Fashion, ballet, chai tea and paddleboard yoga — our favorite stories from 2011.

Can you believe it’s been a whole year since “Seattleite” launched? We can’t either — and we want to thank all our loyal readers, gracious industry colleagues and awesome interviewees for your amazing support and encouragement. To commemorate this milestone, here is a look back at our 10 finest features from 2011.

The renowned design firm began with two college grads and a chair competition.

We’re all aware that the market crash has left our economy in a sorry state. With many stalled building projects, a trickle-down effect has been created for banks, real estate agents, building contractors and architects. This lack of work has resulted in — among other things — lots of free time.