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6 Hello

Change is in the air.

10 News

Design lovers can get their fix with new stores and events this fall.

14 Raves

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

18 Interiors

Seattle designer Brian Paquette creates a classic-meets-modern condo for a young couple.

24 Décor

The coming of fall calls for some prehibernation preparation.



31 Shopping

Map out your holiday shopping list with our flowchart gift guide.

36 Color

Karla Tewes goes with her instincts to design a colorful new space in Seattle.

40 Round Up

Tubs and fridges have never looked quite this good.

44 Entertain

Vancouver, B.C.’s Chef Lee Humphries offers food presentation ideas that anyone can try at home.

48 Fashion

Four local fashion studios offer their take on well-tailored, custom-cut clothing.

72 Interview

Five female architects tell us what it takes to succeed in a male-dominated field.

74 Emerge

Jack-of-all-trades Chris Pardo is never afraid to try something new, whether it’s building a house or opening a restaurant.

76 Icon

Design legend Milton Glaser succeeds in switching things up.

tents 78 Architecture

Two projects that channel the future of shopping and a new vision for prefab.

79 Resources

Design resources from the issue.

81 Concept

Acton Ostry Architects’ vision for a new mixed-used building concept in Vancouver, B.C.

82 Zodiac

A design horoscope for diplomatic Libra and determined Scorpio.


50 Love Thy Neighbor

Mother-and-son team Cedric and Marieke Burgers create a minimal, contemporary Bowen Island retreat for family friends.

58 Tower in the Sky

Contractor Daniel Thomas’ Portland home features whimsical surprises around every corner.

66 Follow the Lines

Architect John DeForest and designer Robin Chell remodel a Lakewood, Washington, home for a family of four.

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Vancouver, B.C.’s Cedric and Marieke Burgers use their design to celebrate breathtaking views on Bowen Island.

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of Interior Designers, Washington State Chapter, celebrated design at its Dahlia Regalia event in Tacoma. Cosentino’s Tori Ross (left) with 2012 Designer of Distinction and Educator of the Year award recipient Julie Myers, ASID, IIDA.



falling for fall Fall is undeniably my favorite season. It’s a time for kettle corn, spiced cider, and pumpkin patches. It’s a time for leaves (well, the ones that aren’t on evergreens) to turn into a blaze of orange, red, and yellow. Maybe that’s why I love autumn as much as I do. The season is a transition from one extreme to the next, and to me, change is always exciting. In this issue we highlight the many changes that can happen in our lives, from a homeowner decorating a brand-new space to an established professional trying something different to women making waves in their male-dominated field. Each story is focused on transformations, big and small. And as we reach the end of our first year in publication, we’re also undergoing some exciting transformations. GRAY is turning 1 in just a few months, and what a year it has been! I won’t leak any spoilers about what we have planned for our big anniversary issue, but I’ll share a peek into the many events and happenings that have been keeping us busy.

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sponsor at Terris Draheim’s Mojitos & Merriment summer event, which featured cocktails, small bites, and tango dancers. Portland landscape designer Gavin Younie with editor Angela Cabotaje. 3: Designers Robin Rosebrugh and Erin Saucier created GRAY’s display booth at Interior Design Show West. Furnishings courtesy Inform Interiors. 4: Atelier Lapchi opened its new flagship showroom in Portland’s Pearl District and debuted its Milton Glaser rug collection. As the media sponsor, GRAY was on hand to help celebrate. Left to right: Lapchi’s Lani Baker with publisher Shawn Williams and associate style editor Brooke Burris.




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MAGAZINE: pacific northwest design

Publisher Creative Director Shawn Williams

Editor Angela Cabotaje

Style Director

Photographer hank drew

Stacy kendall PHOTO BY CHARLIE HAYDEN In this issue: Décor (pg 24)

Photographer alex hayden In this issue: Interiors (pg 18), Color (pg 36)

Editor at Large Lindsey m. roberts

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Photographer DAVID PAPAZIAN In this issue: Feature (pg 58)

Advertising Writer Hillary Rielly In this issue: Architecture (pg 78)


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Editor at Large LINDSEY M. ROBERTS In this issue: Interview (pg 72), Emerge (pg 74), Icon (pg 76)

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OPENINGS We already know how great the Northwest is, but it appears that a few of our favorite design companies are catching on, too. Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, B.C., all welcomed brand-new stores in recent months. To that, we wish you much happy shopping.

right: FLOR’s Rake Me Over. below: Jonathan Adler’s Mrs. Godfrey Chair in Limitless Linden and the Utopia Mermaid.

FLOR, purveyor of the customizable square carpet system, has opened two— that’s right, two—showrooms in the Pacific Northwest. Now you can browse oodles of its innovative carpet tiles in person.

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 FLOR, 718 N.W. 11th Ave., Portland

and 2000 First Ave., Seattle,

Jonathan Adler’s collection of quirky

new store

 Jonathan Adler, 1165 N.W. Everett St.,

design agenda

Summer may be over, but fall sure feels hot with plenty of offerings for design lovers this season

furniture, home accents, and accessories is available for you to peruse and purchase in Portland. Whether you’re in need of a little something for yourself or are searching for the perfect present, now you know where to go. Start committing the address to memory. Portland, Creating that dream bathroom just got a little easier. Design house and manufacturer Blu Bathworks recently opened its flagship showroom in Vancouver, B.C.’s Yaletown neighborhood. The collection of modern bathware and fixtures is open to design professionals by appointment.  Blu Bathworks, 188 Smithe St.,

Vancouver, B.C.,

new store (BE A) GRAND WINNER

The flagship Blu Bathworks showroom in Yaletown.

Change the face of energy efficiency from frumpy to stylish with Puget Sound Energy’s Re-Energized by Design competition. This contest pits six Washington participants (each paired with a local design blogger) against each other in a room-by-room home makeover challenge. Contestants are judged on both design and how well they are able to save energy. If you think you have what it takes, visit reenergizedbydesign.  DEADLINE to enter: October 31



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Luxury textile company Beacon Hill debuted its Watercolors line of four linen fabrics with dramatic prints, all inspired by the abstract qualities of watercolor paintings. KnollTextiles is not to be outdone with Dynamic, the latest addition to its ongoing Archival Collection in which it revamps past fabrics for modern living. The six saturated colors were drawn from the original 1971 line. And, last but not least, Seattle-based Material Good released its fall collection of Little Shirley vases in colors inspired by iconic Northwest landmarks and hues of the season. Offerings include Market Spice, Northern Lights, Persimmon, Purple Haze, Scuba, Sockeye, and Stout. Ten percent of profits go to organizations working on cancer research and raising awareness about the disease.  Beacon Hill is available through

The Dixon Group, Seattle,; Nest, Portland,; and Robert Allen | Beacon Hill, Vancouver, B.C.,  KnollTextiles is available through Knoll,

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Underbelly October 5 and 6

Seattle’s Degenerate Art Ensemble and Olson Kundig Architects team up for Underbelly, a four-performance engagement as part of Seattle’s Next 50 celebrations. DAE artistic director Haruko Nishimura embodies three controversial female personalities from Northwest history. Olson Kundig Architects’ Alan Maskin, Blair Payson, and John Nebendahl designed many of the props and set pieces.  Tickets are available online at


Eastside Culture Crawl participants mth woodworks’ bloom coffee table is made from salvaged red cedar and organic resin.

