Studio Blog

Seaside Residence – In Process

A quick update on the residence we have been working on in Seaside, Oregon. It’s getting closer!

Material palette


Expansive coastal views from second floor great room


Custom fabricated spiral stair


3-story custom spiral stair


Custom glass artwork in master bathroom, evocative of ocean waves


Frozen Music

Third Angle New Music Frozen Music Concert series
How does a practicing interior designer/non-musician get deeply involved with a contemporary music organization?  Show up at a few concerts because they seem intriguing.  After all, questions asked by those making new music are very similar to questions asked by the design and architecture community – how does one make something relevant to our time?

 Attend a few more concerts, get excited about an all-percussion concert (having never heard of such a thing) and buy tickets for the entire office and their families.  Beware – that act can lead to an invitation to join the board of a struggling young arts organization.

 Sparked by a challenge grant from long term Board member Linda Czopek and her firm to create a concert exploring the connections between music and architecture, in 2005 Third Angle’s Frozen Music concert series was born.  An exciting opportunity for a concert, but what did it mean?  A community of designers, architects, choreographers, composers, musicians, writers and others involved in the arts gathered to figure that out, and now the third concert in the series occurs in early October!

For more information about the concert, please read Linda’s full blog at

‘Citizens of the World’ – Part II

Textures of Travel

In Spring of 2014, Jen and her husband Jim travelled throughout southern and eastern Europe making stops in
Florence and Rome, Italy; Crete and Santorini, Greece; and finally ending Istanbul, Turkey.
Jen found each city presented its very own distinct palette of smells, colors, light, and textures.
(Photography by Jim Thomson)

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Il Duomo di Firenze, Italy
Peaking out behind layers of buildings and people.


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Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy
We often focus on the obvious, large scale, and grand. The beauty of travel is that we can take the time to embrace the details such as a lion sipping from the bountiful waters of Rome, in the Fountain of the Four Rivers.


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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
The sheer quantity of historical and religious layers and textures that can be found throughout this majestic basilica turned mosque turned museum is staggering. The play of light and shadow is captivating.

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Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey
Never forget to look up, even in a quiet and relatively unassuming space.

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Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The power and drama of well placed lighting.

‘Citizens of the World’ – Part I

We believe that as designers, planners, and makers we have a responsibility to look beyond our computer, our office, and magazines to find inspiration.  Our office is full of travelers and the series “Citizens of the World” hopes to share a little of the wonder and inspiration that we have recently experienced.



In 2010, a small group of friends, musicians and supporters accompanied
Third Angle New Music Ensemble (3A) to China when the ensemble was
invited to play at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and to participate in
events with the Oregon Governors Trade Mission.

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Great Wall of China (2010)


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Fuzhou (2010)


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Tongli (2010)


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Summer Palace (2010)


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Beijing Temple (2010)