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GRAY AWARDS 2020 Editors’ Picks

See the entries that caught our editors’ eyes.


Each week through January 2021, we will be rolling out two of our Editors’ Picks from GRAY Awards 2020.

Editors’ Pick: CC3 Cafe Chair


By GRAY Editors

Two wood toned chairs with white background

The CC3 Cafe Chair by Fin Design Group. Image by Rachel Illingworth.

Who doesn’t love a well-designed chair?

The CC3 Café Chair by Seattle design studio Fin is a successful example of the “less is more” mantra, which is what drew our editors to the product. A continuation in a series of simple, sturdy chairs, this piece has a structure made from solid wood, while the backrest and seat are molded plywood. It’s a chair that isn’t trying too hard and its minimal, Scandinavian-influenced aesthetic makes it an appealing choice for small spaces and hospitality settings alike.

“Simple geometric solutions define the seating position and aesthetic of the CC3 chair,” writes designer Darin Montgomery. “Although the chair occupies a small footprint, the angle of the seat pan and backrest provide a comfortable seating experience.”

All of Fin’s products are manufactured in its Seattle workshop using domestic hardwoods and European beech wood. The studio also uses all-natural shellac dissolved in pure grain alcohol and beeswax finishes.

Close up photo of wooden chair/stool white background

A closeup of the CC3 Cafe Chair. Image by Rachel Illingworth.

CATEGORY: Product: Lighting, Furniture

PROJECT: CC3 Cafe Chair



LOCATION: Seattle, Washington, United States

PHOTOGRAPHED BY: Rachel Illingworth


Darin Montgomery


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