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12. hello

Getting personal.


23. news

Acclaimed artist Ann Hamilton takes Seattle; plus, the juiciest news and events hot off the wire.

32. art

Vik Muniz brings his astonishing installation art to Squamish for the 2014 Vancouver Biennale.

36. travel

On Washington’s misty Long Beach Peninsula, the Sou’wester Lodge lifts the fog off creativity for artists and designers.




39. sourced

High-design and high-tech come together in the latest super-smart kitchens and baths.

42. interiors

A sky-high apartment gets personalized with a fresh, colorful makeover for the owner’s new beginning.

48. origin

Yep, fashion designer Trina Turk is a Northwest girl. She dishes on her roots, her inspirations, and West Coast optimism.

54. fashion

Portland-based designer Caitlin McCall gives us a surprisingly stylish reason to bike to work.

56. outdoor

Floral designer Nisha Klein starts a new retail venture and shares her dreamy fall tablescape.

FEATURES 59. second life

A dilapidated barn gets a new–old look with salvaged materials mixed with high-end details.

68. three for three

It’s green like you’ve never seen: a modern oasis hits all three big eco building codes, with stunning results.

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78. future perfect

Neighborhood kids dubbed it “the spaceship”—but we call it ingenious sustainable design.

KITCHEN + BATH 87. ideas

GRAY presents 20 glorious pages of kitchens and baths for every aesthetic, and roundups of key pieces to bring your look together.

BACK OF BOOK 118. architecture

It only took 632 square feet for architect Geoffrey Prentiss to create a supremely serene getaway on San Juan Island.


120. architecture

A Paul Hayden Kirk–designed, Julius Shulman–photographed midcentury stunner is resuscitated by Heliotrope Architects.

126. resources

Your guide to the designers, shops, furnishings, craftsmen, and suppliers featured in this issue.

130. my northwest

A design pilgrimage to Alvar Aalto’s little-known American masterwork—a monastery library hidden in the Willamette Valley.


On the Cover

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getting personal

Behind-the-Scenes: For this issue, we met worldrenowned artist Ann Hamilton at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. Photographer Tim Aguero shot her behind a semi-opaque screen—part of her solo exhibition at the museum—that replicates a shallow depth of field, giving subjects a mysterious, almost surreal aura. Here, I’m standing in for Ann while setting up the shot. See the story on page 23.

When it comes to matters of design, GRAY’s readers, as well as those we feature in our pages, are no casual dabblers. I mean, these are people who spend months searching for the right trash can (pg. 110). Who opt for all-out glamour in their kitchen, despite having young kids (pg. 90). Who take huge risks—starting a fashion business, like Trina Turk did (pg. 48), or pioneering new approaches to sustainable architecture (pg. 68 and 78)—all for the love of design. We love the fervor. And we gape at the inspiring spaces born from this passion. Our annual kitchen and bath issue features many such projects, including 12 that put an entirely fresh spin on our favorite rooms of the house. They’re eminently functional spaces, as any kitchen and bath needs to be, but they remind us, through clever design and unexpected materials, that beautiful, well-considered spaces can elevate your everyday experience. These are the rooms where you likely spend most of your waking hours, doing personal things (bathing, cooking) that help define who you are. So, why shouldn’t they express your personality? Designer Kim Clements, of J.A.S. Design Build, created the quintessential personalized kitchen—one that eschews resale-valuedriven priorities, such as the dictum that you must have granite countertops, in favor of extreme customization. She built a massive, fir-topped kitchen island, inspired by one in her clients’ favorite restaurant, and integrated objects with personal meaning throughout the space, including vintage hardware and Chinese antiques. Creating such a room takes confidence, and a certain amount of courage. But by virtue of its singularity, the space is unforgettable. We hope this issue inspires you to blaze your own design trail, too.

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news C oming into V iew Exploring notions of touch, loss, and cross-species connections, renowned artist Ann Hamilton brings her breathtakingly creative vision to Seattle. Written by JAIME GILLIN : Portraits photographed by TIMOTHY AGUERO

An Ann Hamilton exhibition is never a passive experience. For a recent show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, the artist hung 42 swings from the ceiling beams. When visitors sat on them, they agitated an immense silky curtain that fluttered and flapped in the vast space. Earlier in her career, the Columbus, Ohio–based artist created a similarly immersive experience at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, turning the building into a dim and ghostly space. Walls were darkened and stained with candle soot, steel tokens lined the floor, and 200 yellow canaries flew free overhead. »

Ann Hamilton stands behind the rubbery semi-opaque membrane that hangs at the entrance to her Henry Art Gallery exhibition. The show explores, among other things, the concept of “touch.” The screen, fittingly, blurs anything that isn’t pressing against it.




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Twenty-two years after that seminal Seattle show, Hamilton has once again brought her poetic vision to the Henry. “Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E,” a site-specific solo exhibition that runs from October 11 to April 26, 2015, brings together textiles, photographs, sounds, archival objects, and more to explore the relationship between humans and animals—“the ways we’re both joined to and separate from animals,” as the artist puts it. Hamilton’s return comes at the invitation of museum director Sylvia Wolf. Since Hamilton’s prior exhibit, the Henry had quadrupled in size, thanks to a modern Charles Gwathmey– designed addition. Wolf offered Hamilton the entire building for her show, and gave her carte blanche to plumb the Henry’s collections— as well as those of nearby institutions, including the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture—for artistic inspiration. The a-ha moment arrived one afternoon in 2011. Hamilton was at the Burke, watching staff prep an Olympic marmot skin. She looked down at the creature’s tiny paw and felt a shiver. “You know that uncanny recognition you can feel across species? I felt that emotional connection,” she says. “You look at its folded hand, with its articulated digits, and you’re like, that’s my hand. You recognize yourself.” Hamilton translated her emotional reaction into a museum-wide exploration of the meanings of touch—the only sense common to



all species, according to the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle—and an elegy, of sorts, to species loss. The Henry’s east gallery is filled with wheeled raw steel display carts, each shrouded with muslin curtains. Inside are historic garments derived from animal materials, from a parka made from seal gut to a 1932 Chanel egret cape. At intervals, choral students from the University of Washington will enter the gallery and sing simple melodies to honor the lost animals. The hangar-like south gallery contains a field of 21 so-called “bullroarers,” motorized contraptions that spin up and down metal poles, creating a deep, mournful whirring tone. The “weather of sound and air,” according to Hamilton, will permeate the entire museum. The north galleries are hung, salon-style, with pads of newsprint, each depicting a blurry image of an animal. Visitors can tear the top sheets off and take them home. As the show goes on, the pads will deplete, and they won’t be replaced. But this is more than just a nifty giveaway, a piece of poster art. “The form of the work, and the way you interact with it, has a value embedded in it,” Hamilton says. “The paper is there to be taken. As you do, it empties the gallery. I take it, and that means it’s not going to be there for the next person. Even though there are multiples, perhaps one senses the gesture. It’s like extinction. When it’s gone, it’s gone.” h

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Hamilton, pictured here mid-installation, worked with engineer Phil Turner of Olson Kundig Architects to develop the sound-andwind-producing “bullroarers” that fill the Henry’s south gallery. The exhibition includes animal skins and garments. Hamilton’s sketch depicts the salon-style display of newsprint tablets; each sheaf portrays an animal scanned on an old scanner with a shallow depth of field. Seattle will see more of Hamilton in the coming years; this past March, she won a major commission for a public artwork on the Seattle waterfront.

images and sketch courtesy the artist

R.J. Sánchez


The Design Magazine for the Pacific Northwest GRAY ISSUE No. EIGHTEEN



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AWARDS Congratulations to this season’s design-award winners. Among them: 32-year-old woodcarver Earl Davis (5), recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Arts and Heritage Award for Young Arts Leadership; Architecture Building Culture, led by architects Brian Cavanaugh and Mark Ritchie, winner of the 2014 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Emerging Firm Award; and Bremerton, Washington–born, New York City–based starchitect Steven Holl, the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Praemium Imperiale, a global arts prize through the Japan Art Association. �� �� ��

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RECAP This year’s Seattle Design Festival was bigger and better than ever. From the Block Party in Pioneer Square to the dozens of talks and panels, for two weeks Seattle was in a design fever. GRAY helped produce the Showcase14 popup, featuring nearly 50 local designers, and awarded woodworker Aleph Geddis the inaugural GRAY Award, created to honor a product—in this case, his geometric sculptures (1) —that blend function and beauty. ��


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The Maine–based Grain Surfboards company (3) is heading to Portland to lead a four-day wooden surfboard-building class at ADX. This rapid-fire, blitz-style workshop will leave you and your newly completed board ready to hit the waves off the Oregon coast. �� »

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“the Bauhaus movement sought to bring creative disciplines together. its legacy can be found throughout academic institutions internationally, as well as in the built environment. This can be seen within our own college and is something to be appreciated and celebrated.”


