25 Apr Daimler Trucks North America Opens New Corporate Headquarters 04/19/2016

Daimler Trucks North America Opens New Corporate Headquarters
PORTLAND, Ore. – April 19, 2016 – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) marked a milestone in its corporate history today with the grand opening celebration of its new nine-story headquarters building on its corporate campus in North Portland, Ore. City and State officials, as well as various community leaders, were on hand at the event to celebrate the company’s commitment to helping Portland grow, as it has done for over 70 years since the company’s founding in the Northwest. Read the full press release here: Daimler Trucks North America Opens New Corporate Headquarters

Perodesign installed and acted as project manager for 400+ reproductions of Daimler Trucks photographs!

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17 Dec Conversation with Laura Bender of Site Painters Studio

laurabendercommissionLaura Bender of Site Painters recently completed this motion-filled work on commission for a client of Pero Design. We spoke to Laura about her process and insight on the commission process.

How do you begin/prefer to begin the process of a commission?

I’ve been doing commissioned work for a number of years. I first meet with the client, consultant or interior designer and we discuss the theme and what they are looking for. Recently, for Chris Pero, we explored figurative work for a project. Both  my abstract and figurative work is often based on painted paper collages. Ultimately its directed by the client. For instance, a hospital might want something playful for pediatrics, while a restaurant might want something more sophisticated. My work (with my husband, John Early) is often described as lively and fresh, so people seek  us out for those qualities. The color palate can be adjusted  by the client; I try not to duplicate their exact colors but to enrich the color experience.

What is your process for reviews and revisions?

Of course clients like to  see where the project is going. With our experience and close listening to the client we are usually able to nail it with only minor tweaks. Our portfolio helps the client see our range and our drawings and mock ups are clear and descriptive. 

Do you prefer to paint directly to  surface or on a mobile medium?

I like working on a hard surface, usually stable wood panels — even in the studio we tend to do hard surfaces.

How easy is it to hear and apply the feedback of non-artists on a commissioned work?

Once again, a client comes to us because they already like the style. Requests for changes are usually easy to fulfill. Working with Chris on this recent project has been great. The work develops especially smoothly with a sensitive consultant or interior designer on a project. They can keep everyone in touch and on the same page with project timeline, expectations and budget. Whether through a consultant or directly with the client, communication makes all the difference in a successful experience for everyone.

What was your most exciting success this past year?

We got to do a really interesting body of work for  Dallas Children’s Hospital. The installation included murals for the lobbies and the treatment rooms. We also  did cut-out panels of animals. The murals started as collages done in our studio , scanned, and enlarged four times the size of the original and printed on acrylic panels in Texas.. It was an elaborate project, and very fulfilling and well facilitated by a local art consultant.

How has your work changed in the past 5 years, 10 years?

We used to do a lot more on-site work— directly on the walls. I’m not sure if it’s the market or us presenting installable options. Most projects can’t schedule much on site painting time. Also I feel we are now more fully able to integrate all of our strengths as artists into our designs.



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09 Dec So you want to commission some artwork? Now what?

IMG_6107Embarking upon a commissioned piece of art for your company should be an exciting adventure — one that brings leaders in your organization together and helps to illuminate shared goals, visions and aspirations. This process can often uncover latent ideas about you company history, culture and future visions. It can also be fraught with subjective opinion, conflicting ideas about process, budget and more.

Utilizing a professional art consultant can help your group to identify the proper artist in addition to establishing a clear budget, process and timeline. The consultant will also help stakeholders to manage expectations, coordinate reviews with the artist as the work is in process and correctly mount, frame and install your new artwork. Finally, your consultant can help you enhance your original concept by engaging with all key stakeholders, including the artist, and facilitating the sharing of ideas, resulting in a more cohesive and successful outcome.IMG_6108

With that being said, there are still some best practices your group should consider before undertaking the commission.

  1. Be clear about the aims of the commission and what you hope to achieve by it. Consult widely with the members of your organization who will be in regular visual contact with the final piece of art, or who’s customers will be in regular visual contact with the final piece of art.
  2. Decide what decision makers will be key stakeholders in the process and aim to keep the group small and focused. Art is a difficult thing to decide on by committee. Art and individuals preference on art is a subjective experience. Identify and define the selection process to be used and who will participate in the process. It is essential that all those who will be in a position to say “yes” to the final design are involved from the outset — from the drawing up of the brief through to the final selection. It should be a manageable group, which has the ability to remain involved throughout the whole process.
  3. Honor the revision timeline. Along the way with the process of commissions there is a point where a request for more revisions is too late. So the stakeholders involved have to be available for the designated revision opportunities.

Good communication and a cohesive decision making group can help to make the commission experience, along with a good consultant, smooth and successful — culminating in a work of art to be proud of for the lifespan of your company or organization.

