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MAGAZINE: pacific northwest design

Architecture in the spotlight: Marianne Amodio Pb Elemental Rex Hohlbein Miller Hull George Suyama Ben Waechter

Made Here

Bold wallpaper by a Vancouver, B.C., duo Portland fashion designer Kate Towers’ moody, romantic collection Sexy steampunk furnishings inspired by Product Runway

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There will be an empty chair in Pioneer Square. We will be leaving our original home soon, the neighborhood we grew up in. For the time being, we will be moving into our second home, in Bellevue. We are very proud of our many decades of involvement in the Pioneer Square community and are encouraged by the many new local businesses and residents that are helping to keep the area a vital and successful neighborhood. In order to thank you for the years of patronage (and to make the move easier for us!), we invite you to participate in the biggest sale we have ever had ... with

price reductions of up to 70%! This moving sale will take place in both stores starting in December. Our talented designers will be available, as usual, to help you with your plans for your home. Come visit us early for the best selection.

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Departments 6 Hello

Introducing GRAY.

11 News

Warm your winter schedule with these local events.

13 Raves

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

16 Décor

J. Franklyn Design Group creates a modern winter wonderland in Medina.

22 Interiors

A blank canvas is a design dream for Vancouver’s Inoui Design Collective.



29 Shopping

Treasures await at Blackbird and Haystack Antiques.

32 Fashion

Kate Towers’ romantic collection of hand-dyed pieces is a stunner.

39 Inspired

Product Runway’s winning look is the spark for a steampunk roundup.

40 Color

Love it or hate it, gray is the undeniable hue of the Pacific Northwest.

42 Interview

Architect Rex Hohlbein focuses in on a faceless issue.

46 Entertaining

Help your overnight guests feel as welcome as possible.

66 Who

74 Architecture

Impressive commercial projects in Olympia, Vancouver, and Eugene.

Architectural luminary George Suyama releases his first solo monograph.

76 Resources

68 Made Here

77 Library

72 Concept

79 Icon

ROLLOUT shows us what happens if walls could talk. Pb Elemental helps a modern beach house development go prefab in White Rock.

Design resources from the issue. Peter Miller lists his must-reads for the new year. The Eames Lounge Chair still tops the design charts 55 years later.

80 Zodiac

A design horoscope for optimistic Sagittarius and ambitious Capricorn.


50 Feminine Sophisticate

Robert Bailey gives a dark apartment in Vancouver a fresh dose of white.

58 The New Glamorous

Portland’s Maison Inc., packs a home with pattern, texture, and personality for a luxurious makeover.

73 Tech

The best of two-wheeled innovation.

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On the Cover

Interior designer Jamie Dooley decks a home out for the holidays.

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Written by Rachel Gallaher Photographed by alex hayden



At last, presenting Photographer hank drew

hankdrew.com In this issue: Shopping (pg 30) and Entertaining (pg 46)

Even as I write these words, I still can’t quite believe it. The inaugural issue of GRAY is here! We’ve spent the past eight months admiring gorgeous projects, scouting local boutiques and showrooms, and speaking with some amazingly talented people. To say we’ve had an embarrassment of riches would be an understatement. Now we finally get to share it all with you—our fellow design-lovers. The first prototype of GRAY looked vastly different from the final product you have in your hands or are reading online. We considered a few different names (Design Goggles, Slant, and Peak were all part of the conversation) and played with various departments and layouts, but our focus on real, local design hasn’t wavered in the slightest. GRAY is made up of a team of Pacific Northwesterners, and we’re looking forward to showcasing the great design that our home has to offer in this issue and many more to come. I’ll wrap it up so you can dive into the following pages, but I would be remiss to go without mentioning our contributors, friends, family, supporters, subscribers, and advertisers. Thank you for your generosity, kindness, and encouragement. Without you, this would not have been possible.



Photographer JOSH DUNFORD joshdunford.com In this issue: Feature (pg 50)

Writer rachel gallaher In this issue: Décor (pg 16), Interiors (pg 22), Feature (pg 50), Made Here (pg 68), and Architecture (pg 74)

Photographer alex hayden

Photographer david papazian

Editor at Large Lindsey M. Roberts

Writer Hillary Rielly

Photographer jen steele

Photographer peter van beever

alexhayden.com In this issue: Cover, Décor (pg 16), Interview (pg 42), and Who (pg 66)

In this issue: Fashion (pg 32)

papazianphoto.com In this issue: Shopping (pg 29) and Feature (pg 58)

jensteele.com In this issue: Interiors (pg 22)

lindseymroberts.com In this issue: Color (pg 40), Who (pg 66), Library (pg 77), and Icon (pg 79)

petervanbeever.com In this issue: Fashion (pg 32)

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Baby “We were interested in designing a product that is in contrast to our electronic environment. A way to relax at the end of the day or socialize with friends that doesn’t include a television, computer, or personal electronic device.’’ —Darin Montgomery, Urbancase

Sexy curves, swivel action, flat-pack capability—this candlestick does it all. And if the words “sexy” and “candlestick” can appear in the same sentence, then we say Design House Stockholm has another design hit on its hands. Nordic Light candleholder by Jonas Grundell for Design House Stockholm, $72 at Design House, Vancouver, B.C., designhouse.ca.




Let There Be Gold

Chair Apparent

Upholstered in recycled German army blanket and constructed from handsome walnut and sleek aluminum, the 1.2 Chair by Urbancase is first in line for a sophisticated side or dining chair. $750 in Seattle at Velocity Art and Design, velocityartanddesign .com; in Portland at EWF Modern, ewfmodern.com.

Deceptively simple, yet utterly mesmerizing, the Hanging Light in 24-karat gold by Lukas Peet may have been good enough for King Midas, but we think it’s beyond great for 21st-century kings and commoners alike. Price available upon request at Lukas Peet, Vancouver, B.C., lukaspeet.com.

Army Strong

The Military Bench, designed by Kirk Albert, is one hunk of beautiful metal. Crafted in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood with American-made steel and covered with a vintage Army blanket, this limited-edition piece saves the design day. $1,800 as shown at Kirk Albert, Seattle, kirkalbert.com.

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You don’t have to be a sailor to love these knots. Handmade in Japan by artist Shigeki Fujishiro, the eye-catching KNOT basket is versatile and just cool. Period. $275-$350 at Alder & Co., Portland, alderandcoshop.com.



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Elegant soapstone keeps adult beverages staying and looking cool in Teroforma’s new Ekke shot glasses. The nonporous stone retains temperature for long periods of time, but our guess is that the glasses won’t stay empty for long. $38 for a set of four at Tilde, Portland, tildeshop.com.




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details: principal Jamie Dooley has been working in the design industry since 1982. He specializes in creating custom spaces that fit each client’s lifestyle. the J. Franklyn Design Group showroom is located in Ravenna and carries various home décor items.

