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cont December. 12 January. 13§ Departments

8 Hello

GRAY turns 1!

14 News

We celebrate award-winning designs and local art.

18 Shopping

Ready? Set. Roshambo! And, this season, it’s all about texture that you can see and feel.

26 Interiors

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design creates a gothic office space in Portland.


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34 Raves

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

38 Entertain

A classy champagne bar is the perfect complement to any soiree this season.

48 Object

Tom Dixon’s new Eclectic collection has dapper finds for the home.

49 Ask

40 Inspired

46 Art

Rocky Rochon’s approach to design has earned him an impressive client list, but he’s not slowing down.

Finch And Thistle Event Design transforms winter-garden elements into arrangements for the home. Seattle’s Matthew Parker turns even the most mundane materials into works of art.

Local design pros cast their votes to settle hotly contested issues of taste and style.

72 Who

74 Architecture

Architect Ian Butcher designs a fun, creative space for a fun, creative company.

tents 78 Resources

Design resources from the issue.

79 Concept

Portland’s Malcolm Lee and Brian White dream up a warming hut perfect for cold, Canadian winters.

81 Made Here

Outdoor outfitter Filson makes quality garments for Northwest living.

82 Resolutions

Stylish finds that can help you keep your New Year's resolutions for a change.


50 Design Gemini

58 Sense of Place

Moody, glamorous elements create drama in this Portland office space by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design.

Designer Omer Arbel helps the owner of a vast Vancouver, B.C., penthouse live glamorously. Landscape architect Paul Sangha revives a garden to bring harmony to a Tsawwassen, B.C., home.

66 Top Form

Portland’s JHL Design works with exacting clients to create a minimal, light-filled oasis.

On the Cover

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Written by rachel gallaher

Photographed by lincoln barbour

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Awardwinning GRAY magazine turns 1

Happy Anniversary!


Each anniversary we will invite a guest artist to collaborate on a project within the magazine. This year, Erich Ginder has created a commemorative gift made of paper (see page 18). Paper is the traditional one-year anniversary gift and an idea we’ve played with throughout the issue. See if you can spot all of the references.

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friend of mine—a professor at Peking University—recently immigrated to the United States from China. His perspective on everything is influenced by his cultural heritage, which is rich in tradition and fables passed down from generation to generation. So when I told him about GRAY, he asked, “What’s GRAY’s attitude? What’s its story?” When I started GRAY a year ago, I wanted our voice and presentation to be both playful and opinionated, even downright sassy at times. And, of course, the story I wanted to tell was about the beautiful, thought-provoking design found right here. I hope that our genuine love for the Pacific Northwest and the amazingly talented people that live here shines through in every issue. The resources available in our own backyard—whether they are regional institutions (founding fathers of this area’s design industry) or newcomers—make us proud to call this region home. We have so much fun putting together each issue of the magazine, but the true gratification comes from what we’re doing to support our design community. During GRAY’s first year, we published more than 475 of businesses (475!); partnered, sponsored, or otherwise promoted 40+ design events; and we’ve supported the awareness of non-profit organizations in the Northwest ranging from homelessness, and animal rescue, to grant programs for emerging designers. GRAY’s “story” is that we’re here for you. This is as much your magazine as it is ours. This issue marks the start of our second year. It’s a big anniversary for us, but in true GRAY style, we’d like to turn the attention back to celebrating you. Enjoy!



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GRAY’s booth at IDSwest, designed by Robin Rosebrugh and Erin Saucier, perfectly captured the essence of the magazine. A huge thank-you to the team for their creativity and hard work and also to Metropolitan Hardwood Floors, High Life Floors, Inform Interiors, Symmetry Lighting, and Fred Good (vinyl logo). Note: In an article titled “Tower in the Sky” in issue No. 6, GRAY incorrectly credited Portland’s Hammer And Hand with architecture work. Hammer And Hand is a contractor and does not provide in-house design services.

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In this issue: Feature (pg 58)

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Special thank-yous to: suzie & Barney osterloh, shirley sax, dale williams

No. 7. 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, 13619 Mukilteo Speedway D5 #551, Lynnwood, WA 98087. Subscriptions $30 US for one-year; $50 US for two-years.

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Let it Snow§ Written by angela cabotaje

Holiday decorations are one thing, but this stunning snowflake sculpture by Seattle’s Hens & Chicks Collective takes things to a whole new level.

The 25-foot-tall sculpture is made from hundreds of handcut paper snowflakes and is shaped like the state of Idaho (in honor of sponsor the Idaho Department of Tourism). Currently part of the winter wonderland display in Seattle’s Pacific Place, you can find it suspended from the ceiling of the shopping center. Join the artists—Kira Aguilar, Sara Ewalt, and Shannon Nesbeitt—on December 1 for a special snowflake-making workshop to learn how to create artistic snowflakes and holiday decorations.


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Callison’s winning design for the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center in Seattle.

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Mitchell Freedland Design, Residential Award of Excellence. Designers: Mitchell Freedland and Aaron MacKenzie-Moore RID.

awards season GRAY congratulates the talented winners of various design competitions in the region. Cheers!

Charette panel of judges (above, left), winning team (above right), winning design (right).


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International Interior Design Association Northern Pacific Chapter 2012 INawards The winners are: NBBJ, winner in class for Design IN Concept; Callison, winner in class for Design IN Healthcare; Garret Cord Werner, LLC, winner in class for Design IN Home; Evoke International Design Inc., honorable mention for Design IN Home; BOX Interior Design Inc., winner in class for Design IN Hospitality; Olson Kundig Architects, people’s choice for Design IN Hospitality; SkB Architects, winner in class for Design IN Mass; Gensler, honorary mention for Design IN Mass; Integrus Architecture, winner in class for Design IN Public; and DLR Group, honorable mention for Design IN Public.

