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MAGAZINE: pacific northwest design

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Celebrating contrasts:

• Fashion designer New family • Empty nesting Furniture maker • Motorcycle builder West Coast • East Coast & so on ... Pro skater

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cont August–



10 Hello

Celebrating contrasts.

16 News

Architects doing art, art exhibit at transit platform, home tours, fashion shows, and other events you simply must get to.

22 Raves

Shout-outs to Pacific Northwest folks doing recent work on that other coast, and vice versa.

26 Interiors

New family settles into their first home; Empty nester’s Hawaiian retreat.


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34 Décor

Wallpaper: Trendy yet traditional vs. daring and unconventional.

38 Fashion

Former Disney On Ice pro skater Trina Kelly emerges as fashion designer under the label Trina Pierre.

40 Craft

Turns out, Semigood Design furniture maker Thom Jones is pretty handy at rebuilding vintage motorcycles too.

42 Small Spaces

Bank vault turned hipsters’ secret hideout at design agency Creature Seattle.

44 Shopping

Brightly colored décor to chase away gloomy Northwest days vs. sophisticated, dark colors for those days that are just too perky.

65 Art

Live, work, make art, show it off. Seattle’s Stallman Studio and Vancouver’s No Remorse Gallery are livin’ the creative life.

75 Architecture

Suyama Peterson Deguchi Architects reimagined a front yard into an expanded family room with swimming pool.

tents 83 Renovate

A devasting fire at Kirk Talent Agency lead to renovating an old sewing factory, once a WWII munition storage building.

85 Indoor

Clever wall-mounted pots for stunning foliage display.

87 Outdoor

Portland landscape designer Gavin Younie also designs beautiful outdoor planters.

86 Resources

Design resources from the issue.

82 Zodiac

Design finds for an impulsive Leo and the precise Virgo.


53 High–Low

A former ad woman takes her new interior design career home, where treasured objects meet big-box modern design.

61 Into the Woods

A Portland couple and their Seattle architects created a rustic modern getaway on a remote site overlooking Washington’s Case Inlet. .

On the Cover

A rooftop deck nestled in the trees offers breathtaking views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains.

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flop alex hayden

About three months ago, I got a tattoo. It’s on my inner left wrist and reads,

Above: “Spanish Rose,” flat and metallic acrylics with

oil overlays, by artist, designer, and one of our own, Rikka Seibert. Below: We had heard rumors, but it wasn’t until a photo shoot with Rick Baye for a previous issue (No. 9) that we discovered this bicycle in his home adorned with designer accessories—revealing yet another facet of this multitalented creative.

cacoethes scribendi, a Latin phrase that roughly translates to “the unending desire to write.” I had been thinking about getting a tattoo for more than a year as it fully embodies the need to write that I’ve had since I was young. As the editor of GRAY, I’m involved in the journalistic world, but not many people know that I am also a fiction writer. I have published some poetry and a few short stories, won an award, and am working on a novel. This tattoo represents my duality as a writer. Here at GRAY, we’ve been thinking about how everyone has a flip side—an interest, hobby, or former career that is separate from his or her current job, but no less exciting. Two of our account executives—Kim Schmidt and Rikka Seibert—help with the magazine on a daily basis and still find time for other pursuits. Rikka is a talented painter and interior designer, and Kim plays on a competitive tennis team. Over the past two years, we’ve run into many multitalented people, such as interior designer Rick Baye who once designed high-end bicycle accessories (see photo, left), and Thom Jones, president of a handmade furniture company Semigood Design, who also builds and rides motorcycles (see page 40). In celebration of all of this dual-purpose, dual-personality, dual-everything, we’ve created a magazine that literally flipflops—once you hit the middle, turn it over for the flip side; the content is dedicated to contrasts (for example: a first home and a second home, a pro skater turned fashion designer, a transit station that is also an art gallery). Let me know what you think of this issue or if you have ideas for a future issue. And be sure to follow us on Instagram (gray_magazine) to get weekly doses of style and a behind-thescenes look at the daily life of GRAY.



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NOW–END OF SUMMER 2013 On one hand, the Waterfront Station’s Canada Line platform is about as sleek as a metro station can get. On the other hand, it’s host to graphic design exhibits produced by The Platform Gallery. This summer the artwork celebrates great neighborhoods in Vancouver.  Vancouver’s Waterfront Station,

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April Greiman Seattle Public Library – Downtown Doors at 6 PM | FREE Admission

9/28/2013 April Greiman is a trailblazing designer recognized as one of the first to embrace computer technology as a design tool. Greiman is also credited with establishing ‘New Wave’ in the US during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.


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Interior Design Show West

Sept. 7, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. A sale with double the love. Design aficionados will love the diverse bunch of retailers showing off their stuff during this once-a-year event produced by the Seattle Design District Association. Spilling out across two large parking lots anchored at the corner of Sixth Ave. S. and Orcas St. in Georgetown, the sale offers savvy shoppers great deals on designer furniture, fabrics, collectibles, antiques, and more. As if that’s not enough, it’s also for a good cause—raffles throughout the event support Seattle’s Children’s Play Garden. Love, love.

September 19–22 Great city, great design. Hundreds of industry professionals are gathering in Vancouver, B.C., to celebrate all things building and design during IDSwest. From a showcase of the newest and brightest designs to trend-inspired pieces to a handmade-goods marketplace, this event is a mecca for design lovers. The event is sponsored in part by GRAY, so stop by and meet a few members of our team during the show! Vancouver Convention Centre West


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Sept 13–22 Growing stronger every year, the design festival is the largest interdisciplinary design event in the Puget Sound region. This year, Design in Public and AIA Seattle collaborate with more than a dozen nonprofit partners to present a week-long-plus festival filled with tours, films, speakers, exhibits, installations, and family programs addressing the theme of design in health.  Seattle Design Festival,




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1. Busy busy—Portland designer and artist Eric Trine had not one, but two, shows in New York during design week in May. “East Meets West” was held in Bobby Berk Home, and NoHo Next has a revolving set of cutting-edge shows in the NoHo neighborhood. The self-described “maker of things” designs and makes an eclectic array of furniture and objects. The Rod + Weave collection was shown at both New York shows and represents his love of raw materials. 2. Part lifestyle guide, part online shop, TRNK New York was started in April by Tariq Dixon and Nick Nemechek (Nemechek’s from Issaquah, WA), and it’s the guys’ answer to the squillions of mostly femaleoriented design sites. The two are even relaunching the site this fall with a greater emphasis on home tours and designer profiles and exciting, shoppable content. Watch out ladies, Tariq and Nick have style that won’t quit. 3. At the beginning of Summer, Portland’s Studiomoe showcased its new collection at ADX Portland, with a nine–day show called: “Studiomoe: New York City to Portland.” Andrew Moe, the studio’s founder and designer lived and designed in New York for years before moving to Portland. His new work celebrates that move—which we, of course, heartily welcome.

