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Tranquil bath in Portland; Crown jewel kitchen in Vancouver, B.C.; Plus, stove + sink ideas

Made Global designers Here

inspired by nature: Joel Berman Glass + 3form’s LightArt

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Four generations of furnishing Northwest homes

cont October–November.13§ Departments

8 Hello

No rules.

12 News 16 Interiors

The new Stoneburner restaurant is a collected mélange of furnishings and materials from around the world.

20 Ask

We ask four brilliant designers, “How’d you get that gig?”

24 Décor

The chill is on. Cozy fall and holiday accessories to warm up your home and your spirits.


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28 Shopping

44 Fashion

The holidays are coming up—here From the runway to throw are ideas for hostess gifts, and a few pillows, fashion trends secret stores worth shopping. influence décor. Plus, local designers pull out their best 32 Bath tote bags and sweaters for fall. Exuding “escape” with a tropical 66 Renovate koi pond, rich brown walls clad Form-meets-function-meets-effect in porcelain, and a gentle stream at a creative furniture design filling the tub from above. studio by SkB Architects.

35 Kitchen

Destined to be a crown jewel, a B.C. kitchen takes its cue from the Italians with smooth finishes of lacquer, glass, and stainless steel.

36 Round Up

We found a handful of knockout kitchen ranges and bathroom sinks, then asked the pros to pick out their faves.

70 Who

Meet artist Joel Berman— a pioneering force in the architectural glass industry.

72 Made Here

Seattle-made fixtures light up buildings worldwide, by 3Form’s LightArt, helmed by Ryan Smith and Ahna Holder.

tents 74 Architecture

Branded in yellow, office space reinterpreted by BUILD LLC; Allied Works Architecture designs Sokol Blosser’s tasting room; Jeremy Miller Architects beaming in yellow; Mithun designed marine shop.

79 Resources

Design resources from the issue.

82 Zodiac

Design finds for the Libra and Scorpio in all of us.


50 Into the Light

Nestled in a neighborhood known for traditional houses, a young Seattle family lives in a modern one with spacious, loftlike interiors designed by Replinger Hossner Osolin Architects and Lisa Staton Design.

58 Gorge-ous

With panoramic views up and down the Columbia River, the glassy Elements residence designed by William Kaven Architecture makes tranquility a spectator sport.

On the Cover

From any point in the Mosier, Oregon, house—designed by William Kaven Architects— there's floor-to-ceiling glass. Everything is focused on the unbelievable view.

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Written by Brian Libby

Photographed by Jeremy bittermann

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When it comes to decorating a space, interior designer and artist Michelle Elzay

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once said, “There are no rules!” Such a simple statement, and one that some of the freshest and most creative designers have embraced as part of their design philosophy. Elzay may be a New Yorker, but I think this applies to the design scene here in the Pacific Northwest. As designers here know, there are no rules, but there has to be an awareness of what works and what doesn’t. An understanding of composition and scale. It is evident when projects are grounded in these concepts, but finished with their own unique and consistent style. This is what makes us at GRAY see a project and know immediately that we’d want to feature it. In this issue, we decided to show you a no-rules kitchen and bathroom, as well as appliances and fixtures to consider for your own kitchens and baths. Our Portland bathroom by Libby Holah of HOLAH Design + Architecture has an in-ceiling waterfall-inspired shower that turns the entire space into a spalike atmosphere, while our Vancouver, B.C., kitchen by Sharon Bortolotto of BBA Design Consultants features a sleek, curved, Italian-designed steel counter on the island. Small but thoughtful details such as these would make these projects stand out in any crowd, and yet, they are both very Northwest: In the bathroom, pocket doors open to a covered outdoor space with a koi pond; in the kitchen, a palette of gray, black, and white allows for the addition of either neutral or colorful accents. This time of year is always busy. Whatever your plans are for autumn, we wish you a cozy time luxuriating in your bath, cooking in your kitchen, and spending time with the people you love. Cheers to the season!



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Contributors Jeremy Bittermann, hank drew, RACHEL EGGERS, Alex hayden, Brian Libby, DAVID PAPAZIAN, Hillary Rielly

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Managing Editor Lindsey m. roberts

Account Executives Erica Clemeson kim Schmidt

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Style Director Stacy kendall

Associate Style Editor RIKKA SeiBERT

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Giulietti/Schouten AIA Architects Hank drew

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Jeremy bittermann

David Papazian

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Portland Design Festival GRAY is proud to be an official sponsor of the annual citywide Portland Design Festival (formerly known as the Portland Architecture + Design Festival). Kicking off with an opening night party on Oct. 3rd, the event continues with two full weeks of forums, exhibits, film series, and more celebrating a variety of design disciplines ranging from graphic design to architecture and urban planning. Hightlights include a photography exhibit of natural and built environments (featuring GRAY’s David Papazian); a debate on the future Michael Graves’s Portland Building (which ushered in Postmodernism), and a juried design competition for Street Seats— curbside parking space converted into a pop-up living room. One innovative design will receive the GRAY Award. You won’t want to miss a single activity of the event hosted by the Center for Architecture (home of AIA Portland and AIA Oregon).  See full schedule of events at

Cheers to architect Jim Olson of Seattle’s Olson Kundig Architects, who was chosen as the 2013 Rainier Club Laureate, following other storied recipients including writer Timothy Egan and jazz singer Ernestine Anderson.


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All designers in all types of built-design fields— interiors, architecture, industrial—will want to watch the winners of the International Interior Design Association’s Northern Pacific Chapter’s INawards. All of our favorite regions are represented: Alaska, Idaho, Washington, Alberta, and British Columbia.  Tickets:

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PORTLAND, October 3–6

Serving Up Style


Twenty-four design teams from the Portland and southwest Washington area put together elaborate dining environments for Danielle Colding, 2012 HGTV Design Star, to judge at the Portland Expo Center. Proceeds from the gala on the 5th benefit Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus. Sponsored by GRAY. (Bonus: attend workshops to learn decorating tips for your own holiday table.) Domestic: Triad & Dyad’s Apparatus

 Tickets: PORTLAND, October 7–10

Design Week Portland

If you haven’t figured it out by now, October is veritably Portland’s design month. Design week boasts more than 90 open houses (including studios XPLANE and Kayla Burke Design), lectures, parties, panels, films, exhibits, and workshops that explore the process, craft, and practice of design in the City of Roses.  PORTLAND, October 9-13


During Design Week Portland, Made & State hosts an American-made design showhouse, sponsored by GRAY, with interior designers and shopkeepers such as JHL Design and Fieldwork, among others, designing urban apartments and a rooftop patio.  BELLEVUE, October 10

DIFFA Glam: Tablescapes

Top Northwest chefs and restaurants make decadent wine dinners; designers and shop owners creatively stage each tablescape; you bid on the resulting tablescape; all proceeds go toward the service and education efforts of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS’s Seattle chapter. It’s a win-win-win-win situation.

Affordable Art Fair: Kelly O’Brien Billabong, Inart studio

 Tickets: Hosted at Masins. Seattle, November 7–10

Affordable Art Fair

Original works of art become art for all at the Seattle Center during the international event that’s only touching down in the U.S. in three places in 2013.  Tickets: VANCOUVER, B.C., November 15-17

Eastside Culture Crawl

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Over 15,000 people will be crushing Vancouver, B.C., to see over 300 artists from the East Van creative community, including painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, and glassblowers. 


