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10 News

Hot happenings to style your social calendar.

14 Raves

GRAY’s picks for the coolest products in the market.

18 Interiors

TANNA BY DESIGN achieves chic functionality in the designer’s Yakima home.

24 Fashion

One-of-a-kind jewelry pieces by &c.’s Meghann Sommer.



26 Décor

44 Bath

33 Inspired

66 Interview

The right finds to turn once upon a time into happily ever after. Uncover your design future with GRAY’s version of the childhood MASH game.

38 Kitchen

A Gig Harbor kitchen gets a sleek, modern update from Henrybuilt.

40 Kitchen

Spice up your culinary life with sizzling kitchen products.

42 Bath

Enviable Design Inc., delivers feminine glamour in a South Surrey master bath.

Bathe in black and white with these spa-worthy items.

A conversation with SERA Architects about its pro bono work for The 1% project.

68 Who

Legendary landscape designer Cornelia Oberlander pushes the boundaries.

70 Made Here

Vancouver-based contemporary design and manufacturing house Bocci.

tents 72 Architecture

Outdoor dining reaches a new level at Portland’s Departure restaurant.

77 Tech

Audio gear that’s in tune with your design sensibilities.

78 Resources

Design resources from the issue.

79 Library

Bainbridge color expert Leatrice Eiseman’s new book for Pantone.

81 Icon

The 50th anniversary of the Space Needle.

82 Zodiac

A design horoscope for outgoing Aquarius and creative Pisces.


46 New Design, Old-World Charm Jessica Helgerson mixes up the design in a Mediterranean-style home in Portland.

54 Ship Shape

Seattle’s Eggleston | Farkas Architects designs a modern vacation home on Lopez Island.

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Jessica Helgerson fuses a 1930s home in Portland with vintage and modern pieces for warm, old-world charm.

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Play More Creating a new project from the ground up is exciting, scary, fun, and a lot of work! Needless to say, all of us at GRAY were happy to let our hair down at the Seattle launch party in early December. The turnout was amazing (see a selection of snapshots from the evening above and right), and we were thrilled to finally reveal the first print issue to the community. When we got back to work, we wanted to keep the playful vibe going. So in this issue, we put our own style-focused twist on three classic fairytales and reworked the childhood game MASH to help you predict your design future. It may be all fun and games, but all work and no play… Well, you know the rest!



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Creative Director Publisher Shawn Williams

Editor Photographer LINCOLN BARBOUR In this issue: Cover, Feature (pg 46)

Writer BROOKE BURRIS In this issue: Interview (pg 66)

Angela Cabotaje

Style Director Stacy kendall

Editor at Large Lindsey m. roberts


Photographer hank drew In this issue: Décor (pg 26)

Writer rachel gallaher In this issue: Interiors (pg 18), Bath (pg 42), Feature (pg 46), Architecture (pg 72), and Zodiac (pg 82)

Lincoln Barbour Jeremy Bitterman Brooke Burris hank drew rachel Gallaher Taylor Grant Alex hayden NICOLE jackson LIZ LANtz Gwenael Lewis ASHLYN PEARCE HILLARY RIELLY Seattle Models Guild STACE Vicky tang

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Special thank-yous to: Photographer TAYLOR GRANT In this issue: Hello (pg 6)

Photographer alex hayden In this issue: Interiors (pg 18), Feature (pg 54)

Brian Williams, joe cabotaje, David Kendall, suzie & Barney osterloh, jill mogen, Nology media, Bryan & LISA PEARCE, SHIRLEY SAX, dale williams Vol. I, No. 2. Copyright ©2012. Published bimonthly (DEC, FEB, APR, JUNE, AUG, OCT) by Gray Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. While every attempt has been made, GRAY cannot guarantee the legality, completeness, or accuracy of the information presented and accepts no warranty or responsibility for such. GRAY is not responsible for loss, damage or other injury to unsolicited manuscripts, photography, art or any other unsolicited material. Unsolicited material will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. If submitting material, do not send originals unless specifically requested to do so by GRAY in writing. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to GRAY magazine, 13619 Mukilteo Speedway D5 #551, Lynnwood, WA 98087. Subscriptions $30 US for one-year; $50 US for two-years. Subscribe online at

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Designers Fighting Lupus Deadline: March 31

One of Portland’s premier fundraising design events, Serving Up Style is a benefit contest that pits design teams against each other as they each create a show-stopping tablescape at the Portland Fall Home & Garden Show (October 4–7). All proceeds from the event benefit Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus. The deadline to apply is March 31.  Serving Up Style, Portland,

Through February 2: JOIN, a collective of independent design studios in the Northwest, returns to the New York International Gift Fair this year. The eight studios showing are Blk Pine Workshop, Fleet Objects, fruitsuper design, Grain, Iacoli & McAllister, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, plainMADE, and R&L Goods.  JOIN,

HOME SHOWS Kick off your spring-cleaning and remodel plans with the right kind of inspiration. With everything you need to refresh your abode, the Seattle Home Show (February 18–26) and BC Home + Garden Show (February 22–26) feature hundreds of exhibitors and experts to help you discover the latest trends and ideas. Industry pros, you can also find out more about new products and design methods at tradeshow BUILDEX Vancouver (February 8–9). ,,

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Artist Shelli Markee’s delightful wire bird sculptures are each handmade in her Seattle studio in a range of species and compositions. Her newest work incorporates wood canvas and gouache, and we’re giving it three enthusiastic cheers—or chirps. Mot Mot wire bird on wood by Shelli Markee, $325 at Click! Design That Fits, Seattle,

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The Daybed from BoConcept isn’t just another pretty face, it’s a workhorse that provides ample seating at any angle. And lest you become jealous of its form and function, remember (crazy) it’s just a piece of furniture. Daybed, from $1,595 and up at BoConcept,

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Modern meets sophisticated in the glowing facets of the Quarry Accent Table from Baker. Offered in three finishes—warm silver leaf, antique bronze, and matte pearl gesso—this captivating accent table can carve its way into becoming a classic. Quarry Accent Table, available to the trade at Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Seattle,



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One piece—two local companies. We know, right? Portland’s Tanner Goods takes Pendleton’s 100 percent wool textiles into the home with this pillow series collaboration. And like our love for anything wool, the appeal of this Northwest design will last forever. Red pillow, $95 each at Tanner Goods, Portland,

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what: Interior design details: The eponymous design firm offers services for both residential and commercial spaces. Located in Yakima, TANNA BY DESIGN maintains clients in both Seattle and Eastern Washington. Barnecut focuses on every detail of a project, works closely with her clients, and adds sustainable elements whenever possible. GRAY ISSUE No. two




ost interior designers work within the walls of their clients’ homes.