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We played connect the dots with the Pacific Northwest folks doing recent work on that other coast, and vice versa. We think it’s pretty swell that there are so many connections to

make with our local crowd and the other side of the country. Hit it, Paula: opposites attract.


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roll with it In case you missed it: the New York–based contemporary lighting manufacturer Roll & Hill snapped up Vancouver designer Lukas Peet’s lighting early on, after having seen his Rudi Light prototype (featured in the first issue of GRAY). The newest piece, a smaller version of the Rudi, was released this year in Milan, with no new images at the time of press. Also, newly available through Inform Interiors, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.


5 4. Already receiving praise in the tech world, Yopine, the micropolling phone app was designed by Portland–based mobile design agency Uncorked Studios. Yopine, headquartered in Washington D.C., is a quick way to poll your friends on anything from where to meet for happy hour to what book you should read next. Of course, we have to point out the great modern design by Uncorked Studios. What do you love? . . . There’s an app for that. 5. You heard it here first—watch for local Couch guy, Ameer Radwan to open up shop in the Big Apple at the start of 2014. Adding to his other location in Santa Barbara, Radwan hopes to open somewhere in Brooklyn. His made-to-order sofas are a hit with Seattleites seeking a stylish alternative to the big box overlords. We imagine the same success will be had in NYC. 6. OK, so sue us, this new collection of pendant lighting from Seattle’s graypants doesn’t have an east–west connection. But we bet you didn’t know that the company also had a studio all the way over in Amsterdam, did you? We think that’s plenty far-flung. This new trio, called the Echo, Luna, and Juno Steplights arrive flatpacked, and require no tools, adhesives, or fasteners to work. Made from recycled aluminum, they glow with the natural beauty of raw material. $749-$849 at h


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interiors The three blown glass bulbs in the light fixture by Niche Modern (through Provide Home) are suspended like planets over a sci-fi-loving Vancouver couple’s dining room table. OPPOSITE: Most of the large furniture pieces were kept in timeless neutral tones, while iconic pieces such as the Saarinen Womb Chair in chartreuse fabric liven up calm grays and reflect the owners’ youthful energy.


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Written by stacy kendall Photographed by JANIS NICOLAY

With their powers combined, David Keeler, Robert Quinnell, and Megan Harrow of Vancouver, B.C.’s Provide Home realized a quirky-fun young family’s vision of their first home. It started as a visit here, a purchase there, but over the two years that Patty and John shopped at Provide Home, in Vancouver, B.C.’s Gastown neighborhood, the young couple forged a bond with co-owners David Keeler and Robert Quinnell. So when the two purchased their first house, it was without question that they would turn to the owners of Provide to help them design the interiors—with special attention to accommodating someone

new in their lives, a baby boy that was going to make his debut in about four months. Without delay, Keeler, Quinnell, and their on-staff interior designer Megan Harrow got to work decorating every inch of the downtown Vancouver townhouse to suit the needs of Patty and John, plus one. (The then-parentsto-be work from home doing online marketing needed a certain amount of baby-friendly space-planning.) Keeler GRAY ISSUE No. eleven


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and Quinnell understood what Patty and John liked, but they also had to incorporate specific things into the design plan, such as the couple’s substantial mask collection and souvenirs from world travels and a stint living in Costa Rica. Also not to be dismissed from the design plan was the couple’s love of sci-fi. “They [Patty and John] are both quirky with a bit of sci-fi geek,” Keeler says. “But Robert and I are a little bit that way too, so we were able to immediately relate to their sense of humor.” Patty and John had a few specific requests, such as a Saarinen womb chair and a color palette that complemented the mask collection, but then left Keeler and Quinnell alone to pepper the rooms with things from Provide and other local shops such as Salari and Inform Interiors. The dining room table was custom built by Vancouver design darling Christian Woo, and is paired with iconic midcentury-designed chairs by Herman Miller. The imminent arrival of le bébé led everything about the design to be accommodating to raising a child— but in very subtle ways. The fabric on the sofa is easy-to-clean wool felt, there are no glass-top tables, and furniture and shelves are positioned slightly higher, which keeps things out of reach for at least a few years. “Nothing is too precious here,” Keeler says. “We went with more substantial things.” The nursery is where Patty and John’s love of science fiction really comes out to play. Soothing grays are punctuated with the earthy tones of Star Wars–themed accessories. Yes, you read that correctly. Mom and Dad got creative and actually put their own design skills on display to make a personal, fun environment for their little Yoda (not his real name). Patty made the Death Star mobile by hand, and John drew Star Wars characters that became the prints hanging on the wall, which were then made into custom fabric patterns for the throw pillows on the sofa. The result is less geek, and more chic, and certainly a first in design for Keeler and Quinnell. In the end, Keeler and Quinnell made everything happen in just four months—in time for the arrival of baby August. The successful design proves that you don’t have to live in a galaxy far, far away to make whatever you love part of your home. h

Above: The design stayed calm and contemporary in the master bedroom, where the natural light filters in from the large windows that showcase a view of the park across the street. Below: Personal details such as the handmade mobile and Daddy-drawn artwork and pillow fabric make this unexpectedly stylish Star Wars–themed nursery something really special.

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Tropic Time Written by debra prinzing Photographed by DAVID PAPAZIAN


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OPPOSITE: Tropical hues of coral, tangerine, and gold appear in a tabletop arrangement of fresh Hawaii-grown pincushion flowers (Leucospermum sp.). ABOVE: The same palette infuses the living room with botanically inspired fabric and organic materials, such as the pair of lamps with twig-and-leather bases.

Interior designer Jennifer Leonard gives her Portland clients an island-inspired splash of color and texture. Jennifer Leonard, principal of Portland-based Nifelle Design Fine Interiors, first helped some of her longtime clients refurbish and decorate their large Colonialstyle home, and then, a condominium on Portland’s riverfront. So when they next found a two-bedroom condo in Wailua Bay, Kauai, the couple asked Leonard to bring her creativity to the tropics. “Jennifer’s assignment at Lae Nani was to bring the Hawaiian and beach atmosphere into our home,” says

her client, a mother of four young adults who with her husband, a retired CFO, escapes from the Pacific Northwest to the sun-loving island of Kauai for two to three months each year. The unit’s selling points: Its lush setting and ocean views from two lanais. Missing though, were interiors worthy of the beautiful setting. Pastel walls, pale blue carpeting, and upholstery in a lavender-pink-green pattern lacked pizzazz and needed updating, Leonard says. GRAY ISSUE No. eleven