Mix & Match

Seattle’s Stoneburner restaurant boasts a thoughtful mix of furniture, floors, and fixtures from around the world. Written by rachel gallaher : Photographed by alex hayden


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this page: At the eating counter in the center section of the restaurant, swivel barstools add an industrial touch. Metal fabricator Chris McMullen, who worked on the metal details of the restaurant, has worked on all of Weimann and Maclise’s projects. The dark-grouted cement tiles on the floor were imported from Nicaragua. opposite: The bar at Stoneburner captures the midcentury Italian design inspiration with vintage Sputnik lights. Dark brown tufted leather stools from Chicago are the perfect place to enjoy a classic cocktail. Rich dark hues and intricate details such as the tin ceiling taken from an Amish school in Wisconsin and the gold clock from a New York City bank lend authenticity. GRAY ISSUE No. twelve



opposite: At the south end of the restaurant is the wine storage area, which can be reserved for small parties, full of racks found in Paris. this page, FROM TOP: White wood detail pops against a moody dark wall, and sconces from San Francisco add a hint of gothic vibe. Metal shelves top raised Carrara marble tables. A yellow meat slicer sits in bright contrast to the surrounding neutral palette. According to Weimann, the leaded glass panes above the eating counter are salvaged from a Sherman tank factory in New York. Many of the items in the restaurant were picked up on trips around the world and sat in storage for five years until Weimann and Maclise could find the perfect place for them. A barrel-vaulted ceiling features fir salvaged from the third floor of the Sanborn Building, built in 1901 and still standing on historic Ballard Avenue.

n 2008, Seattle friends James Weimann and Deming Maclise decided they wanted to do a project together. The self-proclaimed “interiors and architecture fanatics” had each done their own projects but decided it would be fun to team up. Given their similar aesthetics and interest in food, Weimann and Maclise decided to open the French-inspired Bastille, in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. And that was just the start. Five years and four restaurants later (the duo also co-own and designed Poquito’s, Von Trapp’s, and Macleod’s Scottish Pub), Weimann and Maclise opened Stoneburner: an Italianinspired restaurant named after chef Jason Stoneburner. Spacious, well lit, and layered with antique metal, vintage light fixtures, and a stunning barrel-vaulted ceiling, the restaurant is designed to be an equally perfect choice for a casual business lunch or a late-evening cocktail date. “We knew the food was going to be Italian-inspired, so we wanted to stay in that design box, but at the same time make it fit Ballard, which is a very sophisticated metropolitan area,” Weimann says. “We also wanted an old-school New York vibe.” According to Maclise, the space was difficult to work with because it was so long and narrow, but they problem-solved with a floor plan that has open eating areas, a bar, and a counter that wraps around the kitchen. The ceiling over the bar features a recessed oval made from Kingwood taken from the decommissioned Italian Embassy in Buenos Aires. Three Italian Sputnik light fixtures hang overhead, while two multibulb standing lamps (also from Italy) flank a 500-pound finial the two found on a salvage trip to the East Coast. The eating counter is topped with Carrara marble cut by metal fabricator Chris McMullen. In the main dining area, vintage schoolteacher’s chairs from New York tuck into each table. Above it all is a ceiling from an Amish school in Wisconsin. And below, custom cement tile from Nicaragua is laid in place with dark grout. Everywhere you look there’s a thoughtful detailed touch: sconces from The New York Times, walls are also from the decommissioned Italian embassy in Buenos Aires, metal gates from Brooklyn. The blend of international items is a subtle nod to the guests at Hotel Ballard, where the restaurant is housed. As Maclise says, “We wanted to create a place where, when people show up from out of town, they feel like they were walking into something special and not just another place they could find in any town.” h


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A Portland–based commercial floral and prop stylist, Chelsea Fuss has worked with


the likes of Hanna Andersson, Rejuvenation, HGTV, and Kinfolk magazine. Chelsea’s daily lifestyle blog, Frolic!, has been recognized by WSJ Magazine, The London Times, and Lucky magazine.

Do you have a formal design education or are you self-taught? I have a degree in art history … . I’d always had an interest in photo styling, but during college, knew I wanted to start my own flower shop. I trained with some floral designers in London and had worked for different floral designers, gardens, and plant nurseries. I fell into photo styling later when I was working as a retail buyer and running a design blog. Have you ever made a unique move that was really a game changer in your career? Starting my blog was the best thing, though I didn’t know it at the time. I was just looking for a creative outlet. Nearly all my work comes to me through the blog. I don’t own a business card or go to networking events. Blogs are really perfect for shy, creative types who don’t like to market themselves.




We asked four top Northwest creatives how they got started on the path to their highly coveted design gigs. Get ready for some serious career inspiration.

Artist Laura Burkhart’s bohemian style and artistic musings have captured the hearts of Pacific Northwesterners with her blog, Love the Daylight. Burkhart now creates installations for Free People as the Northwest district display coordinator. How did you enter the design industry? I earned my degree in interdisciplinary visual arts at the University of Washington and then got a supplemental AA in interior design at the Interior Designer’s Institute in Newport Beach [California]. When was that moment when you felt that all your hard work had finally paid off? Getting hired for my dream job at Free People [in 2012] … . The position is the perfect marriage of visual art, spatial design, leadership, and innovation and for a brand that I am completely aesthetically in sync with. Have you ever had a game changer in your career? When I began to paint what I really wanted to paint, which at the time were abstract landscapes splashed with gold, it was a huge turning point for me as an artist. It was the work I did purely for joy.


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April Pride

Entrepreneur April Pride has been a trailblazer

Did you always know design was what you wanted to do? I always knew I wanted to make things around me more interesting and beautiful … . My parents were involved in different aspects of the building industry my entire life, so I grew up around design. I knew the language and opted for architecture school followed by grad school at Parsons [the New School for Design]. This business can be tough. What has kept you motivated? You can’t second-guess yourself. When you are trying to do something you feel passionately about, you just have to go for it. What’s next for you? I recently launched THE DRESS, a halter dress inspired by a dress I inherited from my mother-in-law years ago. My mother-in-law was about 5’3”. I am 5’10”, but this dress just fit. It’s worked on pretty much every woman I have put it on since, and men go crazy over it!

A former arborist, Aaron MacKenzie-

Moore embarked on a major career change in 2000, when he entered the design program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Thirteen years later, he is a senior interior designer for Mitchell Freeland Design and has received an overwhelming number of design awards, including multiple from the Interior Design Institute of British Columbia.

When did you get your first break? After a few years mentoring under Mitchell and some of his talented senior designers, a big break came when I was placed as lead designer on an exciting project for a client who really appreciates good design, and encouraged us to think way outside the box. …The resulting beachfront private residence in West Vancouver surpassed everyone’s expectations. What has kept you motivated over the years? In the early years, when you’re paying your dues so to speak, there certainly can be times when one feels you should be doing bigger things with your skills. In retrospect, all that time assisting the seniors really helped spring my design skills forward in the following years. What’s next for your career? Although I’m in my 10th year at MFI, I’m still learning daily and working on exciting spaces around the globe. My next project here is a very large residence in Azerbaijan, and a couple in Whistler, B.C. h


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How did you make the switch from arborist to interior designer? Traveling around Europe in the ‘90s inspired me to consider applying my neglected artistic skills to furniture design. I decided to enroll in part-time studies in interior design. I was hooked.

