Portland, Oregon is an epicenter for contemporary design; it’s a place where artists and designers aren’t afraid to push the envelope. Pair that with a real affinity for green architecture and sustainability, and you’ve got a rich community of creatives testing the boundaries. We’ve channeled this prolific design motivation and applied it to our Portland showroom. Situated at the southwest corner of Portland’s lively Pearl District, this chic showroom features design inspiration and a clean sampling of our flagship interior glass door solutions. Swing by, chat with our friendly and savvy design consultants, then grab a bite and a beer at any of the eight nearby local breweries.
Meet Anita, Residential Design Consultant
Get to know Anita:
- Working with The Sliding Door Company since 2014
- Favorite Inspiration: Oregon Home Magazine and LUXE Magazine
- Biggest Industry Influencers: Frand Lloyd Wright, Carlo Scarpa, Pietro Bellischi
- Favorite Local Bites: Bamboo Sushi
- Dream Vacation: The Galapagos Islands
Portland has an amazing community of architects and interior designers of all persuasions and I find that very exciting. Being a part of making a vision come to fruition is what makes my work fulfilling.”
Though she was born in Pennsylvania, she’s an honorary Oregon native, having relocated with her family when she was in third grade. Anita considers herself a lifelong learner, and her particular passion is working in the construction industry and building material supply. “My lifelong career in the Construction Industry began with a premiere commercial glass and glazing firm,” says Anita. “If it involves architectural glass, I’ve probably done it.”
Her personal interior design style sways contemporary. In her perspective, “Portland loves repurposed, recycled and sustainable. This bodes true both in building preference and lifestyle choices. My favorite designs exist just at this intersection—I love the juxtaposition of new and old in exciting, fresh ways.” In this respect, Anita keeps a close eye on Frank Lloyd Wright, Carlo Scarpa, and local legend Pietro Bellischi when she’s searching for inspiration.
Meet Ryan, Corporate Design Consultant
Get to know Ryan:
- Working with Space Plus (a division of The Sliding Door Company) since 2016
- Favorite Inspiration: Gray Magazine
- Biggest Industry Influencers: Chris Soderberg, Jason Ball, Garrison Hullinger, Justin Riordan
- Favorite Local Drink Spot: Muu Muu’s
- Dream Vacation: Havana
Portland loves contemporary clean lines and modern design but we’re typically very sentimental about our well-made craftsman style homes and vintage furniture.”
In short, “Portland suits me,” says Space Plus Corporate design guru, Ryan. Though he was born in Northern California and spent several years living in Los Angeles, he’s called Portland home for over a decade. Within the Portland design scene, he’s been amassing a wide variety of industry experience, with a particular concentration in home furnishings.
When it comes to what Ryan loves about what Portland does best, he’s not lost for words. “Portland loves natural light and aspires to incorporate it as much as possible,” he explains. “Between the soft, gray light and natural beauty that’s quintessentially Portland, it’s no surprise that so much of the new architecture is centered around plentiful windows.” According to Ryan, meeting these design preferences is something The Sliding Door Company and Space Plus does well, “our sliding glass doors utilized as room dividers or workstations can allow that natural light to continue as far as possible into interior private areas that would normally be dimmed by wood and drywall.”