Kitchen & Bath Design News

APR 2019

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PORTLAND, OR — Robin Rigby Fisher's journey in the world of kitchen and bath design began partway through her freshman year of college, at which time, she reflects wryly, she realized that "art history wasn't going to be very financially prudent" and switched to interior design instead. Fast forward to the present day, and Fisher has spent 34 years in the industry, including 17 years as the owner of her own Portland, OR-based interior remodeling firm and 16 as an independent interior designer. TEACHING AND LEARNING Fisher is committed to sharing her knowledge with future designers. "I started teaching part time at our local college – the only college that teaches residential interior design in the state of Oregon," she says. "We have been an endorsed program with the National Kitchen & Bath Association. I currently teach both kitchen and bath classes but have [also] taught our Living in Place Studios and Business for Designers." The students aren't the only ones who benefit from Fisher's teaching. "What I love about teaching is that it keeps me at the top of my game," declares Fisher. "I give [my students] 110% and expect them to give me the same. I require high-level designs and technical skills, and as a result our students are in high de- mand. I love what I do and strive to help create designers who create functional, beautiful and sustainable designs, who know how to work with contractors and are collaborative." In addition to using her experience to give future designers a running start, Fisher is always seeking out opportunities to grow and improve as a designer, herself. "I had the oppor- tunity to attend the CEDIA Expo this year," she relates. "Prior to attending, I had not been a big believer in connectivity. Not so now. I believe that technology can make a home more healthy, easier to use and safer. I now include technol- ogy in all of my projects. I don't sell it – I strive to understand how my clients live in their homes and incorporate technology to make their lives easier and more functional." Additionally, Fisher pursues NKBA educa- tion opportunities and participates in design contests. She has held a CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer) certifica- tion since 1992, as well as CAPS (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist). She co-authored the NKBA PRL – Sustainable Design for Kitchen and Bath and is on the committee to re-write the NKBA Guidelines. PRACTICAL LUXURY The practical-minded, sustainability-focused, high-end homeowners of the Pacific Northwest have proven to be a great fit for Fisher's clean and timeless design style. "Even though they are mostly higher-end clients, I would say prac- ticality is their focus…our clients would prefer to be outside enjoying our environment and not spending time cleaning and maintaining a fussy home," she explains. A particular specialty of Fisher's is lighting design, which she uses thoughtfully to craft the beautiful and functional spaces her clients desire. Fisher strives to always stay abreast of the latest advancements in LED technology Designer is Always Growing and Learning BY AUTUMN MCGARR Experienced designer and teacher Robin Rigby Fisher's work is always evolving to incorporate new knowledge and experiences. This award-winning bath was designed as an homage to Fisher's client's Japanese roots, featuring porce- lain wood tile, a tansu cabinet-inspired vanity and a traditional Japanese ofuro soaking tub. Many kitchen renovations involve opening walls to create one large space, but this Purcell and Elmslie- inspired remodel necessitated adding an arched divider and a tray ceiling to create distinct areas in the 70'-long living space. Photos: NW Architectural Photography 26 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2019 DESIGNER PROFILE

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