Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ty on Interior Design's Design Green blog!

Emily Pilloton, founder of Project H Design, just gave Ty a nice little mention on the Green Design blog for Interior Design magazine. Thanks for the post Emily, and more importantly, for all the great work that YOU do! We are huge fans!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Grain at Supermarket!

We are super excited to be offering our Ty Recyclable Shower Curtain on Supermarket! Supermarket is a "curated collection of awesome design products." Think Etsy only better. We are proud and humbled to be part of this collection of talented designers. 

Ty photoshoot (take 2)...

See all the photos here. Read more about Ty here

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Grain in NYC for Model Citizens!

We are thrilled to be a part of the Model Citizens exhibition May 16-18th in New York! Model Citizens is a "newly formed organization committed to celebrating and connecting an international community of independent designers." The site of the show is Exit Art (475 Tenth Avenue), a few blocks from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. We are excited to be showing alongside old friends such as Nathan Thomas and Niels Cosman as well as new Northwest friends such as iacolimcallister. The show is open 11:00am to 6:00pm each day, with a cocktail reception 5:00-7:00pm on the 16th. Hope to see you in New York!

Ty photoshoot...

We tried to give Ty a proper photoshoot the other day. We were determined to fight wind and fading sun but results were poor at best. Hope to get out there again this weekend for a re-shoot. In the meantime, here is our Ty Recyclable Shower Curtain on a windy Northwest beach outing. 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

RI's Environmental Justice

A quick update from RI's Environmental Justice illustrated book. Bee has done a phenomenal job of bringing the story of the Centredale Manor Site to life and we're looking to go to print by the end of May! Here's our team including Ally Waters and Alison Cohen, two Brown Environmental Studies students who have been consultants on the project and teach the middle school class this book is for! 

Stay tuned for the final version!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Grain at Design Within Reach's M+D+F Exhibition!

We just found out that our new chair, Cafe America (designed by James) was selected to be shown at the DWR Presents: M+D+F 2009 exhibition in Seattle on May 7th! The above image is of an early prototype of the chair which uses chain-link fence as its main structure. We are so lucky to be working with the amazing 12th Avenune Iron custom forging and fabrication shop on the final piece. We are hoping to engineer it for flat-pack shipping as well as re-use old chain-link. Very exciting!

Read about our work in the DWR Presents: M+D+F 2008 exhibition here and here where we won the Green Award

Ty at Greenward

We are thrilled to have our Ty Recyclable Shower Curtain at Greenward in Cambridge, Massachusetts! Greenward is a locally-owned shop run by husband-and-wife team Scott Walker and Simone Alpen who "strive to be responsible citizens of the planet and our neighborhood." Their specialty is eco-modern goods which they define as "always elegantly designed, attractive and funtional." If you can't make it to Cambridge, check out their great web shop here

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Calling all designers...

Our dear friend Erika Carmichael is looking for submissions for an underground independent design exhibition that she is co-curating called Model Citizens in New York this May 16, 17 and 18.

The exhibition space is around the corner from the Jacob Javits Center during the
International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The goal is to celebrate young up-and-coming designers who are not represented at ICFF.

The deadline is April 12th. For more info contact Erika at 

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


We have had a few questions about Ty - specifically how it is different from the PVC-free Polyethylene Vinyl Acetate (PEVA) shower curtains already available at many retailers such as Target and Ikea.

Here's what we know and why we developed Ty...

While PEVA claims to be both PVC-free and recyclable, we've found it difficult to locate information on how to recycle PEVA curtains. Being #2
High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, Ty is PVC-free and readily recyclable all across the U.S. (even curbside in many locations).

If your local recycling program does not pick up #2 plastic, you can mail Ty back to the material manufacturer or use
one of these sources for HDPE recycling.

Currently, it is not recommended to machine wash PEVA shower curtains and they are just as likely to develop mold and mildew as vinyl. Ty is mold and mildew resistant, extremely durable and even machine washable. We expect Ty to have a much longer lifespan than existing alternatives.

We also make and source Ty right here in the U.S., so there is less transportation in the process.

Hope this helps!

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