old shadows

Sep 17, 2008 by Hiromi Ogawa

I love demolition.  You see layers of the past right before your eyes.

Demolition has started in a kitchen in Portland, OR and the space, devoid of cabinets and color, is just gorgeous.

p91712331Here's an old built-in ironing board nook (which was buried beneath sheet rock and layers of wall paper and paint), and you can even see where the ironing board used to be.

And the back side of old lath and plaster looks like icing layers on a cake.


Nifty: Chiho Aoshima

Aug 28, 2008 by Hiromi Ogawa

Chiho Aoshima is part of Kaikai Kiki, an art production company led by Takashi Murakami.  I saw Aoshima's work at the Smithsonian during our trip to Washington D.C. last spring.  I'm a huge fan of Murakami's work, and I seem to be falling for all his prodigies as well.  You can check the whole crew out at

Topics: Inspiration

Nifty: Lutron eco-dim

Aug 25, 2008 by Hiromi Ogawa

Instead of emailing everyone and their brothers about what I think is nifty, I decided I would post it on our blog instead.  So here goes Nifty #1: Lutron eco-dim.  It is the same attractive series of dimmers that Lutron provides, except that it lets the bulbs last 3x longer, and provides at least 15% in energy savings.  I looked online and the price for each fixture seems to be the same as the regular Lutron dimmer, so there's nothing to lose in going eco! I don't have any photos of lush forests on hand, so here's a photo of my son Nico and Grandma on the Oregon coast, walking on sand for the first time.  Let's do whatever we can to save moments in nature like this, right?

Topics: Life

New photos from our favorite photographer

Mar 27, 2008 by Hiromi Ogawa

It's always a pure joy to work with Joe Fletcher.

Here is one of the photos he took for two houses we designed in California.


Topics: Projects

Let’s get started

Feb 8, 2008 by Hiromi Ogawa

Yes, we're starting a blog. We'll be keeping you posted with exciting projects, as well as mundane updates on our personal lives. You'll get a peek at the inner workings of our freakish attention to detail, and our unhealthy habit for eating good food.


Past Press

Jan 1, 2008 by Hiromi Ogawa

Past Press:

Sunset Magazine - Albany Residence

Zyzzyva Magazine - Albany Residence

Sacramento Bee - Kozen Restaurant

Qualified Remodeler - Albany Residence

Topics: Press