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.”

Jul 14, 2014

Product of the Week: Dear Human Ceramic Tiles

Dear Human,

We have finally found it: ceramic tiles that are both contemporary and artistic. These aren't a recreation of some ancient pattern, or reliant on placement to create its beauty, but truly new work in ceramic tile. Dear Human is a multidisciplinary creative studio based in Vancouver, BC., that started this as a custom project, but now has designs on making them for commercial and residential use. What do you say folks? Let them know you'd like some of your own by contacting them here and let's get these going into some serious production!

Jul 11, 2014

Get This: Geometric Design

Geometry is all the angular, quirky rage in furniture and design. Here's what we saw at WantedDesign and ICFF that sparked our passion for the cornered, crooked, forked, and slanted. Many of these are not yet for sale, so let them inspire you as you wait for manufacturers to snap them up for production.

Geometric Collection Diamond Shades designed by Martin Lasnik for 13&9, Graz, Austria

Lift Coasters by Fruitsuper Design, Seattle 

Lionheart outdoor steel mesh stool by Ash Allen, Melbourne, Australia

Lg Star Textile Tray by Piano Nobile, $40

Sky Bang by Stickbulb, New York

Hialeah Table, $3,995 by Iacoli & McAllister, Seattle 

Untitled Mirrors by Marc Schulthess

Poly Pop Pendants by Token, Brooklyn, New York

St. Charles Coffee Table by Volk, $3,950, Brooklyn, New York

Medium Wedge Rug by Hatch Hub, $380

Jul 9, 2014

Room of the Week: Michelle Ruber, Encircle Design Build

Category: Kitchen
Designer: Michelle Ruber, Encircle Design Build
Location: Portland

Goal: A family of four moved into a house without any personality or character. The parents, who are active in the theater community, wanted to banish the kitchen’s bland palette and create a bright creative space that was welcoming and functional.

Inspiration: “How I approach projects always depends on the individual client,” designer Michelle Ruber notes. “I would say that these guys fell into the “adjective” category, which they gave me as ‘funky’, ‘fun,’ and ‘different.’”

Breakdown: I didn't want to tear down a new and good kitchen,” Ruber says. “So I suggested we do a resurfacing of some of the areas to save on costs and environmental impact. The cabinets were white and by painting them green that dramatically changed the look of the kitchen.” The green paint is Miller Paint 0794 The Goods—a shade that packs the punch of personality the homeowners were looking for. A Frigidaire Professional Series stove and dishwasher and a Fisher-Paykel fridge make the job of cooking for four easier. Pendants over the granite island are from Rejuvenation, and the colander light above the sink is from Etsy.

Tips to Get the Look: “I always get draw downs [a large sample of paint from the actual can being used] from the paint store, instead of going only from the paint chip,” Ruber says. “Those are computer generated and the color on the chip is often different from the paint. When looking at colors together try to find the same undertones, as when they aren't consistent in a room then the colors have a clashing effect.”