Jul 25, 2014

Get This: Bikes Made Here

Get outside! This is the best time of year for the Pacific Northwest, the time that people in every other part of the country envy (or would envy, if they knew). What better way to get out than to ride a bicycle around town? Come along for a ride with us as we survey our favorite locally made wheels.

2013 Kinn Cascade Flyer, $2,350, by Kinn, Portland

Cascade, $499-$799, by Traitor Cycles, Seattle

Rodriguez Classic Custom Tandem Bicycles, from $4,699, by Rodriguez in Seattle

Jul 23, 2014

Party Pages: WINTR Open House

Last week a large swathe of the Seattle design community gathered at WINTR, a local digital creative company in Fremont, for their summer open house. Stylish guests sipped on Hillard's beer, mingled at the tie dye station, and listened to tunes from Tilson and Deep Sea Diver. It was WINTR's party, but the vibe was decidedly summer chic.

 Brooke Baker of WINTR enjoying a Hillard's beer.

Party goers gathered in WINTR's lofty industrial office located in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.

Bartender Jay Kuehner serving up punch.
Guests enjoyed popsicles as part of the night's tropical theme. 

Kyla Fairchild of No Depression Festival with Annie Pardo of WINTR.

Jessica Dobson, singer in Deep Sea Diver, who played later in the night.

The tie dye station out on the sidewalk.
Graphic designer Brianna Cortez and Brooke Baker of WINTR show off their finished tie dyed shirts.

A party guest hangs out with Jessica Carter of Love City Love and Andy Whitcomb of Brackish.

The night drew a very fashionable crowd.

Keisha Harris of Digital Kitchen
More stylish party goers including Taylor Winters.

Artfully planted pots in the WINTR office.

Popsicles....need we say more?

Natalie Hyde, interior designer at GGLO, and her boyfriend Adam Merkl of HIlliard's.

Catleah Cunanan of Savory Pacific, GRAY editor Rachel Gallaher, and Jenny Hudak Klimenkoff of {far4} Events.
Rapper Tilson jumped into the loft to perform a song.

Photographer Charlie Schuck (middle) and Ben Winters of WINTR.

All photos taken by Genevieve Pierson

Room of the Week: Kyla Bidgood, Kyla Bidgood Interior Design

Photos by Jen Steele Photography

Category: Living Room
Designer: Kyla Bidgood, Kyla Bidgood Interior Design
Location: Vancouver

Goal: To reflect the homeowners’ friendly, energetic personalities and infuse a bold dose of color and pattern into a brand-new, boring-beige home.

Inspiration: The clients. “As co-owner of WildPlay Elements Park, Gord takes his pleasure very seriously,” says interior designer Kyla Bidgood. “He's a savvy business man, avid outdoorsman, and one of those all-around genuine nice guys. And Jay is a hard-working, mountain-biking firecracker with a love of quirky art, good wine, and a good laugh. These people were speaking my language when they told me they wanted their space to be vibrant and modern with a little quirk.”

Breakdown: Bidgood used her design savvy to turn a standard beige house into a modern, personality-filled open space. Two Camerich sofas from Only Human sit on either side of a three-piece custom-designed walnut coffee table from Ian Erdmann of Woodshop 506. The HansWegner Teddy Bear chairs are vintage—salvaged from the client’s childhood family cabin—but Bidgood reupholstered them with a retro-inspired fabric.

Tips to Get the Look: Bidgood recommends keeping the larger furniture pieces neutral and going with bolder accents. She notes that “My no-fail recipe for mixing color and pattern is thus: a large-scale graphic on the area rug; heavy, textured or bold-colored accent furniture; a mix of [sizes] on the pillows; and a shot of vintage to keep it from looking too modern.”

Jul 21, 2014

Open Call for Designers: Seattle Design Festival SHOWCASE 14 Gallery + Pop-Up Shop


An exciting opportunity to submit your designs for the 2014 Seattle Design Festival's 
SHOWCASE 14: Gallery + Pop-up Shop
Curated by a jury* of local designers, SHOWCASE 14 is a combination of a Gallery, a new installation component to the festival, and the yearly Pop-Up Shop. We have arranged for a large showcase space where the design community can present ideas, concepts, prototypes, and finished products that express, provoke and align with the festival’s broad theme of 'Design in Motion.'

We would like to invite all who are practicing design in all medias from architecture to furniture, products to toys plus interactive and graphic design, film and video design. The goal of SHOWCASE 14 is to spotlight and draw attention to the vibrant range of design being practiced in the Pacific Northwest.