WINTER Wonderland Chic silver and icy white bring a dose of sophistication to this season’s holiday décor Written by RAchel GAllAheR : Photographed by Alex hAYden

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A flashy forest of silver and white trees stand sentry in the living room. Even with the fresh décor, Kristen embraces tradition with her grandmother’s handmade tin Christmas ornaments from the 1940s. opposite: In the dining room, Kristen decorates her holiday table with an array of candlesticks and holders found at The Standard, Z Gallerie, Pottery Barn, and antique stores. Bocci pendants add light from above.




olidays are ripe with traditions. For Medina resident

Kristen Newell , that means preparing for an annual Christmas dinner

get-together she has with a group of college friends. As the repeat hostess last December, Newell was looking to dazzle with her décor, so she enlisted longtime friend and interior designer Jamie Dooley of J. Franklyn Design Group.




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declares, “Santa can never be Interior designer Jamie Dooley a little bit of silver, but he’ll out. He might be all white with t means we won’t be seeing never be out.” Phew! Guess tha this year. a lump of coal in our stockings

Kristen collects nutcrackers and, on a whim, painted several of them white with touches of gold. Dooley added a few gold accents himself for color variation. On the dining table, crystal and glass accents give the impression of frosty ice and reflect candlelight. Simple place settings and crisp, white napkins allow the table décor to take center stage. Starburst napkin holders add a vintage touch.



“It was a little more difficult than in the past, because we were trying to outdo ourselves,” Dooley explains. At Kristen’s request, they started with a specific color in mind. The rest of the design flowed from there. “I wanted everything as white as possible,” Kristen says of the décor. Her home already had the perfect base with mostly white walls and furniture in the living and dining rooms. To offset the blast of white, Dooley opted for silver to add a subtle glamour element to tie the two rooms together. Punches of turquoise made sure that the tone-on-tone look didn’t lose its edge. The hue plays off the living room’s blue wall, which was re-imagined as a canvas for a flurry of snowflakes. Dooley cut birch branches from trees in his yard and wrapped them in twinkle lights to create a magical winter forest in the dining room. Kristen’s guests were able to pull up ornate Brocade Home chairs to an elegant snow-themed tablescape designed by the hostess herself. “Jamie just has this eye for composition,” Kristen says. “He can just walk into a room and every single thing he touches becomes brilliant.”





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The women of Inoui Design Collective embody a bold, modern design philosophy at their Victoria, B.C., office

what: Interior design


details: A full-service interior design firm specializing in creating personalized and sustainable spaces that reflect its clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; personality and style. Principal designers Kyla Bidgood and Amber Kingsnorth are both active professional members of the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia and Interior Designers of Canada. See their work at inouidesign.ca. GRAY ISSUE No. one

Written by Rachel Gallaher : Photographed by Jen steele



interiors Congratulations to Inoui for winning a Silver IDI Award of Excellence for the design of this studio.

Amber Kingsnorth and Kyla Bidgood in their Victoria, B.C., studio. opposite: Kingsnorth works at a table made from a reclaimed beam found at Port Alice cannery. Structural light fixtures purchased from Fullhouse in Vancouver add texture to the space against a backdrop of the floor-to-ceiling sample wall.


hen interior designers Amber Kingsnorth

and Kyla Bidgood first saw their future studio, it was a mess. Lumber was scattered about, and a nine-foot drop into the basement was the first thing to greet anyone who walked through the front door.

Others might have cringed at the amount of work that would be needed, but Kingsnorth and Bidgood saw it as a chance to do exactly what they wanted—design. The two, who met while studying at Vancouver Island University, came together in 2009 to form Inoui Design Collective, a firm as hip and vivacious as the young women behind it. “We had a blank canvas, which was great for us,” Bidgood says. “We really wanted to showcase what we do best and our style, so we decided to keep the space pretty clean and modern.” The office, located in Victoria, B.C., was initially one story



with an unfinished basement in a neighboring space. Seeing great possibility, the ladies decided to renovate the lower level, creating a bathroom and two work stations that they now rent out. They put their 400-square-foot studio on the ground floor. Dark brushed-oak flooring and white painted-brick walls create visual contrast and provide a clean background for added details such as wall art, shelving, and colorful seating. It was important for the designers that their studio be functional as well as attractive. They wanted the space to reflect their design aesthetic but allow them room to grow




The reclaimed-beam table brings natural warmth to the mostly white studio, and bright-red Eames-inspired chairs provide a cheery pop of color.

Clockwise from above: Framed vintage covers of plan books from a local door company liven the downstairs bathroom with color; a wall calendar created by Victoria-based graphic designer and photographer Peter Bagi, who shot the numbers from various sites and addresses in Victoria; Tucker, office mascot, sits at the top of the stairs, which are detailed with vintage rulers; Bidgood and Kingsnorth created their own magazine art to bring dimension to the painted brick walls.

and change as their tastes evolve. According to Bidgood, the sample library can get a bit unruly at times, so an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling adjustable shelving at one end of the studio was essential. Three large windows provide a lot of natural light, and side-by-side workspaces facing them allow the women to easily share ideas and work together on projects throughout the day. The rolling desk chairs were purchased from a friend (who found them on Craigslist) and recovered in bold Marimekko fabric, and the office mascot—Bidgood’s shih tzu Tucker—has a matching bed in the same print.



Behind the workspaces, a reclaimed slab of wood from Port Alice cannery makes a large table where the pair meets with clients. Bright-red chairs catch the color of the Marimekko print, and industrial-inspired light fixtures bring texture to the space. Small details such as vintage rulers along the risers of the office stairs and homemade folded magazine wall art demonstrate the women’s creativity and their design philosophy: “The fun challenge of our work is looking at what people already have and looking at how to use it in a creative way,” Kingsnorth explains. “Things don’t have to be super expensive to be really great looking and have great design.”




The world is not black and white. It’s black and GRAY. -Graham Greene

Blackbird Written by stacy kendall : Photographed by david Papazian

It’s hard to miss the imposing black façade of the aptly named Black Box Building on Portland’s West Burnside Street. For men’s boutique Blackbird, it’s their new home since the Seattle-based store opened the location in Oregon earlier this year. The modern, industrial-style space, situated between Tanner Goods and Dunderdon, is just 660 square feet, but a whole lot of style is packed into the relatively small area. The ceilings soar, and the high-gloss white walls turn spare into chic. Look up, though, and you’ll see Blackbird’s penchant for the dark and dramatic. Store partner Brian Paquett smeared ink from the pages of The Portland Mercury six feet high on the walls to achieve a Cy Twombly-esque effect. “Portland is all over our walls, literally,” Paquett quips. Clearly, black is where it’s at.

Coming soon: Interiors by Blackbird. The team is designing an exclusive line of furniture and accessories that complement their clothing aesthetic. In material terms, that means leather, dark wood, and steel. Sexy.

Congratulations, GRAY Magazine, on your launch. We look forward to some amazing conversations.








