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Grain Studio Bainbridge Island

7/28/2016



It's been almost a year since we moved out of our home-based shop into our new studio space off Day Road on Bainbridge Island. We're so happy to have made the move to an industrial space better suited to our needs: design studio, fabrication shop and packing and shipping.

Our neighbors include businesses such as Fstopcafe, Iggy's, Bainbridge Yoga House and we are meeting more each month. Above and below are a few photos taken in early May. If you are local and curious to see more, email us to set up a visit!

Hot Shop With John Hogan

7/7/2016



Above and below is a look into the glass fabrication process of our new Drift lighting and furniture series recently launched at ICFF. For this series, we worked with Seattle glass artist John Hogan (who also makes the diffusers for our Circlet lighting series). 

John helped us develop a series of graphite molds to cast our solid glass shapes. As the shapes cool, you are left with these amazing chill marks, making each piece completely unique. All of our new work can be found on our site now. See more from a previous hot shop visit with John here.

Spring 2016 Launch

6/1/2016



Drift Bump Sconce 

Efficient LED lighting components are neatly hidden behind a thick cast glass diffuser to illuminate without a visible bulb. Precision cut aluminum frame can be custom plated or powder coated, and custom colored glass is also possible.

REFLECT

5/27/2016



During NYCxDESIGN we also had the chance to show at Sight Unseen's OFFSITE with 15 other studios from across the United States in REFLECT curated by JOIN Design. The designs centered around the common theme of reflection and were restricted by size and a single material.

Our contribution was our new Reflect bottle opener cast in solid bronze. Its overall shape is reflected on two planes. Its materiality shimmers warmly with reflected light. And its use as a bar tool aids in the often art of reflective drinking.

The amazing photos above and below were taken by Amanda Ringstad. Read more about the show at Fast Company, Design Milk and Core77 or by checking out the hashtag #reflect_SUO. Huge thanks to JOIN curators fruitsuper and Melanie Abrantes as well as Civilization who created all the graphic design.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2016

5/10/2016



We are proud to debut our latest collection of furniture, lighting and rugs at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Booth 803, May 14 - 17, at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York as part of NYCxDESIGN.

Our new collection includes a series of furniture and lighting utilizing large graphite cast glass elements (seen above) made with Seattle artist John Hogan and biomorphic braided wool rugs made in partnership with Colonial Mills in Rhode Island. In addition, we will be showing new lighting that explores layered texture, as well as new shapes and finishes of our popular Dish table series.

Along with ICFF, Grain is also showing a new piece in the REFLECT show curated by JOIN at Sight Unseen's OFFSITE at The Grace Building, May 13 - 16.

For more info on any of our work, please email Chelsea Minola at chelsea (at) graindesign.com. Hope to see you in New York!

Island Headquarters

12/9/2015



We're up and running in our new space! Above and below is a little tour around. We are so happy to be settling in here and have been having so much fun getting to know our new neighbors. Huge thanks to everyone who came out last weekend to celebrate with us! Follow us on Instagram for more scenes from the studio.

Grain Holiday Wish Lists

11/30/2015



We've put together our annual holiday wish list just in time! Above and below are wishes from everyone in the studio. For more info on these and even more items, check out our Pinterest. We'll be keeping our fingers crossed!

Chelsea's wishes (from left to right): Cos Rib-neck Wool Coat $275.00, Portland Apothecary Ritual Mister Set $36.00, Zanbunni Moon Juice Bar $3.00, INNA Shrub Gift Set $30.00, Grain Stitch Round Mirror $1,185.00, See Sun Matter Top $140.00, Alessi La Cintura di Orione Stockpot $275.00, Black Crane Cocoon Dress $156.00 and The Arcs Yours, Dreamily $11.00. 

Grain Open Studio and Holiday Sale

11/18/2015



After seven years of operation from our home-based studio, we are thrilled to announce that Grain has moved into its very own headquarters. Our new studio finally has the room it needs in a three story space within the Island Craft community on Bainbridge Island. To celebrate, we're hosting an open studio and holiday sale on December 5, 10:00 - 4:00 pm, at our new address: 12935 Islandcraft Lane NE, Studio A3, on Bainbridge Island. 

Directions: To get to Islandcraft Lane from the ferry, drive north on Highway 305. Turn left at Day Road. Islandcraft Lane is just past Miller Road on the right. If you enter "7800 Day Road" in your GPS/Google Maps, it will get you pretty close.

Please stop by and celebrate with us! More info here

Maison de Luxe

11/7/2015



If you are in Los Angeles, don't miss the Maison de Luxe Designer Showcase at the Doheny Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills November 7 - 22, 2015. We were thrilled to be asked to participate in our dear friend Brit Kleinman's amazing kitchen redesign with our ceramics, candles, textileshooks and candle holders. Brit is the founder of AVO and she totally transformed the kitchen with her hand painted leather tiles. Also included in the space is work from Uhuru, Brendan Ravenhill and Heath Ceramics. Get tickets here and see images of the whole mansion in the Los Angeles Times here

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.
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