SHINE awards Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia 2012 Awards of Excellence The winners are: Sarah Gallop Design Inc., residential excellence and sustainability merit; Mitchell Freedland Design, residential excellence and residential merit; Pritchard Design Consultants Inc., residential merit; False Creek Design Group Ltd., residential merit; Perkins + Will Canada Architects Co., workplace excellence and sustainability merit; Fulcrum Capital, workplace merit; Celine Interiors Inc., workplace merit; BOX Interior Design Inc., retail excellence, food and beverage excellence, and best in show; mcfarlane green biggar architecture + design inc., retail excellence and retail merit; MCM Interiors, public and institutional merit; Santec Architecture Ltd., public and institutional merit; e+ Design and Construction, food and beverage merit; and Joey Restaurant Group, food and beverage merit. Charette Interior Designers of Canada and Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia Student Design Charette Twenty-five interior design students were challenged to design a space that would provide a creative solution to the Northwest’s infamous “social freeze.” Students separated into teams and were given just six hours to develop their project concepts and prepare a presentation. The panel of judges, which included Jorge Amigo, GRAY’s Stacy Kendall and Shawn Williams, Sharon Bortolotto of BBA Design Consultants Inc., and Michael Geller of The Geller Group, chose the design by Claire Fisher, Esther Ng, Vanessa Stark, and Julie Bowle.

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rock. paper. scissors.

S tyle beats everything Written by stacy kendall

We like fun and games, and this one is still our favorite way to settle a score. There’s no question that the following works of art, be they wearable or desirable decor, embody the three objects to a tee. Who knew playing games could be so stylishly satisfying?

Debra Baxter is a Seattle-based artist and jewelry designer. Kleenex + Crystal, Debra Baxter, 2012, debrabaxter.com.


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Godard tumblr wes anderson direct trade, banksy beard cardigan Paper flexitarian cliche pinterest bicycle (traditional one-year anniversary rights food truck before theygift) sold + clock out. Fanny pack sustainable +1 (modernPBR one-year anniversary gift) keffiyeh, mcsweeney's VHS = artisan marfa blog truffaut. Squid This Master commemorative mixtape. cleanse swag three-dimensional sundial tumblr, art party four loko marfa designed by Seattle’s Erich Ginder. Construct polaroid wes anderson. Pop-up it yourself as your own GRAY object to keep. thundercats lomo lo-fiand mixtape, Cheers to you, our readers, here’s to scenester vegan. many more years together! GRAY ISSUE No. seven


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

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Phillip Valdez is a Portland-based artist and technical illustrator. Sparrow mask made from paper, Phillip Valdez, 2008, Portland, phillipvaldez.com. Photographed by Elisa Lazo de Valdez.

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Antique scissors, available through Maiwa East, Vancouver, B.C., maiwaeast.com.



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A Cut Above decorative scissors from the 1960s, $395 at Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings, Seattle, kirkalbert.com. Patty Grazini is a paper sculpture artist living in Seattle. Lyska Rose, Patty Grazini, 2012, pattygrazini.com.

Buddy Austin is a Seattlebased jewelry artist who works in precious and semi-precious stones and metal. Double Finger Ring by Buddy Austin, available through Third Eye Assembly, etsy.com/shop/ thirdeyeassembly.

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Brian Mock is a sculpture artist based in Beaverton who works in 100 percent found and recycled material. Looking For Locks In All The High Places, Brian Mock, brianmock.com.

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what a feeling This time of year, it’s all about rich textures—visual and tactile. If it’s not a chunky knit or baby-soft woven blanket, it’s the bold look of spiky, geometric, or layered patterns that gives depth to just a plain ol’ room or wall. Now watch your space take shape. Written by stacy kendall

Zanadoo antique brass chandelier, available through Bedford Brown, Portland, bedfordbrown.com. Haven End Table in faux shagreen, available through Henredon & Schoener, Bellevue, henredonschoener.com. Ankasa Sequin Ram Pillow, $415 through The Standard, Bellevue, thestandardinbellevue.com. Wrap Bench, $449 CAD, at CB2, Vancouver, B.C.


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Synthesis Light Shade, $375 (CAD) at 18Karat, Vancouver, B.C., 18karatstore.com. ❈ C. Jere Sailboat, $1,295 at Jonathan Adler, Portland, jonathanadler.com. ❈ Neò Neoprene Baskets, $59.99 (CAD) at Homewerx, Vancouver, B.C., homewerx.ca. ❈ Tic Tac Drink Table, available through Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Seattle, kohlerinteriors.com. ❈ Gus* Modern Thatcher sofa, $1,999 at Hip, Portland, ubhip.com.


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interiors Detailed herringbone floors lighten the moody color scheme. OPPOSITE: The gold silk upholstery in the lounge adds a subtle touch of luxury, while the woodwork on the ceiling reflects the dark-wood cabinetry throughout the office.


interior design: Jessica Helgerson Design project lead: Emily Knudsen Leland with Jessica Helgerson contractor: Armstrong W E & Son Construction

Notes of Noir

Written by RACHEL GALLAHER Photographed by lincoln barbour

An office in downtown Portland mixes modern and gothic styles—taking a cue from its own historic walls 26

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hen it hits 5 o’clock, most people are ready to leave their desks and call it a day. But take one glance into this office designed by Portland’s Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, and you can see why the people who work here feel a little differently. The office—which consists of several personal workspaces, a private lounge, and a spacious conference area—is dark and luxurious with modern accents and custom furniture. Located in a Portland gothic-revival building from the 1870s, the office was initially divided into multiple smaller rooms, making it feel closed off and dense. The design team opened up the space to create a large open office in front and a large conference room that’s flanked by a wall of original arched windows and two smaller workstations encased in soundproof glass.

A whimsical glass installation by Portland artist Andy Paiko contrasts nicely with the original brick walls and modern Eames Aluminum Management chairs. Custom furniture was painted to match the gray-blue hue of the wallpaper in the lounge.


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“T he space is dark and moody

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Soundproof glass partitions give employees privacy without breaking up the spacious expanse of the room. Helgerson and her team were drawn to the bold, graphic design on the vintage-inspired wallpaper.

