On Wednesday, November 20, doors to Seattle’s National Nordic Museum will open for the third-annual GRAY Awards, a black-tie event so epic, it turns the traditional awards party on its head. With surprises around every corner—last year’s legendary performance by drag troupe Le Faux comes to mind—partygoers can expect to walk the GRAY carpet, jam with the GRAY Band, mingle with a few of this year’s judges, and bear witness to the unveiling of GRAY Awards winners amidst fanfare typically reserved for royalty and rock stars. This is an experience you won’t want to miss. What’s more, 50 percent of ticket proceeds will be donated to the BLOCK Project, a non-profit program founded by architects dedicated to alleviating homelessness.
5. THE VENUE
Opened in 2018 in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, the 57,000-square-foot National Nordic Museum (formerly the Nordic Heritage Museum) is a celebration of Nordic culture. The building was designed by Seattle-based architecture firm Mithun and hosts temporary and permanent exhibitions. It’s the perfect place to toast our incredible design and architecture community.
4. THE SURPRISES
There’s always something up our design-centric sleeves, and this year is no exception. While we can’t say much beyond the type of celebratory flourishes winners will be firing off this year—ahem, white streamers!—we’ll leave you with memories of previous years’ surprises: the University of Washington Husky Marching Band, and an unforgettable drag show, complete with a Cher concert, from Le Faux, Seattle’s longest running celebrity impersonation drag show.
3. THE JUDGES
This year’s judging panel includes many boldface names, and several of them will be joining in on the fun. At this year’s awards party, say hello to Johannes Carlström, founder and interior architect of Stockholm-based design firm Note Design Studio; Nicole Hollis, founder of her San Francisco-based interior design firm; and Rafael de Cárdenas, founder of New York-based Rafael de Cárdenas/Architecture at Large.
2. THE CROWD
Raise a champagne flute (or two) and prepare to party with all of the movers and shakers in the design, art, and architecture fields—they’ll all be in attendance. We’re celebrating the best of the best in Pacific Northwest design, so you won’t be in better company anywhere else.
1. THE ATMOSPHERE
If you’ve never been to the GRAY Awards, you’re in for a real treat. No detail is overlooked, whether we’re talking lighting or table linens. This year, the glittering atmosphere will highlight the natural beauty of the Nordic Museum in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and pay homage to the elegant simplicity of Nordic design.
The 2019 GRAY Awards is supported by Dezeen. Dezeen also runs Dezeen Jobs, the world’s most vibrant architecture and design jobs board; Dezeen Awards, an annual award programme identifying the world’s best architecture, interiors and design projects and studios; and launched Dezeen Day, a new conference that will set the agenda for architecture, interiors and design. For more information, visit dezeen.com.