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18. hello

The small stuff.

SCENE 33. happenings

News, events, and openings.

40. hospitality

The new Gray Olive Cafeteria is not your average dining hall.

42. art

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STYLE 49. fashion

62. workspace

50. kitchen + bath

64. details

54. interiors

66. interiors

Portland jeweler Natalie Joy Miller explores the value of play.

A splashy powder room and a highcontrast kitchen add edge to a Vancouver home’s neutral palette. Designer Jamie Banfield transforms an unloved room into a Wunderkammer for a collector client.

56. workspace

A basketball court plus a basement film studio equal one of the Northwest’s sleekest new office spaces.

Wise Design’s 220-square-foot Portland studio deploys a bevy of space-saving strategies.

Going up? The elevator lobby of HBO’s Seattle offices takes design drama to new heights. A chic Portland cannabis dispensary proves it’s time to break away from old-school smoke shop décor.


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FEATURES 71. the butterfly effect

A Sun Valley dream house stretches its wings with a triple-peaked roof and triple-paned glass walls.

80. concrete jungle

Skylab Architecture and Open Studio Collective shape a tranquil, hot springs–inspired spa in Portland.

86. our house

A minimalist home by designers, for designers, the Todd Residence is a master class in modern classical construction.

92. next generation

Architect James Cheng’s skyscraper know-how scales down to ground level with a family home influenced by his client’s adolescent abode.

BACK OF BOOK 100. workspace

Modular meeting rooms and moss walls heighten creativity at fastgrowing Slack’s Vancouver office.

104. architecture

A brick, cedar, and concrete home breaks with a Seattle suburb’s midcentury tradition but still plays nicely with its neighbors.

108. resources

Design professionals, furnishings, and suppliers in this issue.

114. obsession

¡Ay, caramba! Check out this Seattle designer’s collection of beloved cartoon characters.

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A fluorescent installation by light artist Ben Zamora illuminates the grand staircase in Workhouse Creative’s new Seattle office—a 100-year-old space renovated by SHED Architecture & Design. SEE PAGE

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WHAT DO YOU LIVE FOR? WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL ALIVE?

THE SMALL STUFF

Besides my family, I live for details—the beautiful little moments and particulars that elevate workaday life above the mundane. Often these moments manifest themselves in aesthetics: the way the trees on my drive home from work arch over the road and, for just a little way, form a lime-green tunnel. Or the way the materials I see from my living room sofa—raw leather on a butterfly chair, a sheepskin, a shiny brass light, a teak table—give me a cozy, pleased feeling, an ineffable sense of home. In the midst of putting together GRAY’s “Work Live Play” issue, I happened to tour artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s former home and studio in the high-desert village of Abiquiu, New Mexico. Exploring the ways people shape their homes, workspaces, and retreats was at the top of my mind, and O’Keeffe’s time-stopped adobe compound—perfectly preserved just as it was when she died in 1986, at age 98—offers myriad lessons on the art of living (and working and playing) well. Walking through O’Keeffe’s austere yet warm home—“I haven’t anything you can get along without” is how she described her almost monastic bedroom to Architectural Digest in 1981—I was hit with an acute case of house envy. It isn’t the home’s alluring minimalism (though there is that), and it isn’t the impressive array of classic midcentury furniture (which, however, I covet). It is the way the house subtly expresses, at every turn, this singular woman’s tastes and values. Along the garden walls, she arranged little treasures gleaned on her walks: bleached bones, interesting pebbles. Her dining table is a sheet of plywood set atop sawhorses; in the burnished surface’s scars and nicks, I could intuit years of meals and food prep. Along her front walk are the same scrubby desert plants you see everywhere around Santa Fe, but O’Keeffe had her gardener prune them into tiny, perfect bonsais. And in her living room, she’d had masons coat the adobe floor with a thin paste of flour and water. The floor needs recoating every few years and requires a strict socks-only policy but feels lovely underfoot. It isn’t practical, but it is certainly pleasing. There are risks to letting aesthetics rule your life, of course—and it’s easier to do if you are a famous artist living alone with your chow dog. (I write this days before having my second child, fully aware of the priority shift and narrowed focus that are about to rock my world.) Yet despite our daily responsibilities and routines, it’s worth taking time to appreciate the glimmering, fleeting glimpses of beauty that pervade quotidian life, which, if we’re lucky, is long and even a bit dull. Yet when we can discern the pleasures hidden within it, even small stuff reveals itself as sublime.

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scene OMER ARBEL BREAKS THE MOLD Written by JENNIFER MCCULLUM

Bocci’s new 44 series light is the result of Vancouver- and Berlin-based founder and creative director Omer Arbel’s relentless experimentation. To create the 44, which debuted at Euroluce in Milan in April 2017, an artisan free-pours molten aluminum into a large canister filled with rock-like modules of resin-impregnated sand, a byproduct of the conventional sandcasting process Bocci uses to create other light fixtures in its collection. The aluminum congeals around the lumps of sand as it cools, forming irregular, reflective shapes suggestive of silver coral. Once the metal solidifies, the blocks are shaken loose and hardware is attached to the cast pieces. In an innovative twist, the light eschews traditional wiring—instead the aluminum itself conducts low-voltage electricity to illuminate a white-glass LED bulb that appears to float amid the castings. h

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The Portland Japanese Garden completed its much-anticipated renovation by renowned Tokyo-based architect Kengo Kuma this spring, opening the new Cultural Village and adding 3.4 acres to the property. The project relocated the park’s main entrance and added a water garden and a trio of steel-and-glass pavilions—the Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center, the Garden House, and the Umami Cafe—that hold galleries, a multipurpose classroom, a library, and a gift shop, all organized around a central courtyard. japanesegarden.org

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PLAY TIME

New shops in the PNW offer high design for all ages. In January 2017, Portland designer Allison Kramer opened SITTE Modern, a Pearl District showroom dedicated to contemporary chairs (including the playful Bonsai Cacoon chair, near left). Beloved luxury children’s boutique Flora and Henri opens its new concept store in Seattle’s Pioneer Square in June 2017, offering a refined selection of housewares, apparel, and gifts, in addition to its signature children’s lines. » sittemodern.com florahenri.com

BOTANIST: IAN LANTERMAN; PORTLAND JAPANESE GARDEN: BRUCE FORSTER

Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim is upping its dining game with Botanist, the recently opened restaurant inside the hotel. Conceptualized by Ste. Marie Art + Design, Botanist features an airy dining room (above)— all whitewashed woods, limestone, greenery, and ornate metalwork—flanked by a dark and moody cocktail bar and a glass-enclosed champagne lounge. botanistrestaurant.com


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Infinity Mirror Room– Phalli’s Field (1965); Yayoi Kusama with recent works; Infinity Mirrored Room—All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016); Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever (1966/1994); Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots (2007).

