Ep. 20: Seth Grizzle of graypants

Seth Grizzle of architecture and product design studio graypants, tells us about being the creative kid in a family that didn’t quite “get” him, how an art teacher helped set him on the course to architecture and why living on a boat helps him edit his possessions down to just the ones that make a great story. Also, he reveals the story behind the name graypants. Listen:

Seth Grizzle with his dog, Fig

Seth Grizzle with his dog, Fig

Seth might describe himself as "the weird kid," but we think he's far from it! He comes from a line of craftsmen and tinkerers... and with access to a shed full of tools, he started making things early on in life. His creativity was fueled by an inspiring art teacher, who encouraged him to light that fire. He met his partner-in-design, graypants co-founder Jonathan Junker in architecture school where they developed their first line of lighting by accident. Listen above to hear how that accident turned into graypants design studio.  

Garage, their award-winning architectural project in Seattle / Photo by Amos Morgan Photography

Garage, their award-winning architectural project in Seattle / Photo by Amos Morgan Photography

Both being schooled in architecture, Jonathan and Seth not only design products, but structures too, including their award-winning Garage project, pictured above. 

Jonathan and Seth, co-founders of graypants

Jonathan and Seth, co-founders of graypants

White versions of their signature cardboard Scraplights, one of graypants' newest releases

White versions of their signature cardboard Scraplights, one of graypants' newest releases

What started out as dumpster diving, turned into an international business that goes far beyond just cardboard lighting... Seth talks about how he wants everything he does to be artistic and sculptural, and help transform people's lives. 

Murmurations lights made from cardboard

Murmurations lights made from cardboard

The giant cloud in the Airbnb headquarters, made of 30,000 ping pong balls

The giant cloud in the Airbnb headquarters, made of 30,000 ping pong balls

The giant cloud in the Airbnb headquarters, made of 30,000 ping pong balls

The giant cloud in the Airbnb headquarters, made of 30,000 ping pong balls

We were intrigued to hear that Seth actually lives on a houseboat—what a pretty unique way of life... From hiking to playing with his labradoodle, Fig, to filling his houseboat with treasures, Seth explains what keeps him busy when he's not working. 

See more of Seth's work at graypants.com and follow graypants on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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Special thanks to Chris Modl of Yore Studio for editing this episode.
Music in this episode courtesy of El Ten Eleven—hear more on Bandcamp.
Shoutout to Jenny Rask for designing the Clever logo.