EXHIBIT Oct. 10–Dec. 6

A selection of blue-hued black-and-white photographs by Gordon Watkinson highlight 12 buildings born from the Bauhaus movement, at the University of Idaho’s Prichard Art Gallery exhibition, “Bauhaus Twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy.” �� prichardartgallery

COURTESY Washington State History Museum

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Oct. 31–Mar. 29

Get in touch with your roots at “Knock on Wood,” the Bellevue Arts Museum’s juried biennial exhibition. The show offers a fine-grained exploration of the invaluable PNW natural resource, wood, through the diverse work of established and emerging regional artists and craftspeople, including June Sekiguchi (left). ��

EXHIBIT Oct. 18–Feb. 1

This isn’t your average jewelry design. The Tacoma Art Museum’s latest exhibition, “Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor,” showcases modern defensive gear, ranging from crystal-studded brass knuckles (2) to fashionable chainmail, aimed at addressing issues of protection and empowerment in response to everyday perils and social challenges of our modern era. ��

Court of China’s Emperors.” Nearly 200 ancient treasures from Beijing’s Palace Museum, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, and architectural blueprints—many traveling outside China for the first time—offer a rare perspective on daily life for the royal residents. ��

Oct. 4–Jan. 18

The pop-up Rove Holiday Shop, a collaboration between local interior design outfit Occupy Design and upscale furniture retailer 18Karat, will help you cross names off your gift list early this year. Drop by and enjoy a glass of wine while browsing an edited selection of the best gifts Vancouver has to offer, from home décor to jewelry. ��

Oct. 18–Jan. 11

Beijing’s mysterious Forbidden City will be unveiled at the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition, “Forbidden City: Inside the

Nov. 13

OPENING (4) Getting your morning caffeine fix will be a bit classier this December as Starbucks unveils its high-concept Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. This new shop design will be aimed at the coffee nerd in all of us and will feature a dedicated coffee roasting and education area, plus retail space for the company’s premium reserve coffees. ��

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Cameron Nagashima, courtesy ArtXchange Gallery

They say good things take time, and judging by the look of Seattle’s Frye Art Museum exhibition, “Pan Gongkai: Withered Lotus Cast in Iron,” we’d agree. Gongkai, a Chinese master of contemporary ink painting, creates large-scale, time-intensive ink paintings that often take over 12 hours, uninterrupted, to complete. For the Frye exhibition, his first solo show stateside, Gongkai has created a 50-foot-long piece to extend the entire length of the museum’s largest gallery. ��


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Vik Muniz’s “Self-Portrait (From Pictures of Magazines” is made with confetti cut from glossy periodicals.

Art & AlchemY Artist Vik Muniz gives GRAY an inside look at his first installation in Canada. Written by Laura Goldstein



The ingenious Brazilian artist Vik Muniz employs photography and art to create intricately detailed mosaics from unconventional materials as disparate as junkyard trash, chocolate, sugar, and even diamonds. In the lead-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he developed a major artwork made from 10,000 soccer balls—and documented it in the film This Is Not A Ball, his directorial debut. From impoverished beginnings in San Paulo, Brazil, Muniz rose to art world

prominence in New York City in the late ‘90s. Today, his work is in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Tate Modern in London, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, among others. This summer, on the invitation of Vancouver Biennale senior curator Marcello Dantast and artistic director Barrie Mowatt, Muniz headed to British Columbia to create his first installation in Canada—a 66-by-98-foot » image of a wolf, composed from carefully

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placed stones and wood, on a site in Squamish. The local community rallied around the project, volunteering their time to assemble the piece. A highlight of the Vancouver Biennale’s two-yearlong celebration of public art, Wolf will be on view until September 2015. We sat down recently with Muniz in Vancouver, just before the Canadian premiere of This Is Not A Ball, to ask the affable artist all our burning questions. Here, Muniz shares insight into his creative process, his relationship with magic, and the challenges of working outdoors at such a large scale.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Muniz’s Wolf installation in Squamish, British Columbia, came to life this past August. For 10 nights, volunteers from the First Nations and Squamish communities worked to place the stones and wood that gave form to the gigantic projected photo of a wolf. A 49-foot-high scaffold allowed Muniz’s production director, Fabio Ghivelder, to view progress from above and direct the volunteers on the ground.



Why did you select Squamish, rather than Vancouver, to showcase your outdoor land art? I did research on Squamish and loved the connection to the land with First Nations who live there, and that it’s a community in transition rather than a big city. I also liked that the local materials I wanted to use—rocks and wood—were part of nature and would be accessible to all of us. Squamish, I understand, is really developing its arts and culture in a big way, and galvanized the community by coordinating volunteers to work with us on the project. Your initial vision for this project was a portrait of a First Nations elder. In a surprising twist, you decided to focus on an animal. Why? Yes, it’s the first time I’ve created an animal. I’m very into the study of animism. I consulted the elders and Chief in Squamish and they said that the wolf is becoming extinct in the area. I love First Nation’s myths surrounding the wolf: strong leadership but they must work together within the pack, a strong sense of family and perseverance. It was a great fit.

Your artistic process is so labor-intensive and meticulous. It’s one thing to create in a huge indoor studio in New York or Rio de Janeiro, but how do you work outdoors? My production director, Fabio Ghivelder, was on site every day for close to three weeks overseeing the Wolf construction, along with Squamish volunteer organizer Krisztina Egyed. First a 49-foot-high scaffold had to be assembled, to project the photo of the wolf onto the ground. Of course, the installation is so large it must be viewed from high up to create the details on the ground, so volunteers from the whole community worked at night under lights to complete it. We prayed for no rain! In a powerful way, your art and photography are visual illusions with layers of metaphor that force us (albeit subtly) to confront the truth. How big a role does magic play in your art? I’m a big collector of books on magic and Houdini. Art has always dealt with optical illusion. Both the magician and the artist manipulate things people generally take for granted. Mine is not a George Lucas or Steven Spielberg special effects kind of illusion. My photographs destabilize the viewer and make him think, ‘I don’t believe what I’m seeing’ … because it’s so simple. h

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An eclectic seaside hideaway on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula is becoming the go-to for artists seeking inspiration. Written by Nicole Munson

“Seaview is often misty, stormy, and dank. The beach feels dangerous. Staying at the Sou’wester has always had that touch of darkness mixed with light that is so inspiring to artists.” —Avery Thatcher, founder, Juju Papers



Sou’wester Lodge owner Thandi Rosenbaum stands amid the thick fog that often engulfs her 122-year-old hotel.


OPPOSITE: PHIL CHESTER. THIS PAGE: first two images at TOP LEFT: Michele Kline, Xobruno; TOP RIGHT: courtesy juju papers; bottom right images: Phil Chester

During extended stays at the inn, Michele Kline of Xobruno created leather handbag prototypes (left) and Avery Thatcher of JuJu Papers designed The Sou’wester wallpaper (right). Xobruno bags, from $195 at Xobruno, Portland, . The Sou’wester, $200 per roll at Juju Papers, Portland,

It doesn’t take long for the calmness seeping from the Sou’wester Lodge to take root in visitors’ hearts. As your car rounds a corner, the three-story 1892 lodge emerges into misty view, tucked beneath aging pine trees and clad in red shingled siding. With its timeworn wood floors and cozy, paneled parlor, it’s a far cry from your typical seaside motel. Eclectic vignettes, composed of driftwood, beach rocks, and historic photos of Seaview and the lodge, dot the bookshelves and tabletops. The Long Beach Peninsula shore is a five-minute walk from the front steps. The current owner, Thandi Rosenbaum, bought the property in the spring of 2012. The previous proprietors had transformed the lodge from a simple, rustic inn to a community retreat and hot spot for creative types—expanding the property’s lodging capacity by adding 10 kitschy vintage trailers next to the lodge. Rosenbaum has continued the tradition, offering artists a discounted weekly rate through an official residency program. Today, the lodge’s whitewashed covered porch is decorated with handmade relics (many from artists’ residencies), all for sale using the honor system: patrons drop cash into a mail slot, or keep a running tab and settle up at the end of their stay. Avery Thatcher of Portland’s Juju Papers, a hand-printed wallpaper studio, has released a design inspired by her time at the lodge, and Michelle Kline of Xobruno, also in Portland, created handcrafted leather and canvas bags during her two residencies. “I managed to finish several patterns and prototypes in between long beach walks, hikes, and bike rides,” Kline says. “Nothing like some Pacific Ocean air to clear the mind clutter and start fresh.” h

Top left to right: The front façade with its wraparound covered porch; quirky vintage trailers line the property; handlettered signage adds to the Sou’Wester’s funky charm.






