GRAY Magazine Debuts New Awards Program

Honoring the Best of Pacific Northwest Design

SEATTLE, WA — May 2017 — GRAY Magazine, the Pacific Northwest’s leading design publication, is thrilled to announce the GRAY Awards — the region’s first cross-disciplinary, regionally focused design awards program. Ten distinguished GRAY Award winners — chosen by an esteemed panel of international design stars — will be honored at the design party of the year and unveiled in their full visual splendor in GRAY’s high-profile December/January issue.


  • Phillippe Starck, STARCK
  • Ingo Maurer, Ingo Maurer
  • Deborah Berke, Deborah Berke Partners and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture
  • Karim Rashid, Karim Rashid
  • Vicente Wolf, Vicente Wolf Associates
  • James Corner, Founder and Director of Field Operations
  • Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht, Principals of LA-based Commune Design
  • Fashion industry judge to be announced


  1. Architecture: Residential
  2. Architecture: Commercial
  3. Interiors: Residential
  4. Interiors: Commercial
  5. Landscape: Civic & Residential
  6. Fashion: Apparel & Accessories
  7. Product Design: Lighting & Furniture
  8. Product Design: Other
  9. Student Design
  10. Wild Card (open category)

+ Design for Good

For the Design For Good category, GRAY editors will cull nominations and recognize a project, product, or individual that makes a positive impact through design on a social, humanitarian, community, or environmental issue.

GRAY Award winners will be revealed November 29, 2017 in a buzzy, much-anticipated party at the prestigious new SLS Seattle hotel, designed by Philippe Starck and ZGF Architects. Breaking all the rules of traditional awards programming, GRAY will surprise attendees with a splashy big reveal. Winners will receive a custom-designed contemporary glass art trophy, handcrafted exclusively for the GRAY Awards by John Hogan, the critically acclaimed Seattle-based artist and product designer.

The 10 GRAY Award winners—alongside a robust selection of best-of “Editor’s Picks” and a “Design for Good” honoree, each selected from among the full spectrum of submissions—will additionally be featured in editorially produced, in-depth stories in GRAY’s December/January issue, dedicated to spotlighting the Northwest’s most innovative and envelope-pushing design.

GRAY has selected the BLOCK Project ( as its charitable partner to receive 50% of the GRAY Awards Party ticket proceeds. The BLOCK Project, a non-profit program started by architects and dedicated to alleviating homelessness in Seattle.

For more information visit

Submissions Open: May 31, 2017
Early-bird Submissions Due: June 31, 2017
Final Submissions Due: August 1, 2017
Winners Announced: November 29, 2017

SLS Hotel // 801 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
November 29, 2017 // Time TBD

GRAY is a privately-held media company based in Seattle, Washington. It is North America’s only media dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence centered on the greater Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. and Canada. GRAY’s print and digital magazine, talks, competitions, website, and events are curated to reflect the intellect and culture of leading design in the region. Established in 2011, GRAY presents rich editorial content and produces and sponsors relevant design events encouraging a global audience of more than 1 million designers and consumers to look to the Pacific Northwest for sourcing, inspiration, and leadership. For more information, visit, and subscribe to GRAY newsletters. Follow GRAY on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Shawn Williams, CEO/Publisher + Founder,

Amy Leedom, Paxson Fay,

KBIS 2020
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