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Paper Tiger dress from the Golden Hour collection.

Romantic & stats

who: Kate Towers what: Fashion designer details: Old world meets modern times in the romantic, textural pieces from Portland-based designer (and mother of two) Kate Towers. She uses hand-dyed fabrics and nature-inspired designs to create one-of-a-kind garments that work in any setting. To see more of Towersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work, visit katetowers.com and her Etsy shop, katetowers.etsy.com.


The many layers of Portland-based fashion designer Kate Towers

Written by Hillary Rielly : Photographed by PETER VAN BEEVER




Kate Towers juxtaposes layers of ruffles with structured, hand-dyed fabrics to create ethereal pieces with a modern edge.


and pull of form and er dresses are a push ers of textures and material that create lay dern and elegant. mo are t definitive lines tha opposites with such Towers’ fashions marry terials, combination ease that the mix of ma t draping, and the sof of structured forms and l out of place. fee not s styles doe mélange of new and old s, is havdesigns, Towers explain The foundation of all her chaos. “I of as simple with little are ing something clean and ensive exp and s rou that are glamo really love to make pieces ly fusate im ult m— the to l relaxed fee looking but have a very she says. ing luxury and comfort,” School of on at the New England ati After studying illustr d on a tlan Por to ved n, Towers mo Art and Design in Bosto opening a rked various jobs before whim in 2000. She wo dmade han tique focusing on local, with women’s specialty bou art ing bin her interest in com on clothing. It helped launch ly ive lus exc us foc t its doors to apparel. In 2008, she shu works she w No en. ldr chi o se her tw her fashion line and rai d pieces for , creating one-of-a-kin dio stu e hom out of her items on Etsy. clients and selling select






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a retro-futuristic dress created by the Bassetti architects, r Haworth, Carnegie Fabrics, and numark team—out of all interio r design materials no less—took home the top honors at Interio Design Coalition of Washington’s product Runway event on s, June 3, 2011. the inspiration, team lead Dante Wilkins explain was to interpret the past’s depictions of the future. talk about a time warp!


and 2 Bassetti’s emily Dewees poses backstage in the winning look.


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4 1. Supernova Light, $6,400 at Esque, Portland, esque.bigcartel.com. 2. Freud French presses, $95–$125 (CAD) at Walrus, Vancouver, B.C., walrushome.com; 3. Aviator lounge chair, price available upon request at Catta Works, Nelson, B.C., cattaworks .com; 4. SENET Dodecahedron stool, $840 (CAD) at The Cross Décor & Design, Vancouver, B.C., thecrossdesign.com.


Retro finds are saved from the land of kitsch when they are reimagined with an unexpected twist. When it comes to steampunk style, the more fantastical the better. Written by AnGelA cAbOtAJe : Portrait by eRnie SApiRO phOtOGRAphY Modeled by eMilY deweeS : Hair by vU from ObAdiAh SAlOn

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pink, light pink, lavender, white, chartreuse green,” interior designer Graciela Rutkowski says. “Gray is the foundation that makes all those colors shine.”

1. Atwood Sofa, $2,150 (CAD) at STYLEGARAGE, Vancouver, B.C., stylegarage.com; 2. Conner leather chair, price available upon request at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Portland, mgbwhome.com; 3. round velvet pintuck pillow, $34 at Urban Outfitters, urban outfitters.com; 4. Erto pendant, $495 at Hip, Portland, ubhip.com; 5. Cole & Son Ex Libris wallpaper by Fornasetti, price available upon request at Kravet/Lee Jofa, Seattle, kravet.com; 6. Moooi Fata Morgana TJ One carpet by Marcel Wanders, price available upon request at Inform Interiors, Seattle, informseattle .com; 7. ceramic vessel set in black slate by Sara Paloma, $1,500 at Relish, Portland, shoprelish.com.

Silver Dollar, Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com

Stereotypes be darned. Gray can be the brightest color of them all. The Pacific Northwest gets a bad rap for being a gray place—from the color of the sky to the color of clothes donned by its denizens. The last color you’d want to decorate your home with is gray, right? Not so fast. Legendary Northwest designer Jean Jongeward discovered that one of the best interior paint colors for this region was gray because of the way the hue reflects and complements the constantly changing light. Forty years later, we see that Jongeward was ahead of her time. The stone-colored paint works well with all variations of light and is the perfect neutral complement to all colors, styles, and materials. We pay homage to Jongeward’s visionary mindset with our own collection of gray pieces for the modern Northwest home. GRAY ISSUE No. one



To find out how to help Seattle’s homeless, visit the “Homeless in Seattle” Facebook page.

Face to Face

When award-winning architect Rex Hohlbein moved offices to Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, he began noticing homeless

Rex: This is Johan. He lives out of his van. I asked him how he was doing, and he said he was feeling down. He listens to a lot of music, and the words affect him—the messages can make him depressed. I said, “It sounds like you are a very sensitive person.” He said, “I cry every day.”



individuals on a regular basis. Instead of walking by, he approached them and struck up a conversation. Over the years, he has traded life stories, built friendships, and photographed hundreds of their faces to capture each special exchange. The point is straightforward: “You can make such a difference with a simple hello.”

Written by Angela Cabotaje : Photographed and illustrated by rex hohlbein Portrait of Rex Hohlbein by alex hayden



interview Rex: This is Mary. She was walking with a friend (also homeless) when we all got to talking. I asked them if I could take their picture, and he said no but she said yes. I suggested we walk down to the bench along the canal. As we walked, Mary lagged behind, and when I looked back, she had taken out a little compact to put on makeup. It was such a sweet moment. right: Gladys is Yupik Eskimo, and Randy is full-blood Native American: Sioux of South Dakota and Choctaw of Oklahoma.



Rex: Clockwise from upper left: Michelle is homeless and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to a shelter because something bad happened to her, and she starts crying the minute she thinks about it; Crystal is 24 and homeless, living in a tent for the past year; Chiaka Howze is a brilliant artist who lived homeless in Seattle for just over 10 years, and we became fast friends until a chance reconnection on Facebook led him back to Pittsburgh to be with his family; when I met Mickie, he was enjoying a bag of popcorn and sharing a beautiful smile.



Having overnight guests—dare

we say relatives—for an extended stay

during the holidays? This isn’t a frightening proposition just because your in-laws are in town. It’s also because your house is going to be home to someone else for a period of time, and it’s up to you to make it happen. Thumb your nose at houseguest phobia. Let this be the year that everyone stays with you because you’re just that fabulous. Here are our tips for making your guests feel indulged, and more importantly, making you host of the year. No really, we shouldn’t have! Oh yes, we did.