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The past is toast—the future is now with the latest tech innovations for the kitchen and bath. Written by stacy kendall

Not since the 1950s have our homes been on the brink of total transformation through new technology. Whether it’s by bringing in professional-level power, or by refining the user experience through the convenience of the smartphone, we’re that much closer to living like the Jetsons. »

These eye-catching angles were inspired by the architecture of the Seattle Central Library. The new Bellevue Bath System from Hydro Systems is cast from an innovative blend of organic minerals and engineered composites, including acrylic polymer for durability and ATH (derived from Bauxite aluminum ore) for natural fire-resistance. From $4,475 at Seattle Interiors, Seattle,




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Home Sweetest Home When the unexpected happens, finding a sense of self starts right at home. Jennifer Scott transforms a Vancouver apartment for the new woman of the house. Written by stacy kendall : Photographed by TRACEY AYTON



Opposite: A cluster of amethyst crystals on the vintage chrome coffee table makes a strong centerpiece in this downtown Vancouver apartment. This page: A living room vignette features a copper-and-gold lamp from Stylegarage, potted succulents, and an ‘80s chrome table (a Craigslist find). All of the accessories were chosen for their ability to impart a sense of composed harmony to the space.




| interiors This page: In the streamlined kitchen, Scott added various white accessories that are at once playful, functional, and aesthetically cohesive. She suggests using a monochromatic scheme to tie collected objects together for visual impact. Opposite: Scott purchased many of the objects and furnishings that give the living room personality at CB2, including the teal floor cushions, the hanging metal sculpture, and the sofa. Pairing large frames with wide matting and small prints (like these from Nineteen Ten) gives the illusion of big art without co-opting the swath of white wall that lends a sense of serenity to the space.




aving it all sometimes means starting over. Emerging from a recent divorce, Erikka Gilmore forged a new look for her new life: feminine minimalism. The 800-square-foot apartment in downtown Vancouver that she bought at the beginning of 2013 was the first in a series of symbolic, defining purchases. “My previous home was in an older apartment building and the décor was a mix of furniture that my partner at the time and I had collected over the years,” Gilmore says.“It was comfortable, but there was no real style to it, so I wanted something new and modern and fresh. I saw this as the opportunity to create my dream space.”

Gilmore started decorating—painting the spare contemporary space all white, adding only a few personal objects—but quickly realized that it didn’t feel like home. “I lived there for 10 months with plenty of indecision on the décor before finally getting in touch with Jenn,” she says. “I was already on my second uncomfortable couch and very unhappy.” Jennifer Scott, founder of the Vancouver design and lifestyle company A Good Chick to Know, worked closely with Gilmore to create a space that felt warm, yet clean and minimal. “This was such a personal journey for her, and her story drove the design,” Scott says. “She was waiting for the right pieces, and she didn’t want to just buy stuff for the sake of stuff.” »




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Clockwise from left: A white chair from Novo Furniture and desk from CB2 are accessorized with a throw blanket from Ikea. The bright yellow bench from Crate and Barrel and mirror from Urban Barn give guests a cheerful welcome. A Marimekko print that Gilmore had originally chosen for the living room makes a greater statement in the master bedroom. Opposite: Layered accessories and a bold EQ3 rug add warmth and texture to the apartment.

One previous purchase Gilmore was happy with was an area rug for the living room, patterned in blues, pinks, and purples. But she couldn’t make it work in the space. “The cool colors of the rug made all the furniture around it read as too warm—the whites looked like cream, the grays looked beige,” Scott says. “Erikka kept buying furniture and sending it back.” Scott’s solution was to balance out the cool hues of the rug with a scattering of warm accessories—pink velvet pillows from the Cross Décor & Design; a green vintage wool throw— which enabled the velvet sofa to read as true gray. “It’s basic color theory,” Scott says modestly. To Gilmore’s surprise, embellishing the white interiors with select colorful objects didn’t make it feel cluttered—it was the missing link in her quest for personality and comfort. “Jenn took my apartment from empty and cold to a very pretty, comfortable, and warm space while keeping with the modern look and feel that I wanted,” Gilmore says. “I now finally have a home that I am very proud to live in.” And as for Scott, whose interior work is usually more eclectic? She came away with a fresh appreciation for the streamlined side of design. “I went through a journey, too, by learning the art of editing. Sometimes having just a few items can be amazing.” h



“I’ve never worked with anyone who started out with literally no accessories in her home. She was open to starting fresh, and doing it her way.” —Jennifer Scott, designer




| origin Fashion designer Trina Turk, based in southern California, credits early creative inspiration to her Northwest upbringing. She runs her eponymous company with her husband Jonathan Skow, shown here with Turk on their first date in the early ‘80s, when they studied apparel design together at the University of Washington.

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y mother, Michie Turk, is a very creative person. She’s Japanese, and while we weren’t immersed in Japanese culture growing up in Bellevue, Washington, we had things in our home that none of my friends had—like cool, square dinner plates. There is a graphic quality to the Japanese aesthetic that seeped into my consciousness early on. My mom taught me how to sew when I was 11, and presented me with the idea that you don’t have to follow the Simplicity pattern—you can change it. Realizing that I could make my own fashion excited me. I didn’t have to follow the rules. To their credit, the home economics teachers at Interlake High School were cool about letting me create my own courses. They let me just sew my own designs. I earned a B.A. in the University of Washington’s now-defunct apparel-design program in 1983. I met Jonathan Skow »

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“We bought oversized tweed jackets from the 1940s and altered them into something new. I applied for a scholarship every semester, so Jonathan took all my portfolio photos with me wearing my designs.” —trina turk

While enrolled in the apparel-design program at the University of Washington, Turk often modeled her own pieces, and Skow photographed them for her portfolio. Turk’s 1982 sketch depicts a suede T-shirt and silk-wool trousers with two sets of triple pleats in the front.



in an apparel-design class at the UW and he’s been my creative partner ever since. Jonathan and I watched Diva at the Harvard Exit on our first date and we spent a lot of time in Seattle’s New Wave clubs, like the Vogue, the Wrex, and the Show Box. Of course, back then we couldn’t go to Nordstrom and buy designer clothing. Instead, Jonathan and I spent an inordinate amount of time in Value Village and Goodwill. Back then, it was the heyday of thrift shopping: You could find high-end vintage clothing, beautifully made with great fabrics. We bought oversized tweed jackets from the 1940s and altered them into something new. I applied for a scholarship every semester, so Jonathan took all my portfolio photos with me wearing my designs. My first job out of school was at Brittannia Jeans, the young men’s denim maker that put Seattle on the sportswear map. I moved from student intern to design assistant for the women’s division. Frankly, by 1983, Brittannia was past its peak of coolness, but I was excited to have any job in the apparel industry. Brittannia regularly sent me to Asia, which was the best part of the job. First, we’d stop in Tokyo

to track trends and ideas; then, we’d go to Hong Kong where I learned a lot about how you develop product with overseas manufacturers. I started creating spec sheets, but eventually they let me design women’s tops. I always figured I would move to New York City for my fashion career, but when one of Brittannia’s merchandise executives took a job with OP [Ocean Pacific], the surfwear company, he invited me to join him in Los Angeles in 1985. Jonathan worked in L.A. as a photo stylist, then as a photographer. I eventually left OP for other design positions, including at Cole of California and B.U.M. Equipment. By the mid-1990s, I had spent my entire career working on juniors. I was making a living as a designer, but I realized I wanted to design something that I would actually wear. I was 34 years old and I decided to take the plunge and start my own collection—a contemporary ready-towear line for women. The main reaction from colleagues was, “Oh, no, you’re going to waste all your money.” It was pretty negative. I did enjoy having a 401K plan and health insurance, but I knew I would regret it if I didn’t try creating something of my own. »




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Trina Turk’s fall collections include her signature bold patterns, plus a new bag collection. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Cyrus Cardigan, Alfie Top, Ashby Skirt, and Los Gatos Open Toe Bootie; Alouette Top, Elaine Top, Eme Pant, Graduated Stud Pendant Necklace, and Hollywood Heel; Petite Crossbody Cosmopolitan Bag; and Anissa Dress with Mimosa Clutch.

We financed the launch with $25,000 of my savings and $20,000 from a home equity loan that my parents borrowed. My first collection, Holiday 1995, included maybe 20 pieces. It was definitely vintage-inspired. At the time, Audrey Hepburn was top of mind. I designed a small, structured group of Dupioni silk pieces—dresses, pants, jackets, tops— in vibrant hot pink, intense red, acid green, plus black, ivory, and silver. Saks, Barneys, and Fred Segal each picked up the collection and I was simultaneously gratified and freaked out. I ended up producing part of the line in L.A. and part overseas just to fill the orders. Nordstrom picked up Trina Turk a few years later. My parents were still living in Bellevue and my mom would go to the Bellevue Square Nordstrom’s Savvy Department to check on things for me. Today, Trina Turk and our men’s line, Mr. Turk, which Jonathan designs, has

followed a natural evolution into other categories like swimwear, handbags, and residential décor—all driven by our strong prints and innovative color palettes. We draw from a big archive of print artwork for product development. The true test of a great print is whether something can work across several categories. We play with scale, of course, which means a print from a past collection might become a phone case or a beach towel. Our brand is about optimism. Prints and color express our optimism. I think that the West Coast is associated with that attitude, too. This laid back, casual vibe has been brewing for a while, and it comes from street fashion—mixing high and low, athletic and tailored. The fashion industry can be very dramatic and serious. But to me, what you really want is to put something on that makes you feel good. h

“The true test of a great print is whether something can work across several categories.” —trina turk






| fashion Quick Study Clothing founder Caitlin McCall models the versatile 24 Hour Dress, a centerpiece of her stylish new line of biking gear.

