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Monday
Jul272015

fall favorites: megan

nimah stripes pillow
This gorgeous pillow is made
fun and relaxed with the teal
colored tassels. I love how they
don’t match the pattern but
coordinate—it makes this pillow
feel like something unique you
could find at a flea market.
page hanging planter
This planter would make the
few plants I own look fresh and modern—and it’s a stylish way
to keep them away from my 1-year-old’s little hands!
sayulita chair black
I want to give away all my side chairs and get this one. I love the retro design done in this edgy way with the black leather.

Monday
Jul202015

fall favorites: david

sidi lounge chair with cushions
This chair is full of contrasts—between the angular frame and
the softer overstuffed cushions, and the calming and vibrant colors in the blanket stripe which are grounded
by the neutral grey stripes and the mid-tone wood frame—it’ll fit nicely anywhere and everywhere.
felt drop mirror
Genius—love the unexpected use
of fabric to hang a mirror! Equally beautiful are the accents of the walnut hanging mechanism—overall it’s simple and elegant.
code rugs
The pattern and colors add dimension and interest by layering in a subtle graphic element to any room.
(shown top row, far left)

Monday
Jul132015

fall favorites: sandra

city slicker pedestals
They’re great for so many rooms, nooks, hallways…. outstanding construction, proportions, and a beautiful finish to showcase treasures I’ve hauled back from faraway places.
tux ice bucket
Most of my condo is 70s mod and
this ice bucket will be right at home
on the bar.
stamp runner
Gere Kavanaugh has been a joy to work with—I’ve been lucky to have had many delightful conversations with her over the years—and this sophisticated runner will go anywhere, anytime.

Wednesday
Jul082015

designer profile: leonhard pfeifer

Where was your favourite place to live?
I’ve been really fortunate to live in some amazing cities in different parts of the world but it’s hard to beat London for its energy and cultural institutions. I am grateful to have grown up surrounded by the natural world of New Zealand, but currently I’m enjoying living in a truly global city, where world class museums and galleries are on my door step.

Although… in the depths of winter we do fantasise of moving somewhere sunny and warm and haven’t ruled out a shift to Barcelona sometime in the future.

What’s your favourite room in your home?
Last year we removed a wall that had previously separated the kitchen/dining room and the living room—opening it up has created a wonderful space and on a sunny weekend with the door open to the garden, it’s definitely my favourite spot in the house.

What is the best designed item of all time?
In late 2013 I was in Romania (Transylvania in fact) visiting a furniture factory. It was perched on the side of a hill across the river from the small town, and to get there we crossed the “Austrian Bridge”—and as we crossed, my host remarked that several years previous, the company in Austria who manufactured and installed the bridge had written to the local municipality to inform them that the 100 year guarantee on the bridge was about to expire. I find this profoundly impressive and inspiring – that all those years ago the producer designed a product to such high production values that they could make a 100 year undertaking—and also that a product of such quality was valued by the village who had commissioned it.

What are your sources of inspiration?
When I’ve got a bit of a block, when a project isn’t heading in the right direction, I try to get out of the studio for a few hours—whether it’s roller-blading around one of our local parks or pushing my daughter on a swing—it’s good to get a bit of head-space outdoors to allow the thoughts to settle and inspiration to sink in—it’s something you can’t force.

What one item do you wish you owned?
When we moved to the UK from Brisbane 14 years ago, I put a lot of cartons in storage at my father’s workshop there. A couple of years ago, they had terrible floods and my father’s workshop went under. The flood waters and mud had a devastating impact, especially to my childhood photos. I threw out hundreds, stuck together into impenetrable bricks. It was truly heart breaking—but the negatives were in a carton stacked on the others so they survived—so the one item I currently wish I had was a slide scanner—to resurrect at least something from the old 110 and 126 negatives.

What are your interests outside of design?
We have a young family—my son was born just a few months ago—so home life is quite a focus at the moment.

Who are you design icons?
When I was studying Industrial Design in Brisbane, my father bought me an original Eileen Grey E1027 side table at an antique fair—it was the first iconic design object I owned and inspired me to learn about modernism and Bauhaus. Now I find the work of Naoto Fukasawa never less than the most considered, elegant and refined forms—with just the right level of minimalist composition.

Form vs. function?
Instead of thinking of “form” and “function” on a linear continuum (like a ruler with one at each end) I think they form a triangle along with “experience”, and it’s towards this experience vertex that my designs are intended. Each inform the other and both form and function are essential aspects, but ultimately it’s the experience of using a product, day-in-day-out, that is the focus of my design process.  

What’s your favourite possession?
I received a pen for Christmas, produced by the UK design studio Ajoto. My new instrument is machined from a solid block of aluminium and is fantastic to use—it’s perfectly weighted and flows smoothly across the page. I find myself looking forward to my next sketching session, just so I can use it. I enjoy using a tool of such quality and finished to such a high level of detail—even the packaging is impressively considered.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
In a word, REDUCE. Humans are natural hoarders and it’s easy to accumulate a bewildering array of “stuff”. If you’re thinking of decorating, reducing your stuff is a good starting point—whether you pass it on friends, sell it at a boot sale or market, recycle or upcycle it—it can be really cathartic to clear the decks and reduce the visible clutter before you start. Although, using the same rational, my advice could be oodles of built-in storage, where you can stow away your stuff out of sight.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
I think there’s a lot to the 10000 hours hypothesis—the idea that it takes about this many hours of dedicated practice to master a particular skill or become an expert. It raises aspects of dedication to and being completely focused on an endeavour, and about the effort and time required to achieve your goals.

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

Sunday
Jul052015

animal rescue: kai

Nickname: We love the simplicity and elegance of her name—one and done!

Favorite hangout: She claimed a chair by the window to watch the day go by.

Pet peeves: The mail carrier—she can hear her cart from the far end of the street.

Talent Show: When you throw a dog toy up in the air, she’ll jump and spin up to catch it. She can also jump hurdles and cannonball into a pool!

Favorite Snack: Kai LOVES apples—she only has to hear me cut the apple to come running into the kitchen. I can’t get away with cutting them and not sharing with her.

Before she was famous: We adopted Kai from Lovin’ Life Pet Rescue when she was 4 months old. Lovin’ Life rescued her and her brother from the Chicago Animal Care and Control at 6 weeks old—just hours before they would bave been euthanized. They were both born with 95% Demodectic mange on their bodies. It took about 18 months of treatments, medications and good nutrition to boost her immunity to fight the mange—but she did it!

Cat and dog adoption fast facts:
…every year approximately 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters.
…25% of adoptable dogs in animal shelters are purebred.
…adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society, ASPCA—any rescue group—can save their life.
…and, being a pet owner can add years to your life too.
To find your next pet, check out adoptapet.com