See the Call for Entries for further information + submission details

Monday, August 4th at 12 midnight (PST)

* Submissions will be chosen by the following SHOWCASE 14 Jury:April Bottman-Haase, Co-founder of Efikio
Dawn Fischer, owner at ID Project
Rachel Gallaher, editor of Gray Magazine
Ellie Kemery, Co-founder and Strategist at MakerHaus
Thomas Lehmanm, founding partner Idiom+
Kate Murphy, designer at Perkins+Will
Charlie Schuck, photographer at Charlie Schuck, founder of Object
Rysia Suchecka, partner at NNBJ
George Suyama, FAIA Principal, Suyama Peterson Deguchi Architects

QUESTIONS? Please contact Ellie Kemery at ellie@makerhaus.com

Product of the Week: Ladies & Gentlemen Studio Leather Trivets

New from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, these embossed leather trivets have popped up just in time for you when you need a great hostess gift (seriously, great) or just a pick-me-up for your kitchen. Because using your stained oven mitt as a barrier is just not cutting it anymore. Hurry, these instant classics are limited edition! $45 each.

Images courtesy ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com.

Jul 18, 2014

5 Questions For: Matthew McCormick, Matthew Maté Lighting Inc.

Name: Matthew McCormick
Title: Principal

Which of your designs or projects are you most excited about right now and why?
The installation that is set to debut at Earl’s Restaurant in Assembly Row, Boston, is creating the most anticipation right now. It’s the culmination of months of development and countless hours of meticulous refinement and engineering. From onset to development, each new project we take on offers endless excitement and opportunity. Seeing concepts through to reality marks a high point of the creative process, with the pinnacle being in the final installation when the piece is illuminated for the first time. It’s always a dynamic project cycle that continues to inspire everyone who participates in the process.

Tell us three words that embody your design philosophy.
Curious. Collaborative. Considered.

What's your favorite place in the Pacific Northwest and why?
My neighborhood in Vancouver: Kitsilano. I feel like I’m on vacation every day, right here in my city. Five minutes to the beach and 20 minutes to the mountains. It just doesn’t get much better.

Who or what are you inspired by right now?
I’m inspired by seeing and considering the beauty in all things. From the people I surround myself with to the physical environment that surrounds me, I pull inspiration from nature, architecture, sculptural art, or from the simplest of forms.

What do you think of the color gray?
It’s the perfect balance between a blank white canvas and the classic timeless nature of black.

Jul 16, 2014

Room of the Week: Reisa Pollard, Beyond Beige Interior Design

According to interior designer Reisa Pollard of Beyond Beige Interior Design, the design team started by taking an antique clawfoot tub and re-enamelling it in chartreuse yellow (Para Paint, Crisp Gewurtzraminer, p5050-52), then embedded it in cast concrete. Shower hardware is the Windham Hotel Thermostatic Tub and Shower Set from Signature Hardware. The lights above the vanity were crafted by a Canadian artist Tanya Clarke who uses recycled plumbing parts along with hand-blown glass, and the red faucet hardware from Rubinet adds another bright color without going overboard.

Category: Bathroom
DesignerReisa Pollard, Beyond Beige Interior Design
Location: Vancouver

Goal: To bring color and life to the powder room in an old heritage loft in the Hamilton building, located in the heart of Vancouver’s Yaletown neighborhood.

Inspiration: The client is a well-known actor and producer from Canada and his wife is from Chicago, but they wanted a relaxed, low-maintenance space. Pollard wanted to keep the bones of the loft while bringing in rich texture and color in a unique and original way.

Breakdown: “This small space encouraged us to be creative in the details since there was no opportunity to modify the floor plan,” Pollard notes. “I felt that because of the size constraints of the room that if I simply worked with industrial elements that it would have to propensity to be dreary. I wanted the user to go in and feel happy and inspired by the space. The inspiration started with two images: one of a concrete tub, and another of an old corrugated iron wall. These elements seemed quite natural to include and the challenge was how to infuse the color as I don’t typically design with bright primary hues.”

Tips to Get the Look: Pollard advises consideration for the materials that are already in a room, such as drywall, and working from there to find creative, colorful, and interesting ways to cover it up. In the case of this bathroom she mixed higher-priced, hand-glazed hexagonal tile from Ann Sacks with inexpensive corrugated metal paneling behind the Janitor’s Card vanity from U-Line Distributers. “Typically, when designing you are trying to match metal finishes etc.,” she says. “In eclectic design, it is better use reckless abandon and mix various elements together.”