She warmed things up with new sand-hued carpeting and buttery walls. Island-friendly rattan furniture, which the homeowners had previously purchased, was ideal for the space, but existing cotton cushions and pillows were less than durable. “We knew the upholstery wouldn’t wear well,” Leonard admits. “Kauai is a relatively wet island, with a lot of moisture in the air, not to mention people wearing wet bathing suits when they come inside. So we chose an indoor– outdoor print with tropical leaves and flowers.” New solid tangerine and melon-and-celadonstriped accent pillows complement the leafy palm prints that upholster the cinnamon-hued rattan sofa, side chairs, and ottoman. The designer selected a woven Sunbrella fabric with antimildew properties for the window coverings. “We didn’t have to line this sturdy fabric and we’ve not had a dot of mildew appear,” the homeowner says. She is pleased with the lowmaintenance solution. The bedrooms also feature rattan. Twin beds accommodate visiting children or grandchildren in the guest bedroom, which takes its orangered-yellow color palette from a piece of artwork that the homeowners brought to Kauai from their Portland collection. A white coral lamp and botanical pillows reflect a sense of place. The master bedroom has a soothing, oceaninspired palette of celadon and pale aquamarine. A pair of lamps is embellished with rosettes of clamshells, a detail repeated in a quartet of shell mosaics displayed on either side of a mirror. The white-on-white textures play well with the feather-patterned draperies, also made from indoor–outdoor textiles. The owners love Lae Nani even more, now that Leonard “has performed her magic,” the wife says. Adds the designer: “The overall feeling we wanted was warm and lovely, and we achieved this by mimicking the ocean and palm trees right outside and using art and materials with local flavor.” h


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OPPOSITE, from top: The white coral-styled lamp has a natural raffia shade, bringing a beachcombing sensibility to the guest bedroom; The lanai-terrace, one of two, overlooks Wailua Bay, capturing a sense of place for those who sip cocktails here. THIS PAGE, clockwise, from top: A framed Koi print gives the ocean-inspired master bedroom a touch of tangerine. Rattan armchairs with durable indoor–outdoor raffia cushions flank the bureau; the lamp bases feature delicate rosettes of real clam shells, which echo the shimmery texture of the raised feather-patterned draperies; pillows upholstered in all-weather fabrics are piled high on the inviting king bed, while a mirror and four shell mosaics hang above the rattan headboard.

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Trina Kelly—

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energy for her work. In September, Kelly is debuting her first line (and retail store in Seattle). Her women’s wear includes everything from pants and tops to outwear, designed with the Pacific Northwest woman in mind. Kelly pays particular attention to the fit of her clothes and how the fabric stretches with the body—and with good reason as Kelly ’s first career was as an ice skater. “I always knew I wanted to be a fashion designer because I loved designing my costumes so much,” she says. After touring the country in her teenage years as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, she completed the Apparel Design program at Seattle Community College and then went on to finish her degree at Parsons the New School for Design in New York. While at school, Kelly once again stepped into the world of skating, working with the New York Rangers as a skater and artistic director and costume designer—which led to her working with the Cirque du Soleil in Montreal. While her physical movements may be less acrobatic these days, her personal life is not; She juggles the many responsibilities of being a 21st-century working mother of two with equal enthusiasm. Both her ice skating background and her current jobs inspired her to create a stylish wardrobe that wears easily from carpooling kids, to work, to dinner, to even a weekend in the San Juan Islands. Pieces in her first collection are made from eco-friendly fabrics that withstand the everchanging PNW weather conditions. “It’s meant to be worn all day long and will still look good throughout the day,” she says. “It’s classic and elegant but still functional for the Northwest.” h

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Three years ago, Thom Jones was working for hours every day, single-handedly crafting pieces for Semigood Design—the Seattle-based furniture company he co-founded in 2004 with designer and fellow Parsons The New School of Design graduate Brenden Callahan. Jones no longer had the time or energy to tap into his creativity through new furniture designs. “I was tired of being stuck in that woodshop all day,” he says, “so when this young kid walked in and wanted to intern for a couple weeks, I took him on board.” The new apprentice owned two vintage Harley Davidson motorcycles, and during breaks, the two sat around and talked about the bikes; Jones took in everything his intern said. Soon the furniture designer found himself searching the country for vintage parts—everything from engines and wheels down to each nut and bolt—as he planned to build his first Harley. “In the past three years, I’ve built nine motorcycles from scratch,” Jones says. He’s sold three, and is currently working on five more—all pre-1969

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Thom Jones of Semigood Design takes his creative, hands-on approach for building

furniture and applies it to vintage motorcycles. Written by Rachel Gallaher


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Harleys, a choice made due to the fact that in 1970, the company was sold and all post-1969 bikes were built with a different engine than their predecessors. Even with his time-consuming hobby, Jones hasn’t lost sight of his passion for furniture design. He still runs a one-man shop, and each piece that comes out of the Semigood workshop is handmade with extreme precision and attention to detail. “My collections are modern hardwood furniture made the exact same way it would have been made 100 years ago,” he says. “I take inspiration from many different styles—Japanese, modern, midcentury, Scandinavian.” Semigood also offers customers the flexibility to choose their own wood and powdercoated aluminum colors in the new Rian RTA Collection. For Jones, his hobby and his livelihood aren’t necessarily two separate parts of his life. There is a lot of crossover between building a bike and designing a desk, and he admits that one really informs the other. “I like to put wooden elements on my bikes,” he says. “I’ve done wooden foot pegs, a driftwood snake shifter arm—fun things like that. Without my experience at Parsons learning what I did as a product designer, I don’t think I would have taken off as quickly with the motorcycles.” h

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“It’s the 1970s, you killed someone, and now you’re hiding in a cabin in the woods.” So says Chris Campbell, art director at Creature Seattle—an international advertising agency. He’s describing the concept behind the Safehouse— a company bar located in a former bank vault in the basement of Creature Seattle’s Capitol Hill building. The ad industry can be tough, so Campbell and his assistant Lauren C. Anderson dreamed up the idea as an escape from the rigors of the marketing world. A mere 120 square feet, the space exudes Pacific Northwest charm, grit, and warmth—a veritable Seattle of 35 years ago. Designed and built by Anderson and Campbell, the bar is worlds away from the surrounding agency; a six-inch steel vault door opens directly into the original space, with concrete walls inside that perfectly complement a wall of stacked cordwood to your left and another wall, directly in front of you, lined with 3,000 LPs. Describing his vision for furnishing the space, and having purchased nearly everything inside from area shops such as Area 51 and the Fremont Vintage Mall, Campbell says, “If it’s not a gun or a tin of beans, it probably doesn’t make sense.” Everything, from vintage textiles to Edison bulbs adds to the hideaway-in-the-woods vibe. With its texture-rich floor plan and design, Campbell says of the space: “Even the lamest records sound amazing.” Indeed, Safehouse takes its employees mere steps, yet miles away from the workaday stress of the digital world. h

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Here in the Northwest, when it’s high it’s high and when it’s low, it’s low. And it’s not just the weather. No matter how you get your design fix, inject these pieces into your décor and add sunshine to even the gloomiest of Northwest days.


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Table, $495 at Iacoli & McAllister, Seattle, ❈ Smartville Clock, $99, at BoConcept, Bellevue, ❈ Ro Chair, $3,148 at Inform Interiors, Seattle, ❈ Link Table Lamp starting at $360 at Room & Board, Seattle, and roomandboard .com. ❈ Quilted Pillow Cover, $39 at West Elm, ❈ Jade Mellor White & Copper Caviar Resin Ring, $94 at Craft and Culture, Seattle, craftand ❈ Armchair 400 Tank Chair, $5,528 at Hive Modern, Portland,


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Here in the Northwest, when it’s high it’s high and when it’s low, it’s low. And it’s not just the weather. No matter how you get your design fix, inject these pieces into your décor and add a sense of dark sophistication to even the brightest of Northwest days.