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: COURTESY OF OTA FINE ARTS, TOKYO/SINGAPORE; VICTORIA MIRO, LONDON; DAVID ZWIRNER, NEW YORK, © YAYOI KUSAMA, PHOTO: CATHY CARVER; PHOTO: TOMOAKI MAKINO; COURTESY OF OTA FINE ARTS, TOKYO/SINGAPORE AND VICTORIA MIRO, LONDON, © YAYOI KUSAMA; COLLECTION OF OTA FINE ARTS, TOKYO/SINGAPORE; COURTESY OF OTA FINE ARTS, TOKYO/SINGAPORE; VICTORIA MIRO, LONDON; DAVID ZWIRNER, NEW YORK, © YAYOI KUSAMA, PHOTO: CATHY CARVER

This summer, Seattle Art Museum will host the West Coast debut of “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” an exhibition featuring mixed-media works, sculpture, and large-scale paintings that span the 65-year career of the renowned Japanese artist. Opening June 30, “Infinity Mirrors” delves into Kusama’s surreal Pop Art style and features five of her kaleidoscopic Infinity Mirror Rooms, including her recently realized All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016). » visitsam.org/kusama


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Independent Goods, a Ketchum, Idaho, shop featuring craftsman-to-consumer goods, opened its doors this past winter. Designed by Seattle-based architecture firm Best Practice, the shop features whitewashed, wood-clad walls, custom reconfigurable furnishings, and a giant canvas “tent” that harkens back to the area’s frontier roots. Owners Mark and Susan Nieves carefully curate the shop’s American-made wares, which include leather goods, pottery, and jewelry. ❈ independentgoods.com

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PIE STYLE

Vancouver’s new Joe Pizza in Gastown, designed by Ply Architecture, has a laid-back look that’s equal parts hip and nostalgic. The environment features tile floors and windows original to the historic masonry building, along with custom wallpaper by branding firm Glasfurd & Walker and benches and a communal table designed by Ply and built by Union Wood Co. eatjoepizza.com

FROM TOP: RYAN PATTERSON; RAY J. GADD; KRISTA JAHNKE

In April 2017, Seattle’s beloved design bookshop Peter Miller Books relocated from First Avenue to a former warehouse off Post Alley in Pioneer Square. The renovated 1,100-square-foot space, designed by Olson Kundig and built by Sun Construction and Dovetail Construction, juxtaposes 100-year-old brick walls and timber beams with modern design elements such as a sleek wood, glass, and steel sales counter by Weld and Glue. petermiller.com


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THE WORD “CAFETERIA” MIGHT NOT CONJURE UP VISIONS OF HIGH-STYLE DECOR—indeed, the three

Oval antiqued mirrors, arched-back seating by Emeco, and soft, curved edges on the millwork and inlaid tile produce a sense of laid-back ease at Burnaby Heights’ new Gray Olive Cafeteria, where morning sun pours in through large storefront windows.

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brothers behind the new Gray Olive Cafeteria in Burnaby Heights, B.C., hope the term will encourage diners to recall carefree schooldays of socializing with friends over Mom’s sack lunches. “We want to take our guests back to a simpler time,” says co-owner Jeremy Wong, who spent five years planning the Gray Olive concept with siblings Brian and Stephen before it came to life in February 2017. The breakfast and lunch spot infuses their nostalgic concept with thoughtful, elevated design. Teaming up with local commercial interior design and consulting firm Cutler and Pacific Solutions Contracting, they worked together to capture an evocative, laid-back vibe. “We used forest green, which is softer and earthier than a typical black-and-white palette,” says interior designer Brooke Stephenson, who led Cutler’s design team with Sherry Haddow and Char Kennedy. An array of fresh greenery, plentiful natural light, and pastoral wood grain warms the space, enhancing the intimate atmosphere the brothers worked to create. h


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Origami #5, 2017, by Eirik Johnson and Daniel Carrillo, available through G. Gibson Gallery and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle.

INTO THE FOLD Written by RACHEL GALLAHER Photographed by EIRIK JOHNSON and DANIEL CARRILLO

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TWO YEARS AGO, SEATTLE PHOTOGRAPHER EIRIK JOHNSON’S SON SKYE DISCOVERED, AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY CAPTIVATED BY, THE ART OF ORIGAMI. For the then-six-year-old boy, folding sheets of paper

into planes, boxes, and swans was a meditative activity that engaged his busy hands; for Johnson, it became the source of creative inspiration for Unfolded, a series of full- and half-plate daguerreotypes created in collaboration with fellow photographic artist Daniel Carrillo. The 17-image series, portraying undone metallic paper planes and origami, explores themes of childhood obsession and play and draws upon both men’s experiences as fathers. »


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Daguerreotypy is a centuries-old development process that uses an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapor to create a photographic print. “The process is both dangerous and challenging, but what I find most interesting is the incredible depth and brilliance, which can be achieved in no other way. It’s a transformative photographic medium,” says photographer Daniel Carrillo. Pictured: Sky Shark, 2016, by Eirik Johnson and Daniel Carrillo, available through G. Gibson Gallery and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle. »

“MY SON MADE AN ORIGAMI BOX OUT OF METALLIC PAPER, AND ONE CAME UNFOLDED. IT WAS THIS BEAUTIFUL, GRAPHIC THING THAT I THOUGHT WOULD LOOK INCREDIBLE CAPTURED BY DAGUERREOTYPE.” —EIRIK JOHNSON, PHOTOGRAPHER

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“CHILDREN PROVE THAT THERE IS COMPLEXITY IN SIMPLICITY. A CARDBOARD BOX CAN BEAT OUT A HIGH-TECH TOY BECAUSE IT LEAVES ROOM FOR INTERPRETATION. SIMILARLY, YOU CAN APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY THAT EXISTS IN AN UNFOLDED PIECE OF PAPER ONLY IF YOU STOP TO LOOK AT IT. THESE IMAGES ARE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY SOMETHING THAT MIGHT OTHERWISE BE MISSED.” —DANIEL CARRILLO, PHOTOGRAPHER

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style PLAY FOR KEEPS Written by STACY KENDALL

NATALIE JOY MILLER

“PLAY IS THE ESSENCE OF CREATIVITY. CREATIVE PLAY AND GUT REACTION, INSTINCT. WHEN I WORK ON A PIECE, I PLAY.” As soon as Portland-

Portland designer Natalie Joy Miller’s Black Parallel Hoops are made from matte tumbled and oxidized brass and silver.

based designer Natalie Joy Miller stumbled onto this quote by the modernist German ceramist Ruth Duckworth, inspiration struck. Miller, who makes two jewelry collections per year under her brand Natalie Joy, crafted her latest collection, Absence & Form, by taking Duckworth’s words to heart. “Instead of creating a fully formed piece, I made individual components and let my intuition collage them together,” she says. The freeform process yielded 14 artfully proportioned earrings, cuffs, and necklaces, each assembled from geometric cut-outs of brass or silver joined by solder or handcrafted jump rings. When the process is play, trust it. ❈

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ON THE GRAYSCALE A shockwave of color in a toned-down house, a tiny powder room proves that when it comes to effective design, size really doesn’t matter. Written by RACHEL GALLAHER : Photographed by JANIS NICOLAY

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In the kitchen of a Vancouver home, interior designer Peter Wilds used a gradient of grays to create a timeless look with a modern edge. The sleek hood and range are by Wolf from Coast Appliances, the cabinetry is by Atlas Custom Cabinets, and the chrome-legged Boffi Station stools came from Inform Interiors. The black-stained floors are from the European Touch Hardwood Mozart collection. OPPOSITE: A wolf print from The Cross DĂŠcor & Design sits under an ANDLight Slab W20 sconce. Âť

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To offset the muted tones throughout the house, Wilds amped up the drama in a mainlevel powder room with floral Designers Guild wallpaper and a fruit punch–colored Kartell mirror. The faucet is Aquabrass from Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, and the light fixture is Flos.

