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Friday
Sep192014

redefined: das beer can

photo by: LaModaLisa photo by: cgrutt

The idea of drinking beer from something other than a ceramic stein or glass mug poured from the tap at the local public house or pub, was first considered over 100 years ago in 1909. Like many innovations, the technology existed but it took about 25 years—and the repeal of Prohibition—for the modest beer can to catch on.

In 1933, the first canned ale was tested in Virginia—needless to say, consumers welcomed the change which paved the way for easy-to-transport, easy-to-store, disposable cans. Initially made of steel with a flat top, they required a sharp opener, or church key, to pierce triangular openings—one to drink from, and another on the opposite side which allowed air into the can to improve the pour out.

The evolution to lightweight aluminum was inevitable due to the drawbacks of steel—not only was a lining required to protect the contents, steel is inherently prone to rust and the heavier weight meant transportation costs were higher than necessary.

photo by: Mark photo by: Amara

photo by: mark gallagher photo by: Paul Flannery

Easy-to-use pull tabs replaced the need to keep an opener handy—but they also heralded an increase in emergency room visits as the sharp edges cut fingers and feet or, in worst-case scenarios, drinkers choked on the tab they’d kept safe in the can. Today, wide mouth openings created by attached tabs are the norm—but as small brews flourish, the capped bottle is seeing a revival.

In the meantime, das can reminds us of modest old-school beers—not to mention beer can collections and Oktoberfest which starts this weekend—Zum Wohl!

photo by: Steve Jurvetson

Thursday
Sep182014

fall favorites: ryan

hackney marble cocktail table
it adds a little bit of vintage to any room it’s in.
lizzy teapot
I love the mix of a vintage shape and bold color—a lot of style for a great price.
roadhouse leather chair
I love the color leather and it reminds me of chairs in Paris.

Friday
Sep122014

fall favorites: megan

elixir minibar
finally a place to keep my bar essentials in my small Chicago apartment. Now that I have a baby this is so nice as it’s hidden away.
tinsel throw
this is my favorite throw. It is incredible the work that is put into this. when I visited the factory they explained how the weavers have
to stop multiple times to change the yarns out in order to achieve the slight cream to grey ombré design.
the gold threads add just the right
hint of luxury.
gami rose gold candleholder
love these as objects in the bathroom, they add a touch of glam and warmth—LOVING GLITZ AND GLAM!!

Thanks to megan, product manager.

Monday
Sep082014

designer profile: zak rose

Where was your favorite place to live?
A tie between SF and Chicago.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Our bedroom is all white and wood, with a few pops of color. Being able to relax in an environment where you have no design compromises is very relaxing.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Left handed scissors.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Vintage furniture, rough framing, public works and infrastructure like railroad trestles, art, nature, beautiful food.

What do you drive?
Subaru station wagon.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A house near the water.

What are your interests outside of design?
Bicycle riding and cooking.

Who are you design icons?
Marcel Breuer, Alexander Calder, Andy Goldsworthy, Finn Juhl, Daniel Burnham.

Form vs. function?
Both, together forever and ever.

What’s your favorite possession?
My bicycle.

What is your personal decorating style?
Clean and modern with natural accents and lots of colorful art.  

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Summer trips to Maine.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Sub floors make great floors!

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Always innovate… No asky, no getty.

To see all of Zak’s current works for CB2, go here.

Friday
Sep052014

"can do" food drive 2014

One of CB2’s core values is to work with local organizations that make a difference in our neighborhoods—specifically nonprofit groups that provide food and shelter to those in need.

Our annual “can do” food drive continues to be a tradition that warms our hearts—and as food banks have been especially busy these past few years, they appreciate donations more than ever.

September 5th-14th, all in-store customers are welcome to bring in 5 non-perishable items and receive a 15% discount on any purchase. For details, please see the fine print* below.

Watch all the collections grow during the drive and remember that food stuffs collected will go directly to the food banks, listed below, which are local partners with our 13 CB2 stores in North America.

Midtown Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Community Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight hunger by engaging, educating
and empowering the Atlanta community. Distributing nearly
2 million pounds of food and other donated grocery items
each month to more then 700 nonprofit partner agencies
in metro Atlanta and north Georgia, ACFB supports a wide range of low-income Georgians who suffer from hunger
and food insecurity.
For more information, visit acfb.org.

