GRAY AWARDS 2017
GRAY's already glossy pages got glossier with an issue dedicated to the best design work happening in the Pacific Northwest. Umpteen hours of pure talent, consideration, and caffeination was poured into every project entered into the inaugural GRAY Awards, and those that rose to the top of this very close competition were celebrated amidst epic fan fare at the Awards Party and featured GRAY's issue No. 37 — the most highly anticipated issue of the year. GRAY greeted its guests with surprise after surprise at the Awards Party, held in Seattle at The Sanctuary, an historic building recently renovated and redesigned by Philippe Starck, Daniels Real Estate, and ZGF Architects. While some judges were in attendance, the esteemed judging panel of international design stars—including Philippe Starck, Ingo Maurer, Deborah Berke, Karim Rashid, Vicente Wolf, James Corner (Field Operations), Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht (Commune Design), and Olivia Kim (Vice President of Creative Projects, Nordstrom)—announced the winners via video. Winners were showered in confetti, presented with champagne and a custom designed glass art trophy, handcrafted exclusively for the GRAY Awards by the critically acclaimed Seattle artist John Hogan. GRAY magazine No. 37—featuring the winners, judges profiles, and at least a dozen "editors' picks" from the entry pool—was ushered in by a surprise performance by the University of Washington Marching Band. GRAY shared 50% of ticket proceeds, $13,0000, to the BLOCK Project, a non-profit program founded by architects dedicated to alleviating homelessness.
THE 2017 GRAY AWARD WINNERS
Scroll through, click on image for details.
THE 2017 JUDGING PANEL
YES, IN MY BACKYARD.
BLOCK BY BLOCK.
50% of ticket proceeds to the GRAY Awards Party were donated to The Block Project, a new approach to alleviating homelessness.
The BLOCK Project aims to put a completely self-sustaining 109-square-foot BLOCK Home in the backyard of one single-family lot on every residentially zoned block within the city of Seattle. The homes, designed by BLOCK Architects, will have solar panels for electricity, filtered rainwater for plumbing, and self-composting toilets. POSSIBLE is developing an app to mobilize entire neighborhoods, forming a support net for BLOCK Home inhabitants that will help them get back on their feet. The initiative is a non-profit program managed by Facing Homelessness. Facing Homelessness launched in Seattle in 2011 and has 25 affiliate programs in other cities.
Photography by The Fix Photo Group and Phototainment