Nov 21, 2014

5 Questions For: Lynda Sherman, Bremelo Press

Name: Lynda Sherman
Title: Master Printer
Company: Bremelo Press

Which of your designs or projects are you most excited about right now and why?
My next project is always what excites me. I like to have a puzzle to solve and a deadline to meet.

Tell us three words that embody your design philosophy.
The same three words with which you were taught to cross the road: Stop. Look. Listen. They really help you to get anywhere.

What's your favorite place in the Pacific Northwest and why?
Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island; the epic scope of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains after a walk along the Bluff Trail is a reveal that can't be beat.

Who or what are you inspired by right now?
I am inspired by the people I know and the people I am about to meet.

What do you think of the color gray?
The color gray is a warm embrace on a rainy evening; it is shelter from the storm.

Image Courtesy of Lynda Sherman

Nov 20, 2014

Behind the Design: Electric Mirror

By John Briggs

If you find it hard to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, once daylight savings time ends, you’re not alone. Trying to make it easier to get out from under the duvet is Electric Mirror, a bathroom mirror that also functions as a TV. Go ahead: catch up with the news while you brush your teeth, watch the Today Show while putting on your makeup.

The high-tech mirror company of the same name is located at a 50,000-square-foot facility in South Everett, Washington, and it’s where 200 Washingtonians manufacture the high-tech mirrors from scratch. GRAY got a peek at how construction of these magic mirrors works.

The process begins with the construction of the mirror's raw, steel chassis, which is stamped, bent, and then welded.  

Next, since Electric Mirror mirrors sport flat-panel screens and/or lighting, they need a power supply.  Extensive wiring harnesses are installed into the chassis frame.

While the mirror's chassis is being manufactured, the glass is cut.  

Some models have a water-resistant TV installed onto the back of the mirror. (Some of the mirrors only have lighting).

The last step in the manufacturing process is hanging the mirror into its chassis for final quality-assurance testing.

In addition to building its mirrors from scratch, Electric Mirror also builds its own shipping crates.
Mirror, mirror on the wall … I think we found the finest of them all!

John Briggs is an author and blogger who spotlights American firms employing American workers, and urges, championing the idea of buying American-made goods in order to help create more jobs in the United States. Visit his blog here

Nov 19, 2014

Room of the Week: Nancy Burfiend, NB Design Group

Category: Living Room
Designer: Nancy Burfiend, NB Design Group
Location: New York, N.Y.

Goal: When Lori Uddenberg of Tacoma, W.A. purchased this pied-à-terre in New York’s Upper East Side the interiors were very traditional. Looking for a refresh, Uddenberg asked Nancy Burfiend, principal of NB Design Group to create a “Manhattan Look” that paired well with her contemporary art collection.

Inspiration: “We researched the history of apartments in Manhattan, which was a fascinating task,” Burfiend says. “The client and I visited vintage shops and art galleries in Manhattan to look for one of a kind pieces. We then paired those pieces with simple, yet elegant cleaned lined furniture.”

Breakdown: In the living room a custom tête-à-tête by Seattle’s Rep Craftsman is a refreshing alternative to a traditional sofa. The piece is upholstered in HBF Textiles Grand Tour II and the color is Ufizzi. A custom screen (also fabricated by Rep Craftsman) helps break up blank wall space in a creative way, while serving as sophisticated backdrop for the furniture. Above the custom Aline Demilune #304 by Dessin Fournir credenza is a self-portrait by artist BoBartlett, who studied under Andrew Wyeth. Bartlett, who currently resides in Georgia, lived in Seattle for a while, and Uddenberg commissioned him to paint a portrait of her daughter. A Klismos chair by Donghia and George V chair by Holly Hunt provide extra seating for guests, and the 6505 Halogen floor lamps by Holtkötter are delicate and feminine.

Tips to Get the Look: The short and sweet advice from Burfiend? “Follow your instincts. Buy pieces that speak to your sense of design. An interior should reflect an owner’s passions.”

Image Courtesy of Peter Murdock.

Nov 17, 2014

Product of the Week: Continental Sidekick from Bevée

The Continental Sidekick was invented out of need—and boy do we need it! The small-scale leather zip bag with detachable billfold works as a wallet, clutch, or cross-body purse while holding all your various and sundry essentials. Because nobody appreciates a bulging evening clutch, Bevée bags was co-founded by Seattleite Sasha Muir (best known for founding nail polish empire Butter London) in response to a hole in the market for small, versatile yet luxurious bags. It might be the smartest-looking and smartest-working purchase you make this fall. $195 at Bevée.

