Graypants is a team of problem solvers bridging the gap between art and design. With studios in Seattle and Amsterdam, we design and create architecture, products, lighting, and other amazing things around the world.
As practicing architects in Seattle, founders Seth and Jon began expanding their creativity through product design and art exhibitions. In 2007, the scribbles on the back of a piece of paper led to what is now known as graypants. That year the company launched their flagship lighting series scraplights, made entirely from repurposed corrugated cardboard.
Scraplights quickly became the foundation for the principals that graypants embraces to this day – responsible design, responsible materials, responsible production… and of course, having fun. In 2012, the Amsterdam studio was founded to become a hub for local European production and distribution to over forty countries throughout the world. In the Netherlands, graypants partners with a social works program expanding their idea about responsible production and providing craft-based work to those who need it 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 evolve its custom portfolio from architectural installations to public artworks, and has its product lines scraplights, steplights, kerflights and slice furniture sold throughout the world. Their work ranges widely, covering residential and commercial lighting, custom installations, furniture, packaging designs, conceptual design and architecture. In November of 2013, graypants was awarded AIA Seattle’s Award of Honor for their debut architecture project, Garage. Graypants strives to make beautiful, award winning designs all over the world.
scraplights | responsibly reimagining cardboard boxes
Handcrafted from recycled cardboard, graypants’ flagship scraplight series provides warm, intimate, and functional lighting for any occasion or type of space. Tough and elegant, each is precision cut with a laser and assembled by hand using nontoxic adhesive, and all scraplights are treated with a nontoxic fire retardant.
kerflights | flexible, in more ways than one
Inspired by tried and true handcrafting techniques, the kerf series is precision built to accommodate any situation. Debuting with swappable and reversible shade panels available in three colors – and five distinct personalities – graypants’ kerf lights will literally make a great fit.
urbancase and Graypants will be introducing a collaborative project at WantedDesign in 2015.