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They wanted to provide private offices without obscuring the open floor plan or blocking the natural light. To contrast the dark wood and original brick walls, design lead Emily Knudsen Leland chose Oregon white oak for the floors, opting for a classic herringbone pattern. Overhead, the ceilings in each area have dark wood patterns—diamonds, coffers, quatrefoils—that look original but were new additions from the design team. Above the large conference table, a stunning glass installation by Portland-based artist Andy Paiko offers some privacy without obscuring light or minimizing the space. And in the private, library-esque lounge, two custom seating pieces are encased in latticepatterned walnut and upholstered with gold silk velvet. A plush wool Beni Ourain rug adds a cozy feel, making it the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy a well-deserved whiskey. “It was the kind of room where you wouldn’t want to push furniture up against the wall,” Helgerson says. “We wanted the outside of these pieces to be beautiful to look at.”

A round table lets employees grab a quick lunch or hold an informal meeting, and the Modo chandelier from Roll and Hill grabs attention with its architectural details.


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Helgerson kept the vintage vibe going by hiding the small kitchenette behind a panel in the wall; brass hardware adds interest on the lavatory doors; before the clients moved in, Helgerson held a little photo shoot, bringing in vintage books, typewriters, and whiskey just for fun. GRAY ISSUE No. seven



New attitude Written by stacy kendall

Perhaps they’re not yet household names, but you bet ter get ready. These emerging local designers are already superstars in our minds. Think of the street cred you’ll have when you can say you knew them back in the day.

Light as a Feather

Inspired by the toy balsa wood glider planes, Vancouver designer D Calen Knauf’s Flight Lamp is made from aircraft plywood, shipped flat, and assembled by you. It may be light in weight, but it’s heavy on style. Available for purchase through Kickstarter, you have the chance to show your support for great design, made locally. $70 (limited early-bird pricing) and $120 through Kickstarter, kickstarter.com.


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dream weaver

Vancouver artist and confirmed cute guy Landon Dix weaves these clever pots out of 100 percent cotton cord and thread, recalling ancient woven-basket forms. In a group or all alone, his rustic-modern pieces add an element of simple texture to the shelf or table. Pots, from $42 at MINT Interiors, Vancouver, B.C., shop.mintinteriors.ca.

“This project is an example of how, if you challenge yourself not to overlook life’s simplicities, inspiration can come from anywhere—about how even the most banal objects can be shown in a different light.” —Greg Papove

Sock It to Us

From designer Greg Papove’s exploration and elevation of the commonplace comes Socks + Furniture, a concept collection. This playful group serves as a good reminder to keep on keepin’ it real. Socks + Furniture concept piece by Greg Papove, Vancouver, B.C., gregpapove.com.


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Portland-based designer Ben Klebba was inspired by simple Shaker-style lines, and of course, the iconic George Nelson Swag desk. But with his own design sensibility, Klebba has made a new piece to be passed down for generations. Each one is handmade to order, and it’s available in a variety of domestic hardwoods. Laura desk by Ben Klebba, available through Phloem Studio, Portland, phloemstudio.com.

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No hocus pocus here—just good, simple design. Seattle’s Brian Beck designed the Alvo stool for Urbancase by using vintage German block planes and a bench lathe. Each stool possesses a oneof-a-kind personality, if you will. And, oh, we will. $275 at Urbancase, Seattle, urbancase.com.

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“Pleasure without champagne is purely artificial.” —Oscar Wilde

Champagne Taste Written by Nicole Munson : Photographed by hank drew


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1. Place all ingredients in a champagne flute. 2. Top with champagne. 3. Garnish with a lemon twist.

hen it comes to champagne, there is no controversy. It seems anyone and everyone loves the sparkling beverage. So when you find yourself with a multitude of merry guests and individual tastes to please, you can’t find anything more brilliant than creating a champagne bar for your next soiree. For those with sophisticated drink tastes, it’s great to keep the quintessential cocktail ingredients on hand. Many champagne-based cocktails begin with a sugar cube, a twist of lemon or orange peel, and a type of bitter, so make sure your bar is well stocked with these items. Fill out the rest of the spread with garnishes of your choice. Different types of juice, chilled berries, and various spirits allow your guests to experiment and create their own delicious concoctions. GRAY ISSUE No. seven



frosty florals

A staple of every well-set table is a beautiful floral arrangement. It can be lush and leafy or composed of just a few simple blooms, but either way, flora is always the perfect finishing touch. This winter, slip a few surprises in your vase with ornamental cabbages, bare branches, and seed heads for an enchanting look that has subtle, Northwest flair. Written by RACHEL GALLAHER : Photographed by hank drew Arrangements by rachel bowes

Rachel Bowes of Finch And Thistle Event Design mixed rose hips, crabapples, seeded eucalyptus, and clematis vine to create this freshly foraged look.


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“It’s fun to put a little sprig of something— holly, berries, a single leaf, an orange, a sprig of rosemary, for example—at each place setting,” Bowes says. "Or create a few bud vase arrangements to accent the main piece if you have a large table.”

The dusty purple of the quicksand rose complements the deep hues accenting the ornamental cabbage. If you don’t feel like getting too ornate, Bowes suggests a collection of bare branches in a beautiful vase for a bold, modern display.


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paper boy Written by NICOLE MUNSON

Jena Lacomis GarciaP, Cleary O’Farrell, matthew parker, Yvonne Wongs

The year was 1998, and artist Matthew Parker sporting a perfectly pressed vintage suit and tie—was on a bus bound for Seattle

Clockwise from top: Parker’s paper airplane display was inspired by Boeing, an ArtsFund supporter; the artist; this painstakingly intricate mural is made from 10,000 straws; for a speakeasy-themed wedding, Parker created bowler hat light fixtures; cardboard mailing tubes hang from the ceiling of the break room at Seattle’s Zumobi offices.