But in 2010, Tanna Barnecut of TANNA BY DESIGN had the opportunity to expand her skills into the architectural sector when she designed and decorated her own home in Yakima, Washington.

“I did all the sketching for the floor plan, met with the architect, and was constantly on the site,” Barnecut comments. “I literally wore a hard hat from the ground up.” When designing a home for a family of seven (Barnecut and her partner have four children in high school and one in college between the two of them), the most important factor was an open floor plan. “It was important for me that we had a versatile space,” she says. “I wanted to be able to host a dinner party on a Friday night in stiletto heels, then spend Sunday afternoon on the couch watching football with the kids.” It’s no wonder then, that the living room is the heart of this home. A large dark-brown leather sofa from Restoration Hardware anchors the room, bringing some masculine heft to the relaxed glamour of the space. To keep things neutral,



Barnecut used various shades of Benjamin Moore gray on the walls, opting for classic white on the wood trim. Eco-friendly maple hardwood floors run throughout the home—their warm hue prevents the rooms from feeling too stark. Adjacent to the living room is a dining nook for those Friday-night dinner parties. A large, custom white-oak table and benches exude simple functionality, but Barnecut punched up the “girly glam” appeal with an elegant glass-drop chandelier and three white Crate and Barrel mirrors. Chandeliers appear throughout the home, turning up in the kitchen and the master bedroom and bath, which won Best Master Suite in the 2010 Central Washington Home Builders Tour of Homes. “I love a classic look,” Barnecut says, “but it has to have a functional attitude with an added contemporary twist.”

An IKEA cowhide beneath the custom table (above) gives a playful nod to Eastern Washington’s farming culture; Barnecut perfectly balances style with function in the living room (below) with multiple side tables, including several made from repurposed stumps. Pottery Barn pillows and blankets are easily accessible for impromptu movie nights. OPPOSITE PAGE: The designer in her office on a cozy sheepskin chair.



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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Shaker cabinets and Windsor-style chairs in the kitchen are balanced with modern charcoal concrete counters and stainless-steel appliances; the outdoor pool takes advantage of the surrounding views, and a group of woven wicker lounge chairs from Costco adds contemporary lines; in the living room, a Crate and Barrel driftwood side table sits between upholstered Rand wing chairs from Ethan Allen; fallen-timber ottomans sourced from Kachess Lake in Carnation truly bring the outdoors inside. OPPOSITE: The master bedroom and bath complement one another by continuing the gray-and-white color palette with a luxurious soaker tub and textured porcelain tiling.



Fox of the Night Sun, $90. Opposite, Clockwise from top left:


The Fourteen Pieces of Osiris, $80. ❈ Tunnel of Set, $85. ❈ Pen Weeper, $65. ❈ Circle of Shadows, $105. ❈ Temple of the Inner, $65. All at Craft and Culture,

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eat tle jewelry designer Meghann Sommer is a storyteller. But instead of words, she uses stones. “My favorite materials are definitely stones,” Sommer says. “They have a lot of resonant energies. They’re always the most complex and unusual.” Her line &c., (pronounced “etcetera”), features not only stones but found and salvaged materials including feathers, horns, and metals. She looks to the past for her inspiration, researching the history of jewelry and talisman. With influences like Egyptian culture and her Choctaw heritage, Sommer’s pieces weave together elements and culture for truly one-of-a-kind wares.




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Don’t let design become a

wolf at the door. Look at your design tableau

in a new light to help you reimagine your décor and find just the right items to fill in the gaps. We turned the tables on three storybook tales—Little Red Riding Hood, the Princess and the Pea, and the Pied Piper—to see what fun we could have with an infusion of style and, of course, a happily ever after ending. The items that once plagued these characters are now things of beauty. Our heroine may live in a fairytale world, but everything about these products is grounded in our beautiful reality.



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From top down: Italian wrap or throw, $345 at Veritables Decor, Bellevue,


❈ Faux fur throw, $1,099 at Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design, Bellevue, ❈ Woodgrain velvet pillow and velvet pillows in shark and smoke, $388 each at The Standard, Bellevue, ❈ Cocon Sureau coverlet, $750 at Yves Delorme, Seattle, ❈ Lison Ombre queen duvet by Schlossberg, $656.95 at Table Top & Home, Bellevue, ❈ Lucia duvet cover, $199 at Crate and Barrel, crateand ❈ Heather Queen Cover by Amity Home, $359.95 at Table Top & Home. ❈ Perry St. Coverlet by Ankasa, $600 at The Standard. ❈ 1920s chandelier, $495, vintage tablecloth (shown hanging), $48 at Gracious House to Home, Seattle,

What great

style you have!

That shape hidden in the shadows may just be the piece for you.



From left: Tapiovaara Mademoiselle Rocker by Artek, $1,695 at Inform Interiors, Seattle, ❈ Era Console by Camerich, $434 at Alchemy Collections, Seattle, alchemy ❈ Roost Enzo Articulated Lamp, $412 at Velocity Art and Design, ❈ Acacia wood stool, $425 at Seva Home, Seattle,

Toss and turn (or repose in peace)

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From left: 4-stick wooden candleholder, $39 at BoConcept, Seattle, ❈ Angel wing lidded bowl, $46 at Great Jones Home, Seattle, ❈ Revolver objet, $24 at Curtsy Bella, Seattle, ❈ Paloma Dish, $22 at Fireworks, Seattle, ❈ Secret message delivery arrow, $22 at Curtsy Bella. ❈ Porcelain playing cards, $15 each at {Far4}, Seattle, ❈ Iron owl bottle opener, $36 at Liave, Seattle, ❈ Brass hammer by Iacoli & McAllister, $250, at Object, Seattle, hereis ❈ Pragmatic Vase, Make Do, $28 at Anthropologie, ❈ Star brass trivet by Futagami, $89 at Object.