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After a long summer, the Pacific Northwest has finally cooled down. Here are a few local finds to help you snuggle up and embrace the chill. Written by nicole munson





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1. Pendleton Portland Collection Coos Cardigan, $378 at Adorn, Portland, 2. Log Carrier, $80 at Filson, Seattle, 3. Crosscut Boards, $28$38 cad at Walrus, Vancouver, B.C., 4. Horizon Plaid Throw, $159 at Room & Board, Seattle, 5. Cedar & Cardamom Eternal Flame Candle, $22 at Wolf’s Apothecary, Portland, 6. Comalapa Pillow, $145 through Grain, Seattle, 7. Silhouette Candlestick Set, $69 at The Good Flock, 8. Zero Outdoor Fireplace, $6,104 at Curran, Seattle, h



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1. Winter Wonderland Trees in Birch, $65 at Restoration Hardware, various locations, 2. Dapper Animal Plates, $8 at West Elm, 3. Offecct Snowflakes, $745 cad at Spencer Interiors, Vancouver, B.C., 4. Gigilio Armchair, $2,457 cad at Spencer Interiors. 5. Austen Sofa, $2,495 at Rejuvenation, Seattle, 6. Knot & Bow Confetti, $10 at Alder & Co., Portland, h



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Deck the Halls It’s time to say bah humbug to cheesy holiday decorations. Stock up on these bright new holiday finds and be ready early for the festivities. Written by nicole munson


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1. Bingo Game, $19.95 at Crate and Barrel, various locations, crate 1. Chili Pepper Vodka, by Oola Distillery, $19.99, available at various locations and at Oola Distillery, Seattle, Noble Petite Six-Pack Tahitian Vanilla and Chamomile Maple Syrup, $26.95 at Mikuni Wild Harvest, Vancouver, B.C., 1. “Don’t forget the dog!”Dawg Grog by Boneyard Brewery, Bend, Oregon, $6, available through various locations, 1. Prosecco-scented candle by Antica Farmacista, $44 at Nordstrom, various locations, h


What’s Dawg Grog? Malted barley water, liquid glucosamine, and organic low sodium vegetable broth.

Bearing Gifts Written by stacy kendall

Whether you’re at someone’s house for a long holiday stay, or just popping in for the party, a hostess gift is always a welcome touch. It should be anything interesting, unexpected, or indulgent. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Hopefully, you’ll never have to give another wine-charm set again.


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Eschew the expected and duck into one of these hidden-secret neighborhood shops this season for all manner of goods. Each shop has something extra-special to share. If you see us there, just give us the knowing nod. Seattle:

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Indian Summer: Aspiring Rachel Zoes and trendy Capitol Hill denizens will always find something worthwhile to don at this vintage clothing destination. Although small in both size and number of open business hours, we’ve never left empty-handed. 534 Summit Ave. E., Seattle Gracious: Tucked behind University Village, Gracious is the vintage furniture consignment shop that you’ll find yourself describing to your uninitiated friends as “dangerous.” For one, you’ll want to buy everything—from midcentury glassware to newly reupholstered vintage side chairs. You might also end up confronting your neighbor over dibs on some candlesticks. Hey, we warned you. 2920 N.E. Blakeley St., Seattle,


Tender Loving Empire: A record label, screenprinter, and retail shop for local art and handmade goods all in one: it could only be in Portland. We love it because you can’t go in and not help but feel like part of a bigger movement of local design. It’s what makes shopping a more meaningful experience. We’ll call it: method-shopping. 412 S.W. 10th Ave., Portland, Eden: A “garden of opulent curiosities” you say? Sold. Like walking into a modern-day Daisy Buchanan’s closet, Eden has everything to decorate your life. The shop features fashion and design books, artful jewelry, bath essentials, and eclectic home accessories, with an array of Oregon-made and vintage items for good measure. 221 N.W. 11th Ave., Portland,

Vancouver, B.C.:

The Found and the Freed: What’s been popping up all over the downtown Vancouver area? The Found and the Freed. Recently at home in a permanent studio space (most weekends and by appointment), the folks behind TF&TF have big, once-a-month sales to show off their best stuff. Vintage industrial fixtures and furniture, quirky bibelots, and amusing objects are what you’ll find when you stumble upon their next sale. 1879 Powell St., Vancouver, B.C., The Mill: Representing quintessential Pacific Northwest style, you have The Mill. On an unassuming stretch between Lonsdale Ave. and St. Georges, the Mill offers many locally designed furnishings, art, and home accessories. Not to mention high-quality vintage pieces, from big to small. Just give in to the goodness of it all. 163 E. 1st St., North Vancouver, B.C., h


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Nature + Nurture A couple of avid gardeners from Portland embrace the serenity of nature in their spa-inspired bathroom. Written by rachel gallaher


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Sometimes design is all about compromise—especially when two opinionated people share the same space. When Portland couple Tom Cotter and Doug Beebe, who work together in the real estate industry, decided to remodel their ranch-style house in the South Tabor neighborhood, they each had strong opinions about what they wanted for every single room. But there was one room they agreed on. When it came to the downstairs bathroom, they both wanted a space that was relaxing, spalike, and connected them with the outdoors. “When we were talking about doing a bathroom in the basement, Tom and Doug agreed that light was really important,” says designer Libby Holah, principal of Portland’s HOLAH Design + Architecture, “So we thought, lets build a retaining wall enclosed by glass to let the light in.” The retaining wall, which is situated five feet out from the house, is made from board-formed concrete—a request from Tom and Doug to add a subtle layer of texture imprinted from the board’s wood grain. Holah designed a koi pond with water feature in the enclosed space. “They have a [second] koi pond outside in the backyard,” Holah says, “and we brought in … [this] water feature so you can hear the water running and see the plants and fish. It connects them with nature a little more.” ConstructaVision designed a teak-and-glass pocket door for the room, separating the bath from the water feature. The bathroom itself features dark brown porcelain tile from Seattle’s Statements Tile in a wood-grain pattern—a choice that echoes the concrete and the little natural area outside the pocket doors. A Kohler Tea-for-Two bathtub from Ferguson fills from a fixture in the ceiling in an exotic indoor waterfall of sorts. “Most people don’t think that a basement can feel light, airy, and connect with the outdoors … ,” Holah says. “We chose to use the existing basement and make it light and unbasement-like.” h

OPPOSITE: Behind the Kohler Tea-for-Two tub from Ferguson is a teak-and-glass pocket door crafted by Portland’s ConstructaVision. It opens to reveal a koi pond and a textured board-form concrete retaining wall. A skylight above protects from the weather, but lets in natural light; with the Kohler ceiling tub filler, also from Ferguson, the shower becomes a water feature. THIS PAGE: Woodgrain porcelain tile wraps the bathroom, and a ceiling-mounted showerhead allows the entire bathroom to become the shower area.

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Clockwise from left: The predominantly black-and-white palette of both kitchen choices allows owners to accent with their own colors; The sleek curve of the stainless steel counter was designed for Snaidero by Pininfarina Design, a company that also designs luxury race cars. Abstract artwork from Verve Decor hangs on the wall by a shiny red MDF Italia table in the dining area, and an Artemide Logico Suspension 3 light fixture provides a subtle curved contrast to the straight lines of the kitchen, both through Livingspace.

Ispirazione Italiana When Sharon Bortolotto, principal and founder of Vancouver, B.C.’s BBA Design Consultants, was hired to design the show kitchens (as well as the presentation center, master ensuite, and powder rooms) for a residential development called Three Harbour Green in Coal Harbor, she took inspiration from the Italians. She and BBA senior designer Eileen Wunderlich filled the kitchen displays with simple lines and subtle palettes, and created something sure to get five stars from any chef. “I had worked on the previous two phases of the Harbour Green developments,” Bortolotto says. “This is a kitchen out of the third building, and the third building was designed to be the jewel in the crown of the waterfront development.” The grand plans for the third building were rocked when the financial crisis hit. But Bortolotto wasn’t dismayed, taking on the high-design challenge even with new constraints. “We focused on a lot of little details to make this project feel special,” the interior designer says. “In the first two projects, we used a lot of wood veneer, but for this one, we decided to take a more Modernist approach and use lacquer.”


