with host BRANDON GASTON
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SEASON 3 NOW AIRING
THURSDAYS - 4PM PT / 7PM ET
ABOUT THE SERIES
Pour a beverage and join us IN THE DESIGN LOUNGE where we’re mixing business with pleasure over swanky cocktails, casual conversations, and a few fun and games. Host Brandon Gaston visits with guests for an inside look at what drives their creativity, innovation, and success. Cheers!
CHEERS TO A BRIGHT FUTURE
Season 3 of In the Design Lounge takes a look at how the business of design is shaping the future. GRAY host Brandon Gaston chats with local and international design luminaries to discuss innovations and ideas which are driving the industry forward and proving that design knows no bounds.
S3 E1 Apr 7, 2022
PARTNER, BJARKE INGELS GROUP
Jakob Lange - Danish architect and head of the Bjarke Ingels Group special projects division, BIG Ideas - joins us virtually from Copenhagen to discuss his current projects and cutting-edge ideas. With a passion for innovation and an interest in the future of design, Jakob discusses what it’s like to be involved in architectural advancements being made throughout our solar system: from here on Earth to the moon, and even a Mars simulation city.
TAKING THE SHOW ON THE ROAD
In Season 2 of In the Design Lounge, we find ourselves gradually learning how to safely maneuver the "outside world" with the introduction of in-person episodes. As communities begin to open up, GRAY host Brandon Gaston sits down with leaders in the design industry to discuss what's new - and how their innovative concepts survived (and were often inspired by) the challenges of the last year.
S2 E10 Aug 19, 2021
COLIN MCALLISTER + JUSTIN RYAN
DESIGNERS, HOTELIERS, & T.V. PERSONALITIES
Scottish designers, Colin and Justin, join us virtually from Nova Scotia to discuss their book, Escapology, their new adventure in hotel ownership, and a long-standing career in design and television.
S2 E9 Jul 29, 2021
PRESIDENT, DILLON WORKS!, INC.
With over 30 years of experience in custom design and fabrication, Mike visits The Lounge to discuss some of his most successful projects, how his history as a Disney Imagineer influenced the impeccable quality of his company's work, and what the future holds for Dillon Works!.
S2 E8 Jul 15, 2021
SR. TERRITORY MANAGER, MARVIN
After 20+ years with Marvin, Jim visits The Lounge to talk about how the company is focusing on the future, what "happier, healthier living" means to them, and to share his unmatched skills in the art of Yoga.
SPONSORED BY MARVIN
S2 E7 Jun 17, 2021
After designing over 35 hotels in 6 years within the Graduate Hotels Brand, Andrew Alford, designer and artist, meets us in the Lounge to talk about how he came into the field, life after a major career shift, and where his design path is taking him now.
S2 E6 Jun 3, 2021
BASHAR WALI +
Bashar and Kate visit the lounge to discuss starting a new business during a global pandemic, collaborating with incredible designers, and how to take hotel management from a "transactional" frame of mind, to an "emotional" one.
S2 E5 May 20, 2021
DESIGNER, XBOX - MICROSOFT
Carl joins us in the lounge to discuss the design purpose behind the new Xbox Series X & S, the designers who have influenced his work, and what he considers to be his biggest accomplishments at Microsoft.
S2 E4 May 6, 2021
LAQUIDA LANDFORD +
In a competition for ideas to repurpose retired Portland light rail cars, The Afro-Village Trains concept won the People’s Choice award. LaQuida Landford, founder of the AfroVillage movement, and Marta Petteni, designer, join us in the lounge to talk about their collaboration on the project, which focuses on supporting homeless individuals of the BIPOC community.
S2 E3 Apr 8, 2021
CONTENT RATING [L]
Kevin brings a new perspective to commercial real estate development when he visits the Lounge to discuss his affinity for taking risks, the mindset of "failing up," and how the equitable structure of his company is a proven success.
S2 E2 Mar 25, 2021
CHRISTOPHER DIBBLE, PHOTOGRAPHER
LIFESTYLE, INTERIORS, PORTRAITURE
Christopher visits the Lounge to discuss his Portland-based Window Shop project, cultivating a unique shopping experience, and what it's like as a design photographer to see everyday life through "layers of glass."
S2 E1 Mar 11, 2021
DOUG DEMERS, PRINCIPAL
B+H ARCHITECTS, SEATTLE
Doug visits the Lounge to discuss why replacing the shuttered West Seattle Bridge with a hybrid mass timber span is worth fighting for, how Star Trek icon, James T. Kirk has influenced his outlook on life, and more!
IN CHALLENGING TIMES,
ITS IMPORTANT TO THINK BIG PICTURE
In Season 1 of In the Design Lounge, we're in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and businesses around the world are trying to cope with the resulting economic fallout. Host Brandon Gaston moderates roundtable conversations with business pros from both small and large businesses to hear how they are rising to the occasion.
S1 E3 Oct 07, 2020
A TOAST TO GROWTH + INNOVATION
With Ben Groom, Herman Miller Group; Jaime Schmidt, Schmidt Naturals; Ivy Ross, Google; Tyson Villeneuve, The Social Concierge. (Sponsored by Design Within Reach and Chown Hardware)
S1 E2 Oct 02, 2020
RAISE YOUR GLASS TO LEADERSHIP
With Kristen Becker, Mutuus Studio; Linda Holliday, Citia; Lisa Mann, THNKMKTG. (Sponsored by Design Within Reach and Chown Hardware)
S1 E1 Sep 25, 2020
CHEERS TO BRANDING
With Russell Borne, Adidas; Nathanael Chown, Chown Hardware; Rachel Topping, 19th & Park. (Sponsored by Design Within Reach and Chown Hardware)
ABOUT THE HOST
Arizona-based Brandon Gaston is the founder and creative director of Palatte Agency, a full service luxury lifestyle marketing agency that helps businesses and individuals turn their passions into profit.
Gaston spent a decade in the financial services industry prior to launching the LifeSTYLest, an image consulting company that helped professionals elevate their wardrobes to better align with the brands they represent. As part of the LifeSTYLest launch, he produced and hosted Fashion Expose, a fashion show and networking event for his clients. He has produced fashion shows and has made multiple guest appearances on television shows to share personal fashion and lifestyle tips. Gaston was also selected as the top wardrobe/fashion stylist by the Portland Fashion and Style Awards in 2017-2018 and again 2019-2020. His combined background in fashion, brand strategy, business and creative direction, as well as his platform as an influencer and social media personality provides a unique point-of-view as host of In the Design Lounge.