Slide show: Product Runway
This is what happens when top Seattle architects team up to take over the runway.
Let me tell you something about the folks who design our city's best high-rises, most dynamic retail environments, and inspiring corporate interiors: Their secret lives involve highly theatrical performance art, over-the-top couture, and surrealist ideas about carpet membrane and cubical partitions.
On Friday, May 3 at Showbox SoDo Seattle's top architecture and design firms gathered for this year's Product Runway showcase and competed for top honors in a contest that combines Project Runway with Iron Chef (more or less) for a night of unusual materials and runway finery.
Before you check out our slide show for a peak at each firm's looks and the night's big winners, keep in mind that these wild looks are worn by the architects and designers themselves. Each team picks a model from within their ranks; he or she might be a designer, a marketing manager, or a floor sample rep but inside, they're really expressive off-Broadway entertainers just waiting to be discovered. Same goes for the show's organizers and set designers.
Which is to say: the people who build Seattle (and in some cases, the rest of the world) also put on a really good runway show.