Eastside Culture Crawl November 16–18

It’s easy to celebrate local art with an event like Vancouver, B.C.’s Eastside Culture Crawl. This three-day arts extravaganza features more than 300 artists—from photographers and painters to sculptors and textile designers—opening their doors to the public. Purchase one-of-a-kind pieces and see the artists in their natural creative environments.  Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver,







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ANNIVERSARY BASH GRAY is celebrating its one-year anniversary this December at Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design. Help us celebrate with your vote! Twelve local designers are using their creative expertise to each decorate a holiday wreath provided by Wells Medina Nursery. See their exclusive designs online at starting November 15, 2012, and cast your vote for your favorite!





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What’s the best thing about the Pools vase from Fleet Objects? It doesn’t have to be a vase at all if you don’t want it to be. Vancouver, B.C.–based designer Zoe Garred created this collection consisting of stoneware vessels and lids, but she leaves their exact purpose up to you. Oh, the power! Pools 2 Vase Set, $57 (CAD) at Vancouver Special, Vancouver, B.C.,

Nailed It

The new Carrie Collection Sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has it all—elegant lines that are not not masculine and nailheads for a traditional look that has a bit of an edge. Truly, what doesn’t it have? That’s a rhetorical question. From $2,095 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Portland,

{fun}ctional When we’re looking for good design, the old adage about form and function is like our favorite T-shirt—it just feels right. For fall, it’s hard to tell whether form or function comes first but, hey, we’re happy to take both. Written by stacy kendall



Hang Tough

Is it a useful hanger or a piece of contemporary sculpture? Luckily for us, it’s both. Hook by Seattle’s Grain is deceptively simple. Each is carved in small batches out of sustainably harvested American beech wood in Grain’s Bainbridge Island shop. Now we’re hooked. $70 at Grain, Seattle,

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Hello Halo

Everybody looks good bathed in the brilliance of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio’s Aura Light. When illuminated, it creates a glowing orb of light that is sure to make any space seem, well, angelic. That’s design we can believe in. From $345 at Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Seattle,

Say Yeah

Arper describes Saya this way: “Saya is a mark, a gesture, a graphic sign, rendered in wood to finish a space like a signature. Fluid in line, warm in material, its silhouette is bold, striking. The sum is more than the parts: Saya inspires inclusion in diverse environments from home to contract.” We think that says it all. Saya Series by Liavore Altherr Molina for Arper, from $488 at Hive, Portland,

es ”By inlaying the birch branch, we can horizontally in our organic rewsinof the wood. showcase a two-dimensionallisvietic approach and We also took a very minimaLess is more, and only inlayed two branches. the attention.” the ones we show get all —Tanja Hinder, mth woodworks 16


Gray Lady

We don’t know if you know this, but we like gray—a lot. OK, you know. The bloomX table from Vancouver, B.C.’s mth woodworks actually comes in an array of cool colors—just one of those options is this elegant gray. Each table is one of a kind and incorporates salvaged birch branches and resin with a beech wood base. $3,990 (CAD) at mth woodworks, Vancouver, B.C.,

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CLASSIC COOL Interior designer Brian Paquette creates a classic-meets-modern space for a Seattle couple Written by rachel gallaher Photographed by alex hayden



In the living room, a custom BP Interiors sofa is covered with men’s suiting fabric in gray cashmere wool. “This sofa will last forever,” Paquette says. An original 1960s Lucite waterfall table sits in harmonious contrast with antique rugs and an early-20th-century brass shelving unit by the fireplace. OPPOSITE: Paquette sits in an antique French leather chair from Susan Wheeler.

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OPPOSITE: The other side of the living room is a more delicate contrast to the masculine, gray sofa. The rich-blue fainting couch is draped in a Swiss Army blanket—a signature gift given to every BP Interiors client. THIS PAGE: A cowhide adds texture to the floors in the dining room, and an early-20th-century map takes the place of wallpaper; the homeowners’ personal collection of blue bottles matches the cobalt blue Paquette worked into each room.


eat tle-based designer Brian Paquette hails from the East Coast, but don’t expect his interiors to boast shelves of chintz china or drapes of traditional lace.

The Rhode Island native transplanted to the West Coast five years ago, landing first in Portland, then migrating up to Seattle in 2009. One of his first projects in the area was designing the interiors of a new condo for a young couple on the north end of Capitol Hill. Paquette’s designs marry classic and modern—the perfect mix for a worldly couple making a home on the Hill. “With these clients, this was their first home,” Paquette says. “They were very typical Seattle condo buyers who didn’t want to get too invested in changing the structure,

and that’s always a challenge.” Instead of planning a grand renovation, Paquette turned to the furnishings to make the space unique. At the beginning of the process, the clients didn’t have a specific vision of what they wanted, so every Friday for a few months he would take them out antiquing. The clients dubbed these trips “Brian Fridays.” The couple had no furniture, so Paquette started with a blank slate, choosing sofas and chairs to anchor the living room and provide plenty of seating for weekend GRAY ISSUE No. six



The green wooden mantelpiece and bright-yellow leather chair add unexpected pops of color in the bedroom; a carved red lamp from Kirk Albert has a glamorous shade— black on the outside with a chic gold interior—and rests on a vintage woodand-steel factory cart in the entryway; a large painting by local artist Greg Boudreau hangs in the entry hall, where a high-backed original Philadelphia settee stands guard; the TV room is painted with Flint by Benjamin Moore, and the paint is the perfect dark background for a set of wooden Boeing factory molds—an homage to the industrial Pacific Northwest.



A large mirror above the bed is masculine in size, but is painted with water-gilded 23-karat gold which adds a feminine touch to the space.

guests. Rich blues and sophisticated grays stand out against Benjamin Moore’s creamy Berkshire Beige; the hue is used throughout the home. Paquette took a bold cobalt blue from an antique oushak rug in the living room and used it in each of the other rooms to unify the condo’s overall style. Just off the living room is an intimate dining space with a round Cassina table surrounded by vintage Wegner Wishbone chairs. Paquette’s favorite piece— a 1940s wood-and-brass chandelier—hangs above the table, providing both light and a touch of luxury.

A hint of breezy, Cape Cod style shows up in the bedroom, where custom BP Interiors curtains are sheer enough to let in light. An antique BP Interiors West African blanket finishes off the white Matouk bed linens. Each item was specifically chosen for the clients, but for Paquette, it’s important that the space is livable. “This is a home that you can sit on the sofa with a blanket and a glass of whiskey and just chill out,” he says. “I wanted to make a space where this couple could grow and start their new life in Seattle. My goal is that when I walk into a place it’s a house, but when I leave it’s a home.” GRAY ISSUE No. six




Even the birds know you need to accessorize your nest with this and that,

and for fall that means cozy pillows and throw blankets. Our picks pack major punch for room dressing this season. Even for those with pattern paranoia—which we admit to, at times—who can resist a sofa filled to the brim with comfy cushions or a side chair swathed in a fantastic throw? In other words, these choices make any look fly.

Written by stacy kendall : Photographed by hank drew Modeled by elle d : Hair & Makeup by stace



Double-faced wool blanket, $220 at Liave, Seattle,




GRAY asked a few local designers whether we should still be giving our throw pillows the ol’ karate chop. The verdict of our official, unofficial poll? 71 percent said “NO, chopping is out!” (But diligent fluffing is still a must.)

