Graypants is a team of problem solvers. Anchored in Seattle and Amsterdam, Graypants’ bold creativity leads to diverse designs in products, architecture, and other beautiful objects around the world. Our work expands globally with collaborations and custom designs for leading companies worldwide.

Rooted in Seattle as architects, founders Seth and Jon decided to further feed their creative appetites through product design and art exhibits. In 2007, “graypants” was scribbled onto a piece of paper and the new company’s flagship line of pendant lights made entirely of repurposed corrugated cardboard – Scraplights – was promptly introduced.

Scraplights quickly became a prime example of the principles that graypants embodies to this day – responsible design, responsible materials, responsible production… and having fun. In 2012, the Amsterdam studio was founded to become a hub for local European production and distribution to over forty countries, and has partnered with social works programs to provide craft-based work where needed the most. The Seattle studio continues to provide local production for North America and houses the bustling custom and prototyping shop.

Today, graypants continues to expand its custom portfolio from architectural installations to public artworks, and has numerous product lines sold throughout the world. The range of their work is comprehensive, covering residential and commercial lighting, furniture, packaging designs, and architecture. In November of 2013, graypants was awarded AIA Seattle’s Award of Honor for their debut architecture project, Garage.

Seattle Studio

Seth Grizzle — Creative Director, Designer
Jonathan Junker — Executive Director, Designer
Alan Marrero — Custom Shop Manager
Brandon Sprouse — Lead Product Designer
Clint Hensley — Production Manager
Hannah Ruwe — Office Manager
Leah Cohen-Sapida — Project Manager

Amsterdam Studio

Arno Ruijzenaars — Director
Wouter Smit — General Manager
Sabrina Sas — Sales Associate
Pim Weissman — Account Manager
Erwin Termaat — Technical Designer
Corinne Zwarter — Marketing and Communications
Keshia Lanihun — Marketing and Communications

Product Design

Graypants began as an industrial design studio, and product design and development continues to be a main focus. Through our expanding range of lighting and furnishings, we’ve developed a worldwide distribution network for both retail and business markets. It’s also allowed us to engage deeply into developing local, responsible, and sustainable production methods.

Scraplights can be seen around the world in high end restaurants, offices, and homes.

Custom Shop

We’re constantly asked if we can make something unique, and we love to say “yes!”. Yes – we create custom-shaped lights, huge lights out of almost any material, sculptural acoustic and architectural panel systems, product packaging designs, and a whole lot more. Have or need an idea? Let us know! Our Seattle studio doubles as our custom and prototyping shop.

Cloud Chandeliers can be found in spaces around the country, including Airbnb’s San Francisco office.

Architecture

Architectural design is engrained in our DNA. The studio was founded by practicing architects, after all. Since the beginning, this has encouraged a collaborative approach and has strongly influenced the process behind all of our designs. We actively develop conceptual ideas, collaborate on special aspects of projects, and work intimately with clients to create unique buildings.

Garage is an award-winning residential island retreat.

Publications

Collaborators