In order to let buyers customize their spaces, the developers asked Bortolotto to design two presentation kitchens, each with different finishes and colors that allowed for easy mixand-match choices. The kitchen system featured in both suite options, called the Venus by Snaidero, was designed specifically for Snaidero by Pininfarina Design, an Italian company that designs luxury racecars. The island is rectangular with a gently curved countertop in stainless steel, which creates visual motion, as well as a subtle contrast to the straight lines throughout the space. Tall Toto barstools from Livingspace allow plenty of room for guests to enjoy cocktails and conversation. The designers used a bright, cherry-red lacquer for the table in the dining area, while the rest of the palette was kept fairly neutral with black, white, and deep charcoal shades—except for the high-impact green glass wall, as well as pops of red for extra flair. The full effect is one of modern glamour. As Bortolotto says, “If you’re going to go Italian, you’ve got to go all the way.” h GRAY ISSUE No. twelve



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F ashion ’ s influence on décor and design Written by Debra prinzing

“Design is design. The medium can change, yet the principles and elements are constant,” a former professor told me. As the daughter and granddaughter of quilters, I studied textiles in college and launched my journalism career at Seventeen magazine. And when I became a first-time homeowner, I became a gardener—quilting had led to landscaping and floral design, and their interconnection with fashion made total sense to me. In celebration of fashion and its influence on our lives, GRAY asked three Northwest style makers for their personal take on fashion’s role in culture, art, architecture, and décor.


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“Black and white: This trend was all over the spring 2013 runways and I am already seeing it translated in a big way into interior design. It’s primarily in kitchens and bathrooms, but I’ve also seen this look great in a whole-house scheme.”

Yvonne King

A former fashion buyer for Forever 21 and Metropark, Yvonne King now spends her days renovating a 1930s home in her adopted city of Portland. Her blog’s tag line: “Using what I know about fashion to wardrobe my home.”

How do you define your personal style? I try to focus on classic shapes and silhouettes, especially in high-priced items like footwear, handbags, and denim. Then I integrate trends through color, prints, and bold statement pieces like tops, costume jewelry, and scarves. How does fashion influence your design projects? Through color, prints, shapes, and definitely in accessories. If you follow fashion trends, interior design trends are never too far behind. How would you translate an iconic fashion detail into a home décor detail? I like to think of the walls, window treatments, and furniture as the clothes of the room and the frames, pillows, hardware, and accessories as the jewelry, shoes, and handbag. Just like an outfit, they need to go together.

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” —Coco Chanel Jayme Thornton

Faith is a Seattle-based design industry with more than 20 Sheridan leader years experience serving

Northwest and national clients. Sheridan was one of a select group of interior design bloggers invited to attend Fashion Week 2013, courtesy of Jason Wu for Brizo, a premium faucet brand. She is a professional member and past president of the Oregon Chapter of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). How do you define your personal style? I like a sophisticated, subtle mix of texture and pattern and mainly I’m very tired of designer black, which easily becomes a uniform. I add color and pattern in accessories, bracelets being my favorite. Shoes are my passion however, and purses. How does fashion influence your design projects? Fashion design is deeply influenced by fabric selection. The designer sees a … vision and researches the fabric that will achieve it. I consider myself a textile junkie, always on a search for unique, special fabrics and textures. How would you translate an iconic fashion detail into a home décor detail? I use monograms to add a personal detail to an interior, such as on a pair of chairs for a gentleman’s room I designed. Monograms are timeless. … Used on furniture, they provide drama and personalization but don’t dominate the design.

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Izzie studied Fine Art at Chelsea School Art in London. After Klingels of graduating, she founded

Lazy Eye, making videos and tour visuals for bands such as Death in Vegas and Beth Orton. She currently lives and works in Seattle, where she finds inspiration in the damp lushness of the city and the dark mystery of the old-growth forests and mountains that surround it. How do you define your personal style? I love pattern and print, but I also gravitate towards minimal, graphic pieces and interesting or sculptural cuts. Anything that is not ordinary or everyday gets my attention.

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How does fashion influence your design projects? Fashion is extremely influential on all my work. Sometimes in a very direct way— illustrating Dior outfits for a fashion magazine, for example. But even with nonfashion projects, the influence of textiles, patterns, and silhouettes are evident. h

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Creating the Uncommon Written by hillary rielly

Jessica Park may have come upon the 100-year-old leather that made her first “it” handbag by happenstance, but she deliberately grew an entire brand from there: Seattle-based Ampersand As Apostrophe. Now carried across the U.S., throughout Europe, in Japan, and soon, South Korea, it is a brand to reckon with. In 2010, after three years of working in corporate interior design for Callison Seattle, Park moved into fashion when she found a canvas-and-leather English mailbag at the Ballard Market. After her first prototype— designed like an envelope, of course—she snagged 99 more. Now, her work ranges from screen-printed hair-on-hide clutches and leather versions of the traditional grocery sack in gold—one that actress Halle Berry recently sported. She may be in a different field now, but Park’s design philosophy hasn’t strayed much since her days in interiors, she says: “I like to take things that are commonly overlooked and transform them into something beautiful.”

What’s the best clothing material for the Northwest’s wet winters? The answer is obvious, says Issaquah, Washington–based designer Paychi Karen Guh: cashmere. “Most versatile value-per-wear pieces should be the ones we can wear most days of the year,” she says. Her new eponymous knitwear line, Paychi Guh, comprises unique pieces made from 100-percent Mongolian cashmere yarn that keeps the elements at bay and flexes with the temperature. Guh graduated from the textile design graduate program at Philadelphia University in 1996, and then worked at Nordstrom until 2012, where she led a cashmere program. Recently, she learned a drape-and-collage design process from the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London that allows her to create the original silhouettes as found in her fall–winter 2013 collection: in the cowl-neck top, the batwing sleeve can be adjusted to flatter the wearer and the neck can be pulled up. “These pieces are casual and yet luxe,” Guh says, “unique and yet not screaming fashion.” h


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The great room’s translucent quality is expressed through the play of light against the wide-plank oak floor custom stained in wenge, and ebonized walnut table from Urban Hardwoods. With their interior designer Lisa Staton, the homeowners selected a custom glass light fixture from Shakuff, ‘Louis’ Ghost Chairs by Kartell and custom sheers, designed by Staton with Pindler & Pindler linen.



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South-facing French doors and spacious, loftlike interiors give a young family a modern home that fits their urban aesthetic.

Written by DEBRA PRINZING Photographed by alex hayden

s Northwest natives who spent time as students and young professionals in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New York, Whitney and Elizabeth wanted their new residence to feel like the city townhouses and lofts they admired before returning to Seattle. They also wanted to live in a walkable neighborhood close to the school attended by their young children, now ages 5 and 8. “Having lived in a lot of houses, we realized we’d never be happy unless we built or did a major remodel,” Elizabeth says. In Broadmoor, a gated community near Seattle’s Madison Park known for its mostly revival architecture, the couple found a two-bedroom, 1,800-square-foot midcentury house on a 6,000-square-foot lot. Following the mandate, “buy the smallest house on the best street,” they purchased the modest structure in 2008 and began to reimagine it as an urban townhouse. One source of inspiration was Creating the New American Townhouse (Rizzoli, October 2005), a book filled with open floor plans, high ceilings, and sleek lines that served as the owners’ go-to reference. GRAY ISSUE No. twelve


Architects Jim Replinger and Tim Hossner of Replinger Hossner Osolin Architects understood their clients’ vision. “We had a small lot with a big program,” says Replinger of the 16-month design process. When Hossner showed Whitney and Elizabeth an initial rendering of the home’s proposed exterior, it was labeled, “Crisp, Simple, Modern Villa.” The final product came surprisingly close to that sketch. “The biggest challenge was marrying the desire for a modern, sleek design with something that would fit into


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a neighborhood of familiar architectural forms,” Replinger explains. A pebble-colored stucco exterior, dark metal-clad wood windows with stone window sills and a zinc front door suggest a modern European villa. “Clearly, we were thrilled with what we got,” Whitney says. Adjacent residences are street-facing, oriented in conventional manner with house in the front and yard in the back. Hossner and Replinger rotated the footprint and pushed the new home toward the lot’s north edge. As a result, the longer