“THE ENTIRE HOUSE IS NEUTRAL, SO I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A CHARMING, UNEXPECTED SURPRISE. IT’S CHEEKY IN A WAY THAT REALLY WORKS.’’ —PETER WILDS, INTERIOR DESIGNER

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CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW: The sleek

Blanco faucet on the kitchen island is from Cantu. The dining area continues the blackand-white palette, punctuated by art by Zoë Pawlak, quirky decorative plates, and custom pendants from ANDLight.

“I’M KNOWN AS THAT DUDE WHO WORKS WITH A LOT OF WHITE,” says interior designer Peter Wilds with

a self-deprecating laugh when talking about a recent project in East Vancouver. “So naturally, when the family gave me carte blanche for the interiors, I kept the palette very neutral.” Referred to the couple by the wife’s sister, who’d previously hired him to design the interior of her own home, Wilds was charged with one quirky nonnegotiable: no upper cabinets in the kitchen. The couple “wanted the space to feel open and to keep access to the windows clear,” according to Wilds, who relished the challenge. Armed with this directive—and plenty of Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace paint, which coats walls throughout the house—Wilds created a tonally layered look in the kitchen, anchored by its dark-stained cabinetry and wide-plank Austrian oak

flooring. Glossy subway tile from the Ames Tile Cento Series balances out the deeper shades, and the nearly 6-foot-long island, a central gathering area for the kitchen, is topped with Caesarstone for a durable finish. The high-contrast palette continues in the dining area with a white table from Once a Tree encircled by black Eames chairs. In a surprising twist, the powder room just off the kitchen offers a burst of vibrant color and lively patterns, in the form of bold floral Designers Guild wallpaper and a hot pink– framed Kartell mirror. “The entire house is neutral,” Wilds says, “so I thought this would be a charming, unexpected surprise. It’s cheeky in a way that really works.” ❈ graymag . com

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PERSONAL SPACE Written by JAIME GILLIN : Photographed by JANIS NICOLAY

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO TRANSFORM A BLAND, UNDERUSED ROOM INTO A HOME’S CHARMING, WELL-LOVED CENTERPIECE?

Detective skills, according to interior designer Jamie Banfield. Originally hired to create custom millwork for a room his client hated in her White Rock, B.C., home—“It was literally a junk room, full of boxes of stuff,” he recalls—Banfield quickly sensed that the space needed more than clever storage solutions: it needed purpose and personality. “My client is an artist, a mother, and a passionate collector, and she didn’t connect to the space at all,” he says. At their first design meeting, Banfield noticed interesting objects displayed elsewhere in the house: containers of sand with handwritten notes on them, a basket of glass insulators, old photos. “They intrigued me,” he recalls. “I said, ‘We need more of this stuff. What do you have?’” The client took him to her basement, full of objects with personal meaning, and that sparked a “display unit” concept for the room, with Banfield devising myriad creative ways to highlight treasured items and heirlooms. Material imperfections in the redone room—drip marks on metal hinges, matte wall paint prone to showing fingerprints—were not just accepted but embraced. “Most clients would be, like, ‘This is not OK!’” says Banfield. “But for her, the more damage and wear on a piece, the more she falls in love with it.” ❈

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A 140-square-foot room in a White Rock, B.C., home gains personality from a bevy of layered textures, patinas, and customized built-ins from The Banfield, interior designer Jamie Banfield’s millwork company. A tapestry from the client’s travels hangs above an heirloom piano. OPPOSITE: New shelves, made from salvaged, horse-chomped fence posts and repurposed metal mining screens, display all manner of memorabilia.


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SLAM DUNK

What do you get when you combine a basketball court with a basement film studio? One of the Northwest’s coolest new office spaces.

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OPPOSITE: Seattle content studio Workhouse Creative teamed with SHED Architecture & Design to turn a 100-year-old Central District space into a modern industrial headquarters. A grand staircase marries the two floors, illuminated with a fluorescent installation by light artist Ben Zamora. THIS PAGE, FROM TOP: Repurposed floor joists serve as wall-mounted desks in the basement, and grommeted air barrier membrane material (an element inspired by Thomas Edison’s original film studio, the Black Maria) lines the office walls.

“THE BUILDING OWNER ASKED US, ‘ARE YOU SURE YOU DON’T WANT TO CLEAN UP THIS CONCRETE?’ BUT WE WERE LIKE, ‘NO, THIS IS AMAZING!’” —ELI MARTIN, FORMER MANAGING DIRECTOR, WORKHOUSE CREATIVE

IT ISN’T OFTEN THAT A SHADOWY, CAVE-LIKE BASEMENT IS A REAL ESTATE MUST-HAVE. But when Workhouse

Creative founder Keith Rivers and former managing director Eli Martin were searching for office space in Seattle’s Central District, the St. George building’s timeworn sublevel helped seal the deal. Rivers’s branded content studio creates video for a variety of brands and agencies, and he knew a dim basement would perfectly suit the firm’s film editing and graphic design work—all best done in the dark. Built in 1910, the St. George was first a hotel (the basement held an underground speakeasy back in the dry ’20s) and later was transformed into apartments and commercial space. When the creative team found it, the basement walls showed decades’ worth of chips and faded stains. “A lot of clients would have covered them up with a fresh coat of paint,” says Thomas Schaer, principal at SHED Architecture & Design, who, along with project architect Chris Phillips, worked collaboratively » graymag . com

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with Rivers and Martin to renovate the two-level space. “But we all wanted to preserve as much existing texture as possible.” With a tight budget, the team had to get scrappy while maximizing style and function in the expansive 8,391-squarefoot space. Schaer proposed the biggest modification, a grand central staircase that serves as a lightwell illuminating the basement. Its treads are made from floor joists repurposed from the stairwell’s cut-through, and leftover joists also serve as wall-mounted desks in the basement editing studio. Upstairs, the crew refinished most of the original wood floors in what was once the hotel lobby. One area, worn beyond repair, now sports a basketball court, an idea cribbed from the design of Red Bull’s U.S. headquarters in Santa Monica. “I was looking at what features other cool offices have,” says Martin, “and we figured with our high ceilings and the need to cover the floor, why not?” The team also spotted sports netting at Red Bull, and the SHED crew pulled that feature into the Workhouse design. The result is a space that feels like a cross between a video-gamer’s haven and an upscale gym. “In our video work, we look for ways to blend modern and heritage style,” says Rivers. “Our new headquarters combines both, too. We wanted to create a space that would inspire conversation and collaboration, and allow people freedom and openness inside a nontraditional work environment.” »

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A Classic Reimagined

After decades of dreaming and years of doing, the Portland Japanese Garden has unveiled a new Cultural Village. Explore new gardens, galleries, and more.

After decades of dreaming and years of doing, the Portland Japanese Garden has unveiled a new Cultural Village. Explore new gardens, galleries, and more. japanesegarden.org

Portland Japanese Garden thanks its Grand Opening Year Sponsors

Portland Japanese Garden thanks its Grand Opening Year Sponsors

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“WE KEPT AS MUCH TEXTURE IN THE SPACE AS WE COULD, IN AS RAW A FORM AS WE COULD.” —THOMAS SCHAER, PRINCIPAL, SHED ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Sports netting, sourced from a local supplier, serves as airy room dividers for personal spaces such as the main executive office. Modern furnishings from Hive Modern, Design Within Reach, and West Elm play well against wall shelving by Plank & Grain and a rug from Rejuvenation. ❈

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Wise Design in Portland occupies a 220-square-foot office outfitted with built-in storage. The coconut fiber chandelier from City Home and Moroccan-inspired rug from Atlas Weavers soften the industrial space. Designer Annie Wise (left, at the drafting table) also works at a vintage chinoiserie desk (bottom). A circular CB2 mirror bounces light throughout the small office.

