GRAY shines the light on Design Rebels this year with talks and events at the GRAY Conversations Stage and in its Aug/Sept issue, dedicated entirely to the topic. Continuing that focus, the GRAY editorial team will look for exhibit designs that embrace and highlight the spirit of rebelliousness that unites the innovators, forward-thinkers, and courageous risk-takers of the design industry. In their judging, the editors will pay close attention to the creativity, inventiveness, and overall “wow” factor of individual spaces, including unexpected uses of materials and engaging approaches to brand expression.
GRAY Award winners will be revealed Thursday, Sept. 22 during The Party at Opening Night. Winners will receive a one-of-a-kind award created by designer/maker Steven Pollock of Vancouver-based Woodstone Design. The celebration continues on Friday, Sept. 23 with a champagne toast and group portrait on the GRAY Conversations Stage.
Throughout the weekend, digital voting collected on graymag.com and social media channels will determine the winner of the People’s Choice award.
All exhibitors participating in IDS Vancouver will be automatically eligible for the GRAY Awards; there is no special entry procedure or fees.
The GRAY's program features rebel designers from across the globe. The space is designed by Amber Kingsnorth of MāK Interiors, a Vancouver-based, full service, creative interior design studio, and constructed by Enduring Construction. True to its theme, the space includes a special secretive feature designed by Electric Coffin, an art-forward Seattle-based design studio.
On-stage talent includes Alessandro Munge from Studio Munge in Toronto, James Cheng of James K.M. Cheng Architects in Vancouver, Steven McVoy of Steven Holl Architects in New York, as well as Oskar Peet from Eindhoven just to name a few. Click here for a full list of GRAY speakers during the show.
About Steven Pollock
From the outset, Pollock’s work has focused on a desire to create and work with his hands. Today he has become an internationally recognized artist who produces art, furniture and sculpture. His materials of choice are concrete, steel and wood. At the heart of Pollock’s work is a profound commitment to detail, artistic exploration and the latent potential of materials. This is achieved through rational inquiry, spirit of curiosity and continued experimentation. The majority of his work is privately commissioned in British Columbia, Canada and typically rests in high-profile architectural homes.
About GRAY Media
GRAY is a privately-held media company based in 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 is a young, nimble and quickly growing company. It 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.