From left: Powdercoated Wire Side Table, $495 at Iacoli & McAllister, Seattle, ❈ Smartville Clock, $99, at BoConcept, Bellevue, ❈ Ro Chair, $3,148 at Inform Interiors, Seattle, ❈ Link Table Lamp starting at $360 at Room & Board, Seattle, and roomandboard .com. ❈ Quilted Pillow Cover, $39 at West Elm, ❈ Jade Mellor Black & Caviar Gold Lustre Ring, $94 at Craft and Culture, Seattle, craftandculture. com. ❈ Armchair 400 Tank Chair, $5,528 at Hive Modern, Portland,

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high-low A former ad woman takes her new interior design career home, where treasured objects meet big-box modern design. Written by LINDSEY M. ROBERTS Photographed by DAVID PAPAZIAN

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interior design: Lynne Parker Design contractor: Hammer & Hand


OPPOSITE: Interior designer Lynne Parker takes her high-low style to her outdoor entertaining space in Portland, where a tablecloth from Anthropologie and lanterns from Target pair well with a collection of vases from her family’s 12 years in The Netherlands. THIS PAGE: Parker shipped her outdoor furniture collection from The Netherlands to her Portland house.


nterior designer Lynne Parker’s take on the high-low concept of decorating for her own house is one where the “high” comes not from fancy stores but from her collected life abroad. A black chandelier from a French antique fair, a side buffet from Holland, a collection of African masks and art— together, they make a house otherwise full of goods from bigbox stores such as Design Within Reach, Anthropologie, and Crate and Barrel feel personal and unique.


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Parker’s travels occurred in her first career, when she worked in advertising and marketing for Nike and Tommy Hilfiger. She learned the art of storytelling from this line of work and found that it transferred well to her favorite hobby: designing interiors. “Every time we find a house, I love the idea of finding out the story behind it,” she says. “I gravitate to old houses because the story can be a little deeper.” In 2008, her family found a 1906 house in Portland. Despite

OPPOSITE: A gray Gus sofa sets a neutral background for the fabulously funky custom pillows, while it’s the black-and-white patterned chairs from Bedford Brown that bring the funk to calmer bird-print pillows from Anthropologie. The Noguchi Table is from Design Within Reach; the side table and lamp are from West Elm. THIS PAGE: A farmhouse table from Crate and Barrel is a country-cozy foil to the shiny black side buffet found in a flea market in Holland. Lamps are from West Elm, dining chairs are from Design Within Reach.

its being on the National Register of Historic Places, the 4,500-square-foot residence had been in disrepair for a long time, Parker says, with things functional but not comfortable for living. Parker went in and “aesthetically changed everything,” she says. “I tried to pay homage to its era, but not stay locked and loaded.” That mission was inspired by her husband and two daughters’ 12 years abroad in The Netherlands, where she saw the Dutch using centuries-old houses in new ways and

with modern furnishings: “Those eras can sit together if done the right way.” The master bathroom, for instance, was converted from an extra, unused bedroom. But the claw-foot tub was saved from another bathroom’s remodel and now sits squarely in the middle of the room, surrounded by a luxurious amount of space. An old door painted black and a wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor mirror bring the space fully into our current era. In this room, Parker

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“Before the transformation,pleted by com the kitchen was a country stytole ha more previous owner. I wanted enouvegha for a grow-up kitchen, functional h for family but pretty enoug r numerous dinne parties.—Lynne Parker

Designer Lynne Parker found antique-like glass tiles for the backsplash that respect the house’s history yet add some sophisticated shine. Glass cabinet pulls from Anthropologie continue the moments of reflection to the gray cabinets. The island legs are meant to mimic a big farm table, with black granite as a work surface for holiday baking and party prep. Sinks are from Chown Hardware.


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prefers the neutral palette, which helps her relax when she takes her daily bath, a “ritual at the end of each night.” Elsewhere in the house, bright and bold colors reflect Parker’s upbringing in Louisiana, where she learned to have “a zing in her step.” She finds that the colors are perfect for the Northwest, which is much like Amsterdam in that “it rains a lot and it’s gray a lot,” she says. “I like a pop of color.” Parker also put her lessons learned in her travels abroad into play in the backyard. The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries, so its people find ways to create pockets of oases wherever they can. As with the Dutch, Parker’s backyard became an outdoor living room, with sofas and a dining table. As Parker says: “You walk through the house, this grand old lady, and then it’s, ‘Wow! Secret garden.’” But the real secret is Parker’s masterful mix of high and low, new and old, to tell her family’s story of travels and past lives. As in any good ending, this house will live happily ever after. h



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OPPOSITE top: A claw-foot tub original to the house sits in a spacious master bath—what was formerly a bedroom. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: The artwork is from a friend of Parker’s, while the wallpaper is from online source Brewster Home Fashions. THIS PAGE: In the master bedroom, one finds Parker’s love of vibrant color. The custom upholstered headboard in gray and chartreuse is an unexpected match for the brights in the Anthropologie bedding. The side chest is from Bedford Brown and the lamp is from Macy’s.

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A Portland couple and their Seattle architects created a rustic-modern getaway on a remote site overlooking Washington’s Case Inlet. Written by DEBRA PRINZING : Photographed by jeremy bittermann

PRIOR PAGES: Inspired by the idea of a space to gather under a broad roof, Eric Walter and Steve Mongillo of mw|works architecture + design conjured a nature-friendly home on Washington’s Case Inlet. THIS PAGE: Vertical cedar takes a cue from the bark of Douglas fir trees native to the site. OPPOSITE: Concrete, walnut, glass, and steel comprise the living room’s simple materials palette; the front door stands at the intersection between public and private sections of the home.


little red fishing cabin, circa 1950s, occupying a remote woodland clearing on a bluff facing Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. That’s what Claudia and Harry Bray, physicians and South African transplants to Portland, first saw in 2008 when they wandered down an overgrown driveway in search of a slice of land to call their own. They bunked in the cabin for a few years while imagining their ideal getaway. “We wanted a house that would belong,” Claudia says. “One that was worthy of this place and would not look like it had been plopped down.”


