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07 Aug Felted fun for World of Smiles in NoPo

Pero Design had another chance to work with the visionary commercial interior designer, Kirsta Pettis of Sisu Design Group for this new NoPo location of World of Smiles Pediatric Dentist.

World of Smiles wanted a space geared toward their primary patients — kids. But, they wanted it to be interesting enough and stylish enough for the accompanying adults, too.

Krista is not afraid to use color in her designs and came up with this sort-of “subway” line design concept that helps navigate the open structure of work space in the clinic. Suspended panels were to further privatize some areas of the open space. We were challenged with finding a combo of color and art to coordinate with the fun floor pattern.

Suspending acrylic panels can be problematic. If you add art or other elements and want them to be an effective size, they get very heavy, very quickly. Our solution was to make the panels smaller and surround them with a lighter product. Enter acoustical felt.

I’ve been wanting a chance to use the densely colorful Filz Felt on a project and World of Smiles was perfect. The felt increases the panel size and lightens the load as well as provides excellent sound absorption for the busy clinic, while still maintaining an open feeling. The strong colors also act as a de facto frame for the artwork. The art is mounted behind the clear acrylic in this case.

This combo of felt and acrylic panels would work great for any open office or clinic space. Artwork can be mounted under the acrylic or the acrylic itself can be printed with pattern and texture.

Congratulations to World of Smiles on North Albina!

World of Smiles opens to patients on Monday, August 10.

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14 Jul Fresh encaustics from Annie Darling

What more can I say about how much I love encaustic paintings for commercial and large spaces? Obviously, they are kind of a thing for me (see: http://chrisperodesign.com/perodesign-features-local-nw-art-for-first-hanging-at-new-studio-space/). Encaustics spark my curiosity and draw me in – I wonder, “what is this?” Some have little treasures embedded in the wax.

Encaustic painting is an ancient Greek technique that was derived from the waxing process used to caulk ships. When color was applied to the wax the ships could be decorated. The slow build up of colored wax on easel paintings created a rich, deep pigment and an optical effect that was more lifelike then the tempura painting also being done at that time. Plus, its greater durability made it even more appealing. Our modern ability to keep the beeswax and resin used in the medium heated throughout the creative process has brought this ancient style back into the modern art sphere.

Encaustics work great in a space where people have the time to really look and explore a work of art – a place where the mind can wander. I’ve personally enjoyed encaustics in doctor’s offices and massage rooms. They are great for waiting rooms of any kind.

Skyline - Annie DarlingI’ve recently met encaustic painter, Annie Darling while I was sourcing work for a large client. I know, I know…I usually push the Pacific Northwest artist angle, but I just can’t help myself from sharing her work. (She’s from Portland, ME, so that’s close enough, right? Plus, she’s a Duck.) A self-proclaimed “encaustic rebel,” Annie started working with the wax without any formal training. Her works blend encaustic with oil, graphite, gold leaf and acrylic paint. She is heavily influenced by the natural world. I think Annie’s work really captures the viewer and inspires a creative through process.

Find out more about Annie at http://www.anniedarlingart.com. Contact Pero Design for information about large-scale purchasing or commissions with Annie. Pero design will be the local liaison, visiting your space for sizing, quantity and color consults or for discussing how you can commission Annie to create something just for your space.

Between.The.Lines. Annie Darlling

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01 Jul Call for Northwest artists!

Are you a Northwest artist with one of these ABCs?

If “yes” then Chris Pero Design may have a job for you. We are looking for new artists to represent to our clients for potential purchase and place, commissioned works and even an opportunity to show in our gallery space. We do ask that the artists we work with are timely and communicative as well as can keep a lid on a project in process until the client is ready for their full reveal. We’re not looking for anyone who wants to undersell an art consultant – we are in this work together for the benefit of all and like to keep our partnerships authentic.

We are looking for some specific work related to ongoing projects in the following areas:

  1. Work that represents our home in the Pacific Northwest, particularly the Portland Metro area leading out to the Gorge — especially if you have a new way of telling that story
  2. Metal work and sculptures
  3. Glass work — architectural and fine art
  4. Works that can be hung from the ceiling

Sound like you? Have a portfolio of previously commissioned work? Even better! Simply email chris@chrisperodesign.com with “NEW ARTIST SUBMISSION” in the subject line and attached examples or links to your work.

We look forward to meeting you!

A sample of some of the artists we represent:

Sarah Law is a rock and roll photographer.  She loves photographing fun crowds and cool people.  We have used her work in urban buildings to draw hip tenants.  This is a “rec room” at the Hue in Seattle  and the color collage is above the pool table there.