Written by stacy kendall : Photographed by hank drew

Olo fragrances, $40 each, knows perfume, Seattle, knowsperfume.com. ❈ Savoy Ice Bucket-Cooler, $49.95 at Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.com. ❈ Mahogany record cabinet, $150; midcentury light fixture, $135; glass ashtray, $10; 1930s Kiestra mantle clock, $150; all from Gracious House to Home, Seattle, gracioush2h.com. ❈ Opposite: A pineapple has been the symbol of hospitality since colonial America. GRAY ISSUE No. one



2 Provide an array of toiletries for your guests, especially for ones that came by plane. Nice products are a thoughtful touch, and as a guest it’s always fun to try something new. Also, include some common medications (out of reach of children) for middle-of-the-night emergencies.



✗ Make sure there are plenty of books or magazines available for potential insomniacs. Extra points for keeping issues current. 3


✗ Make sure there are some free electrical outlets for charging phones, laptops, and the like.



✗ Keep an extra drawer for scissors, tape, a sewing kit, pens, and paper (go for stationery or a guest diary).

✗ For an added touch, develop a

personal minibar for your guests with favorite candy, nuts, dried fruit, and other snacks. Options are best when tailored to your guest’s individual tastes.

Keep in mind that things don’t have to be perfect— your guests are there to see you! Clean towels and a glass of wine make a warm welcome anywhere.

✗ Put teabags, coffee, mugs, and all





necessary accoutrements next to your kettle or coffee maker so early risers know just where everything is. If you have a complicated machine, add some personal instructions.

✗ Make sure refrigerator and pantry items aren’t past their due date to avoid unwitting illness by oblivious snackers. ✗ Keep some snacks out on the counter so that guests know these are always available for them between meals. ✗ If children are making the journey,

1. Eau drinking glass, $12 at Camelion, Seattle, cameliondesign.com. Toothbrushes For a Year, $14, and 2. Botot pate dentifrice $14, LUCCA great finds, Seattle, luccagreatfinds.com. 3. Baxter of California aftershave balm, $18 at Ward&Co., Seattle, wardmensgrooming.com. 4. TokyoMilk hand cream, Excess, $24 at Curtsy Bella, Seattle, curtsybella.com. 5. Simpatico Bubble Bath No. 45, $26.50 at Capers, Seattle, (206) 932-0371. 6. Anthony Logistics facial scrub, $36 at Ward&Co., Seattle, wardmensgrooming.com. 7. Further Candle, $28 at Burnt Sugar, Seattle, burntsugarfrankie.com. 8. Suavecito Pomade, $10 at Squire, Seattle, squire barbershop.com. 9. Boticario de Havana body wash, $29 at Essenza, Seattle, essenzaseattle .com. 10. Crown Shaving Co. shave cream, $28 at Cameos and Crowns, Seattle, (206) 462-1206. 11. Sweet Petula milk and honey moisturizing soap, $9 at Capers, Seattle, (206) 932-0371.



stop by the dollar store for some inexpensive playthings to make the trip extra fun and exciting for the little ones. Yakima Camp Blanket in blue, $88-$124 at Pendleton, Portland, pendleton-usa.com.




Feminine Sophisticate Interior designer Robert Bailey gives his glamorous client a fresh and feminine apartment Written by Rachel Gallaher : Photographed by josh dunford


who: Robert

Bailey Interiors

what: Interior design details: As a practicing design professional for the past 30 years, Robert Bailey has worked closely with his clients to create timeless interiors that reflect the inhabitantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tastes and personality. Robert Bailey Interiors designs both public and private spaces.

Ubiquitous white creates a fresh backdrop in the dining nook. Art advisor Susan Almrud helped Bailey and Jacquie pick the moody photograph by Darren Almond. GRAY ISSUE No. one


The all-white dining area gives way to the living room’s gray palette. Bailey used False Creek—visible from the windows—as the inspiration for the color scheme.



t was quite literally out with the old and in with the new when

fashionista and writer Jacquie Somerville moved into her current Vancouver, B.C., apartment in March 2010.

“I knew that I wanted white walls,” Jacquie says with a laugh. “There have been so many years where I have done taupe and beige, and I was just done with that!” Luckily, interior designer Robert Bailey was on the same page. Armed with a lot of white paint, he turned the apartment’s walls, doors, and trim into a bright, fresh backdrop. White-oak flooring throughout continues the trend, keeping the feel light while still adding warmth. For Jacquie, the frequent party hostess, it was important that the living room and dining space be both functional and inviting. Floor-toceiling windows at one end of the living room overlook False Creek and provide a view of Granville Island. Bailey wanted to tie in the watery tones of the creek, so he chose a soft gray palette for the contemporary sofa, armchair, and ottoman—all from Minotti. A silver-gray rug is the perfect complement, while touches of deep pinks and purples give the room just the right amount of feminine flair. The adjacent dining room received similar treatment from Bailey, who opted to keep colors neutral and styling contemporary. His





“A great room is like a great piece of clothing.

When you find the perfect outfit, you just know.” —Robert Bailey

Opposite: In the master bedroom, a custom wool area rug by Jan Kath, from Colin Campbell, warms bare toes on chilly days. above: Lapalma Thin bar stools from Inform Interiors provide extra seating in the kitchen, allowing guests to chat with Jacquie as she prepares for parties and meals. left: Pigs Can Fly, a painting by Tiko Kerr, provides a burst of welcoming color in the entrance hall.

choices: white Philippe Starck dining chairs, a round Boboli table, and Moooi’s super-playful Dandelion pendant fixture. The master bedroom is one of Jacquie’s favorite spaces, and it reflects the clean, clutter-free atmosphere she craves. A white leather Poltrona Frau bed anchors the room. Its hidden front feet give the structure a cantilevered appearance, as if it were floating. The delicate floral art by James Welling (who also painted the piece above the sofa in the living room) are a fitting colorful accessory. A pair of silver Josephine lamps from Metalarte and sumptuous chocolate brown bedding add a bit of elegant drama. No need to worry, though—a lighthearted throw advocates “LOVE PEACE HAPPINESS” to make sure the design doesn’t take itself too seriously. With the help of Bailey, Jacquie got the fresh start she wanted and a stylish, modern apartment to boot. “I always want my work to reflect my clients and their lifestyles,” Bailey explains. “With Jacquie, things are very feminine. She wanted the apartment to reflect who she is, and she is very glamorous.”





The uncluttered guest room reflects Jacquie’s love for clean lines and fussfree décor. Two Nathaniel Massey photographs bring the gallant outdoors inside, while a youthful Bernstein & Gold throw adorns the bed.






“Our favorite space is the living room by the fireplace, looking at the view,” says Joelle Nesen, principal and owner of portland’s Maison Inc. she and lead designer Lucy Roland offset the seriousness of the furnishings with a larger-than-life statue from the homeowners’ collection and a teak-root table.

Glamorous THE NEW

pattern, texture, and color pack a punch in this personality-filled home Written by AnGelA cAbOtAJe : Photographed by dAvid pApAziAn


who: MAiSOn


what: Interior design


GRAY issUe no. one

details: maison Inc., is a portland-based design firm with a retail showroom offering an eclectic mix of vintage and modern furnishings. the company designs commercial spaces as well as private homes. to see more projects from maison Inc., visit maisoninc.com.

