If you can’t tell by its name, the Hi-Lo Hotel is just that—high yet low, luxe yet casual—and in the spirit of being many things at once, it’s also a hybrid space for socializing, conducting business, and just kicking back. So when Jessica Helgerson Interior Design was hired to fashion the Portland, Oregon, hotel’s lobby and bar, they had to do it with a bit of everything in mind.
How fortuitous, then, that the team’s vision was halfway realized before construction even began. “When we first visited the space it was basically gutted,” JHID epxlains on their website, “a beautifully dusty space with raw concrete columns and concrete floors bathed in soft natural light. We decided to preserve and celebrate this rough, chalky, unfinished shell (the low) while bringing in soft, sensual, elegant, playful furnishings (the high).”