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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