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“ Eventually, everything connects… — Charles Eames

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Ma s h One of our fondest childhood games is MASH,

that predict-your-own-future game that had us imaging ourselves in a mansion, apartment, shed, or house. Just because we’re all grown up doesn’t mean we can’t still play along. We reimagined MASH into a create-yourdesign-destiny quiz that’s all fun and games! Written and compiled by stacy kendall Illustrated by liz lantz




mansion Jamison Sofa, $2,450 and up at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, ❈ Marlene side table by Aidan Gray, available in May, $450 at Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design, Bellevue, ❈ Hanging gold leaf lamp, $125 at Pier 1 Imports, ❈ Thomas O’Brien floral grid rug, $3,150–$5,950 at Williams-Sonoma Home, Portland,

sh e d Large cube terrarium, $130 at Old Faithful Shop, Vancouver, B.C., ❈ Small knitted basket by Ferm Living, $82 at elsa+sam, Portland, ❈ Sloane Crimson Leaning Bookcase, $149 at Crate and Barrel, crateand ❈ Flint 140 oval coffee table by Bert Batenburg, $1,710 at Hive Modern, Portland, hive



Brass tiered pendant shade, $64 at Urban Outfitters, urban ❈ Little Geometry Pillow by Ferm Living, $45 at elsa+sam, Portland, ❈ Normandy Tall Tray Table, $609 and up at Great Jones Home, Seattle, ❈ Erin Cute-as-a-button Loveseat, $449.99 at World Market,

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ho u s e Connaught brass bar cart, $1,375 at Maison Luxe, Seattle, ❈ Tess chair, $1,099 at Crate and Barrel, ❈ Urchin vase, $69.95 at Z Gallerie, ❈ Brigitte Desk, $1,460 and up at Great Jones Home, Seattle,




Reveal your spectacular design future with GRAY’s very own MASH game! Here’s how it works: Fill in your own choice in the blank under each category (have some fun with it). Pick a number between 5 and 10 or simply roll two dice. (Starting with “Mansion”), count through all the answers until you’ve reached the number you chose or rolled (keep counting past individual categories). Once you reach your number, cross out the answer you land on. Keep counting through all the answers (skipping the crossed out ones and the category winners) until you have one answer left in each category. So, are you a Portland-area mansion dweller with a Persian cat or a Vancouverbased denizen with a Kelly Wearstler-designed apartment? There’s only one way to find out! Abode 1. Mansion 2. Apartment 3. Shed 4. House

Floors 1. Hardwood 2. Cement 3. Area Rugs 4.

City 1. Vancouver, B.C. 2. Portland 3. Seattle 4.

Window Treatments 1. Velvet Curtains 2. Linen Roman Shades 3. Woven Wood Roller Shade 4.

Your Interior Designer 1. Kelly Wearstler 2. Axel Vervoordt 3. Bunny Williams 4.

Collection 1. Antique Dishes 2. Original Art 3. Globes 4.

How many bedrooms? 1. 1 2. 3 3. 6 4.

Exterior Feature 1. Pool 2. Vegetable Garden 3. Fireplace 4.

View 1. City 2. Waterfront 3. Countryside 4.

Vacation Home 1. Whistler, B.C. 2. Cannon Beach, OR 3. San Juan Islands, WA 4.

Bonus Room 1. Gym 2. Library 3. Wine Cellar 4.

Pet 1. Standard Poodle 2. Great Dane 3. Persian Cat 4.

Design Feature 1. Picture Windows 2. Exposed Brick 3. Loft Space 4.



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Sleek Scullery Written by LINDSEY M. ROBERTS : Photographed by alex hayden

When homeowners are culinarians and gadget-lovers, 230 square feet of kitchen can be tight. And when the kitchen needs to cohere with a trim 1962 midcenturymodern structure in Gig Harbor, it needs to be streamlined in function and style. After employing Seattle-based Heliotrope Architects to update the whole house in 2008, homeowner Jesse Stamper then worked with Seattle’s Henrybuilt to design the kitchen system. “We developed floating forms designed to nest within the structure, opened up the corner of the ‘L,’ and added a tall, thin window which became a source of light, and provided a view from the kitchen into the backyard,” Henrybuilt’s Lisa Day says. The new layout consolidates refrigeration, ovens, and storage in one tall volume against a partition wall, allowing the sink wall with exposed shelves to have a simpler, more focused purpose. This leaves the island more flexible in function, with a large countertop as a canvas for gourmet compositions.




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kitchen manufacturer: Henrybuilt details: In its designs, Henrybuilt bridges two styles— modular functionality and a warm, craftsmanlike feel. The Vashon Island–born company now also bridges both coasts, with one showroom in Seattle and one in New York. See more of the company’s designs at

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Ample lighting illuminates the soft gray-and-white color scheme, creating warmth, while a large, silver-framed mirror adds feminine detail. The dressing closet (left) adds a sizzling shot of color with a Venetian plaster wall treatment in Iced Cranberry by ICI Paints and a hot-pink Cross Stool with nailhead trim by Kravet Furniture.

Let in the Light e palette, Clean lines, a soft gray-and-whit life and a hit of drama breathe new throom into this South Surrey, B.C., ba Written by Rachel gallaher : Photographed by VICTORIA TANG

Most people have to leave the house for a trip to the spa, but for one British Columbia couple, the soothing hues and clean lines of relaxation are just a step beyond the bedroom. When the homeowners hired interior designer Victoria McKenney to transform the upper level of their home, it was dimly lit, closed off, and punctuated with visual reminders of early-90s décor: green laminate countertops and plenty of gold fixtures. “The clients wanted an open, airy, more contemporary feel,” McKenney explains. To achieve this, she chose soft gray paint for the walls and accented the windows with white trim. The floor appears as one large slab of Siberia marble but is actually composed of tiles laid in a subway pattern with very tiny grout lines. “It was all about the textures,” McKenney says of the project. “I used different materials in the same palette to achieve varied scales and textures.”