Berkeley, CA
Alameda County Community Food Bank alleviates hunger by providing nutritious food and nutrition education to people in need, educating the public, and promoting
public policies that address hunger and its root causes.
For more information, visit accfb.org.

Lincoln Park Chicago, IL
Lakeview Pantry is a nonprofit organization with
the mission of eliminating hunger in the Lakeview
community of Chicago by providing food to fill
the basic need of hungry people, increasing the
independence of clients through self-help
initiatives and other innovative programs,
and raising awareness of poverty and its solutions.
For more information, visit lakeviewpantry.org.

Georgetown, District of Columbia
The Capital Area Food Bank was founded in 1980 on
Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday and since then has become
the largest nonprofit hunger and nutrition education
resource in the Washington Metropolitan area. Their
community-building initiatives—such as Kids Cafe,
Face Hunger, and Produce for People—educate the
community about the importance of healthy diets. Beginning
with the dream of helping to feed area residents who are
facing or at risk of hunger, it’s grown into a commitment
of uplifting those in need, helping those who are without
the means to help themselves, and advocating for public
policies that serve the interests of its constituents.
For more information, visit capitalareafoodbank.org.

South Beach Miami, FL
Feeding South Florida is a not-for-profit organization whose
mission is to empower other South Florida not-for-profit
organizations to assist people in need and improve their
lives. Feeding South Florida provides food and other grocery
products, and educates and engages the community to
fight hunger and poverty. Last year, Feeding South Florida
provided 24 million pounds of food to 800 different charitable
feeding programs throughout South Florida.
For more information, visit feedingsouthflorida.org.

Uptown Minneapolis, MN
Joyce Uptown Food Shelf has been serving hungry residents of southwest Minneapolis for more than 40 years. Our mission is to distribute food to those in need, with respect and dignity.
For more information, visit joycefoodshelf.org.




Soho and Eastside New York, NY
City Harvest is dedicated to feeding New York City’s
hungry men, women and children. This year, City Harvest
will collect 28 million pounds of excess food from all
segments of the food industry for delivery to community
food programs throughout the five boroughs. Each week,
City Harvest helps over 300,000 hungry New Yorkers find
their next meal.
For more information, visit cityharvest.org.

Santa Monica and West Hollywood, CA
The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank sources food and
other products for distribution to needy people, energizes
community involvement through hunger education and
awareness campaigns, and advocate for public policies
that alleviate hunger. Their vision is that no one goes
hungry in Los Angeles County.
For more information, visit lafoodbank.org.

Union Square San Francisco, CA
The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
provides safe, affordable housing with supportive services
for low-income people in the Tenderloin community and is a
leader in making the neighborhood a better place to live.
For more information, visit tndc.org.




Toronto, Canada
Daily Bread Food Bank provides food and resources for
hungry people. Food donations, coming from the public
and the food industry, are sorted and delivered to our
member agencies. Agencies provide food relief
programs, such as food banks and meal programs,
for diverse members of our community.
For more information, visit dailybread.ca.

Vancouver, Canada
The Greater Vancouver Foodbank strives to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training.
For more information, visit foodbank.bc.ca.

*Terms and conditions: CB2 “Can Do” 15% discount is available 9/5/14 through 9/14/14. In exchange for the donation of five nonperishable food items, a customer will receive a 15% discount good toward purchases of full-price items made in one transaction on the day and at the CB2 store location where the donation is made. Multiple purchases are allowed in one day, as long as customer meets donation of five nonperishable food items for each “Can Do” Discount. (Associates: Please enter FOOD15 at checkout.) Discount may not be used at cb2.com, or at any Crate and Barrel or The Land of Nod stores, catalogs or websites. Discount is not applicable toward past purchases, returned merchandise, special orders, floor samples, Gift Cards, eGift Cards, employee purchases, Designer Rewards Program purchases, or international purchases through our global partner, Borderfree. Discount cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or promotions. Discount applies to merchandise only and cannot be applied toward shipping and handling charges, taxes or other fees. Discount has no cash value, is nontransferable, will not be replaced if lost or stolen, and cannot be auctioned or sold. No cash/credit back. CB2 reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time. Void where prohibited by law.