A pair of creative spirits team up to create the ultimate artists’ retreat in the Pearl’s dramatic new Cosmopolitan.
Lori Rhodes and interior designer Stefan Krupelak of Domov I.D. hit it off immediately. “She asked me a few initial questions,” says Krupelak. “I’m not a yes man—I don’t want people to make an expensive mistake. She liked my answers—that I could stand up to her!”
The pair teamed up in designing her and her husband, Dave’s, brand-new two-bedroom condominium in the 28-story Cosmopolitan on the Park, the Pearl’s tallest and most striking contemporary residential tower, which was developed by Hoyt Street Properties and designed by Bora Architects. The Rhodeses came to Portland from San Francisco, which is still their primary residence, but they started out here 30 years ago and have relatives and friends in the area.
“I didn’t know what I wanted at first—it was all white walls, white cabinets,” recalls Lori about the condo’s initial look. They both knew this airy, high-ceilinged unit would need texture and color to create warmth and a more personal sense of place. They started with the wallcoverings, which added sheen and a touch of the human hand to each room.
Lori is a painter, and artwork figured prominently in the design. They found a small painting of a short-haired woman at Katayama Framing and hung it in the powder room. This, and a dramatic nude that hangs in the master bath, are by Portland painter Bennet Norrbo. A small room off the living room is now Lori’s studio. Stefan designed a custom yellow storage unit for her art supplies.
In this slender, uber-luxe building, the pair had plenty to work with right from the start, including European oak floors; bathroom floors and showers with natural travertine tiles; and a kitchen with Pedini Italian cabinets, solid quartz counters, and an island. Tall windows of this corner unit face south and west, and Thayer Coggin chairs in the living room swivel to take in views. “At night it’s magic,” says Lori. – Michaela Bancud