Left to right: Hand-printed peacock pillow, $228 at The Standard, Bellevue, ❈ Custom F. Schumacher pillow, available through Revival Home & Garden, Seattle, ❈ Faux zebra pillow, $240 per pair at Great Jones Home, Seattle, ❈ Be Nice Or Leave pillow, $140 at NuBe Green, Seattle, ❈ Vintage Schiaparelli scarf pillow, $385 at Susan Wheeler Home, Seattle, ❈ Blue and green zigzag pillow, $125 at Camelion Design, Seattle,



Aireloom Baker Councill Dedon Guy Chaddock Hancock & Moore Henkel Harris Hickory Chair Stickley

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décor Left to right: One-of-a-kind mud cloth blanket, available through Caldwells, Seattle, ❈ In2Green ikat recycled cotton blanket, available through Revival Home & Garden, Seattle, revival ❈ Mohair throw, $240 at Veritables, Bellevue and Seattle, veritablesdecor .com. ❈ Designer’s Guild Olsson throw in lime, $235 at Table Top & Home, Bellevue, tabletopand



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Seattle designer Karla Tewes goes with her instincts when decorating a colorful South Lake Union apartment Written by stacy kendall : Photographed by alex hayden


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One of the rugs that started it all makes the floor another canvas for color in the living room. The pillows on the sofa are made from F. Schumacher’s Chang Mai Dragon, which was one of the first fabrics that the client chose. The Pop Chandelier by Tewes Design hangs over the table in the dining room, which was originally designated to be the living room. Based on the homeowner’s use of the space, Tewes created a cozy dining room and used the large middle area for the living room.



Below, left: The client wanted an inspiring space for writing, and she got it. The colorful combination of pillows and personal artwork with different textures and finishes is the perfect recipe for inspiration. Versatility is important for city dwellers, so this space doubles as a guest room. Below, right: By layering tone-on-tone neutrals and mixing in textures, such as the metallic side table, glass lamp, and leather headboard, the fuchsia wall becomes the focal point of the room.


olors can be tried and tested, but in the end, it really all comes down to what hue speaks to you. Seattlebased interior designer Karla Tewes of Tewes Design let the color do the talking, going with gut instincts to complete a dramatic South Lake Union apartment. Known for her ability to use color in stylish and clever ways, Tewes first came to her client’s attention in September 2011 through her Pop Chandelier (more on this later). Plus, she agreed to have everything done in three months, right before Christmas. And so the quest to design an energizing space was on. Out of sheer luck, both Tewes and the homeowner happened to be traveling to New York City at the same time and decided to go shopping together. First stop: ABC Carpet and Home. They both fell in love with two overdyed Oriental rugs—one in turquoise and one in orange—and decided to center the design around those colors. The Pop Chandelier in turquoise that Tewes designed served as the other piece of project inspiration.



Sometimes her color-nervous clients fear painting their walls in bright hues. Tewes simply tells them that if they hate it, they can just paint it back. (For the record, she says that none of her clients have reversed her paint decisions.) In the bedroom of this home, for instance, Tewes went with a hot-pink wall that might strike some as too bold for a restful night of sleep. The homeowner, though, says that the space is surprisingly relaxing. Neutral shades offset the saturated color, allowing the designer to build on textures rather than chroma. Likewise, in the office, the homeowner wanted a color that was both calming and inspiring, which ended up being turquoise blue. “My client wanted her space to be comfortable and happy, and she had strong intuitions and feelings about what was right for her,” Tewes says. And what about the final reveal? With a whopping one day of set-up, the client returned to see the finished product. “I was blown away by it,” the homeowner says. “And I still am every time I walk into my apartment.” Now that’s a good feeling.

color “It’s easy to pick black out of your closet, but it’s always color that will get you compliments. It’s the same way with using color in interiors.” —karla tewes, tewes design

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Grouping accessories of the same color makes a dramatic visual statement; the Pop Chandelier that started it all; the dresser has a textured, linen finish, which adds another layer of interest among the mix of surfaces; kitchen stools exemplify Tewes’ mastery of combining textures and patterns to add layers to the design scheme.



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Admit it: You dream of the day when you can get your new kitchen or bathroom. We do, too. Dream in Technicolor with our picks for the kitchen and bathroom, and then make your dream a reality.

Written by stacy kendall

Blu Bathworks’ new Condo Series will leave your guests green with envy. BluStone onepiece freestanding bathtub by Blu Bathworks, $8,650 (CAD) at Blu Bathworks, Vancouver, B.C.,; Pedini, Seattle,



1. Freestanding bathtub by Modulnova Bagni, $7,800 (CAD) at Room 8, Vancouver, B.C., 2. Pear bathtub by Patricia Urquiola for Agape, $16,052 at Inform Interiors, Seattle, 3. Eau Soaking Tub by Stone Forest, available through The Fixture Gallery, 4. Cabrits bathtub by Victoria + Albert Baths, $5,900 at Best Plumbing, Seattle, 5. Votaire Freestanding Oval Cast Iron Bathtub, $16,500 at Chown Hardware, Portland, Bellevue,

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Smeg refrigerator, $1,999 at Hammer And Hand, Portland, hammer

Whirlpool’s answer to stainless ennui, its new White Ice finish is stonecold stylish. French-door refrigerator by Whirlpool, $2,218 at Ferguson, Portland,

Sleek yet classic— simple yet high-tech, thanks to our Swedish friends. Datid refrigerator, $1,799 at Ikea,

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Having a story behind each dish helps the visual components come together. For this beet parfait, Humphries thought

about the origin of the beet—it grows in soil. With this inspiration in mind, he created chocolate “soil” with a cookie-like texture as an accompaniment to the dessert.

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Bid adieu to that forlorn sprig of parsley—chef and food presentation pro Lee Humphries shares his tips on how to put your best plate forward Written by rachel gallaher




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For this ceviche, Humphries used thinly sliced lemons and limes for a burst of citrus and added thinly sliced radishes to give it a deep purple color.

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In the dark, winter months, an extra bit

of glitz helps brighten things up. Apply that same philosophy to the table by designing a plate of food that will have your dinner guests talking until the next gathering. Don’t let the art of food presentation intimidate you; it doesn’t require a top chef to craft a beautiful plate. Lee Humphries, chef de cuisine at Vancouver, B.C.’s C Restaurant, shares a few secrets about how you can get a five-star look from your freezer.

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★ Whip up gels and pastes using an edible, plant-derived gelatinous substance called agar. Boil and mix it with vegetable purees, then set it in the freezer. The resulting gels can be sculpted into impressive garnishes. ★ For a natural food dye, use fruits and vegetables with natural pigmentation, such as blueberries, beets, and anything green with chlorophyll (asparagus or peas, for example). Puree the produce, and then boil the resulting pulp. For the best color, use the liquid that boils to the top to tint foods. ★ Don’t go overboard. Remember it’s about the taste of the dish, not how many ingredients you can get on the plate. “When it comes to garnishing, for me, less is more,” Humphries says. “If you keep putting more and more garnish on, you are going to lose the integrity of the dish.” ★ Work with texture. Lots of produce has interesting natural texture. Use the skins or peels to integrate color and give your dish some visual flavor.



1. Five-piece gold flatware, $29 at West Elm, Portland and Seattle, 2. Small Flower Votive, $6 (CAD), Mirror Mosaic Tealight Holder, $14.95 (CAD), both at The Cross Décor & Design, Vancouver, B.C., 3. Chilewich Silver Gilt Placemat, $10 at Sur La Table, Seattle and Portland, 4. Pulap Tray, $210 each at Ligne Roset, Seattle, 5. Villeroy & Boch New Wave plate, available through J.F. Henry, Seattle,





Plate It Like a Pro Gold Standard We’ve all heard the saying about being fed with a silver spoon. But why settle for silver when you can have gold? Adding streamlined metallics is the classy way to do glam.



Fire with Flair Candles are a table essential. For a simple, modern look, choose small clear or mirrored votives. Cluster them in groups, or line them down the center of the table.


Lay It on Me Serve your guests in style with these easy-toclean, subtly glamorous placemats. Classic black on one side, glitzy silver on the other—the perfect color combo for a white table setting.