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Five years later, another sort of cabin stands on the property—a 21st-century interpretation built with natural materials that blends in seamlessly with the adjacent forested slope. The structure’s exterior is clad with vertical cedar siding naturally pigmented to echo the gray-brown bark of the site’s many Douglas fir trees, with contrasting sections of weathered steel. Thanks to an open floor plan, smart space planning and custom built-in storage, there’s plenty of living space for the Brays, their two children, and friends. When she views the scenery through the expansive glass walls, the “beautiful house built from humble materials” feels a

world far away from their urban lives, Claudia says. Eric Walter and Steve Mongillo, principals of Seattlebased mw|works architecture + design, were equally awestruck by the 20-acre site. Together with the Brays, they brought a thoughtful reverence to the design project. “From the very beginning, we wanted the home to be deferential to the land,” Mongillo says. “The challenge was to create a three-bedroom house that could accommodate eight to 10 people for larger family gatherings, but one that feels more like a cabin than a year-round house.” Modest in size at 2,200 square feet, the contemporary structure captures the same excellent views that the

original little red cabin did. The design succeeds in large part because Walter and Mongillo kept the home’s profile close to the land, situating guest sleeping quarters on a lower level not seen from the approach to the home’s front door. “This site was about the water, the views, and the forest,” Walter adds. “The Brays were open to having a compact footprint with generous public spaces and smaller sleeping spaces.” Primary living areas—an open kitchen, dining, and living room—are organized on a cantilevered platform facing west. Sea, mountains, and sky are revealed through floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The kitchen extends south to GRAY ISSUE No. eleven


BELOW: The view-oriented living room has concrete slab floors warmed by radiant heat and a radiata pine ceiling. The built-in walnut casework hides a television and provides storage. A slender steel structure is isolated away from the windows so the roof appears to float above the walls. OPPOSITE: The indoor and outdoor kitchens are connected by matching Ipe decking and a concrete counter that intersects the exterior wall.


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a 450-square-foot deck, accessed by a wall of five 5-by10-foot lift–slide doors that open up the entire corner of the house, effectively doubling the entertaining area. Ipe-wood outdoor decking fuses with the kitchen floor indoors. A sleek concrete kitchen countertop transitions through a vertical ribbon of glass, continuing outside as a counter for the barbecue station outdoors. The deck occupies the same location where the little red cabin once stood. “With the best sun and the best view, this spot became the driving force for the entire project,” Mongillo says. “Instead of putting the new house here, though, we wanted to use the deck to draw people outdoors.” The most desirable seat in the house might be on the roof. While many social activities take place on the lower deck, the architects and their clients envisioned the 350-square-foot roof deck as an intimate, contemplative place, reached by a steel staircase that ascends the home’s south exterior. The roof plane seems to float above the architectural glass box, a visual sleight of hand achieved by clerestorylike window bands that are “a functional way to get light into the house,” Walter explains. The extended roofline shades the home during warm summers and was inspired in part by the Brays’ affection

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“From the very beginning, we wanted the home to be deferential to the land.” —Steve Mongillo, mw|works architecture + design for deep verandas remembered from their visits to Pilgrim’s Rest, a historic site of South Africa. Located on the home’s west side, the master bedroom and bathroom are also connected to the semiwild environment. Interior spaces fold outdoors: ipe decking on the bathroom floor extends beyond a sliding glass panel to a small deck where morning coffee is enjoyed. A skylight carved above the tub reveals the treetops, enhanced by uplighting for night viewing. A sliding glass pocket door to the west allows the forest to enclose the treehouselike bedroom, emphasizing nature and light. “We wanted to enhance the idea that you’re on a platform in the forest with a canopy to protect you,” Walter says. Thanks to simple materials and uncomplicated forms working in tandem with the site’s topography, the design succeeds in doing just that. h


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OPPOSITE, FROM TOP: The owners feel as if they have an outdoor shower, thanks to the private deck connected via a pocket-style glass panel; the modest master bedroom is nestled in the trees. BELOW: An overhead skylight brings the tree canopy into the spa-like niche containing a soaking tub.



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on edge Seattle artists Jason Hallman and Stephen Stum collaborate on art, design, and styling their live–work space. Written by rachel gallaher : Photographed by david papazian


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OPPOSITE: A piece from Hallman and Stum’s collaborative “Canvas on Edge” series. Thin strips of canvas are painted, then sculpted into unique, organic shapes in wooden frames. THIS PAGE: A symmetrical placement of the furniture anchors the living room and a forestgreen upholstered ottoman provides extra seating for guests. A playful owl keeps watch from the side of the room.

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“Merging our styles began when we combined our personal collections of brushes, paints, and tools. Then came the combining of dishes and pillows and a deciding game of paper, rock, blenders…”

The house on Lopez Island opens up to Strait of Juan de Fuca with an almost all-glass front, but the opposite side backs into the rock for privacy. The east and west of the roof form wraps around and creates blinders against neighbors in the distance. The house is 75 feet up from the bank, and the bank is 10 to 25 feet from the water, depending on the tide. “It’s so peaceful going up there,” Eggleston says. “It’s a small escape from the city.”


—Artist Stephen Stum

OPPOSITE, from top: A detailed shot of a green ombre canvas sculpture; a Lucite box of scrapings from the “Excavations” series: “Each of these scraped pieces produced beautiful excavations, unique to the way each piece was uncovered,” Hallman says. “I’m saving all of these excavations in separate containers, as they are kept intact like the puzzle pieces of paintings that once existed.”; Stum and Hallman, who first started collaborating when they had work spaces next to each other, sitting in their studio with three “Excavations” paintings behind them; A close-up detail of painted canvas strips. THIS PAGE: Two vintage yellow chairs sit in the minimal gallery space.

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Seattle artists Jason Hallman and Stephen Stum hit the real estate jackpot: a 1,200 square foot live–work space just west of Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood. There was a large light-filled room upstairs perfect for a studio, and another, which also serves as the entry, that the duo turned into an art gallery called Stallman Studio. And since Hallman and Stum didn’t want strict separation between work and home, they opted instead to create an inviting space that gives gallery visitors the opportunity to peek into their lives and explore the origin of the work on the gallery walls. “We wanted to create living areas that are intimate, approachable, comfortable and playful,” says Hallman, who opened (and then sold) Capitol Hill’s Area 51 vintage furniture boutique in 1999. The gallery is both a space to display art and a foyer into the living areas. With concrete floors and white walls, it serves as a minimalistic background for the bright canvas sculpture pieces currently on display. At the back of the gallery is a curtain that easily slides open to reveal a kitchen and living room area packed with carefully curated pieces and collected objects such as a vintage chrome barbell and an Alexander Girard wooden doll. Two concrete blocks serve as coffee tables, reflecting the polished concrete floor. A midcentury-inspired sofa is host to guests as well as several playful throw pillows from Jonathan Adler as well as vintage sources. A piece from the “Canvas on Edge” series hangs on the wall, and a bright pop of orange paint peeks out from above a white cabinet. “We would describe our style as a mix of urban, eclectic and midcentury,” Hallman says, “where patterns and bright colors give life and energy to each space.” This is evident as one ventures to the upper level of the space, which hosts the bedroom and studio, the latter being Hallman and Stum’s favorite room in the place. With soft gray walls and tall ceilings, it takes on the same simplicity as the gallery, but is bursting with color from paint splotches on the floor, painted canvas strips, and work from their “Excavation” series—canvases that have dozes of layers of paint that have then been scraped through to reveal the various colors below. The duo has had cocktail parties and gatherings in the studio, and are always more than eager to show curious visitors around the entire two-story space. “Our home functions as the gallery. The fact that we live in this space adds an authentic intimate energy, making it easy to imagine our art in your own home,” Stum says.“It is a living, changing and evolving space that will continue to grow.” h