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28 Sep Perodesign back on court with the Blazers

blazerballsI recently got a call from my long-time client, the Blazers, to come and take a look at some things they were thinking about doing in their newly remodeled practice space in Tualatin. They had some items of an awkward shape and size their facilities folks weren’t comfortable with mounting on the wall.

Bill Branch, assistant general manager, has a really creative mind in addition to being just an all-out nice human being. He wanted to make an artistic display of some out-of-commission basket balls in his office as well as re-hang some photographs I had mounted for them on bamboo a couple of years ago. I love the idea of using the everyday objects of your work environment and re-imagining them as stand-on-their-own art or visual pieces. It really brings the space into holistic focus. But, as you know, not everyone knows how to hang a three dimensional object in a way that looks fresh and unfettered. It just so happens I had the perfect hardware to float the balls off the wall (it’s called Invisi Ball – doesn’t that just figure?).

blazerinsigniaI brought along my best installer to do this, as well as mount a large Blazer’s insignia cut from a thin sheet of plexi layered with metal. The facility guys were really worried about this one!

Next up for the Blazers is a do-over of their family room. This needs to be a comfortable space for spouses and kids to hang out while they wait for their players. Stay tuned!

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22 Sep The deal with dentists

Here I am again tricking out another dental clinic!FullSizeRender_1 I love thinking of the blissful journey patients will take as their eyes are filled with sweeping photographic landscapes of our great Northwest.

Dental Care Today provides dental services for both adults and children. They’ve just bought a large property for a new clinic in Hillsboro. They’ve gone with local, self-taught, photographer, Alan Leahy who captures epic scenery around Oregon and Washington. There are over 50 pieces to be picked and hung in the space of various sizes, including some focal pieces on acrylic at the entry points.

Pero Design is choosing lots of blue skin and images with good depth to help patients keep their minds engaged while the dentists make their teeth shine.

For the pediatric wing, fun pictures of exotic animal’s and their funky teeth should give a good giggle and help spark conversation over proper dental care.

Here’s the blank canvas of the art consultant!

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08 Sep Photographer Kirk Jonasson shows at Chessman Gallery

JonassonVolta2Portland photographer, Kirk Jonasson, one of Pero Design’s favorite artists to hang and commission is as local as they come. Born in Portland and educated in Oregon, Kirk is a self-taught photographer who still likes to do things the old fashioned way. He uses real film, a medium formate SLR and prints his own pictures in a dark room – making his images authentic representations of the exact moment he captured with no “photoshopping.”

Kirk’s abstract images capture the extraordinary in the every day. According to Kirk, “For me, effective use of the camera as an art instrument extends beyond skilled documentation. Ready made beauty in a grand landscape is of less interest to me than the excitement to be found in compelling images of commonly overlooked or even outwardly mundane, subject matter.”

Kirk avoids post-production manipulation of color and composition and prints the full frame images he has captured. He believes that to alter  the original image in the darkroom or via computer would devalue his intuitive process – his way of finding “magic” while in the field. We couldn’t agree more!

Want to see more of Kirk’s work in person? He’s having a show called Inner Landscapes from September 11 – October 5 at the Chessman Gallery, a nonprofit art space inside Lincoln City’s Cultural Center.

Like what you see? Contact Pero Design to view a full portfolio and coordinate the right Jonasson work or commission for your space!

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26 Aug Historic photos for Tualatin leasing office

centercal leasing 1CenterCal Properties, LLC is a retail development leasing agent with shopping mall properties around the Northwest. Their Bridgeport Village office recently chose some super-cool old photos of Tualatin to highlight the colorful history of their locale.

Black and white photos included the Tualatin Fire Department,  farming fields, old cars, historic schools and farming equipment.

These guys are an expert team of realtors and really know their stuff about leasing out retail space, but they weren’t too sure of what to do about framing and hanging their pictures in the fairly modern and very white-walled office space they have down there. Bring in Pero Design!

centercal2They decided to print the photos on canvas and gallery wrap them for a clean and simple fit to their minimalist space. This also let the subject matter of the photograph speak for itself without any influence of a frame. These pictures looked so great, we installed them on security hardware so they wouldn’t accidentally walk off with a quick-handed history buff. Yes, security is another reason to call in your art consulting expert. If you’ve made an investment in art or photography to hang in your public space, I’m sure you’d rather not have it swiped. A professional hanger can install it for you in a way to keep it safely on your walls.

The photos look great and our client and their other tenants are delighted with the way it all turned out. So delighted, Pero Design has been challenged with finding a way to artfully hang more photos in this open stairway. I’m thinking a really cool mobile could act the part of an artistic chandelier. What do you think?

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