BATHROOM DESIGNERS & DESIGNFINDERS, PORTLAND, Ore.
— The city of Portland has become a design powerhouse for years, but it’s also become a hub for innovation, with a mix of startups and established firms like Portland Design Founders, which has created a collection of bathroom design firms that are bringing new life to the city.
It’s a process that has been evolving over the past decade and has helped lead the city into a position where the best and most innovative design ideas are found in a handful of areas, from the downtown to the neighborhoods.
With more than 1,300 businesses in Portland, it’s a thriving, vibrant and highly innovative city, said Portland Design Fund executive director Scott Dreyer.
The city has been one of the top places for design firms to build their businesses, and that trend continues today, said Dreyers partner and president of Portland Design Firms, Chris Krasniqi.
“It’s become a city that is much more dynamic, where you’re seeing an influx of entrepreneurs that want to bring their ideas to fruition,” said Krasnicqi.
The trend also has been evident in the design firms who are popping up in the area, which have had an effect on the design of Portland’s most popular venues.
Dreyer said he thinks the boom is being fueled by a mix, as a number of businesses are looking to expand and attract more business.
For example, he said, Portland DesignFounders is expanding its studio in South Portland to include offices in the downtown.
Other firms are moving into downtown areas, as well, and Dreyerd said it’s not just Portland Designfounders and Portland DesignFirms that are expanding in the city, but also other local firms.
Portland Design Foundors opened in October of 2014 and is working with a number other firms in the neighborhood.
A Portland Design Foundation executive director, Jason Tull, said the firm has also opened offices in Downtown Crossing and the downtown core.
Krasnici said he also is looking to bring a new focus to the downtown area and he believes Portland Design firms is the place for Portland to be.
“The city of Oregon has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and a high degree of collaboration,” he said.
“So we’re really excited about bringing that spirit to the area.”
The boom is also evident in other aspects of the city’s development.
When Portland Design founders launched a studio in the East End in the mid-2000s, it was a different neighborhood than it is today, but that has not been the case.
Now the company has more than 200 offices across the city and a number more in the future, Dreyeric said.
In recent years, the company’s studio in East Portland has also grown from a single room to more than three dozen rooms, and it’s one of only two locations in the Portland area to have two bathrooms, said Krosniqi, who is also the co-founder of Portland Architectural Consultants, which designs and sells home decor.
This new office will open in the next couple of weeks and will provide a larger, more open space for clients to work, said Tull.
He said the studio has also partnered with a local architectural firm to develop a new master plan for the neighborhood and is planning to open a second studio there in the coming months.
And Krasiqi said the company is looking for more office space in downtown East Portland and is currently looking to move into the former industrial site at 14th and Jackson Streets.
There are several other areas where the city is becoming a design hotspot.
Its a mix.
It’s a mix in terms of design firms.
There are so many, so many different types of companies,” said Tyljanek, a Portland resident who has lived in the United States for more than 25 years.
According to Portland Design Funds, the city has the highest percentage of new and existing businesses in the country, with nearly 20 percent of Portlanders working in design firms and 15 percent working in retail.
As a result, the industry has become increasingly competitive, said Matt Marder, a senior associate at the Portland Design Commission.
Marder said Portland’s economic impact is the most pronounced of any city in the nation.”
Morden Borenstein, a graduate student in design, said he has been impressed by Portland Design foundations’ approach to finding a new office for its studio. “
And if we’re not doing something right, it just doesn’t have a chance.”
Morden Borenstein, a graduate student in design, said he has been impressed by Portland Design foundations’ approach to finding a new office for its studio.
“(It’s) a great model,” he explained.
“I think that it is a good place for all kinds of people, but I think that is