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live/work/paint/show One of Gastown’s oldest buildings is also home to one of its coolest residences—a studio, art gallery, and living space all in one. A workaholic in the art industry might joke that he or she lives at an art gallery, but few people can say that they actually do. For artist and design consultant Noah Morse, however, his gallery, No Remorse Studio in Vancouver, B.C.’s historic Gastown neighborhood is what he comes home to at the end of the day. At least his commute is short—Morse works at modern design mecca, Inform Interiors right across the street. His triple-threat space—home, studio, and gallery—is


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located in a heritage conversion building that dates to 1912, making it one of the oldest buildings in that area. “What I loved were the exposed ceilings and original beams,” says Morse, who has lived in the building with his girlfriend for two and a half years. Those exposed ceilings and original beams were the seeds of inspiration for Morse’s transformation of the space into an attractively eclectic home, a useful and inspiring studio space, and a crisp, contemporary gallery.

this page: Morse at his studio desk, surrounded by inspirations and supplies. He has painted for the last 10 years with acrylic on several different types of surfaces. opposite: No Remorse Studios. So far, nine artists from across Canada have shown in the space, which focuses on emerging talents.


Morse has a set of skills and interests that span a wide spectrum of art and design, not to mention he did most of the interior fixture work himself. A self-taught artist, he studied art history, architecture and furniture design at University of British Columbia. Both his parents were designers, and he credits his father’s furniture designs in the ‘70s and ‘80s as a catalyst for his interest in all things interiors. For Morse, opening a gallery was never a question—it was only a matter of how and when. After working at Inform Interiors for two years, he revisited the thought of opening a gallery—


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an idea that he’d had since his university days. “I figured I could do both, if it was close to work,” Morse says. Luckily for him, that space was right across the street from his day job. With such a short distance between all four spaces (live, work, paint, show), it was easy for Morse to get going on his dream and only a short time before he was having openings for other artists. Morse walks through the gallery (located on the top floor of the building) to get to his home, which lies just beyond one wall. “It has a New York feel to it, where you have people that create gallery spaces out of nothing,” he says. “Kind of like an underground scene, with pop-up shows. I think it’s better that way.” No Remorse Studio was established for the advancement of emerging artists. After the openings, the pieces are on view for three weeks by appointment. Morse has imagined a gallery that doesn’t rely on people just walking by. “It’s based on a one-night-only opening, which has the feeling of if you want to see it and get it, you have to get there, and get there early,” he says. That isn’t just a sales pitch. Morse says that night, two-thirds of the paintings sold in the first half an hour. Not bad for a 350-square foot room, only social media marketing, and one night. If live–work spaces are the wave of the future for cities, perhaps Morse has hit on the future of galleries. At press time, Morse plans to combine his family’s design business and the gallery to become simply, Morse Design Studio (MDS). He will continue to hold art shows on a regular basis, but the space will become an interdisciplinary design studio focusing on residential and industrial design projects. h

The studio workspace is separated from the living area. High ceilings, featuring original wooden beams, were the features that Morse was most excited about in the beginning. The Ingo Maurer Zettel’z 6 Chandelier over the dining room table is in constant flux; Morse and his friends add and subtract their own pages for the iconic fixture. He poetically describes the Zettel’z as a microcosm of the space itself—that it’s always changing.

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Serenity seamless

Written by RACHEL GALLAHER : Photographed by JOHN GRANEN

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architect: Suyama Peterson Deguchi contractor: Krekow Jennings metal fabrication: Pivot Metal landscape: Ohashi Landscape Services




The remodeled basement of this midcentury Magnolia home looks out onto a concrete courtyard with a new heated pool. A concrete pathway from the front gate continues into the basement for a seamless, modern look.


hen summertime rolls around in the Pacific Northwest, city dwellers are eager to get outside. But for one family on the west side of Seattle’s Magnolia hill, spending time in their spacious front yard wasn’t something that happened often—even when the sun was out. “The front yard felt isolated and disconnected from the house,” says the husband about the space formerly filled with sod and pavers. “It had been enclosed with a fence with the gate that led directly to the side of the house. … Guests would come through the front gate and follow the path along the side of the house to the back entrance. It just did not work.”


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The homeowners moved into the house in 2010, five years after the previous owners had completed a renovation that focused mostly on the upstairs. According to Suyama Peterson Deguchi associate and project architect Chris Haddad, the new owners wanted to “remodel the lower level of the existing house with the intent to make the most of the space and to make a stronger connection to the outdoor areas.” The anchor of the new yard is a beautiful 10 foot by 30 foot pool—big enough for summer parties, but not so large that it overwhelms the patio. Surrounded by smooth concrete and a fence of dark-brown horizontal cedar slats, the pool also serves as a serene water feature during months when it is too cold to swim. Bamboo dots the perimeter, and large


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Left to Right: A dark brown rainscreen facade, an idea from architect George Suyama, FAIA, mirrors the dark brown cedar fence that encloses the courtyard; The pool is the perfect place to cool off in the summer, and the rest of the year it serves as a stunning water feature. Bamboo dots the perimeter for a hint of color and natural texture; Wooden outdoor furniture provides the homeowners a place to relax.

“We truly wanted the design to reflect George’s unique point of view, so we left the design up to him. He took those broad ideas and shaped them with restraint and elegance.” —Homeowner

ornamental rocks finish off the natural look. From the street, a painted steel gate greets visitors, and inside the patio, a concrete pathway leads up to the entry door of the house. A low concrete ledge creates physical separation between the pool and the pathway, and an identical concrete ledge in the basement visually connects the two areas—a major design goal for the project. The concrete pathway and the same dark cedar slats used for the outdoor fence flow seamlessly from the courtyard into the also-remodeled basement, completing the elegant appearance of a linked indoor–outdoor space. “The design genius of Suyama Peterson Deguchi deliberately created this seamless flow to emphasize the entry,” says John Blackham, owner of Krekow Jennings, the general contractor for the project. In an effort to open up the entire


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basement, the team installed a combination of operable windows and sliding doors facing the courtyard, a choice that allows the family to enjoy the outdoor space, even on rainy days. A final touch, proposed by principal George Suyama, FAIA, was a rainscreen façade anchored by a series of mullions that brings an added layer of depth to the front of the house, visually connecting it with the courtyard, and by proxy, the inside entryway. With the transformation complete, the homeowners spend a lot of their spare time in the renovated space. “We have friends and family over and open up the sliding glass doors,” the husband says. “Everyone relaxes on the chaises by the pool or dangles their toes in the pool. When the weather turns warm, the kids jump right in and swim away their afternoon.” h

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n a corner in a bustling Vancouver neighborhood—once a manufacturing district, now home to a thriving media industry—sits the office of Lesa Kirk and her six colleagues of the Kirk Talent Agency. A rough-edged, factory-style building, it was a munitions storage facility during World War II and later, a sewing factory. Arriving here didn’t happen without a few bumps in the road; in July 2012, the agency suffered a devastating fire in their previous office and quickly needed to relocate. Kirk Talent Agency expanded to Los Angeles in 2009, and Lesa Kirk spends much of her time there. Despite the distance, Kirk quickly dove into reconstruction, reaching out to her friend Shannon Powell, a Vancouverbased designer and actress, to collaborate on the new office. “After what they had been

This page: Putty tones and textural details in an office warm up the industrial theme. Opposite: A painstakingly restored fire door refers to the past.