The home’s original layout featured an octagon that housed many rooms. Paolo Design Group turned it into one big area for the kitchen and dining area. Windows on all sides offer views of the Columbia River Gorge and Crown Point.


this home along the Columbia River Gorge were a dish at a restaurant, the menu description would read: “A feast for the eyes.”

The house started out as a ’60s Topsider Homes structure that had seen little improvement in its decades of existence. Fake paneling and rust-colored carpeting had survived until 2009, when the homeowners approached interior designer Joelle Nesen, principal and owner of Portland’s Maison Inc., about a remodel. Paolo Design Group gave them a fresh layout with flowing spaces and plenty of room for entertaining and overnight visitors. “We envisioned a chic, slightly ’70s throwback that was heavy on Old Hollywood,” Nesen says of the project’s vision. “We wanted a house that brought together the luxury and style of old films, ease and



functionality, and a little twist of fun.” Living areas are vibrant and energetic with an overload of sights and textures, while bedrooms are more muted and low-key. Bathrooms happily enjoy both sides, speaking volumes in neutral Ann Sacks St. Petersburg chiseled limestone and making a statement with jade-green subway tile. Nesen and lead designer Lucy Roland layered different patterns and materials in the kitchen and dining area. They used custom Ann Sacks Nottingham parallelogram tiles for the backsplash and metallic-colored slate on the floor. Quartz and stainless-steel counterstie in perfectly with the sleek, modern appliances and dark GRAY ISSUE No. one


The designers wanted to create a lifestyle within a room, giving each area its own unique personality. Bedrooms and other private spaces combine patterns, sumptuous materials, and vintage pieces for dynamic appeal.





The all-white master bathroom (opposite) features a generous soaking tub and textured chiseled limestone, while another bath (above left) boasts tiles in bold hues and patterns. ABOVE RIGHT: The homeowners love to shop for vintage pieces, so the designers worked many of their items into the home.

cabinets. A long quartz island visually separates the functional chef’s kitchen from the dining area without disturbing the open feel of the room, while a window seat draws attention to the views outside with Stark wallpaper in a thin chevron stripe and cushions in a graphic Clarence House fabric. The designers made sure to consider different uses for the large space, from housing huge parties to having quiet meals for two. Up to 14 people can sit around the giant three-piece dining table, or the homeowners can pull it apart (as they frequently do) to use a section for an intimate dinner setting. The living room is a balanced mix of whimsical pieces and glamorous furniture. Nesen and Roland reupholstered the homeowners’ vintage sectional in an olive cotton velvet from Kravet and designed custom chairs in a Pollack apricot mohair. “We wanted all the fabrics to look and feel luxurious,” Nesen explains. They made sure to funk things up with a teak-root table and a tongue-in-cheek piece from the owners’ art collection: a largerthan-life statue of a discus thrower. Across the room, a chiseled



Ann Sacks limestone wall is a solid anchor for the sleek fireplace surround. In the media room, the homeowners gave the designers a pile of inspiration pictures that evoked an edgy and sexy use of color. The result is a bold explosion of red, burnt burgundy, and orange with wall-to-wall Stark cheetah carpet. Infusing the space with tone-on-tone hues throughout helps soften corners and keeps the focus on the screen. When it’s time to call it a day, guests can retire to one of the spare bedrooms. Upholstered headboards, unfussy bedding, and convenient seating and writing areas help visitors feel right at home. Whimsical touches and timeless pieces—a terrarium, airy sheers, and a sunburst clock—add an element of lightheartedness to loosen things up. “I feel like, as a company, what we really bring to the table is the ability to mix it up while remaining timeless,” Nesen says. The very happy homeowners of a luxuriously dazzling home would probably agree with that.



George SUYAMA Photos courtesy suyama peterson deguchi and University of Washington Press.

Written by lindsey m. roberts : Portrait by alex hayden



houses that the fern opens up and windows become frames for constantly changing murals. “I’m interested in art as nature, trees as walls,” he says. In Suyama: A Complex Serenity (University of Washington Press, April 2011), Grant Hildebrand presents the architect’s buildings in an ordered evolution, from inspiration by Gene Zema’s Japanese-influenced style to development of his own language rooted in each project’s site. “Since the urban environment is expanding … connecting to nature has become an intrinsic human need,” Suyama says. “I see architecture as a way to bring the fundamental truth of nature back into our daily lives.” Suyama obtained a bachelor’s from the University of Washington in 1967 and began working for Zema. In the late 60s, he worked for Ralph Anderson. In 1971, he started his own firm. Ric Peterson and Jay Deguchi became partners in 1983 and 2002 respectively—and over the years he’s collaborated with additional architectural luminaries such as metal worker David Gulassa and interior designer Christian Grevstad. Hildebrand notes that Suyama designs to eliminate “visual noise” and creates “visual music” instead. Wood ceilings conceal ducts, walls slide to reveal spaces, and views open toward sunlit gardens. One could argue that the beauty of Suyama’s houses is akin to the fern in another way—the plant seems effortless in its aesthetic and yet is complexly, precisely designed for its niche in the ecosystem. Australian architect Glenn Murcutt says in the foreward that Suyama considers all aspects of climate, flora, location, and geography. In his search for serenity in structure, Suyama designs houses that complement the serenity of their location.

PAUL WARCHOL, courtesy suyama peterson deguchi

Like a fern curled and protected from battering rain, the houses designed by George Suyama, 69, of Seattle’s Suyama Peterson Deguchi Architects are protected from the weather by eaves, walkways, and verandas. It’s inside the

PAUL WARCHOL, courtesy suyama peterson deguchi


“The Northwest has been tucked away doing its own thing for so long, but now through the Internet, media, and technology we’re seeing more exposure and accessibility to regional design,” Suyama says. “Our reach definitely extends beyond our region.”

 The first solo monograph for Suyama explores and defines the interrelationship between inside and outside, which has come to define architecture in the Northwest as well as Suyama’s work since 1971.



made here

Rolling with the punches

Clockwise from above: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beatles go to Bollywood on an acid trip,â&#x20AC;? said Kam Dhillon of the custom wallpaper (also shown, far right) he wanted for his Calgary Indian restaurant Mango Shiva; Canadian boutique WORTH is a punk rock-baroque mix, and their custom x-ray skull cameo wallpaper is a perfect fit; Carbon by James Acrow features deep amethyst sketching; Beat & Repeat by Bandit is a quirky addition to any room.





made here

Clockwise from left: Le Corbusier by Petra Reimann is an optical illusion for walls and eyes; tasked with creating a custom wallpaper for Earls’ new Toronto restaurant, ROLLOUT used old Earls menu images to design a distressed and worn look with nostalgic appeal; Wayfinder by Mike & Maaike merges function into a decorative form; ROLLOUT’s Tailoring wallpaper features vintage sewing machines; find your way with the vintage-style Map of Paris.

