If scenes from last year’s black-tie GRAY Awards party—the flurry of confetti, champagne-fueled toasts, and show-stopping drag performances by Seattle’s Le Faux—are any indication, the fall event is one wild, festive design-centric night that’s not to be missed. And this year’s iteration, held at Seattle’s Nordic Museum on November 20, will be no exception.
The third-annual GRAY Awards, the Northwest’s only cross-disciplinary, regionally focused design awards program, invites creatives from across the region to enter their design and architecture projects until August 16 for consideration. An esteemed panel of international design luminaries will select ten distinguished GRAY Award winners from the entries. Those winners—along with a robust selection of best-of “Editor’s Picks” and a “Design for Good” honoree—will be honored during the event and unveiled in GRAY’s December 2019/January 2020 issue.
This year’s judging panel includes notable names: Mette and Rolf Hay, the husband-and-wife cofounders of Danish-inspired design company HAY; Johannes Carlström, founder and interior architect of Stockholm-based creative design agency Note Design Studio; Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan, husband-and-wife cofounders of Los Angeles-based design brand Poketo; Nicole Hollis, founder of her San Francisco-based eponymous interior design firm, which specializes in hospitality and residential design; Patrik Schumacher, principal at London-based Zaha Hadid Architects, who has been leading the firm since its founder’s passing in 2016; Paula Hayes, New York visual artist and designer known for her large-scale public and private landscapes; Rafael de Cárdenas, founder of New York-based Rafael de Cárdenas/Architecture at Large and former menswear designer for Calvin Klein; and designer Yves Béhar, founder of San Francisco-based industrial design and branding firm Fuseproject.
Breaking all the rules of traditional awards programming, GRAY will surprise attendees with a splashy reveal during the awards celebration. Winners will receive a custom-designed trophy, handcrafted exclusively for the occasion.
GRAY has again selected the BLOCK Project as its charitable partner to receive 50% of the GRAY Awards Party ticket proceeds. The BLOCK Project is a non-profit program started by architects that’s dedicated to alleviating homelessness in Seattle.