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with “not a lot” of money in his pocket and a wealth of enthusiasm. After working in the restaurant industry, Parker opened his own boutique design studio, Matthew Parker Events which specializes in custom event design, unique installations, and branding. Now on a personal quest to interject his love of art into the event industry, Parker custom makes every aspect of his soirees, down to the thousandth origami creation. He takes the most seemingly conventional item and reproduces it by the hundred to create a work of art. In a recent installation, 10,000 black and pink plastic straws make up a high-contrast mural at Western Washington University’s Viking Union Gallery. Parker has also elevated plain paper into something magnificent. After being commissioned to do an installation for ArtsFund’s annual party at Seattle’s EMP Museum, he meticulously folded 1,000 paper airplanes and suspended them from the ceiling. “It’s art-forward event design,” Parker says, “my way of interjecting installation art and immersive environments in a party setting.”

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Tom Dixon Eclectic Cast Shoe available in black powdercoating and copper plating, available through Inform Interiors, Vancouver, B.C., informinteriors.com.

shoe shine Written by ANGELA CABOTAJE

Be the Dapper Dan that you are in even the simplest of ways. The Cast Shoe door stop from Tom Dixon’s new Eclectic accessories collection, which celebrates the classic English gentleman, ensures that you always have a fancy foot forward.


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a community divided


“Town or country? Work hard in the town and recharge your batteries in the country!“ —Brian

We vote for great style every single year, but some hotly contested issues only seem to create a deep design divide. It’s time to resolve things once and for all. Local design experts Martina Clymer, Gaile Guevara, Andee Hess, Garrison Hullinger, Brian Paquette, Chris Pardo, and Eileen Schoener weighed in during our first design poll, and the results are finally in! Written by angela cabotaje

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Designer Omer Arbel focused the design inward, rather than on the surrounding views. Common areas such as the dining room (opposite) are kept clean and neutral to let the homeowner and guests enjoy food, conversation, and company. In the living area, Arbel harmonized the soaring space with a freeform chandelier and comfortable seating.


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Gemini design

Vancouver, B.C.’s Omer Arbel brings polar opposites into beautiful balance Written by ANGELA CABOTAJE : Photographed by JOSH DUNFORD GRAY ISSUE No. seven



hile it may not look it, this vast penthouse in Vancouver, B.C.’s False Creek neighborhood is a seamless blend of opposites. It is all at once open yet private, grand yet intimate, glamorous yet minimal. Breathtaking outdoor views are apt to steal the attention, but the interiors instead bring the focus inward. You might call it a Gemini of sorts, one that offers two takes on everything for an exciting, dynamic design that falls effortlessly into place. Omer Arbel—founder of namesake design company Omer Arbel Office and creative director for contemporary design house Bocci—began this impressive project at one


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end of the spectrum: with an empty, 8,000-square-foot shell. (The building was finished in the early ’90s, but the penthouse had never been occupied.) “It was an extremely exposed space, with every wall made of glass and looking out onto the neighboring towers and view,” Arbel explains. “We felt it was too vast and cold, and set out to invent a strategy for making intimate space.” To do that, Arbel installed four backlit, onyx-clad “pods” throughout the two-story penthouse. Spaces inside the pods are colorful, cozy, and domestic, while out in the open areas, the extroverted side can lounge, entertain, and shine. White walls and dark-wood floors are a constant in the public rooms. The furnishings are kept minimal and relatively

OPPOSITE: Backlit, onyx-encased pods create private spaces within the larger penthouse. ABOVE: Public areas feature a pared-down palette and minimal furnishings to let the home’s inhabitants create the color. BELOW: A wood-clad office space in one of the pods provides intimacy and privacy.

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Arbel wanted the pod interiors to contrast sharply to the home’s open spaces. The kitchen, which is housed in one of the pods, features a lime-green floor—a shocking departure from the ubiquitous white walls and dark-wood flooring found throughout the penthouse.


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“While inside the pods, the spaces are domestic, PRIVATE, and introverted. Once outside the pods, THE space is extroverted—if not exhibitionist.” —Omer Arbel

neutral, as if to let the people color the space. In the open dining area, a custom table lined with tall-back chairs is accented with nothing other than an expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows on one side and a black-and-white staircase on the other. The only deviation from the clean, pared-back design is in the living room, where circular area rugs provide cozy comfort underfoot and a Tufty-Time modular sofa from B&B Italia offers a burst of cheerful color in yellow and fresh white. Dozens of Bocci’s 14 series lights hang at various heights from the soaring ceiling to create an ambient chandelier that ties the volume of the space together. It’s a completely different story inside the pods. The kitchen looks merely like a glowing box from the outside. But Arbel created an element of surprise with a shocking, lime-green floor that contrasts brilliantly with the white cabinets and


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counters. Other pod rooms follow the same line of thinking. The bathroom boasts a sleek double vanity, while turquoise and pearlescent white tiles wrap the walls, and even the ceiling, for a rich, sensual look. In another pod, a wood-clad office space feels warm, inviting, and comfortable. Square window cutouts overlook the common areas and keep things from becoming too claustrophobic. As for the city views—which are on display from nearly every room in the home—Arbel chose to make what might seem like a head-scratching move. “The views are so ever present in the space that we felt the opposite impulse— not to highlight them,” he explains. “Instead, we aimed to contrast the powerful views with a feeling of domesticity.” Naturally, Arbel’s decision to go in the opposite direction ended up being perfectly right.

OPPOSITE: A bathroom in one of the pods feels sensual and luxurious with turquoise and white tiles on the walls, floor, and ceiling. THIS PAGE: Arbel used more than 300 of Bocci’s 14 series lights throughout this project. Here, above the staircase, they serve to tie the volume of the space together.

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Sense of Written by debra prinzing Photographed by Nic Lehoux and Paul sangha


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landscape architect: Paul Sangha, Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture architect: Paul Grant, Grant + Sinclair Architects

By emphasizing vistas and vignettes, Vancouver, B.C.–based landscape architect Paul Sangha designs a garden worthy of its grand setting


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Naturalistic stands of evergreens and a formal allĂŠe of deciduous trees, lit at night, frame the residence. OPPOSITE: Low plantings and a strolling lawn soften the western side of the home, creating an unobstructed view.


