Block 41’s lead architect Jim Graham of the firm Graham Baba credits a trifecta of influences for shaping his design vision. As an architecture student, studying abroad in both Paris and Copenhagen allowed him to soak up the best of elegant old and edgy new architecture. And oh yes, his father was an architect.
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Metal + Glass Master
Seattle metal and glass master Stephen Hirt whose pieces can be found in museums, hospitals, churches and public parks was commissioned to create the courtyard gate and entry chandelier for Block 41. Hirt creates metal and glass art pieces in his studio for himself and for select clients.
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Custom Lighting & Furniture Maker
Bye works collaboratively with architects, designers and patrons, to design and fabricate custom functional sculptural installations. Bye’s backgrounds in conservation, sculpture and furniture blend to create pieces tailored to the needs of their permanent location. Bye was commissioned to create custom leather corsets for the Block 41 wooden pillars and the leather detail work on the mobile bars and lecterns.
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Structural beauty in all its forms has always been compelling to Susan Tillack, Block 41’s managing architect for the Seattle architecture firm Graham Baba. With Block 41, she helped transform the structural beauty of a 1927 former ice warehouse into a contemporary event venue.
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Block 41 lighting designer Tom Sturge realized as a stage-struck kid watching the Broadway debut of “Pippin” that here was magic to do. “It was all done with lighting,” Sturge recalls all these years later. At that moment Sturge knew he had found what he wanted to do for his life’s work.
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