Hubert Kang

Canadians Anita Modha and Jonathan Nodrick of Rollout brilliantly conjure up artist-designed wallpaper with extraordinary results


Written by Rachel Gallaher

ome of the best things come out of the worst situations. Case in point: ROLLOUT Creative Inc., a custom designer and manufacturer of wallpaper. The company, founded in Vancouver, B.C., got its start in a frustratingly crummy job market and is now an independent purveyor of striking and innovative designs. It was 2005, and Anita Modha and Jonathan Nodrick had both recently graduated with degrees in design—she with a master’s in industrial design and he in communication design. They soon realized that they faced an arduous job hunt plagued with limited openings and plenty of competition. “Jon went on an interview and saw 11 other former classmates waiting to be interviewed,” Modha recalls. A serendipitous chain of events would soon turn things



around. Nodrick had been looking for someone to print his artwork on canvas and landed a large-format printer through Craigslist. He and Modha began experimenting with various papers and inks, seeing how different types of each worked together. When a friend mentioned creating custom wallpaper for her salon, they knew they had found their focus. They held a formal art show in Vancouver, where 30 different designers displayed 25 wallpapers. “We had 1,000 people come to the show,” Modha recalls. “Most of the people who came were the perfect clients: architects and interior designers. It was really exciting, and we thought, ‘We could make a business out of this.’ ” They began selling a selection of the popular artist-created wallpapers, several of which are still offered in their Artist Series Wallpapers collection along with other curated designs. ROLLOUT’s wallpaper offerings are not your grandmother’s

frou-frou floral. Designs range from graphic geometric patterns to photographs and freehand drawings. Some designs are elegant—such as classic damask—while others are infused with punk rock’s skulls, bright colors, and graffiti. ROLLOUT also offers customizable options, and their in-house designers have created wallpapers for commercial spaces. They’ve worked with companies such as Starbucks, Marc Ecko, and Microsoft Zune. As for the future, Modha says they’d like to expand beyond wallpaper, using their popular designs for items such as fabrics and dinnerware. They also opened a second location in Toronto in December 2010. “In Toronto, people are really into bold things—really pushing the envelope,” Modha says. “And in the west, things were more muted and neutral. I think we are very lucky to be influenced by both. It’s been a great way for us to evolve as a company.”





who: Pb


details: Seattle-based Pb Elemental has received recognition from the American Institute of Architects and numerous publications around the world for their innovative, modern designs. See more of their work at pbelemental.com.


what: Architecture firm

low tech who: Traitor Cycles designs and manufactures its bicycles in Ferndale, Washington. what: Ruben stats: Traitor’s Ruben is the bike for today’s urban commuter, who enjoys a little off-road dalliance on the side. Designed to excel on pavement as well as in the mud, the Ruben features a Columbus-steel frame with disc brakes, rack brazeons, and full fender capability for all-weather riding. Its 10-speed Apex kit and cable housing through the chainstay make this choice a functional stunner. Hope you don’t mind getting envious stares. buy: $599 (frame with lugged disc fork) and $1,049 (SRAM Apex 10-speed disc). For a complete list of retailers, visit traitorcycles.com.

low tech


high tech: t w o w h e e l s

Take the humble wheel, put two together, and you’re left with a centuries-old means of transportation.

But what is function without a beautiful form? And what is style without any modern advancement? A pair of two-wheeled wonders show us how far they have come in both design and innovation. Written by ANGELA CABOTAJE


BeachHaus I (shown above) and II both feature three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and impeccable contemporary style. They take advantage of the scenic views and natural light in the beachside White Rock community. Upon completion in late 2011, they can receive an official LEED rating from the Canadian Green Building Council.

Written by angela cabotaje

Beach house? Yes. Typical? Nope. Pb Elemental, Method Homes, and InHaus Development have teamed up to create two eco-friendly single-family homes in White Rock, B.C. They used a hybrid of on-site and prefab construction, allowing them to build some modules in a controlled indoor environment where resources and time could be maximized. Materials were chosen for their longevity and sustainability, while solar panels, site orientation, and a space-maximizing reverse layout help these dwellings cut down on energy use and environmental impact. Of course, an ultramodern, übercool design sure doesn’t hurt.

high tech who: Brammo, based in ASHLAND, OREGON, specializes in developing and designing electric-powered vehicles. what: Enertia Plus stats: The 2011 Enertia Plus electric motorcycle features Brammo’s lithium-ion battery technology, which fully charges in approximately eight hours. The battery life allows the rider to achieve speeds of up to 60 miles per hour and travel up to 80-mile distances. The motorcycle’s lightweight extruded and welded aluminum frame comes in True Blood Red, Peacekeeping Blue, and Eclipsed Black, while a seat featuring textured black vinyl and charcoal gray synthetic suede is durable and water resistant. buy: $8,995 (preorder pricing). To purchase the Enertia Plus, visit brammo.com.






Waste not

Nic Lehoux, courtesy Miller Hull

Written by Rachel Gallaher


Written by Rachel Gallaher

Photos courtesy the vancouver circus school


Written by Rachel Gallaher


Circus School

2011 Honor Award recipient, AIA Portland

Built to a Tea J-Tea is not your typical tea store. The shop is located in a renovated home within a small commercial pocket of Eugene’s residential Friendly Street neighborhood. Owner Josh Chamberlain hired architect Ben Waechter to help transform the house into a modern tea sanctuary. Waechter and his team gutted the interior and painted the remaining shell dark brown to showcase the geometric cedar-beam porch and modern entry canopy made from powder-coated aluminum panels. “You don’t see how they are supported, so they look like they are floating,” Waechter notes. The interior is minimal, with light maple flooring and floor-to-ceiling key shelving, which allows the teas and imported wares to add color and visual interest. A large tea bar anchors the eye to the center of the room; its striking black PaperStone counter provides a pleasant contrast to the warmth of surrounding wood.

Water-treatment plants are often housed in low concrete buildings with signs that clearly state “keep out.” The LOTT Clean Water Alliance Regional Services Center in Olympia, has a decidedly different message. “Conceptually, we were trying to make this organization a front door to the community and create a facility that people want to interact with and learn from,” explains Scott Wolf, a partner at Miller Hull who was in charge of the project. The LOTT facility is a national leader in producing Class-A reclaimed water, the highest level of reclaimed water for nonpotable uses, and is certified LEED Platinum. It has contemporary appeal with corrugated metal siding and expanses of large windows. A wooden boardwalk leads over a reclaimed water pond into the new four-story Regional Services Center, which houses offices and an education center with interpretive exhibits and a classroom. All interior wood was salvaged from a warehouse on an adjacent lot, and the ceilings feature stretched white nylon that help bounce light back into the building, saving energy costs. Regional artist Pam Beyette created whimsical stained-glass windows for the education center and two building entrances that represent images found under a microscope at different points during the watertreatment process.