Dressed To Ride A new kind of biker chick.

Written by Alanna Greco : Photographed by Shola Lawson



A totaled car ended up being a blessing in disguise for Portland-based designer Caitlin McCall. She’d already been an avid bike rider, commuting almost 16 miles a day to her job as a receptionist at a salon. But after her accident in 2012, she gave up her car completely, and began to notice a gaping niche in the cycling industry. “I wanted to show up ready to work instead of looking like some sweaty bike doofus,” she says, “so I started experimenting with outfits I could comfortably and safely ride in at top speed.” She quickly realized all the ways that both regular and athletic clothing weren’t cutting it for the daily ride. She took her car insurance payout and started Quick Study Clothing, a line of bike dresses that are as comfortable and practical as they are fashionable. The dresses have a sweat- and odor-resistant lining—an important feature for any commute—and a pliable outer layer that doesn’t stretch or wrinkle with movement, yet allows the full range of motion needed to safely cruise. The collection includes the Classic Dress, with an A-line skirt and two front bodice pockets to keep your smartphone and gadgets accessible, and the new 24 Hour Set, a short-sleeve crop top and matching skirt similar to the collection’s 24 Hour Dress: a striped piece with a pencil skirt and curved hem. By making cycling gear just a little bit more fashionable, McCall hopes to get more people biking, feeling good about themselves, and living a healthier lifestyle. We’re predicting a swift ride to the top of the market. h




| outdoor

A New Niche

Seattle floral fixture Nisha Klein dishes on her new venture, and creates the ideal tablescape for summer’s twilight. Written by DEBRA PRINZING : Photographed by ALEXA MCINTYRE

The place A secluded deck off Nisha and Amir Klein’s Seward Park home

The time Late afternoon, somewhere between summer’s departure and autumn’s arrival

The occasion A celebration of local design, craft, materials, and botanicals



opposite: A teak table from Tirto Furniture forms a characterful backdrop for a curated spread that spotlights local artisans. this page: The tabletop features graygreen tumblers from De Cicio Artisan Glass; ceramic-ware and vases from Vit Ceramics; wool throws by Faribault Woolen Mill Co.; and wooden chargers by Laura Yeats.


fter 18 years running Fleurish, a Seattle floral studio with a loyal following, Nisha Klein is expanding her business to include a retail store. Niche Outside, a tiny garden-inspired boutique, will open this winter at the new Chophouse Row on Capitol Hill. Designed by Seattle’s Tyler Engle Architects PS, and opened in partnership with Klein’s husband, Amir, Niche Outside will contain organic, earthy products by local makers and crafters, as well as select goods from producers outside the region. It won’t be a flower shop per se, but Klein promises exquisitely planted containers and one daily fleur du jour option. To celebrate her new venture, GRAY asked Klein to create a tablescape that reflects the changing season and puts the spotlight on some of her favorite local artisans, many of whom will be featured in her shop. Klein set the scene on her own deck and adorned a reclaimed teak table and benches from Tirto Furniture. She stacked light-gray porcelain dinner and salad plates made by Vit Ceramics on top of ruffled chargers sliced from Madrona trees by woodworker Laura Yeats, and peppered

the table with elegant hand-blown wine and water glasses from Greg Clark of De Cicio Artisan Glass. She also sourced a vintage runner and new European linens, bone-style flatware, and blown-glass votives from her friend Pamela Robinson, owner of Seattle’s Red Ticking. Commanding center stage is a Fleurish bouquet of fall cuttings, foliage, berries, and herbs, arranged in a rectangular resin vessel designed by Vancouver-based artist Martha Sturdy. As the sun set, Klein pulled out a hand-woven throw from Minnesota-based Faribault Woolen Mill Co.—just the thing to warm chilly shoulders—and lined the benches with sheepskins. Overhead, a string of shaded lights by Portland’s Pigeon Toe Ceramics cast a glow as dusk fell. “A niche is a little carved-out place for us to be outdoors,” Klein says. Since childhood, friends and family have shortened her first name to “Nish,” pronounced “niche,” making her pint-sized shop’s name doubly meaningful—and quite apropos for this intimate moment in the garden. h GRAY ISSUE No. EIGHTEEN







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features second life You’ve never seen a barn like this before. Salvaged materials and modern engineering transform an abandoned agricultural building into a well-appointed vacation home. Written by Lindsey M. Roberts : Photographed by TIM BIES

A collaboration between MW|Works Architecture + Design and Nelleen Berlin Interior Design turned a falling-down barn in Dryden, Washington, into a remarkable second home. The humble, sloping roofline gives little indication of the stunning spaces carved out within. GRAY ISSUE No. EIGHTEEN


To create a bedroom downstairs, architect Eric Walter slipped a plywood box into the frame underneath the hayloft. “The original barn was a mix of fir and cedar, but it all was very weathered of course,” Walter says. “In places where we had to make changes to the building, we didn’t try to make it seem like it was part of the original.” Interior designer Nelleen Berlin hung a historic map of Chelan County on the plywood. The vintage milk paint bench is from Susan Wheeler Home; the red pail is from Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings.


ne turn-of-the-century barn, like so many of its kind in Eastern Washington, had become a relic of its former farming days, nestling lower and lower into the ground each year as it fell into disrepair. The valley surrounding the structure was dotted with abandoned farming equipment and tools, all rusting and sinking into the land right alongside it. “The barn was essentially one of those neglected agricultural buildings you see a lot of when you’re driving along I-90 on the other side of the state,” says Eric Walter, an



architect and principal with MW|Works Architecture + Design, the Seattle firm tapped to transform the barn into a residence. “They’re just ghosts of the barns that they were.” Thanks to a united vision between Walter, the homeowners, and interior designer Nelleen Berlin to save the barn instead of demo it—an arguably easier route—the building still stands today, a preserved piece of history in Dryden, Washington. Before the structurally unstable 3,875-square-foot hay barn could become habitable as a vacation home, though, it had to essentially be taken apart and put back together. The architects worked with King Construction »


architecture: MW|Works Architecture + Design interior design: Nelleen Berlin Interior Design construction: King Construction landscape design: Allworth Design structural consulting: HV Engineering metalwork: Steel Dreaming fireboxes: Multi-Trail Enterprises

In the living room, the folk art goat is from Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings and the antique silver bowl is from Susan Wheeler Home. The vase is an old concrete drainage pipe. Berlin recovered the chair in a classic fabric from Kelly Forslund. GRAY ISSUE No. EIGHTEEN


BELOW, LEFT: The barn’s exposure and projection is perfectly suited for a house. The rooms that are now bedrooms sit below grade, making them cool spaces to escape from summer heat. BELOW, RIGHT: A view into the living room from the deck reveals the custom steel fireplace and original rafters, which have become a dominant design feature.

to pull off all of the siding and save it, reframe the barn, insulate it, and then put the original siding back on. “We essentially stripped the whole barn down to its studs, put a new foundation under it, and catalogued all of the siding,” Walter says. “There was nothing left but an original roof and some of its framing. And then we put it all back together exactly as it was, but with a more reinforced structure.” It still looks original from the inside, as well. Instead of dismantling the hayloft rafters and original roofing, for example, the team laid a new roof right over the old one. “When you’re inside the barn, you can look up into the old sheeting and in some spots, you can still see



the original shingles and corrugated roof,” Walter says. “Those elements never moved.” To furnish the interiors, Walter and Berlin undertook frequent salvage and antiquing trips during the course of the project. They also resurrected various disintegrating items from the 320 acres surrounding the barn, putting them to creative new use. “The property was just littered with all sorts of farming equipment and miscellaneous this and that … chicken feeders, chicken coops, outhouses,” Berlin says. “We could take our pick of all these crazy things.” A bundle of hog wire, for example, became a chandelier over the dining room table. “It was just something we »

The original building had a lower-level milking parlor and farmers’ shop with a loft above. The shop became a common space, with a stair leading to the loft with a new kitchen, pantry, and living room. On the other side of a new shear wall behind the mesh-wire-and-steelpost stair are now two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a mudroom. The apple crates behind the stair were all found in the barn’s field and now provide extra storage. The rocking chair is from a local antique bazaar, and the custom pillow made of vintage sackcloth is from Susan Wheeler Home.



Old woodburners—custombuilt steel enclosures used to dispose of woodchips at sawmills and farms—inspired the shape and design of the two fireplaces. The team hired a metal fabricator, Wayne Bistodeau, to build two large, floor-to-ceiling stoves. “We were trying to get something that would seem appropriate in scale,” Walter says. Many of the handles and hardware for the stoves were pulled from discarded tractors sitting out in the field. The stool is from Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings and the rocking chair is from a local antique bazaar.