Perfect Presentation Bring your finished dish to the table on a sleek, neutral tray. It makes white dishes pop, and with nine layers of lacquer, your food won’t be the only thing to shine.

Bright White When dabbling in food design, the meal is your paint and the dishes are your canvas. Use smooth, white plates and bowls without a lot of frills or fancy edges. It keeps the focus on the food.


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TARBOO INC. The button-up shirt is a classic symbol of masculinity. From wintry flannel to cool summer cotton, you’d be hard pressed to find a male closet without at least one of these basics. For Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes and Matt Noren, founders of Seattle’s Tarboo Inc., the button-up is the heart of their business. Founded two years ago—after a serendipitous introduction by a mutual friend and a shared interest in well-made, meticulously constructed garments—the company has grown from a small Capitol Hill workshop to a factory, showroom, and boutique tucked in the top floor of a Pioneer Square office building. Tarboo produces handcrafted shirts (as well as other products, such as garments and accoutrements for men and women), ranging from ready-to-wear to custom pieces. “We are making creative, functional garments that should last for 35 years,” Alley-Barnes says. “When it really comes down to it, we are making beautiful garments that are well constructed and completely timeless.”

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From men’s shirts to women’s skirts, well-tailored clothes are always in style

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LONGSHOT APPAREL Some of the most innovative products are actually solutions to the quandaries of creative minds. Case in point: Seattle-based Longshot Apparel, a company specializing in shirts for tall men. “Really, it started as my own problem,” says Mark Tindall, one of the company’s founders. “I am tall, and at 6 foot 3 inches, I consider myself to be pretty fit. I was getting shirts from the big and tall store, but the choices weren’t particularly that interesting, and I was always having to get them altered.” Fed up with boring choices and the tailoring hassle, Tindall decided to start manufacturing shirts that worked for tall men with a similar build. Using a sizing model they call the Tailored Taller Fit, the company designs shirts for men between 6 feet and 6 feet 10 inches tall. Since its start, Longshot has picked up a following—the Pacific Northwest is one of the fittest regions in the country, after all. The shirts (sold exclusively online) are made in the United States and toe the line between classic and casual. You can dress them up under a suit jacket for work or pair them with jeans for a clean-cut weekend wardrobe.

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Evaan Kheraj, courtesy obakki

OBAKKI For Vancouver, B.C.–based clothing designer Treana Peake, philanthropy and fashion have always been lifelong passions. In 2005, she founded Obakki, a luxury clothing line designed, cut, and sewn in Vancouver. Using gorgeous fabrics from Italy, France, and Japan, Peake creates bold styles with feminine draping, body-hugging fits, and unique color and pattern choices. Four years after launching the clothing line, Peake decided to use her clothing to change lives. She founded the Obakki Foundation, a nonprofit that strives to drive positive change in the world. Its current mission is to install wells and fund education in parts of Africa. “[Peake] uses Obakki as a medium for change,” company marketing director Stephanie Hoff notes. “Her intention is to bring awareness and funding to global issues through creative platforms such as fashion.” For example, the Fall-Winter 2012 collection uses colors and designs to tell a visual narrative of the history of South Sudan during the past 40 years—from civil unrest to oil wars to the optimism of a brighter future. That’s fashion at its finest.

HOLLY STALDER DESIGNS Holly Stalder’s fashion creations would not be lost among Fashion Week’s big-name runways. From backless cocktail dresses to flirty date-night attire, Stalder’s designs are for women with a little bit of sass. Operating from her Portland shop, Haunt, the designer offers both off-the-rack and made-to-order styles. Her dresses are cut from classic silhouettes, but the real craftsmanship is in the details, which hearkens back to the decadence of the 1920s. Bridal couture is also a large part of Stalder’s business, and it is her favorite thing to work on. Many of the gowns in the bridal collection are traditional white with long trains and full ruffles. Others, in rosetinted silks or with brown-crinkled skirts, are for the more daring bride. “My work is a combination of simple silhouettes and vintage elements,” she says. “I add ruffling and beaded details or antique lace on some wedding dresses.” GRAY ISSUE No. six


“Life on this end of the island is a struggle against nature forces—exposure and cold and dry, hot summers,” architect Cedric Burgers says. To help the home withstand the elements, he used durable, Galvalume-coated steel on the exterior. For the landscaping, he preserved the coastal trees and allowed grasses and succulents to grow wild.


architecture and landscape: Burgers Architecture Inc. interior design: MBI Interiors general contractor: Francis Jacquet flooring: Danamac Concrete Systems millwork: Momentum



love thy neighbor Architect Cedric Burgers and interior designer Marieke Burgers create a modern island retreat for family friends Written by ANGELA CABOTAJE : Photographed by MICHAEL BOLAND





The central core of the home features floor-toceiling windows from Superior Glass for unimpeded views. Dark screens keep residents from being blinded without blocking the scenery. Interior designer Marieke Burgers chose a classic Eames Lounge Chair and Herman Miller Noguchi Table from Inform Interiors to match the homeowners’ contemporary sofa.




very great story has an unexpected beginning, and this one starts with a white-stucco, Bauhaus-style house in West Vancouver.

Art lovers Jack and Maryon Adelaar fell in love with the home, purchasing it in 1978 from its original owners Robert and Marieke Burgers. The Burgers—an architect and designer, respectively—then purchased a neighboring lot and built themselves another home. During the next 30 years, the two couples became good friends. So when Jack and Maryon decided to build home on the southern tip of Bowen Island, they knew exactly who to call: Marieke and her architect son, Cedric Burgers. The remote site that the Adelaars purchased had definite advantages—unobstructed ocean views, coastal trees, and steep cliffs—but it also came with some chal-



lenges. “Nothing was there before,” Cedric says of the site, “and when we first started working on it, access was by dirt road only.” The mother-and-son design team also had to follow strict development guidelines, including requirements that they stick to a predetermined U-shaped building envelope, that they use “no industrial materials,” and that they include a steep roof in their design. Cedric got to work sketching out a zero-maintenance residence that could withstand the area’s hot summers and cold winters. Inspired by the houses in Richmond’s Finn Slough fishing village, he specified gabled roofs and

OPPOSITE: The gabled roofs and long overhangs were modeled after homes in the rugged Finn Slough fishing village; simple IKEA pendants over the kitchen island complement the minimal interiors. THIS PAGE: Non-intrusive, adjustable lighting was in order to highlight an ever-changing art collection. Minimal lights on wire allow for maximum versatility.



The concrete floors reflect the steep cliffs, the vaulted wood ceilings reinterpret the pine and cedar trees, and the color palette of gray, white, black, and tan mirrors the pebbles on the beach.

long overhangs for covered areas. Windows on the north and south sides allow for natural ventilation, while dark concrete floors absorb and contain heat. Durable, Galvalume-coated steel on the exterior holds up well in harsh weather. For the interiors, Marieke decided to let the environment take center stage. The concrete floors reflect the steep cliffs, the vaulted wood ceilings reinterpret the pine and cedar trees, and the color palette of gray, white, black, and tan mirrors the pebbles on the beach. Neutral walls and minimal, adjustable light fixtures from MP Lighting allow the Adelaars to display their extensive art collection with ease. To balance out the kitchen’s pewter Corian counter-tops and silvery-gray



cabinets from Citation Kitchens, Marieke used a custom light-washed oak by Momentum for the millwork. Outside, Cedric followed a similar nature-comes-first approach. The design team preserved the delicate coastal pines, firs, and arbutuses dotting the property. Lichen, moss, and succulents create a wildly wonderful effect, and grasses grow right up to the home’s foundation. “The beauty of this project is that it was kept so simple,” Marieke says. And so this design story concludes in nearly the same way it began, with the Burgers building a contemporary retreat for the Adelaars. It’s safe to assume, though, that the decades-long friendship between these two families is far from over.