TINY TRIUMPH

Written by RACHEL GALLAHER : Photographed by JOSH PARTEE

“THE SIMPLICITY IS WHAT ATTRACTED ME,” says interior

designer Annie Wise of her 220-square-foot studio. Located in Portland’s historic Ford Building, a former motor-assembly plant retrofitted for office and retail, the unit has a small footprint that’s offset by generous 14-foot ceilings and a skylight. When Wise Design moved in last year, the space was a blank canvas: white walls, concrete floors, and no storage. The first thing Wise installed was built-in shelving, which holds the firm’s material library, design books, and client files. A vintage rolling ladder makes top shelves accessible, and a cascading chandelier adds a note of grandeur. At center stage are a 1960s drafting table that doubles as a client meeting area and a vintage chinoiserie desk inherited from the designer’s great-great-grandmother. Together they command a sizable chunk of the room’s limited real estate but, counterintuitively, make the room feel larger. “People think big pieces will overwhelm a small space,” Wise explains, “but lots of small pieces can make it feel cluttered. The desk, table, shelves, and chandelier are all huge, but they work together and pack a big punch.” h

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When there’s something worth seeing, look into Ultra-tec®. At first glance, it’s unlikely that you’ll recognize the fact that we only use Type 316 stainless steel, the highest grade available. You might even be oblivious to the sleek elegance of our minimalist design. But that’s only because you’ll be enjoying something much more awe-inspiring…and we’re completely comfortable with that.

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Written by RACHEL GALLAHER : Photographed by ERIC LAIGNEL

KNOWN FOR ITS INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING, HBO HAS TAKEN DRAMA TO A HIGHER LEVEL in the ninth-floor elevator lobby of its new

downtown Seattle offices. Designed by Rapt Studio, the space subtly nods to Seattle’s rich maritime history—3,600 pieces of rope hang from the ceiling, and reclaimed wood paneling, sourced from shipping dunnage and salvaged barns by TerraMai, lines the walls. “The lobby was designed as an experiential and immersive space that directly reflects HBO’s goals for the content it creates,” says David Galullo, CEO at Rapt. That’s one way to make an entrance. h

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AN OPEN VIEW

As marijuana mainstreams, in come sophisticated interiors for recreational dispensaries.

The airy Serra cannabis dispensary in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. “There’s no laminate or vinyl tile in here,” says interior designer Holly Freres of JHL Design. “We used the same materials you’d find in a luxury home to make people comfortable when they walk into the space.” »

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: OMFGCo. devised the flower- and stoneinspired Archipelago tile pattern—an example of what owner Cambria Benson Noecker calls “little stoner messages hidden throughout the shop.” Quartertwenty built the greenhouse-style bud and edibles display cases. The green wall is by Ambius. A white oak coffee bar dispenses Stumptown espresso in the waiting area.

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pendants (by Vancouver designer Matthew McCormick) and inlaid threshold tiles reading “Quality Drugs” are subtle hints that this shop is something far more rarefied: an unusually sophisticated recreational marijuana dispensary. The 2,037-square-foot Serra store, the newest of three Oregon locations owned by husband-and-wife team Spencer Noecker and Cambria Benson Noecker, intentionally breaks with old-school smoke shop aesthetics. Instead, the company drew inspiration from the glass-and-steel structure of a greenhouse (which is what serra means in Italian) in the design of the space, a collaboration among the owners, branding experts at Portland’s Official Manufacturing Company (or OMFGCo.), and Portland-based JHL Design. Elegant glass, steel, and wood vitrines offer shoppers a clear view of edibles and artful accessories—all displayed on locally made custom ceramic dishes—while also complying with regulations requiring that certain products be enclosed in glass. “It can sometimes be intimidating to walk into dispensaries with closed, dark windows,” Benson Noecker notes. “You feel like you’re doing something wrong and dirty.” In contrast, the new shop is “all about helping people understand the product they’re getting”—a value she and her team wove throughout the space, from its branding to its interior design. “We made the experience at Serra open. You can bring your mom or your grandma or your best friends here.” h

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Sliding glass doors open onto the expansive concrete patio of a Sun Valley, Idaho, retreat that’s as energyefficient as it is beautiful. See page 72 for more.

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The defining feature of a Sun Valley vacation home, the triple butterfly roof is an elegant contrast to the area’s traditional pitched barn-style roofs. Designed by Gretchen Wagner, principal architect at Scape Design Studio, its soaring angles permit sweeping views of the local mountainscape. Wall-to-wall triple-paned Loewen windows line almost every room, ensuring the house is a cozy getaway for winter family ski trips as well as a sunlit oasis in summertime.

The Butterfly Effect From a triple-peaked roof to a Pinterest-worthy gold-leafed powder room, a Sun Valley dream house takes flight. Written by JENNIFER MCCULLUM : Photographed by GIBEON PHOTOGRAPHY

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In the dining room, brass pendants by Delightfull dangle over a custom black walnut and steel table by Scape Design Studio and Taylor Woodworks, flanked by Wexler leather side chairs from RH Modern.

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Wagner used natural materials, including rustic barn wood and concrete flooring, to create an interior mood that echoes the exterior environment. A Steve Jensen glass sculpture holds court on the Andrianna Shamaris single-slab coffee table. A friend of the homeowner, Shellie Nelson of La Fabrique in Seattle, created the custom pillows that decorate a pair of Elkins sofas from Ambella Home.

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aiveté,” jokes architect Gretchen Wagner when she’s asked why she designed the soaring triple butterfly roof topping the 7,500square-foot vacation home of a Sun Valley client. “It was a huge risk in this climate, but we had a willing client who wanted something different from a traditional gable or shed. We liked this dramatic roof shape and only realized the difficulty and complexity of it once we’d all fallen in love with the form.” The defining feature of the house, the roof was no small feat to plan or build: every piece of the framing and finish was completed via a series of compound miter cuts. Meticulous calculations were needed to create a dual-angle slope between the “wings.” “It’s the opposite of the low-pitched barn roof

we typically do in this area,” says Wagner. “But with the ends higher than the middle, it allows for expansive views of the surrounding mountains and lets plenty of natural light enter the home.” Wall-to-wall windows on almost every side of the house further this seamless blending of interior and exterior environments. “No white walls,” charged the homeowner, who is based in Seattle but who spent more than 20 years skiing and summering in Sun Valley before building her family’s dream home. Instead, a rich palette of charcoal, walnut, and ebony is complemented with rustic barn-wood walls and raw steel beams. As far as the interiors go, the client “is the most prolific Pinterest pinner I’ve ever met,” says Wagner. “Between her suggestions and my resources, we really went for it.” » graymag . com

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Coltrane pendant lights by Delightfull subtly recall butterfly wings, a nod to the silhouette of the home’s signature roofline. Selectively choosing splurges and savings throughout the project, Wagner, along with Walsworth Furnishings, custom-created the walnut and steel console, modeled after an expensive Ralph Pucci piece beloved by the homeowner. OPPOSITE: A mixed-media piece, appropriately titled Summertime, by artist Sabine Maes hangs in one of the vacation home’s three bedrooms. Cyan Design’s Ibis table lamp illuminates a Noir desk, with a custom ottoman upholstered by La Fabrique. » graymag . com

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ABOVE: A sable-colored Godfrey Hirst Wessex carpet and walls coated in Sherwin Williams Mega Greige paint align one bedroom with the project’s neutral palette. A pair of Tom Dixon Pipe pendants hangs above Maison 55 Levi nightstands. LEFT: Andrew Martin black resin-and-plaster horseheads from Resource Decor, bought when the homeowner spontaneously flew the design team to High Point Market in North Carolina, preside over the home’s guest bunk room. The beds, designed by Scape Design Studio, were built by Ketchum Kustom Woodworks. The homeowner sourced the corner accent chair, made out of parts from a 1937 Plymouth, from Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings in Seattle. “You can plug it in and the lights turn on!” she says.