“Most of the doors and fixtures were sourced from the old barn or local salvage yards. The project was a lot of fun and like nothing I have done before or since.” —Eric Walter, architect



“We wrapped the whole building with a new skin to provide an insulated structure,� Walter says. After insulating, though, the team painstakingly put each piece of siding back in place. Today the exterior of the barn still looks much like it did when the clients bought it.



CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Berlin, the interior designer, had the bed linens, closet drapery, and roman blinds custom-made for the master and guest bedrooms. The dresser is made of found apple crates; the mirror is from Susan Wheeler Home. In the kitchen, a new custom steel hood and buffalo-hide bar stools complement a reclaimed farm sink. The countertop is concrete. In the bathroom, the rustic steel door is from Second Use and the mirrored cabinet was made from a window from the original barn.

found in the fields,” Walter says. “We pulled all the weeds, rolled it up, rigged it to a pulley, and put a light fixture inside it.” The designers also layered in custom pieces to lend the rustic interiors some polish. Look around the space now and you’ll see “stuff we literally found on the side of the road, and some high-end-looking pieces,” Berlin says. “I think we found a chair for $150. Then we put $1,500

fabric on it. It was a really crazy mixture.” But it works. Berlin credits the finished project, a type she says she’ll probably never get to do again, to the clients’ vision of making the barn last 100 more years. “It feels so solid and wonderful inside,” she says. “You have every luxury you could ever imagine—speakers, televisions, Internet, and everything—but you feel like you can come in muddy and messy. Nothing feels overly precious.” h



three for three Few buildings in the world can boast compliance with all three of the most rigorous codes of green design, and yet this Willamette Valley house does just that, with the utmost style. Written by BRIAN LIBBY : Photographed by bruce wolf




architecture: Holst Architecture construction: Hammer & Hand structural engineering: Froelich Consulting Engineers landscape consulting: Murase Associates sustainability consulting: Green Hammer, Intep USA, PAE, Earth Advantage The Karuna House is perched on Parrett Mountain in the Willamette Valley, affording panoramic views of Oregon wine country and, on a clear day, snow-capped Mount Hood.



“we knew we wanted to pu terms of design, which you passive houses, especially i break the code, so to speak


ver the past decade, Holst Architecture has emerged as one of Portland’s most acclaimed designers of sustainable buildings. Its Bud Clark Commons homeless resource shelter earned national accolades for bringing dignity through design to the city’s neediest populations, while the LEED-certified 937 condo building ranks among the most striking architecture of the Portland real estate boom of the 2000s. But the firm’s latest, a single-family house on a picturesque hilltop overlooking Willamette Valley vineyards and snow-capped Mount Hood, raises the bar even higher. In imagining the Karuna House, client Eric Lemelson, an environmental lawyer, gave Holst one of its biggest challenges. The client sought to make his home a matchless example of sustainability by meeting three of the



world’s most stringent green building standards at once: Passive House Institute US, LEED for Homes, and the Swiss Minergie system. Each brought its own unique strictures, be it Passive House and Minergie’s focus on insulation and energy performance or LEED’s more broad incorporation of energy conservation, sustainable materials, and waste recycling. And as if negotiating those requirements weren’t enough, to be a Holst design, it also had to be beautiful. “We knew we wanted to push the boundaries in terms of design, which you don’t see as often with passive houses, especially in the U.S.,” says Holst partner Jeff Stuhr. “That, right off the bat, was appealing to us. Could we break the code, so to speak?”

ush the boundaries in u don’t see as often with in the u.s. ... could we k?’’ —jeff stuhr, architect

The living room, where floor-to-ceiling glass offers an up-close view of the hillside and a small forest, includes a Reid sectional sofa from Design Within Reach and a Gaetano Pesce Up 5+6 lounge chair and ottoman from B&B Italia.

Adds Holsts’s Cory Hawbecker: “And as much of a challenge as just designing and building the house was, there was an equal challenge in going between these systems. They all have different focuses.” The 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom house is situated on a sloping, clover-covered site northeast of Newberg, adjacent to a vineyard Lemelson owns. In keeping with Passive House strategies, the structure is built with far more insulation than the average home (it’s nearly airtight). Floor-to-ceiling glass not only provides passive solar heating in winter, but also shows off the picturesque landscape outside. “Being in a space that’s filled with natural light makes a big difference in your mood,” Lemelson

says. “Having the view framed by trees, with Mount Hood in the distance, and having uninterrupted sunrise views every morning; that’s something pretty special.” Working with Portland sustainable building consultant Green Hammer and Seattle builder Hammer & Hand, Holst created what Stuhr refers to as “a collage of boxes,” with operable exterior shades over the triple-pane glass to control unwanted heat gain. Heating, cooling, and hot water are supplied by an efficient heat pump system. Because the tight building enclosure results in 90 percent less energy use than a typical home, solar panels affixed to one side of the house are able to provide all its power needs, helping the Karuna House reach net-positive energy usage. » GRAY ISSUE No. EIGHTEEN


The combined living, kitchen, and dining area includes a contemporary glass dining table paired with vintage Knoll Bertoia wire chairs. The Long and Hard Suspension Light over the table is by Flos, and the countertops are Azul Maaubas granite. The framed tapestry came from the owner’s travels in Bhutan. 





Above and left: The large living room is anchored by a rug from Portland’s Christiane Millinger Oriental Rugs & Textiles that plays off the striped Up 5+6 lounge chair. The paintings were sourced from Portland’s Katayama Fine Art. Maple living room floors give way to granite in the kitchen and stairway area. OPPOSITE: Holst’s custom wood-and-wire stairway helps spread natural light throughout the home. The owner acquired the narrow framed tapestry in Bhutan. »



“i wanted to see what

would happen if you made energy efficiency the top priority... what lessons there would be.’’ —Eric Lemelson, homeowner



The master bedroom includes yellow Feltri chairs by Gaetano Pesce for Cassina over a rug from Christiane Millinger Oriental Rugs & Textiles. The adjoining open master bathroom features a tub from Victoria + Albert.

Lemelson’s colorful interiors enliven the clean-lined, minimalist architecture. But the most memorable moment is the glass-enclosed rooftop pavilion, where the homeowner can practice yoga or stargaze while protected from the elements. Glass doors retract all the way back, creating a hybrid of indoor and outdoor space. “There’s supposed to be meteor showers tonight,” Lemelson says, “so I’m going to be up there.” Although Lemelson enjoys living in such a quiet, light-filled home, the environmental lawyer is more excited about the structure’s potential effect on the future of residential architecture. “If we’re going to be around on this



planet in 100 years, we’re going to have to share resources better and treat the atmosphere like it’s something we care about.” After becoming the first homeowner to pursue three stringent green rating systems at once—despite the added cost and complication involved—Lemelson has no regrets. “I wanted to see what would happen if you made energy efficiency the top priority, with design up there somewhere, too; what lessons there would be. I learned it’s about having the design suited to place. What you do in Oregon you wouldn’t do in Miami or Bangkok. But that’s what makes it cool. You do these projects, you learn about where you are.” h

ABOVE: The house generates all of its own power thanks to a large photovoltaic array. RIGHT: On the roof is an enclosed glass box that suits the owner’s stargazing hobby. BELOW: The house’s ultra-efficient, multilayered exterior skin is clad in lime-based plaster and locally sourced cedar.




perfect One man leads a group of designers and engineers to re-imagine urban, sustainable living—and shape the next phase of architecture as we know it. Written by Rachel Eggers : Photographed by ema peter



In an innovative Vancouver home, a reverse floor plan results in an expansive top floor for entertaining, with a seamless flow from kitchen to dining to living area. The space then opens up, via striking folding doors, to an expansive outdoor lounge strategically tucked into the tree canopy, providing privacy and a treehouse-like feel. The Hi-Bridge sofa, by Molteni & C., is from Italinteriors; the Hay Tray tables are from Vancouver Special; the leather Zoe chaise is by Verzelloni from Spencer Interiors; and the large area rug is from Burritt Bros Carpets. The photograph above the sofa is by Trig Singer, courtesy of Vancouver’s Winsor Gallery.


construction and development: Vanglo Sustainable Construction Group structural engineering: PJB Engineering landscape design: TLZ Design Consultants architecture and design: Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture interiors: Vanglo and Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture interior styling: Gaile Guevara Interior Design & Creative and Laura Melling, as a collective of Modern604 pop-up event: Gaile Guevara and Laura Melling in collaboration with Leonie HĂśrster and This Open Space GRAY ISSUE No. EIGHTEEN


“Our mission was to show that good design isn’t just something you buy, it’s something you live with.” —Gaile Guevara, interior designer



this page: Chairs by Alias from Italinteriors play well with a modern table by Hay from Vancouver Special. Concrete floors with radiant heating keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. opposite: The upper deck is outfitted with modular outdoor furniture from Spencer Interiors. The chef’s kitchen includes made-to-last appliances from companies Liebherr, Wolf, and Viking; custom millwork by Fusion Woodworks, made with FSCcertified Echo Wood; and an island that sets off the kitchen from the dining area and reflects the angles of the exterior architecture.