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photographs this spread: Nic Lehoux


espite generous proportions and a panoramic expanse of water to the west (including views of Vancouver Island), a Tsawwassen, B.C., property didn’t offer its owner the best way to experience these magnificent features. Instead, the beautiful home—and its resident—were hemmed in by a series of towering hedges, sadly disconnected from both the garden and the distant view. “The client wasn’t sure why it didn’t feel right or why it didn’t work,” explains Paul Sangha, principal of Vancouver, B.C.’s Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture. When he first walked the property, though, he understood. “The house has a lot of glass, but there were so many hedges and so much vegetation that you actually couldn’t see the garden from inside. It felt claustrophobic.”

Designed in 1996 by local architect Paul Grant, the limestone residence reflected a modern interpretation of a classical French chateau. By the time Sangha was asked to renovate its garden three years ago, the original landscaping was more than a decade old. A large percentage of the southern garden was devoted to a tennis court and enclosed by 12-foot-tall hedging, so that “you didn’t realize there was two acres of land here,” he says. One of the first things Sangha suggested was lowering a 4-foot-high yew hedge to 18 inches so that those seated on the home’s west-facing patio could see the water. “That was the trigger point to realize this house wasn’t connected to the garden,” he explains. Sangha’s master planning process allowed the entire property to realize its potential. “I wanted the garden to be GRAY ISSUE No. seven


The oval rose garden flourishes in an area once dominated by a tennis court. OPPOSITE: A classical figure, a copy from the Palace of Versailles, stands at the center of a 14-foot-wide boxwood circle.


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“You can walk this property and never take the same path. The garden invites you to experience it.”

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—Paul Sangha, Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture

understated toward the west side, with a large expanse of lawn and lower plantings that wouldn’t compete with the view. Then I emphasized the more developed parts of the garden away from that view.” An outdoor entertaining patio was enlarged and moved to the south side of the house, where it is protected from winds and also offers glimpses of the sea through several old Douglas fir trees at the site’s perimeter. Laid with one-and-a-half-inch-thick bluestone, the patio is furnished with a dramatic stone dining table that draws the eye toward an elegant allée. Sangha tapered the perspective of this feature, giving it an elongated sense of distance when observed from the house. Well into the design process, the client realized the tennis court was no longer an asset, and it was removed. “We gained what would be the equivalent of a traditional city lot,” Sangha says of the property’s southeast quadrant, now transformed

into a classical rose garden with an oval lawn and sculpted boxwood parterres. The sensual curves provide a balance to the strong axial lines that are used to connect various elements of the landscape. A stone fountain and massive urns are important focal points, especially during the winter months when branches are bare. In the summer, roses bloom in a vintage palette of peach and terracotta, inspired by a Renaissance floral painting. Sangha and his client feel gratified that the garden now feels appropriate to the site and the home. The once-confined owner has a different relationship with the near and distant landscape, enjoying living areas that extend outward and relate to private terraces and patios. In turn, the garden’s lines and curves reference the strong architecture, conveying a sense of place from each vantage point. “You can walk this property and never take the same path,” Sangha says. “The garden invites you to experience it.” GRAY ISSUE No. seven



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OPPOSITE: Windswept Douglas fir trees, original to the site, are among 27 mature specimens retained during the renovation. THIS PAGE: Custom metal gates (above, left) add to the experience of the formal and informal garden spaces, while a sculpted pattern in grass (above) defines a transition point on the seemingly endless pathway that encircles the property.

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The soft-yet-palpable tension between different materials’ textures creates visual unity. Scale and proportion are expertly enlisted to make this industrial look feel majestic.


interiors: Holly Freres, JHL Design concrete: Ron Wagner, R. Wagner Company metalwork: Custom Metal Fab, Inc.


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top form

Idaho aesthetes call upon JHL Design to carry out the remodel of their Portland pied-Ă -terre

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R. Wagner Company poured the 15-foot-long kitchen island on site, and Custom Metal Fab constructed the stainless steel kitchen workstation to exacting specifications. The subdued color, subtle textural differences, and balanced design elements of the kitchen lend elegance to what could have been just another industrial-style loft.


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The custom concrete Montigo fireplace, fabricated in place by R. Wagner Company, is the stunningyet-subtle focal point of the living room. Its flames warm the gray light that illuminates the room through the floor-to-ceiling windows.


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ho says form always follows function? For an Idaho family seeking a city escape in Portland, the renovation

of their downtown loft hinged on form first and function later. The result is a space that has both in spades. The family of three bought the residence, located in the Pearl District’s Streetcar Loft building, in 2010. Right away, they knew that they wanted to transform the stale space into a minimal, light-filled oasis with authentic industrial details. Having been acquainted for several years with Holly Freres, principal of JHL Design, the family hired her to make their precise vision a reality. Freres and her clients felt that keeping the materials “simple and few” throughout the entire space would yield the clean, sophisticated look they desired. It was discipline, rather than excess, that fueled the aesthetic for their plans. With the exclusive use of concrete, stainless steel, glossy white walls, and black metal details, they were able to resist the temptation to overthink the design. Freres acknowledges that it’s easy to get caught up in the process, risking a cluttered and distracting end result. “It’s a good lesson to remember,” she says of keeping palettes simple. “Let the people add the color.” First to go were the tired blue laminate cabinets in the kitchen, as well as the stained concrete floor. Sustainable Flooring Solutions polished the concrete back to a simpler, more authentic state. A local fabricator created custom cabinets and countertops for a streamlined working space in the kitchen. In fact, the kitchen space is so balanced, due to the tranquil color palette, straight lines, and lack of upper cabinets, that one hardly misses the hulking silhouette of a refrigerator and freezer. The client didn’t want to mar the peaceful look of the low-slung lines in the kitchen, so Freres placed the appliances in the pantry. And finally, as if hewn from one immense stone rising out of the floor, the 15-foot-long polished concrete island was poured in place and stands as the literal and visual root of the kitchen. To anchor the living room, they installed a custom, poured-concrete fireplace. It radiates warmth in both temperature and presence with quiet texture that provides nice contrast with the dazzlingly bright white walls. Freres finished it using a super high-gloss paint, which offers 50 percent more shine than regular paint, from Fine Paints of Europe. “This is probably one of my favorite projects ever because it really made me appreciate the process of simple design,” Freres says. With such a clear and pure idea of the end product, her clients got what they wished for and Freres’ insightful design proved once again that less is, well, always more.