OPPOSITE: Sculptural cubes form the guest suites, where the white walls reflect light and create a “light well” in the center of the house. THIS PAGE: “Both the Adelaars and Cedric were totally in love with this gorgeous property—this natural inheritance with its breathtaking views,” Marieke says. “It was immediately determined that the environment should be the stage with a roof and some walls as shelter.”



tower in the sky After 14 years of room-by-room remodeling, contractor Daniel Thomas finally finishes his 124-year-old Portland home with modern elements and a whimsical touch Written by RACHEL GALLAHER : Photographed by DAVID PAPAZIAN



OPPOSITE: A ladder in the light-filled tower leads up to a multipurpose loft space; the Achille Castiglioni light fixture (available through Design Within Reach) got its shape inspiration from the dandelion. Contractor and homeowner Daniel Thomas traded a Smeg refrigerator to one of his colleagues for the light. THIS PAGE: The 28-foottall modern tower was an addition meant to bring natural light into the kitchen and provide an easy connection between indoor and outdoor.


contractor: Hammer And Hand interior design: bright designlab



The tower is clad in reclaimed barn wood, and a glimpse of the kitchen’s red cabinets can be seen through one of the windows; the raw-steel cabinets in the kitchen were designed by both Hammer And Hand and bright designlab. Vibrant red was chosen to mirror the red knobs on the Wolf range.




The contrast in flooring is bold and marks the space in the tower. Thomas, who loves to entertain, sometimes extends tables out into the space to accommodate large groups. White walls throughout the house provide a clean palette as a background for art. The white, powder-coated steel Legs sculpture is from husband-andwife team Dan and Melissa Stiles of StubbornStiles.

oors to nowhere, secret peepholes, and a tower in the backyard. It sounds like something taken straight out of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,

but for contractorDaniel

Thomas of Portland’s Hammer And Hand, it’s home.

“The house was built in 1888 and was remodeled badly every decade since,” Thomas says. “All the surfaces were either 110 years old or badly patched and painted over … the kitchen was disconnected with the rest of the house and with the backyard. It lacked any of its own character or reason for being.” The contractor loves to host dinners and parties, and he also uses the home as a vacation rental. When tackling

the redesign, he kept all these uses in mind. After 14 years, the last phase of the design build—opening up the kitchen, installing a Japanese tub, and adding a 28-foottall tower to connect the kitchen with the backyard— finished in 2012. The kitchen had already been through one remodel, and the beautiful dark floors (made from reclaimed framing lumber from a turn-of-the-century warehouse)





OPPOSITE: Pulcrano and Brightenburg took Thomas’ mirror collection and painted the frames white to unify the look. Beneath the wall of mirrors is a stripped antique Coromandel chest that once belonged to his grandmother. THIS PAGE: A turquoise-painted bed frame pops against black-and-white wallpaper, and red reappears on the spine of a bedside book. Thomas painted a cheerful pig on the relocated rear entry door—it now hides the bathroom. The dirty little secret? The pig’s eye is a miniscule peephole into the shower room, although it can be covered by a robe.

remained. Steel cabinets in red and gray line the kitchen as a serendipitous juxtaposition to the vintage floors. Designed by Alissa Pulcrano and Leela Brightenburg of bright designlab, the cabinets provide a lot of storage space (keeping counters free of clutter) and add some cheery color. The transition from the kitchen to the tower is a stark visual contrast. The flooring changes from thick, dark beams to light, thin ones laid horizontally leading out to the patio. On sunny days, Thomas can look up and

enjoy copious amounts of light from the 11 rectangular windows. A vertical ladder also leads up to a loft space. “The idea of ‘tower’ had always been part of the language: a transition space that brought light into the back of the house,” the contractor says. “The shape and specifics mutated from year to year, but the core idea remained—a light, modern structure that would invite engagement with an outdoor area.” From the height of the tower, Thomas and the design team (including the women of bright designlab, who GRAY ISSUE No. six


THIS PAGE: The muted cream tile in the traditional Japanese bath complements the fragrant cedar planks that make up the steam room. According to Thomas, an Ofuro tub—for soaking after getting clean—“is an absolutely fantastic way to end a cold, dark, wet day in the Pacific Northwest.” OPPOSITE: bright designlab wanted a very visual element in several of the rooms, so they chose intricate wallpaper from Timorous Beasties. Touches of whimsy, such as these owls, can be found throughout the house.

helped with the interior design of the project) moved on to the depths of the basement, which was unfinished. The contractor decided to install a tub inspired by Japan’s public baths. His is a traditional Ofuro soaking tub made from fragrant Port Orchard cedar. Back upstairs, Pulcrano and Brightenburg continued to blur the lines between modern and traditional—all while keeping a sense of humor. A wall of white-painted mirrors reflects the original ceiling beams to create



a doubling effect. Handprinted iguana wallpaper from the Glasgow-based company Timorous Beasties keeps watch over guests in one of the bedrooms. “I hear that my house is eclectic,” Thomas says. “That it’s beautiful and inviting. That it’s whimsical and filled with odd details. That it’s quiet and comfortable. People respond to the spaces positively, and I enjoy living here and sharing the space with guests.”

“Successful contemporary design does not merely reflect trends in chasing the newest color or texture. It also reflects the culture: how we use spaces.” —Daniel Thomas, contractor



FOLLOW THE LINES Seattle architect John DeForest and designer Robin Chell team up to create a kid-friendly home with plenty of grown-up style Written by rachel gallaher : Photographed by BENJAMIN WOOLSEY

The open kitchen is kid friendly; a wall with chalkboard paint is perfect for spur-of-the-moment doodles or impromptu grocery lists. Deco-Pour concrete floors run throughout the home and provide a chic look with a durable finish. Interior designer Robin Chell chose Kartell’s clear Charles Ghost stools at the island to highlight the natural light.




architect: John DeForest, DeForest Architects (Project Team: Jessyca Poole, Eric Nebel) interior designer: Robin Chell, Robin Chell Design contractor: Ainslie-Davis Construction Inc. structural engineering: Evergreen Design Company




hen an architect falls in love with a house before the remodel, it’s easy to predict that the post-project results are going to be a knockout. Such was the case with John DeForest, principal of DeForest Architects, who not only hit it off with a family of four in Lakewood during his first visit to their home, but also recognized the strong architecture and “great bones” of the home.

