Friday, December 18, 2009

Ty D.I.Y. Edition in the world....

We have been super busy these past few weeks packing up holiday orders. There are Ty D.I.Y. Edition curtains in (or on route to) almost all of the 50 US states, Denmark, Germany, Italy...

With each Ty D.I.Y. Edition that we send out from our Grain Shop, we include a little note asking those who feel like sharing to send us a photo (to of their custom designs and illustrations. We just got our first photo (above) back from Meredith in Australia.

Meredith wrote quotes from literature and poetry all over her Ty. In her email, she wrote that she was, "influenced by my mum, who had loved all the study notes I had stuck onto our bathroom mirror for my final high school exams".

Her text includes quotes from Oscar Wilde, Dylan Thomas, W.B. Yeats and more...

Thanks so much for sharing Meredith!! We hope to see many more photos from Ty D.I.Y. Edition artists in the future.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Ty D.I.Y. Edition on Design Milk!

Huge thanks to Catrina at Design Milk for her great post on Ty D.I.Y. Edition last week! Brit found the link this morning. We love that it includes photos of almost all of our draw-a-thon participants... Yeah!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Grain projects in the news...

Big thanks to Matt Hickman for featuring Ty D.I.Y. Edition in Green Monday: A gift guide on the Mother Nature Network earlier this week. We are among some fun gift ideas, such as Patrick Morris & Boskke's Sky Planter, Flip & Tumble Produce Bags from Branch and MIO's new Organixe Magazine Files.

Ty D.I.Y. Edition also made Gift Guide: Fa La La La La on the Seattle Homes & Lifestyles blog this week. Thanks Stacy and Angela!

We were also super excited to see Ty D.I.Y. Edition up on The Chic Ecologist last week! Thanks Jean-Paul!

In other news, our Zero Waste bag, designed by e.carmichael for Grain, was featured as the "Monday Murse" on Commerce with a Conscious. Thanks Brad!

Oh, and we just found this great post from the summer on Inspiration Wall about woven metal seating that features Café America along with some other really fabulous work including fellow RISD grad Ruth Fore's Crochet Crochet lounge. Check it out the whole post here.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Shoppe Success!!

Thanks to everyone who came out for JOIN's Design Shoppe Saturday! What a fun night! Above and below are a few of our quick pics from the beginning of the evening before it got too crowded for words...

Above are Chalk It To Me animals by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio and pillows by Piano Nobile.

Our Ty and Ty D.I.Y. Edition plus some new purses (will be in our shop soon) made in collaboration with artisans in Guatemala. Above them are Mini-Pedestal SELECT's by Iacoli & McAllister.

urbancase's candles above plainMade's felt bags and other textile wares.

Our new Electric Love rings (will be in our shop soon) made from reclaimed electrical wire and our Cheri necklaces.

Chickabird's notebooks using Piano Nobile fabric and Greg Bethel's Sigg Faucet Caps.

Screen printed textiles by Dinah Coops Design.

Brian McAllister and Greg Bethel.

Loc Trinh and a friend in front of work by Meet Me Here.

Design Shoppe also included jewelry by fortyfive09, fruit super, Free Time Industries and &c.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Design Shoppe Saturday!!

Just another reminder...

Design Shoppe is a one night pop-up shop featuring design objects by local artists and designers. There will be a silent auction to benefit JOIN and Nest Seattle.

Saturday November 28th
1508 11th Avenue (btwn Pike and Pine)
Seattle, WA 98122

7:00pm - 11:00pm Design objects sale **Bring cash**
7:00pm - 9:00pm Silent auction
9:15pm Silent auction winners announced

We'll be there and so will our wares. We'll have shower curtains, jewelry and new bags.

Hope to see you Saturday!

UPDATED 12-02-2009: Check out this post by Jamie on Design Milk from November 18th!

Ty D.I.Y. Edition in the news...

After a long week of editing photos from the draw-a-thon, we were super excited to see Ty D.I.Y. Edition up on Apartment Therapy, Re-Nest and MoCo Loco last week. HUGE thanks to Anne and Harry for that!

MoCo Loco is actually giving away one of our Ty D.I.Y. Edition's. If you need one, just leave a comment here letting them know what you would draw on it. The best idea wins!!

We had a busy weekend keeping up with incoming orders. Our first Ty D.I.Y. Edition order actually came from Denmark. It will ship out tomorrow. Skol Tanja!

UPDATED 12/08/09: Ty D.I.Y. Edition was selected as one of the five favorite shower curtains on Apartment Therapy. See the full list here. Thanks Beth!

Monday, November 16, 2009

NEW: Ty D.I.Y. Edtion

After many months of work, we are excited to announce that Ty D.I.Y. Edition is finally here!

Ty D.I.Y. Edition is a "draw-it-yourself" shower curtain kit complete with blue, green or black permanent marker. It allows creative types the ability to customize thier shower curtain with their own hand-drawn designs and illustrations. The "canvas" for Ty D.I.Y. is our popular Ty recyclable shower curtain which is non-toxic, machine washable, recyclable and made in the U.S.

You'll probably notice that we've updated our packaging for both Ty and Ty D.I.Y. Edition. Our simple paper packaging is now printed on 100% post consumer recycled content chipboard using locally sourced soy-based inks by Pinball Publishing in Portland, OR.

In an effort to offer and even more durable product, both Ty and Ty D.I.Y. Edition will now have metal grommet hanging holes.

We've also joined 1% For The Planet, so 1% of all our sales will go directly to environmental causes.

For more info, here is the official press release. Ty ($30.00) and Ty D.I.Y. ($33.00) are available for purchase in our shop.

