Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cafe en Route

We're hard at work getting permit drawings ready for a new Pearl District cafe.  Posts will commence once we're finished, so thanks for sticking with us while we take a fully caffeinated break. We're exited to be a part of this project and are confident this will be a great new asset to the NoLo neighborhood!

-Fig Studio

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sea to Sea

Sea glass has long been the source for my favorite calming color schemes.  The soft-focus quality rarely dissapoints and easily pairs with neutrals and brights to allow for a flexible palette.  I particularly love when it's applied to modern and simplified furniture and objects, as seen here on the iconic Eames armchair and Tom Dixon's contemporary glass pendant.

2.  Madeline Weinrib Atelier - Suzani Pillows
4.  Herman Miller's new Aqua Sky color applied to the Eames Molded Plastic Armchair

Friday, June 11, 2010

Fresh Cut: Cheeky Deer

A cheeky deer to put a smile on your face.  Enjoy your sunny weekend, Portland!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Illuminate: Keyed In

 Photo by That Kate

Your favorite vintage object could be your source for color and texture direction in your space

1. Benjamin Moore Masada AF-220
2. Benjamin Moore Honeymoon AF-345
3. Benjamin Moore Frappe AF-85
4.  Benjamin Moore Salsa Dancing AF-280

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Glimpse & Gander: The Porches Inn

 The Front Stoop

While researching stops on my upcoming New England roadtrip, I landed on a goldmine!  The Porches Inn @ MASS MoCA:  a wonderland of simple elegance with a touch of whimsy for good measure.  From the beautiful light-filled bathing space to the clever lunchbox breakfast room service, no detail is overlooked.  It's kind of like staying at your hip granny's farmhouse for a long weekend...with an affordable price to match.  To me, hotels should be an experience, not just a bed with a cheap flame-retardant coverlet.  Where are you staying for your next getaway?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hunt & Gather: Ofuro Inspired Tubs

 Space planning a compact room is almost always challenging, particularly when you're designing a new space for an older home with little opportunity to expand.  Fig Studio is currently working on rehabbing an existing bathroom in a 1920's bungalow situated on Grant Park in NE Portland.  Floor space is at a premium, but it is important for the client to have the option to bathe and soak.  The solution?  A Japanese Ofuro inspired soaking tub.  It offers the bather full immersion, without requiring the floor space of a traditional tub.  This style of bathing, in fact, will allow the user to comfortably sit and read while relaxing the muscles in the back and shoulders and releasing the traditional pressure points experienced when bathing in a standard tub.

Employing creative solutions is the key to success on a challenging project.  We strive to abandon standard school of thought when faced with an unusual space, complex programming, or small footprints.  One-size-fits all doesn't apply to interior design, it's all about adapting new solutions for individual clients.

L to R: Caruso Round, Julien by Troy Adams, and William Garvey teak

Monday, June 7, 2010

Lawn Games

The festival of roses is upon us, and if it would ever stop raining, we could all go on a stylish picnic at Portland's rose gardens in Washington park. 

1.  Pendleton Woolen Mills Vintage Ganado blanket
2.  Revival Radio: select Anthro stores
3.  Bamboo crumb board at Sur la Table
4.  A juicy local Harry & David pear
5.  Fancy Teak croquet set
6.  Stainless Tiffin Set