Architect Marianne Amodio of Vancouver, B.C., never took up tightrope walking or tiger taming, but she did get to join the circus. The Vancouver Circus School hired Amodio to help design its new location in the city’s River Market. “I took a look at it and thought, ‘How can we make this special? How can we say circus?’” She crafted a large big-top circus tent structure out of twoby-eights to house the office space. Yellow juggling balls fill the walls of the big top for color and whimsy, while a seating area and stage accented with yellow, space-saving cubbies and the popular double-slide kids-only entrance are attached to the side. An existing tree-montage art installation created the inspiration for the “stick forest,” an alternative to the required safety guardrail around the front of the escalator. “I wanted to give them something that was exciting and that spoke of what they do,” Amodio says. “When you think about circus, you instantly think about light and joy and happiness and wonder and awe.”



Ann Sacks (pg 58, 60, 64) annsacks.com BAKU Contemporary (pg 3) (253) 265-3921 bakucontemporary.com Bandit (pg 68) bandit.es Bellevue Arts Museum (pg 11, 12) 510 Bellevue Way N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 519-0770 bellevuearts.org Ben Waechter (pg 74) Portland, OR (503) 449-1471 benwaechter.com

Eileen Schoener Design (pg 10) Bellevue, WA (425) 450-9055 esddesign.com

Capers (pg 48) 4525 California Ave. S.W. Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 932-0371 caperscapers.blogspot.com

Environmental Construction, Inc. (inside back cover) Seattle, WA (425) 803-9881 envconst.com

Catta Works (pg 39) Nelson, B.C. (250) 352-7288 cattaworks.com

Esque Studio (pg 39) Portland, OR esque-studio.com

Clarence House (pg 61) clarencehouse.com Click! Design That Fits (pg 80) 4540 California Ave. S.W. Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 328-9252 clickdesignthatfits.com

Benjamin Moore (pg 41) benjaminmoore.com

Colin Campbell (pg 54) 494 Railway St. Vancouver, B.C., V6A 1B1 (604) 734-2758 colcam.com

Bernstein & Gold (pg 57) 100-1168 Hamilton St. Vancouver, B.C., V6B 2S2 (604) 687-1535 bernsteinandgoldinteriors.com

Couch (pg 80) 1230 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 633-6108 couchseattle.com

Blackbird (pg 29) 1306 W. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 227-1825 blackbirdballard.com

Crate and Barrel (pg 47) crateandbarrel.com

Brammo, Inc. (pg 73) Ashland, OR (541) 482-9555 brammo.com Burnt Sugar (pg 48) 601 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103 (888) 545-0699 burntsugarfrankie.com Camelion Design (pg 48) 5330 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 783-7125 cameliondesign.com


Cameos & Crowns (pg 48) 1137 34th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 462-1206

GRAY issUe no. one

The Cross Décor & Design (pg 39) 1198 Homer St. Vancouver, B.C., V6B 2X6 (604) 689-2900 thecrossdesign.com Curtsy Bella (pg 48) 2920 N.E. Blakeley St. Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 523-3221 curtsybella.com Design House (pg 15) 851 Homer St. Vancouver, B.C., V6B 2W2 (604) 681-2800 designhouse.ca Design Stage (pg 31) Seattle, WA (206) 829-9049 design-stage.com

Essenza (pg 48) 615 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 547-4895 essenzaseattle.com EWF Modern (pg 14) 1122 N.W. Gilsan St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 295-7336 ewfmodern.com The Fashion Group International of Seattle (pg 37) Seattle, WA seattle.fgi.org Fleurish (pg 12) Seattle, WA (206) 322-1602 fleurish.com Fliptography (pg 31) (877) 435-4786 fliptography.net Free Time Industries (pg 13) Seattle, WA freetimeindustries.com FULLHOUSE Modern (pg 24) 1545 W. Fourth Ave. Vancouver, B.C., V6J 1L6 (604) 733-7789 fullhousemodern.com

Handmade NW (pg 11) Portland, OR handmadenw.com



Alder & Co. (pg 14) 537 S.W. 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97205 (503) 224-1647 alderandcoshop.com

Haystack Antiques (pg 30) 144 105th Ave. N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 455-1515 haystackantiques.com Hensel Design Studio (pg 40) Seattle, WA (206) 728-1657 henseldesignstudios.com Herman Miller (pg 79) hermanmiller.com Hip (pg 41) 1829 N.W. 25th Ave. Portland, OR 97210 (503) 225-5017 ubhip.com Inform Interiors (pg 41, 79) 2032 Eighth Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 622-1608 informseattle.com

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Inform Interiors (pg 55, 80) 50 Water St. Vancouver, B.C., V6B 1A4 (604) 682-3868 informinteriors.com InHaus Development Ltd. (pg 72) South Surrey, B.C. (604) 377-4978 inhaus.ca Inoui Design Collective (pg 22) Victoria, B.C. (250) 590-7378 inouidesign.ca J. Franklyn Design Group (pg 16) 5512 35th Ave. N.E. Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 526-0402

Graciela Rutkowski Interiors (pg 40) Seattle, WA (206) 527-1962 grinteriordesign.com

J-Tea (pg 74) 2778 Friendly St. Eugene, OR 97405 (541) 285-8997 jteainternational.com

Gracious House to Home (pg 47) 2920 N.E. Blakeley St., Ste. C Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 525-5300 gracioush2h.com

James Acrow (pg 69) acrow.ca

Written by lindSeY M. RObeRtS

peter miller—proprietor of peter miller architectUral & design books and sUpplies on Seattle’s First Avenue—has been educating the Northwest about design since 1980 with his library-for-sale of carefully chosen national and international tomes. The real treat, however, is the man himself. Catching him on a slow day is the best way to get up-to-date on the latest intellectual trends. Between discussions about politics, virtual books, and sustainability, we asked Peter Miller to supply a list of his must-reads this year. Time to hit the books! thinking architecture

kissing architecture

by peter zUmthor (Birkhäuser, 2010)

by sylvia lavin (Princeton University Press, 2011)

Peter Zumthor, the Swiss architect, is a fine hero—careful, specific, hesitant, precise, and brilliant— an antidote to excess and consumerism. There are few books on him, and this, a collection of short essays, is the finest of them.

All-pink cover, silver end papers—a naughty art book in the most intellectual way, discussing architecture as a passion of intent and material.

all Over the map: Writing on Buildings and Cities

twenty Buildings every architect should understand

by michael sorkin (Verso, 2011)

by simon Unwin (Routledge, 2010)

Sorkin is perhaps our best critic, smart and not smarmy. The book has essays about contemporary architecture and the city. In his case, New York City.