Working with interior designer Robin Chell, DeForest used the guidance of the home’s existing structural lines to create a modern home for a modern family. When they first came to DeForest, the clients wanted a family-friendly home and an updated, more functional kitchen. According to the architect, the original kitchen was dark, cramped, and didn’t have a working range. As the heart of a busy home, it had to change. The clients wanted a large island where the family could gather and where the two young children could work on their home-



work while the wife cooked dinner and the husband had an evening cocktail. The island, along with the cabinetry, is from IKEA. Creating the perfect mix of high and low, DeForest used Caesarstone quartz for the countertop. “One thing John wanted to do on this project is bring in a lot of light,” Chell says. One of the main hallways had cabinets on one side, but DeForest knocked them out and installed floor-to-ceiling windows with aluminum frames. The master bedroom is a lesson in the beauty of simplicity. The light-dark contrast accents the room with a

OPPOSITE: At the end of a window-lined hallway, a large red “2” stands out against the white paint. The number was saved from an old movie theater sign in the wife’s childhood town in the Midwest and found a new home in Lakewood. THIS PAGE: A dining table from local company Meyer Wells sits opposite the island. The steel legs pick up the dark hue of the ceiling beams. GRAY ISSUE No. six


“Mixing high and low is like the perfect pairing of a classic Gap T-shirt and Prada shoes.” —John D Forest, architect e

geometric angle over the bed. Simple nightstands from IKEA match the Modernica Case Study V-leg bed, and a classic navy-and-white bedspread adds the final sophisticated touch. “As far as furniture and accessories, I knew they liked really modern design,” Chell says. “We wanted pieces that would play with the light and shadow. Continuing the serene feeling of simplicity, DeForest created a spa-like escape in the master bathroom. Double doors of frosted glass at one end hide both a walk-in shower and the toilet. A hidden skylight in the shower lets in plenty of natural light, while a slatted bench and a walnut vanity tie in with the warm tones throughout



the rest of the house. The large porcelain sink provides plenty of space for two. One thing the clients wanted was a non-fussy home that was completely open to their kids. Chell and DeForest made sure to use finishes and choose furniture accordingly—poured concrete floors can withstand spills, the Meyer Wells table in the kitchen is art project–proof, and fun personal collections (globes and dinosaurs) appear on shelves and windowsills throughout the house. “For all of us, the mission was to really show that modern choices get along with family-friendly style,” DeForest says. Mission accomplished.

OPPOSITE: In the master bedroom, neutral tones complement each other and create a tranquil space for relaxation. A gradient of textures—the original ceiling beams, the painted wall, and the slight shine of the concrete floors—add visual interest without making the space too busy. A barely there bed frame from Modernica matches twin bedside tables. THIS PAGE: In the master bathroom, a hidden skylight above the sink lets in extra light, and walnut Kerf cabinets bring warmth to the mostly white room. White tiles line the shower, which is hidden by frosted glass. A slatted bench adds to the spa-like atmosphere.



Left to right: Shelley Craig and Jennifer Marshall of Urban Arts Architecture in Vancouver, B.C., the Queensborough Community Centre and Library Branch, University of British Columbia Engineering Student Centre; Lisa Chadbourne of chadbourne + doss architects in Seattle, Wood Block residence exterior and interior; Annie Han of Lead Pencil Studio in Seattle, NonSign II and Tooth & Nail Records; Northwood residence by Emerick Architects in Seattle, Melody Emerick, Shea Tweeden residence.

who run theworld?(girls) Written by LINDSEY M. ROBERTS

Here’s an interesting statistic: About half of all architectureschool graduates are women, yet only about 10 to 15 percent go on to become architects. While women architects may be outnumbered by their male counterparts, that doesn’t mean they’re being outclassed. We surveyed five female architects who are kicking butt and taking names to see how they rose to the top in a male-dominated field. Vancouver, B.C.’s Urban Arts Architecture is run by two women, Shelley Craig and Jennifer Marshall, who each ran their own firms before partnering up in 2006. They’ve found that “by demonstrating energy, thoughtfulness, and having a thick skin, issues of gender largely disappear.” Apparently it’s working: Online magazine The Tyee recognized them as an example of a female-led firm in 2008, and that same year, the company won the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s



2008 Innovation Award for its work on marketing wood products as a preferable, sustainable building choice. In Seattle and Astoria, Oregon, Lisa Chadbourne runs her firm, chadbourne + doss architects, with her husband, Daren Doss. The couple try to create work that is “quiet, durable, sensual, and thoughtful,” she says—work that has been recognized with awards from the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association. “Women architects in the Northwest may have to fight harder to be a badass,” Chadbourne says, since the Northwest has a stereotype for being too polite. “Women must speak their mind, perhaps offend, step on some toes, and stand out,” she adds. Annie Han of Seattle’s Lead Pencil Studio runs her firm with long-term boyfriend, Daniel Mihalyo. Han went into

interview “[Northwest] women must speak their mind, perhaps offend, step on some toes, and stand out.” —LISA CHADBOURNE

architecture after a beginning in art and continues to produce work in both fields. For example, she and Mihalyo created a stainless steel anti-billboard on the Washington side of the Canada–United States border, where the advertisement is open space. The Architectural League of New York recognized their firm as an emerging voice in 2006, and the American Academy of Rome bestowed the prestigious Rome Prize on them in 2007. As far as challenges she faces for being female, Han sees them disappearing with time. “When dealing with older generations of architects and contractors in the field, there are often a few hurdles, which seemed particularly acute 10 to 15 years ago and less so these days,” she says. Everyone we asked in Portland told us to interview Melody Burghard Emerick, president at Emerick Architects for almost 13 years. She sees some benefits to being a female in

the field: “Architecture and hiring an architect is so much a relationship … really, really trusting somebody with your money, your personal information, your vision,” she says. “I think sometimes women know how to communicate that language.” Emerick has won numerous awards for her work—all focused on Pacific Northwest ideals in flexibility, sustainability, and well-crafted spaces. While these five women are blazing the trail for the next generation of female architects, they’re also thankful for those who came before them, and for each other. “When ... [Shelley and I] started studying architecture,” says Urban Arts Architecture’s Jennifer Marshall, “it was a time when a seminal shift had begun, allowing us the benefit of having a cohort of talented women to grow up with.”



emerge If Chris Pardo had passed up his chance to learn architecture, the Pacific Northwest (and the rest of the country) might have little hope for affordable modern dwellings. At only 33, the business guru has co-founded two architecture firms, started a brokerage, and opened eight restaurants and bars. Written by LINDSEY M. ROBERTS


Renaissance man


PHOTOS courtesy elemental architecture

Chris Pardo had two clues that a career in architecture would be a good fit: He had a

subscription to Elle Décor when he was nine, and he did a painting of 214 different types of chairs when he was 11. But he was still swayed by doubts and decided to get a degree in hotel management. His dream nagged at him for years, though, until he attended the University of Washington to study architecture. And thank goodness he did. Now 33, Pardo is bringing modern architecture to the masses in the Pacific Northwest, first as co-founder in 2004 of Pb Elemental (the firm received an AIA Commendation Honor Award from AIA Seattle in 2007), and then as co-founder of Elemental Architecture in 2009. At both firms, Pardo and the “b” in “Pb,” Dave Biddle, decided that there was a need for modern architecture for clients who couldn’t afford the star architects. Their first project was fitting two houses onto a 28-foot-wide-by-120-foot-deep lot in Seattle’s Central District. In four-and-a-half months, they had a $127-per-square-foot residence—as well as 17 new clients clamoring for what they were offering. Pardo is originally from Washington, but his services now benefit clients with contemporary tastes in White Rock, B.C., Palm Springs, Houston, and Boston. In each location, he and his team use local materials to design a “utilitarian sculpture, both beautiful and functional,” he says. His business instincts even go beyond building: He and his fiancée Laura Olson own eight restaurants and bars in the Seattle area. The same quest to understand designer chairs when he was 11 now pushes Pardo—the designer-contractor-brokerrestaurateur—to understand and streamline each aspect of the building process. And it’s a quest that he doesn’t leave at the office when he goes home: Pardo just moved into his seventh Elementaldesigned house. “It’s a designer thing. I’m never happy with what I do,” he says.




