Annual Sponsor Spotlight: Absolute Resource

Company Name:
Absolute Resource
Your Name: Jayson Gates
Local Rep’s Position/ Years: Founder & Partner / 10+ Years
IIDA member since: 2006
Involved on the IIDA Oregon Chapter Board: I have served as Chair, Education and Forums, VP, Education and Forums and Oregon Chapter Advisor

Absolute Resource builds enduring relationships between design professionals and the most creative, innovative brands in furniture, textiles, lighting and acoustical products. Alongside my twin brother and business partner, Jordan Gates, we are committed to delivering the culture & brand identities of our partners to the Pacific Northwest design community. We are dedicated to building relationships that endure and support our interior design colleagues’ professional growth and legacy. Project success is our number one goal and we will work diligently to ensure your success.

Partner manufactures include: TURF, Naughtone, Leland, Rich Brilliant Willing, Spacestor, Camira, and Montisa. 

What is your favorite IIDA event and why?:
NEXT Breakfast. This year’s event solidified NEXT as my new favorite. The opportunity to engage with design leaders in an atmosphere of learning and growth is what we’re all about. We love the intimacy, and how NEXT cultivates engaging and thoughtful conversations. This event brings together the best designers in Oregon and successfully integrates with professional thought leaders from all over the country. NEXT creates a space where new ideas flourish and inspiration abounds. Yes please :).

What is your favorite product/service offered by your company and why?:
We offer legacy partnerships with some of the most creative and innovative brands in design today. We love working with Designers to build relationships with people that will foster growth of their design portfolios and professional ambitions. We are successful and fulfilled when we align successful partnerships that cultivate growth.

What aspect of your company are you most proud of and why?:
We are proud to be in the Pacific Northwest and part of a community that is leading the way with award winning local & global projects.

What value do you see in being an IIDA Oregon Chapter Annual Sponsor?:
We support Interior Designers and the business of Interior Design. We are fully aligned in our values and culture with IIDA Oregon. It’s a no brainer for us to be a part of the Oregon chapter at an annual sponsorship level. We thrive as you thrive.

What impact do you see the IIDA Oregon Chapter having on the A&D community in Oregon?:
There is no association with a greater impact on Interior Design in Oregon than IIDA. IIDA provides the tools and information for design professionals to succeed and have a voice on their future and the future of our profession.

What is your personal mantra?:
To be a shining light on myself and those around me.

What gets you excited about design?:
The ability to influence and guide humanity’s path through thoughtful design & innovation.

Favorite design magazine/blog?:
Interior Design Magazine

On a typical Saturday where can we find you?:
Hanging with my wife, Carrie two beautiful daughters, Tottie & Tippi, and our new golden retriever, Goldie. Hopefully on our way to somewhere exotic and exciting.

What does interior design legislation mean to you and/or your company?:
We’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. With the pandemic and the anticipation of new regulations and liabilities surrounding the return to the office, having a partnership with the IIDA to engage with local and national leaders to drive the conversation is now more important than ever.

Designers will have to navigate these new regulations and integrate them into their design strategies. These are enormous challenges with heightened attention on employee health & wellness which will result in a new, dynamic set of expectations.

Interesting fact?:
I discovered Interior Design by answering a classified ad in a newspaper on my first day in Oregon in 1999.