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Jerome Hart is a Portland photographer who digitally enhances his photos.  This is in the lobby and restaurant at the Holiday Inn by Portland Airport.

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Tim Lundholm is a contemporary artist doing  charcoal drawings of urban landscapes.

This abstract work is by Tim Lundholm, commissioned a Commercial Real Estate group to draw tenants to their newly renovated suburban space. After visiting the space Tim felt inspired by the artist Piet Mondrian.  When we met with the designers and client,   He said that was his inspiration right away.

This abstract work is by Tim Lundholm, commissioned a Commercial Real Estate group to draw tenants to their newly renovated suburban space. After visiting the space Tim felt inspired by the artist Piet Mondrian. When we met with the designers and client, He said that was his inspiration right away.

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26 May Art and medical offices: dos and don’ts

exam roomThere has been a fair amount of research done on the effect of art on patients — as a visual experience and as a hands-on experience in the form of art therapy. As an art consultant, I do a lot of medical clinics — from pediatrics, to oncology, to mental health, to hospitals and basic family practices. There is a science-based reason for why you see so much nature and florals on the walls of doctor’s offices.

Authors Roger Ulrich and Laura Gilpin explored this topic thoroughly in their study and subsequent publication “Healing Arts: Nutrition for the Soul.” Combining scientific research and anecdotal field work, they developed art selection guidelines widely used for the healthcare industries. You can find out more about these guidelines at the Center for Health Design’s website at www.healthdesign.org/chd/research/guide-evidence-based-art but the essence is that depictions of nature are calming and provoke feelings of peace and well-being in us.

The Cleveland Clinic’s own studies on patient experience with art in hospitals and clinics went further to suggest that the art should not call attention to the patient’s suffering, but rather help them to feel comfortable and soothed.

In my own work, there are some obvious choices to be made for certain clinics, and some not-so-obvious things to consider and avoid.

The simplest approach is often the best, and for pediatric facilities, art full of color and playfulness make the most sense. The more quirky and active, the better for helping to distract kids from whatever has brought them to the doctor, or dentist, in the first place.

People who must return again and again to a clinic because of chronic suffering benefit from relaxing and soothing images that create a positive “escape” or dreamland (here comes the nature part) but consideration should be made to rotating artwork because of the repetitive nature of these visits. I would point out Providence Cancer Center as a top example of floral and landscape choice. Photographs of aspirational imagery, e.g. emotionally positive examples of humans being active perhaps despite physical imitations are a good choice for physical therapy centers. Before and after pictures of actual patients can be artfully displayed under certain circumstances like medical spas and orthodontists.

One area that is often overlooked during planning is the exam rooms. A patient may feel relaxed in your beautifully outfitted waiting room, but if your exam room is full of medical diagrams and pictures of ailments provided by the pharmaceutical company, I would hazard a guess that heart rates are going to rise again while they wait for the doc. Take into consideration what brought your patient to the clinic to begin with, and be sensitive to their complete journey from waiting room to exam room to check-out. Some “no-nos” I have seen include too much red in a cardiovascular clinic, pictures of babies and children in a reproductive medicine office, and posters of childhood diseases in a pediatrician’s exam rooms.

It’s great to think outside the box — after all, who wants to see another X-ray image of a floral? Your art consultant has the experience and research to help you identify the best fit for your clinic and your patient.

Children's art options

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12 May Elevator lobby art – don’t make a wasteland out of your first impression

Elevator Lobby Art 1Building owners and leasing agents — your lobby is your interactive business card. It’s the first thing that people see and it sets the tone of your location and “brand.”  What kind of tenants do you want to attract? When potential residents of both the business and residential kind visit your building they are going to consider how their guests and clients will respond to the first impression they have. Is it hip and fresh? Does it inspire? Does it speak youthful creativity or sophisticated elegance? Is it cutting edge or old school northwest?

No matter what your answer, neglecting to invest in the right “vibe” for your elevator lobby can send the wrong message to potential tenants and result in lower occupancy.

Here are some ideas for different spaces:

Elevator Lobby Art 2Corporate office buildings: Tailor your lobby and elevator bays to the type of tenants you want to attract. For example, use geometric and abstract art for technology tenants.

Medical and mental healthcare offices: Floral or fine art works best to create a soothing and calm environment.

Boutique hotels: Focus on local art or artists in travel-oriented theme.

Historic to residential conversions: Archival photographs representative of the building or neighborhood.

Keep in mind that different age demographics are inclined to different imagery. Younger tenants may be more drawn to edgy and contemporary art. Yet, in the case of empty nesters who are choosing a modern high-rise condominium, the edgier art works just as well to meet their aspirations to regain some youth.

