I have known and worked with Richard Olson of EnvironDesign for over 30 years—most
recently at Baker Knapp & Tubbs. My experience with him has been one of an "amazing
aesthetic" along with "true professionalism"
His knowledge of architecture and interior design provides clients with the perfect
He is an exciting, passionate designer who has the business skills to make it all
It has always been a pleasure.
Penny C. Amrani
Baker Knapp & Tubbs
I bought a condo that had great potential. Corkwood wainscoting, fireplace, nice
part of town. The only problem was: I hated it once I moved in. I could not make
my furniture, art, rugs--nothing--work.
Richard Olson gave me three days of focused attention. I've never seen anything like
it. My furniture, my art, my rugs--which all looked like a funky yard sale when he
walked in...looked like my exclusive private men's club when he walked out.
is a walking Design Panacea.
Perry Carrison, management consultant
Richard Olson is extremely talented. We have worked with Richard on several projects
now. He is behind some of the most interesting architectural features of our home.
He consulted on designing our personal retreat center and art gallery. In each case,
Richard worked in partnership with us to enhance the beauty of the final product.
We recommend Richard without hesitation.
Owner, A Room of One's Own
Co-owner, Last Chance Gallery
I just want to thank you for designing the perfect studio for me. As you know, my
old garage quite literally waddled from side to side when the electric garage door
operated. Who knew that it had such a fabulous reincarnation waiting for it just
inside your magnificent brain?
First, the building itself is spectacular in design -- especially with the half-log
staircase to the second floor -- and many people have mistaken it for the Main Cabin.
I have had to give the Main Cabin a facelift to keep pace with the Studio. Not
only is there plenty of room for two vehicles plus storage in my new garage, but
the rear workshop/boat storage space elicits many favorable comments from people,
especially men, who see it. I, of course, just appreciate the space for puttering
around with mechanical things.
Second, the Studio itself, located above the garage, just makes me want to paint
from dawn to dusk. It's such an open, airy space with sublime lighting, that when
I put on music and grab a brush, I'm "in the zone." The room itself, aside from
its lovely proportions, holds a remarkable amount of material, and the work service
counter (with its storage cabinetry underneath that runs the length of the room)
has proven to be so versatile for quilting that I'm using it as the standard for
all future craft rooms. It's maximum versatility in minimum space and, as such,
This building is like kissing the frog and having it turn into the prince. Thank
you for removing my old warty garage and giving me instead a handsome prince of a
Working with Richard Olson is/was a delightful experience. His design is creative,
thoughtful, efficient and exciting. I particularly enjoyed his use of feng shui in
the design which I find valuable. He is creative and thoughtful about where to put
the extra special touch and where to keep expense down creating a very effective
Owner, Sivertson Gallery
We had a great experience working with Richard. Our situation was unique because
we had to come up with a new house plan rather quickly after losing our house in
a fire. Richard truly listened to our needs and paid attention to what we said about
the way we live and how we wanted the new house to function. Using the existing foundation,
he designed a house that works perfectly for us at this stage in our lives.
Howard and Bonnie Gay Hedstrom
Grand Marais, MN
Richard helped us design the interior of our live/work space. He listened to what
we wanted and needed. He was creative and his ideas made our space unique and especially
wonderful. He incorporated our own ideas that we were passionate about. His work
was completed on time and within budget. I would definitely hire him again.
Sue Hakes Realty, LLC