Opposite, from top: A mature Japanese maple frames the two-story façade of the modern villa; the zinc-clad front door and exposed steel I-beam contrast with light and glass. This page: “It was important to choose furnishings that match the scale of the architecture and the room’s loftlike volume,” Staton says. Two 46”-deep Camerich Lazytime Sofas invite lounging around a dual-purpose custom coffee table with four ottomans.

wing of the L-shaped residence is oriented east–west and extends into the traditional backyard space. The plusses of this design are numerous, but the great room is the highlight. Encompassing living room, dining room, and kitchen, the 10-foot-tall great room is lined with a span of four 8-½-foottall French doors that open onto a patio, effectively doubling the entertaining space. Because this section of the house occupies much of the backyard, it isn’t shadowed by neighboring structures. Another benefit is that, upstairs, the

master bedroom overlooks mature evergreen trees rather than roofs. “The longitudinal design captures the southern exposure,” Hossner says. Solar panels are mounted on the standing-seam metal roof, part of the design program that helped the project earn an Energy Star certification. Whitney and Elizabeth asked Lisa Staton, founder of Lisa Staton Design, to translate their urban aesthetic in the home’s interiors. Staton embraced the architectural language of the project, creating a color, textile, and materials GRAY ISSUE No. twelve



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“This kitchen is the hub of everything,” Whitney says. Inspired by the kitchen in a New York loft that he and Elizabeth found in the book Creating the New American Townhouse (Rizzoli, October 2005), this open-space kitchen features custom white cabinetry, basalt countertops from Pental, a custom stainless steel hood, and opaque walls of glass mounted above and beneath the frostedglass-fronted cupboard doors. Overhead, the I-beam visually divides the kitchen from the soaring scale of the great room. A hidden pantry to the left provides essential storage and keeps clutter out of sight. To the right, there is a pass-through bar, and beyond, an intimate four-person breakfast nook and “mom’s office.” This kitchen is a perfect party space, but it’s also inviting for the children of the house to perch on the barstools for after-school snacks.

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“The layering of subtle materials and textures establishes a modern elegance in the interiors.” —Lisa Staton, Lisa Staton Design

palette that responds to the “thoughtful sense of movement as one enters and exits each space,” she says. There is indeed a rhythmic quality to the interiors, expressed as a series of vestibules and anterooms. For example, the foyer opens onto a quiet transition space through which guests pass before entering the soaring great room. The shorter arm of the “L” also has its own entry area that leads to a first-floor guest suite and children’s play–study room. Upstairs, the bedrooms are small, making way for an expansive hallway. The breezy, light-filled space delineates the adult wing and the children’s wing. “We didn’t need big bedrooms, but we did want places to read and gather,” Elizabeth explains. The foyer of the children’s bedrooms is


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itself a popular upstairs play area. Consistent throughout, the finishes and furnishings are modern without being stark and minimalistic. Layers of color (mushroom, taupe, cocoa, sand, blue, and purple), tweedytextures expressed in beautiful area rugs and comfortable sofas, the custom stained oak flooring and a custom ebonized dining table add warmth, while exposed I-beams and the zinc-clad front door lend an industrial wink. “By choosing the right materials and repeating them, this home feels calm and welcoming,” Staton says. Indeed, it’s as authentically suitable to these Seattle surroundings as an urban townhouse might feel in Brooklyn. h

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walk-in shower is finished with smooth white Thassos marble tile from Pental; the home’s subtle color palette continues in the principal bedroom, where views overlook a borrowed landscape of mature trees (rather than a neighboring roof); a floating vanity with double mirrors and sinks repeats the modern vibe of the interior finishes elsewhere in the home. Left: The light-filled hallway connects the upstairs landing and children’s rooms with the adult wing. Window linens and the oak floor custom stained in wenge repeat details from the main floor’s great room. Reoccurring doorways give a rhythmic beauty to the otherwise functional space.

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Gorge-ous With panoramic views up and down the Columbia River, the glassy Elements residence makes tranquility a spectator sport. Written by brian libby : Opening photograph by jeremy bittermann

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The second floor cantilevers outward to give the homeowners ample space to enjoy the view (including a covered patio) without increasing the house’s small footprint. OPPOSITE: The house is nestled into a Columbia Gorge hillside of evergreens and prairie grasses, just off the historic Columbia River Highway.


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t’s a Monday morning in the picturesque Columbia River Gorge and Chris Cocker is sipping coffee on a covered second-floor patio at the Elements house. Though his wife Debbie has returned to Portland for work, Cocker’s not alone here—not if you count the hawks and eagles that keep flying past. “They’re just floating right by your face,” says Cocker, an avid birdwatcher. Describing the habits of a pair of bald eagles he’s become familiar with, Cocker says, “I know which trees they fly to, and where they fly down to fish. I can see everything from here.” A second home for this Portland-based urban-plannertu-rned–furniture-proprietor and his wife, an architecture firm marketing manager, the Elements residence in Mosier, Oregon, is little more than an hour’s drive away from the city

and offers a tranquil oasis with panoramic views. Situated on a small, flat portion of an otherwise steeply sloping 2.5-acre hillside property, the house—designed by Portland firm William Kaven Architecture—has a ground-floor footprint of just 900 square feet. But this small space then cantilevers outward on its second floor with about 1,100 square feet. And it’s here the architects placed all of the main public areas, such as an open kitchen and great room, so that each space enjoys views of the river canyon below: from its migrating birds to the crawl of Columbia barges heading to sea. “Seventy-five or eighty percent of the whole main top floor is one big room,” says William Kaven co-founder Daniel Kaven (who also co-chairs the annual Portland Design Week). “We wanted to focus everything on that unbelievable view.”

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The living room offers river views from a pair of DellaRobbia Tanzu chairs and DellaRobbia sofa (with a coffee table and rug from PH Reed). A cantilevered deck beyond the fireplace extends the space and brings the outside in.

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The outward-looking Elements house represents a departure from Kaven’s last project, the Interchange residence, which focused views from and through the glassy architecture into a central courtyard. In this house, explains firm co-founder Trevor Lewis, Daniel Kaven’s brother and business partner, “from any point in the house you’re standing in, there’s floor-to-ceiling glass. You can literally just sit in your lounge chair and watch the weather change. That’s your afternoon entertainment.” Outside, the Cubist-like façade features geometric Minerite fiber-cement panels, ipe hardwood, and stucco. As one enters the structure, a hanging steel stairway invites visitors upstairs. On that second floor, off to one side is the kitchen, with


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white quartzite countertops and rift sawn white oak cabinets that not only provide contrasting textures, but are reminiscent of snow-capped Mt. Hood and the trees just beyond. The living room centers around a wraparound DellaRobbia sofa and a fireplace built into the wall with floor-to-ceiling views of the river to either side. In the master bathroom, one passes through an open shower (clad in simple blue glass tiles) to reach a curvy soaking tub set against another window wall. “When I see good modern design, it gets me excited,” Cocker says. “The William Kaven work we saw in Portland was about not only clean lines and simplicity, but proportion and function. It’s the same here, only I’m sitting here looking at one of the most fantastic views in the Columbia Gorge.” h

OPPOSITE: The house’s upstairs views (left) are accessed via a hanging steel stairway that greets visitors at the ground floor (right). THIS PAGE: The master bathroom gives the Signature Hardware Boyce freestanding tub a glassy view, with his and hers Decolav sinks.

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SkB Architects worked with the historic Pioneer Square building’s original details, including exposed air ducts and wood beams. Here, the rotating door with its ornamental skin of skeletons faces out toward a prototype work table and the light-inviting street-level windows.


