Andee Hess on Imagining Incredible Spaces

This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is Andee Hess, founder of Portland’s Osmose Design.

If we had a replacement home that needed design, we’d call on Andee Hess – creator of fantastically imaginative spaces for famous homeowners (including Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and St. Vincent) and brands alike. You’ve seen her work when you’ve had the (double) pleasure of getting an ice cream cone at the Salt & Straw store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, California, where a longtime local glass painter, Beauvilla Glass, designed the Rooting space in its own history. “That was great fun because we got a local glass painter who has been in the neighborhood for over 35 years and we had to do a stained glass design with her that was installed in the store.” Says Andee. “It really brought in that layer of the local community.” A similar practice led to the redesign of Oaks Park Ice Rink, a nearly 120-year-old wooden rink that is part of Portland’s Oaks amusement park and represents a piece of the city’s history. When it debuted in 1905, a live orchestra serenaded skaters there until an organ was installed. “We said, ‘We have to have this – whatever it takes,” says Andee. “We really tried to create this nostalgic feeling that wasn’t too retro and somehow held its own.”

In this milkshake too, Andee talks about the process of working with a new customer, be it for a private or a commercial area: “It’s a process of developing a visual dialogue and [mutual] Understanding, ”she says. “They say ‘modern’ 70s” and we both think something completely different – we both have different images in our heads. So it’s important that I don’t make assumptions and that my clients don’t make assumptions. One of the things I like to ask is, “Why are you drawn to this? Or do you love that Or do you hate that What does this do for you? ‘And there is such a process of discovery when you start asking these questions. “She also shares her favorite collaborations – both one she’s been part of and one she appreciates – and answers the question of whether or not her future actually lies in the sets for films and television. (We agree!)

Photos by Dina Avila, courtesy of Osmose Design.

Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, the Wall Street Journal, and other outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.

Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry professionals to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. During their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, life and passions.

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