Design Underfoot

Portland’s Atelier Lapchi snags design icon Milton Glaser to try a new frontier: rugs Written by LINDSEY M. ROBERTS



“I wanted to explore the range of possibilities from things that were sort of Art Nouveau and very ornamental to things more modern and geometric, and everything in between.”—milton glaser

Portrait by John Madere, courtesy Milton Glaser

What do you design after you’ve already done a timeless graphic icon (a.k.a. the “I Love New York” logo), a magazine (New York Magazine), and a famous album cover (Bob Dylan’s 1967 “Greatest Hits”)? Not to mention the rest of your storied body of work, of which there is enough to fill museums. If you’re 83-year-old Milton Glaser, one of the most recognized and celebrated graphic designers in the United States, you turn to interior furnishings. In the early 2000s, when Glaser was working on the graphic identity for New York’s Rubin Art Museum, which is dedicated to the art of Himalayan Asia, he did a series of prints based on Buddhist ideas and decorative patterns. “I began to develop some alternative color and pattern relationships [based on] on changing values, and how form change influences color change,” he says. Members of Atelier Lapchi, a custom hand-woven rug company based in Portland, were able to visit Glaser’s office and see the drawings. Today, 16 of those and other designs— spanning a wide range of style groups, such as Viennese, Garden, and Celestrial— have been translated into the rug medium and are now available in 41 colorways, in numbered editions of 100 each. New York–born Glaser earned degrees from the Cooper Union School of Art and Italy’s Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, and then took off: In 1954, he co-founded his first firm, Pushpin Studios; in 1968, New York Magazine; in 1974, his own studio, Milton Glaser, Inc.; and finally, in

1983, he added the publication design company WBMG, which has designed and redesigned more than 50 magazines, newspapers, and periodicals. Glaser received Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum lifetime achievement award in 2004, and a National Medal of Arts in 2010. The insatiable designer works on anything that interests him: logos, typefaces, posters, exhibitions, interiors—and now rugs. “I wanted to explore the range of possibilities from things that were sort of Art Nouveau and very ornamental to things more modern and geometric, and everything in between,” he says. “I wanted to see if I could do a different range of stylistic references within the confines of one stylistic idea.” As for which of his rugs would look good in which interior design style, Glaser had this to say: “I’m afraid that’s one of the general questions that’s essentially unanswerable.” Though, Glaser admits that his own house, “full of old things, new things, modern things, ancient things, and so on,” is decked out with Oriental rugs that he first started collecting with his wife when they were a shocking $60 or $70 apiece. You can bank on anything else that Glaser touches also multiplying in value.

A reflection of the Pacific Northwest’s vibrant design scene.




One Container at a Time Design is always evolving, and new technologies are constantly emerging. Matthew Coates of Coates Design and James Green of Building Container are local designers that are changing the future of home design with Eco Pak—a shipping container house that’s not just another container house. The genius of Eco Pak is that the container is both the means of shipping the materials and a part of the building’s structure. The company offers three sizes: a 400-square-foot one-story home; an 850-square-foot two-story home; and a 1,300-square-foot three-story home.

Each can be equipped with varying levels of exterior and interior finishes, and each structure is designed to be built by two regular people in just two days. A finished home typically can be completed in one to two months. “The single-story home would be most appropriate for low-income and emergency housing, and the fact that it is pre-packaged and can be dropped anywhere means that the structure could be erected and covered in a makeshift cover, providing emergency housing within two days,” Coates says. For more information about Eco Pak, visit

Building the Future of Design


One Store at a Time Buying sunglasses at N3L Optics doesn’t just involve a mirror; those days are long gone. The company’s stores and kiosks, designed by Suyama Peterson Deguchi, feature technology that simulates various weather conditions that you (and your sunglasses) may be caught in, including different wind and light. A “smart mirror” senses the model of sunnies you’re wearing and displays its features. If you still aren’t quite sure which shades to buy, you can also upload a picture of yourself wearing them to your phone to send it off to your friends. The architecture firm’s goal was to create a friendlier, more approachable experience to buying sunglasses. “With all of the advancement of technology in the lenses and frames, we wanted to embrace the store technology side,” architect Jay Deguchi says. Soon, it’ll be the only way to shop.



Acton Ostry Architects Inc (pg 81) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 739-3344 Ainslie-Davis Construction Inc. (pg 66) Seattle, WA (206) 325-6717

bright designlab (pg 58) Portland, OR (503) 575-4868 Benjamin Moore (pg 18) Available through City Hardware 901 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 262-9440

Albert Lee Appliance (pg 42) Seattle-area locations

Burgers Architecture Inc. (pg 50) West Vancouver, B.C. (604) 926-6058

Alchemy Collections (pg 30) 2029 Second Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 448-3309

Camelion Design (pg 26) 5330 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 783-7125

909 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 682-7575

Cassina (pg 18)

Aleksandra Pollner (pg 34) Seattle, WA (206) 310-1688 Alice Design (pg 58) Portland, OR (503) 860-9189 Axis Design Lab (pg 58) Portland, OR (503) 544-8099 Anthropologie (pg 18, 34) Arper (pg 16) Artecnica (pg 31) Assouline (pg 33) L’ATELIER d’exercices (pg 32) Atelier Lapchi (inside front cover, pg 76) 809 N.W. Flanders Portland, OR 97209 (503) 719-6589 Barnes & Noble (pg 33) Beacon Hill (pg 12) 430 Railway St., Ste. 260 Vancouver, B.C. V6A 1B1 (605) 255-0010 Bedford Brown (pg 30) 1825 N.W. Vaughn St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 227-7755 Best Plumbing (pg 41) 4129 Stone Way N. Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 633-1700 Blu Bathworks (pg 10, 40) 188 Smithe St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 6A9 (604) 299-0122

Caldwells (pg 28) 2610 N.E. University Lane Seattle, WA 98105 Canoe (pg 32) 1136 S.W. Alder Portland, OR 97205 (503) 889-8545 chadbourne + doss architects (pg 72) Seattle, WA (206) 860-1975 Chilewich (pg 46) available through Sur La Table Chown Hardware (pg 41) Bellevue, WA and Portland, OR Citation Kitchens (pg 54) 110 - 6391 Westminster Hwy. Richmond, B.C. V7C 4V4 (604) 668-8100 Click! Design That Fits (pg 32) 4540 California Ave. S.W. Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 328-9252 Coates Design (pg 78) Bainbridge Island, WA CoMo Shop (pg 32) C Restaurant (pg 44) 2-1600 Howe St. Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2L9 (604) 681-1164 The Cross Decor & Design (pg 46) 1198 Homer St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 2X6 (604) 689-2900 Danamac Concrete Systems (pg 55) 23386 34A Ave. Langley, B.C. V2Z 2H6 (604) 533-0837

Deco-Pour (pg 66) 13614 Slate Route 9 S.E. Snohomish, WA 98296 (360) 668-2218 DeForest Architects (pg 66) Seattle, WA (206) 262-0820 Design Stage (pg 29) Seattle, WA (206) 829-9049 Design Within Reach (pg 58) The Dixon Group (pg 12) 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Ste. P-162 Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 767-4454 Durante Kreuk Ltd (pg 81) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 684-4611 DwellStudio (pg 82) Eco Pak (pg 78) Elemental Architecture (pg 74) Seattle, WA (206) 632-7703 Elliott Bay Book Company (pg 33) 1521 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 624-6600 Emerick Architects (pg 58, 72) Portland, OR (503) 235-9400 Evergreen Design Company (pg 66) Camano Island, WA (360) 387-8480 F. Schumacher (pg 26, 37) 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Ste. 190 Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 763-8110 {far4} (pg 32) 1020 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 621-8831 Ferguson (pg 42) The Fixture Gallery (pg 42) Fleet Objects (pg 15) Vancouver, B.C. (778) 883-8277 Fliptography (pg 35) (877) 435-4786 FLOR (pg 10) 718 N.W. 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 224-3050 2000 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 448-3365