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Inspired by a Pinterest image of kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold-dusted lacquer, Wagner enlisted concrete artisan Jon Nasvik of Cliffhangers to create thin, cracked plaster walls for the powder room. The homeowner, along with an artist friend, then carefully applied gold leaf over the caulking. “I love showing that bathroom to people at night,” the homeowner says. "The backlit onyx just glows." ❈

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CONCRETE JUNGLE

An environmental designer, an architect, and a fleet of makers merge the natural and the urban at Knot Springs, a hot springs–inspired retreat in the heart of Portland. Written by AMARA HOLSTEIN : Photographed by BRIAN WALKER LEE

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Multidisciplinary design firm Open Studio Collective enlisted local fabricator Z-Viz to create signage that espouses “Ten Steps to Relaxation” at Portland’s new Knot Springs spa. OPPOSITE: A generous use of glass, both to create reflections and to seamlessly commingle the spa’s interiors with the city outside, plays on the idea of a liquid environment. graymag . com

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“Knot Springs isn’t about being lazy; it’s part of a tradition of soaking and warming your body in different ways as part of a wellness routine.”

—CLAUDIA VON FLOTOW, KEY DEVELOPMENT

ENVISION LOUNGING IN A STEAMY HOT TUB, A CANOPY OF LEAFY GREEN FRONDS GENTLY WAVING OVERHEAD. But you’re not in the woods—you’re on the

fifth floor of a shiny new apartment building in an industrial neighborhood. At Knot Springs, Portland’s newest wellness retreat, the design heightens rather than hides the decidedly urban setting. Step into the pool area, with its sleek collection of angular stainless-steel tubs, and you’ll get a 180-degree view of the city through floor-to-ceiling glass. Outside clerestory windows in the gym, pedestrians and cars race by at eye level. And the overall palette of dark grays and the honest rawness of concrete and steel echo Portland itself. Despite its gritty locale and contemporary design language, the spa fully embraces the Northwest’s epic natural environment. “We wanted it to match the spirit of the region, and hot springs are one of Oregon’s most iconic features,” says architect Jeff Kovel of Skylab Architecture, who oversaw Knot Springs’ architecture and interiors. “This was an opportunity to bring that experience into the city.” “We tried to capture the different areas that make Oregon beautiful,” says Allison Louise Bryan, creative director of multidisciplinary design firm Open Studio Collective, who worked on brand identity, interior elements, and environmental graphics for the project. Photomurals by Ryan Leitz define each space, Bryan explains, including “images of the Alvord Desert in the ‘hot springs’ pool area, the Painted »

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“We looked for ways to adapt and innovate on hot springs,” says project architect Jeff Kovel of Skylab Architecture. Ceiling and wall hangings by macramé artist Emily Katz (this page and opposite bottom) welcome guests into the soaking area and suggest natural hot springs that overlook the city and Burnside Bridge below. Lollygagger chaise lounges are from Loll Designs. A Crater Lake nightscape photomural by local photographer Ryan Leitz (opposite top) sets a dreamy, meditative mood in the treatment area.

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Cool gray concrete floors and custom stainless-steel tubs from Diamond Spas are offset by warm, lush foliage and a wall made of inch-thick cedar cuttings enclosing the steam room, fabricated by Z-Viz. The soaking pools are intentionally arranged to “inspire conversation with your neighbors,” says Kovel. LEFT: Open Studio Collective’s metal signage, fabricated by Holdfast Fabrication and Z-Viz, echoes the outdoors theme, from the tent-shaped triangles that mark every entry door to the thin metal rods that mimic the charcoal used in spa treatments. LEFT, BELOW: In the sauna, Pendleton towels appear to glow against the black unglazed porcelain tiles from Design and Direct Source.

Hills in the gym, and Crater Lake in the massage area.” A wall of birch cabinetry by Straight Up Carpentry floats along the spa entry, while Midnight Collective’s custom balsamfir and white-cedar soaps and lotions scent the air. The fabrics—from the robe-meets-poncho “ronchos” to the locker room shower curtains—include cozy fleeces and tent-like canvases stitched up at Portland Garment Factory. Strategically placed stumps and felled logs serve as benches and side tables. And every door is marked by Bryan’s custom triangular graphic, which mimics a tent or scout patch. The spa emphasizes a sense of community—the kind you might establish, however briefly, with strangers at steamy hot springs. The hot tubs are oriented to encourage conversation, as are the clustered lounge chairs on the landscaped deck overlooking bustling Burnside Bridge. Sitting around the outdoor fire pit with friends or floating in the tubs, it’s easy to feel both rejuvenated and just a bit smug. “Here it’s not about getting away from it all,” says Kovel. “You can see thousands of people sitting still in traffic, and yet you’re relaxing in the pool, hanging out with your tribe. And you’re really happy to be here instead of in your car.” h

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Just off the living room of a Seattle family home designed by SkB Architects, an outdoor space is partially sequestered from the street by tall grass and a concrete wall. Loll Designs Adirondack chairs bracket a Modfire fireplace. OPPOSITE: To complement the neighborhood’s eclectic bungalow aesthetic, owners Todd Johnson and Doug McKenzie ensured that the exterior architecture of their house reads as classic; they describe the style as “modern farmhouse.”

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OUR HOUSE

A minimalist home by designers, for designers, the Todd Residence is a master class in modern construction.

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“PEOPLE USE THE WORD TIMELESS, BUT I’LL USE AGELESS. THERE’S NOT A LOT OF ARCHITECTURAL DECORATION. WE PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON CELEBRATING THE DETAILS AND THE INTEGRITY OF THE CONSTRUCTION.’’

