Nov 29, 2013

Seattle Wreath Design Competition

It's almost our second anniversary, and we can't believe how fast time flies! In celebration of this exciting milestone, we have invited a select group of Seattle-based designers to participate in our annual Wreath Design Competition. In true Seattle style, the designers have created a breathtakingly diverse range of interpretations on the concept of "wreath," from a lichen-covered ring to a couture-style piece made from 16 yards of silk chiffon and 40 hours of hand-stitching. The images below will give you a look at the hard work these six designers put into their unique creations. These pieces will be on display at B&B Italia from November 29th through December 3rd, at which point they will all be raffled off, with proceeds going to Homeless in Seattle, a local non-profit started by architect Rex Hohlbein. 

Click here to vote for your favorite wreath! The winner will receive the People's Choice Award at GRAY's anniversary party. To receive an invitation to the Seattle party and wreath raffle, held at B&B Italia on Tuesday, December 3rd, write to with subject line "Seattle party." We hope you can join us as we say thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past two years.

Measuring and cutting materials in preparation for the assembly. 

Welding the steel. 

Molding a wooden frame. 

The finished product: a contrast of wood and steel makes the perfect combination for this industrial wreath.   

Preliminary sketches of the wreath, along with the frame. 

The finished wreath, inspired by the traditional holiday colors and wintery snows of Scandinavia.  

Starting with a corten steel frame; a durable material often used in outdoor planters.

Inspirationan from the rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula.

Lichen and moss cover Eckley's wreath for a Pacific Northwest feel. 

Materials laid out and ready for use, including one-hundred-year-old tropical mahogany from a demolished in-city urban high school cafeteria floor. 

Weaving in the lights. 

Plastic zip ties hold the vintage material together. 

A wintery, moody wreath that will look good year round.

To turn his sketch (left) into the finished couture-style wreath (right), designer Mark Mitchell used 16 yards of silk chiffon and put in 40 hours of hand-stitching. 

Vashon Island-based Not2Big created an elaborate sketch for their wreath, with a slight nod to nautical influence. 

The finished wreath combines four types of wood, nautical hardware, and the center  is red British Connolly leather from a 1957 Jaguar. 

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