A very unfrolicked book by Simon Unwin, a fine and brilliant architecture professor in the U.K. These are, in fact, the buildings you must understand.

sustainable Compact City by poUl-baek pedersen (The Danish Architectural Press, 2009)

The Danish society is far out front in terms of the city and humans— their progress is so remarkable. This book details some of the ways they analyze, improve, and ensure the brilliance of their urban design.

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Kirk Albert (pg 14) 5517 Airport Way S. Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 762-3899 kirkalbert.com knows perfume (pg 47) 4536 California Ave. S.W. Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 397-3141 knowsperfume.com Kravet/Lee Jofa (pg 41) 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Ste. A126 (206) 762-9370 kravet.com Lauren by Ralph Lauren (pg 80) laurenhome.com Logan’s Hammer (inside front cover) Seattle, WA (206) 718-4008 loganshammer.com LOTT Clean Water Alliance (pg 74) Olympia, WA (360) 664-2333 lottcleanwater.org LUCCA great finds (pg 48) 5332 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 782-7337 luccagreatfinds.com Lukas Peet (pg 14) Vancouver, B.C. lukaspeet.com Maison Inc. (pg 10, 58) Portland, OR (503) 295-0151 maisoninc.com Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio (pg 75) Vancouver, B.C. (778) 991-0155 maastudio.com Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design (pg 2) 10708 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 450-9999 masins.com



Method Homes, LLC (pg 72) Seattle, WA (206) 789-5553 methodhomes.net Mike & Maaike (pg 71) mikeandmaaike.com The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP (pg 74) Seattle, WA (206) 682-6837 millerhull.com Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (pg 40) 1106 W. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 972-5000 mgbwhome.com Nology Media (pg 28) Seattle, WA (877) 665-6499 nologymedia.com Northwest Flower & Garden Show (pg 11, 38) (253) 756-2121 gardenshow.com One of a Kind Show and Sale Vancouver (pg 11) Vancouver, B.C. oneofakindvancouver.com Paolo Design Group (pg 58) Portland, OR (503) 222-1757 paolodesigngroup.com Pb Elemental Architecture (pg 72) Seattle, WA (206) 632-7703 pbelemental.com Pendleton (pg 49) pendleton-usa.com Peter Bagi (pg 27) Victoria, B.C. (250) 818-2931 peterbagi.com Peter Miller Architectural & Design Books and Supplies (pg 77) 1930 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 441-4114 petermiller.com

Petra Reimann (pg 70) petraberlin.com Pollack Fabrics (pg 58) pollackassociates.com Pottery Barn (pg 18) potterybarn.com Relish (pg 41) 1715 N.W. Lovejoy St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 227-3779 shoprelish.com Rex Hohlbein Architects (pg 42) Seattle, WA (206) 632-7276 rexhohlbeinarchitects.com Robert Bailey Interiors (pg 50) Vancouver, B.C. (778) 330-5667 robertbaileyinteriors.ca ROLLOUT Creative Inc. (pg 68) Vancouver, B.C. and Toronto, ON (604) 681-3780 and (416) 960-0110 rollout.ca Sherwin-Williams (pg 41) sherwin-williams.com SieMatic (back cover) 2030 First Ave., Ste. 110 Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 443-8620 siematic-seattle.com Squire Barber Shop (pg 48) 112 Stewart St. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 622-7871 squirebarbershop.com The Standard (pg 18) 10697 Main St., Ste. 3 Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 467-1164 thestandardinbellevue.com STYLEGARAGE (pg 40) 124 W. Hastings St. Vancouver, B.C., V6B 1G8 (604) 558-4343 stylegarage.com Susan Almrud Art Advisory & Private Acquisitions (pg 50) Vancouver, B.C. susanalmrud.com

Suyama Peterson Deguchi (pg 66) Seattle, WA (206) 256-0809 suyamapetersondeguchi.com Terry Hunziker (pg 41) Seattle, WA (206) 467-1144 Tiko Kerr (pg 55) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 255-5528 www.tikokerr.com Tilde (pg 14) 7919 S.E. 13th Ave. Portland, OR 97202 (503) 234-9600 tildeshop.com Traitor Cycles (pg 73) Ferndale, WA (360) 366-5123 traitorcycles.com Urbancase (pg 14) (206) 853-6822 urbancase.com Urban Outfitters (pg 40) urbanoutfitters.com The Vancouver Circus School (pg 75) 810 Quayside Dr. New Westminster, B.C., V3M 6Z6 (604) 544-5024 vancouvercircusschool.ca Velocity Art and Design (pg 14) 251 Yale Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 749-9575 velocityartanddesign.com Walrus (pg 39) 3408 Cambie St. Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 2W8 (604) 874-9770 walrushome.com Ward&Co. (pg 48) 1304 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 971-0951 wardmensgrooming.com Z Gallerie (pg 18, 80) zgallerie.com

eames lounge chair



Kate Towers (pg 32) Portland, OR katetowers.com

Written by lindsey m. roberts

1956, a classic was born. In

Furniture designers and architects Charles and Ray Eames debuted their new Eames Lounge Chair—a masterpiece of molded rosewood, black leather, and cast aluminum—on NBC. Charles told the host that they didn’t design their chair to be trendy. “We’ve never designed for a fashion. Or with the idea of fitting in with fashion,” Charles said. Host Arlene Francis suggested, “You really create your own market, don’t you?” The market that the husband-and-wife duo created for their lounger—continuously produced by Herman Miller since its launch—is of those that love a ubiquitous yet timeless design, those who love the idea of a BarcaLounger’s comfort in a stylish modern package, and those who covet the piece as a status symbol. “People come in just to look at it, try it out, and tell stories about who they know, who had an original Eames piece, or who worked at Herman Miller,” explains Allison Mills, owner of Seattle furniture store Inform Interiors. In fact, the 55-year-old lounge chair is consistently one of the store’s best-selling pieces, beating out newer and edgier upstarts. It’s hard to know if Charles and Ray imagined the success that their design would have generations later. The chair fits in just as well today—with our modern interiors decked out in steel, glass, and wood—as it did back in the ’50s. Last summer, at the office-furniture trade show NeoCon in Chicago, Herman Miller debuted the Eames Lounge again. This time, the chair came with slight adjustments—a white-ash veneer and a white powder-coated base. The company proudly toted on its website, “Perfect for today’s lighter, airy interiors.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. GRAY ISSUE No. one



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Nov. 22–Dec. 21

Paddy Teal Crackle ceramic lamp by Arteriors Home, $615 at Couch, Seattle, couchseattle.com. ❈ Horseshoe wall hook, $16.95, Simplicity Buffet, $1,099, at Z Gallerie, zgallerie.com.

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Dec. 22–Jan. 19

Dustin Large Dodecahedron natural wood pendant, $690 at Lauren by Ralph Lauren, laurenhome.com. ❈ Large horn sculpture by Jonathan Adler, $150 at Click! Design That Fits, Seattle, clickdesignthatfits.com. ❈ Coracle chair by Benjamin Hubert for De La Espada, $3,895 at Inform Interiors, informinteriors.com.


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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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