Shape Shifter Written by RACHEL EGGERS

Watson Furniture Group, a homegrown office furnishings design-and-fabrication company founded in 1960, was ready for a reimagining. For years, its showroom had been in Chicago at the Merchandise Mart, which felt disconnected from the design and manufacturing base in Poulsbo, Washington. In June 2012, the company reached out to SkB Architects to help create a local showroom in a street-level space in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square. Into the space went Watson Design Studio, a working studio lab that would


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inspire innovation in designers and create evocative experiences for client sessions. According to Shannon Gaffney, the project’s principalin-charge and lead designer, SkB envisioned “a poor man’s version of virtual reality,” where old-school methods such as mock-ups and laser dimensional tools offer a less static, more experiential presentation for clients. The architects created what Gaffney calls “built-in ah-ha moments,” such as a garage door pivoting up to offer big reveals to clients. Designers can mock up a layout and, she says, “place the


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left: On the reverse side of the space-defining rotating door, a Watson Furniture Group designer mocks up ideas on the whiteboard, which is also used for projection. RIGHT: A long table under a texturally compelling ceiling serves as the main meeting place, where designers collaborate and clients are invited to engage in an experiential process of design.

client within the potential environment with the spatial relationships intact, making it easier for clients to imagine Watson products in their own space.” The studio is centrally organized with transformable, prototype office spaces around the perimeter. In the center is the work bench, a long table that serves as the primary meeting space, with a soffit lid overhead that canopies the room and creates an intimate environment to encourage focused effort. The table is bookended by the garage–tool shed on one side, which houses tools and furniture pieces when open and serves as a projection surface when closed. On the other side is the hospitality bar for espresso and drinks to entertain clients and guests, and to achieve the sense of a home-away-from-home for the designers. In the main workspace is a show-stopping 90-degree pivoting door. One side encourages creativity as a whiteboard or projection surface, and the other side offers visual interest with a skin of “skeletons”—sheet metal byprod-


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ucts leftover from manufacturing—laid on top of vivid red. This repurposing of parts epitomizes Watson’s value of “practical environmentalism”—doing right as opposed to simply feeling good. Another playful yet purposeful detail in the space are the wall graphics—human anthropomorphic images to indicate use, ticks to measure vertical feet. They guide a client’s vision of how a proposed space will look by, as Gaffney says, “bringing it to human dimensions and turning it into art.” It’s a final gesture toward this apotheosis of form-meetsfunction-meets-effect that reflects Watson Furniture Group’s own goals. h


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30 years in the making, artist Joel Berman is a pioneering force in the architectural glass industry.


You could say that glass runs in Joel Berman’s family. His grandfather was a watchmaker in Winnipeg, Manitoba, who also sold blown glass from Italy—a business his parents were involved in as well. “I grew up being very attracted to it [glass],” Berman says. “I guess at some point when I was young, I realized that you could actually learn the art of making glass.” In 1980, Berman moved to Vancouver and opened his own firm, Joel Berman Glass Studios, specializing in kiln-cast and pressure-formed architectural glass in endless patterns, colors, shapes, and finishes. One of his favorite new patterns is Olivia, a 3D kiln-formed glass with curves that reflect light. His work has received awards from NeoCon, Adex, and the 2011 Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement Awards for Applied Art and Design. Berman’s glass has been installed around the world, includ-


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ing as a collection of corrugated glass windscreens on the rooftop at the Gap World Headquarters in San Francisco and recently, in a 3.5-mile-long installation in the New Doha International Airport in Qatar that features a contemporary Islamic geometric motif printed on three surfaces of laminated glass. But it’s not just his projects that are international. “The studio grew one person at a time and, Vancouver being the melting pot that it is, the staff was from all over the world,” he says. “Iran, Scotland, Mexico, Hungary, Japan, China.” From this comes Berman’s design-without-borders philosophy: that drawing inspiration from his globally diverse staff makes a better product and unites people through the universal language of design. “Collaboration inspires me the most,” Berman says, adding, “I love the storytelling and envisioning where you can take people with the art.” h

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In a Good Light Ryan Grey Smith and Ahna Holder steer the lighting division of national architectural-materials firm 3form from their Seattle studio. Written by Lindsey M. Roberts


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One fall day in 2012, a group of people went looking in Seattle’s Volunteer Park conservatory for light-fixture inspiration, of all things.

Photography by Chris C. Bowden, courtesy LightArt

One designed an electric-blue pendant in the shape of an orchid; another an iridescent pendant with hanging pieces in the shape of dragonfly wings. Ultimately, the team from the lightingand-fabrication studio LightArt ended up with 11 botanical fixtures sparked by lilies and leaves. It’s all part of the mission of the firm: “to create artistic, one-of-a-kind lighting solutions that are unlike anything you have seen before.” LightArt, now based in the Georgetown neighborhood, got its start in 2003 when Ryan Grey Smith (the former manager of the architecture department for Dale Chihuly) and his wife Ahna Holder (of felt-Christmasstocking fame) crafted an 11-foot chandelier for a friend. At the time, they were owners of design-build studio Grey Design Studio, and with this fixture, Smith experimented with a new method of heat-forming translucent resin over welded frames.

Using the same method, the pair then designed their own kitchen pendant and took it to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York. Soon after, their design practice turned into a lighting company and then, in 2008, was purchased by 3form, an architectural-materials manufacturer. (LA2, LightArt’s newest collection, consists of six designs made from 3form’s Varia Ecoresin, a material containing 40 percent recycled content.) “The most fun we have at the shop is when the phone rings and we hear a project manager get a request for crazy stuff, like fish, turtle light fixtures, a smoke plume for a space shuttle, mushroom light fixtures, peacocks,” Holder says. “Because we are a custom fabrication studio, we can make anything.” And “anything” has really meant anything. LightArt has done 32-footlong LED dragons for a client in Los Angeles and a 14-foot section of Mars for the Kennedy Space Center gift shop, among other projects. There’s a video of the process of making 50 dahlia-shaped pendants for a casino ceiling in Toledo, Ohio. The light glowing through the resin once installed is simply ethereal. It “still gives me the chills,” Holder says. In this and all of LightArt’s fixtures, the resin is just the mundane medium for higher illumination. h

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Written by rachel gallaher

When your company is all about interaction, it’s important that your office is open and fun, but also has space for serious work. This was the goal of Society Consulting, an integrated technology, analytics, and marketing solutions company, when it needed to expand it’s office space in downtown Bellevue. They called on longtime friends at Seattle’s BUILD LLC architecture firm. “The design preserves the large open space while establishing regions for working and socializing,” says Andrew van Leeuwen, lead architect on the project. To retain an industrial feel, BUILD opted to keep the concrete floors, but clear coated them for a hip, modern look. Exposed beams are uplit for an added layer of warmth, and the bright yellow from Society’s logo appears in decals, accessories, and details, while a yellow band leads visitors to the “living room,” comprising a lounge and bleachers. “The design isn’t an object to stand back and observe,” van Leeuwen observes, “rather it requires involvement; without the people, the space really isn’t activated.”


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A bright yellow band leads visitors into Society Consulting’s “living room.” “It is the heart of the space,” Andrew van Leeuwen says, “allowing individuals to kick their feet up, groups to meet, and informal interaction to occur.” Small details, such as an editable chalkboard clock and dynamic world wall, encourage co-workers to mingle and get to know each other.


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taste + texture Written by RACHEL GALLAHER Photographed by JEREMY BITTERMANN

The picturesque Willamette Valley offers stunning views of orchards, vineyards, and seemingly endless sky. So in 2012 when Oregon’s Sokol Blosser winery decided to build a new tasting and events space on its 100-acre estate, it was important that the structure integrated with the surroundings. Portland firm Allied Works Architecture was brought in to design the space—a 5,700-square-foot structure that sits on a south-facing slope of the property and offers a panoramic view of the valley. The light-filled building features a wood rainscreen, decking and interior paneling on the floors, walls, and ceilings, the latter of which appear as textured angles that catch the light on a sunny day. According to Brad Cloepfil, founder of Allied Works, “shifts in the building geometry and the striated, diagonal pattern of the cedar boards create a dynamic interior. A series of skylights are integrated into the ceiling plane, providing daylight and enhancing a connection to the surrounding landscape.” To create a seamless look outside, the landscape design includes native grasses, flowers, and shrubs, and the tasting room also has a green roof. “We aspired to create a tasting experience that is thoughtful, timeless, and deeply rooted in a sense of place,” Cloepfil says. “The tasting room is intended to heighten the total experience of the wines, the vineyards, the estate, and Willamette Valley.”