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old-world charm New Design,

Interior designer Jessica Helgerson brings contemporary flair to a unique Portland home Written by rachel gallaher Photographed by Lincoln barbour


who: Jessica


what: Interior design



details: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design is based in Portland, but the company has worked on projects across the country. The firm takes a flexible approach to interior design, and each designer works closely with clients to create beautifully livable spaces. JHID respects historical architecture and works to bring a modern twist to vintage design.

OPPOSITE: When remodeling this Mediterranean home in Portland, interior designer Jessica Helgerson kept the integrity of the original architecture by using archways (modeled after the one in the entryway) to connect various rooms. this page: Creamy white walls contrast warmly against thick, wooden ceiling beams.





Helgerson balanced the dark masculinity of the living room (left) by adding splashes of bright, feminine color. The walnut coffee table is a custom JHID design, built by Portland woodworker Allen Kinast. The dark leather chairs are also a custom JHID design. above: The light fixture in the dining room is original to the house, and the designer formerly owned the dining table.


hen a house has good bones, most interior designers know to leave well enough alone. So when Jessica Helgerson, principal of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design first saw Tim and Sonia Bergler’s 1930s Mediterraneanstyle home in southeast Portland, she was excited to work within the existing layout.





“I grew up in Santa Barbara and had an office there for a number of years,” Helgerson says. “I hadn’t seen an arch or a thick wall in Portland, so this was like coming home for me. I love the Mediterranean style.” The homeowners were also fans of their home’s style but were looking to update their cramped and dated kitchen, as well as other areas of the house. “We wanted something that was consistent with the period and architecture of the home but also a little bit modern,” Tim explains. The old kitchen was dysfunctional, Helgerson says, with a cumbersome island that made it difficult for the homeowners to open the oven door. It was also difficult for the entire family (the Berglers have two children) to gather in the kitchen and cook together. Working closely with the Berglers, Helgerson opted to remove an existing wall between the kitchen and the breakfast nook in order to open up the space. She also nixed a narrow doorway that led to the dining room, substituting it for an open archway consistent with the home’s architecture. The island was removed, and stainless-steel countertops were replaced with earthy, walnut slabs. The homeowners found an elegant gray-andwhite tile that lends warmth to the mostly white space. In the living room, Helgerson used the dark wood of the exposed ceiling

OPPOSITE: The designer originally considered wood floors in the kitchen but went with the gray-and-white Ann Sacks Paccha tile. Two red steel Tolix chairs bring a modern touch to the Calcutta marble table and imported French light fixtures. above: Two more red chairs from Fermob sit at the entryway to the Berglers’ white brick home.



beams to inform the neutral color palette, adding splashes of bold orange and fuchsia to liven the space. Minimal décor allows the striking beams to stand out but not in an ostentatious way. “When I first went over there, the walls were mustard yellow and white,” the designer recalls. “I persuaded the homeowners to paint them this creamy color, which really warms the space.” Sonia says the paint color is surprisingly something that guests notice and compliment. To provide clients with a unique style, Helgerson often finds vintage pieces for her rooms, and the Berglers’ space is no exception. The showstopper in the living room is a 10-foot-long church bench found on eBay that Helgerson upholstered, turning it into a contemporary sofa. Vintage chairs in the dining area were also reupholstered in bright pink and fuchsia to tie them in with the sofa. The redecorated space embraces old-world charm, featuring some of the diverse items from the Berglers’ travels. The living room curtains incorporate antique tapestries, and the artsy lamp in Sonia’s office was imported from Turkey. “We could have never have designed this place ourselves,” Tim says. “We found some of the materials for the project, and Jessica helped us incorporate them without overdoing it. There’s a lot of masculine quality to the dark wood, wrought iron, and dark doors, but the space also has very fresh look, which is exactly what we were looking for.”



OPPOSITE: Fuchsia Tolix stools sit beneath a one-of-a-kind glass Turkish light fixture in Sonia’s office. The designer hand painted orange detailing on the wall. THIS PAGE: A new, organized mudroom replaced a formerly crowded storage area. The dark wood bench echoes the overhead beams in the living room, and another fixture from France provides optional light.




Ship Shape

Written by lindsey m. roberts : Photographed by alex hayden




who: Eggleston

| Farkas Architects

what: Architecture details: Eggleston | Farkas Architects is a Seattle-based architecture firm that specializes in the design of modern homes, cabins, and commercial projects—most of which are in the Northwest but are also published internationally. To see more projects from Eggleston | Farkas Architects, visit



The 210-square-foot covered dogtrot deck in between the main and guest quarters is covered in cementitious board, wood framing, and metal roofing. It has two 10-foot-by-5-foot rolling barn doors at either end.



“There’s very little wasted space in the house,” Eggleston says. “The owners worked really hard with us on limiting the amount of things that they want to store and making sure that all spaces are used efficiently.”


he rectangular cabin on the south end of Lopez Island, Washington, is a ship on land, sailing with the changes in the temperate San Juan Islands weather. Rolling barn doors, sliding glass doors, and windows are the home’s hatches— open to fair winds and sunny skies, and battened down when storms roll in from the south across Mackaye Harbor. Seattle-based Eggleston | Farkas Architects (EFA) designed and built the house from 2008 to 2010 with a “simple, easy” program, explains principal John Eggleston. The firm created a small home with attached guest quarters for the husband-and-wife homeowners to serve as a retreat for the couple and, occasionally, their grown children. The firm had already done several other projects for the homeowners—a structure for the husband’s property-management business, a house in Kirkland to live, and a vacation

home in the Methow Valley for access to cross-country skiing. But the homeowners had long wanted a property with a southern exposure in the San Juans. The location on a bluff with a gull’s-eye view of the bay is a known Native American historical fishing site (and later a site for fish-cannery operations). The design team first brought in an archaeologist before tearing down the small house and outbuildings. Shell middens were found on the edge of the property, but the archaeologist cleared the architects for building on the previous house’s footprint and driveway area. They raised the new building nine feet above grade, high enough to see over natural vegetation to the water, and set it beside a giant swell of a rock outcropping. “Rather than being a picturesque home that sticks out against the bluff, it nestles in against that rock formation,” Eggleston says. The boulder secludes the house from neighbors and protects it from wind and rain on its northern end. In the new house, foul weather can be sat out below deck,