An art consultant can help you to choose the correct art, and the framing style, for your space and make sure that it coordinates with the existing interior elements, including strong carpet patterns or other surface textures.

Don’t forget, your art adds to the perceived value of your building and supports your brand and leasing efforts. Stand out from your competitors and fill those spaces with prosperous tenants!

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04 May Commissioning art for your space – it’s more affordable (and easy!) than you think

You want something on your walls to draw young hip clients to your space. Your target market is pretty discerning, and they don’t want to look at just any old impressionist.

This abstract work is by Tim Lundholm, commissioned a Commercial Real Estate group to draw tenants to their newly renovated suburban space. After visiting the space Tim felt inspired by the artist Piet Mondrian.

This abstract work is by Tim Lundholm, commissioned a Commercial Real Estate group to draw tenants to their newly renovated suburban space. After visiting the space Tim felt inspired by the artist Piet Mondrian.

Have you considered commissioning art unique to your space and objectives? It’s easier, and more affordable, than you might think. Don’t know any artists? Aren’t sure how to get started? A professional art consultant will help you connect the dots between your blank wall, your potential client or audience, and the artist that can capture your vision.

Often, the process turns out to be less expensive then buying something from a gallery – both for residential and commercial spaces – and the end result is tailored just to you. Your consultant will identify artists to review, manage the process, budget and timeline and the final installation.

The step-by-step process looks something like this:

  1. These black and white photographs are by local photographer, Bob Eddings. The collages were created for  the Multnomah Group,  headquartered is in Portland. The photos were printed as one file to a single canvas and frame in a minimal clean float frame.

    These black and white photographs are by local photographer, Bob Eddings. The collages were created for the Multnomah Group, headquartered is in Portland. The photos were printed as one file to a single canvas and frame in a minimal clean float frame.

    Concept collaboration: Your art consultant will meet with you to define your target audience and objectives. Your consultant can work from an existing space or from blueprints or with your designer to identify style and potential artists. Studio meetings can be set up between you and local artists to make the best match.

  2. Budget development: Your consultant can help you to develop an appropriate budget for the scope of your project and match you with artists who can create a work that meets your style and budget considerations.
  3. Project management: Once you have identified an artist, your consultant will manage your timeline and act as an intermediary between you and the artist so as the work develops it is moving in the direction of your expectations and vision.
  4. Art installation: Your consultant will procure your finished artwork and mount or frame it in the appropriate style. Finally, your consultant will oversee the placement of your art with a team of professional installers.
Commissioning Bob Eddings again, the Urban Renaissance Group updated their walls inside Morgan Building lobby local photography. Photos were toned to match the interior color and mounted in the existing wall panels as a “frame.”

Commissioning Bob Eddings again, the Urban Renaissance Group updated their walls inside the Morgan Building lobby with local photography. Photos were toned to match the interior color and mounted in the existing wall panels as a “frame.”

Pero Design has spent years developing relationships with local Northwest Artists. We have a portfolio readily available to view artists we represent, or we can identify a new local artist to meet your needs.

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22 Apr Your office art: show off what you do best

Many clients come to me thinking they need a consultant to help them pick out some existing art or artist to “decorate” their public spaces. What they don’t realize, is that their blank wall is an excellent opportunity to make “art” out their own product or service. Often, they already have at their disposal something that can become a compelling wall display. This will be something that will engage visitors and show off what they do best – whether that is their history, their human capital, their product or their community events. I’m talking about more than just some paintings of food for a restaurant.  I’m talking about really making a statement about something unique and personal to that client.

blazersjerseysOf course, my client, the Blazers, always do a fantastic job of showing off their players at every opportunity – and why wouldn’t they? It’s their players that inspire their brand and influence their fans.  But sometimes it’s their players that need the inspiration. In their training room, we have featured action shots from years past and a three dimensional view box of historic jerseys.

 

OBRCBut I have some other clients whose personal “art” selection wasn’t quite so obvious. Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative chose to feature some bright photographs of their community outreach events (including their awesomely engaging green bottle mascot) and their facilities. The MS Society also chose to feature their community and fundraising events. Event photos provide a ton of interest and color to an office space. It shows that these organizations are more than just people behind desks.

Vernier

 

Vernier Software and Technology used photos taken at project sites to add interest and action to their break room and classroom.

 

investmentfirmA Portland investment firm uses framed pictures of their staff – their human capital – as an entry point to their offices.

 

Myhre

 

Myhre Group Architects has an arsenal of fantastic projects to showcase. By  installing them on a metal wall with super strong neodymium magnets, they are able to change them up as new projects are completed.

