Taste Test

Taste Test with Kate Murphy

Kate Murphy

You can approach life as an art,” says Kate Murphy, and anyone who follows the nine Instagram accounts she maintains or visits Suyama Space, the Belltown gallery she assisted with until its closure in December, would surely agree. Murphy works as a designer and marketer at Suyama Peterson Deguchi, the gallery’s adjacent architecture firm, and recently mounted a project at Georgetown’s studio e that invited strangers to send customized postcards to one another. From her personal travel photos to her volunteer work with Henry Contemporaries and Seattle Design Foundation, Murphy sees the world through the lens of design.

Wallpaper City Guides

World Tour

I use Wallpaper City Guides wherever I go. I usually buy them at Peter Miller Books, and then download the app, which has built-in GPS so you can navigate a city by museums, food and drink, shopping. It’s a Lonely Planet for designers.


Kiln It

My friend Carolina Silva is a ceramics artist who works under the name Dorotea. She has a studio in Ballard—and now she lives on Vashon. I have a lot of her pieces, mostly bowls and plates and platters, plus a ceramic snake on my coffee table.

Ferry Queen

I have an obsession with ferries—any ferry trip, I’ll take it. One of my favorites is to Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge. It’s 150 acres of tranquility. I finally bought an annual membership this year.

Hunter boots

All Terrain

I went to the Olympics last weekend and the coast before that and now in city snow—my Hunter rain boots have gotten me through it all.

Post up

I’m obsessed with postcards, so I always bring a pen and stamps with me when I travel. 
On a recent trip to New York I sent almost 90 postcards.