The entryway leads directly into the home’s living room. Although some modern homes can feel “cold and sterile,” says McKenzie, this “landing point” room was made to feel inviting through the use of warm colors and layered textiles and furnishings, all sourced through oBJEKTS, including custom perforated curtains from SMJ Studio, a Camerich sofa, a Jonathan Adler coffee table, a Modernica Papa Bear side chair, and Osborne & Little wallpaper. »

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he Todd Residence is full of surprises. Its style is both classic and modern, its “backyard” is in the front, and its compact footprint belies its grand interior. Residents Doug McKenzie, managing partner of SkB Architects and founder of design industry resource oBJEKTS, and his husband, A&D director at oBJEKTS Todd Johnson, collaborated closely on the design with their longtime friends Shannon and Kyle Gaffney, cofounders of SkB. At the start of the project, in 2009, an empty, dilapidated bungalow occupied their 4,400-squarefoot corner lot in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood. By the end of 2012, they had replaced that building with a 1,971-square-foot home that acquired its “Todd” nickname as a fond reminder that McKenzie and the Gaffneys, who all work just a few desks apart at SkB, shouldn’t make decisions without Johnson present. A preliminary sketch of the house ended up being close to the final design: a pristine white rectangle with a peaked roof and a chimney. This nostalgic look wasn’t accidental—the couple now have two young children, so evoking a strong sense of “home” was essential to the design concept. The team also wished to avoid dropping “a CorTen steel-clad glass box,” as McKenzie puts it, into their historic neighborhood, a style that has begun to pop up frequently in Seattle. “We love modern design, but we didn’t want to stick out like a sore thumb,” recalls Johnson. The family now knows their neighbors well, due to a design decision that Kyle calls “one of the coolest moves we made.” Rather than siting the home toward the front of the lot—a typical move meant to maximize private backyard space—the team set the home in the back corner of the property, allowing for spacious, and far more public, front and side patios running alongside the sidewalks. “It’s still semiprivate,” says McKenzie, “but this way we feel a strong connection to the community.” Despite the home’s compact layout, its interior feels spacious. Tall ceilings, a restrained material palette, and space-expanding features such as high lofts in the kids’ rooms make all the difference. “This design proved to us how much space is usually wasted in houses,” says McKenzie. “Here we use every room,” adds Johnson, who, as the Todd Residence’s namesake, gets the final word. ❈

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The owners opted out of the ubiquitous open kitchen concept, so a modified galley design (with a custom island) allows the cooking-and-entertaining-enthusiast homeowners both workspace and conviviality. Appliances are Miele, the wine fridge is Perlick, and the millwork is by Baywood Cabinet. OPPOSITE FROM TOP: All the doors to the bedrooms were salvaged from the old Oregon State Department of Transportation headquarters, and they still sport employee names and whimsical signage (such as “STAFF ONLY”). Johnson and McKenzie share office space on a 15-foot-long custom SkB-designed desk with Hightower conference chairs sourced through oBJEKTS.

“OPEN KITCHENS CAN BE FUN, BUT IN THIS SMALL FOOTPRINT, WE WANTED DIVISION OF SPACE. THE KITCHEN WILL ALWAYS BE THE HEART OF THE HOME, AND IT WAS IMPORTANT TO KEEP IT SPECIAL.” —DOUG MCKENZIE, HOMEOWNER

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With its pool-centered backyard, glass-walled exterior, and open-plan interior, a new 7,400square-foot Southside residence, designed by renowned Vancouver architect James Cheng, draws inspiration in equal parts from Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs and the client’s own adolescent home, which Cheng designed 34 years ago. » graymag . com

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“HOME DESIGN IS THE RESEARCH LAB FOR OUR LARGE PROJECTS, IN WHICH WE EXPLORE CUTTINGEDGE MATERIALS AND DESIGNS THAT INFORM OUR COMMERCIAL STRUCTURES.’ —JAMES CHENG, ARCHITECT

In the central courtyard, a paperbark maple tree planted in front of the cedar garage wall speaks to Cheng’s interest in the centuries-old Japanese technique called shakkei, or “borrowing landscape,” in which a garden intentionally incorporates background scenery into its design. OPPOSITE: A sunken courtyard on the home’s south side.

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ooking back at his teenage years spent in the upscale Southside neighborhood, one Vancouverite—now an adult with a family of his own—fondly recalls his parents’ home, with its large windows and double-height living room, built in 1983 and designed by James K. M. Cheng Architects. The then-contemporary house stood out boldly in its forested landscape, and the design made an enduring impression on its former resident; more than three decades later, he still reminisces about the home’s open and airy feeling. When he had the opportunity to build his own house—on another Southside lot, no less—he knew just the designer to call: James Cheng, whom the client asked to recreate the modern aesthetic and spaciousness of his parents’ home. Cheng, best known as the architect of the glass condominium towers punctuating Vancouver’s downtown skyline, believes his practice’s residential work is complementary to his skyscrapers. “Home design is the research lab for our large projects,” he says, “in which we explore cutting-edge materials and designs that inform our commercial structures.” » graymag . com

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ABOVE: The living room sofa and ottoman are by Living Divani. OPPOSITE FROM TOP: Cheng counterbalanced the home’s glassy exposure with a series of courtyards and high walls. “This house looks from the inside to the outside, without letting outsiders look in,” he says. A glass sliding door acoustically screens the upstairs living area from the noisier lower-level media room, enhancing a sense of privacy in the modern home.

The architect accepted the request of his second-generation client, but with one caveat: he would design a house that resembles his 1983 project in philosophy only. “The site determines the architectural design,” Cheng says, “and my client’s long, narrow, and flat property called for a very different program than his parents’ house. The depth of the site asked for a scaled-down, horizontal home.” The client and his family had a few specific requests—lots of natural interior light, an outdoor pool, and protection of all existing mature trees on the site—but beyond those basic guidelines, they gave Cheng broad creative latitude. The arrangement suited the architect well. “Designing a house is not just about a common building program. It’s about how people subconsciously relate to their environment and the house that you build for them,” he says. “That’s when we start to talk about architecture instead of a box built to fit somebody.” Cheng’s thinking also focused on accommodating and enhancing the family’s lifestyle. “I am not the kind of architect who does a house that screams, ‘Look at me, look at me!’ I am more interested in the timeless and emotional aspects of a design.” Taking inspiration from midcentury architect Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, Cheng created a glass-walled exterior to permit maximum light penetration into the home’s interior. The property’s massing, materiality, open layout, and pool-centric site planning, too, were influenced by Neutra’s design—though in contrast to the California home’s sunny setting, the Vancouver lot offered only one generously sunlit clearing for the pool, smack in the center of the backyard, and that spot determined the placement of the home’s other elements. Shaped as an oblong, with cutouts on its north and south sides for courtyards, the residence consists of two wings connected by a central glass-enclosed spine. Another, artfully landscaped inner courtyard—not immediately visible from the entrance—breaks up the home’s long sightlines and serves as a visual and physical connection between the wings of the house, as well as an elegant example of Cheng’s thoughtfully layered work. “The house unfolds itself as you travel through it, offering little surprises in each space, with different orientations and different features,” the architect notes. “The last thing I wanted was a house that gives all of itself away upon entry.” » graymag . com

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Using concrete tiles and smooth rocks both indoors and out creates flow between the south courtyard and the hallway to the lower-level guest room. Floating walnut risers let light pass between them, eliminating the spacecommanding character of a typical staircase. OPPOSITE TOP AND BOTTOM: A custom Glastech wall with selfsupporting glass channels and an extruded metal frame grants the front entry both daylight and privacy. â?ˆ

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TEAM BUILDING

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“WE WANTED THE LAYOUT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO MOVE THROUGH THE OFFICE AND INTERACT WITH OTHER FLOORS ON A DAILY BASIS.” —MICHAEL LECKIE, ARCHITECT

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The coffee/cocktail area features a custom bar. Alongside the open workspaces runs a series of soundproofed web-chat booths. A seating area near the bar is lined with Umbra Shift stools from Vancouver Special; the custom upholstery by Luxcious helps absorb sound in the large open-plan space.

