Stephanie Dyer

INTERIOR + PRODUCT DESIGN

Design offers the ability to elevate human experience.

That opportunity is at the heart of all my work. Whether designing an individual product or a restaurant serving thousands of guests, I work to arrive at beautiful and intelligent design solutions that nurture users' experience and offer deeper connections with the built environment.

As important as function is to good design, so is beauty.
It is my belief that we subliminally parallel beauty with happiness; that when an environment is striking, balanced, and pleasing to all the senses, we internalize those values and our quality of experience is undeniably heightened.

From color consultations to building design, I strive to deliver honesty, integrity, and genuine lasting beauty.


Full-range design services include:

- Color Consultation
- Concept Development
- Space Planning
- Finish Selection + Specification
- Furnishing Selection + Specification
- Custom Furniture Design
- Building Design
- Architectural Drafting
- Construction Administration
- Surface Design
- Graphic Design

Oct 1

The Fluent Collection speaks to the seductive nature of the coastal lifestyle- relaxed and effortless, captivating and hypnotic. Inspired by the landscape, natural phenomenon, and allure of the Southwest Florida Coast, this series explores themes of interconnectivity, balance, and empowerment. Concurrent with the release of this collection, Paper Paint Press is pleased to announce the addition of Silver and Gold Mylar to its paper offerings. The Fluent Collection was specifically developed with this option in mind. Imagine all linework shown in white as the Silver or Gold Mylar sublayer shining through. Ink printed on Mylar exhibits a slight metallic finish for a unique appearance. Inquire directly with Paper Paint Press for pricing and samples! As with the entire Paper Paint Press collection, the Mylar provides a Class A fire rating, suitable for both residential and commercial applications. Made to order and printed digitally using No-VOC ink, this line offers complete customization, from color selection to scale specification.

Designs shown include The Misses, Tumbled, Ray Migration, and Hair Band. Designed by Stephanie Dyer for Paper Paint Press: Portland, Oregon.


5 Things That Inspire Me

In a recent questionnaire, I was asked to list 5 Things That Inspire Me. This simple exercise was surprisingly therapeutic and centering. Here’s my list, anyone else care to join me? What keeps YOU going?

1. My little family: my son {Mead} a pure being that absolutely lives in the moment; and my husband {Sam} who is my partner in life. Because of them, I strive to make our world a better place.
2. Landscape {natural or refined} and the tension that exists between its innate pursuit to thrive and our constructed environments. Specifically I’m fascinated by examples of nature reclaiming its territory, such as vines consuming an abandoned building.
3. Courtyard homes: the layouts, variations, and different cultures that have utilized them over time.
4. The connection between time {history} and place {travel}, as it pertains to design. I envision double-ended arrows extending along different planes, and the point at which they inevitably intersect.
5. Dualities: modern/traditional, handmade/digital, permanence/transience.


Fell in love with these fab pillows from Caitlin Wilson Design a while ago… soooo excited to use them in my latest project! Gold Scallop Pillow in Euro Sham size (26”x26”) & Gold Fleur Pillow in 16”x26”.

Fell in love with these fab pillows from Caitlin Wilson Design a while ago… soooo excited to use them in my latest project! Gold Scallop Pillow in Euro Sham size (26”x26”) & Gold Fleur Pillow in 16”x26”.


If there was ever a question, THIS is why I love what I do

I recently spent a day arranging the furnishings and accessories specified for a client. After the first night spent in her “new” bedroom, I received this email…

“Thought you would like to know I slept better then I have in years!! I did not wake up to my alarm and woke up at 6:30. I wake up at 5:00 am daily and have not slept through an alarm in I am sure over 10 years. I had the most vivid dreams and I am convinced that it is the moving of the bed. I know it. Finally in the right place. SOO CRAZY.”

It made my day. There is nothing better than a satisfied client!!


Nov 5

Exhibit for Serving Up Style 2012, the signature fundraising event for Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus. With design concept ANNICA: The Buddhist Concept of Impermanence, this theoretic restaurant offers dynamic dining with an ever-changing menu. Appearing able to fold or morph, ANNICA reminds us that life is a matter of perspective, and stasis is but an illusion. Welcome to change.


Oct 5

While at Serving Up Style (Portland Expo Center through Oct 7th), check out the SNEAK PEEK Archipelago Tile display! Come experience the beautiful medium of hydraulic-pressed cement tile first hand, and see the modern designs that bring this timeless material into a contemporary context. Archipelago Tile has not yet officially launched, so here’s your chance to preview in person!
Serving Up Style is the signature fundraising event for Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus, currently taking place at the Portland Expo Center in conjunction with the Fall Home & Garden Show. Come show your support and help raise lupus awareness!

While at Serving Up Style (Portland Expo Center through Oct 7th), check out the SNEAK PEEK Archipelago Tile display! Come experience the beautiful medium of hydraulic-pressed cement tile first hand, and see the modern designs that bring this timeless material into a contemporary context. Archipelago Tile has not yet officially launched, so here’s your chance to preview in person!

Serving Up Style is the signature fundraising event for Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus, currently taking place at the Portland Expo Center in conjunction with the Fall Home & Garden Show. Come show your support and help raise lupus awareness!


Our space at Serving Up Style is up! With design concept ANNICA: The Buddhist Concept of Impermanence, this conceptual restaurant offers dynamic dining with an ever-changing menu. Appearing able to fold or morph, ANNICA reminds us that life is a matter of perspective, and stasis is but an illusion. Welcome to change.
  
