On Wednesday, December 4th, Hopper Group’s Brian and Nicole Hopper attended GRAY Magazine’s annual awards event.  The event featured the Pacific Northwest’s (and Canada) leading designers, architects, both commercial and residential.  The event took place at the newly opened lux space called The Sanctuary.  The Sanctuary has quite a story behind it, as it is actually a recently renovated uber historic church (Seattle’s first church) turned grand ballroom located downtown Seattle, and designed by Philippe Starck and ZGF Architects.

The newly opened ‘Sanctuary’, Seattles newest luxury events center, in the city’s oldest church. (photo: Hopper Group)

“We were super excited to see how ZGF Architects incorporated the oldest church in the city into the newest high-rise in the city; and they nailed it,” stated Brian Hopper.

Attendees were treated to a fantastic bites and beverages, a step and repeat photo backdrop, as well as a photo booth complete with props!   It wouldn’t be a GRAY Magazine party with out a few twists and surprises, that’s for sure, and this year was no disappointment.  Far from traditional awards events, GRAY’s idea was to make the awards show, “the afterparty”.  They opted to skip traditional seating for bar table standing, and settled on revealing the nominee’s and winners in a surprising flashy way!

Party goers getting after it! (photo: lotushaus)

“Confetti everywhere,” added Nicole Hopper.  “Each time the winner was announced, a confetti popper was pulled from the area where the winner was standing, and gold confetti rained down.  This wasn’t a traditional popper, these ones were large and glittery gold confetti filled the air preceded by a loud pop!” added Nicole Hopper.

Upon conclusion of the winner announcements, the party escalated to a new high when seemingly out of nowhere the University of Washington Marching Band   entered the ballroom playing C&C Music Factories ‘Everybody Dance Now’ (a 1990’s cult classic hit)!

Confetti everywhere! (photo: lotushaus)

“The band marching through was quite a surprise, and then after they finished C&C’s song, they kept going.  You could say it got the party ‘jumping’!” added Brian Hopper.

This year’s GRAY’s awards was Hopper Group’s first time in attendance.

“It truly brought the entire Pacific Northwest design community together, gathering to celebrate creativity, accolades and award-winning design—but most of all….. to party!” stated both Brian and Nicole Hopper.

Winners announced (photo: Hopper Group)

Beyond the party, there was an even greater cause associated with the event. GRAY Magazine has generously given 50% of the GRAY Awards Party ticket proceeds to their charity partner, The BLOCK Project—which is a new approach to alleviating homelessness. LEARN MORE

Special GOLD FOIL pinned issues of GRAY Magazine where given to attendees. (photo: Hopper Group)


The Sanctuary (photo: Andrea Savage-RSIR)

More about GRAY Magazine:  GRAY Magazine is the Pacific Northwest’s leading design publication, and the authority on design in the Pacific Northwest, from the U.S. to Canada, GRAY is the region’s undisputed design bible. Established in 2011, GRAY surfaces the best of the best in interiors, architecture, fashion, and design, and has an unparalleled global reach of more than 1 million design elite. Learn more:  CLICK HERE .