Some ideas we’d like to try:

  • Artfully frame and arrange mirrors in a dentist office to show off/show back their best work – their clients teeth!
  • History! Many companies have historic documentation and photographs. I have been bugging client, Providence, to do a series on “nursing through the ages” from their archive of black and white photography
  • Working on public site-specific art pieces of original art by collaborating with local artists – this is more than just a Monet reprint – this is commissioning a local artist to do something just for you!
  • Coordinating murals with site painters in healthcare environments and living communities
  • The chance to inventory a corporation’s art collection and refresh it and relocate it in their space. If it needs a new frame or a repair – perodesign can make it right.  Haven’t you been meaning to clean out that storage room?

All of these are examples of using what you do best as your “art.” Perodesign can help you identify what you might already have, or help you to capture your best asset in a way that does more than just “decorates” your space. Give us a ring!

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08 Apr Perodesign features local NW art for first hanging at new studio space

So there I was, minding my own business, when I ran into my old friend and local NW artist, Molly Cliff Hilts.  Molly and I go way back — she is one of the first artists I hung when I was starting out as an art consultant and framer. I hung her Giclée prints in 2007 for Care Oregon. Her work is full of life and color. It’s a great fit for large spaces like commercial lobbies, open restaurants (you can check out Molly’s work at Manzana Grill  in Lake Oswego) as well as the Teardrop lounge in NW Portland and other places where viewers can approach the work from a distance.

It seemed fortuitous that I would run into Molly — her work would make the perfect fit to inaugurate the new studio gallery space I have just taken with Red Flower Productions down in the vibrant NE industrial area just off of Interstate Avenue. The neighborhood is flourishing with new creative spaces and retail and restaurants like Beam & Anchor and Broder Nord.

Molly wanted a chance to hang some of her older works that haven’t been seen in awhile. We are going to show some of the Encaustics that feature fruit and foliage — perfect pieces for a restaurant or larger private kitchen/dining room.

Molly’s encaustics really draw you in. They catch the eye and then inspire the viewer to look more closely in a process of discovery. The work appears surreal at first, and it challenges you to linger upon it as your eye-mind connection makes sense of the image. They can give you a really satisfying “a-ha” moment.

The pieces range from $4800k – $6600k and in size from 50”x30” to 60”x60.” I invite you to join us April 23 from 5-7pm for a wine and cheese reception celebrating our new studio and to see the works in person. You may also call (503) 349-0587 to set up an appointment.

Join us!

Opening celebration of Perodesign and Red Flower Productions new studio gallery
April 23rd 
5pm – 7pm
 Location 820 N River Street, Portland, Oregon 97227

Figs - Molly Cliff HiltsLemon Tree - Molly Cliff Hilts

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27 Jan Art for Calming Spaces and Calming Patients

The patient experience begins when they walk in your office door. Art chosen to suit and brighten your reception area will provide attractive and calming spaces for patients to relax and gather their thoughts before their health care visit.

The patient experience begins when they walk in your office door. Art chosen to suit and brighten your reception area will provide attractive and calming spaces for patients to relax and gather their thoughts before their health care visit.

Jonathan Nourok’s photographs of flowers and leaves are filled with bold colors and evocative shapes that are both familiar and wondrous. His images provide space for the eyes and mind to wander. Whether the appointment is routine or emergent, Jonathan Nourok’s close up floral-scapes will transform your reception or patient rooms into cheerful and calming spaces.

Jonathan Nourok’s photographs of flowers and leaves are filled with bold colors and evocative shapes that are both familiar and wondrous. His images provide space for the eyes and mind to wander. Whether the appointment is routine or emergent, Jonathan Nourok’s close up floral-scapes will transform your reception or patient rooms into cheerful and calming spaces.

Whatever the color story or visual style that best suits your practice, the artist can accommodate. Prioritize your patient experience with detailed and dynamite artwork from one of the West Coast’s best!

Whatever the color story or visual style that best suits your practice, the artist can accommodate. Prioritize your patient experience with detailed and dynamite artwork from one of the West Coast’s best!

Poppy Flax Triptych

Poppy Flax Triptych

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03 Dec Photographs by a local photographer welcomes patients

Allan Leahy is a local photographer, and this dental clinic has his work throughout.   We start here in the lobby.  The printer we used for this piece did  a salon mount on the back side of acrylic with stainless stand offs.  The stand offs were chosen as it worked really well with the finishes the client and designer selected.

In the surgery center,  which was not complete when we took these photos,  we presented the photos on acrylic without a frame.   The cleat we installed them with raised them off the wall about 1/2″. The pieces are secure on the wall,  and create a window like feel.

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