Inside, the materials palette mimics the colors on the island with walnut cabinetry by Kaiser Woodworks in the living area, a black granite countertop in the kitchen, and walls in the main living space made with a tight-knot vertical cedar. The cedar extends to the outside of the building, where sheet metal with a special marine-grade paint coating frames the house’s rectangular shape.



in the 1,300 square feet of interior living space—master bedroom and an open kitchen, living, and dining space. Fine weather can be enjoyed from the 70-foot-long front deck open to the views of sky merged with sea. A “dogtrot” deck serves as a covered place to take in the island and leads to the separate guest suite with its sleeping and sitting areas, a bath, and laundry facilities. Although the house is surrounded by water, akin to Coleridge’s “painted ship upon a painted ocean,” there is little water to drink on Lopez. “It is a waterfront, but there is very



little drinkable water,” Eggleston says. So the property has a small well and cisterns in the lower-floor mechanical area that can hold about 14,000 gallons of rainwater, which is collected from the roof and treated for use. Currently, after this winter’s rains, the homeowners have enough water stored for a year’s use. Wanting the house to be as energy-efficient as possible, EFA also installed radiant flooring under stone tile throughout. “That’s a go-to solution,” Eggleston explains. “Day one when they meet with us for a new project, they tell us it’s going to

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.”

have a radiant floor.” EFA also tipped the pitch of the roof to the south, for future solar arrays and so that the house could one day be off the grid. Many of the projects that EFA embarks on are smaller, for clients interested in having little effect on the local environment. And sensitivity to this site depended on a small footprint. “There’s very little wasted space in the house,” Eggleston says. “The owners worked really hard with us on limiting the amount of things that they want to store and making sure that all spaces are used efficiently.” Appliances

and storage are tucked away from sight. “The expectation was that this house be as efficient and as well drawn out as a sailboat,” Eggleston says. “The happiest times of their life were on a sailboat.” The muted color palette echoes that quiet simplicity with walnut cabinetry and porcelain tiles on the inside and cedar walls on both interior and exterior—all in shades found in the surrounding landscape. For these hard-working, business-owning homeowners, the less-is-more vacation lifestyle is a welcome change.



When the couple first started working with EFA, they told the architects that although they had a house with growing children, once the children moved on, they just had a large house with a lot of wasted space. They idealized their times on their sailboat, with few items and everything tucked away in its specified place. Their new galley emulates that order and simplicity of their past vacations, and the galley’s granite-top island mimics the horizontal flow of their new house.





Interior living spaces (above) are intentionally kept free of media equipment and clutter. The front deck (below) and dogtrot deck combined are 400 square feet of the house’s total square footage. On the deck, EFA used Garapa, which it purchased through a sustainable harvesting group.



“Lopez Island

has a substantial drinking water issue,” Eggleston says. With a shortage of potable water naturally available on the island, EFA drilled a small well. “The health department made it very clear that that well would not continue to produce in the long-term, so in order to permit the house we had to devise a system for rainwater collection,” he adds. So in the 1,400-square-foot lower-floor storage and mechanical area, EFA put cisterns that can hold about 14,000 gallons of rainwater total, which they treat for use. The rain from this past winter produced enough water to last the homeowners a year.




1% Public Architecture’s The

If every architecture professional donated one percent of his or her annual working time (just 20 hours per year) to a pro bono project, there would be five million hours dedicated to the public good. Public Architecture, an organization that works to put architecture in the service of the public interest, is harnessing this

idea of making a little amount to a lot. In 2005, the group launched The 1% pro bono project, encouraging architects to dedicate one percent of their working time to nonprofits in need of architecture expertise. Since then, 1,006 architecture and design firms have committed 303,841 hours of time. One is Portland’s SERA Architects, which has 25 architects participating in The 1% project, amounting to 500 hours pledged per year. We asked SERA’s Suzanne Blair about her team’s work on p:ear, an organization that helps homeless and transitional youth.

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Interview by brooke burris

Tell us about your project with p:ear. What did they need? p:ear’s mission is to build positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art, and recreation. They inspire self-confidence and affirm personal worth to help their students create healthier, more meaningful lives. Capacity issues and pending redevelopment of their rented location made it critical for p:ear to find a permanent space. They were able to secure an existing 5,000-square-foot building that required renovation to accommodate their growing program. SERA provided design services as part of a national initiative called The 1% project. Why did you choose the p:ear project? At SERA, we wanted to start our participation in The 1% with a pilot project. We developed a “wish list” of qualities to look for in our first nonprofit partner, as well as for the project design and construction opportunities. As a team, we were looking for an organization that shared our values, especially a dedication to our local community and an interest in sustainability.



When we met with p:ear, it was such an obvious choice. The directors of the program are incredibly dedicated and inspiring people, and they are impacting the youth in Portland in such a huge way. Add that connection to the fact that they were hoping to renovate a building one block away from SERA’s office, and it was a perfect match. What was the design goal for p:ear? The goal was to create a space that would stand up to the many uses required by the program, while inspiring a sense of ownership and worth for the students. So many nonprofits have to “live with” whatever they can get—whether it is inadequate space, barely working appliances, or an unhealthy environment. The new space features an open kitchen as the heart of the main program space, as well as a library and quiet study room. Cabinets along the walls organize and display art supplies and provide ample room for donated materials. Designated areas for photography, music recording, and performance allow p:ear the room to fully pursue their diverse programs. The new space also includes a gallery and performing art


who: SERA


what: The 1% participants project team: SERA Architects: Suzanne Blair, Christina Tello, Jessamyn Griffin, and Tim Richard; Fortis Construction: Matt Norman; PAE Consulting Engineers; KPFF Consulting Engineers; and Anderson Krygier