Editorial note: Items featured in GRAY’s Product of the Week posts are solely the choice of our editors and are not paid for in any way by anyone associated with the product.

Nov 14, 2014

Get This: Rug Round-up

Keep those toesies warm with rugs that have plush pile and high style. We know that looking for one you like, though, can be a time-intensive, highly personal decision, so here are a few of our favorite places to start—plus one rug from each that we love.

Acid Wash Limesicle, price upon request, Portland, Kush Handmade Rugs

Zach Rug, $399.99, EQ3, Vancouver

Rug, price upon request, Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets, Seattle

Miami, $158-$2,972, Lake Oswego, Oregon, Vanillawood

Treble, $895-$2,495, Portland, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Puzzle Blue Rug, $1,015, Vancouver, Moe's Home Collection

Cross Rug by Jonathan Adler, $199-$2,399, Seattle, Digs

Anthemion, price upon request, Portland, Lapchi

Nov 12, 2014

Room of the Week: Hatch Interior Design

Category: Bedroom
Location: Kelowna, B.C.

Goal: For this project, Hatch Interior Design was hired by residential developer MKS Resources to finish and furnish this contemporary 3,450 sq. ft. penthouse show suite at the Waters Edge development in Kelowna’s mission area. “Our client requested that the design of the unit target a potential buyer searching for a high-end vacation property, but that we maintained a strict project budget,” says Hatch designer Leigh Blackburn. “The master bedroom is a great example of how we were able to achieve a high-end look on a tight budget.”

Inspiration: Blackburn and team took inspiration from the “jaw-dropping views of Okanagan Lake,” wanting to create an interior look equally as stunning that wouldn’t distract from the natural beauty just outside the windows. "With such an expansive space we wanted to add warmth and character,” Blackburn notes. “We did this by introducing an intricately patterned area rug [in the bedroom]. Our beautiful Kelowna beaches attract visitors to our area, so we created a color palette of beige, aqua, tangerine, and golden yellow to reflect the sand, water, and sunny warmth."

Breakdown: As requested by the developer, all furnishings were sourced at affordable or discounted prices. Hardwood floors add warmth throughout the penthouse, and in the bedroom the area rug, from HomeSense, adds textural detail that the rest of the room builds on. The Gibson bed and ottomans at its foot are from VanGogh Designs. The orange tone in the pattern is matched with some punchy throw pillows, also from HomeSense. Boom nightstands are from EQ3, and the lamps and abstract art are from HomeSense. To add a soft wash of color, the walls are painted in General Paint’s Canada Goose, which takes away the starkness of straight white while serving as a neutral background for the furnishings.

Tips to Get the Look: “We recommend that you invest your money into key furniture pieces like a classic bed or statement rug as well as permanent finishes like hardwood flooring and quality window coverings,” Blackburn says. “Once you have that solid foundation, consider mixing in those inexpensive accents. If you've given yourself a smaller budget, be willing to hunt as finding the right lamp isn't always easy, but in our opinion, it's always fun!”

Image Courtesy of Hatch Interior Design.

Nov 7, 2014

5 Questions For: Chelsea Minola, Grain

Name: Chelsea Minola 
Title: Partner 
Company: Grain 

Which of your designs or projects are you most excited about right now and why? 

We're most excited about our Circlet lighting collection that we launched last spring. It was a great opportunity to work with local glass artists, such as John Hogan, to produce the various diffusers for the collection. The Northwest glass community is so rich, and we've wanted to explore that for a long time. Also, it's just fun to be in the hot shop and witness glass being blown.

Tell us three words that embody your design philosophy. 

Smart, independent, and responsible. 

What's your favorite place in the Pacific Northwest and why? 

I have a special love of the Skagit Valley. My grandparents had a beach house out there, and it’s still in our family. I spent most of my childhood summers there crabbing, digging clams, and collecting blackberries with my grandfather. 

Who or what are you inspired by right now? 

Our collaboration with Bainbridge Island ceramist Terry Siebert on our Grail terracotta series has us thinking a lot about clay. There is so much that can be made from one simple material. We're even talking about the idea of getting our own small wheel and kiln so that we can experiment with prototypes here in our studio. 

What do you think of the color gray?

One of my favorites.

Photo by Ben Blood.