on-site meeting this morning, we selected the crown molding for the kitchen and marveled at the progress that has been made.

Next:  painting, installation of reclaimed hardwoods in the kitchen, refinishing of existing hardwoods, finish plumbing, HVAC, electric, and finish carpentry

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Phenomenal evening with Jeff Kovel

Attended a Q&A session/lecture with visionary Portland architect Jeff Kovel of Skylab Architecture at Rejuvenation Wednesday night. The event, part of the Architecture and Design Festival, was a benefit for the Street of Eames Fund. Jeff discussed several of his cutting edge designs, the design process, and his vision for the future of modernism.


Doug Fir Lounge, courtesy of



Hoke Residence, courtesy of



HOMB modular prefab home, courtesy of


On Modernism:

“You can build modern with historical elements.”

Case in point:  Departure Restaurant & Lounge, located on top of the historic Meier & Frank building, re-established the symmetry of the landmark building and used a form very similar to a Mansard roof that has been carved away.


Departure Restaurant & Lounge, courtesy of


My favorite part of the evening was when Jeff spoke about Flavor Paper, a Brooklyn based wallpaper screen printing studio and showroom.  Manufacturing takes place on the ground floor, the showroom is located above, the owner’s penthouse is located on the top floor, and a roof with a planted meadow tops it all off.

One of the most stunning elements is the mirrored awning and ceiling that were installed so passers-by can see the printers at work.

I’m intrigued by the luminescent violet square on the sidewalk, which Jeff explained was the existing access ladder to the basement mechanical rooms.  Since the storefront frames a view of the screen printing studio, Jeff designed a sidewalk panel to serve as a display for the store.


Flavor Paper (Brooklyn, NY), courtesy of



Flavor Paper (mirrored awning and ceiling), courtesy of


At the end of the evening, I had a one-on-one Q&A with Jeff:

Q:  What’s your favorite color?

A:  Violet.

Q:  What is your favorite Portland restaurant for satisfying design?

A:  The bar at The Ringside.

Q:  Can your modular, prefab home be used for narrow applications, such as an ADU?

A:  Yes.

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Week 6 progress at Alameda

Last Thursday, we had our Week 6 progress meeting for the kitchen remodel and master bath addition at Alameda.  The arch at the kitchen looks perfect, and the rough-in electrical is now complete.  Two new oak treads will go in at the rear of the kitchen/basement stairs, and we’ll be replacing the single piece of existing vinyl at the landing with a warm brown marmoleum.

Next:  reclaimed oak floors in the kitchen, drywall, painting, refinishing of existing wood floors, and finishes

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More Architecture + Design Festival Events

Attended a very interesting class/lecture on photography and architecture Sunday at the AIA.  What stood out most?  Don’t shoot in auto mode.  Shoot in raw format.  Pay attention to your ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.  Shoot from different perspectives.  Pay attention to angles.  Experiment and have fun.

The “Architecture + Photography Workshop” was one of the many events this month, in conjunction with the Architecture + Design Festival.  You can check out the schedule of events here.

Will also be attending tomorrow evening’s “A Conversation with Jeff Kovel” at Rejuvenation (1100 SE Grand Ave).  The event begins at 6pm and is a benefit for the Street of Eames fund.  Click here for information about this event.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres served.  $20 Suggested donation at the door.

More events to come…

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Upcoming design events in October

Get ready to book your calendar with some exciting local design events.  This week happens to be Portland Fashion Week (Oct 6 – 10), ShowPDX kicks off its local furniture design showcase (Oct 8 – 30) and the second annual Architecture and Design Festival is happening throughout October.

Calendar Highlights (All event information is taken from the events’ website.  You may want to check with the organizations hosting the events.)

ShowPDX  at 2030 N. Williams 2010 runs October 8th – 30th (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12 – 2pm & 4-6 pm, Saturday 12 – 2pm).  Free and open to the public.

October 7

Exhibit openingThe Mirror and The Frame: John Yeon and the Landscape Art of China and Japan.” The buildings of the self-trained Portland architect and landscape conservationist John Yeon (1910-1994) are known for their close affinity with their natural surroundings.

To mark the centennary of his birth, this exhibition curated by University of Oregon architecture professor Kevin Nute explores parallels between techniques used to integrate buildings and landscapes in Yeon’s work and the traditional Chinese and Japanese art he collected throughout his career. (Runs through October 29.)

Opening Reception 5:30 – 9pm

AIA/Portland Center for Architecture

403 NW 11th Ave


Yeon Swan
Swann House by John Yeon, Portland (photo by Brian Libby)

Tokyo 167A Kyoto
Buddhist temple, Kyoto, Japan (photo by Brian Libby)

October 9

Design Matters: A Tour of Portland Homes Explore six amazing residences designed by leading AIA Portland architects during this daylong self-guided tour. Featuring projects designed by William Kaven Architecture, Emerick Architects, Giulietti/Schouten Architecture, Webster Wilson, Integrate, and Works Partnership Architecture.

