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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!

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!

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.

2014/15 Textile Collection

6/27/2014



Our collaborative design work in Guatemala continues with five new textile designs - all handwoven from Guatemalan cotton. The collection's muted colors are achieved through a natural dye process using leaves, flowers, seeds, barks, and roots of indigenous plants from the Guatemalan Highlands. Double sided and filled with the highest quality America made feather and down inserts, all our pillows are available in two sizes and support sustainable income opportunities for Guatemalan women artisans. Visit the shop to learn more!

Circlet Lighting Collection

6/19/2014



Our new Circlet lighting collection, which includes pendants, sconces, and a chandelier, paris minimal solid wood canopies with hand blown glass diffusors. Efficient LED lighting components are neatly hidden in each canopy allowing the diffusors to illuminate without a visible bulb. Making the series all about glass allowed us to work with Northwest glass artist, John Hogan, to come up with a collection of diffusors that explore glass blowing and finishing techniques such as cold-cutting and sandblasting. As each reflector is hand blown and finished, each fixture is one of a kind. Shop the whole collection here!

Dish Table Collection

6/13/2014



Taking inspiration from hand carved African stools, our Dish table collection expanded this spring with our new Dish Desk. Built in the Pacific Northwest from FSC certified solid American ash, the desk is available in a clear oil or black stain finish and can be special ordered in custom sizes. Designed to be used a desk, conference, or dining table. Above and below are new photos from Charlie Schuck of the whole collection. Visit the shop to learn more!

Welcome Rosrena and Katherine!

6/6/2014





Summer has officially begun here on Bainbridge! We are excited to welcome the season with two new interns: Rosrena Wong (above) and Katherine Zhang (below). Both hail from Vancouver B.C. and are students at the Rhode Island School of Design. To learn more about this Canadian duo, below is a Q & A that they put together this morning.

Grail Terracotta Collection

6/5/2014



For those who couldn't make the International Contemporary Furniture Fair a couple weeks ago, we are taking the next month to focus week by week on each new design series that we launched. First off is our Grail terracotta collection, which started out with our popular cassoulet, and has now expanded to include five new vessels. The stamped icons come from contemporary culture, but take their cue from ancient hieroglyphs. Each piece is hand thrown on Bainbridge Island, WA. Shop the whole collection here.

Inside: American Design in Paris

5/30/2014



While we were in New York last week, our Dish Side Table spent the week in Paris as part of the 5th edition of American Design in Paris organized by Jacques Barret of Triode.

Held at the Mona Bismark American Center for Art & Culture May 19th - 25th, the show included work from other independent designers such as our friends from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Iacoli & McAllister, and Fort Standard as well as established American brands such as Roll & Hill, Knoll, and Bernhardt. There was even a chair in the mix designed by Pharrell Williams!

The show was featured in the May issue of the French edition of Elle Decoration as well as online here, here, and here. Photos above and below from Alexis Toureau.

Update: The downloadable catalog is now available here. Walk through the show via video here

ICFF 2014

5/29/2014



Huge thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair last week in New York. We are happy to report that we survived our fourth year! The best part of the week has always been getting to catch up with friends and clients that we may only see a few times a year. It feels like a big reunion. We are so grateful to be a part of this amazing American design community. 

Above and below are a few photos from the booth for those who couldn't make it. We were in the same spot, but the feel was quite different from 2013 and 2012. New pieces on display included: Our Circlet Chandelier, Circlet Single Sconce, Circlet Triple Sconce, Circlet Battuto Pendant, and Circlet Dish Pendant all made using UL Certified LED components. Also on display was our new Dish Desk and our made-on-Bainbridge Island Grail Pots and Grail Dishes. We also were excited to show off our Panajachel Pillow, Tikal Pillow, Comalapa Pillow Blue, Atitlan Pillow, and Huehuetenango Pillow which are handwoven by expert artisans in Guatemala using only naturally dyed cotton. 

The handwoven wool rugs and steam bent chair seen hiding in the background are so new that they aren't even up on our site yet. More on those soon!

NYCxDESIGN 2014

5/14/2014



It's that time of year again!

We have a ton of new work launching at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Booth 850, May 17 - 20, 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

As part of NYCxDESIGN, new colors of Grain’s lighting for Standard Socket will be presented at WantedDesign May 16 - 19. We will also be showing a mirror, recently licensed by Fab’s private label, at Happy Modern in the Fab New York Showroom, at 151 Wooster Street in SoHo, May 15 - 20.

See you in New York!

Seattle Preview

4/29/2014



If you are in Seattle Thursday, come see a sneak peek of new work from Seattle designers 16th Workshop, Chadhaus, Fruitsuper Design, Graypants, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Piano Nobile, Professional Associates, Seattle Design Bureau, Standard Socket, Urbancase, and Grain.

We'll be showing a one or two of the new items that we are taking to New York for ICFF in a couple weeks. Here is a link to to the Facebook invite for more info. Big thanks to Sallyann Corn of Fruitsuper Design for organizing and Greypants for hosting!

Spring Studio

4/18/2014



With only four weeks until our big launch at ICFF, we are officially working overtime around here. Above and below are a few photos from this afternoon in our Bainbridge Island studio and garden.
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