the office

One of the most satisfying aspects of our business is watching a concept take shape. We had a unique opportunity last year when we purchased a vacant restaurant building and created a new workplace for ourselves. With Rob Thornton as our architect and Mikayla Latta as our interior designer, (plus a very demanding client) we transformed a cold, dark, dreary cave into an airy,  light-filled space. This is the proverbial silk purse from a sow’s ear!
As we move into spring, our work on the exterior of the building will continue, including signage, landscaping (including an organic vegetable garden in the back area) and getting the patio ready for breaks and lunches “al fresco.”

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Tom Foerstel : Founder & President

Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.


He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.


An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.


One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.