“I am most energized by projects where clients, designers, artists and fabricators all contribute to the process, creating something unique to their shared experience.”
Debbie Kennedy has been an integral leader at Olson Kundig since joining the firm in 1999 when she helped establish the firm’s Interiors Studio. Since then, Debbie’s extensive body of work has ranged from the design of initial space planning and layouts, to the selection of interior furnishings and art, to the design of custom casework elements and furnishings that enhance the architectural expression of each project. Debbie has long been interested in the intricacies of materials and fabrication techniques such as metalworking, and she frequently teams with makers to explore new fabrication possibilities for custom-designed pieces. Often, these designs emerge out of a dialogue between fabricator, designer, and the material itself.
“The best projects are the collaborative ones,” Debbie notes. “I am most energized by projects where clients, designers, artists and fabricators all contribute to the process, creating something unique to their shared experience.” Her interest in metalworking and innovative eye towards fabrication processes led to Debbie’s close collaboration with architect Tom Kundig on the design of the Tom Kundig Collection, a steel accessories line focused on intimately scaled furniture and hardware components.
Debbie graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. Over her nearly two decades at Olson Kundig, she has contributed to the success of some of the firm’s most recognized and internationally lauded projects, including Chicken Point Cabin, Delta Shelter, Portland Hilltop House, Montecito House, Meg Home, and Shinsegae International. Debbie has worked on award-winning designs appearing in publications worldwide including The New York Times, Architectural Record, Town & Country, Art & Antiques, and The Wall Street Journal, and several books including 50 of the World’s Best Apartments and The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century Architecture. Debbie also serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the Interior Design Program at Bellevue College.
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