April 2010 First Friday art show – photos and thank you

Apr 8, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

Thanks to everyone who came to the show last Friday.  The show is on display through April, so call or email us to make an appointment if you are interested.  We hope to see you at the next show in June!

the artists

all photos by Kristin Beadle

Topics: Life, Office

The definition of design

Mar 28, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

Lynn and I recently met and refined our company mission statement to read:

We work with you to create a home that is the perfect fit for you.

This means that we prioritize our clients' values and the collaborative spirit over some kind of personal design agenda.

I realized the other day that we all do this in different ways. For my son Nico's birthday, this meant making a robot cake with instant cake mix and all the colorful candies from the store. I could have made a healthier, more tasteful cake but really, who is this cake really for? My three year old whose current love is sweets and robots.

Because his happiness is our happiness. I love that giving is a form of pure joy.

Topics: Food, Inspiration, Life

Portland First Friday: featuring Jennifer Gauer, Anna Mara, and Meghan Radick

Mar 26, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa


Jennifer Gauer & Meghan Radick - ceramics

Anna Mara - floral designs

Friday April 2nd, 2010   5:00pm - 7:00pm
at hiromi ogawa architects
107 SE Washington Street, Suite 150
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 477-7075
(please use Washington St entrance; we are located on the NW corner of the first floor)

Please join us for happy hour as we showcase the work of three very talented artists who are working together for the first time to make a truly unique installation.  Anna Mara will design floral pieces that compliment ceramic vessels made jointly by Jennifer Gauer and Meghan Radick.  Fresh and seaonal flowers are perfectly paired with vases and bowls, which are decorated with delicate patterns using cake decorating techniques.  These collaborative pieces are for sale and ready to take home for you to enjoy in your own home or office.

A wide variety of pieces will be on display and for sale during the event.

Cash and personal checks with ID will be accepted.
We look forward to seeing you.For more information on the artists, visit:
Anna Mara Flowers

The show will continue through the month of April, and can be seen by appointment.  The pottery pieces will continue to be on display, but the fresh flowers will most likely only be on display for the first week, as they are perishable.

Topics: Life, Office

Watching architecture

Mar 10, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa
photo courtesy of NW Films

photo courtesy of NW Films

Architecture films about John Lautner and others are coming to the NW Film Center in Portland.  Not to be missed.

Topics: Inspiration, Life

Color and texture

Feb 26, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

At Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland

Remembering Our First Portland Office Art Show

Nov 9, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa

photo by Kristin Beadle

A big thank you to everyone who attended our first art show – it was a great success.  Our office was filled with good art, good company, and good conversation.


photo by Kristin Beadle

Artists Anderson Bailey and Jessie Bean Goodman choreographed the display, mixing glass pieces with ceramic, and some softer felted pieces in between.  The result was a visual field of colors, textures, and reflections that led the patrons through the space.  At the end of our long space, the lounge area offered a $5 bargain bin, with bowls and ornaments that everyone thought was clearly worth more than the price.  These items disappeared quickly!


Kids' Lounge - photo by Kristin Beadle

There were a fair number of children (including my own rambunctious 2-year old son) in the crowd, and they were all extremely well behaved.  It seems we always underestimate how well our children understand their environment.  This event proved (to me, the most skeptical) that we can have perfectly sensible parties with kids in our midst.  I think we’d like to host more shows in the future – so stay tuned.


Matt Roman - photo by Kristin Beadle

I feel so lucky to have the most fun and flexible office mates in the world – architectural designer Matt Roman and graphic designer Kristin Beadle.  They let me open our doors to the public, and invited their friends to join in the fun.  They are a source of energy and inspiration for me, and the office’s collaborative atmosphere is all thanks to them.

And last but not least: special thanks to Anderson and Jessie, who created a beautiful display and helped organize the event.  Have a wonderful road trip to Tennessee, and best wishes – we will miss you!

Topics: Life, Office

My newest iPhone app – Seafood Watch

Oct 1, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa

The Monterey Bay Aquarium regularly updates their Seafood Watch, which is a guide to sustainable seafood consumption.  I used to get several copies of the handy little pocket guide from my husband David, who was part of a team that designed a recent remodel and addition to the aquarium.  After the project ended and he stopped having regular access to the newest pocket guides, I started downloading a pdf of it from their website, which wasn't as small or as colorful (well, I guess it would be if I had the patience to print it out in color and cut along the dotted line), but still did the trick. But now they've come up with an iPhone app. It's colorful, up-to-date, and best of all, you can SEARCH. I love it.  You will love it.  Spread the word.


Urchins seen on recent beach visit, probably not edible.


Topics: Food, Life

Tokyo Heat

Jul 21, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa

June and July are the rainy months in Japan.  The heavy humidity and stagnant heat are downright oppressive. Combine that with sweaty people in crowded places and you have Tokyo.

I just got back from spending three weeks there, seeing family and drinking cold beverages.  That's one thing that really made an impression during this trip: the cultural desire for food and drinks to be cold, or just to seem colder, than the weather outside.  During the rainy season, and all throughout summer, Japanese cuisine is focused on cooling.  Cold noodles, ice cold beer.  Fragrant herbs, spices, and vinegars are used in abundance, because it's believed that it clears your senses and makes you feel cooler.

udon lunch set with ice cold beer
udon lunch set with ice cold beer

Ice cream is sold absolutely everywhere, with a large, 3D soft-service ice cream sign outside the stores.  Nico (our two year old) fully took advantage of this visual reminder to consume as many ice cream cones as possible.

mmm ice cream
mmm ice cream
mmm more ice cream
mmm more ice cream
Topics: Food, Life

Hi Sam!

Apr 27, 2009 by Lynn Fisher

Lynn Fisher in our San Francisco office has been on maternity leave, and is returning to work on 5/4/09. We wanted to share photos of little Sam since he's part of the hoa family!

sam 5 weeks

Samuel Paul Bogart was born January 29, 2009 at 9:33pm.  7lb 14oz.  20 3/4" long.

sam and tess

Here is Sam with Tess, who turned 2 in March.  Can you believe how big and mobile they get in just 2 years?

fisher bogart family

The whole family in Sea Ranch.  How they managed to get a smiling toddler to sit still, and a gurgling baby to look toward the camera, is beyond me.

We've missed Lynn at work and look forward to having her back.  Congratulations, Lynn!

Topics: Life

Bird’s Nest – The Movie

Feb 20, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa


Herzog and De Meuron make a por... I mean a movie.  It's playing on 3/8/09 at the Whitsell Auditorium in Portland.  For more information, you can find it here.

Topics: Inspiration, Life