With sweeping views of the Willamette river and Mt. Hood, this Atwater Place condo was designed with a balance of minimalism and livability in mind. A complete kitchen remodel brought a dark interior kitchen to the light and a full furnishings package welcomed Los Angeles transplants home to their new modern and bright residence. Our clients, a retired camera operator for both feature films and television and a producer/production manager on numerous television series including Weeds and The Middle, relocated from their traditionally-styled LA bungalow to Portland in the Summer of 2014. The couple sought a design departure from their long-term California residence and a fresh start for their new life in the South Waterfront.

With only two pieces of sentimental furniture and a handful of artwork included in the plan, we set out to create a comfortable and clean-lined furnishings package complimenting the broad southeast views. Organically shaped upholstery pieces juxtaposed with angular steel and wood tables create a soft balance in the open floor plan. Several custom pieces, including a dining table designed by our studio and a custom hand-blown glass chandelier crafted by Scott Schiesel with Lightlite compliment timeless pieces from Knoll, Herman Miller, and B&B Italia.

The kitchen is designed to reflect light and create brilliance in a space that is otherwise naturally dark. A material balance of stainless steel, back painted glass, quartz composite, lacquer, and mirror all play their part in creating a vibrant cooking environment. We collectively decided to forgo the traditional island pendant for a linear commercial fixture that provides tremendous light to the prep surface and creates an unexpected architectural element. The mirrored prep island creates the illusion of open space while concealing casework and wine storage on the working side of the kitchen.

It is worth noting that this project was designed and installed almost entirely while our clients were still living in LA and wrapping up professional obligations and selling their home. This afforded us the tremendous opportunity to send our clients to showrooms not available in Portland to view key pieces before final specification. Textiles and finish samples were approved via mail and communication took place over e-mail, telephone, and an occasional office visit. This unique process lead to a successful result and a beautifully balanced living environment.

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A bright kitchen with a mirrored island & acrylic barstools add a glossy touch Photo  of Atwater modern home

A bright kitchen with a mirrored island & acrylic barstools add a glossy touch

Geometric furniture combines well with the soft, elegant textiles Photo 2 of Atwater modern home

Geometric furniture combines well with the soft, elegant textiles

Custom, hand-blown, multi-pendant glass fixture floats above the dining table Photo 3 of Atwater modern home

Custom, hand-blown, multi-pendant glass fixture floats above the dining table

The entertainment space adds a pop of color with the Roche Bobois sofa Photo 4 of Atwater modern home

The entertainment space adds a pop of color with the Roche Bobois sofa

Custom undulating cabinets creates more interest for the viewer's eye Photo 5 of Atwater modern home

Custom undulating cabinets creates more interest for the viewer's eye

Contemporary Mid-Century Modern furnishings complete the Master Suite Photo 6 of Atwater modern home

Contemporary Mid-Century Modern furnishings complete the Master Suite

The Murphy Bed allows space for guests and is easily tucked away for minimal footprint Photo 7 of Atwater modern home

The Murphy Bed allows space for guests and is easily tucked away for minimal footprint

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