About Derive Design

Derive Design is a Seattle, WA based design firm started in 2002 by principal designer Christopher Balder. At Derive, we believe that our built environment has a profound impact on all other aspects of our lives. We enjoy working in a variety of styles, and we believe great design can transcend budgetary limitations, trends, and sometimes even beige carpeting. We have spent years refining the design process so that our clients can have a rewarding and enjoyable experience as we guide them through their project.


Christopher Balder

Christopher Balder, principal of DeriveDesign has cultivated his aesthetic with over 20 years of combined experience in residential design, as well as an extensive background in home staging and retail merchandising and display. He brings a unique skill set to his work, and enjoys balancing project challenges with design integrity.

Christopher is also a visual artist and shows his work regularly in the Seattle area.