GRAY Stage

Back again for the fifth year, the GRAY Stage has been a platform for design talk from some of North America’s top interior designers and architects.


How to Get Published in 2018

Friday, September 21 | 11:30 am — 12:30 pm
[ IDCEC = 0.1 CEU, AIBC = 1 Core LU ] | Access included Trade Day Badge

You’re ready to share your work with the world, now what? Step one: resist the impulse to post until you consider media coverage. Find out why and more in this enlightening and empowering session for design professionals. GRAY’s Senior Editor Rachel Gallaher, along with Design Milk Founder Jaime Derringer, and Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Executive Director of AZURE Magazine, will share insider tips on how to successfully pitch your project and tell your design story in today’s evolving editorial landscape. From “fake news” to Instagram “likes,” we’re covering it all — this is your chance to get inside the mind of an editor. Bring your questions!

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Visual Silence

Friday, September 21 | 3:00 pm — 4:00 pm
[ IDCEC = 0.1 CEU, AIBC = 1 Non-Core LU ] | Access included Trade Day Badge

Design, according to Minotticucine, is about the process of subtraction. Following its design philosophy devoted to “visual silence” and to the principles of “less is more,” second-generation designer Alberto Minotti, whose father founded the celebrated Italian design company in 1949, will illuminate the design philosophy centered around “silence for the eyes, calm for the spirit.” In kitchen design, this no easy feat. In conversation with GRAY Managing Editor Jennifer McCullum, hear from this world-class designer about innovation in material and design in Minotticucine, and how you can harness the power of visual silence to elevate your design concepts.

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Hot New Next: Championship Round

Saturday, September 22 | 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

HOT NEW NEXT is a dynamic competition celebrating the innovative ideas moving Pacific Northwest design forward. The winners from the regional competitions, held earlier this year, will face off in this “Dragon’s Den” -style program, presenting a rapid-fire pitch of a compelling new design-related concept or product to an expert panel. Judges will offer realtime feedback on their pitches and product, and determine the ultimate winner, who will win a cash prize, judge mentorship, and the designation of truly being the next big thing in Pacific Northwest design.

The Judging Panel

Danny Chartier, Co-founder and Designer, Montauk Sofa
Shannon Heth, Founder and President, Milk Creative Communications
Kim KovelSenior Material and Color Innovator, Nike
Thealzel Lee, Entrepreneur and President, E-Fund Angel Investment Fund
Scott Maclaren, Seattle Proprietor, Design Within Reach

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Modern Prefab and Mass Timber: Architecture of the Future

Saturday, September 22 | 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

The dream of accessible, modern prefab construction is within reach, and the Pacific Northwest is leading the charge. From higher energy performance to lower costs in the design and construction process, prefab is often better for the environment, and it opens up the possibility of owning a modern home to a wider range of consumers. We’ll dive deep into the residential design and construction process with leading firms, and explore the future of mass timber in the architecture of our cities– all while viewing real-world, gorgeous examples of this emerging trend.


John Hemsworth, Founder and Principal, Hemsworth Architecture
Kristin Slavin, Architect, PATH Architecture 
Bec Chapin, COO + Co-Founder, NODE

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Let’s Talk Trends

Sunday, September 23 | 2:30 pm — 3:00 pm

Experts in their fields, our panelists discuss what’s happening and what’s next in design trends. Never satisfied with just skimming the surface, we’ll cover the big-picture evolution of how today’s families and individuals live, how technology and sustainability plays an ever-increasing role, and how you can look for ways to avoid making design choices that will quickly become outdated. Come hear what’s on the horizon.


Mary Burgers, Interior Designer, Burgers Architecture
Chrissy Cottrell, Founder, Chrissy & Co., & Curated Home by Chrissy & Co.
Chad Falkenberg, Co-Founder, Falken Reynolds Interiors
Jim Friesz, Co-Founder, Mutuus Studio

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About GRAY Magazine

GRAY is a privately-held media company based in Washington, and is North America’s only magazine dedicated exclusively to design from the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. and Canada. GRAY’s print and digital magazines, talks, competitions, website, and events are curated to reflect the culture of leading design in this region.

​Established in 2011, GRAY presents the best of the best in interiors, architecture, fashion, art, and design—​encouraging a global audience of more than 1 million designers and consumers to look to the Pacific Northwest for sourcing, inspiration, and leadership.

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