DESPITE THE COMPANY’S NAME—AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE LOUNGING ON SOFAS and floor cushions at its new

Vancouver headquarters—the staff at Slack are clearly hard at work. Walking into the 22,000-square-foot three-level space, you’d never mistake it for a law firm or stockbrokers’ office; this space has the focused but relaxed air of a university library. Yet Slack, the user-friendly communication app and team-messaging platform, is now a tech giant valued at three billion dollars. “In 2014, when I was first hired to renovate their workspace, there were about 10 people working here,” says architect Michael Leckie. “But the company was in an aggressive growth mode in Vancouver as well as in San Francisco and Dublin.”

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Working with Powers Construction and CDC Construction, Leckie Studio Architecture + Design came through with an open-plan, multilevel workspace that maximizes interaction among Slack’s now 94 Vancouver-based employees while also carving out private spaces. Playful yet practical touches include custom mobile conference cubes that can be reconfigured, wheeled around, and joined to expand meeting space. Organic flourishes, such as dramatic moss walls, cloud-shaped Molo pendant lights, and unfinished plywood throughout, reflect Vancouver’s connection to the outdoors. The decision to integrate lounge spaces into every floor— including an espresso and cocktail bar on the top level—was strategic: “We wanted the layout to encourage people to move up and down through the office on a daily basis,” Leckie explains. So far, it’s working. “Our casual, informal spaces naturally encourage both collaboration and moments of focused work away from your desk,” says Slack creative director of product Brandon Velestuk. “On any given day, you’ll see conversations between designers transform into discussions among designers, engineers, and customer experience and sales staff.” No wonder Slack is so skilled at communication. h


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THE LONG VIEW

A “40-year outlook” informs the design of one family’s hardwearing forever home. Written by LINDSEY M. ROBERTS : Photographed by LARA SWIMMER

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The stacked-bond brick on the back façade of this house, designed by Lane Williams, is vernacular yet modern. Joseph McKinstry Construction Company excavated truckloads of dirt to carve out room for a pool and an artificial lawn, resulting in a deep-set, private backyard. 

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ABOVE FROM LEFT: In the living room, a galvanized-steel sliding door conceals a television installed over a gas fireplace from Spark Modern Fires. A catwalk passes over the home’s three-car garage, connecting the front door with a sliding glass door to the den.

“WE VIEWED EVERY DETAIL OF THIS PROJECT WITH A 40-YEAR OUTLOOK,” says the client, who

The kitchen features nearly indestructible Neolith countertops, casework from Cornerstone Cabinetry, and Miele appliances.

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commissioned architect Lane Williams to design a timeless, low-maintenance home for his family of four in Bellevue, Washington. “If we were going to put our heart and soul into a house, we wanted it to be a forever home.” Designed to follow local covenants, the 4,480square-foot home includes a pitched 15-degree roof and respects its neighborhood’s height limit, setback, and lot coverage requirements. Yet it subtly breaks from the norms of its Northwest Contemporary neighbors by turning its broad gable to face the street and employing an unconventional trio of materials (brick, cedar, and concrete) on the façade. Inside, highly durable materials—heated concrete floors, tongue-and-groove cedar ceilings, rift-cut white oak cabinets in the kitchen, and blackenedsteel accents—withstand heavy use by the family’s kids and two dogs. “The house kind of gets out of their way,” Williams says of his design. The client concurs: “We have many milestones to go still, from kids growing up to retirement to maybe grandkids visiting someday. We tried to design something that would credibly last through all those stages of life.” h


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Pacific Solutions Contracting Vancouver madebypacific.com 42. ART Daniel Carrillo Seattle daniel-carillo.com

G. Gibson Gallery Seattle ggibsongallery.com

Peter Wilds Design Vancouver peterwildsdesign.com

Greg Kucera Gallery Seattle gregkucera.com

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Sun Construction Seattle sunconstructioninc.com

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Inform Interiors Seattle and Vancouver informinteriors.com informseattle.com

Eirik Johnson Seattle eirikjohnson.com

Ste. Marie Art + Design Vancouver stemarieartdesign.com

Union Wood Co. Vancouver unionwoodco.com

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Carriage West Design/Build Vancouver cwhomes.ca Coast Appliances Vancouver coastappliances.com The Cross Decor & Design Vancouver thecrossdesign.com Designers Guild designersguild.com European Touch Hardwood Vancouver ethfloors.com

ZoĂŤ Pawlak Montreal zoepawlak.com 54. INTERIORS Jamie Banfield Design Vancouver jamiebanfield.ca The Banfield Vancouver thebanfield.com 56. WORKSPACE Ben Zamora Seattle benzamora.com David Butler Design-Lighting 206-784-4821 Design Within Reach Seattle and Portland dwr.com Hive Modern Portland hivemodern.com Olympic General Contractors Everett, WA olympicgc.com Plank & Grain Seattle plankandgrain.com SHED Architecture & Design Seattle shedbuilt.com Ten Hundred Seattle tenhundredart.com West Elm Seattle westelm.com

62. WORKSPACE Atlas Weavers atlasweavers.com

John Reuter Greenworks Ketchum, ID johnreutergreenworks.com

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Ketchum Kustom Woodworks Ketchum, ID ketchumkustom woodworks.com

City Home Portland cityhomepdx.com Wise Design Portland anniewise.com 64. DETAILS HBO hbo.com Rapt Studio raptstudio.com TerraMai White City, OR terramai.com 66. INTERIORS Archipelago Portland archipelagotile.com JHL Design Portland jhldesign.com Matthew McCormick Studio Vancouver matthewmccormick.ca Official Manufacturing Company Portland omfgco.com

Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings Seattle kirkalbert.com La Fabrique Seattle lafabriqueseattle.com Liv Jensen, P.E. Hailey, ID 208-578-8162 Loewen loewen.com Phred’s Fabrications Ketchum, ID 208-726-2506 Poster Construction Ketchum, ID posterconstruction.com Resource Decor resourcedecor.com RH Seattle, Portland, Vancouver restorationhardware.com Scape Design Studio Ketchum, ID scapedesignstudio.com Sherwin Williams sherwinwilliams.com

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Serra Portland and Eugene, OR shopserra.com

Taylor Woodworks Hailey, ID taylorwoodworks.com

71. THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT Ambella Home ambellahome.com

Tom Dixon tomdixon.net

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Cliffhangers Sun Valley, ID cliffhangers-inc.com

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Emily Katz Portland emilykatz.com

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Located in downtown Seattle, Alchemy Collections is your Western Washington source for modern and contemporary furniture. Sensing a void in the Seattle furniture landscape, Alchemy Collections opened in 2004, bringing a modern yet accessible furniture venue to the everyday Seattleite.

Traditional Techniques + Modern Design Specializing in authentic vintage Moroccan rugs. Each is carefully sourced and chosen for its expressive modern style and cultural significance. 33 N.W. 4th Ave., Portland katandmaouche.com Instagram @katandmaouche

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The Shade Store The Shade Store is an American custom window treatments company, specializing in handcrafted shades, blinds, and draperies. An exclusive designer collection of more than 1,000 materials makes it easier than ever to customize something you love for your windows.