To help us launch, on October 23rd we hosted a draw-a-thon at our studio on Bainbridge Island. We had a group of local artists, designers and friends create their own custom designs. Below are the results. Pictured left to right are Andrea, James, Darin, Loc, Paul, Claire, Dylan, Natalia, Susanna, Regan, Eric, Laura, Tayler, Chika, Jared, Katie, Chrissy, Lauren and Tara. The details are from curtains by Jamie and Brian, Andrea, Catherine, Dylan, James and Laura. Here is a link to larger photos.

Ty on Ideal Bite!

We were thrilled to find Ty on Ideal Bite Seattle this morning! Here is a little quote:

"Looking for a shower curtain that can handle an encore? Put your hands together for Ty, a recyclable version from Bainbridge Island's Grain Design. Ty's HDPE plastic has a low risk of off-gassing chems (unlike regular PVC curtains), inhibits mold and mildew growth, and is machine washable (it actually gets softer with each wash). You can use it as a liner or on its own. It'll last for several years, and when it's ready for its final bow, you can return it to GD for reuse in other products like bags. Bravo."

Thanks Dominique!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Café America in Interior Design magazine!!

Our friends at Iacoli & McAllister spotted our Café America chair in the November issue of Interior Design. Above is the page layout that we found online here. We can't wait to see the issue when it comes to newsstands...

Thanks for the heads up I&M!

SCRAP opening at Fancy!

Thanks to everyone who came out last night to check out SCRAP at Fancy!

Here are a few of our photos from the evening. Below is a lamp by Greg Bethel and a new chair by urbancase, our Links necklace, custom signage for the event by Loc Trinh, Loc's walnut bow ties, our Sleepers, rings by fortyfive09 and &c., shelving by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, and bowls by Laura Yeats on an an amazing display table by Erich Ginder.

For more on the show, here is a post on the Seattle Metropolitan blog by Laura Cassidy. SCRAP will be up until December 11th.

UPDATED 12-02-09: Big thanks to Laura Cassidy for posting a nice write up about SCRAP on her Wear What When blog for Seattle Metropolitan!

Check out Stacy's post about SCRAP on the Seattle Homes & Lifestyles blog! She mentions those delicious maple-glazed bacon doughnuts by Guernica!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

In Seattle? Don't miss the SCRAP opening tomorrow!!

Here is a little sneak peak!

SCRAP will be up for a couple months, so you have no excuse to miss it! The opening is tomorrow night, November 13th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

Above is a hanging lamp by Greg Bethel. Below is a new table by by Iacoli & McAllister, bow tie by Loc Trinh, our Links necklace and Sleepers in walnut (made especially for this show), necklaces by Free Time Industries, a walnut ring by fortyfive09 and &c., and a new stool by Iacoli & McAllister.

The show will also feature work by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Laura Yeats, and Trey Jones and Darin Montgomy for urbancase. See you there!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

JOIN's Design Shoppe Participants Announced!

Here is a sneak peak!

Other participants include Chikabird, Dinah Coops Design, fruit super design, Greg Bethel, &c. and urbancase. We'll be showing Ty and our new Ty D.I.Y. recyclable shower curtain (launching 11/15/09) as well as our Cheri necklaces.

Bring cash. Everything will be priced under $100.00. Should be an amazing event!! For more info see the JOIN: Design Seattle website here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Save The Date Seattle: Nov 13th + Nov 28th

If you are in Seattle this November, there are two great design events coming up thanks to JOIN: Design Seattle. Grain will be participating in both, so we hope to see you there!

November 13th, 2009 - January 13th, 2009
A show of limited edition design objects in scrap wood by Seattle artists and designers. Will feature work by Grain, Iacoli & McAllister, Loc Trinh, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Laura Yeats, Trey Jones and Darin Montgomery for Urbancase, Fortyfive09 and &C.

Opening: Friday November 13th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Fancy 1914 2nd Avenue (btwn Stewart & Virginia)

Saturday November 28th, 2009 7:00pm - 11:00pm
A one night pop-up shop featuring design objects from local artists and designers. Silent auction to benefit JOIN: Design Seattle and Nest Seattle.

Location: Vermillion Art + Wine 1508 11th Avenue (btwn Pike & Pine)

For more info on either events, please visit JOIN: Design Seattle.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Room by Room Video!

Harken Productions just put together an awesome video of Sami's Room by Room summer program for the City of Providence. Check it out!

Thank you Michelle Le Brun for putting this together!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

JOIN's 'Design Shoppe' Call for Submissions

DATE: Saturday November 28th (one night only)
TIME: 7pm - 11pm
Vermillion Art + Wine - 1508 11th Ave btwn Pike and Pine - Seattle, WA 98122
OTHER: In addition to the Pop-Up, there will be a Silent Auction to benefit JOIN and
Nest Seattle. The sale and auction are cash and carry, no credit cards will be accepted. We will have dedicated "cashiers" to handle all transactions. In other words, you don't have to "man a booth," you can enjoy yourself.

TO SUBMIT: Objects should fall into the following categories: table top, lighting, accessories, jewelry, soft goods. No furniture will be accepted. Objects must be priced under $100 retail. Please send submissions to with the following:

Designer name
Name of piece
Number of pieces available to sell
1-3 images

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Midnight November 4th

FEE: Once your work has been chosen for inclusion in the Pop-Up, there is a $20 fee to sell. This fee will help offset marketing costs. Neither JOIN nor Vermillion will be taking a commission of sales.

If you have any questions please contact:

For more information about our organization, please visit:

JOIN promotes emerging independent American design by providing designers a forum to show work, get feedback and support. By organizing design shows, events and hosting an online design calendar, we strive to be the adhesive and a resource that binds a thriving, but fragmented, furniture and product design design community in Seattle.