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Plank Tray

7/17/2015



Our new Plank tray is a beautifully simple and sturdy tray made in our studio from sustainably sourced ash. We use ours to serve food and drinks or as a low pedestal to display objects. Available in our shop now in natural or black.

Guatemala Studio Visit: Part Two

7/7/2015



A few months ago, photographer Kristen Marie Parker visited a few of the Guatemalan artisans that we've been collaborating with since our RISD days. We posted part one, the workshop where our Antigua Towels are woven, a couple weeks ago. For part two, Kristen visited the group of weavers that do all of our natural dye work as well as weave several of our pillows in a small village on Lake Atitlan. Above and below is what she brought back. Thanks so much Kristen!

Grain Moving Sale!

7/1/2015



We're moving our home and design studio!

Saturday July 11 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday July 12 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Find old stock, prototypes, seconds and materials from our product and furniture design studio as well as good condition housewares from our family moving sale. Will be posting a few previews on our Instagram: @grain_design #grainmovingsale.

Design studio items include: jewelry, textiles, rugs, furniture, mirrors and printed cards. Studio items will be 50% off or more. Family moving sale items include: furniture, kitchen items, textiles, books, clothing, ceramics, frames, pots and art. Family moving sale items will be priced to sell.

More info here. Hope to see you there!

Guatemala Studio Visit: Part One

6/17/2015



This past February, Seattle-based photographer Kristen Marie Parker traveled down to Guatemala and visited a few of the artisans that we've been collaborating with since our RISD days. Above and below are some of the stunning images that she took of the workshop where our Antigua Towels are woven. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more of her incredible work. Thank you so much Kristen for documenting this special process.

ICFF 2015

5/20/2015



Huge thanks to everyone who stopped by our new booth at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Above and below are a few photos.

For our fifth year, we moved into a larger booth closer to the front where we were better able to show off our Momostenango, Zacapa and El Prado rugs, Circlet Chandelier with black gridded glass diffusers and our new Circlet Chair.

It was our best show to date and left us feeling so fortunate to be part of such an incredible American design community.

Circlet Chair

5/15/2015



Our new Circlet Chair combines a steam bent frame with an eight step hand applied finish and the highest quality vegetable tanned leather. Light weight, durable, and comfortable, this chair is perfect for everyday dining and desk work or for use as a side chair in a living space.

Built in the Pacific Northwest from FSC certified solid American ash. The frame is available in a clear, black, or custom stain finish. American made and tanned leather available in black, natural, or custom color.

Our soft leather was selected for its high-oil content which allows it to age beautifully over time. See it in the shop here.

The New Frontier

4/6/2015



The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest opens April 16 (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm) at the Bellevue Arts Museum and runs through August 16, 2015. Curated by Charlie Schuck and Jennifer Navva Milliken, the show includes the work of 28 local studios. We are so thrilled to be a part of this special time and place.

Participating studios:

Omer Arbel / Bocci, (BC)
Peter Bristol, (WA)
Chadhaus, (WA)
Landon Dix, (BC)
Aleph Geddis, (WA)
Free Time, (WA)
fruitsuper design, (WA)
Gamla Studio, (BC)
Erich Ginder, (WA)
Grain, (WA)
Graypants Studio, (WA)
Caine Heintzman / ANDLIGHT, (BC)
John Hogan, (WA)
Knauf and Brown, (BC)
Iacoli & McAllister, (WA)
Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, (WA)
Greg Papove, (BC)
Lukas Peet / ANDLIGHT, (BC)
Phloem Studio, (OR)
Aleksandra Pollner, (WA)
Rason Jens, (OR)
Joel Sayre, (WA)
Semigood, (WA)
Something Like This Design, (OR)
Standard Socket, (WA)
Studio Gorm, (OR)
urbancase, (WA)
Matthew Philip Williams, (OR)

Launch: El Prado, Momostenango and Zacapa

3/18/2015



We are beyond excited to announce the launch of our new rug collection. It is so special to us as it has been a couple years in the making and builds on our artisan work in Guatemala.

The whole collection is handwoven in the Western Highlands using locally sourced raw and custom dyed wool. Each pattern plays with the idea of a grid to become a perfect interior landscape to perch furniture and objects.

We have three patterns: El Prado, Momostenango and Zacapa (all Guatemalan place names) available in two sizes from our site starting today.

If you are in New York, see the whole collection in person at the AD Home Design Show March 19 - 22 at Pier 94.

Huge thanks to Charlie Schuck for the photography.

Circlet + Geremia Design

10/31/2014



We have been lucky to work with our friends at Geremia Design many times over the past year. Above and below are some photos of our Circlet Chandelier in black in one of their new Bay Area residential projects. Photos thanks to Reflex Imaging and Toursler. Thanks Lindsay!

Chelsea's Maternity Leave

10/30/2014



If you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest, you've probably noticed Chelsea's growing baby bump. On November 1 she'll be starting her official maternity leave. While away, the shop@graindesign.com email will be the best general contact for help with orders, press requests, and trade information. We promise to share the Minola baby news when we have it!

Cobán Bath Mat

10/27/2014



We are adding a luxurious new addition to our bath line this week. Our Cobán Bath Mat is a thick and absorbent handwoven mat made from unbleached cotton. Each mat is reversible allowing for longer wear. Like all our textiles, these weavings help to support Guatemalan artisan communities through sustainable income opportunities. Photos above and below thanks to Charlie Schuck.