eveloper and builder Martin Warren, founder of Vanglo Sustainable Construction Group, knew he was onto something good when local kids affectionately nicknamed his latest project, a bold, angular house in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood, “the spaceship.” “If the kids love the design, then it’s a job well done in my opinion,” he says. After all, the true test of any building is its ripple-out effects— not just on its inhabitants, but on the community surrounding it, the city it resides in, and the very earth on which it’s built. Where once was a dilapidated house on an awkward lot now sits the Vanglo House, whose forward-thinking, striking design has invigorated Vancouver and inspired conversation around how to design for livability in an increasingly dense city. More than 1,000 locals alone visited the space during real estate open houses and a post-sale pop-up event. “It was a diamond in the rough,” says Warren of the unusually long and narrow lot. “It left many developers scratching their heads and eventually walking away.” Undaunted by the challenge, Warren reached out to Oliver

Lang at Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture to collaborate on a spec home that Warren hoped would be “a form of urban art.” Without direction from a specific client, Lang had the freedom to develop a concept organically. “The design is a balancing act between compactness and generosity, elegance and playfulness, and privacy and connectivity to the urban fabric,” Lang says. The 2,250-square-foot, threestory house—including a garden floor with private entrance—allows for incredible adaptability, with the potential to morph between family home, vacation spot, or office. Additionally, a 400-square-foot garage space was finished as a flex room and insulated, heated, and soundproofed. To accommodate the skinny lot, the architect developed a gracious, linear floor plan with a series of playful integrated windows on the south-facing side that allow for plenty of natural light. It’s all a part of Warren’s goal: to blend progressive design with green design. The Vanglo House presents a compelling case study for sustainable building in a city. For a start, the team recycled » GRAY ISSUE No. EIGHTEEN


“The design doesn’t distinguish between walls and roof, but creates one continuous envelope where all parts blend together,” Lang, the architect, says. Nowhere is this concept more apparent than at the street-facing southern wall, with its unified, softly angular façade punctuated with dynamic integrated windows from Cascadia Windows that keep the eye moving—ingeniously providing privacy for those inside. The Tesla Model C parked in the driveway is a suitable match for the home’s eco credibility.



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TOP: The master bedroom features the Parallel bed and nightstand from Kate Duncan, linens from the Cross Décor & Design, and a chunky throw by Hendrik.Lou. The art is by David Burdeny, courtesy of Jennifer Kostuik Gallery. Bottom: An additional two bedrooms can alternatively serve as an office or (as pictured here) play space. A dipped wood ladder and copper-plated basket are from the Mill. The overdyed Turkish rug came from the Cross Décor & Design.

95 percent of the existing unlivable home, which, Warren notes, “included sending the old framing and siding to a processing plant to make bio-ethanol.” The design and materials of the new structure were chosen with an eye toward longevity and flexibility, from the appliances (Energy Star–compliant) to the building envelope (insulated walls; triple-glazed, low-heat-loss windows; and an airtight vaporpermeable membrane). It’s a home meant to last 300 years—exceptional in a market where most homes are meant to last 15. “It’s a home seeking someone who understands the value of living in a community they want to participate in,” says Gaile Guevara of Gaile Guevara Interior Design & Creative. Guevara partnered with interior designer Laura Melling, a colleague in the design collective Modern604, to stage the house before it went on the market. They filled the home with pieces from Vancouver designers, manufacturers, and shops. They imagined the family who might inhabit the space: a young, professional couple who would appreciate the neighborhood’s walkability and good schools, and who could use the extra space to work or to incorporate crossgenerational living. The home’s flexibility is another reflection of its sustainability. “Too often in our field, value is confused with cost versus understanding the investment of quality and support of our communities,” Guevara notes. Inside and out, Vanglo House offers canny solutions to create true worth. After just 26 days on the market, the Vanglo House was purchased by a pair of fashion executives from the United States who both live and work in the home. After the house sold, Guevara, and Melling hosted a pop-up event, inviting locals to see the home and its carefully selected interiors outside of the typical retail setting—and to buy their favorite pieces. The weekend of the event, there was an open house next door for a newly built spec house— one of the cookie-cutter faux-Craftsman variety flooding the fast-paced Vancouver housing market. “The expressions on the faces of those who came to visit after walking through next door was priceless,” Guevara says. “We just knew that all it takes to create change is to show people what truly sustainable design looks like. And this means we need to start leading by example, building community and culture for what Vancouver represents as a young, rapidly growing city in the process of finding its own voice.” h



Clockwise from Top Left: In staging the home’s interiors, Guevara’s team sought pieces from local makers and stores that would reflect Vancouver’s design community, including the Collister armchair from Union Wood Co. The master bathroom looks onto a small stone terrace. The room benefits from the home’s superior heat-recovery ventilation system, which lets the house “breathe.” Stairs made of bleached poplar lead from the main floor to the top floor; the reverse floor plan allows for a balance between privacy and sociability.



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Design inspiration can come from anywhere—such as the intricate tile work in Seattle’s new Vespolina restaurant. Artist Kate Jessup incorporated marble, porcelain, glass, limestone, wood, travertine, and gold leaf into her richly textured mosaics for the dining room. “In our lives we need durable spaces, such as bathrooms and kitchens,” Jessup says. “But we have the opportunity to make them utterly artistic.”



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All together Now MISSION: An elegant kitchen that’s ideal for entertaining.


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interiors: Maven Interiors construction: G.J. Miller Construction cabinetry: Finer Cabinetry & Woodworking countertops: Oregon Tile & Marble

OPPOSITE: Oval mosaic tile from Pratt & Larson lends the kitchen a subtle shimmering effect; Texas Lightsmith crafted the copper hood. Three Restoration Hardware pendants help fill the large volume of space. THIS PAGE: One end of the kitchen features a drum light from Circa Lighting and a custom curved banquette upholstered in Shooting Star fabric by Kravet.

The kitchen may be the workhorse of the home—but that doesn’t mean it has to be a purely practical space. In renovating a central Oregon home, interior designer Kim Hagstette, founder of Portland’s Maven Interiors, imbued sumptuous style at every turn. As a base for the new look, Hagstette opted for Pratt and Larson EP White Shell tile to add some shimmer behind the Wolf range. Additional reflective surfaces—a copper hood from Texas Lightsmith, polished nickel pendant lights from Restoration Hardware, and a stainless steel Sub-Zero fridge—further the high-end aesthetic. “The texture and sheen of the finishes play with the light and add an element of sophistication,” Hagstette says. The homeowners have hosted up to 80 guests at a time, so a layout that could accommodate a flow of visitors through the kitchen was key. At one end of the room, an octagonal bay that used to hold a simple wooden bench now houses a custom upholstered banquette and asymmetrical table whose shape allows the patio door to swing open. Assisting with any after-party cleanup are not one, but two dishwashers, by Asko and Miele. The tricky thing about a kitchen designed to host a crowd is that it also needs to be comfortable for intimate gatherings. “We considered all the details in order to make it work for two or 20,” Hagstette says. The banquette, for example, is a cozy spot for quiet mornings over tea, and serves as a place to mingle during a large party. And the marble-topped island, while an ideal prep space for everyday dinners, is also a grand setting for hor d’oeuvres. One could argue that we all deserve luxury in our everyday— but no one would disagree that fancy festivities deserve the same. h GRAY ISSUE No. EIGHTEEN


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interiors: Alinda Morris Interior Design and the Standard construction and cabinetry: Topco

The two styles of dining room chairs from the Standard in Bellevue, Washington, add textural interest while adhering to the home’s basic color scheme. The burnished brass and square crystal chandelier from Circa Lighting adds polish and sparkle above the reclaimed wood-topped table from the Standard.

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kitchen + bath | glamour FROM TOP: Quartzite countertops from Stone Source surround the Kohler farmhouse sink and Grohe faucet. Three Hicks antiqued bronze-and-brass pendants from Circa Lighting hang over the 10-foot-long kitchen island, adding some serious style and depth to Morris’s design.

Designing a functional, and equally fabulous, all-white

interior for a family with two young kids is no easy task. Yet a pair of Washington–based designers—Alinda Morris of Alinda Morris Interior Design and Martin Lyons of the Standard— handled the challenge brilliantly. They turned an outdated ‘90s kitchen and dining area—formerly “underwhelming and without any focal point,” according to Morris—into a chic space that is as beautiful to look at as it is livable. The designers selected materials for their durability. The Stone Source countertops are quartzite, a material that holds up better than granite. White leather barstools are easy to wipe clean. The dining room table from the Standard is topped with reclaimed wood that already boasts plenty of its own personality and imperfections, while the silver cowhide rug beneath it is “surprisingly easy to maintain,” Morris says. To keep the budget in line, Morris reused the existing cabinet frames but had new maple cabinet doors made, and added oversized hardware from Restoration Hardware for visual weight. It’s not all about practicality, though. Morris saved the biggest splurges for items that hang overhead—and beyond the reach of little hands. “When you’re designing with kids in mind, lift decorative pieces off the floor,” she advises. “I love the lighting in this project. The large pendants over the kitchen island and the crystal chandelier over the dining table really add shine.” Morris’s design proves that you can accomplish a whiteon-white color scheme that is interesting and layered, and will stand the test of time. “I’m happy when I see the client using the space, when they tell me, ‘I had a party here,’ or, ‘I had friends over,’” she says. “I think clients want maintenancefree products, and while nothing is indestructible, this space will look better and better over time.” h

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interiors: Bajan Design Group construction: Tavan Developments cabinetry: Van Arbour Design

Bathing in Style MISSION: An unabashedly luxurious master bath.