VOTE FOR OUR TEAM ONLINE! We’re #19…http://www.houzz.com/discussions/208614/
Serving Up Style is the signature fundraising event for Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus, taking place RIGHT NOW through October 7th at the Portland Expo Center, in conjunction with the Fall Home & Garden Show. Come check out the exhibit and help support Molly’s Fund!

Our space at Serving Up Style is up! With design concept ANNICA: The Buddhist Concept of Impermanence, this conceptual restaurant offers dynamic dining with an ever-changing menu. Appearing able to fold or morph, ANNICA reminds us that life is a matter of perspective, and stasis is but an illusion. Welcome to change.

VOTE FOR OUR TEAM ONLINE! We’re #19…
http://www.houzz.com/discussions/208614/

Serving Up Style is the signature fundraising event for Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus, taking place RIGHT NOW through October 7th at the Portland Expo Center, in conjunction with the Fall Home & Garden Show. Come check out the exhibit and help support Molly’s Fund!


Sep 30
Serving Up Style SNEAK PEEK #1: Upholstery fabric by Stephanie Dyer Interior + Product Design for custom pouf ottomans!
This event is the signature fundraising event for Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus, taking place October 4th-7th at the Expo Center in conjunction with the Fall Home & Garden Show. Come see our exhibit and vote for our team if you like what you see!

Serving Up Style SNEAK PEEK #1: Upholstery fabric by Stephanie Dyer Interior + Product Design for custom pouf ottomans!


This event is the signature fundraising event for Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus, taking place October 4th-7th at the Expo Center in conjunction with the Fall Home & Garden Show. Come see our exhibit and vote for our team if you like what you see!


Sep 26

Outline for Serving Up Style filmed interview

Preliminary notes from today’s filmed interview for Serving Up Style, the signature fundraising event for Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus taking place this October 4th-7th at the Portland Expo Center…


1.       Tell us a little bit about your firm.

My background is in Residential and Hospitality Design. I’ve worked on high-end restaurant and bar projects, as well as several local and some international residential projects. In 2010 I expanded and ventured into product design, starting first with tile. I now have a decorative ceramic line on the market- the Topo Collection for Clayhaus Ceramics, and am in the process of developing a hydraulic-pressed cement tile company, Archipelago Tile. Look out for the Archipelago Tile display at Serving Up Style! I also have a wallpaper line in the works, soon to be released.

My work focuses on integrity and genuine lasting beauty. I am committed to creating spaces and objects that speak to our deeper desires of connecting with our built environment. I seek opportunities that enrich users’ experience through design, whether it’s restaurant serving thousands of guests, a kitchen that brings a family together, or a single tile that may be adopted into someone else’s vision.

I see my role as an interior designer as the problem solver. When working with clients I strive to clearly understand their goals and listen for what may sometimes be hidden desires. When you can exceed a client’s expectations by presenting an idea or solution they hadn’t considered, it’s an incredible feeling.

 

2.       How did you develop your concept – what ideas led you there?

Almost concurrent to learning I was accepted into Serving Up Style, my family and I received the devastating news that my dear father-in-law had suddenly passed. This project is in many ways a tribute to him.

From the beginning of the design process, I envisioned angled walls and deep, saturated blue tones. I asking myself questions in an attempt to uncover the meaning behind these recurring visions, until I eventually realized they represent impermanence- specifically the Buddhist philosophy of impermanence known as ANNICA. The structure is not a typical rectilinear form that we are familiar with and can easily place our trust in its stability; rather it’s atypical and makes us subliminally uneasy, questioning its permanence. This deeply resonated, as I found comfort in the Buddhist approach to grieving that acknowledges everything is in a constant state of flux and permanence is but an illusion. The structure appears able to fold or morph into new forms.


3.       What special details in your dining room would you like to highlight?

The form itself is the space’s primary detail. In an effort to highlight my experience and love of hospitality design, I branded a restaurant by the same name as the design concept: ANNICA. I had a lot of fun designing the logo and finding ways to express it. I designed plates and menus out of paper and had the logo foil-printed in gold and copper.

Another key feature is the custom pouf ottomans used for seating (rather than chairs). I found a great source on Etsy and contacted about doing custom work. I then designed the fabric and had it printed on cotton upholstery fabric. The result is a completely custom element that embodies the ideals and aesthetic of Stephanie Dyer Interior + Product Design.

Another exciting feature is the custom-outfitted mannequin designed by the winning student team from the Art Institute of Portland. I loved the idea of incorporating a mannequin, to make it almost feel like a museum diorama, and to hint at the idea of couture dining. I organized a competition through the Art Institute’s Apparel Department, and have been amazed with the selected team. They’ve really embodied the design concept and represented it in a highly creative way. I’ve come to think of this fictional character as a member of the wait staff whose uniform further reinforces the restaurant brand.


4.  Tell us about your experience with Molly’s Fund

My first experience with Molly’s Fund was attending Serving Up Style in 2010. I was so impressed with the exhibit and touched by the message. I have a couple friends with lupus, but was uneducated about it. I thought it was such a unique fundraiser idea and could tell it was successful! I was unfortunately preoccupied during the 2011 show, focusing on being a new mom, but when I saw the ad in Portland Spaces for this year’s show I knew I had to pursue it. My knowledge of lupus and appreciation for the foundation has only grown since my involvement. Debbie and David are such wonderful people- the process of being involved in Serving Up Style has been eye-opening on many levels, and I feel blessed to be a part of it.


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