10 – 4

AIA/Portland Center for Architecture

403 NW 11th Ave

$40 – (Tickets may be purchased here)

October 10

Architecture + Photography Workshop: Explore architectural treasures through your camera lens with local photographer Lincoln Barbour, whose work has been published in Elle DecorPortland Monthly and Gourmet, among others. This three-hour walking tour  will lead you to the most photo-friendly buildings around the Pearl District, providing professional guidance on how anyone can take better snapshots of their built environment.

1 – 4pm

AIA/Portland Center for Architecture

403 NW 11th Ave

$20 (Tickets may be purchased here)

October 13

A Conversation with Jeff Kovel:  Host Becca Cavell of THA Architecture interviews Kovel, founder of Skylab Architecture.

Kovel arrived in Portland in 1996 after receiving an architecture degree from Cornell University (listed by some publications as the nation’s top architecture school) and founded Skylab Architecture three years later. The firm’s portfolio includes the popular Doug Fir restaurant and club, the Departure Lounge atop The Nines Hotel, the 12 + Alder mixed use building, and the Hoke Residence, used as a backdrop in the first Twilight film.



1100 SE Grand Ave

Admission: $20 suggested donation to Street of Eames fund

12 + Alder (image courtesy Skylab Architecture)

October 14

Pecha Kucha Night: Pecha Kucha (Japanese for ‘the sound of conversation’) was devised and is shared by Tokyo based architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham Architecture) and has spread worldwide. This event creates a forum for designers, architects, and artists to meet, network and show their work in public. Presenters are allowed 20 images, shown for 20 seconds each. Pecha Kucha Portland is produced by Project CityScope.

7:30 pm

The Plant

939 SE Alder St

Free with donations appreciated

Pecha Kucha night (image courtesy AIA/Portland, Project CityScope)

October 16

15th Annual “Riches of a City” Heritage Auction:  Presented by the Bosco-Milligan Foundation, funds raised at the auction support the historic preservation educational programs and operations of the foundation’s Architectural Heritage Center.


Governor Hotel

614 SW 11th Ave

Tickets: $100 for members, $150 general

October 18

Bright Lights Discussion: Portland Redesigns a Slice of Arabia:  Portland’s SERA Architects and Interface Engineering are designing a sustainable city for one of the hottest and driest places: the United Arab Emirates. The project’s urban designer and engineer share a glimpse of one future for the Middle East with host Randy Gragg, editor of Portland Monthly.


Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave


October 20

The Great Portland Barscape: 6:00pm. (Tickets $10.) This self-guided tour event will highlight five architect-designed watering holes in the Central Eastside. Each location will uniquely showcase what it takes to create a space worthy of many a happy hour partaking. For your paid voucher, the featured bars have selected either a free brew or a discount on a specialty liquor or wine for bar crawl participants.


$10 (Tickets may be purchased here)

October 23

Mid-Century Modern Bus Tour.   The first bus stop on the tour will land you at the future site of the Belluschi Pavilion and Griffith Residence in Marylhurst where Tony Belluschi will tell you about Oregon’s latest architectural vision. The next stop is the Abbey Library in Mount Angel, one of only two works in the United States designed by Scandinavian Modern architect Alvar Aalto. Continue on to the Gordon House located in Silverton – the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed house open to the public in the Pacific Northwest!

$50, includes lunch and wine at the Gordon House

(Call the Gordon House at 503-874-6006 for reservations and information.)

Architecture + Design Festival Gala Celebration: A festive evening celebrating innovation and excellence in local design.


Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Ave

$100 – includes full dinner, awards, and after party (Tickets may be purchased here)

$30 – includes awards, dessert, and after party only (Tickets may be purchased here)

October 27

Through a Lens: Architectural Photography Show: This photography exhibition will feature striking images of architecture and design through the eyes of Portlanders. This show is open to all, and welcomes 8″ x 10″ images from Rose City denizens that capture their particular views on the built environment. Each photograph will be for sale during the reception as a fundraiser for the Center for Architecture. One winner will be selected by a local architectural photographer and Pro Photo Supply, and the recipient will receive a $350 gift certificate to Pro Photo Supply.


AIA/Portland Center for Architecture

403 NW 11th Ave


October 29

Form Function Fashion Show: Taking its cue from other design disciplines, this show will explore the broader definition of how the human form and proportion influences fashion. Does fashion build upon Louis Sullivan’s notion that form follows function, or does ornamentation have its rightful place enveloping our bodies as we move through architectural space?


AIA/Center for Architecture

403 NW 11th Ave

$20 (Tickets may be purchased here)

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