The repetition of materials, such as concrete throughout the room, gives the space sophisticated composure. The floating concrete side counter brings two opposites together harmoniously by rendering a heavy material weightless.

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Interior designer Rocky Rochon stays out of the limelight. Why? He’s just too busy managing a thriving career, launching a paint line, and dreaming of a future furniture endeavor. Written by lindsey m. Roberts


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Benjamin Woolsey/OTTO, courtesy rocky rochon design

It’s Rocky Rochon’s eclectic eye that draws clients to him, but it’s his

logical approach to interior design that has kept his business booming since 1991. And by booming, we mean a portfolio that includes the homes of some of the original employees of Microsoft and in-progress jobs such as a Whidbey Island beach home and a 200-acre farm on Ocras Island. Seattle-born Rochon received his interior design degree from the University of Washington in 1983 and then moved to San Francisco, where he rose to the top of the corporate interiors ladder as design director for RMW Architecture & Interiors—snagging such prestigious gigs as designing the executive offices for Apple. From his schooling, Rochon learned to be a logical problem-solver, which he says many people, including those in the tech industry, can appreciate: “I explain not why that color is pretty but why it should be in the room,” he says. “I also refer to doing interiors as writing a book. You have to have an outline, you have to develop your characters, you have to have a theme.” The eclectic nature of his style came when he moved back to Seattle and opened a retail store called Inside in 1990, which included everything from unique custom pieces to antique finds. The store helped start his residential business in Seattle, and he’s been running from project to project ever since. But he won’t stop there: Rochon just launched his own paint line called Rocky Rochon Paint, will soon open a retail store called The Paint Laboratory, and hopes to launch a furniture line sometime in the next two years. You may not meet Rochon at swanky cocktail lounges, but he’s out there as one of the Northwest’s hidden design stars.

OPPOSITE: Club Zum commercial health club in Seattle, 2002. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Bathroom in a downtown Seattle

penthouse, 1999; media room at a house in Mount Baker, 2006; living area in a house in Medina, 2008.

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architecture DESIGN TEAM

architect: Ian Butcher, Best Practice Architecture and Design additional design: Erich Ginder Studio


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The sloped lines of the roof to the kitchen echo the wedge shape of the large common area, and the Benjamin Moore Brilliant White paint is a clean contrast to the dark-brown paint the client asked to keep. Erich Ginder’s Dot/Dash lamps add another set of structured angles. One of the requirements for constructing the bar was that it would be sturdy enough to dance on— great for company parties. Butcher used the maple ceilings they tore out from the conference room to create a magenta-dyed, party-worthy surface. McMaster Carr stools with backs provide lunchtime seating.

creative culture Written by rachel gallaher : Photographed by alex hayden

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In 2010, the CEO of POSSIBLE

(formerly ZAAZ)—a creative digital and design marketing agency based in Seattle—asked architect Ian Butcher

Architect Ian Butcher created a structure inside the POSSIBLE office that houses both a soundproof conference room and a communal kitchen. Durable, black flooring made from recycled tire rubber runs throughout the project. Bottom: The use of salvaged wood and chartreuse creates a fresh, modern look; the conference room is lined with ReCore panels from Fabricmate to ensure quiet meetings, and the chartreuse turns up again in the collection of Eames Eiffel side chairs from Business Interiors NW.


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to redesign the kitchen and common area of the company’s downtown office. For the architect, it was a great opportunity to work on a commercial project that he already knew well. “I was familiar with the space because I had interned at Mithun in grad school when they had their office space in the same spot,” Butcher says. While he largely had artistic freedom, Butcher wanted to be mindful of the atmosphere and employee base. The space, he concluded, should not only be functional but should also reflect the personality and culture of the company: young and creative. And let’s not forget fun (employees have the freedom to bring their dogs to work, and Butcher received at least one request to enhance the existing bar). The first thing Butcher did was create an airy common space with high ceilings from what used to be two smaller offices. Leaving the wedgeshaped area open for tables and chairs for employees to eat lunch or work, he opted to create a separate structure within the larger room. With a canted roof, the structure houses a kitchen and a soundproof meeting room. POSSIBLE wanted to keep the chocolate-brown paint on most of the walls and ceilings, so Butcher countered the dark hue with bright white. The chartreuse accent color here on the company’s main floor ties in with work that Butcher did on several other floors of the building. The architect worked very closely with Seattle designer Erich Ginder on all of the upholstered pieces, and Ginder also designed the nowubiquitous Dot/Dash Lamp—a piece that is sprinkled throughout this project. While the architect knows how to create an inviting, energetic space, he is also very meticulous about his design. “For me there wasn’t as much pressure about budget or time,” he reflects. “The real danger was that I wouldn’t create something exceptional. From what I hear, everyone really likes it, and the tables are always full at lunchtime with people just hanging out.”

