Seattle, Washington, 2008. The Graypants design studio was founded by architects Jonathan Junker and Seth Grizzle (and joined later by close friend, Jon Gentry) as a way to get back to what they'd originally loved about architecture: design, drawing and making things by hand.
The story begins in Trieste, Italy, the Adriatic port town where coffee first entered Europe, and where in 1933, company founder Francesco Illy developed the modern espresso machine. The story is still being written today by President and CEO Andrea Illy, representing a third generation of illy family leadership.
The name DAQI is taken from a Chinese saying and means to take time to become great and mature, to emphasize that the best things in life require more dedication.