Delores Scarf

10/10/2014



Now that it is officially fall scarf weather, we thought we'd post about our Delores Scarf which has been quite popular in our shop over the past few months.

Delores is a lightweight organic cotton scarf handwoven on a treadle loom in Antigua, Guatemala. Like all our textiles, the muted colors are achieved through a natural dye process using leaves, flowers, seeds, barks, and roots of indigenous plants of the Guatemalan Highlands. Photos above and below thanks to Charlie Schuck.

Grain for Hem

10/2/2014



We're thrilled to announce our that our Hitch Mirror has been licensed and is now for sale through Hem. Our work was selected for Hem's launch (this week) along with fourteen other international designers, including Luca Nichetto, Form Us With Love, and Hallgeir Homstvedt. We are humbled to be among this talented mix and are excited to see them grow. Above and below are photos from @hemishere from their recent booth at Maison & Objet.

Fall Studio

9/18/2014



With the first day of fall quickly approaching, Robyn back in the studio and pre-holiday orders ramping up, we are definitely feeling a seasonal change in the air. Above and below are a few photos from our Bainbridge Island studio and garden taken this afternoon.

Road Trip: Tye River

9/11/2014



We had the great fortune to spend last weekend with some of our favorite people in an amazing cabin on Tye River designed by Olson Kundig. Above and below are a few photos. Northwest summer at its absolute best!

Welcome Back Robyn!

9/9/2014



We have some great news over here on Bainbridge. As of last week, our former intern Robyn Luk has returned to the studio full time. She just graduated from RISD, and will be joining us as our our Design, Production, and Studio Assistant. We are thrilled to have her back! Check our some of school her work here and read below to get to know her a bit more:

SHOWCASE14

9/4/2014



The Seattle Design Festival starts tomorrow with a series of design related events across the city. As part of the festivities, we will be participating in an experimental marketplace featuring Northwest design called SHOWCASE14 from September 7th - 12th at 220 South Jackson Street in Pioneer Square. We'll be at the closing party on September 12th, 8:00 pm - 12:00 am, and hope to see you there!

NY NOW Recap

8/28/2014



Trade shows are hard, but they can also be fun if you show with a good group. Above and below is an Instagram round-up from the JOIN booth at NY NOW last week. It is good to be back in the studio, but I miss these guys!

Above is work from: Aleksandra PollnerbyAMTGrainPiano NobileHistory + IndustryCofieldNell & MaryPigeon Toe CeramicsMister McGinnisPat Kim DesignfruitsuperSarah LoertscherCaravan Pacific and fleet objects. For more Instagram's from the booth search: #joindesign, #nynow and #nynow14, #3871.

Grain at NY NOW

8/14/2014



We're back in New York this week for NY NOW. Find us in the JOIN Booth 3871 along with 14 independent American design studios including: Aleksandra Pollner (first image below), byAMT (third image below), Grain (image above and fourth image below), Piano Nobile, History + Industry, Cofield, Nell & Mary, Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Mister McGinnis, Pat Kim Design (second image below), fruitsuper, Sarah Loertscher, Caravan Pacific and fleet objects!

Accent on Design is open August 17 - 19, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, and August 20, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. And, yes, our Totem Candles are now available for wholesale and will be at the show ready for holiday orders. We hope to see you there!

Electric Love is in the Air

7/31/2014



Over the years we have rushed several Electric Love rings to be used for proposals. This week we received the first photo of our rings in action at a marriage ceremony in Seattle. We just had to share it here and wish the new couple well. Congratulations!

1% For The Planet

7/17/2014



As part of our annual commitment, we made our 1% For The Planet donation a few weeks ago. This year we supported The Nature Conservancy, Save Bristol Bay, and Burn Design Lab. We have donated to The Nature Conservancy and Save Bristol Bay in years past, but Burn Design Lab was new for us.

When we read about the Vashon Island non-profit, we were inspired and knew that we wanted to contribute. Their studio is on a mission to reduce global warming and respiratory illness by creating designs for efficient stoves to replace open-fire cooking. Their stoves save lives, forests, and time and money for impoverished families in East Africa and Central America (including Guatemala). We are excited to have our contributions help the missions of all three of these organizations!

Photo: Rodney Rascana.

Sneak Peek: Grain Studio

7/11/2014



A couple weeks ago we spent a few days with our friend and photographer, Ben Blood, shooting our home and studio here on Bainbridge Island.

Above and below is a tiny sneak peek. Many more to share soon!

Strung @ Luminosity HQ

7/3/2014



A few days ago our friends at Geremia Design shared photos from their recently completed design for the Lumosity HQ in downtown San Francisco. According to Geremia Design, their inspiration was "drawn from the architectural history of the space and Lumosity's mission of supporting brain health."

We were thrilled to have our Strung Chandelier for Standard Socket selected for the library. Among the other amazing lighting specified was work by Ladies & Gentlemen StudioApparatus Studio, and The Future PerfectSee the full project on the Geremia Design site here. Photography thanks to Matthew Millman.

Island Life: Wildlife Edition

7/3/2014



For those of you following our wildlife adventures on Instagram, we have an update for you on the raccoon cubs nesting in our willow tree. James found the first one (see below) when she fell from her nest. Her brother (seen above with his sister) was a surprise addition James found when putting the first cub back.

At any rate, they are growing well, and have been spending more time peaking out and panting in all this hot weather. Follow along on Instagram for more.

Oh, and we are accepting ideas for names!
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