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Friday
Apr102015

spring favorites: curtis

city slicker mirror side table
love the subtle yet glamorous effect of the smoky reflections.
SAIC cache storage cabinet
clever space saving storage—great for those awkward empty spaces
in a kitchen, bedroom, office,
living room…
chunky white block planter
I have one plant in my home and
he’s about to get an upgrade to this modern yet retro inspired piece.

Thursday
Apr092015

how it's made: pod hanging chair

The cozy, sheltering pod hanging chair is not only a statement piece, it’s the perfect sanctuary to hang out or hide out on the patio—or indoors.

In a time-intensive process that takes two artisans seven days to complete, frames are first built by welding aluminum tubes into the oval shape. Welds are ground for a smoother feel, cleaner look and inspected for strength. Then the frames are then cleaned in preparation for the powder-coating process where an off-white paint is baked onto the frame for durability.

Next, off-white recyclable resin, or faux wicker—chosen for its durability and weather-resistant characteristics—is carefully handwoven onto the frame.

At each stage of the manufacturing process, measurements are taken to ensure consistency in size and spacing—as well as the overall color once the variegated faux wicker strips are woven together.

Lastly, a trellis-like frame is added to the upper section allowing for light and air while keeping the overall weight of the chair under just 33 lbs.

Tuesday
Mar312015

artist profile: deanna fainelli

Where was your favorite place to live?
Taipei. It’s a colorful, vibrant city with great food and relatively few westerners and the people are notoriously friendly.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite room is any place where friends and family are gathered, which is usually the kitchen. I spend a lot of solo time in the studio so at home I savor time with people.

What are your interests outside of design?
Exploring and seeing places with fresh eyes, bike culture, flea markets, and food and wine with good company.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere, but I especially love rust and the decay of abandoned buildings. Recently I got permission to photograph the inside of an abandoned Naval hospital built in the 1850s. My friend cancelled so I did it solo. I was terrified and trembled for the first hour but I was determined to look around. I was not disappointed.

Who are you design icons?
Ray and Charles Eames created undeniably timeless, beautiful designs that are still relevant today. Also, I have a lot of respect for the bold and fearless fashion designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, whose rebellious spirit paved the way for current trendsetters like Marc Jacobs.

What is your personal decorating style?
Clean, modern design with pops of color (usually orange) and a touch of Boho to add personality and warmth.

What’s your favorite possession?
A Kay Bojesen teak monkey that belonged to my grandmother. It hangs in my office next to the computer where I see it every day. I’m looking at it now and smiling.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
I indulge my desire to get lost and follow my instinct.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A perfectly preserved 1960s Airstream trailer.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
There is no English equivalent for the popular Dutch word gezellig which loosely translates to cozy. A common and inexpensive way to make a room gezellig is with candles or multiple strings of white lights—they instantly make any room warm and inviting.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Don’t try to please or appeal to everyone. Find your niche and do it well.

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

Friday
Mar272015

spring favorites: megan

chroma cobalt double old-fashioned glasses
I bought these for my son’s first birthday party. After that I am going to put succulents in some and maybe use them for my make up brushes.
parlour sofa
we brought this back in a slightly larger size to really accompany 2 people comfortably. I always loved this silhouette and I’m excited about the refresh!
horizon planter
we are giving our temporary backyard a facelift and these are so pretty! My neighbors are going to be envious of our patio!

Wednesday
Mar252015

meet liora manné at CB2 eastside new york

What: Meet Liora Manné
When: Wednesday, April 8, 6-8:00 pm
Where: CB2 Eastside New York

Meet textile designer Liora Manné as she demonstrates her signature Lamontage® method of layering and blending colorful fabrics

Join us for cocktails and appetizers and save 20% off Liora Manné pillows and carpet squares for CB2.

Can’t make it? Then take a moment to check out previous blog postings to see how similar Lamontage® products were produced for CB2 by Liora.