venue, which serves to connect p:ear to the neighborhood. This flexible open area allows students and local artists to exhibit and sell their work on First Thursdays and accommodates more formal fundraising events. The design integrates salvaged, existing, and new materials including doors and windows from the Rebuilding Center, donated items, and furniture from p:ear’s previous space. The resulting design reflects the personality of p:ear—eclectic, modern, and welcoming, while providing a durable, highquality, permanent home for the organization. How are local products and sustainability incorporated in the project? One of our first tasks as a project team was to do an energy model of the existing space. PAE Consulting Engineers donated their time in creating the study, and that helped p:ear prioritize improvements that would have the greatest impact on energy use. We replaced the mechanical and lighting systems in the building to reduce energy and improve the comfort of the space. We sourced local, recycled, and reused materials for any possible elements. We paid special attention

to the indoor environmental quality of the space by using lowVOC finishes, paints, sealants and adhesives. Our goal was to create a healthy environment for the students to occupy. Were there any must-haves for the design? Storage! Their previous space was packed full of donated materials, art supplies, and finished art pieces. At the new p:ear, we highlighted the storage in the space, making it open to the main program spaces so that students can access materials whenever they are needed rather than waiting for one of the volunteers or directors to provide them. Would you recommend donating your time to young designers? Absolutely. There are so many benefits to working on a project that you care about and donating your time. It was incredibly fulfilling to work with a group of such inspiring individuals and being able to make a quantifiable difference in their lives. We developed relationships with our p:ear team—clients, contractors, and consultants—that have strengthened our ability to work together as we work on for-profit work. GRAY ISSUE No. two



Photographs courtesy Cornelia Oberlander

As evidenced by her work on The New York Times Building courtyard (opposite) and the Vancouver Public Library (left), Oberlander strives to integrate green spaces into urban landscapes. “I dream of green cities with green buildings where rural and urban activities live in harmony,” she says. “Achieving a fit between the built form and the land has been my dictum.”

Designing the Future

Cornelia Oberlander Written by Hillary Rielly

The 1950s were a time of change in design,

birthing iconic pieces, legendary designers, and a style that is still prominent decades later. It was during this influential period that Vancouver, B.C.-based landscape designer Cornelia Oberlander got her start. Known today as an early pioneer of sustainable design, Oberlander was one of the first women to graduate from Harvard University with a degree in landscape architecture in 1947. A trip to Scandinavia in the early ’50s to see the “modern architecture of the north” was an early inspiration, as was learning from two fathers of modern design at Harvard: Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. Since then, Oberlander has worked for more than 60 years to bring landscape architecture to a level where it is accepted and understood on a global stage. “Accepted not in terms of designs, but in terms of how you go from concept to design development to specifications and implementations,”



Oberlander explains. Her storied career has included projects such as The New York Times Building courtyard, Robson Square, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Public Library green roof, and more. Oberlander’s work is not only beautiful and meaningful, but it is full of purpose for the future. “My whole thrust in the ’90s was toward recycle, reuse, limiting footprints, and storm water management,” she says of her dedication to designing a greener future. In 2002, she co-wrote an article with landscape architects Elisabeth Whitelaw and Eva Matsuzaki about greening roofs for public works in Canada. Most recently, Oberlander was bestowed the prestigious Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award, the highest honor given by the International Federation of Landscape Architects to recognize a landscape architect whose achievements have had a unique and lasting effect on society, the environment, and the profession.



made here

Global intelligence Written by angela cabotaje : Photographed by Gwenael Lewis



If you’ve drooled over homes in design magazines or on blogs, chances

are you have seen a particular light fixture. It’s made from seemingly simple glowing spheres of glass that can be hung individually or clustered together. That recognizable fixture is the 14 chandelier series, and it’s one of the runaway successes from Bocci, a contemporary design and manufacturing company based in Vancouver, B.C. Beneath the overwhelming popularity of Bocci’s designs lies careful craftsmanship and thought. “We try to find form instead of making form,” creative director Omer Arbel explains. “This means that instead of approaching a project with some sort of pre-considered formal idea, we experiment with material and process to discover form.” He and the design team at Bocci start by playing with materials without considering context, scale, or function. This free approach to the design process allows them to reach a creative discovery, which they can focus and build upon as they delve into technical aspects and manufacturing requirements. “Other ideas are born in all manner of different ways, and even though they don’t fit under the ‘process driven’ paradigm, they are simply too good to let go,” Arbel says. Their experiments and discoveries have resulted in coveted designs that are quickly becoming staples of modern style. Beside the 14 series chandelier, Bocci also offers the 21 series pendants made from rolled porcelain, the 22 electrical wall outlet, the 25 foam-free bench, and the 28 blown-glass pendants. Bocci’s unique experimental approach is also reflected in its product names. “Rather then inventing names for our pieces, it seemed interesting to catalog them in chronological order,” Arbel says. “We are thus able to remain more conscious—see the patterns, motivations, and obsessions in the work, focus on them, and refine them.” As for what you can expect to see from Bocci in the future, they recently released a desktop version of their 28 series and are working on a new chandelier called 39, slated to be launched later this year.

OPPOSITE: Omer Arbel became Bocci’s creative director in 2005. TOP TO BOTTOM: The 14 series chandelier fills volume and can

be customized to varying lengths, sizes, and shapes; the design process at Bocci starts with the materials: blown glass, porcelain, fabric; the 28 series pendants feature distorted spheres of glass with inner shapes in customizable colors and compositions.



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who: Departure what: Pan-Asian restaurant details: Designed by Skylab Architecture, Departure is a modern restaurant located on the rooftop level of The Nines in downtown Portland. For more information about Departure, visit



Diners can explore the casual side of an al fresco meal on one of the rooftop decks of Portland’s Departure restaurant. Smaller seating arrangements encourage intimate conversation, and breathtaking views allow patrons to sip and savor the entire experience.