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highlighted Written by Rachel Gallaher

When a New Jersey family of five moved to Seattle in 2012, a friend introduced them to Jeremy Miller, of Jeremy Miller Architects, with the recommendation that he was interested in looking beyond the standard ‘stick-frame’ house. “The clients [had] a sense of adventure,” Miller says. “They encouraged me to show them what might be possible.” Architect and clients found a lot on the north end waterfront of Mercer Island and Miller started in on the design process, using a steel frame, “to allow large volume with minimal materials allowing natural light and exposure to Lake Washington.” The steel beams and columns— an unconventional yet modern yellow—were delivered to the site, sized and drilled, then erected all within a week. The two-story house was constructed with nine-foot ceilings on the lower level and white oak floors throughout. Expansive views of the lake and plenty of natural light act as a neutral backdrop for the pops of yellow throughout the space. As Miller explains, “The color choice for the steel is intended as a contrast to the Seattle dominant weather and to catch the eye.”

Inside out Written by Rachel Gallaher

Harbor Island, located on Seattle’s Duwamish River, has long been an industrial hub for the maritime industry. For Harley Marine Services, a marine transportation company, the location was perfect, but it needed more space. The company enlisted Mithun to help construct a new 9,000-square-foot marine shop, and a new 48,000-square-foot headquarters building. “I knew of Mithun, and they were highly recommended,” says Harley Franco, CEO of Harley Marine Services. “They listened to our needs, felt our passion,… then they captured what we really wanted.” The headquarters, dubbed the Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center, is divided into two rectangular bars linked by wood bridges at each level, with an atrium at the center that is open to all levels. Inside, Mithun used exposed structural steel, polished concrete floors, black locust flooring, and reclaimed wood paneling, while the exterior skin is composed of a glass curtain wall system, metal panels and black locust wood siding. The thoughtful design of the space, as well as the multiple levels of windows, allow employees and visitors to enjoy the views both inside and out. h


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Best Plumbing (pg 42) 4129 Stone Way N., Seattle (206) 633-1700,

DeForest Architects (pg 11) Seattle, (206) 262-0820

Adorn (pg 24) 4120 N.E. Fremont St., Portland (503) 505-7424,

Best Practice Architecture (pg 11) Seattle, (206) 217-1600

DellaRobbia (pg 58)

Free People (pg 20) Locations in Seattle and Portland

Affordable Art Fair (pg 14, 15)

Blu Bathworks (pg 36) 188 Smithe St., Vancouver, B.C. (604) 299-0122,

Design Stage (pg 43) Seattle, (206) 829-9049

Gelotte Hommas (pg 10) Bellevue, (425) 822-2152

Design Within Reach (pg 13) 1918 1st Ave., Seattle (206) 443-9900 and 1200 N.W. Everett St. Portland, (503) 220-0200

Giulietti/Schouten Architects (pg 11, 41) Portland, (503) 223-0325

Albert Lee Appliance (pg 40) Seattle, Bellevue, Lynnwood, Tacoma, Tukwila, WA (866) 966-2110albertleeappliance. com Alchemy Collections (pg 43) 2029 Second Ave., Seattle (206) 448-3309 and 909 Western Ave., Seattle (206) 682-7575

Boneyard Brewery (pg 28) Bend, OR, (541) 815-9571 Bosworth Hoedemaker (pg 11) Seattle, (206) 545 8434 brendon farrell architect (pg 11) Portland, (503) 235-5142

Alder & Co. (pg 26) 616 S.W. 12th Ave., Portland (503) 224-1647,

BUILD LLC (pg 74) Seattle, (206) 382-0401

Allied Works Architecture (pg 76) Portland, (503) 227-1737

Callison (pg 11) Seattle, (206) 623 4646

Ampersand As Apostrophe (pg 48) Seattle,

Camerich Seattle (pg 50) 909 Western Ave., Seattle (206) 682-7575,

Ann Sacks (pg 38) Seattle and Portland locations

chadbourne + doss (pg 11) Seattle, (206) 860-1975 Astoria, (503) 325-6999

Antica Farmacista (pg 28) Available through Nordstrom, multiple locations

Chown Hardware (pg 77) Bellevue and Portland locations

April Pride (pg 22) Seattle, (206) 300-0760 Art Culinaire (pg 40) 17721 132nd Ave. N.E. Woodinville, WA, (425) 481-7500 Artistic Baths (pg ROUND UP) 2835 E. 12th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. (604) 253-4003, Artistic Tile (pg 38) Available through: Cantu Bathrooms & Hardware Ltd. 8351 Ontario Street, Vancouver, B.C., (604) 688-1252 Pratt & Larson Tile 12200 Northup Way, Ste. B Bellevue, WA, (425) 882-0707 BASCO Builder’s Supply Co. (pg 40) 1411 N.W. Davis St., Portland (503) 226-9235 BBA Design Consultants (pg 35) Vancouver, B.C., (604) 688-4434 Ben Trogden Architects (pg 10) Seattle, (206) 343-9907

Dress This Nest (pg 44) Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets (34) 997 Western Ave., Seattle (206) 292-1115

Harley Marine Services, Inc. (pg 78) 910 S.W. Spokane St., Seattle (206) 628-0051,

Eggleston|Farkas Architects (pg 11) Seattle, (206) 283-0250 Elements of Nature (pg 77) Seattle, (206) 229-1136

FabCab (pg 10) Seattle, (206) 275-2345

Coop15 (pg 10) Seattle, (206) 284-8355 Cosentino (pg 37) 19024 62nd Ave. S., Kent, WA (206) 762-8221, Crate and Barrel (pg 28) multiple locations Curran (pg 24) 1932 First Ave., Seattle (206) 441-2721, David Papazian Photography (pg 69) Portland, (503) 421-2416

Grain (pg 24, 82) Bainbridge Island, WA (206) 965-9302,

Eden (pg 30, 82) 221 N.W. 11th Ave., Portland (503) 222-2285,

Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture (pg 10) Seattle, (206) 329-1654

ConstructaVision (pg 32) Portland, (503) 287-4740

Gracious (pg 30) 2920 N.E. Blakeley St., Seattle (206) 525-5300,

Hammer & Hand (pg 4) Portland and Seattle (503) 232-2447, (206) 397-0558

EWF Modern (pg 71) 1122 N.W. Glisan, Portland (503) 295-7336,

Coates Design (pg 10, 75) Bainbridge Island, WA (206) 780-0876

The Good Flock (pg 24) 1801 N.W. Upshur Ste. 120, Portland,

Duncan McRoberts Associates (pg 10) Kirkland, (425) 889-6440

Chris McMullen (pg 16)

Christine Warjone Original Art (pg 75)

Frolic! (pg 20)

Faith Sheridan Design (pg 45) Seattle, (206) 973-3743 The Fashion Group International of Seattle (pg 80) Ferguson (pg 32, 39, 40) Bellevue, Seattle, Burlington, and Portland locations Filson (pg 24) 1555 4th Ave. S., Seattle (206) 622-3147, Fisher and Paykel (pg 40) Available in multiple locations in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C., The Fixture Gallery (back cover) Idaho, Oregon, and Washington locations Fixture Universe (pg 36) 5601 6th Ave. S., Ste. 391 Seattle, (206) 767-4003 The Found and the Freed (pg 30) 1879 Powell St., Vancouver, B.C.