Butcher opted to keep the original exposed-brick wall at the end of the common area and designed a large sofa, as well as chairs and other furniture, which Erich Ginder and Butcher had upholstered at Queen Anne Upholstery from fabric remnants. Black and white McMaster Carr lamps provide working light and add an industrial punch. GRAY ISSUE No. seven



18Karat (pg 24) 3039 Granville St. Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3J9 (604) 742-1880 18karatstore.com

Best Practice Architecture and Design (pg 74) Seattle, WA (206) 217-1600 bestpracticearchitecture.com

D Calen Knauf (pg 34) calenknauf.com

Alchemy Collections (pg 35) 2029 Second Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 448-3309 alchemycollections.com

Bedford Brown (pg 22, 43) 1825 N.W. Vaughn St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 227-7755 bedfordbrown.com

Demetriou Architects (pg 10) Kirkland, WA (425) 827-1700 demetriouarchitects.com

Benjamin Moore (pg 74) Available through City Hardware 901 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 262-9440 cityhardwareseattle.com

designhouse (pg 82) 851 Homer St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 2W2 (604) 681-2800 designhouse.ca

909 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 682-7575 camerichusa.com American Society of Interior Designers, Washington State (pg 15) asidwa.org Andy Paiko Glass (pg 26) 1336 N. Farragut St. Portland, OR 97217 (707) 486-0018 andypaikoglass.com Ankasa (pg 22) ankasa.com Anthropologie (pg 38) anthropologie.com architecturew (pg 79) Portland, OR (503) 239-5848 arcw.com Areaware (pg 82) areaware.com Armstrong W E & Son Construction (pg 26) Gresham, OR (503) 665-7154 Baker Knapp & Tubbs (pg 24) 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Ste. 170 Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 763-3399 kohlerinteriors.com B&B Italia (pg 50) bebitalia.it BC&J Architecture (pg 10) Seattle, WA (206) 780-9113 bcandj.com

Bocci (pg 45, 50) bocci.ca Brian Mock (pg 18) brianmock.com Business Interiors NW (pg 74) 1707 Dock St. Tacoma, WA 98402 (253) 592-6000 binw.com CB2 (pg 22) 1277 Robson St. Vancouver, B.C. V6E 1C4 (855) 833-1833 cb2.com

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Design Stage (pg 37) Seattle, WA (206) 829-9049 design-stage.com Duncan McRoberts Associates (pg 10) Kirkland, WA (425) 889-6440 mcroberts-associates.com ecco design inc. (pg 10) Seattle, WA (206) 706-3937 eccodesigninc.com Elements of Nature (pg 45) Seattle, WA (206) 229-1136 elementsofnature.net

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

Emerick Architects (pg 43) Portland, OR (503) 235-9400 emerick-architects.com

Coates Design Architects (pg 10) Bainbridge Island, WA (206) 780-0876 coatesdesign.com

Erich Ginder Studio (insert, pg 74) Seattle, WA (206) 456-6242 erichginder.com

Cupcake Royale (pg 35) Seattle, WA and Bellevue, WA (206) 883-7656 cupcakeroyale.com

Filson (pg 81) 1555 Fourth Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98134 (206) 622-3147

Curtis Steiner (pg 18) 5349 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 297-7116 curtissteiner.com

526 N.W. 13th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 246-0900 filson.com

Custom Metal Fab, Inc. (pg 66) (866) 371-5646 cmfstainless.com


Debra Baxter (pg 18) debrabaxter.com

Finch And Thistle Event Design (pg 40) Seattle, WA (253) 225-2152 finchandthistleevents.com

Fine Paints of Europe (pg 66) finepaintsofeurope.com The Fixture Gallery (back cover) Idaho, Oregon, and Washington locations thefixturegallery.com Grant + Sinclair Architects (pg 58) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 681-9191 grantandsinclair.ca Greg Papove (pg 36) gregpapove.com Gus* Modern (pg 24) gusmodern.com Hank Drew Photography (pg 45) Seattle, WA (206) 985-1591 hankdrew.com Hedge and Vine (pg 38) 10028 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 451-7872 hedgeandvine.com Henredon & Schoener (pg 22) 700 Bellevue Way N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 454-9000 henredonschoener.com Hens & Chicks Collective (pg 14) Seattle, WA hensandchicks collective.com Hip (pg 24, 25) 1829 N.W. 25th Ave. Portland, OR 97210 (503) 225-5017 ubhip.com Homewerx (pg 24) 1053 Davie St. Vancouver, B.C. V6E 1M5 (604) 682-2204 homewerx.ca Inform Interiors (pg 48) 50 Water St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1A4 (604) 682-3868 informinteriors.com


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Jessica Helgerson Interior Design (pg 26) Portland, OR (503) 548-4984 jhinteriordesign.com

Maiwa East (pg 20) 1310 Odlum Dr. Vancouver, B.C. V5L 3L9 (604) 669-3939 maiwaeast.com

Phloem Studio (pg 36) 2710 N. Interstate Ave. Portland, OR 97227 (503) 863-9980 phloemstudio.com

Table Top and Home (pg 38) 1105 Bellevue Way N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 454-7322 tabletopandhome.com

JHL Design (pg 66) Portland, OR (503) 802-0010 jhldesign.com

Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design (inside front cover) 10708 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 450-9999 masins.com

POSSIBLE (pg 74) Seattle, WA possibleworldwide.com

Terris Draheim (pg 17) 5600 Sixth Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 763-4100 terrisdraheim.com

Jonathan Adler (pg 24) 1165 N.W. Everett St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 222-1217 jonathanadler.com KASA Architecture (pg 10) Seattle, WA (206) 334-2521 kasaarchitecture.com Kinn Bikes (pg 82) Portland, OR (971) 266-1885 kinnbikes.com Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishing (pg 18, 82) 5517 Airport Way S. Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 762-3899 kirkalbert.com Lapchi (pg 4) Atelier Lapchi 809 N.W. Flanders St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 719-6589 atelierlapchi.com Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets 1002 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 292-1115 driscollrobbins.com Salari Fine Carpet Collections 2033 W. 41st Ave. Vancouver, B.C. V6M 1Y7 (604) 261-3555 salari.com Lincoln Barbour (pg 37) Portland, OR (503) 467-9470 lincolnbarbour.com Maison Inc (pg 41) Portland, OR (503) 295-0151 maisoninc.com


