After a series of designers missed the mark, Michael challenged us to approach his dwelling through single room proposals, in order to achieve a more controlled and calibrated modus operandi. As a designer, it behooves us to think innovatively even if it deviates from our proven design norms. For Michael, his profession as an anesthesiologist revealed the importance of being measured and precise.

We precluded our client from repeating the same pitfalls by aligning with his whys and needs before the first droplet of ink was spilled. Commencing in the heart of the home, the great room with 19’ ceilings, greystone tiles mantle, natural alder overmantle, two rows of unstained wood framed fixed glass against towering canvas of stark white walls dominated the void. Previous selections belies the commodious room with misappropriations of scale and furniture orientations. Having lived in the home, we discussed the preferred pathways and grounded the room by creating 3 dedicated vignettes with the center carrying a modular L-shaped sofa and two open back swivel chairs to create an inclusive extension of the outdoor porch during the spring and autumn seasons.

Having an affinity toward darker palettes exuding an elevated masculinity, the selection of smoke shagreens, carbons boucles and lustrous velvets provided the visual weight and stamina needed for the changing climates of Oregon. In low light, the room would give off a moodier atmosphere while the room greater permanence against the enduring August summer sun.

It was safe to say, we earned Michael’s trust and continued to finish out his remaining entry, 3 sleeping quarters, 2 baths, garage and 3 outdoor decks over the course of the next year. 




Client: Michael
Type: Single Family Residence (4,641 sqft)
Location: Lake Oswego, Oregon
Design Direction:
Contemporary - Assertive - Disciplined
Lead Interior Designer: Cliff Chan
Status: Completed Winter 2022
Scope of Work: Full home interior design including space planning, furnishings, art, decor, finishes, outdoor design, and lighting selections