Porcelanosa is a leader in the innovation, design, manufacture, and distribution of tile, kitchen, bath, and hardwood products. Visit the Porcelanosa showroom in downtown Seattle to see design inspiration and solutions through vignette installations and feature detailed product libraries.

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Lapchi Rug Design Studio Look into the heart of Lapchi and you’ll find a rug maker with a wealth of experience in custom rugs. Lapchi produces handmade rugs in custom colors and sizes at no additional cost. Make your next rug a custom rug by Lapchi. (503) 719-6589 Pearl District, Portland lapchi.com

Driftwood Modern Driftwood Modern offers a carefully curated collection of authentic midcentury modern fine art and furniture. Located just 15 minutes north of Seattle in charming waterfront Edmonds, we provide pieces of interest, quality, and integrity. Beauty in our lives! (360) 298-1246 driftwoodmodern.com

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oBJEKTS Seattle objektsllc.com

Slack Vancouver slack.com

37. Design Within Reach Seattle and Portland dwr.com

Knot Springs Portland knotsprings.com

Osborne & Little osborneandlittle.com

Toby’s Cycle Works Vancouver tobyscycleworks.com

115. Dossier Portland dossierhotel.com

Vancouver Special Vancouver shop.vanspecial.com

17. Dovetail General Contractors Seattle dovetailgc.com

Pendleton pendleton-usa.com

SkB Architects Seattle skbarchitects.com

104. ARCHITECTURE Carlson Landscape Kirkland, WA 425-822-4098

67. EWF Modern Portland ewfmodern.com

Portland Garment Factory Portland portlandgarmentfactory.com

SMJ Studio Seattle smjstudio.com

Cornerstone Cabinetry cstonecabinetry.com

32. Fleetwood Windows & Doors fleetwoodusa.com

Endless Pools endlesspools.com

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Joseph McKinstry Construction Company Seattle jmcc.com

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Loll lolldesigns.com Open Studio Collective Portland openstudiocollective.com

Ryan Leitz Portland ryanleitz.com Skylab Architecture Portland skylabarchitecture.com Straight Up Carpentry Ridgefield, WA straightupcarpentry.com Z-Viz Portland Z-viz.com 86. OUR HOUSE Baywood Cabinet Kent, WA baywoodcabinet.com BTL Engineering Woodinville, WA btleng.net Camerich Seattle camerichseattle.com Dyna Contracting Seattle dynacontracting.com Geotech Consultants Seattle geotechnw.com Hightower hightoweraccess.com Jonathan Adler jonathanadler.com Loll Designs lolldesigns.com Miele mieleusa.com Modernica modernica.net Modfire modfire.com

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6. Hive Portland hivemodern.com

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69. Kasala Seattle and Bellevue, WA kasala.com

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22. Kozai Modern Vancouver kozaimoderntrade.com

35. The Shade Store Seattle and Portland theshadestore.com

24. Kush Handmade Rugs Portland kushrugs.com

21. Sunbrella sunbrella.com

13. Ligne Roset Seattle ligne-roset-usa.com Available through: Livingspace Vancouver livingspace.com 22. Madera Furniture Company Tacoma, WA maderafurnitureco.com 12. Maison Inc. Portland maisoninc.com

Leckie Studio Architecture + Design Vancouver leckiestudio.com

70. American Indian College Fund americanindian collegefund.org

Lock & Mortice Surrey, B.C. lockandmortice.com

107. Ben Trogdon Architects Seattle bentrogdonarchitects.com

Luxcious Upholstery Vancouver luxciousupholstery.ca

48. CDC Construction Vancouver cdc-construction.com

Molo Vancouver molodesign.com

41. Chown Hardware Portland and Bellevue, WA chown.com

67. Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival Winthrop, WA methowmusicfestival.org

Powers Construction Vancouver powersconstruction.com

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8. The Mine themine.com

26. Marvin Windows and Doors marvin.com Available through: Lundgren Enterprises Seattle lundgrenenterprises.com

69. Tirto Furniture Seattle tirtofurniture.com 61. Tufenkian Portland tufenkianportland.com 65. Turgeon Raine Jewelers Seattle turgeonraine.com 63. Ultra-Tec ultra-tec.com 43. Urban Hardwoods Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles urbanhardwoods.com 16. Urban Interiors & Thomasville Bellevue, WA, and Tukwila, WA urbaninteriors.com 103. William & Wayne Seattle williamandwayne.com 103. Windemere Stellar Melissa Eddy Gearhart, OR windermere.com/agents/ melissa-eddy-1


| market | THE ULTIMATE BUYER’S GUIDE Urban Interiors & Thomasville At Urban Interiors & Thomasville, Tommy Bahama offers designs across a diverse range of styles— choose from 175 all-weather performance fabrics with the same soft hand, rich colors and vibrant patterns as our indoor upholstery, complete with trims, fringes and designer options. Every item is hand crafted and features artisan finishes. urbaninteriors.com

Sunbrella Textiles are the most important ingredient for extraordinary design. Bring soft, luxurious décor into your home with high-end Sunbrella® fabrics for indoor and outdoor upholstery. Available in a variety of globally inspired designs, colors, and textures, Sunbrella fabrics are easy to care for, fade-proof, and can be cleaned with bleach. sunbrella.com

Parachute Founded by Ariel Kaye, Parachute is the fast-growing bedding essentials brand based in Venice Beach. Long intrigued by the interplay of sleep and wellness, Ariel established Parachute to fulfill consumers’ needs for high quality sheets and a good night’s sleep. Parachute’s design-driven, responsibly manufactured bedding also gives back: For every one of their signature Venice Bedding Sets sold, they donate one life-saving malaria-prevention bed net through the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign. parachutehome.com | @parachutehome

LIOE Design We create simple, elegant goods for everyday living. From straight minimalist lines to elegant curves, every item was designed with the desire to make life more interesting through the everyday products we use. Proudly designed in the Pacific Northwest. lioedesign.com

Rustic Modern Originals Fran’s Chocolates Considered one of the best chocolatiers in the U.S., Fran’s Chocolates offers elegant presentations of award-winning chocolates for every occasion. Each confection is handmade in small batches with the finest local and organic ingredients to reflect a passion for exquisite flavors and the pure taste of chocolate. Visit us online or at one of our four Seattle-area retail stores: Downtown, Georgetown, University Village, and Bellevue. franschocolates.com

Walsworth Furnishings brings distinct original pieces to life to captivate and intrigue for generations. Custom commission work available. Designed and crafted to stand the test of time. walsworthfurnishings.com instagram @walsfurn (208) 720-3682

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WHY I COLLECT THE SIMPSONS MICHELLE DIRKSE, INTERIOR DESIGNER As told to STACY KENDALL Photographed by HANK DREW

“The day I saw the commercial for these Simpsons figures, in 2000, my college roommate and I ran to Toys ‘R’ Us and bought every one they had (they released only five at a time). I semi-obsessively collected them for two years and now have around 120 items, including characters, accessories, and dioramas that recite catchphrases. After a decade of storing them in my grandma’s attic, I recently dug them out. My plan is to display Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie on the open shelving in my kitchen. I’m not into cooking gadgets, so there’s space— and I think of the kitchen as a spot where I can be playful without disrupting the overall design of my home or making it feel cluttered or cartoonish. The characters make me laugh and are a nice reminder that design doesn’t have to be serious. Your home should be able to incorporate what you love, even if it’s something a bit out of the ordinary.” h

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