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Camas Bathroom by Donna DuFresne Interior Design; Photograph by Christopher Dibble

GRAY Media announces the breakout category, bath finalists for the 7th Annual GRAY Awards.

SEATTLE, January 12, 2024 — Now in its 7th year, GRAY Awards — the international cross-disciplinary design awards program — continues to recognize the outstanding work happening around the world. Finalists have been selected in the fields of ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, LANDSCAPE, and PRODUCT DESIGN.

Designers and manufacturers were invited to submit their projects in nine judges categories plus an editors’ pick Design for Good category. An esteemed panel of international design luminaries will select a winner in each of the initial nine categories. The winning designers will receive print and digital recognition as well as a custom designed trophy by acclaimed glass artist John Hogan.

GRAY encourages designers and manufacturers to create "Design for Good" projects —projects that have made a positive impact through design on a humanitarian, community, or environmental issue — and offers an award dedicated to these works each year.

In 2020, when the GRAY Awards expanded from a regional to international program, GRAY added a Legacy Award dedicated exclusively to a Pacific Northwest-based designer's lifetime achievement, honoring the region where GRAY began and the home to the GRAY Awards Parties. GRAY will name the next Legacy at the Party.

Newly introduced at the 6th annual GRAY Awards last year, GRAY added several Breakout Categories, opening up opportunities to win GRAY Awards in micro-categories from Kitchens to Collaborations.

All winners will be announced at the GRAY Awards Party held in Seattle in March, 2024. The party is one of the most highly anticipated design bashes of the year, where all guests are treated like winners.

To purchase tickets, visit the 7th annual GRAY Awards Party page.


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It is our privilege each year to welcome an international group of distinguished creatives to the GRAY Awards judging panel. Each working at the top of their game, these professionals now focus a discerning eye on determining the winners of the coveted GRAY Awards trophies.

7th annual GRAY Awards judging panel: Lee Broom, Brigitte Shim, Alessandro Munge, Silvia Tcherassi, Stephen Burks

bathroom with black and white marbled counter and flooring and dark tiled wall

Seattle Modern Treehouse by Pulp Design Studios

Photograph by Cody Ulrich

For this Seattle renovation, Pulp Design Studios worked with the client to design an organic and serene style inspired by the outdoor setting for the home. The architecture is sleek and modern, with incredible light-filled rooms from skylights and large windows.

As part of the renovation, a wall in the garage was repositioned to allow for a bathroom to be added to the guest bedroom. The home is organic and modern, but Pulp wanted to give this small bathroom a major wow-factor. The black-and-white palette starts with Anne Sacks Terrazzo Renata tile on the floor, offering the look of a rock path into the space. Drawing all eyes is the dramatic floating stone vanity that gives this bathroom its breathtaking personality, complemented by stark white paint and Makato Matte tile in Kuroi Black. The result is a zen-like space that makes a gorgeous statement.

light and airy open bathroom space with live plants and light wood slatted dividers

Laurelhurst Atrium by DYER STUDIO INC.

Photograph by Meagan Larsen

Introducing the Laurelhurst Atrium- a magical space that challenges the conventions of what defines a bathroom.

When the homeowners purchased the home, they were curious about this “extra” space off the kitchen. With a defined Living Room, Dining Room, and Family Room downstairs, the standard boxes were already checked. The designers joked that this space had an identity crisis- a remnant zone that served to connect to bedrooms in a previous addition.

The number one goal was to maximize natural light and blur the lines between indoor and outdoor space. One aspect we noted early on was the visual access to the backyard - from the kitchen, only the walls of the previous bathroom were seen, blocking visual access to the outdoors. All early space planning concepts worked to strengthen that connection.

Ultimately they landed here: an atrium space with an oversized central skylight, open yet defined by wood slat walls. Private zones are kept private (shower and toilet), but others are given an opportunity to be multi-functional or even social.

modern peach bathroom

Fernhill MCM by Risa Boyer Architecture

Photograph by Jeremy Bittermann

Designed for a young couple living in Northeast Portland, the Fernhill project updated a 1956 Mid Century home to meet the needs of a modern family. The original home was designed by architect Victor Greb as his personal residence, although he never actually lived there. The kitchen was pink and fabulous but cramped and outdated. The roman brick clad fireplace was clad in multicolored stone in the 90’s and the upstairs bedroom wing had been awkwardly reworked at some point creating many small, cramped rooms.

The main goal of the renovation was to undo the years of tacky remodels and bring the home back to its modern roots. The second story was reworked to include more storage, a better flow and an additional, beautiful pink plasterwork bathroom. The beautiful beam structure of the home was retained, while the floor plan was reconfigured to open up the space, letting in more natural light, and creating a better flow throughout the compact home.

sleek bathroom with concrete tub on wood platform surrounded by loose stone

Ensuite in Apartment No.1201 by Studio Kardum

Photograph by Conrad Brown

From its elevated position above the treetops of Cypress Mountain, the ensuite in Apartment No.1201 overlooks the vast landscape that spans the City of Vancouver on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. From the Georgia Straight to the Burrard Inlet, along Stanley Park, and under the Lion's Gate Bridge, it's no wonder that the client's desire to redesign his home included wanting to accentuate the views from every vantage point. Working within the existing limitations of this twelfth-floor condo meant that design firm, Studio Kardum, had to stretch their imagination and transform the space from what initially felt like a standard nineties condo to a custom home that spoke to the client's vision and individuality.

Key features of the home included uninterrupted views, the use of local materials and products, and thoughtfully layered sentimental moments introduced to honor the clients' familial roots in Vancouver. As you enter the home, your eye is led down a long stone path and a hallway with a grasscloth-covered wall to the principal bedroom and ensuite, where you land at a framed view of the forested mountain. Initially not a part of the project's scope, the ensuite became a unique project within a project as the designers worked to continue the design language found throughout the rest of the home and overcome the challenges of the existing site conditions.

bathroom with dark trim and brass fixtures

Photograph by Christopher Dibble

The goal was to create a bright, clean, and luxurious space that would stand the test of time and trends. This bathroom features a bold brass tub, along with unlacquered brass fittings, a walk-in shower, heated floors, and ample storage.

The use of Calacatta Arabescato in the shower and on countertops sets the stage. Ketra lighting was installed throughout along with carefully selected light fixtures to finish out the space. The clients were adamant about maximizing storage. Keeping that in mind, interior designer Donna DuFresne designed a large island with multiple drawers for clothing and accessories, along with a laundry chute that is located centrally within the space. A dressing table sits across from the island which includes a spacious makeup area flanked by a wig collection, housed behind ribbed glass panels and custom leather-wrapped hardware. Every element was meticulously chosen to create a cohesive design that’s mirrored throughout the rest of this home and primary suite creating a truly one-of-a-kind relaxing retreat.

7th Annual GRAY Awards finalists' announcements began December 18, 2023 and will continue to publish daily until all categories have been announced. For more information, visit our GRAY Awards Party page.


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