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GRAY, the design magazine for the Pacific Northwest, is partnering with Interior Design Show West for a five-part panel and discussion series. Hosted by Seattle’s historic Sorrento Hotel and moderated by GRAY, this unique series will spotlight on-topic, dynamic discussions with creative thinkers and top design talent—providing a more intimate, face-to-face experience for both trade and design enthusiasts. Click here for more GRAY events.
Surya Vanka, spark plug and chair of an upcoming global design conference in Seattle, wants to ignite a new industrial revolution.
Interviewed by JAIME GILLIN : Photographed by NATE WATTERS
Surya Vanka, former director of user experience at Microsoft, moved to Seattle 15 years ago, drawn to the city’s natural beauty and inherent “sense of possibility.” Those qualities also make it the ideal host city for the Industrial Designers Society of America’s 50th annual global conference, “The Future of the Future,” happening August 19–22. As the conference chair, Vanka is spreading a Seattle-centric gospel of good design. “Many cities are reinventing themselves to be relevant to the 21st century, but no other city is in the midst of such a design-led renaissance as Seattle,” he says. “It is the perfect crucible for reinventing design for this century.”
Written by RACHEL GALLAHER : Photographed by FIONA PEPE
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