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interiors: Powell Interiors project management: Calvin Fox Project Management cabinetry: Richardson Cabinetry

renovate WWII Munitions Storage to Sewing Factory to Talent Agency

Written by RACHEL eggers Photographed by tracey ayton


Clockwise from top: Grid-like old wood panels contrast with the restored fire door in the reception area; Antique theater chairs in the waiting room nod to old Hollywood; A vintage pendant swing lamp completes the beachy, midcentury vibe; Antique theater seats get a makeover in graphic print backs and soothing periwinkle seats; The bike rack out front fills modern-day needs. Opposite: Saturated hues and an immense reclaimed wood bench anchor the conference room.


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through, I wanted to surround them with a vibrant, inviting space that spoke to their personalities,” Powell says. To achieve this, she created a clean, elegant mix of what they call “warm-industrial-meets-West-Coast-beachmeets-Hollywood-glamour.” Powell adds: “It all started with the idea of a beach rock fireplace and it went from there.” The expansive entrance is a mix of cool yellow and blue tones. Vintage theatre seats, refinished in a mix of textures, were a flea market find. “They were in rough shape but it’s fun to think about the actors waiting to see their agents in those authentic Hollywood seats,” Powell says. The wall behind the custom reception desk by Jonathan Richardson presents a contrast between grid-like white panels and a restored fire door—both by

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renovate Clockwise from top: The office opens to the street via a garage door; Inspiring quotes from beat poets adorn a customized chalkboard Ikea armoire; A communal dining table from Restoration Hardware serves as a desk.


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Calvin Fox Contracting—which serves as a symbolic acceptance of the past. “There were years of paint on the fire door,” Powell says, “but with some convincing, everyone started to believe that there was something great underneath.” The conference room deepens the yellow and blue color scheme, with aqua Eames chairs, amber-yellow seeded glass pendants, and a distressed yellow antique console. In an impressive act of reclamation, an immense slab of raw wood over six feet long—recovered from the fire and refinished by furniture designer Ward Kondas—serves as a bench at the table. The tall, box-like shape of the

room and the gray floor and walls directs the energy inward, which helps the group focus during meetings. Other rooms are distinct without straying from the overall concept. The media room goes for a modernized Mad Men style with a vintage chair recovered in a funky orange print and a vintage French movie poster of Gilda, the ultimate femme fatale. An office offers a feminine counterpoint to the industrial feel, with warm putty tones, gold-painted Anaglypta wallpaper, and a wooden chandelier. While hunting treasures at a Los Angles flea market one afternoon, Kirk and Powell came across a quote from writer Charles Bukowski that read, “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” Kirk Talent Agency has certainly come out better. h

The media room goes for laidback swank with a reupholstered mod chair and vintage Gilda movie poster.


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Portland landscape designer Gavin Younie’s custom steel planters were so popular with his design clients that he launched a product line for his firm, Outdoor Scenery. “The planters were inspired by French orangerie boxes, but combine Modernism with the traditional realm,” he says. Fabricated in Oregon, the boxes are custom finished in galvanized, weathered, or powdercoated steel—perfect for patio, deck, and even indoors. h


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Alchemy Collections (pg 72) 2029 Second Ave., Seattle (206) 448-3309 and 909 Western Ave., Seattle (206) 682-7575

Chown Hardware (pg 53) 333 N.W. 16th Ave., Portland (800) 452-7634 and 12001 N.E. 12th St., Bellevue, (800) 574-4312

Design Stage (pg 76) Seattle, (206) 829-9049

graypants (pg 24) Seattle, Greif Architects Living Architecture (pg 14) Seattle, (206) 633-4293

Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture (pg 14) Seattle, (206) 329-1654

Design Within Reach (pg 17, 53) 1918 1st Ave., Seattle (206) 443-9900 and 1200 N.W. Everett St. Portland, (503) 220-0200

Alford Homes Inc. (pg 61) Poulsbo, WA (360) 779-7268

Christian Woo (pg 26) 212-1000 Parker St., Vancouver, B.C., (604) 725-9198

Dovetail General Contractors (pg 13) Seattle, (206) 545-0722

Hammer & Hand (pg 23, 53) Portland and Seattle (503) 232-2447, (206) 397-0558

Ann Sacks (pg 36) 402 N.W. 9th Portland, (503) 233-0611

Civilization (pg 19) Seattle, 206-965-8952

Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets (pg 18) 997 Western Ave., Seattle (206) 292-1115

Hip (pg 39, 91) 1829 N.W. 25th, Portland (503) 225-5017

Anthropologie (pg 53) Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, and Portland locations Area 51 (pg 65) 401 E. Pine St., Seattle (206) 568-4782

Coates Design (pg 14, 78) Bainbridge Island, WA (206) 780-0876 Cornell Farm (pg 87) 8212 S.W. Barnes Rd.,Portland (503) 292-9895

BC&J Architecture (pg 14) Seattle, (206) 780-9113

Cosentino (pg 6) 19024 62nd Ave. S. Kent, WA, (206) 762-8221

Bedford Brown (pg 53, 70) 1825 N.W. Vaughn, Portland (503) 227-7755

Couch (pg 24) 5423 Ballard Ave., Seattle (206) 633-6108

Ben Trogden Architects (pg 14) Seattle, (206) 343-9907

Craft and Culture (pg 44)

Best Practice Architecture (pg 14) Seattle, (206) 217-1600 Bo Concept (pg 44) 10400 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue (425) 732-3333 Calvin Fox Project Management, Inc. (pg 83) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 657-6570 Chartreuse Modern (pg 78) 2609 1st Ave., Seattle (877) 328-4844

Crate and Barrel (pg 53) Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, Belleuve, and Portland locations Creature (pg 42) Seattle, (206) 625-6994 David Burns (pg 83) David Papazian Photography (pg 43) Portland, (503) 421-2416 Demetriou Architects (pg 14) Kirkland, (425) 827-1700 Design in Public (pg 20) Seattle,

Duncan McRoberts Associates (pg 14) Kirkland, (425) 889-6440 ecco design inc. (pg 14) Seattle, (206) 706-3937 Eggleston|Farkas Architects (pg 14) Seattle, (206) 283-0250 Elements of Nature (pg 84) Seattle, (206) 229-1136 Emerick Architects (pg 84) Portland, (503) 235-9400 Eric Trine (pg 22) Portland, The Fashion Group International of Seattle (pg 16, 37) The Fixture Gallery (back cover) Idaho, Oregon, and Washington locations Fremont Vintage Mall (pg 42) 3419 Fremont Pl. N., Seattle (206) 548-9140 Giulietti/Schouten AIA Architects (pg 43) Portland, (503) 223-0325

