On a cold and wet Thursday morning, I made my way down to the SoDo neighborhood in Seattle WA, to tour the GrayPants studio. Deep inside the industrial neighborhood, tucked in behind large anonymous buildings sits an old wooden building previously used for boat building. This is the home of GrayPants.
As you enter the space, I had to stop and just take in the enormous space. It was crammed with cardboard and other miscellaneous materials all of which were in the process of being transformed into something amazing. The cardboard light fixtures that they had become known for hung from the worn wooden rafters. One humongous cardboard globe hung in the far back lighting the hard working studio.
Professor Muren had set up a tour with Seth Grizzle, one of the founders of GrayPants. Seth explained the story behind GrayPants and showed us around the space. It was inspiring to meet this small scrappy company cranking out ingenious lighting systems made out of cardboard. Hearing their story and seeing their work reminded me of why I got into design.
Makes me want to go out and make things!
Visit GrayPants.com to learn more.