Gelotte Hommas (pg 17) Bellevue, WA (425) 828-3081 Glacier Window & Door, Inc. (inside back cover) 1229 S.E. Grand Ave. Portland, OR 97215 (503) 408-8838 The Good Flock (pg 33) 1801 N.W. Upshur, Ste. 120 Portland, OR 97209 Grain (pg 14) Bainbridge Island, WA (206) 965-9302


ABC Carpet and Home (pg 37)

Great Jones Home (pg 26) 1921 Second Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 448-9405 Greg Boudreau (pg 18) 1520 11th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 (760) 310-1643 Hammer And Hand (pg 42, 58) Portland, OR (503) 232-2447 Hip (pg 3) 1829 N.W. 25th Ave. Portland, OR 97210 (503) 225-5017 Hive (pg 16) 820 N.W. Glisan St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 242-1967 Holly Stalder at Haunt (pg 49) 811 E. Burnside, Ste. 113 Portland, OR 97214 (503) 810-3936 Homewerx (pg 34) 1053 Davie St. Vancouver, B.C. V6E 1M5 (604) 682-2204 IKEA (pg 33, 42, 54, 66) Inform Interiors (pg 55, 82) 50 Water St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1A4 (604) 682-3868 Jonathan Adler (pg 10, 32) 1165 N.W. Everett St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 222-1217 Kerf Design (pg 71) 3635-A Thorndyke Ave. W. Seattle, WA 98119 (206) 954-8677 Kinetic Creatures (pg 32) Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings (pg 18) 5517 Airport Way S. Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 762-3899




KnollTextiles (pg 12) 1200 Fifth Ave., Ste. 2000 Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 624-0174 KOBO (pg 34) 814 E. Roy Seattle, WA 98102 (206) 726-0704 Ladies & Gentlemen Studio (pg 16) Seattle, WA Laurent Desgrange (pg 32) Lead Pencil Studio (pg 72) Seattle, WA (206) 322-0227 Ligne Roset (pg 46)

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (pg 14, back cover) 1106 W. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 972-5000 mth woodworks (pg 12, 16) 120-1000 Parker St. Vancouver, B.C. V6A 2H2 (778) 861-5202 Modulnova (pg 41) Much and Little (pg 34) 2541 Main St. Vancouver, B.C. V5T 3E5 (604) 709-9034 N3L Optics (pg 78)

Room 8 (pg 41) 110-1706 W. First Ave. Vancouver, B.C. V6J 0E4 (604) 734-1323

Terris Draheim (pg 11, 82) 5600 Sixth Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 763-4100

Room & Board (pg 82) Seattle, WA

Tewes Design (pg 36) Seattle, WA (917) 373-7094

SAM Shop (pg 31) 1300 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 654-3120 Samsung (pg 42)

Timorous Beasties (pg 65) Available through The Cross Décor & Design 1198 Homer St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 2X6 (604) 689-2900

Scott | Edwards Architecture (pg 58) Portland, OR (503) 226-3617

Townline Group of Companies (pg 81) Richmond, B.C. (604) 276-8823

Little Canoe (pg 34) Portland, OR

Nest (pg 12) 2151 N.W. Front Ave. Portland, OR 97209 (971) 544-7727

Sebastian Bergne (pg 32) Smeg (pg 42)

Trail Appliances (pg 42) 2876 Rupert St. Vancouver, B.C. V5M 3T7 (604) 434-8711

Livingspace (pg 42) 1706 W. First Ave. Vancouver, B.C. V6J 0E4 (604) 683-1116

NuBe Green (pg 26) 921 E. Pine St. Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 402-4515

Sound Glass (insdie back cover) 5501 75th St. W. Tacoma, WA 98499 (253) 473-7477

Urban Arts Architecture (pg 72) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 683-5060

Loewen (inside back cover)

Obakki (pg 49) 201-135 W. Seventh Ave. Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 1L8 (604) 669-9790

The Standard (pg 26) 10697 Main St., Ste. 3 Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 467-1164

Urban Outfitters (pg 34)

Longshot Apparel (pg 48) (800) 682-2430

Object (pg 34) 2316 Second Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 459-3876

Stock & Hill Landscapes (pg 29) Seattle, WA (425) 334-8336

Vancouver Special (pg 14) 3612 Main St. Vancouver, B.C. V5V 3N5 (604) 568-3673

Maison Inc (pg 35) Portland, OR (503) 295-0151

Opus Vancouver (pg 15) 322 Davie St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5Z6

Stone Forest (pg 41)

Veritables (pg 28) 2806 E. Madison Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 322-7782

Manor Fine Wares (pg 34) 907 N.W. 23rd Ave. Portland, OR 97210 (888) 558-4654

Pedini (pg 40) 114 Westlake Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 767-4625

Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design (pg 27) 10708 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 450-9999

Peter Miller (pg 33) 1930 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 441-4114

Logan’s Hammer (pg 9) Seattle, WA (206) 718-4008

Material Good (pg 12) MBI Interiors (pg 50) West Vancouver, B.C. (604) 926-6058 Meyer Wells (pg 69) 1600 W. Armory Way, Bldg. 269 Seattle, WA 98119 (206) 282-0076 Momentum (pg 55) 961 E. Hastings St. Vancouver, B.C. V6A 1R9 (604) 215-1419 MP Lighting (pg 55) 16 W. Fourth Ave. Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 1G3 (604) 708-1184



Phaidon (pg 33) Piano Nobile (pg 34) Seattle, WA Powell’s City of Books (pg 33) Portland, OR Provide (pg 82) Revival Home & Garden (pg 26, 28) Robin Chell Design (pg 66) Seattle, WA (206) 760-0849 Rogue Ales (pg 34) 1339 N.W. Flanders St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 222-5910

StubbornStiles (pg 58) Sub-Zero (pg 42) Superior Glass (pg 54) 2526 Davies Ave. Port Coquitlam, B.C. V3C 4T7 (604) 464-4660 Susan Wheeler Home (pg 18, 26) 5515 Airport Way S. Seattle, WA 98108 (360) 402-5080 Suyama Peterson Deguchi (pg 78) Seattle, WA (206) 256-0809 Table Top & Home (pg 28) 1105 Bellevue Way N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 454-7322 Tarboo Inc. (pg 48) 95 Yesler Way Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 992-5687 TASCHEN (pg 33)

Urbanears (pg 34)

10220 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 455-8335 Victoria + Albert Baths (pg 41) Villeroy & Boch (pg 46) Available through J.F. Henry 4445 California Ave. S.W. Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 935-5150 Walnut Studiolo (pg 32) Portland, OR (503) 789-2805 West Elm (pg 46) Whirlpool (pg 42) Windows, Doors & More (inside back cover) 5961 Corson Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 782-1011 Z Gallerie (pg 82)

concept Renderings: Intergalactic Digital Agency, courtesy Acton Ostry Architects inc

movable idiom Written by brooke burris


architect: Acton Ostry Architects Inc owner and general contractor: Townline Group of Companies landscape architect: Durante Kreuk Ltd

“It’s true—there is a West Coast–design idiom,” says Mark Ostry of Acton Ostry Architects Inc in Vancouver, B.C. Design here is environmentally sensitive, innovative, and cutting edge. This West Coast–specific design is in full force in the mixed-use building currently under construction in downtown Vancouver. 999 Seymour has a façade that makes you stop in your tracks, if not for it’s beauty, than for the fact that it never quite looks the same. Sliding perforated screens on the balconies give building residents enhanced privacy while shading the mainly south-facing homes. The screens also allow for indooroutdoor living, a key design point that’s true to the Pacific Northwest. Ostry and his partner, Russell Acton, avoid designing for a very narrow target audience. Instead, they design for themselves. As in, would they want to live there? “We connect ourselves passionately to the project, because we do picture ourselves living there,” Ostry says. GRAY ISSUE No. six




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