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Matthew Parker Events (pg 46) Seattle, WA (206) 218-7969 matthewparkerevents.com MINT Interiors (pg 36) 1805 Fir St. Vancouver, B.C. V6J 3A9 (604) 568-3430 shop.mintinteriors.ca Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (pg 11) 1106 W. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 972-5000 mgbwhome.com Mithun (pg 74) Seattle, WA (206) 623-3344 mithun.com Montigo (pg 66) montigo.com Omer Arbel Office (pg 50) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 639-5192 omerarbel.com Opus Vancouver (pg 13) 322 Davie St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5Z6 (604) 642-6787 vancouver.opushotel.com Patty Grazini (pg 18) pattygrazini.com Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture (pg 58) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 736-2323 paulsangha.com Phillip Valdez (pg 18) phillipvaldez.com

Prentiss Architects (pg 10) Seattle, WA (206) 283-9930 prentissarchitects.com Queen Anne Upholstery (pg 74) 904 Elliot Ave. W. Seattle, WA 98119 (206) 452-5002 queenanneupholstery.com Rocky Rochon Design Studio (pg 72) Seattle, WA (206) 682-8848 rockyrochon.com Roll and Hill (pg 26) rollandhill.com Room & Board (pg 9) 2675 N.E. University Village St. Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 336-4676 roomandboard.com

Third Eye Assembly (pg 18) (206) 452-1919 etsy.com/shop/third eyeassembly Tom Dixon (pg 48) tomdixon.com Totokaelo Art-Object (pg 24) 1523 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 623-3582 art-object.totokaelo.com Urban Barn (pg 82) 2354 Granville St. Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3G3 (604) 731-9047 urbanbarn.com Urbancase (pg 36) (206) 853-6822 urbancase.com

R. Wagner Company (pg 66) Portland, OR (503) 224-7036 rwagnerarts.com

Vancouver Special (pg 82) 3612 Main St. Vancouver, B.C. V5V 3N5 (604) 568-3673 vanspecial.com

SieMatic Seattle (pg 23) 2030 First Ave., Ste. 110 Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 443-8620 siematic-seattle.com

Veritables (pg 38) 10220 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 455-8335 veritablesdecor.com

The Standard (pg 24) 10697 Main St., Ste. 3 Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 467-1164 thestandardinbellevue.com

Watson Kennedy (pg 38) 86 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 443-6281 watsonkennedy.com

Stock & Hill Landscapes, Inc. (pg 41) Seattle, WA (425) 334-8336 stockandhill.com

Whole Foods (pg 38) wholefoodsmarket.com

Sur La Table (pg 38) surlatable.com Sustainable Flooring Solutions (pg 66) Vancouver, WA (360) 571-5760 sustainableflooringsolutions.com

Windows, Doors & More (inside back cover) 5961 Corson Ave. S., Ste. 100 Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 782-1011 windowshowroom.com Ziba (pg 79) Portland, OR (503) 223-9606 ziba.com

made here standing the test of time Written by HILLARY RIELLY

A sense of history washes over you when you step into the Filson flagship store in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. The 115-year-old

outdoor outfitter specializes in garments and accessories that effortlessly go from rugged terrain to urban landscapes (perfect for the infamously casual Northwest). And the brand has largely maintained its design identity over the past 100-plus years, making minor tweaks for fit and modern living. The Mackinaw Cruiser, for instance, once offered timber cruisers protection and functionality with pockets for maps, compasses, and tools but now keeps city dwellers warm in rain and snow. “As a result, they have evolved over the years, making them living archives for Filson,” company marketing manager Amy Terai says on behalf of the product and marketing teams. Filson has been making many of these garments in Seattle, ever since it began outfitting gold rushers heading to Alaska. Today, 70 percent of what Filson sells is still made at the Seattle factory—including the heavyweight wools, waxed cottons, rugged twills, and bridle leathers—for a special kind of wear testing. “Our employees are able to experience the product in various stages of manufacturing,” Terai explains, “which gives them an advanced understanding of Filson products.” GRAY ISSUE No. seven



Vice Age Breaking up is hard to do, especially when it’s with your coveted bad habit. It’s time to make that New Year’s resolution one to aspire to with goods that make the change oh so simple. Written by Nicole Munson


Limit the liquor


Pinch pennies


Shape up


Stress less


Make every minute count

1. Women’s Christian Temperance Union enameled sign, $3,200 at Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings, Seattle, kirkalbert.com. 2. Gold Bar Money Bank, $32 (CAD) at Urban Barn, Vancouver, B.C., urbanbarn.com. 3. Kinn Bikes Cascade Flyer, $1,950–$2,200 at Kinn Bikes, Portland, kinnbikes.com. 4. Normann Copenhagen Tea Egg, available through Vancouver Special, Vancouver, B.C., vanspecial.com. 5. Areaware Alarm Dock in natural, $49 (CAD) at designhouse, Vancouver, B.C., designhouse.ca.


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Loewen Window Center of Seattle 5961 Corson Avenue South Suite #100 Seattle, WA 98108 206-782-1011 www.lwcseattle.com www.windowshowroom.com

Loewen Window Centre of Portland 1229 SE Grand Avenue Portland, OR 97214 503-408-8838 sales@glacierwindow.com www.glacierwindow.com

Loewen Window Center of the South Sound 5501 75th Street West Tacoma, WA 98499 253-473-7477 sales@soundglass.com www.SoundGlass.com Project: Sammamish Lake House

Architect: Demetriou Architects

Builder: Regency West

For luxury homeowners — and the architects, designers and custom builders who create their dreams — Loewen is the brand that delivers an unrivaled combination of artisanship, experience, and environmental sensibility in an extensive line of Douglas Fir, FSC Douglas Fir and Mahogany windows and doors. Contact the Loewen Window Center in your area to begin the experience.

Discover the world’s most inspiring windows and doors at www.loewen.com

Design. Create. Inspire.

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NEW SEATTLE LOCATION 8221 Greenwood Ave. North Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 632-4488


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Burlington Showroom 1000 Fountain Street Burlington, WA 98233 (360) 757-7619

Pacific Showroom 703 Valentine Ave. S.E. Pacific, WA 98047 (253) 299-7156

Salem 2710 Pringle Rd. S.E. #110 Salem, OR 97302 (503) 779-2882

Tigard 7337 S.W. Kable Lane Tigard, OR 97224 (503) 620-7050

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

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

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