A modern rooftop restaurant in downtown Portland serves up a total dining experience

depart from the ordinary Written by RACHEL GALLAHER : Photographed by Jeremy Bitterman



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“There isn’t a bad view in the restaurant,” Marsh says. In one of the main dining areas, a teak table and sleek captains chairs blend nautical with modern. OPPOSITE, TOP TO BOTTOM: The neutral color palette of teak and cream creates a warm setting around the central bar; one of the smaller lounge areas with nautical maps on the wall; the eye-catching purple entrance to Departure.



city, but people ortland is a pretty casual parture,” general dress up to come to De es of the pannot manager David Marsh is a little bit of a Asian restaurant. “There rant.” scene around the restau e is located at the tur par De se. pri sur This comes as no rt of downtown hea y hotel in the top of The Nines, a trend in a modern, e sin cui n its moder Portland, and serves tland’s t was designed by Por architectural setting tha Skylab Architecture. purple rant through a space-age Guests enter the restau ide, the of floor lights. Once ins octagon lined with strips smaller o tw eral distinct areas— restaurant opens into sev —each bar the ing areas, and lounges, the main din h as suc , ials ter ma ing and featur decorated to distinction ce. spa ire t run throughout the ent teak and sailcloth, tha sa ect refl t décor of the restauran ce According to Marsh, the ran ent stic uri t runs from the fut “modern nostalgia” tha the walls. to the nautical maps on bar, above of the restaurant is the ter cen the g Anchorin ts. The ligh ceilings open up to sky which slightly vaulted tside, Ou . ipe and is a blend of teak woodwork in this area unt Mo of ws vie ing nn as with stu is there are two rooftop are a are g ing rivers. One seatin er Hood and the surround oth the ile ring the summer, wh casual and open only du outdoor dining. l ma is set up for more for ence,” be a social dining experi “Departure is meant to out of mediately transports you Marsh explains. “It im uld sho e enc at a restaurant experi your expectations of wh better.” be and into something




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Ear Candy.

Get With the Beat. Face the Music.

Vinyl, cassette tapes, CDs, and MP3s have each taken a turn as the music-playing standard. What’s next, audiophiles? We predict modern music accessories that are just as stylish as their design-spotting owners.

editor’s fave feature: bejeweled portab le speakers

Clockwise from right: Nixon Wire 8mm earbuds, $40 at Exit Real World, Portland, ❈ chicBuds Fauvette bird speaker, $39.99 at University Bookstore, Seattle, ❈ Areaware alarm dock in beechwood, $40 at Object, Seattle, ❈ Nixon Trooper headphones, $50 at Exit Real World.




&c. (pg 24) Seattle, WA AGA (pg 40) Alchemy Collections (pg 28) 2029 Second Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 448-3309 Allen Kinast (pg 49) Portland, OR Anderson Krygier, Inc. (pg 66) 820 N.W. 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 243-2060

Chown Hardware (pg 44) 12001 N.E. 12th St. Bellevue, WA 98005 (425) 454-7420

Eileen Schoener Design (pg 17, 44) Bellevue, WA (425) 450-9055

333 N.W. 16th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 243-6500

elsa+sam (pg 34) 6924 N.E. Rodney Ave. Portland, OR 97211 (503) 389-5976

Christian Grevstad (pg 12) 312 Occidental Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 938-4360 Click! Design That Fits (pg 16) 4540 California Ave. S.W. Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 328-9252

Ann Sacks (pg 51)

Cornelia Oberlander (pg 68) 1372 Acadia Road Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1P6 (604) 224-3967

Anthropologie (pg 31)

Costco (pg 23)

Areaware (pg 77)

Craft and Culture (pg 24)

Baker Knapp & Tubbs (pg 16) 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Ste. P170 Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 763-3399

Crate and Barrel (pg 20, 23, 29, 34)

BAKU Contemporary (pg 3) (253) 265-3921 Benjamin Moore (pg 20) Bocci (pg 70) Vancouver, B.C. BoConcept (pg 31) Caesarstone (pg 44) Chadhaus (pg 82) Seattle, WA (206) 782-4287 Chef’n (pg 40) Seattle, WA chicBuds (pg 77)



Creekside Tile Company Ltd. (pg 42) 48 W. Fifth Ave. Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 1H5 (604) 876-4900 Cupcake Royale (pg 37) Seattle and Bellevue, WA

Enviable Design Inc. (pg 42) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 440-8996 Environmental Construction, Inc. (pg 9) Seattle, WA (425) 803-9881 Ethan Allen (pg 23) Exit Real World (pg 77) 206 N.W. 23rd Ave. Portland, OR 97210 (503) 226-3948 {Far4} (pg 31, 82) 1020 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 621-8831 ferm LIVING (pg 34) Fermob (pg 51) Fireworks Gallery (pg 31)

Curtsy Bella (pg 31) 2920 N.E. Blakeley St. Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 523-3221

Fleurish (pg 17) 1308 E. Union St. Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 322-1602

Departure (pg 72) 525 S.W. Morrison St. Portland, OR 97204 (503) 802-5370

Fliptography (pg 37) (877) 435-4786

Design Stage (pg 15) Seattle, WA (206) 829-9049 Eggleston | Farkas Architects (pg 54) 1821 10th Ave. W. Seattle, WA 98119 (206) 283-0250

Glacier Window & Door, Inc. (pg 11) 1229 S.E. Grand Ave. Portland, OR 97214 (503) 408-8838 Gracious House to Home (pg 29) 2920 N.E. Blakeley St., Ste. C Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 525-5300 Great Jones Home (pg 31, 34) 1921 Second Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 448-9405 Hansgrohe (pg 44) Heliotrope Architects (pg 38) 5150 Ballard Ave. N.W., Ste. B Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 297-0442 Henrybuilt (pg 38) 997 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 260-8846 Hip (pg 82) 1829 N.W. 25th Ave. Portland, OR 97210 (503) 225-5017 Hive (pg 34, 82) 820 N.W. Glisan St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 242-1967 Iacoli & McAllister (pg 31) 1423 10th Ave., Ste. C Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 225-1173 ICI Paints (pg 42) IKEA (pg 21)

Fortis Construction (pg 66) 1705 S.W. Taylor St., Ste. 200 Portland, OR 97205 (503) 459-4477

Inform Interiors (pg 28, 82) 2032 Eighth Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 622-1608

Futagami (pg 31)

50 Water St. Vancouver, B.C., V6B 1A4 (604) 682-3868


a colorful read Written by lindsey m. roberts : Portrait by hank drew

So you’re a color junkie. You collect paint chips, organize your clothes in a gradient, and offer palette consultations for your friends’ homes. Leatrice Eiseman understands.

