The Monogram Experience Center (MEC) brings designers to Louisville, Kentucky, for three-day experiences to learn about Monogram, the design process, our appliances – and even cook with them! We interviewed each designer to learn a little more about their background and design experiences.
Today’s profile highlights Robin Fisher with Robin Rigby Fisher Design in Portland, Oregon.
SRFD: How did you become interested in design?
Robin: I have always been a struggling artist. After high school, I started college to become an engineer, but dropped out to move to NYC and become a hairdresser. I quickly became bored with that industry and went back to school to study Architecture and Art History, finally settling on Interior Design. By creating designs that are functional, easy to maintain, and are high quality, I love how my work enhances my client’s lives.
SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you really enjoyed.
Robin: I recently completed a kitchen for a couple on a budget in a small home. They are both professors at a local university, love to cook, and entertain on a small scale. We created a kitchen that is functional for both of them to cook at the same time without making the room any larger. Every space was designed for maximum storage, materials were chosen for ease of maintenance and low impact on the environment (water efficient fixtures, LED lighting, composting, locally sourced, low VOCs, and recycled content).
SRFD: A trend you’re over?
Robin: Hard-core industrial design. Design should not be “trendy,” design should be what makes a contact with your soul!
SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?
Robin: I really don’t like or use the term “trend.” I dislike that Sustainable Design has been a trend, sustainable design should not even exist as a term, it should JUST BE HOW WE ALL DESIGN!
SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?
Robin: Where to start? I LOVE LOUISVILLE! What a lovely town (I am hesitant to use the term “city” – it doesn’t quite fit the charm). The architecture, the art, the friendliness of the people, the food and wow – the bourbon! Love it all
My favorite part of experiencing Louisville was visiting Churchill Downs. I have had horses in my life until the past five years and have always dreamed of visiting. Thank you.
My visit to GE was great! I enjoyed learning about your products, especially the Advantium! What a fabulous appliance. I have revised my design to include one in my new kitchen. Cooking in your kitchen was a wonderful experience, although the Iron Chef Cook-off was more stressful than I thought. I would much rather take my time and enjoy the process!