Marylhurst University

Skip to content »

Andee Hess Featured in Metropolis Magazine

Interior design alum Andee Hess and her firm, Osmose Design, was written up in the July 2012 issue of Metropolis Magazine, as one of a handful of designers who found creative ways to survive the recession.

Excerpt from an article by Ken Shulman in Metropolis Magazine,
July 20, 2012.

If anyone has found a silver lining in the recession, which has decimated the design profession, it may be the newest class of interior designers. The downturn in new construction seen in major urban centers has fueled an upsurge in renovation and consolidation. And the young founders of Internet start-ups, bars, and restaurants turn increasingly to contemporaries, independents like themselves who can channel unsketched visions into tangible forms inexpensively and on time.

A welder, furniture designer, and lighting specialist, Andee Hess graduated from Marylhurst University in 2003 with a degree in interior design and spent the next four years at Skylab Architecture, a Portland firm where she worked on restaurants and trade-show booths.

In 2007, Hess founded Osmose Design. The firm realizes fantasies and cloaked desires for Portland's youngest and hippest, and draws on the talents of the city's broad creative community. Hess has built a Mario Brothers–inspired roof-top installation for Panic Inc., a local software company, and completely designed the Commodore Hotel in Astoria, Oregon, which included a found-object installation wall. The hotel job led to the design of an installation for a private residence—a project for which Hess artfully mounted fragments of a disassembled upright piano on the walls of the owners' den.

When the financial crisis of 2008 hit the Portland design community hard, it actually brought Hess more work as architectural firms that had laid off their in-house designers increasingly turned to her. "It's forced me to stretch a little," she says, "to seek out all sorts of collaborations, with artists, engineers, sculptors—whoever had the skills a project needed." The recession also taught Hess an important lesson about business. "Our work is about developing relationships," she says, "about drawing people out to help them understand what they truly want."

Read the full article on MetropolisMag.com

Related News

See All News

Sean Gillon Published in Ecology & Society

Dr. Sean Gillon, food systems & society faculty, co-authored an article titled Plausible Futures of a Social-Ecological System: Yahara Watershed, Wisconsin, USA in the peer-reviewed, international journal Ecology & Society in May 2015.

Vieda Baker Recognized for Volunteer Service

Vieda Baker, M.Div. student, was recognized for 100 hours of volunteer service to the Portland Veterans Administration Health Care System in June 2015.

Calendar

See All Events

July 20, 2015 – September 30, 2015

Paintings by Michael S. Dambach

In his artist’s statement, Michael S. Dambach writes: “Any movie, whether critically acclaimed or less well received can provide source materia...

READ MORE

August 03, 2015 – August 07, 2015

Marylhurst Summer Choir Camp

Come sing, grow and learn with us! A three-day concentrated musical experience designed specifically for enthusiastic, committed high school and co...

READ MORE

August 07, 2015

BioGuided Music Therapy Workshop

In this two-day workshop, explore the fundamental concepts of BioGuided Music Therapy. This course provides a rationale, historical context and ste...

READ MORE

GIVE

Support Marylhurst University. Gifts of all sizes make a difference!

DONATE NOW

©2013 Marylhurst University