For the past 12 years, Eiseman (a Bainbridge Islander) has been the executive director of the Color Institute for Pantone, the group that provides color standards for the design industry. And each year, she’s chosen a color to mark the mood of the moment in the country. This year, she picked Tangerine Tango, an orange-ish red that represents a climate more willfully optimistic than years past. For those interested in which colors dominated other decades in time, you can pick up Eiseman and Pantone consultant Keith Recker’s Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color (Chronicle Books, October 2011). Color junkies and the mildly color curious can flip to the section on the ’60s to revisit psychedelia, or turn to the ’90s chapter to see the Pacific Northwest dominate the color vibe with grunge-worthy Gull, Purple Haze, Dark Shadow, Faded Denim, Earth Red, and Coffee Bean. Designers can use the book to recreate a period home or dress models in period colors. But as you flip through the book, we dare you to try and choose a favorite decade. If you ask Eiseman which palette’s rainbow she prefers, she answers like a true addict: “It’s like children. You love them all.” GRAY ISSUE No. two



Jessica Helgerson Interior Design (pg 46) 723 N.W. 18th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 548-4984 JOIN (pg 12) Kaiser Woodworks (pg 59) 1920 Main St., Ste. 5 Ferndale, WA 98248 (360) 384-6048 Keller Supply Company (pg 44) KPFF Consulting Engineers (pg 66) 111 S.W. Fifth Ave., Ste. 2500 Portland, OR 97204 Kravet Furniture (pg 42) Lamps Plus (pg 42) Leatrice Eiseman (pg 79) Liave (pg 31) 1205 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 364-0748 Ligne Roset (pg 14) Logan’s Hammer (inside back cover) Seattle, WA (206) 718-4008 Maison Inc. (pg 15) Portland, OR (503) 295-0151 Maison Luxe (pg 34) 95 Yesler Way, Second Fl. Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 405-2828 Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design (pg 10, 29, 34, back cover) 10708 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 450-9999 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (pg 34) 1106 W. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 972-5000



Nixon (pg 77) Nology Media (pg 32) Seattle, WA (877) 665-6499 Nordstrom (pg 26) NW Natural Appliance Center (pg 40) 2610 S.E. Eighth Ave. Portland, OR 97202 (503) 220-2362 Object (pg 31, 77) 2316 Second Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 459-3876 Old Faithful Shop (pg 34) 320 W. Cordova St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1E8 (778) 327-9376 PAE Consulting Engineers (pg 66) 808 S.W. Third Ave., Ste. 300 Portland, OR 97204 (503) 226-2921 Pendleton (pg 16) Pier 1 Imports (pg 34) Pottery Barn (pg 21) Public Architecture (pg 66) Restoration Hardware (pg 20) Revival Home & Garden (pg 44) 1517 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 763-3886 Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre (pg 42) 2285 Cambie St. Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 2T5 (604) 879-2494 Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. (pg 44) 2181 N.W. Nicolai St. Portland, OR 97210 (503) 230-7113

SERA Architects (pg 66) 338 N.W. Fifth Ave. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 445-7372

Terris Draheim (pg 2) 5600 Sixth Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 763-4100

Seva Home (pg 28) 900 Lenora St., Ste. 116 Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 323-9920

The Finerie (pg 26) 1215 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 652-4664

Shelli Markee (pg 16) Seattle, WA (206) 683-9172

The Standard (pg 29) 10697 Main St., Ste. 3 Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 467-1164

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Tolix (pg 50, 52) Tom Dixon (pg 82) University Bookstore (pg 77) Urban Outfitters (pg 34) Velocity Art and Design (pg 28) Veritables Decor (pg 29) 2806 E. Madison Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 322-7782 Waterworks (pg 44) Williams-Sonoma Home (pg 34) Windows, Doors & More (pg 11) 5961 Corson Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 782-1011 World Market (pg 34) World Mosaic Ltd. (pg 42) 1665 W. Seventh Ave. Vancouver, B.C. V6J 1S4 (604) 736-8158 Yves Delorme (pg 29) 4608 25th Ave. N.E. Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 523-8407 Z Gallerie (pg 34, 82)


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Like so many great ideas, this one started with a napkin sketch. It was 1959, three years before the World’s Fair was coming to Seattle. Artist Edward E. Carlson— then-president of Western International Hotels and the Seattle World’s Fair commission chair—was in a coffee shop atop the three-year-old Stuttgart Television Tower in Germany, the world’s first concrete TV tower. Wowed by the torchlike structure, Carlson decided that Seattle’s upcoming fair needed a similar attraction and drew out his vision on his napkin. Washington architects John Graham Jr. and Victor Steinbrueck took the design from napkin to blueprint, and local business leaders funded the effort. Construction began in April 1961 with the largest continuous concrete pour yet attempted on the West Coast, to make the then-tallest building west of the Mississippi. When construction finished in December, 848 steps led from the base to the top of the observation deck, just above the world’s second revolving restaurant. Now 50 years after the 605-foot-tall tower was built, Seattle celebrates its Googie-style iconic landmark and tourist destination with events throughout the year, including sending someone into space for six minutes of zero gravity. Though the tower was first painted Astronaut White, Orbital Olive, Re-entry Red, and Galaxy Gold, it is now neutral-colored, a perfect backdrop to local displays of pride, including annual fireworks displays and sports-team flag flying. One could argue that the Space Needle was to Seattle in 1962 what the Museum Bilbao would be to Spain in 2007—a building that serves as a placemarker, a placemaker, and the totem of the city’s future. GRAY ISSUE No. two



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GRAY No. 2  

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

GRAY No. 2  

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