Written by RACHEL GALLAHER Photographed by Ivan Hunter

In this Vancouver bathroom, interior designer Tereza Bajan layered materials and high-end details, including a Wetstyle tub outfitted with THG fixtures; a light-catching Schonbek chandelier; and geometric Richelieu drawer pulls on the maple vanity. Walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Steam draw the eye upward, making the room feel larger.



The Shaughnessy neighborhood in Vancouver is known for its showstopping palatial homes. When interior designer Tereza Bajan had the opportunity to decorate a 6,500-square-foot house in the area, she made sure to reflect its posh surroundings in the master bathroom, where glamorous finishing touches enhance the light-and-dark palette that runs throughout the entire project. A standalone Wetstyle tub takes center stage, and the Schonbek chandelier hanging from the vaulted ceiling adds glittering dimension. Custom sateen curtains softly contrast the clean-lined maple floating vanity, which is outfitted with high-shine Richelieu hardware. Underfoot, the gray-accented marble flooring from Julian Tile has enough warmth to prevent the otherwise predominantly white space from feeling cold. And over the vanity, an oversized mirror “amplifies the light,” Bajan says. “When you’ve got beautifully detailed bath hardware, tiles, and accessories reflecting in a mirror, it brings more focus to all the things that make your bath a special place to retreat.” h


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Color in the Lines MISSION: Pared-back aesthetics with punches of color.

Written by Lindsey M. Roberts : Kitchen photographed by Trevor Brady Bath photographed by Jeremy Van Nieuwkerk




architecture: ASIRstudio cabinetry: Christian Woo construction: Fisher Coatings

The cedar ceiling in this kitchen was flush cut to encourage deeper shadows in between panels, as opposed to the expected tongue-andgroove look. Because the cedar slats don’t interrupt the skylights, the three read as one cohesive light element. “These little details elevate a white-and-wood kitchen, with different, unexpected textures that aren’t just surface treatments,” Hunter says. The kitchen faucets and sink are by Blanco, the fridge is by Gaggenau, and all other appliances are by Miele. » GRAY ISSUE No. EIGHTEEN


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“I think of color more as a tool for diffusing natural light and the landscape than a fashion application or surface treatment. In our gray-sky and green-mountain landscape, color applications really have the opportunity to provide a certain quality of light.” —Chris Hunter, architect



The open layout of the compact kids’ bathroom, with a shower installed next to the tub without any division, makes it “more like a really condensed wet room,” Hunter says. Additionally, the shower area “provides a practical space to sit on a stool and bathe the kids and not worry about them splashing out of the tub.” Faucets and shower fixtures by Cifial and a Duravit sink sit against a backdrop of orange mosaic tile from Creekside Tile.

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too. In order to do it well, every single detail must be carefully thought out, according to architect Chris Hunter. He put his theory into practice in this family home in Squamish, British Columbia—a minimalist, beautifully crafted residence with one bold moment of color in almost every room. In the initial design, the bursts of color were planned for the home’s private spaces only. The kids’ bathroom, for example, has a swathe of glass mosaic tile that washes down the walls and across the floor in an orange cascade, linking tub to open shower to vanity. Elsewhere, the laundry room has baby-blue millwork; the master bath has a band of green tile; and the family room has butter-yellow cabinetry. After his clients saw the accents in context, they asked Hunter to incorporate color into the public spaces as well. “I always prod clients to see if they are open to the idea of color early on,” Hunter says. “Not because I’m determined to use color, but just to know if it’s allowed in the toolbox when I am designing. [Homeowner] Ingrid loved moss greens and orange, so that was the starting point for color on the project.” Hunter worked with his friend Christian Woo, a Vancouverbased furniture designer and maker, to design the white ColorCore laminate casework in the kitchen. Woo also built a 14-foot-long island out of solid white oak and veneer, treating it with multiple coats of Tung oil to make it water repellent. “Thoughtfully designed, well-crafted woodwork becomes part of the architecture of the space,” Woo says. “It is part of the experience of the environment. It lasts.” The major detail in the kitchen, though, is the eyepopping green glass backsplash—originally planned to be white, before the clients’ change of heart. Homeowner Andrew Scott, a painting contractor, applied the hue onto PPG Starphire Ultra-Clear glass because the material shows color truer than any other tempered backpainted glass, says Hunter. The corner is mitered and wraps around the corner window, hiding the mullion, which makes the whole piece read as an 8-inch-thick box slipped behind the upper floating cabinets. In an otherwise-matte interior, the move has an even bigger visual effect, bouncing around light and reflecting the view of the backyard, mountains, and Howe Sound. The materials aren’t surprising individually, but in aggregation they achieve something truly unique. “You could do that kitchen with not quite as much thought put in, and it would look totally different,” Hunter says. “It’s not like white and wood is unique, but with the details, it’s special.” h GRAY ISSUE No. EIGHTEEN


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The minimalist palette of this 108-square-foot bathroom includes teak (custom vanity, shower floor, and bench), milestone (a waterproof plaster product for the walls), and Ann Sacks tile. The tub and sink are Duravit; the faucet is Hansgrohe.

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Clean It Up MISSION: Transform a bathroom from cramped to spacious—without adding square footage. Written by RACHEL GALLAHER : Photographed by Mark Woods



Architecture & Design first walked into this Seattle bathroom, it was dark, narrow, and cramped. It was also covered in six-inch-square white porcelain tiles, “which gave it a slaughterhouse vibe,” Schaer says. Not the most promising start—but through a bevy of design tricks, Schaer managed to work within the existing footprint to create a bright and deceptively spacious-feeling room. For starters, he reconfigured the floor plan, removing an unused bidet, adding a bathtub, and moving the toilet into a separate water closet. To maximize the light in the space, he replaced two small windows with a single large window, and tore down a wall to create an open, glassed-in shower with slatted wood floor. A floating teak vanity and a custom mirrored medicine cabinet that runs all the way up to the skylights foster a sense of airiness. The continuous band of Ann Sacks Penny Round tiles, which wrap from the floor to the backsplash— and align with the edge of the bathtub, mirror, and skylights—emphasize the room’s verticality, making the space appear larger. Score one for subtlety. h





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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Honed marble crowns custom walnut cabinetry by J.A.S. Design Build. The Whitehaven sink is by Kohler, the Montreaux faucets are by Hansgrohe, and the backsplash is a pitted brick tile sourced through Wilson Tile. The walk-in pantry reminds the residents of the TARDIS time machine from the science fiction series Dr. Who. Though they’re from different eras, the antique Chinese doors, which lead to the guest room, echo the aged look of the industrial pulls.

Seattle residents Lindsay and Lisa love going out to

dinner at Sitka & Spruce, the farm-to-table restaurant on Capitol Hill. Yes, chef Matt Dillon’s food wins awards, but it was something else that caught their eye: the chef’s table. They were so enamored, that when they recently remodeled their kitchen, they requested a custom version of that table, complete with incorporated cabinetry and found hardware. “At the first meeting with the homeowners, I did an eBay search for vintage drawer pulls,” says Kim Clements, co-owner and lead designer of J.A.S. Design Build. “Up comes 30 cast-iron bin pulls—and Lisa loved them.” The pulls were a tiny design detail, but their character set the tone for the overall project. In an area formerly occupied by a small bedroom, Clements and project architect Kevin Price built a walk-in pantry, with custom windows made from antique chicken-wire glass. As the project progressed, they threaded a light industrial aesthetic, as well as a palette of gray, brown, and white, through the design. J.A.S. also made it a priority to incorporate pieces that have meaning to the homeowners. For Lindsay and Lisa, this included the 100-year-old antique doors and a solid-marble dragonhead on the kitchen counter, both brought back from China by a friend. The pendant lights over the chef’s table were hand-blown six years ago by Lisa, who used to work for Dale Chihuly. Living rooms are usually where one might see such objects of affection. But kitchens are personal spaces, too. Why shouldn’t they display treasures? “When someone has held onto something, they care about its part of their story,” Clements says. “As a designer, I think it is important to make a place for those things if you can.” h



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MISSION: Insert vintage details into a historic loft with a modern, open plan. Written by Lindsey M. Roberts Photographed by Tracey Ayton

Residents Tavia Cosper and Jude Popp loved their open, urban loft— but not as much its slick, modern aesthetic. So they searched antique shops and auctions for patinated pieces, such as a vintage garbage can and an aged Dutch painting, to add warmth to their new home.