Accent Lighting (pg 75) 15794 Boones Ferry Rd. Lake Oswego, OR, (503) 699-9995

Hip (pg 21) 1829 N.W. 25th Ave., Portland (503) 225-5017, HOLAH Design + Architecture (pg 32) Portland, (503) 288-4203 Home Depot (pg 40) multiple locations Hotel Ballard (pg 16) 5216 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, (206) 789-5013 IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter (pg 12, 47) Indian Summer (pg 30) 534 Summit Ave. E., Seattle (206) 588-0717 Inform Interiors (pg 36) 300 Dexter Ave. N. Seattle, (206) 622-1608 and 50 Water St., Vancouver, B.C. (604) 682-3868, Izzie Klingels (pg 46) Jeremy Miller Architects (pg 78) Seattle, (206) 419-2252 Joel Berman Glass Studios (pg 70) Vancouver, B.C., (604) 684-8332 John Thompson Designer (pg 77) Portland, (503) 367-0920

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Kartell (pg 50) KASA Architecture (pg 10) Seattle, (206) 334-2521 Kenneth Philp Landscape Architects (pg 50) Seattle, (206) 783-5840 Lacanche (pg 40) Available through: Art Culinaire 17721 132nd Ave. N.E. Woodinville, WA (425) 481-7500, Lapchi (34) 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, LightArt (pg 72) 4770 Ohio Ave. S., Ste. A Seattle, (206) 524-2223 Lisa Staton Design (pg 50, 77) Bellingham, Seattle (518) 955-5200, Livingspace (pg 35) 1706 W. First Ave., Vancouver, B.C. (604) 683-1164, Loewen (pg 23) 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 Love the Daylight (pg 20)

The Mill (pg 30) 163 E. First St., North Vancouver (604) 770-1338, Mitchell Freedland Design (pg 22) Vancouver, B.C., (604) 733-3600 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (inside front cover, 82) 1106 W. Burnside St. Portland, (503) 972-5000 Mithun (pg 78) Seattle, (206) 623-3344 Nathan Good Architects (pg 10) Portland, (503) 227-2140 Nordstrom (pg 28) multiple locations OnOurTable (pg 42), (780) 460-0109 Available through: Atkinson’s 1501 W. 6th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. (604) 736-3378 Opus Hotel (pg inside back cover) 322 Davie St., Vancouver, B.C. (604) 642-6787 Oola Distillery (pg 28) 1314 E. Union St., Seattle (206) 709-7909 Orling & Wu (pg 82) 28 Water St., Vancouver, BC (604) 568-6718, Paychi Guh (pg 48) Available through Clementine 4447 California Ave. S.W., Seattle, (206) 935-9400 and Juniper 3314 E. Spring St., Seattle (206) 838-7496 and MoMo 600 S. Jackson St., Seattle (206) 329-4736,

Rejuvenation (pg 26, 38) 2910 First Ave S., Seattle (206) 382-1901and 1100 S.E. Grand Ave., Portland (503) 238-1900, Replinger Hossner Osolin Architects (pg 50) Seattle, (206) 933-8228 and Bainbridge Island, WA (206) 842-1246, Restoration Hardware (pg 26) Locations in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, B.C. Rizzoli (pg 50) Room and Board (pg 9, 24) 2675 N.E. University Village St. Seattle, (206) 336-4676 Salari Fine Carpet Collections (pg 34) 2033 W. 41st Ave., Vancouver, B.C. (604) 261-3555, Scot Eckley Inc (pg 41) Seattle, (206) 526-1926 Seattle Interiors (pg 36) 3822 Stone Way N., Seattle (206) 633-2900, Serving Up Style (pg 14, 71) Portland, Shakúff (pg 50) Available through Ann Sacks, Seattle and Portland locations, Siematic Seattle (pg 42) 2030 First Ave., Ste. 110 Seattle, (206) 443-8620 SkB Architects (pg 66) Seattle, (206) 903-0575 Society Consulting (pg 74) Bellevue, (206) 420-3500 Sokol Blosser (pg 76) 5000 Sokol Blosser Ln. Dayton, OR, (503) 864-2282

Made & State (pg 14, 49) Portland,

Pilchuck Glass School (pg 70) Stanwood, WA, (360) 445-3111

Maison Inc (pg 69) 1611 N.W. Northrup St, Portland, (503) 295-0151

Pindler & Pindler Inc. (pg 50) Seattle, (206) 767-2492

Sound Glass (pg 23) 5501 75th St. W., Tacoma (253) 473-7477

Portland Design Festival (pg 12, 25)

Spa Mobile (pg 36) Vancouver, B.C., (778) 893-3420

Pratt & Larson (pg) Portland, (503) 231-9464

Spencer Interiors Inc. (pg 26) 708 Main St., Vancouver B.C. (604) 736-1378,

Provide (pg 82) 529 Beatty St., Vancouver, B.C. (604) 632-0095,

Statements Tile (pg 32) 6140 6th Ave. S., Seattle (206) 762-8181

Masins Fine Furnishings and Interior Design (pg 5, 14) 10708 Main St., Suite 300 Bellevue, (425) 450-9999 Metis Construction Inc. (pg 16) Seattle, (206) 380-5997 Mike Skidmore Architect (pg 16) Seattle, (206) 851-9489 Mikuni Wild Harvest (pg 28) (866) 862-9866

Ragen & Associates (pg 47) 517 E. Pike St., Seattle (206) 329-4737

Stoneburner (pg 16) 5214 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle (206) 695-2051

Strata Architects (pg 16) Seattle, (206) 457-5657 Studio Snaidero Vancouver (pg 35) 1575 W. Georgia St. Vancouver, B.C., (604) 669-4565 Tender Loving Empire (pg 30) 412 S.W. 10th Ave., Portland (503) 243-5859


Johnson Squared Architects (pg 10) Bainbridge Island, WA (206) 842-9993,

Terris Draheim (pg 31) 5600 6th Ave. S., Seattle (206) 763-4100, Thassos (pg 50) Available through: Pental Granite and Marble 713 S. Fidalgo St., Seattle (206) 768-3200, Tufenkian (pg 27) 515 N.W. 10th Ave. Portland, (503) 222-3428 Urban Hardwoods (pg 50) 2101 First Ave., Seattle (206) 443-8099 Vanillawood (pg 49) 1238 N.W. Glisan, Portland (503) 327-8065 Verve Decor (pg 35) Vancouver, B.C., (604) 408-0883 Walrus (pg 24) 3408 Cambie St., Vancouver, B.C. (604) 874-9770, Watson Furniture Group (pg 66) Poulsbo, WA, (800) 426-1202 Watson Design Studio (pg 66) Seattle, (800) 426-1202 West Elm (pg 26) Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, B.C. locations, William & Wayne (pg 38) 5701 6th Ave. S., Ste. A203 Seattle, (206) 762-2635 William Kaven Architecture (pg 58) Portland, (503) 806-5334 Windows, Doors & More (pg 23) 5961 Corson Ave. S., Ste. 100 Seattle, (206) 782-1011 Wolf’s Apothecary (pg 24) 917 S.W. Washington St., Portland Z Gallerie (pg 82) 16401 N.E. 74th St., Ste. E105 Redmond, WA, (425) 497-9302

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good design was made for artistic libras and passionate scorpios, and these carefully selected pieces will help them shine brighter than the stars. Written by NICOLE MUNSON

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GRAY No. 12  

The DESIGN MAGAZINE for the Pacific Northwest. GRAY spotlights the most exciting and innovative design coming out of Washington, Oregon, and...

GRAY No. 12  

The DESIGN MAGAZINE for the Pacific Northwest. GRAY spotlights the most exciting and innovative design coming out of Washington, Oregon, and...