Gus (pg 53) Available through Area 51 and Hip


AIA Seattle (pg 16, 20) 1911 First Ave., Seattle

Hive Modern (pg 44, 90) 820 N.W. Glisan St., Portland (503) 242-1967 Iacoli & McAllister (pg 44) 2629 N.W. Market St., Seattle (206) 225-1173 IKEA (pg 35, 83) 601 S.W. 41st St. Renton, WA Inform Interiors (pg 24, 26, 44) 50 Water St., Vancover, B.C. (604) 682-0293 and 300 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle (206) 622-1608 Hygge & West (pg 34) (415) 318-6412 Interior Design Show West (pg 4, 20) Vancouver, B.C., Jennifer Garvey (pg 34) 5701 6th Ave S., Ste. 268 Seattle, (206) 767-6941 John Thompson Designer (pg 84) Portland, (503) 367-0920 KASA Architecture (pg 14) Seattle, (206) 334-2521

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Kim Rooney Landscape Architecture (pg 78) Seattle, (206) 920-1323 Kirk Talent Agency (pg 83) Vancouver, B.C., (604) 682-5351 Krekow Jennings (pg 75) Seattle, Lapchi (pg 18) available through Atelier Lapchi 809 N.W. Flanders St. Portland, (503) 719-6589, and Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets 997 Western Ave., Seattle, (206) 292-1115 and Salari Fine Carpet Collections 2033 W. 41st Ave. Vancouver, B.C., (604) 261-3555 Ligne Roset (pg 91) 112 Westlake Ave. N. Seattle, (206) 341-9990

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (inside front cover) 1106 W. Burnside St. Portland, (503) 972-5000 Modern Home Tours (pg 20, 41) vancouver.modernhome mw|works architecture+design (pg 61) Seattle, (206) 352-7319 Nifelle Design (pg 30) Portland, (503) 730-7117 No Remorse Studio (pg 69) 605-55 Water St., Vancouver, B.C. Ohashi Landscape Services (pg 75) Issaquah, WA, (425) 222-7125 Opus Hotel (pg 90) 322 Davie St., Vancouver, B.C. (604) 642-6787

Provide Home (pg 26) 529 Beatty St., Vancouver, B.C. (604) 632-0095 Prutting & Company Custom Builders (pg 7) Portland, (503) 233-1253 Ragen & Associates (pg 72) 517 E. Pike St., Seattle (206) 329-4737 Restaurant Bea (pg 84) 1423 34th Ave., Seattle Restoration Hardware (pg 83) Multiple locations Richardson Cabinetry (pg 83) Squamish, B.C., (604) 905-8765 Rodda Paint (pg 34) Multiple locations Roll & Hill (pg 24)

Outdoor Scenery Design (pg 87) Portland, (503) 475-9844

Room & Board (pg 11, 44, 91) 2675 N.E. University Village St. Seattle, (206) 336-4676

PCS Structural Solutions (pg 61) 811 First Ave., Seattle (206) 292-5077

Salari Fine Carpet Carpet Collections (pg 18, 26) 2033 W. 41st Ave. Vancouver, B.C., (604) 261-3555

Lynne Parker Designs (pg 53) (503) 593-4432

Phloem Studio (pg 91) 2710 N. Interstate, Portland (503) 863-9980

Seattle Design District Association (pg 20)

Lukas Peet (pg 24) Vancouver, B.C.,

PIVOT METAL (pg 75) Seattle, (206) 708-0340

Macy’s (pg 53) Washington and Oregon locations

The Platform Gallery (pg 16) Vancouver,

Milgard (pg 15) available through Sound Glass 5501 75th St. W., Tacoma (253) 473-7477, and Windows, Doors & More 5961 Corson Ave. S., Ste. 100 Seattle, (206) 782-1011

Masins Fine Furnishings and Interior Design (pg 16, 25) 10708 Main St. Ste. 300 Bellevue, (425) 450-9999

Pot Incorporated (pg 85) Vancouver, B.C., (604) 983-4222 Powell Interiors (pg 83) Vancouver, B.C., (604) 725- 4972 Prentiss Architects (pg 14) Seattle, (206) 283-9930

Semigood Design (pg 40) 1506A 11th Ave. Seattle (800) 307-9110 Scot Eckley (pg 76) Seattle, (206) 526-1926 Sound Glass (pg 15) 5501 75th St. W., Tacoma (253) 473-7477 Stallman Studio (pg 65) 2331 E. Madison, Seattle

Studiomoe (pg 22) Portland, (646) 299-5289 Suyama Peterson Deguchi (pg 75) Seattle, (206) 256-0809 Table of Contents (pg 91) 33 NW 4th Ave., Portland (503) 206-5630,


Kelly Forslund (pg 36) 5701 6th Ave S., Ste. 158 Seattle, (206) 762-6076

Target (pg 53) Vancouver, B.C.; Seattle, and Portland locations Terris Draheim (pg 21, 87) 5600 6th Ave. S., Seattle (206) 763-4100, Trammell-Gagne (pg 36) 5701 6th Ave. S., Ste. 105 Seattle, (206) 762-1511 Trina Pierre (pg 38) Seattle, TRNK New York (pg 22) Tufenkian (pg 70) 515 N.W. 10th Ave., Portland (503) 222-3428 Uncorked Studios (pg 24) Portland, (503) 610-8052 Vanillawood (pg 78) 1238 N.W. Glisan St. Portland (503) 327-8065 Ward Kondas (pg 83) (778) 918-8384 Wells Medina Nursery (pg 87) 8300 N.E. 24th St., Medina, WA (425) 454-1853 West Elm (pg 44, 53) 2201 Westlake Ave. Seattle, (206) 467-5798 and 1201 N.W. Couch St. Portland, (503) 224-4480 and 2915 Granville St., Vancouver B.C., (604) 734-9302 Windows, Doors & More (pg 15) 5961 Corson Ave. S., Ste. 100 Seattle, (206) 782-1011 GRAY ISSUE No. eleven




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Minuscule Chair, $1,667.00 at Hive Modern, Portland, ❈ Gehry Cube, $250 at Room & Board, Seattle, ❈ Arcata Rectangular Rug, $2,035 at Ligne Roset, Seattle,

While the aesthetic taste differences between the bold Leo and the grounded Virgo are akin to night and day, their strong MUTUAL affection for excellent design and striking furniture has been

turning heads since the dawn of the universe ... Written by Nicole Munson

virgo Aug. 23–Sept. 22

precise, reliable, grounded

Penta-Base Bookrest, $1,500 at Table of Contents, Portland, ❈ The Peninsula Chair, pricing available upon request at Phloem Studio, Portland, phloemstudio. com ❈ Ligne Pure Love Rug, $488 at Hip, Portland,


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