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GRAY magazine presents: HOT NEW NEXT, a dynamic competition celebrating the innovative ideas moving Pacific Northwest design forward. This Shark Tank-style program will offer contestants in each city the chance to present a rapid-fire pitch of a compelling new design-related concept or product to an expert panel. With contestant submissions opening in February on, a select few will present to the live audience during this event!

Judges (and the audience) will vote, and regional winners will be featured in GRAY magazine, receive off-site mentorship by our judges, and advance to the championship round—held on the GRAY Stage at IDS Vancouver—to compete for a cash prize and the designation of truly being the next big thing in Pacific Northwest design.

​Whether the idea is brand new, or a clever update to an existing product, all design disciplines have a chance—from architecture and furniture to interiors, fashion, tech, and beyond. Note To participate you must first submit your idea before the early March deadline (it's free!)-- read more on

HOT NEW NEXT Sponsors: Design Within Reach, Chown Hardware

5:30-6:30pm: Cocktail hour hosted by DWR 6:30-7:30pm: HOT NEW NEXT competition (audience seated) 7:30-11:00pm: AFTER PARTY with Chown Hardware! 1605 NW Everett St., in the Pearl District (See separate calendar listing for more)

AFTER PARTY Meet me in the Bathroom + Singing in the Shower Directly following our Hot New Next competition join us at Chown Hardware's dramatic new event space, the Eleanor, for some good, clean fun featuring bubbles & bites provided by Axor Designer showers and a ""singing in the shower"" karaoke contest, with fantastic prizes. The most fun you can have on a Monday night—designer style.

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Monday, April 8, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


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