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The former McLennan and McFeely Building (now the Koret Lofts) had already stood the test of time when it underwent a loft conversion in 2004. Built in 1906, it was designed by a significant Vancouver architect, Edward Evans Blackmore, and eventually became one of the largest warehouses in the city, housing the production of architectural metalwork, industrial products, and sportswear. When Tavia Cosper and Jude Popp bought their slice of history, though, it came with contemporary, sterile white kitchens and bathrooms. The pair loved the brightness and



Finishes and appliances in the kitchen were chosen by the developer, who turned the building from a warehouse to lofts. Cosper and Popp added the industrialinspired stools to bring in a sense of history. The smaller-scale appliances make efficient use of the compact area.

openness of the modern layout, but decided, when decorating, to emphasize the warmth of the original brick, concrete, and wooden posts and beams. “We liked the old industrial style and that’s the style we wanted to keep,” Cosper says. In the kitchen, Cosper and Popp softened up the clean lines of the existing steel-topped island with three former medical stools, which tilt forward and backward, and added additional storage with antique bar shelving. They even hunted for a garbage can for months until they found one that looked suitably weathered. »

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“When we first moved in, we thought the open bedroom and bathroom might be a problem. We explored lots of options— do we put up a wall, do we put up a sliding barn door? But it’s the openness that makes the place unique.” —Tavia Cosper, resident



left: The bathroom mirror reflects furnishings with personal meaning to Cosper and Popp. The antique table is from Cosper’s mom and the chair was from Popp’s former law firm. above: Though it took some getting used to, Cosper and Popp now embrace the open bed and bath area. “I can watch TV and still have a conversation with Jude if he’s in the bath,” Cosper says.

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A wrought-iron bed, purchased from JoJo’s Place, anchors one corner of the loft. It sits just a few feet away from the bathtub—a situation that takes the open-living concept to the extreme. At first, the couple talked about installing a wall or curtain between the two spaces, but in the end, they decided it was a conversation starter and left them as-is. The contrast and proximity of these two

elements—the “industrial and homey” bed, and the cleanlined, icy-looking tub and shower—exemplifies what’s successful about this space. The two styles don’t clash; the modern elements shine attention, through contrast, on all of the well-loved antique pieces. By layering texture and personality into their home, Cosper and Popp have added their own story to the building’s rich history. h GRAY ISSUE No. EIGHTEEN


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snowberries of San Juan Island’s remote west end is a narrow, rough trail that curves naturally towards the windswept coast. Along this route you’ll find the unassuming Eagle Point Residence. Pulled back from the shore and nestled strategically within a rock cove, the 632-square-foot home provides a rare sense of serenity, blending gracefully with the landscape and overlooking the magnificent, wild coastland. Its site inspired a design scheme that architect Geoffrey T. Prentiss, of the Seattle firm Prentiss Architects, describes as “in appreciation of nature, tightly designed for energy conservation,

with earth-friendly products and a structure that fit perfectly into its location.” The home is clad in cedar shakes and topped with a thick living roof planted with native grass. Eight-inch-thick formaldehydefree insulation and triple-glazed windows ensure that the house stays warm even during the island’s harsh winters; the year-round resident, a bookkeeper and hospice care provider, says she rarely needs to fire up her woodstove or radiant heaters. Recycled pine flooring, a gas fridge, and an on-demand hot water heater further ensure that the home remains as environmentally friendly as possible—proof positive that one can live well without excess. h

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The architecture in the living room of this Paul Hayden Kirk–designed house looks almost exactly the same as when it was originally built in 1967, but Heliotrope Architects replaced the westfacing windows with large patio doors. The bleached cedar walls display works from the owner’s art collection, including a black-and-white bicycle painting by Vancouverbased artist Andre Petterson. Neutral furnishings, including sofas from Flexform and chairs from B&B Italia, keep the focus on the unique ceiling. OPPOSITE: The original living room as photographed by Julius Shulman and featured in the fall 1970 issue of Living Now magazine, which hailed the house as having “the distinctive woodsy look of houses in that region.”

iconic house by midcentury architect History An Paul Hayden Kirk goes from noteworthy to nothing—and then back again, thanks in the to Seattle architect Joseph Herrin. Re-making




Written by RACHEL GALLAHER : Photographed by alex hayden and Julius Shulman : Styled by Rachel Grunig Archival images © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10)

he 1940s and ‘50s saw the rise of the Northwest’s own unique take on Modernism, a style we now take for granted because of its enduring influence. Angles, multiple windows, and the artful use of stone, wood, and glass were abundant then, as they are now. During the decades when the look was cutting-edge, though, architect Paul Hayden Kirk emerged to become one of Seattle’s most well-known and widely published practitioners of Northwest Modernism. His work

was acclaimed locally, but it was also noticed globally; between 1945 and 1970, he was featured in 60 articles in architectural journals across the country. In the ‘60s, Kirk designed a house for his brother Blair, who acted as contractor to build the 2,600-square-foot structure on the west side of Washington’s Mercer Island. Blair had an extensive collection of modern art, and Kirk designed spaces within the house to display it—an architectural move that would come full circle almost 50 years later. » GRAY ISSUE No. EIGHTEEN


architecture © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10)

above: As shown in this archival photo by Julius Shulman, the two-story house has a pair of pointed towers lined with clerestory windows over the carport and sits atop a wooded hillside. BELOW: The new front door showcases a water-jet cut strip of metal with multiples of an ancient European symbol called a lauburu, a talisman of good luck.



Shortly after its completion in 1967, the house was shot by Julius Shulman, the American architectural photographer whose famous images of California houses helped spread midcentury design around the world. An article published at the time (in the now-defunct magazine Living Now, accompanied by Shulman’s images) noted that, “the most distinctive feature of the house is the pair of narrow pointed towers projecting like horns over the carport. Clerestory windows on the inner sides of the towers flood the living room with sunlight.” Today, the house still stands on its hillside, but when it went on the market in 2010, the structure was in disrepair. The man who bought it was unfamiliar with Paul Kirk, but, like the original owner, he had an interest in collecting modern art, and was drawn to the midcentury style. By chance, he mentioned purchasing the house to a friend in his cycling group, architect Joseph Herrin of Seattle’s Heliotrope Architects. Herrin, a huge fan of Kirk’s work, jumped at the opportunity to restore the iconic residence. Over four years, Herrin and his client worked to restore and highlight Kirk’s outstanding architectural details, including the pointed towers and the living room where the homeowner planned to display pieces of modern art. “Aesthetically, the homeowner was interested in enhancing the things that drew him to the house in the first place,” Herrin says. “That meant the bones of the house, the original architectural structure.” The renovation preserved the living room’s original layout and only slightly modified the rest of the main floor, retaining much of Kirk’s vision—an important goal for both homeowner and architect. Throughout the house, the team replaced old windows with new Milgard ones, and in the kitchen, added new, larger openings on the western side to better capture the views of Lake Washington. In the living room, they replaced painted wood walls with cedar cladding, bleach-stained to match the original wood, and added casework. The homeowner wanted some separation between public and private spaces, though, so Herrin reconfigured the downstairs (which had already been modified by previous owners) to create a master suite and two additional bedrooms. Heliotrope’s sensitive renovation has brought the house back to its original glory, and then some. “We wanted functionality and minimalism, but also a comfortable, subtle elegance,” the homeowner says. With those goals fulfilled, he carries Kirk’s original concept—an artful, art-filled home— into the future. »


architecture: Heliotrope Architects construction: Mercer Builders architectural metalwork: Company K landscape: Ohashi Landscape Services

above: The kitchen was ripped down to the studs and renovated. An island with stained walnut cabinetry and a bleached-oak bar top provides extra seating and work space. The cabinets above the sink have a stained walnut frame and blackened steel doors, fabricated by Company K. right: Images of the current interiors (on the left) and the original interiors (on the right).

Š J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10)



architecture A custom table, crafted by Greg Klassen from a repurposed slab of western maple, sits in the dining room, a space that was formerly a glassed-in atrium. Montis Mila chairs continue the neutral tones from the living room, and metalwork by Company K on the stair railing features the same lauburu found on the front door. h



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Mount Angel Abbey Library is a sacred-feeling space, filled with natural light, robed Benedictine monks poring over texts (on their laptops), and the sound of tolling monastery bells. But for architecture buffs, the library inspires a different kind of reverence: completed in 1970, it’s one of only two buildings in America designed by the iconic midcentury Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Aalto designed nearly everything in the space, from the wave-shaped door handles to the blond wood bookshelves radiating out from the central atrium. Eric Ludlum first visited in 2005, and was astonished then, as he is now, by the attention to detail throughout the building. “It’s an exceptional space with a level of completeness that just seems unattainable in a construction project,” he says. The library’s holistic interiors, in combination with its serene atmosphere, have a transporting effect on design pilgrims, and Ludlum is no exception. Aalto’s creation, he says, is “as much a mind space as it is a physical space.” h


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